Posts Tagged ‘Eurosong 2006’

Charley says VIDEO! – Kate Ryan – Robots

May 14, 2012

Kate Ryan is one third of Charley says POP!’s Holy Trinity. Alongside Hadise and Katerine Avgoustakis she is, to me, one of the best popstars Belgium has given the world. So naturally seeing Kate release a brand new music video is a PRETTY BIG DEAL.

And boy, does she deliver! Kate is honestly looking in-cre-di-ble. She’s been mostly pants-less throughout this campaign (just check her last two videos) but for ‘Robots‘ she ups the sexy even more. There’s a very flattering futuristic/space/robot corset! There’s a skintight catsuit! There’s an awesome looking headgear thingy! And I’ll try to contain my not-so-secret inner fanboy before I start complementing hair and make-up as well.

Even more importantly, it’s a bit of a brilliant pop tune, isn’t it? The track has been written by Paul Drew, Greig Watts and Pete Barringer, who have previously been responsible for Kate’s ‘LoveLife‘ and Katerine Avgoustakis’ 2006 Eurosong entry. ‘Robots‘ has Kate sounding more pop than ever before, like how it might sound if Daze were to sample ‘Living On Video‘ by Trans-X in the year 3000.

Bring on that album!

‘Robots’ by Kate Ryan and its Extended Radio Edit, Shutterz Remix, Chris Feelding Remix and William Burstedt Remix is available on SpotifySoundcloud and iTunes.

Charley says SONG! Nelson Moraïs – She’s So Lonely

March 23, 2011

Charley says POP! favourite Nelson Moraïs is back with another great dance track!

I told you earlier how Nelson went from being his sister’s background singer to Eurosong hopeful to Belgium’s smoothest voiced male dance star.

Last I heard an album was in the works for release in 2011, but at the rate he’s going he might have released himself an entire Best Of before you know it. Not that we’re complaining!

As far as I can tell from the writing credits, his latest gem sees Nelson stepping out of his Daniel Bovie produced comfort zone.

Instead, ‘She’s So Lonely‘ was co-written by Yves Gaillard.

The two previously worked together on ‘She’s Gone‘ and with a track record to Yves’ name that includes Hadise, Kate Ryan and Katerine Avgoustakis I’m not even sure why you’re still reading this instead of clicking the play button above like a mad man!

See also: Charley says ARTIST! Nelson Moraïs
See also: Charley says VIDEO! Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox vs. Ricky Rivaro ft. Nelson – My Destiny

Charley says EUROVISION! Junior Eurosong 2010

September 4, 2010

This year’s Belgian national Junior Eurovision selection has been bumped from main public channel één to the kids oriented Ketnet. To ease the pain we’re getting videos for every entry now, whereas in previous years even the winners could consider themselves lucky if they got more than their live performance dubbed with the studio track.

So who am I backing to win? Well, based on the studio versions there’s three songs that really stand out for me.

First up, and the one I think will be most likely to get the approval of Charley says POP! visitors, is ‘Get Up!‘ by Jill & Lauren. Both first stepped into the limelight as part of KetnetPOP 3. KetnetPOP is a yearly album and concert series that has former Junior Eurosong stars and new talent release music together.

Jill & Lauren’s entry is probably the most proper pop song of the bunch and seems like it could have just as easily been recorded by Bo & Monica. Actually, ‘Get Up!‘ was co-written by Miguel Wiels, who was also responsible for Bo & Monica’s ‘Gonna Be A Star‘.

Then there’s Ferre. This 14-year-old easily has the best voice of the bunch. I love his pop/rock song, but if the JESC efforts of Oliver and Trust have proven us anything, it’s that Europe doesn’t seem to like it when we send in this kind of song. However, I’m pretty sure ‘(Met Mijn) Ogen Toe‘ is the one song I’ll keep coming back to in the years to come.

On production and co-writing duties is Jeroen Swinnen, who also had a hand in Tom Dice’s wildly successful Eurovision entry ‘Me And My Guitar‘. One last pop connection Ferre has going on is that his video was shot at the same place in Antwerp as Idool 2003 winner Peter Evrard’s debut video ‘For You’.

