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Dima Bilan wins the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest for Russia

Dima Bilan wins the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest for Russia

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Dima Bilan has won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, the 53rd, for Russia with his song Believe. The song was developed by US R&B artist Timbaland. The song won the competition with 272 points; 42 points ahead of Ukraine’s Ani Lorak in second place with 230 points for the song Shady Lady. Third was Kalomira for Greece with Secret Combination The voting for the competition came from 43 countries across Europe, but with 25 countries competing, the others having failed to get through the semi finals. Russia has never won the contest before, Bilan having come second in 2006, losing out to Finnish hard rock band Lordi with Hard Rock Halellujah.

Dima Bilan (centre) performing in the first semi final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest
Image: Daniel Aragay.

Furtherdown the scale Germany’s No Angels with Disapear, Poland’s Isis Gee with For Life and the United Kingdom’s Andy Abraham with Even If came joint last with 14 points. Fourth last was Teräsbetoni, a Finnish heavy metal band performing in their native language with Missä Mihet Ratsastaa (Where Men Ride). Sweden’s Charlotte Perrelli had been predicted to repeat her 1999 victory, this time with Hero, but also received a low score.

There was an estimated 100 million television viewers from across Europe.

UK commentator Terry Wogan has garnered significant media attention for criticising the contest live towards the end of the broadcast for being overly political. “It’s a disappointment, considering that Andy Abraham gave, I think, the performance of his life with a song that certainly deserved more marks than it got when you look at the points that Spain got, that Bosnia-Herzegovina got – some really ridiculous songs,” he said. “You have to say that this is no longer a music contest… I have to decide whether we (himself and his producer, who already announced he wanted to leave) want to do this again. Western European participants have to decide whether they want to take part from here on in, because their prospects are poor.” He called the contest “political”.

Spain was represented by Rodolfo Chikilicuatre with Baila el Chiki Chiki (Dance the Chiki Chiki) and Bosnia and Herzegovina by Elvir Laković Laka with Pokušaj (try).

Bilan, who received the maximum 12 points from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia, all of which are former Soviet countries, was sent a telegram from Putin to congratulate him after his victory. Mevedev also contacted him later by phone to congratulate him. “Russia is the favorite now, it’s just tearing everybody up — in basketball, football, hockey, and Eurovision!” commented champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, who had joined Bilan onstage to skate as part of the winning performance. He is now also a politician.

Next year’s contest will be held in Russia.



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  • “Eurovision 2008: First semi-final held in Belgrade” — Wikinews, May 21, 2008
  • “Teräsbetoni frontman J. Ahola on representing Finland at Eurovision 2008 & more” — Wikinews, April 13, 2008
  • “Heavy metal band Teräsbetoni to represent Finland at Eurovision 2008” — Wikinews, March 2, 2008

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May 21, 2008

Eurovision 2008: First semi-final held in Belgrade

Eurovision 2008: First semi-final held in Belgrade

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A unique behind the camera view of performer Isis Gee at the first semifinal of the ESC 2008.

Last night saw the first semi final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia. The entries from Israel, Azerbaijan, Norway, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Finland, Romania, Russia and Greece are through to the final, leaving the representatives from Montenegro, Estonia, Moldova, San Marino, Belgium, Slovenia, Ireland, Andorra and the Netherlands failing to qualify for this weekend’s final.

The aforementioned countries join host nation Serbia, automatically through as is last year’s winner, and the ‘big four’ – the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain. The other entries will compete in the second semi final tomorrow. Below is a summary of each entry in running order:

Montenegro

Montenegro was represented by Stefan Filipović with the Montenegrin-language song Zauvijek Volim Te (Never Forget I Love You), which was written by Grigor Koprov and Ognen Nedelkovski. He failed to qualify.

Estonia

Comedy act Kreisiraadio (crazy radio) represented Estonia with Leto Svet. One member of the trio is a former politician, and a second is a current one. The song was the first Estonian entry to be in neither the Estonian or English languages. Instead, the song was mostly in Serbo-Croatian with sections in German and Finnish. They failed to qualify for the final.

Moldova

Geta Burlacu performed A Century Of Love to represent Moldova. The song, written by Oleg Baraliuc and Viorica Demici, failed to qualify.

San Marino

San Marino, which is entirely surrounded by Italy and has a population of 31,000, debuted at the contest this year. The nation’s first representative was Miodio with Complice. Described as “a melodic song from our tradition” by Sanmarinese Eurovision delegation head Alessandro Capicchioni, failed to qualify.

Belgium

Ishtar represented Belgium with O Julissi. The song, composed by band member Michel Vangheluwe, bears the unusual distincton of being sung entirely in a language which does not actually exist. Sung by frontwoman Soetkin Baptist the words “kolosali krokodili” bear a resemblance to English, while the rest are designed to resemble Ukrainian and Serbian. It was hoped this would appeal to those in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union, but the song failed to qualify.

Israel

Israel was represented by Bo’az Ma’uda performing The Fire in Your Eyes. He sang alongside five backing singers whilst wearing a silvery-blue vest. Many members of the live audience could be seen waving Israeli flags. He won a place in the final with his song, which was written by Dana International and Shai Kerem.

Azerbaijan

Elnur Huseynov and Samir Javadzadeh represented Azerbaijan with Day After Day, which was written by Govhar Hasanzadeh and lyrics by Zahra Badalbeyli. The performance featured backing performers clad in large ‘angel’ wings, as was one of the performers. The song has won a place in the final.

