Proud at #1 in the chart is German pop singer Zoe Wees, who is popular all over Europe with songs like Control and Girls Like Us (both Valeria/Universal). Also selected at #5 is Italian pop singer Anna, who broke through in Europe thanks to the popularity on Tik-Tok of her song Bando (Universal). Austrian indie rock band Friedberg at #10 has success with Yeah (Marathon Artists) in the G/S/A-countries and Eastern Europe. Irish hip-hop singer Denise Chaila at #49 received airplay in specialised radio shows across Europe with various tracks on the label Narolane. Finally, also in the chart is Belgian nominee Meskerem Mees. The singer-songwriter’s debut single Joe (Mayday) was picked up in France, Bulgaria and Switzerland.
There are also ten outsiders for the prize. Ranging from bass-driven indie-pop by Ukrainian singer Alina Pash to a combination of triphop and folk by Romanian act Balkan Taksim. What to think about dance with folk influences by Hungarian singer Дeva, the acoustic wonder of Spanish chanteuse DORA or grunge by Luxembourg based project Francis Of Delirium? As well in the picture for winning an award is Danish pop talent Jada and Armenian world music act Ladaniva. Maybe the winners are French piano wizard Mezerg, Portuguese R’n’B singer Nenny or Dutch Youtube pop singer Blanks? Fact is all the mentioned acts are performing at the ESNS Festival. Although this year’s festival is again digital-only, last year ESNS was praised as the best digital showcase festival.
There are also eight new entries this month, most remarkably three of those are hailing from Italy. Highest new entry at #28 comes from Finnish dance producer Kalhaader. His Who We Are (Sony) is a hit in Poland. Also new at #68 thanks to Polish airplay for Coming Down (self-released) is Dutch rock band Pyro. Two notches lower, Dutch hip-hop act Fokke Siemons enters thanks to Belgian airplay for their Cloud 9 signed track Verdwaald, which translates to ‘Lost’.
Towards the bottom end of the chart, there are only new entries. Sista Prod at #71 is a 19-year old Italian producer, whose rhythmic pop production Eyes Blue Like The Atlantic (Warner) finds its way to Germany and Scandinavia. Hola! at #72 is a Spanish dance producer from Barcelona with success in Germany, Ireland and the UK for Keep This Fire Burning Barcelona (Universal). German-speaking countries are fond of German hip-hop chanteuse badmómzjay at #73 with songs like Snowbunny (Universal).
Two Italian acts complete the list. Pop singer Sangiovanni is at #74, scoring with Malibu (Universal) in Switzerland and Finland. And dance producer Ben Kim at #75 is crossing over to specialised radio shows with Somebody to Love (Realm), his dance remake of the 1967 rock hit of American band Jefferson Airplane.