New Music: ‘Look Back’ by Tone Damli.

Norwegian pop siren Tone Damli has just released a delightful new single Look Back. Taking off where Crazy Cool left off, this superbly-crafted pop song has got the most charming, catchy chorus ever.

Tone’s voice just soars and takes the listener along for the ride. And she’s swept along all of Norway as well, with Look Back taking the #1 spot on Norwegian iTunes. Check out the song below:

Good luck getting that chorus out of your head!

Alexander Rybak’s Eurovision Medley.

One of the highlights of the Danish Melodi Grand Prix 2012 was undoubtedly Alexander Rybak’s own unique take on a number of Eurovision-winning songs, including Fly On The Wings Of LoveFångad Av En Stormvind, Satellite, Hard Rock Hallelujah and of course, his own Fairytale to name a few. Check out the full show-stopping performance below:

The best of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix.

This weekend sees the start of the Norsk Melodi Grand Prix with the first semi-final. Norway’s national final can always be counted upon to showcase some great music and this year is no different, with some truly exceptional gems shining through.

 Rikkie Lie – Another Heartache (Composers: Rikke Lie / Maria Marcus / Niclas Lundin)

An absolutely gorgeous ballad with some truly epic strings. The wonderfully delicate melody paired with Rikkie’s unique waif-like voice makes this song a very strong contender. In fact, I’m calling this as the one to watch.

 Lise Karlsnes – Sailors (Composers: Lise Karlsnes / Thomas Eriksen)

Dreamy electropop, a little in the vein of The Sound Of Arrows but more hard-hitting. With that soaring chorus, its a future radio hit. What I like about Sailors is that it is very ‘credible’ pop and not the kind normally associated with Eurovision.

 Tooji – Stay (Composers: Tooji / Peter Boström / Figge Boström)

A catchy club track that is an interesting fusion of modern dance and Eastern influences. While I personally like it, I think this will be a challenge to perform live and, if not done right, could potentially fall part. I still think its great though.

Other songs that have caught my attention are Reidun Sæther’s High On Love, Minnie-Oh’s You And I and Malin’s Crush. All in all, the line-up for the Melodi Grand Prix is exceptionally strong this year and the race to the final will no doubt be an exciting one!

Spinning with Stella’s Hula Hoop.

Even though Stella Mwangi failed to take Norway out of the Semi-final and into the Grand Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with her delightful afro-schlager Haba Haba, it seems that she is finding success even further afield despite it all.

Imagine my surprise when the other day at the gym, I look up to see Stella, along with Swedish superstar Mohombi, carvoting about onscreen to their latest hit Hula Hoop! Nearly tripped over on the treadmill I did. Its an instantly catchy, infectious number. Check out what folks are pumping iron to:

Eurostars hit MTV & VH1

Madcon, the spirited duo who provided the decade’s best interval act has managed to crack MTV. Their latest release ‘Freaky Like Me’ has been played quite heavily on the popular channel. The song also features Ameerah, who has participated in the Belgian national finals. Check out the song below:

In addition, VH1 did a show a few weeks back counting down the best-selling albums of 2010. Guess who was number 10? Lena with ‘My Cassette Player’! It was so cool to see her showcased alongside the likes of Kylie Minouge.

It seems that Eurovision particpants are getting even more exposure and fame thanks to the contest. Lets hope that this will convince established stars to take part and turn the tide in the general public’s perception of the Eurovision Song Contest.

For now, congratulations to Madcon, Ameerah and Lena!