OGAE Song Contest is an auditory contest that gives a chance to songs that have not taken part in any national ESC pre-selection songs to participate in a contest. The songs must originate in countries with a national OGAE club. The main purpose of OGAE SC is to promote national music and national singers. The songs must be original and sung in one of the official language of the countries they represent.
Eurofans - OGAE France won the contest last year, with the song "Dernière Danse" by Indila.
This year, 31 clubs are competing and here are their entries...
Le Concours OGAE est un concours audio qui donne une chance à des chansons qui n'ont participé à aucune sélection nationale pour le Concours de l'Eurovision. Les chansons représentent des pays qui ont un club OGAE. Le but premier du Concors OGAE est de promouvoir la musique et les chanteurs nationaux. Les chansons doivent être originales et chantées dans l'une des langues officielles des pays qu'elles représentent.
Eurofans - OGAE France, a remporté le concours l'an dernier avec la chanson "Dernière Danse" interprétée par Indila.
31 clubs sont cette année en compétition et voici les chansons qu'ils ont choisies...
OGAE Song Contest 2014 winning song
Jghidu kien hawn ragel (read the lyrics...)
Se Mig I Dag (read the lyrics...)
Wafande born to an African father, a musician, and a Danish-French mother has roots in Denmark, France, Tanzania, Congo, Malawi and Oman. He grew up in Freetown Christiania, a neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. At 8 years old, family moved toFrance. He aspired for a basketball career particularly after playing for the French national youth basketball program and receiving a scholarship offer from an American college.
Upon his return to Denmark to pursue a musical career, he cooperated with music produced Fresh-I and with performer Pharfar. His debut single "Gi' mig et smil" that features Kaka was released in May 2011 reaching #3 in the Danish charts and went gold. Soon after he released his debut album Du ved det on 22 August 2011.
Not Alone (read the lyrics...)
Ta Ne (read the lyrics...)
Rak Elohim Yishpot Oti (read the lyrics...)
Her third album "Bein Ha'ir La'Kfar" (between the city and the village), gained gold status as well, giving Israeli radio hits "A song for Assaf" and "All the rest is passing". In 2013 Keren released her last album to date, "Eich She'hashemesh Tizrach" (anyway the sun will rise), which didn't gain gold status, but produced the most played song of that year in the Israeli radio, "Lake Wanaka ».
"Rak Elohim Yishpot Oti" (only god will judge me) is the first single out of Keren Peles's next album to be released late 2015 or early 2016. In this single she explores new musical sounds, and exposes her story of overcoming her life's obstacles, including fighting eating disorders, in the boldest way in her successful career."
Ir tik karsts (read the lyrics...)
Ta mig tillbaka (read the lyrics...)
In 2010 Darin competed in the Swedish Final, Melodifestivalen, for Eurovision Song Contest and came 4th with his song “You’re out of my life”. He also took part as one of the artists in the interval act in the 2nd semi-final in Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, 2013.
During 2014 and 2015, Darin has worked on his upcoming album, his 7th, called “Fjärilar i magen” (“Butterflies in the stomach”). This is his first album from Darin with all songs in Swedish and It also marks a change in the music towards a more organic sound. “Ta mig tillbaka” is the first hit single from this album.
Tot està per fer (read the lyrics...)
Ya zhiva (read the lyrics...)
In 2011, Alyona Lanskaya won the Slavianski Bazaar Contest in Vitebsk. Alyona represented Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malm? (Sweden) with the song "Solayoh", qualifying from the semi-final of the competition and placing 16th in the final by scoring 48 points.
The time has passed after the release of the English version of the album Alyona Lanskaya "Solayoh", the work on which took place in the iconic studio "Abbey Road" in London.
Thus, Alyona has set itself for the future very difficult task - new songs must meet high international standards. Therefore, the work on "I am alive" partially held there on "Abbey road". The music and arrangement wrote perhaps by the best creators of the hits in Belarus - Yuri Vashchuk (TEO) and Leonid Shirin. Olga Ryzhikova wrote the lyrics.
By the way, work on the poetry was very laborious, Olga wrote several versions of the text, from which gradually emerged and the final version.
