When UK Eurovision Entries Charted At Number 1

The UK certainly hasn’t had much success at Eurovision over the last couple of decades – the last win was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves; and the last runners-up place was in 1998 with Imaani. In the 21st century, the UK has only reached the top 10 twice (third in 2002 and fifth in 2009). In fact, since 2003, more often than not, the UK has finished outside of the top 20, including three last-placed finishes and a famous nul-points for Jemini in 2003.

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Introducing Ralana: EDM Star Set To Release New Album ‘Badass Vibes’ This Summer

Ralana has announced on social media that she will be releasing her highly anticipated album, ‘Badass Vibes’ this summer.

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Top 10 Modern Pop Piano Songs Worth Learning To Play

Is there anything more impressive than listening to a beautiful piece of piano pop? While bands and guitars and electro pop are still popular on the airwaves, it’s still a welcome sound to listen to a big piano anthem on the radio.
The good thing about piano anthems is that you can learn to play them yourself – ideal as a party piece or when you’ve got friends and family to entertain. Take a look at this list of top 10 modern piano songs and start learning how to play them.

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Dan Says – A Letter About Britney

Britney Jean Spears is an icon. She is the literal definition of pop music. She’s an institution to the pop music world; without her you wonder where pop music would be.

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How Your Music Influences Your Workout

You may have forgotten your earphones and playlist while going to the gym, in which case you can’t imagine how you will make it through the session. You may even consider getting an alternative, like borrowing from a friend or a fellow trainee. Why do you find it so necessary to have your music on and earphones plugged into your ears? What role does music play in your workout? Well, let’s explore the topic in this article.

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Are Jedward Returning To Eurovision This Year? We Address The Rumours

If like us you enjoy a bit of Eurovision, you’ll also know that ever since their two time tilt at the contest in 2011 and 2012, Dublin’s favourite twins Jedward have been rumoured to return. 2019 is no different, with the whispers once again starting up, wondering if John and Edward Grimes will be back this year, and if so, representing which country.

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Why It’s Time to Learn a Violin

With so many benefits of playing a violin, it’s not supposed to be a question of why it’s important to learn this instrument. But rather, you should ask yourself why it’s good to learn how to play a violin right now. Discovering some new skills in music is both exciting and rewarding once you develop a new talent.

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STIR OF ECHOES – ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ Evokes An Arcadian Vision Of A Vanishing England

One the few bright spots In an Autumn dominated by knife crime, lousy weather and the endless, wearying, machinations of Brexit, was the news that The Kinks had finally gone gold with The Village Green Preservation Society.

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The Entrance of the Monte Carlo Casino. Photo credit: Vmenkov

The Representations Of The Monte Carlo Casino In Movies

Historical monuments and iconic landmarks frequently appear on the big screen, especially in dramatic movies intended for a mature audience. For the monuments (and the movie), this partnership is an effective strategy that helps to attract more visitors. Some iconic buildings may even take advantage of the extra publicity from movies by running themed visits.

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Eliza & The Bear To Release Long Awaited Second Album ‘Group Therapy’

Watching Eliza & The Bear has become a regular occurrence for me from the first moment I saw them live at Barn On The Farm in 2014. Since then I’ve seen them grace Scala, Islington Assembly Hall And two more BOTF and they have never disappointed.

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Neville Staple Launches UK Tour While Denouncing Violence Causing Grandson’s Death

It’s with overwhelming sadness that Neville Staple has announced the death of his grandson Fidel, who was brutally stabbed to death this past weekend. Neville is well known as a founding member of The Specials and Fun Boy Three, not to mention his major role in 2Tone Records. Together with his wife Christine Sugary Staple, the Staples are a permanent fixture of the UK and International ska scene, performing regularly at both concert venues and massive festivals as the Neville Staple Band.

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‘The History of Rock (For Big Fans And Little Punks)’ – A Rock History For Music Lovers Of All Ages

‘The History Of Rock (For Big Fans And Little Punks)’ is a comprehensive guide to rock music, written by Rita Nabais and illustrated by Joana Raimundo. The pair put together the book in their native Portugal, and it’s the most complete book of rock for kids, and has something for every age.

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Musicians and the Mental Health Crisis

Dublin’s Robert O’Connor is a singer/songwriter and occasional journalist, whose new single, ‘You Found Me’, is out now. Robert has written a guest post for us about musicians and mental health. His new single “You Found Me” is out now. You can find out more about Robert O’Connor and his music from his official website.

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South Africa – Pop Music’s Low-Key Revolutionary (Featuring Singer-Songwriter Matthew Mole)

Brit-pop, Americana, even Germany’s infamous electronic scene. Some styles of music are synonymous with certain countries. Yet, mention South Africa and many music-lovers are quick to jump to Paul Simon’s 1986 record ‘Graceland’.

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Rebecca Ferguson Makes A Statement Of Truth About How She’s Been Treated – EP Stands With Her And Others In This

Rebecca Ferguson spoke out last night about something many artists have hinted at, but few have talked about publicly – the culture of systematic abuse that is rife in the music industry.

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Essentially Pop Makes #8 Spot On Feedspot’s Top 25 Pop Music Website List!

Here at Essentially Pop we don’t do a lot of tooting our own trumpets, rather we just get on with it, writing about all your faves and highlighting a lot of artists that you might never have otherwise come across. But from time to time, something amazing happens that makes us really very very proud, and today is the occasion of one of those things.

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