Sunday, May 27, 2012

20. Iceland - Never Forget - Greta Salomé and Jónsi

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20 - 46 pts / 8 - 75 pts pts in semi 1

Greta Salóme (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir) and Jónsi (Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson) won the four week selection Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012 with the song Mundu Eftir Mer (Remember me).
The song is written by Greta Salomé herself.

The English version for Eurovision is titled Never Forget and is now available at the 'tunes.
Watch the new version here at Eurovision TV's Youtube

Three promo's have been issued.
The early promo has 1 track, Never Forget.
The second promo cdsingle includes English, Icelandic and instrumental.
The promo used in Baku only has Never Forget and comes in a presspack sleeve.

Never Forget - Eurovision version in English ♫
- digital release, all promo's
Mundu Eftir Mer - Original Icelandic version
- On CD Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012 (see below), 3track  promo 
Never Forget - Instrumental
- on 3-track promo
Never Forget - karaoke
- Official site karaokes, other digital shops

Digital release
A 5-track digital release is now available through the likes of itunes and amazon. It has the following tracks:
Never Forget - Eurovision version in English
Mundu Eftir Mer - Original Icelandic version
Aldrei Sleppir Mér - Greta Salomé *
Heaven (ESC 2004) - Jónsi (see below)
Never Forget - karaoke
* I don't know if this track is recorded by Greta solo or with Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir and Heiða Ólafsdóttir (see below in Greta section for more info) 

Greta Salomé - In The Silence
Update: November sees the release of Greta Salomés solo album In The Silence.
The album is available on iTunes and Tonlist (digital). The physical CD will be released soon, more details when I get them.
The album incl;udes Never Forget and the original Icelandic version Mundu Eftir Mer.
The album also includes preselection song Aldrei Sleppir Mér , follow up single Everywhere Around Me as well as nine other new songs (all in English).
(Hands Up Music)

Baku Collection Frontpage

Jonsi - Heaven cdsingle 2004 (Skifan SCD 300)
Jónsi is no stranger to Eurovision, he ended 19th in the Istanbul contest final of 2004. with the song Heaven. Heaven was chosen internally by RÚV and the song was only released in English. (cdsingle pictured below)
In 2007 he entered the Söngvakeppni with Segðu Mér, written by Trausti Bjarnason, and made it to the national final. He ended outside the superfinal top 3. (no exact results were disclosed).

Before he went on his solo career he joined the band Í Svörtum Fötum in 1998 with which he released 5 albums.
Jónsi released one solo album: Jónsi from 2005 features 12 songs in Icelandic.

Greta Salóme had two songs in the 2012 Icelandic selection, but when both proceeded to the final she decided to focus just on the one with Jónsi.
The other song was Aldrei Sleppir Mér with Guðrún Árný Karlsdóttir and Heiða Ólafsdóttir who went on to perform the song without Greta in the final.

Greta is a singer, songriter and also an accomplished violinist. Next to her job at the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra she played violin for the band of 'the other Jónsi' Sigur Rós (on the 2005 album Takk....), The Telepathetics and heavy metallers Antigone.

RÚV, the Icelandic national broadcaster chose the Eurovision entry through a 4 week preselection.

All 15 songs have now been released on the CD Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2012 (Sena records)
All songs are there in the original Icelandic versions.
The CD is available in the Icelandic shops and at BeaRecords.
For a digital version you can check out Tónlist.
RÚV have been releasing the national final collection on CD for several years now.

All 15 songs from the three preselections are now online at here at RÚV's Eurovision pages

links and sources
Eurovision Collectors Guide

Read all about Icelands recent entries:
2011 - Sjonni's Friends
2010 - Hera Björk
2009 - Yohanna

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