Finally, ‘Power Aan De Kids!‘ is my third favourite. Daan & Anne-Sophie of DnA penned this ‘So What‘ sounding anthem together with former Nailpin frontman Sean D’Hondt.

Other notable collaborators are Ingrid Mank and Born Crain on Ymke’s ‘Vive La Fête‘, Katerine Avgoustakis’ producer Yannic Fonderie and Flemish X Factor winner Udo on Ine’s ‘Kusje Van Mij‘ and actor / Eurosong 2006 contestant Tom Van Landuyt who co-wrote this year’s super catchy group song ‘Superidee‘.

Charley says ARTIST! Katy Satyn

May 26, 2010

Katy Satyn must be one of the most underrated singers to come out of a reality show in Flanders.

In 2005 Katy participated in Star Academy. Having already gotten to the final of Stars In Their Eyes in 1998 with ‘I Know Him So Well’, she’d been one of the main contenders all along. She was the first to get to sing a solo and was chosen to duet with Bonnie Tyler. Unfortunately Katy never got to perform Lara Fabian’s ‘Je T’Aime‘, which you can see her rehearsing above, in the closing part of the final as she finished third behind Katerine Avgoustakis and Afi Oubaibra.

Three years later we finally got some music out of Katy. She won the first heat of Eurosong 2008 with ‘Magical Sensation‘, think Slovakia 2010 with a beat behind it. The song was written by former Melodifestivalen contestants Sarek, who would later release the song themselves as ‘Magiska Sekunder‘. Sadly, Katy stranded in the semi-finals and her entry failed to chart. Once again, the dream was over before it had properly begun.

These days Katy is still working as a nurse. Last year this ironically gave her the most media attention she’d gotten in ages as she was one of the main characters on hospital reality show ‘De Verpleeg-sterren‘.

As far as music is concerned, she is now performing with coverband Het Swingschaap. She has also become a regular at Het Witte Paard, a revue which runs at the Belgian coast every summer.

It’s not the success story she, and us along with her, may have hoped for, but at least she’s still singing.

Charley says WEEK! 2010.19

May 16, 2010

Move over, Jasper Erkens and Freaky Age. Here’s Breathe The Sound! Above is lead singer Simon Nuytten. Below is their song ‘Dance‘. Over here is a live cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror‘. And this is the band’s MySpace profile. This isn’t usually my kind of music, but I find myself liking this quite a bit.

Charley says ARTIST! Tom Dice
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Charley says COVER ART! Monrose – Like A Lady
[http://tinyurl.com/32jyq4p]

Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel
[http://tinyurl.com/38v9fmg]

Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
[http://tinyurl.com/34qmepa]

Charley says VIDEO! Lio – Le Banana Split
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Charley says LIST! 3 Unlikely Yet Rather Amazing Samples
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Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates
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Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel

May 12, 2010

 

Petra De Steur is a Flemish singer who is probably best known for her wacky hair styles (Eat your heart out, Lady Gaga) and putting a couple of children’s songs to dance music.

One of her best known singles is ‘Laat Je Gaan‘, of which an English version called ‘Just Let Go‘ exists as well. The song fits perfectly into the New Beat craze that was emerging from Belgium at the time, taking cues from the likes of The Confetti’s.

Petra is also a Eurosong regular. She appeared on the Belgian National Final in both 1993 and 1999, but it wasn’t until her 2006 participation under the moniker La Sakhra that she did well in the competition. In fact, was it not for Kate Ryan’s Eurovision stomper ‘Je T’Adore‘ it would have been ‘Wonderland‘ that represented Belgium in Athens.


Just Let Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_isV8q8i4U

However, today I wanted to tell you about ‘Angel‘, the song Petra hoped to shake off her old image with back in 2001.