"Eurovision" has greatly changed my idea about the quality of the musical material", - Alena Lanskaya said - "The artist would have to strive to ensure that every note was in place and every word in the song made sense. Starting work on "I am alive", we clearly understand what we want. And to get a decent result. I really hope that after hearing "I'm alive" at least once, then you'll sing a line from a song".
Tudo o que tu quiseres (read the lyrics...)
We also highlight partnerships with various international artists including Enrique Iglesias with in Bailando, Jon Secada and My-Kul Leeric in Dança Comigo, Rita Guerra in Volta, B4 in Tudo o que tu quiseres, Anselmo Ralph in Só mais uma noite and Anggun in Chama por mim and Paula Fernandes in Eu sem você.
Mickael Carreira performs concerts in Portugal and in countries with a predominance of Portuguese emigrant communities such as France, Canada, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
The official video of Bailando music that he sings with Enrique Iglesias, has over 26 million views on Youtube.
The official music video Tudo o que tu quiseres has more than 1.6 million views on Youtube.
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Тажна љубов, среќна песна (read the lyrics...)
Tamara Todevska was born in Skopje on 1 June 1985, as younger sister of Tijana Todevska (today Dapcevic). She was raised in a musical family. Her father Velko Todevski is a professor in a music school and her mum Branka Todevska an opera singer. Tamara got the talent from her mum, because her colour of the voice is very similar to her mum and she has a very deep opera voice.
Her first official song is the duet with her sister Tijana called "Igra luda" (Crazy game), released in 1997. However, her real music career started in 2003 when on the famous Montenegrian festival Suncane Skale, she interpreted her hit "1003"where she place on the 2nd place.
In 2005, her first album was realized under the title "Sino". The music producer and composer of this album is Aleksandar Masevski with whom Tamara cooperated since 2004. In 2006 the album won "The best album of the year 2005" award. Some notable hits from that album are: "Sino", "Molci, molci" (ft.Ronin), "A,shto ako?", "Ljubovna prikazna" (ft. Ugro), "Najverni prijateli", "Ljubi, ljubi" (duet with Tuna), "Shetaj" etc.
Tamara was successful during the Macedonian Eurovision selection. She gained 105 points, placing a respectable second place with the song "Kazi Koj Si Ti". The author & producer of this song is Aleksandar Masevski. In fact this is the last song until today that Masevski made for Tamara.
In February 2008, Tamara won the competition Skopje Fest 2008 with the composition Vo ime na ljubovta featuring Rade Vrchakovski and Adrian Gaxha. The song was hit on the Balkan, and it was predicted to be on a good place in the ESC 2008. The song was sung in six languages and the quality video was made by Dejan Milicevic. In the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 they set in the second semifinal on the number 18th. They sang the English version of "Vo ime na ljubovta" called "Let me love you" and they reached the 10th place in the semifinal. But with the decision of the jury they failed to qualify and on their place came Charlotte Perrelli with "Hero" which represented Sweden.
Love Is A Drug (read the lyrics...)
Feehily has sung completely solo on songs for the band in some instances: a song the band wrote called "Imaginary Diva" of « World of Our Own » album and externally written "Talk Me Down" of « Where We Are » album and also "Before It's Too Late" of Gravity. At live performances, he also sang completely solo for the song "Silent Night".
In February 2015 Markus launched his solo career with a radio premiere of his debut single "Love is a Drug" on RTE 2fm in Ireland which went on to become a hit.
Sebastian (read the lyrics...)
Hande received huge support from the public in many years to be the representative of Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest, especially in 2008.
Hande's latest single "Sebastian" is composed of three songs including Sebastian which was arranged by a famous Turkish producer and DJ, Volga Tamoz and which has become a great hit in Turkey this year.
Mellom Skyene (read the lyrics...)
She lived 8 or 9 years in Hordvik in Bergen's Åsane borough. Her family then lived in the city [Bergen] for a year, before moving toBønes in Bergen's Fyllingsdalen borough. She attended upper secondary school in Fyllingsdalen, for one year, and later attended "Katten".
She worked flipping burgers for around 3 years, and she worked as a cleaner in schools. As a radio host, she worked for a year and a half.
She once moved to Stavanger and intended to start en education within reiselivsutdanning. Later she studied music at the college Høgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag.
She was a member of a gospel choir—Gospel Bergen.
