Sunday, March 18, 2012

Will Anggun Lead France To Eurovision Glory?

To be honest, I haven't really been paying that much attention to this year's Eurovision contenders. Because, how do I put this, it's shaping up to be a bit of a shit event. The UK is sending a joke entry and Soraya is too busy burning up the Russian club charts to represent Spain - so why even bother? Well, here's one reason why Baku won't be a complete waste of time. The French entry is fucking amazing. Some of you might be familiar with Anggun. The Indonesian-born, French-adopted superstar had a massive worldwide hit in the late '90s called "Snow On The Sahara" and remains popular in Europe and Asia.

I haven't heard a lot of her music but I intend to remedy that after hearing "Echo (You And I)". This is icily beautiful electro-pop anthem is perfection and boasts the catchiest whistle-hook in recent memory. I love Anggun's husky voice and ability to look classy while wearing next to nothing. Like any good diva of a certain age, the Asian beauty is targeting the gays with her exquisite video. It features a cameo from Jean-Paul Gaultier and lots of male-models in underpants. Oh and guys in gas masks kissing. So chic! Check out the early frontrunner for 2012 Eurovision glory below.


13 comments:

John said...

I had no idea she was still recording, but that was a pretty fun track. What's with the pig wandering through the video, though?

Chris said...

I've always had my problems with french songs and this one's no different. It sound pretty decent though and could very well chart all over Europe. If I'd vote I'd go for Sweden's Loreen. But then again western Europe doesn't really stand a chance on winning this joke of a contest.

Reginn said...

"western Europe doesn't really stand a chance on winning" Really? You seem to have forgotten that Norway won in 2009 and Germany 2010. Italy came a close second after a 14 year hiatus. The key is to enter GOOD songs, a concept the UK seems to have lost a grasp of. But I agree with you 100% about Sweden and Loreen :)

Elvis Rivera said...

Anggun is by far the most diverse artist in the whole contest. She represents not just France but an entire world with her worldly music and iconic status. She is a representative for the FAO (Food and Angricultural Organization) whose goal is to end world hunger. She is a devoted mother, wife, and humanitarian. She has used her fame for more than furthering her career. I was fortunate to travel to Jakarta, Indonesia to see and meet Anggun at her hometown concert. I have been fortunate to, also, start a friendship with her via Facebook. She actually invited us to her concert, and we were able to spend time before and after the concert. She is by far, the most genuine and down-to-earth person you will ever meet.

I am on a mission to get Anggun back on US tv and radio, and have started a campaign on Facebook to try and make that happen. Http:www.Facebook.com/AnggunOnUStv

You can also see my live video tape of the concert and of us meeting before and after the show on my youtube channel with all the videos. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF80872B7A9FDB6FF

You will see the genuine look on her when we finally meet after 3 years of talking. I don't think you'd see that with any of the other artists! That's why she deserves to win! Her music is great and so is she!!

Mike said...

Elvis, that's amazing. I love it when an artist shows their fans that much respect!

xandre said...

Anggun definitely is one of the best Asian singer in the world, i've been a fan of her since her first international album "snow on the sahara" back in 1998 and will always be...

Adrian said...

"Like any good diva of a certain age, the Asian beauty is targeting the gays with her exquisite video" - thing is Anggun isn't your ordinary pop diva, she is also a musician, songwriter and recently, a record producer and has her own label.

Here's her latest performance, just her and the piano : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl9kscuuV6o

But anyway, I've been a faithful reader of your blog for a good 2 years and I'm SO glad you finally discovered her, I've adored Anggun for over a decade, she's severely underrated yet she's put out some of the best music. You defo should dig deep into her back catalogue - you'll be glad to know that she put out an urban-pop album called Elevation in 2008, which should feed your pop trash appetite, lol

.::HUSIN::. said...

Yes! Anggun is real diva of France! And Im proud to be Indonesian because Anggun is Elegant in Indonesian language. And she is really Elegant in whatever dress she wears :) #SupportAnggun

Anonymous said...

GREAT SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike said...

Adrian if you have any other suggestions, I'm happy to hear them!

Adrian said...

Alright then! Well I guess to begin you need to know the basics : Anggun has released 6 English albums since 1997 and 5 of those were also released alongside a French version.

Anyway, here are my suggestions :
* "Still Reminds Me" (from Chrysalis, 2000) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R17un6lRQI

* "Counting Down" (from Open Hearts soundtrack, 2002) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VkyWHBAysI

* "Saviour" (from Luminescence, 2005) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMSj1yIQkxw

* "My Man" (from Elevation, 2008 - you're going to cream over this! ha) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrZsiSr-Vng

* "Only Love" (from Echoes, 2011 - check out as well the video for the song's French version!) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=azXf8-spx0o

Adrian said...

Lest I forget, she also contributed her stunning pipes to the far superior version of Laurent Wolf's dance classic "No Stress" :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK8rZSzxS3M

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