The full name of newcomer La Lana is Lana Jurčević. Before rebranding to English repertoire she made a career in Croatia and even set up her own cosmetics brand. Now signed to Warner Poland she made a remake of the 1985 Whitney Houston hit single How Will I Know (Arista). The updated version made together with Polish producer Guy Arthur is a huge hit in Hungary.
Tayna from Kosovo-Albania is known to her mother as Doruntina Shala. Her brand of R’n’B pop is crossing over to Italy, the G/S/A-countries and Scandinavia. Signed to Sony Germany, her latest hit Moona is featuring French-Algerian rapper L’Algérino . It’s always a smart move to collaborate with artists from other countries, as Senidah broke through in Europe with 100% (Bassivity), which she recorded with Berlin-based rapper Raf Camora.
There are also four non-Balkan new entries, of those three from the UK. The highest new entry this week is Super-Hi at #68 with Following The Sun (Blended). It’s an optimistic pop song, which goes well in these troubled Covid-19 times on the airwaves of Germany, Scandinavia and France. Super-Hi is no newcomer to the music world. George Tizzard & Rick Parkhouse from Bournemouth are also known as producers and writers under the name Red Triangle for artists like David Guetta, Charlie Puth, James Arthur, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alesso and Green Day, to name a few.
Also from the UK at #69 comes Scottish singer Nathan Evans, who scores a hit with a traditional folk work song for sailors. If you thought Bella Ciao by El Professor was based on an old song from the late 19th century, Wellerman (Universal) by Nathan Evans is even older, circa 1860. The dance remix by 220 Kid and Billen Ted is all over Northern and Eastern Europe, thanks to a TikTok craze.
Two more new entries. Danish actress and singer-songwriter Alba August at #83 is the child of Danish director Bille August and Swedish actress and director Pernilla August. Her pop song Lights (Universal) is crossing over to the rest of Scandinavia. Finally, British pop/rock duo Everyone You Know, in at #87 are half brothers, as their names are Rhys Kirkby-Cox and Harvey Kirkby, sharing a dad but not a mum. Songs like She Don’t Dance and When The Sun Comes (both Sony) are in particular popular in Poland.