After she switched her focus from English lyrics to Norwegian, she signed a contract with the Norway's largest record company, Universal.
In 2011, Gabrielle released her first single "Ring meg" that reached #1 on VG-lista, the official Norwegian Singles Chart, #1 on iTunes, sold 10x Platinum, most streamed single in Norwegian history and was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy in the category "Hit Of The Year". Her second single "Bordet" sold 2x Platinum in Norway.
Lars K. Hustoft, Crystal Air Music is her manager and has produced some of her recordings. Other producers include Joakim Haukaas.
She is a Christian and regards faith as "rather personal".
In 2006 she said that "being a Christian and being an artist, are two different things for me. But I must sing about something I believe in; I like lyrics that go to some depth. A message about tits and ass and stuff like that, does not cut it for me".
In 2012 she said that she "will not take on a role as a spokeswoman for the Christian artists".
She is a Goodwill Ambassador for Kirkens Nødhjelp, and in that capacity she visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon in 2014.
She identifies herself as a redhead (rødhette) and heterosexual (streit).
She has said that when she was around 19, she loved someone, and the relationship ended, adding "that is possibly the one [breakup] that cut the deepest". (She has said that she once moved to Stavanger because she had an intimate relationship with someone who lived there. She has said that she had been in a relationship with a guy for several years, before it ended.)
Her tattoos include a verse from the Bible.
She is a snowboarder, and has spent one winter in Salt Lake City.
She has three sisters and one brother.
Andalouse (read the lyrics...)
The youngest of a family of travellers, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather. He left school at 13 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan.
For The Voice: la plus belle voix, he auditioned with "Bella" from Maître Gims in the second episode of season 3 broadcast on January 18, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained. He won with 51% of the public vote.
His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish "Color Gitano", released in June 2014 from his EP, his official album released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and "Color Gitano" as Francophone Song of the Year. His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae.
Sylwia Grzeszczak feat. Sound’n’Grace
Kiedy tylko spojrzę (read the lyrics...)
In 2004, took first place in the finals of doors to your career. In 2005 she took part in the fourth Idol. She won the contest for composing poetry sung to music to a poem by Ernest Bryll. In 2006, she recorded three songs on the album the group Ascetoholix Adsum - "I came", "Aphrodisiac" and "Come with me", and in 2007 wrote the music and recorded vocals for the song "come to love the silence" and played the piano in the song "Tiger" on the album Agnieszka Wlodarczyk not to the eye ... Along with Libere took part in the concert tour "Stars in the Warmia and Mazury," in the Warmia and Mazury, where the episode occurred Doniu with them.
November 21, 2008, she released her debut album, She and He, recorded together with Libera.
In 2011 music video for the song "Music power" which Grzeszczak recorded along with MTV and Friends to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the station VIVA Poland was awarded the 2011 VIVA Comet Awards on MTV's best-TV.pl. In the same year the singer released her first solo single, "Little things", which took first place in the quotation Polish Airplay Chart and 1 place in the quotation Polish Video Chart. In addition, a new anthem composed Warta Poznan. July 4th Concert in the Opole Years of Radio Zet and Twos, Sylwia Grzeszczak won a contest for best song "Little Things". Occurred on July 16 Russian Song Festival in Zielona Gora, where the performance of the song "За тобой" took third place and won the Bronze Samovar, In August she released her second solo single, "Dream of the future". The song also became a hit and reached the first place in the quotation Polish Airplay Chart. October 11 has been released album Dream of the future that was on one spot on the list of OLIS. October 16 singer appeared in the second semi-final second edition of the Polsat Must Be the Music. Only music, performing songs like "Little Things" and "Dream of the future". January 4, 2012 released a third single, "Carousel". In 2012, the album reached double platinum status.
Ghost (read the lyrics...)
Henderson's first single, "Ghost", co-written with Ryan Tedder, was released on 8 June 2014 and gave Henderson her first UK Singles Chart number 1 while remaining in the top five of the chart for eight consecutive weeks. It has subsequently been certified platinum for sales in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Her debut album “Chapter One” was released on 13 October 2014 and peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, achieving UK platinum certification on 16 January 2015.