I was surprised to find out that none other than Pole Folder was involved in the making of this song. This Belgian DJ, real name Benoit Franquet, is a brilliant trance producer who has had his music featured on shows as ‘Nip/Tuck’. My favourite song of his is ‘Faith In Me‘. It’s an incredible song that features the unbelievably chillingly gorgeous vocals of trance queen Kirsty Hawkshaw whom you may know as the voice on Tiësto’s ‘Just Be‘.

Unfortunately, just the involvement of this producer wasn’t enough to guarantee the success of this breathy tune. The single promos had to be sent out without a mention of who was singing on it for the “credible” radio stations to playlist it. If I remember correctly the song was pulled from certain channels when it was revealed that this was actually Petra’s latest effort. In the end, even a video featuring the singer only covered in a towel and her long hair fondling an almost naked black guy didn’t help.

Angel‘ spent one week in the Ultratop at number 50.

Charley says WEEK! 2010.18

May 9, 2010

Dutch YouTube-sensation Esmée Denters featuring on a duet version of German rock band Stanfour’s ‘Life Without You‘.

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am [http://tinyurl.com/37qfz6l]

Charley says SONG! Nikki – Can’t Stop Thinking About You [http://tinyurl.com/2usul6r]

Charley says SONG! Betty – Déjà Vu [http://tinyurl.com/3yrl68e]

Charley says SONG! Bliss – Buttons (Live) [http://tinyurl.com/2v56rer]

Charley says SONG! Andes ft. James Walsh of Starsailor – Een Dag Meer / One More Day
[http://tinyurl.com/2u8wvmj]

Charley says SONG! Whatever – Scream [http://tinyurl.com/3a6d3fu]

Charley says SONG! Robert Ramirez – Sick Of Love [http://tinyurl.com/2uatvuc]

Charley says SONG! Tom Helsen presents Barbara Dex – I Am

May 3, 2010

7Digital / Live Performance / iTunes

A good song is a good song. Regardless of who sings it.

Tom Helsen is a Flemish singer / songwriter who isn’t afraid to colour outside of the lines. Songs like ‘Sun In Her Eyes‘ are essentially pop, but have earned him respect from a more indie audience. Despite this success Tom doesn’t feel too good to do things a little bit different than what is expected of him. To name but a few things, he released a song with Milk Inc. producer Regi, he was a judge on Flemish ‘Soapstar Superstar’, despite being very much happily married and having kids he was ok with kissing a guy in the video for ‘Every Little Thing‘, he translated his hit ‘Goodbye‘ into Dutch for former ‘Idool 2003’ contestant Wim Soutaer to record…

For his new project Tom has written an album of songs for his favourite female voices. ‘The Truth About That Girl And Me’ will feature the likes of Hannelore Bedert, Lady Linn, Eva De Roovere, Sarah Bettens from K’s Choice, Jacqueline from Krezip… Over all these indie crowd pleasers Tom chose Barbara Dex to be on the lead single.

Barbara Dex is anything but indie. She shot to fame in 1993 when she represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Iemand Als Jij‘ is possibly the most beautiful song to ever come last in the competition. Unfortunately people were more interested in her homemade dress than her gorgeous ballad. These days the Barbara Dex Award is given out each year to the worst dressed Eurovision contestant.

Since 1993 Barbara has released some albums in Dutch and some albums in English. Mainly though she was one of those artist who stick around despite never really having another big hit. In recent years the only singles of hers that charted were ‘Crazy‘ and ‘One Life‘. Both are songs she competed with in Eurosong, the Belgian National Final.

The brilliant thing about ‘I Am‘ is that this all hasn’t stopped the song from getting playlisted on indie radio Studio Brussel and even the cultured people at Flemish Radio 1 have given it their seal of approval. I hope this song is going to be huge. Not only for the idea behind it, but also because it’s just a really beautiful song. If I had to compare it to something out there I would maybe say that it wouldn’t sound out of place on a Marit Larsen or Laura Jansen album.

The song isn’t in full on YouTube yet, but you can check out a sample on 7Digital, watch a short live performance at Studio Brussel or simply download the entire thing on iTunes.

See also: Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates