Popcorker 2014 #8; Freaky Fortune ft Riskykidd – Rise Up

Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd from Greece made us rise up this year (Source Image: Esctoday.com)
Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd from Greece made us rise up this year (Source Image: Esctoday.com)

It’s Christmas eve y’all so time to get the festivities started. So what better way to give you a cracking tune, which happens to be number 8 in our end of year chart here at Popcorker.

For the final time in the overview, we’re heading back to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with these three Greek guys. Back in March, Dance duo Freaky Fortune & Greek rapper Riskykidd convincingly won the national final with their dance track ‘Rise Up’, thus representing Greece in Copenhagen.

The upbeat dance track featuring trumpets (and in the chorus reminds of the Sam and the Womp’s ‘ Bom Bom’) didn’t quite set the scoreboard on fire during the final but never the less the guys enthusiasm and upbeat tempo made ‘Rise up’ an absolute highlight this year:

Bipolar Sunshine – Daydreamer (Official Video)

Bipolar is ready to set the charts on fire with Daydreamer in 2015 - Listen
Bipolar is ready to set the charts on fire with Daydreamer in 2015 – Listen

Judging by the incredible production of his upcoming percussion packed single ‘Daydreamer’, Adio Merchant better known as Bipolar Sunshine might finally be destined for big things in 2015.

The Ex vocalist of six piece Manchester Kid British, has consecutively been releasing EP’s the last year, in the hope to finally make his move onto the charts. So far, it’s been with a little bit of success.

The expectations however are high with this new single, released January 25, and its clear why. It’s a little tropical, due to the percussion drums added in the chorus, and all in all its a very uplifting effort from Bipolar. And that in itself should be plenty reason for this track to get at least quite a bit of airplay.

The video, created by Tomek Duci, is fully animated and can be heard below:

Popcorker 2014 #9; Oscar and the Wolf – Strange Entity

Belgian finest electroband to date Oscar & The Wolf deliver on all levels.
Belgian finest electroband to date Oscar & The Wolf deliver on all levels.

When it comes down to Belgian Music, we haven’t quite featured that many artists on the site as yet, even though there’s plenty of talent coming from the land of chocolate and fries. Prime example is the following band; Oscar and the wolf.

The group, fronted by lead singer Max Colombie, went for the gold this year in their home nation, with surrounding European countries quickly following. Releasing an interesting and eclectic mixture of electronic pop music the debut album ‘Entity’ delivered on all levels.

There’s plenty of interesting material (Princes, Undress) on it, but it was lead single ‘Strange Entity’ which completely won us over with its ecletic & Atmospheric sound. Throw in a alternative music video and BAM, a worthy 9th place in our overall 2014 chart.

39 countries to build bridges at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

The 60th Eurovision song contest has an identity. (Source: Eurovision.Tv/ORF)
39 countries are to build bridges during the  60th Eurovision song contest in Vienna. (Source: Eurovision.Tv/ORF)

The EBU has officially announced the list of countries participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The annual European contest is celebrating its 60th anniversary and is heading to Vienna, after the victorious win of Conchita Wurst last year.

On a whole three countries are returning the contest, Cyprus, Serbia and the Czech Republic while sadly Ukraine, Bosnia Herzegovina and Bulgaria have decided to take a break from the contest due to mainly financial difficulties.

In the next few months, Eurovision fans are to be spoiled with a variety of national finals, in which songs and participants are to be selected. While the entries and candidates from FYR Macedonia, the Netherlands and Malta are already known, Belarus and Albania are set to select their entries over the festive season.

The full list of participating countries and artists, including a video of the live performance of their entries, can be found below.

Albania:

Armenia:

Austria:

Azerbaijan:

Belarus:

Belgium: Loïc Nottet – TBA

Cyprus:

Czech Republic:

Denmark:

Estonia:

France:

FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski – Lisja Esenski

Georgia:

Germany:

Greece:

Hungary:

Iceland:

Ireland:

Israel:

Italy:

Latvia:

Lithuania:

Malta: Amber – Warrior

Moldova:

Montenegro: Knez – TBA

The Netherlands: Trijntje Oosterhuis – Walk Along

Norway:

Poland:

Portugal:

Romania:

Russia:

San Marino: Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini – TBA

Serbia:

Slovenia:

Spain:

Sweden:

Switzerland:

United Kingdom:

Last year, Conchita Wurst won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with her entry ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. Watch her winning contribution, below:

 

Popcorker 2014 Top 10 ; Emma – la Mia Citta

Emma Marrone opens Popcorker's 2014 End of year top 10
Emma Marrone opens Popcorker’s 2014 End of year top 10 (image source: look da VIP)

Ok, ok. so my plan to give you 30 of our most favourite songs didn’t quite work out, as I anticipated. But hoping to bring 2014 to a good end is me giving you at least the full top ten of songs I have enjoyed most this year.

Kicking things off at #10 is Italy’s very own superstar Emma Marrone, who went to Copenhagen in May with one goal; Win the Eurovision Song contest with her pop rock entry ‘La Mia Citta’ (My City). Emma looked the part, and went for it, but Europe wasn’t quite convinced, leaving the singer on a 21st place out of 25 contestants.

But who cares, Emma is more than ever popular in Italy. After seeing her live (and meeting her) in Taormina on her ‘Limited Edition’ Tour, Emma’s success has only grown. Since she’s released a live album and gone on a second tour this year ‘Emma 3.0’.

Italian has dominated our personal charts this year, and ‘La Mia Citta’ simply could not be forgotten;