Henderson was born and raised in Tetney, Lincolnshire to a Scottish father, Sean, and an English mother, Michelle. She has two brothers, Patrick and Fraser and a sister Holly. Henderson developed a keen interest in fashion in her youth, notably vintage fashion, which she retains.
Henderson began singing around the age of three and taught herself to play the piano a few years later. She began to put on shows for her family at Christmas and developed a special bond with her grandfather Bill, who encouraged her to pursue her love of music and songwriting. Her interest developed further at primary school she subsequently decided to audition for a scholarship place at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. Henderson succeeded in gaining a scholarship and boarded at the school from the age of 11 to 16. She attended the school at the same time as Dan Ferrari-Lane of boy band District3, who was on “The X Factor” with Henderson in 2012.
Following the success of “Chapter One”, Henderson was announced as the support act for Take That’s 2015 38-date live tour, and will embark on her debut headlining UK tour in October and November 2015.
Kanis den kseri (read the lyrics...)
His first recording was released in 2007 as a lead singer and a composer. Its title was “S’afino ston epomeno” and it was a hit. His first album was out in March 2008 under the title “Haramata” (Day Dawn). Since then he released 4 more albums.
He composed songs for many renowned Greek artists like Helena Paparizou, Antonis Remos and Keti Garbi among others. His official website is www.georgesabanis.gr
Ime moje (read the lyrics...)
Jelena gained notability at the age of eight when she won the children's song contest "Šarenijada" in Kragujevac. After that, she joined folklore group "Kud Abrašević" from Kragujevac. The group toured Europe winning many awards for their dancing while Jelena won awards for her vocals. From then she performed at various international festivals such as the Czech Republic, Belarus and Bulgaria, where she won various awards. She competed and won in an Idol style show in 2002 called "3K dur" aired on RTS3.
In 2005, she started a professional involvement with popular Serbian singer Željko Joksimović. He composed the song Jutro for her with which she competed at Beovizija, the Serbian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Ultimately she missed out in controversial fashion at the overall Serbia and Montenegro final (Evropesma), when all four Montenegrin jurors overlooked it in distributing their points.
In 2008, Željko Joksimović composed Jelena a song called Oro for Beovizija 2008. She won the contest and represented Serbia in Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade in May.
In 2009 Jelena also recorded a song dedicated to peace along with the participants of Eurovision 2008 Boaz Mauda (Israel) and Sirusho (Armenia).The song is called Time To Pray. The lyricist of the song is the president of Israel, Shimon Peres. The song was represented in Moscow and also in Serbia during the Serbian National Final of Eurovision.
In 2010 Jelena circuleted a song is called ,,Gde da odem da te ne volim" which is written by Jelena Trifunovic and composered by the popular singer \ composer Tose Proeski, one of the biggest Balkan artists.This Jelena's song is into collection, Tose i prijatelji" (Tose and friends) that is a collection on his memoriam in 2010. The spot of this song was filmed in Es Vives Hotel in Ibiza (Spain) on Summer of 2010.
On 24 Februar 2012, Jelena presented at the TV Show "Ja imam talenat", a song called "Melaholija" (Melancholy). The composer of the song is Rafael Artesero from Spain and lyric writer Ljiljana Jorgovanovic. The same year on 23 June, presented her single "Vertigo". The TV premier took part at TV show "VIP Room". Emina Jahovic is the composer and lyric writer of the song.
On 5 October 2013, Jelena was a guest star at OGAE Spain's party for Eurovision fans in Barcelona. There she met the composer of her song "Melanholija", Rafael Artesero, who painted her portrait as a gift. In Barcelona Jelena filmed her video clip for the song "Radio svira za nas", shich realised on 26 November 2013. The composer is Darko Dimitrov and lyric writer Aleksandra Milutinovic.
Couple months later, this time OGAE Portugal asked Jelena as a guest star at their ESC party. Jelena traveled at Setubal, a town near Lisbon, where she competed in two concerts, one on 12 September 2013 and another one the next day.
One year later, on 19 September 2014, on TV PINK premiered the new music talent show "Pinkove zvezdice", a show only for children. Jelena has a place as a jugde. Her songs are the most famous at the show. Children love her and use to give her nicknames as "dobra vila" (good fairy) and "slatka jabucica" (sweet little apple). The show it didn't finish yet.
