The Eurovision Song Contest is a contest held by active members of the European Broadcasting Union. Each year every country submits an entry for the best song, which is performed live through several rounds. The winning country then hosts the contest the following year. Eurovision started in 1956 to try to boost the morale of a war-torn Europe and bring a sense of togetherness. I knew ABBA had been skyrocketed to fame with their win in 1974 for “Waterloo” but I didn’t realize this amazing programme was still taking place! Germany was this year’s winner and it’s not hard to see why:
Lena Meyer-Landrut – known as “Lena” had a knock-out hit with her entry Satellite. I actually got a hold all entries this year (an amazing collection of Europop!) and while I was a big fan of many of the songs, there is no doubt that Satellite blew the competition out of the water. Catchy, cute, bubbly doesn’t even begin to describe it. I played it for my friends and we still find ourselves belting it out at any given moment. The video is not as exciting as other entries (soon to come!) but it’s worth a watch to see the adorable German pop star:
Shortly after her Eurovision success Lena released her first studio album: My Cassette Player. This is a really great album, peaking at number 1 on the German and Austrian charts, and #5 on the European top 100. There is a certain organic quality to it where you can tell she wrote her own songs (at least most of them), and I think her cover of Jason Mraz’ Mr. Curiosity is incredible. Every song is catchy but intelligent and the entire album is actually in English – which seems surprisingly common amongst European artists – although there is something very German about it. I really hope there is more to come from Lena in the future and I highly recommend this album to all!