SONG OF THE WEEK: Purge The Poison by MARINA (week beginning 4 May 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 12 April 2021

MARINA’s trademark operatic vocals are much in evidence here as she imagines what Mother Nature might make of Covid-19: ‘Virus come, fires burn until human beings learn from every disaster, you are not my master’.

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about June album Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land
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SONG OF THE WEEK: I’ll Stay by Blas Cantó (week beginning 1 May 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 23 April 2021

As we write this, the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest final in which this song competes in its original Spanish language version will take place 3 weeks today.

  • Read on for reasons including a chance to hear the English language version of Spanish Eurovision entry Voy a quedarme (I will stay)
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Starstruck by Years & Years (week beginning 24 April 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 8 April 2021

Starstruck is the 1st single to be taken from the 3rd album by Years & Years and the first where the band is officially the solo project of Olly Alexander who starred with great effect in Channel 4’s drama It’s A Sin earlier this year.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see fellow It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas in the West End this summer
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SONG OF THE MONTH: More Than A Miracle by The Blow Monkeys (April 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: Friday 16 April 2021

Think classic Blow Monkeys and there’s probably a funky saxophone bossing the groove and coincidentally there’s 1 at the heart of More Than A Miracle, the 2nd single from the band’s new album Journey To You.

  • Read on for reasons including where The Blow Monkeys will tour in the UK in October
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Heartbreak In This City by Steps & Michelle Visage (week beginning 3 April 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 25 February 2021

Visage is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race and played the role of teacher Miss Hedge in West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie before new bandmate Faye Tozer and so perhaps it should come as little surprise that she fits so flawlessly into Lisa Scott-Lee’s shoes.

  • Read on for reasons including which Melodifestivalen song we think the band should cover next
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SONG OF THE WEEK: 10 Years by Daði Freyr & Gagnamagnið (week beginning 19/3/21)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: 13 March 2021

The question of how the unofficial winner of the 2020 Eurovision-that-never-was would follow up his beloved entry was on the lips of all ESC fans immediately after it was announced by Icelandic broadcaster RUV that Daði Freyr and his band Gagnamagnið would return to represent the country in 2021.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Freyr live in the UK in 2021
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Still Young by Charlotte Perrelli (week beginning 2/3/2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: now

Team monstagigz is celebrating a birthday today and so it seems fitting that our newly-crowned song of the week is by this 2021 Melodifestivalen finalist who was also crucially the last Eurovision winner of the 20th Century.

  • Read on for reasons including to watch La Perrelli’s 2021 Melodifestivalen performance
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