On 6 December 2014, Jelena finished her records for her second album. Expect her already published singles, we are waiting to listent some songs which are given as a present to her, from friends, like Sergej Cetkovic and Marija Maric known as Mari Mari. Also, the CD will circulate some old songs, which were never on an album, Rano da verujes, Ovo nije ljubav, Kad ne bude tvoje ljubavi, Gde da odem da te en volim, which composed Tose Proeski, etc. The album will be realise until the end of spring. In addintion she plans to record a duet with a serbian legend singer Pedrag Tozovac and an album with traditional songs, that she adores.
I want to live without war (read the lyrics...)
Svitlana was born July 26th 1990 in the sunny and warm city of Kherson. From childhood she dreams of becoming a driver, but the urge for music has won, so after graduating from school she moved to Kiev, where enrolled in the variety- circus Academy at the Department of pop singing. She also worked as PJ in nightclubs.
In 2008 she attended in the TV project "Star Academy 2" where she become one of the brightest and most talented participants, as well as one of the favorites of music producer Natalya Mogilevskaya. On TV project she took 2nd place and became one of soloists of the popular group REAL O Produced by Natalya Mogilevskaya.
In 2012 Svitlana broke the contract with the Producer Centre "TALANT Group".
Currently, she spends activities under the pseudonym TARABAROVA and is working on a solo program, consisting of a material that has accumulated over the last few years.
Songstress believes that in such a sharp full of aggression with multiple parties moment, light, good attitude and honest music can to rally people from different countries. Svitlana wishes peace to all without exception and opposed to hatred and conflict.
Bright appearance, red hair an incredible voice - all this was the key to the success of her solo career for which we, of course, are closely watching!
Sexy als ik dans (read the lyrics...)
Inga & Anush Arshakyans
Aprelu April (read the lyrics...)
Inga and Anush sing and compose since their childhood. The sisters are Arno Babajanyan Music College alumni. Inga graduated from the violin department, while Anush graduated from the piano department. Graduating from the Yerevan State Conservatory the singers have performed jointly on the professional stage since 2000. At the beginning of the career the girls performed solo at the State Song Theatre of Armenia.
The music they offer is a fusion of Armenian folk music, rock, jazz and other genres of contemporary music performed with exceptionally strong voices. The sisters began their musical career through adapting Armenian ethno tunes and exclusive performance which was considered a kind of a challenge at that period in the Armenian show business. Through performing Armenian national songs, Inga and Anush have revived the threatened ethno tunes and have breathed a new life into folk melodies through rock and jazz arrangements.
Senza fare sul serio (read the lyrics...)
She began her career in 1995 entering the children's choir of the Teatro alla Scala, where she remained until 2001.
After working in a few commercials and soundtracks for fashion shows and music events, in 2007 she signed a record deal for the Sugar Music of Caterina Caselli. She released his first single "Sospesa" but the real hit came with the second single "Feeling better".
The first album was released in September 2008 and was titled simply "Malika Ayane". The album was certified platinum.
In February 2009 Malika took part in the 59th Sanremo Festival with the song "Come foglie" written by the frontman of the rock band Negramaro, Giuliano Sangiorgi. The song has a good success, ranking third in the Young Category of the festival and reaching the second position in the chart.
In January 2010 she was asked to cover an old italian song originally by Nicola Di Bari "La prima cosa bella", for the soundtrack of the film by Paolo Virzì.
In February 2010 she participated in the 60th Sanremo Festival in the Campioni Category with the song "Ricomincio da qui". The song gets excellent feedback, so Malika won the Critics Award "Mia Martini". In the meantime she released her second album, "Grovigli", which reached platinum status.
In July 2012 Malika released a new single "Tre cose" while the new album "Ricreazione" was out in September.
In February 2013 she was again in Sanremo Festival with two songs written again by Giuliano Sangiorni "E se poi" and "Niente".
In February 2015 she was classified third and won the Critics Prize "Mia Martini" at the 65th edition of Sanremo Festival with the song "Adesso e qui (nostalgico presente)". The song reached the ninth position in the chart and was certified gold. On February 12, she released her fourth album "Naïf".
In June 2015 Malika took part in the 3rd edition of the Coca-Cola Summer Festival with the song "Senza fare sul serio" getting a nomination for the Prix RTL 102.5 - song of the summer. The single reached the platinum status in the chart.
