Friday, January 20, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XVIII: ISRAEL. Continues next week.

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EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
IRELAND
MALTA
ISRAEL
Flag of Israel.svg
ESC2016 - Israel Meet & Greet 20.jpgEurovision widened its horizons beyond the European continent when Israel made its debut in 1973. It has participated in 39 contests and secured 3 wins. The trio includes back to back wins in 1978 and 1979. Dana International remains the most recent Israeli victor; with "Diva" in 1998. In 2016, "Made Of  Stars" competed in the Grand Final. Performer Hovi Star finished 14th out of 26 songs.
 The 2017 song for Israel and its performer will be announced in mid-February.
WINS: 3
BEST ENTRY EVER:
DIVA Dana International
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HONOURABLE MENTION(S):
A-BA-NI-BI Izhar Cohen & Alpha-Beta
Izhar Cohen - A-Ba-Ni-Bi.jpg
 HALLELUJAH Gali Atari and Milk & Honey
 Hallelujah
To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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100 ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON SONGS: #45-41. Continues next week.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
100
 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY
MICHAEL JACKSON
Audiences around the world were first in awe of Michael Jackson’s talent in 1969 when the wunderkind was still only 11 years of age and singing lead on “I Want You Back”. Soon, his solo career would eclipse the Jackson 5’s success. The brothers would quit the Motown label in 1975 and became The Jacksons. Michael remained a member, but his solo output went into overdrive with the albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Bad’ and the record-breaking ‘Thriller’. This period forever cemented his place among pop music’s greatest influences. Here are the 100 most essential recordings- solo and with his siblings- in terms of influence, popularity and quality. The tracks span the years 1969-2014.
45
EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
MICHAEL JACKSON & DIANA ROSS
The R&B re-imagining of 'The Wizard Of Oz' was entitled 'The Wiz'. Motown adapted the musical into a film starring Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael as the Scarecrow. "Ease On Down The Road" was the key song from the motion picture. Motown's 2 major stars released their version as a duet in 1978.
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44
DANCING MACHINE
THE JACKSONS
Hal Davis produced and co-wrote "Dancing Machine", the title track on The Jacksons' 1974 album. The funky disco song returned the boys to the US Pop Top 10, peaking at #2. The disc rose to #1 on the R&B chart.
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43
LOVING YOU
MICHAEL JACKSON
2014 saw the release of a 2nd posthumous album featuring new material by Michael. 'Xscape' included the track "Loving You" which was built around a song idea that came to Michael during the early sessions for the 'Bad' album.
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42
I JUST CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU
MICHAEL JACKSON & SEIDAH GARRETT
Whitney Houston was originally slated to record "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" as a duet with Michael. Schedules clashed and so Seidah Garrett replaced her on the track which was included on the 1987 'Bad' album. In America, the disc topped the Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. The duet also reached #1 in Britain. It was a global smash around the planet.
I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Michael Jackson single - cover art).jpg
41
YOU ROCK MY WORLD
MICHAEL JACKSON
Michael co-produced "You Rock My World" with Rodney Jerkins for his 2001 album 'Invincible'. The single topped charts around Europe. It went Top 10 in the USA, Britain (#2), Canada and Australia.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XVII: MALTA. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` previews…
EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
IRELAND
MALTA
Flag of Malta.svg
Ira Losco - WoW.jpgChiara1.JPGMalta first competed at Eurovision in 1971. There was an extensive absence in the years 1976- 1990. Malta returned in 1991.After 29 attempts to secure a win, this goal is yet to be achieved. The island country has come close, finishing in the Top 3 in 1992, 1998, 2002 and 2005. Chiara performed 2 of those high achieving entries: "Angel" and "The One That I Love". 
Ira Losco, another runner-up (with "7th Wonder"), returned to the Grand Final in Stockholm last year. She finished in 12th position with "Walk On Water". 
The Maltese song for 2017 and its performer will be announced in mid- February.
WINS: 0
BEST ENTRY EVER:
I DO Fabrizio Faniello
 I Do - Fabrizio Faniello
HONOURABLE MENTION(S):
LET ME FLY Debbie Scerri
 Let Me Fly - Debbie Scerri

To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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100 ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON SONGS: #50-46. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
100
 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY
MICHAEL JACKSON
Audiences around the world were first in awe of Michael Jackson’s talent in 1969 when the wunderkind was still only 11 years of age and singing lead on “I Want You Back”. Soon, his solo career would eclipse the Jackson 5’s success. The brothers would quit the Motown label in 1975 and became The Jacksons. Michael remained a member, but his solo output went into overdrive with the albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Bad’ and the record-breaking ‘Thriller’. This period forever cemented his place among pop music’s greatest influences. Here are the 100 most essential recordings- solo and with his siblings- in terms of influence, popularity and quality. The tracks span the years 1969-2014.
50
HAPPY
MICHAEL JACKSON
Renowned composer Michel Legrand and Motown's legendary songwriter Smokey Robinson created "Happy". It was the "Love Theme" from the film 'Lady Sings The Blues' starring Diana Ross. Michael covered the song on his 1973 'Music & Me' album.
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49
SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO
THE JACKSONS
Gamble & Huff delivered The Jacksons "Show You The Way To Go" for their 1st album on new label CBS. The single charted well in America, but fared way better in the UK where it reached #1 in 1977.