Sinä ansaitset kultaa (read the lyrics...)
He won the titel of Tangoking in 1995 and his debutalbum "Jari Sillanpää" (1996) is the best selling album of all times in Finland . All together his 13 albums and three collections have sold over 820.000 copies here in Finland.
2004 Jari represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul with "Takes 2 to tango" but failed to qualify into the Grand final. He has participated in the Finnish national final of Eurovision two more times with "Valkeaa unelmaa" (1998) and "Kirkas kipinä" (2009). In 2005 Jari won "Iskelmä-Finlandia"-award and in 2011 the Syksyn Sävel (Autumn's Melody)-songcompetition with the song "En se olla saa". In 2012 Jari took part to first season of popular tv-show "Vain elämää" (originally the dutch format "De beste zangers van Nederland"). The two compilation albums of the songs heard in the show sold almost 300.000 copies. Next year Jari won the other popular musicshow "Tähdet, tähdet" (Stars, stars), in which the artists competed various different musicstyles every week.
Jari has filled all the biggest arena's here Finland in his concert-tours, but this summer he celebrates his 50th birthday and 20 years career by performing the concert in Helsinki Olympia Stadion for 50.000 people. Jari's latest album "Rakkaudella merkitty mies (The man marked with love)" has sold doubleplatinum. The Finnish entry for the OGAESC 2015 is one of the biggest hits of the year in Finland and the video have been watched in Youtube almost four million times. Jari Sillanpää is openly gay and the lyrics of "Sinä ansaitset kultaa (You deserve gold)" are inspired from real life and tell about Jari's divorce from his longtime boyfriend.
Resign (read the lyrics...)
Born Ruth Lorenzo Pascual on November 10, 1982 in Murcia, she began singing from a very early age, mimicking opera diva Montserrat Caballé and songs from the musical Annie. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was ten, and she was encouraged in her singing by her school teachers. She took numerous singing and dance classes and performed in am-dram productions of The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady. When she was 16, her family moved back to Spain, and it was at this time that she seriously considered music as a career. She tried out for the Spanish TV talent contest Operación Triunfo, but failed to make it past the auditions. She then formed a band and toured around Spain for several years, but the band split up without making it big. Finally she took a job with the holiday resort company Polaris World, where she worked both in PR and as a performer in the resort's hotels.
It was her U.K. X Factor exposure in 2008 that finally paved the way for her Spanish success. In 2009 she signed to Virgin EMI and spent the next two years writing for a debut album, but eventually parted ways with the label over creative differences and decided to go independent. Her debut single, "Burn," performed with her band the Raspberry Pattern, was crowd-funded through the IndieGoGo website. Released in 2011, it went to number 16 in Spain. It was also released in the U.K. but failed to chart. The singles "The Night" and "Love Is Dead" followed in 2013. Neither of these charted either, but her extensive touring throughout Europe had made her sufficiently popular that she was voted the Spanish people's favorite to represent them at Eurovision. Her entry, the epic bilingual ballad "Dancing in the Rain," saw her finish the contest in 10th place. The song was a hit in Spain, entering the singles charts at number five. It was also scheduled to appear on her long-awaited debut album, Planeta Azul, which was set for release by Roster Records in 2014.
Два крыла (read the lyrics...)
Varum was born in Lviv to composer Yury Ignatievich Varum and theater producer Galina Mikhailovna Shapovalova. At the age of 5, she began to study the piano and, after starting school, she started to learn the guitar. She was part of the school's musical theater group and performed with them throughout the Ukraine. After high school, Varum applied to the Boris Schukin Theater Institute in Moscow, but could not pass the entrance exams. She then began to work as a back-up singer at her father's music studio.
In 1990, Varum recorded a version of "Polunochniy kovboy" (Midnight cowboy) that soon became a hit, particularly after she performed it in the television show "Utrenneya zvezda" (Morning star) and at a concert at the Sports Complex "Olympic". On the back of that initial success, Varum released her first album, "Good bye, moi mal'chik" (Good-bye, my boy). The title song and the songs "Sosedniy parenek" (Neighborhood boy) and "Chelovek-svistok" (Human-whistle) became hits.
Two years later, Varum recorded the album "La-la-fa" that became hugely popular in Russia. It included the song "Hudozhnik kotoriy risuyet dozhd" (Painter who draws the rain) and the song "Gorodok" (Town), which became one of the singer's calling cards. In 1994, Varum made it to the finals of the Russian annual festival "Pesnya goda" (Song of the year).
In 1995, Varum released a compilation of hits and a new album called "Osenniy dzhaz" (Autumn jazz) that won the "Ovation" award as the best album of 1995, with Varum taking the "Ovation" for best singer of the year. The next year, Varum released "V dvukh minutakh ot liubvi" (Two minutes from love). Around the same time, the perfume "Anzhelika Varum" made its debut on the Russian market. Varum remained prolific, releasing "Zimniya vishnia" (Winter cherry) in 1996. The songs "Eto vse dlia tebia" (It's all for you), "Drugaya zhenchina" (The other woman), and the title song all crowded the hit parades of leading Russian radio stations.
In 1997, Varum played in the musical "Poza emigranta" (The emigrant's pose) and won the "Chaika" award for her performance. She also began a creative collaboration with Leonid Agutin that soon turned into a romantic relationship. In 1999, Varum and Agutin had a baby girl whom they named Elisaveta. The same year, Varum released her seventh album, "Tol'ko ona" (Only she) and a collection of hits titled "The Best". She also appeared in a feature film, playing a leading role in Vasiliy Pichul's "Nebo v almazakh" (Night in diamonds).
In 2000, Varum released "Sluzhebniy roman" (Workplace romance), a collaborative album that she created together with Leonid Agutin. The couple also toured throughout Russia with a concert program titled "Polovina serdtsa" (Half of a heart).
In 2001, Varum created the "Varum Records Company", which she used as a vehicle for producing her own music and representing other artists. She released a new album in 2002 titled "Stop, lyubopytstvo" (Stop, curiosity). She also created two new concert programs, a solo program titled after the new album, and a duet program with Agutin called "Rimskiye kanikuly" (Roman holiday).
In 2003, she played in the film "Kamenskaya 3: Kogda bogi smeyutsia" (When gods laugh), a detective thriller. Later that year, she released the single "Pozhar" (Fire). The following year, Varum toured extensively with Agutin, giving live concerts in the United States,Germany, Israel, Belarus, Ukraine, and throughout Russia.
In 2005, Varum appeared in a film that was a musical remake of the well-known Soviet era story "Dvennadsat' Stul'yev" (Twelve Chairs) by Ilf and Petrov. She played the role of "Ellochka-lyudoyedka" (Ella the man-eater), a flamboyant character with an over-the-top personality. That year, she also created a new concert program with Agutin called "Ty i Ya" (You and I), with which they toured throughout Europe and the United States. She also helped Agutin to record his first English language record. Created together with Al Di Meola and titled "Cosomopolitan Life", the album dropped in Europe in the spring of 2005 and quickly topped the charts. The album included the Varum and Agutin duet "If I'll get a chance".
After spending much of 2006 touring, Varum released a new album in 2007 called "Muzika" (Music) that included both new and old songs. This was followed up by another album in 2009 titled "Yesli on uidet" (If he leaves). For the first time in her career, Varum not only sang, but also wrote the lyrics for some of the songs.
In 2010 and 2011, Varum and Agutin gave a series of concerts in most of Russia's major cities, including a performance at the Kremlin in collaboration with the renowned Cuban musician Orlando "Maraca" Valle.
30.000 Grad (read the lyrics...)
In 1994 she took part for the first time at the “Deutsches Schlager Festival”, and reached with "Silbermond und Sternenfeuer" the second place. Another start in this contest with "Wie Flammen im Wind" finally brought her the victory in 1997. The same year she also took part at the German preselection to the ESC and ended third with the song "Im Auge des Orkans". In this contest she needs a second attempt to win too. In 2001 she won the preselection and represented Germany with "Wer Liebe lebt" in Copenhagen. She reached the eighth place. 1999 and 2001 she could each win an echo and also the “goldene Stimmgabel”. In Austria she had not only good chartpositions, but also she won the Amadeus Austrian Music Awards in 2001 and 2003.
In 2003, her life went into private turbulences. So she started again in 2009 with a new album ("Goodbye Michelle") in the charts.