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48
GONE TOO SOON
MICHAEL JACKSON
Michael dedicated "Gone Too Soon" to young Ryan White who endured discrimination due to his HIV status. The brave youth died in 1990. The song was included on 'Dangerous'. In late 1993, it was issued as a single. Toto's David Paich and Steve Porcaro performed on the track.
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47
EARTH SONG
MICHAEL JACKSON
The version of "Earth Song" featured on Michael's 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1' runs just under 7 minutes. The single edit lasts 5 minutes. In 1995, the song climbed to #1 on the British chart. It was a major hit in Europe and New Zealand.
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46
MUSIC AND ME
MICHAEL JACKSON
Audiences marvelled at the heartfelt delivery of "Music And Me", the title song on Michael's 1973 album. Again, the young superstar displayed great maturity well beyond his years on the beautiful ballad.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XVI: IRELAND. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` previews…
EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
IRELAND
Flag of Ireland.svg
Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now.jpgIreland joined the Eurovision family in 1965. It has competed 50 times and holds the record for the most wins. Johnny Logan secured 2 victories as a performer and wrote a 3rd winning song.
Sunlight - Nicky Byrne.jpgSince its most recent triumph in 1996, Irish entries have been inconsistent in terms of quality. The last few years have seen a more concerted effort to maintain Ireland's lead in the record books. Thankfully, these songs are a far cry from the curious entry "Irelande Douze Points" by Dustin The Turkey! In 2016, Ireland was represented by Nicky Byrne (formerly from boyband Westlife) with the catchy "Sunlight". Unfortunately, it failed to qualify for the Grand Final.
For Eurovision 2017, Brendan Murray will be performing in Kiev. He was formerly of the boyband Hometown. His ESC song is yet to be announced.
WINS: 7
BEST ENTRY EVER:
THE WAGES OF LOVE Muriel Day & The Lindsays
Wages of love
HONOURABLE MENTION(S):
THE VOICE Eimear Quinn
Eimear Quinn - The Voice.jpg
WHAT'S ANOTHER YEAR? Johnny Logan
Johnny Logan - What's Another Year.jpg
To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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100 ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON SONGS: #55-51. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
100
 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY
MICHAEL JACKSON
Audiences around the world were first in awe of Michael Jackson’s talent in 1969 when the wunderkind was still only 11 years of age and singing lead on “I Want You Back”. Soon, his solo career would eclipse the Jackson 5’s success. The brothers would quit the Motown label in 1975 and became The Jacksons. Michael remained a member, but his solo output went into overdrive with the albums ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Bad’ and the record-breaking ‘Thriller’. This period forever cemented his place among pop music’s greatest influences. Here are the 100 most essential recordings- solo and with his siblings- in terms of influence, popularity and quality. The tracks span the years 1969-2014.
55
I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE
MICHAEL JACKSON
Arthur "T-Boy" Ross wrote "I Wanna Be Where You Are" with Leon Ware. The former was Diana Ross' brother. Michael released the song in 1972. It was included on the 'Got To Be There' album. The single reached #2 on the US R&B Chart.
Michael Jackson - I Wanna Be Where You Are.jpg
54
CORNER OF THE SKY
JACKSON 5
"Corner of the Sky" is a song from the musical "Pippin". The Jackson 5 covered it on their 1973 'Skywriter' album. It was the parent LP's 1st single. The remake made the US Top 20.
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53
HEAL THE WORLD
MICHAEL JACKSON
The 1991 album 'Dangerous' featured the single "Heal The World". Michael penned the visionary song. The disc made Top 3 in Europe and the U.K.
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52
ENJOY YOURSELF
THE JACKSONS
After breaking ties with Motown, the Jackson boys signed with CBS and released a self-titled album. "Enjoy Yourself" was The Jacksons' debut single on the new label. It was the first to feature Randy. With Jermaine remaining at Motown, the youngest brother replaced him in the ranks. The disc reached #2 R&B and 6 Pop in America.
Enjoyyourself.jpg
51
BURN THIS DISCO OUT
MICHAEL JACKSON
Rod Temperton penned some of Michael's most cherished songs. He had tasted pop success as a member of the group Heatwave with the disco US/ UK #2 smash "Boogie Nights". Along with creating hits for MJ, Temperton wrote George Benson's "Give Me The Night" and the US #1 "Baby Come To Me" by Patti Austin and James Ingram. "Burn This Disco Out" was 1 of 3 tracks written by the songwriter for Michael's 1979 LP 'Off The Wall'. Sadly, Temperton passed away in 2016.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EUROVISION 2017: The 43 Countries. XV: PORTUGAL. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` previews…
EUROVISION
2017
As countries begin selecting their entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in May, this blog will look back on the stats and the best from each of the 43 participating nations.
UKRAINE
ITALY
FRANCE
GERMANY
UNITED KINGDOM
SPAIN
BELGIUM
SWITZERLAND
THE NETHERLANDS
DENMARK
AUSTRIA
SWEDEN
NORWAY
FINLAND
PORTUGAL
 Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal's premiere at Eurovision was back in 1964. Despite 48 efforts, victory has eluded the country's entrants. Its best result was finishing 6th in 1996 with "O Meu Coração Não Tem Cor" by Lúcia Moniz. 
The last time Portugal appeared in a Grand Final was in 2000. The country was absent from the Contest last year. 
It will be returning in 2017 and its entry will be unveiled in early March.
WINS: 0
BEST ENTRY EVER:
HA DIAS ASSIM Filipa Azevedo
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To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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