Today she is living with two of her three children and two children of her partner: "Family is the most important thing. They can keep you - and I need this feeling. "But she also needs her appearances:" I love the music, the songs, my fans, my audience. The songs express what I really feel. "And as she recites her songs, she indeed looks very authentic.
About her title 30.000 degrees she said: "This is pure life - not in the fast lane, but on a path that takes one's heartbeat seriously and do not want to repress them." Michelle was in the German preselection for OGAESC already 14 times and is therefore the fourth most successful performer in the preselection. It is her second attempt at the international OGAE Song Contest. In 2001 she sang the title "Wirst du noch da sein" in Sweden and became 4th. The experience shows indeed that their second attempt at a competition is always very successful... So we cross our fingers for her appearance in France.
Novembar (read the lyrics...)
Blank Space (read the lyrics...)
But the numbers don't tell Taylor's story half as well as she could. After all, it's the intangibles that elevate Swift into the stratosphere of our pop culture planet, allowing the 25-year old singer-songwriter to orbit in a more rarified air. Her large-scale charitable contributions are one thing, but it's in the small gestures – the notes of compassion she posts on the Instagram photos of lovelorn fans, the genuine hugs she distributes without discretion – where Swift proves time and time again that platinum-selling, record-setting success has not changed her inherent nature. She is awkwardly honest and powerfully empathetic; a brazen superfan, loyal friend, fierce protector of hearts; and one of the world's greatest ambassadors for the power of just being yourself.
Granted, for Taylor, "being herself" tends towards shimmering, gossamer perfection – but that's an image regularly blown whenever she dons fake braces and a tri-pony to clown around on late night TV. She's the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums, and while she's been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of only eight candidates for their most prestigious honor, 2014 Person of the Year, she's probably the only person on these lists who uses social media to post notes to her best friends and videos of her cats.
As Billboard Magazine's Woman of the Year (only artist to receive this nod twice, and youngest-ever honoree) released her critically acclaimed fifth album, 1989, she astounded the world by selling almost 1.3 million albums in its debut week. A fete that had been called impossible in 2014, Taylor proved it was possible. She calls 1989 her most sonically cohesive collection, it is a touchstone; Taylor's songwriting and sonic evolution surprises us more than ever before. Heavily keyboard and beat driven, the pop sensibilities that have always been the hallmark of Taylor's music now move front and center. On 1989 she finds herself, as always, in the glare of a blinding spotlight – but if you think that scares her, you haven't been paying attention. She's ready to blaze into the next phase of her still-young career, where she'll continue to dance like no one's watching, write like she stole our collective diary, and inevitably soar to ever-greater heights. All that's left to wonder is how many more lives she'll lift in the process.
"Blank Space" was written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. The song was released to the radio by Republic Records on November 10, 2014 as the album's second single, after "Shake It Off" and is the second track on the album. Musically, "Blank Space" is a synthpop song with lyrics that satirize the media's perception of Swift and her relationships. "Blank Space" was a critical and commercial success, having reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 following "Shake It Off". The song has also topped charts in Canada, South Africa and Australia. It also charted in the top-10 in numerous countries, such as Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and was shot over three days. It has reached 1 billion views on Vevo, becoming the third and the fastest to do so. It's also the most viewed music video by a female artist on both YouTube and Vevo, and the third overall.
Po dežju (read the lyrics...)
Nebo na mojoj strani (read the lyrics...)
The band Pravila igre was presented to the audience with their debut single "Nebo na mojoj strani“ (Sky On My Side) in the Hit Records label, which is also elected to represent Croatia on the OGAE Song Contest 2015. It is a love story fast-paced music about everyday life situations. In a very short time this song came to a very high places in both, national and regional radio stations and has achieved remarkable success with listeners and the music critics.
Music, text and arrangement for the song is signed by Miro Buljan whose long friendship with the boys from the band grew into a common wish to turn their musical potential into something new and different. He claims that guys have a great perspective because they are entertaining but in the same time very diligent, because they were on a very high level of musicianship and professionalism in the studio, during the recording of their debut single.
The single also has an appropriate video which was filmed under the direction of Filip Dizdar in attractive locations in and around Zagreb. Common wish of Filip Dizdar and the guys from the band was to create an ultra-modern visual experience.