Norway

Norway was represented by Maria Haukaas Storeng singing Hold On Be Strong, which was written by Mira Craig. Almost a million Norwegian viewers tuned in to watch the singer win a place in the final. Both her and songwriter Craig expressed delight at being chosen to go through to the final.

Poland

Isis Gee represented Poland with For Life, which she wrote herself. A simple performance was all that was required to secure a place in the final.

Ireland

Dustin the Turkey represented Ireland with a controversial performance that garnered some boos from the crowd. The comedy puppet sang Irelande Douze Pointe (Ireland 12 points) which despite the mock-French title is actually in English. A number of Irish news organisations were highly critical of the performance, but the bird told Irish state TV he was “disgusted” by the fact that the song failed to get into the final.

Andorra

Gisela represented Andorra with Casanova, composed by Jordi Cubino. She failed to qualify.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elvir Laković Laka sang Pokušaj to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina. The song was selected to proceed to the final.

Armenia

Sirusho was able to earn Armenia a spot in the final with Qele, the lyrics for which she wrote herself while the music was written by H.A. Der-Hovagimian.

The Netherlands

Hind Laroussi represented Holland with Your Heart Belongs To Me but failed to qualify. She later said she found this anoying “especially when you see that a country like Azerbaijan makes it”.

Finland

Finland was represented by heavy metal band Teräsbetoni with the song Missä Miehet Ratsastaa, Finland having earned their only win in 2006 with a similar entrant, hard rock band Lordi. The song, which was written by the band’s frontman Jarkko Ahola, was accompanied by large amounts of pyrotechnics and the band were in their self-described “leather and skin” look. Despite Eurovision fans placing them outside the top ten in an advance poll and 62% of responders in a Helsingin Sanomat poll also doubting the band would qualify, the song earned a place in the final.

Romania

Nico and Vlad Mirita were the Romanian representatives with Pe-o Margine De Lume. The song went through to the final.

Russia

Dima Bilan, who came second in the final in 2006, represented Russia again, this time with Believe. He was joined by champion figure skater Evgenii Plushenko, who has never performed at a song contest before. The song qualified for the final.

Greece

Kalomira was the Greek entrant with Secret Combination, written by Konstantinos Pantzis and Poseidon Yannopoulos. She qualified for the final.



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April 13, 2008

Teräsbetoni frontman J. Ahola on representing Finland at Eurovision 2008 & more

Teräsbetoni frontman J. Ahola on representing Finland at Eurovision 2008 & more

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Teräsbetoni and Northern Kings musician Jarkko Ahola

Teräsbetoni means “steel-reinforced concrete”, and is also the name of a Finnish heavy metal band formed in 2002. Their music, which centres on an honourable warrior lifestyle or on metal itself, quickly became popular in 2003 on the Internet, resulting in a petition by fans being sent to several record labels demanding a recording deal. In late 2004 the band signed to Warner Music Finland, and the following year debut single Taivas lyö tulta rose to number one in the Finnish charts, and debut album Metallitotuus hit number two and went platinum, and has now sold about 47,000 copies.

The band, who sing exclusively in Finnish, have just released their third album, Myrskyntuoja. The lead single on this album is Missä miehet ratsastaa, which Teräsbetoni decided to enter in the Finnish selections for the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, where it was selected to go on to the semi-final in Belgrade, Serbia as Finland’s representative this year. Although Finland has seen limited success in the contest, their only victory was with a comparable group. In 2006 hard rock band Lordi – whose monster costumes and pyrotechnic displays are famed – achieved a record 292 points in the final with Hard Rock Hallelujah.

Teräsbetoni’s frontman, vocalist and bass guitarist Jarkko Ahola’s fame extends beyond the band he heads. He also features in Finnish symphonic power metal cover supergroup Northern Kings, alongside Marco Hietala of Nightwish and Tarot, Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica and Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto of Charon.

Wikinews was able to conduct an exclusive interview with Jarkko Ahola to discuss these various achievements. This interview is now published below for the first time.

Interview

On the early days

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngDesite the fact that you focus on a lifestyle set in historic times, your band’s name means “steel-reinforced concrete”. Why did you choose that name?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWe got together and had a little conversation about the name of our band. Pretty soon V. Rantanen suggested the name “Teräsbetoni”. We all thought it sounded great and it described our music well in a way that made people think “what the hell is this?…” (And here you have to understand that word “Teräsbetoni” sounds and IS much cooler than “steel-reinforced concrete”.) I guess the name was okay, ‘cause we didn’t have a tendency or need to write songs about historic times, those kind of songs just came out. There are also songs that aren’t set in the past, more into this day or this moment.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngHow did you come up with the concept for the band?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngMostly it just happened. We all must have had some kind of vision about the music and the looks for sure and we all agreed about the leather and skin. That’s how it all began. We wrote songs we thought were good and metallish. We played them as metal should be played: loud’n’proud. There must have been something special about our music and live performances, ‘cause the fan crowds just kept growing and growing. And while the band evolved, the concept evolved on its own.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhich artists would you say inspired you?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWe all have our inspiration. I can’t tell who have inspired other band members, but I’ve always been inspired by the hard rock bands of the seventies: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath… you know, all the 70’s classics. From the eighties bands like Dio, Manowar, Helloween, Accept have been on my CD- player. Nowadays I’m inspired just by good music. No matter what kind of music it is, if it sounds great.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngDid the early reaction on the Internet surprise you?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngIt sure did. We knew we had something special on our hands, but there’s always something special somewhere all the time, you know. We had this “not-so-pro”-looking site with a picture of us and three demo songs…and that was enough! All the basic pieces were so fit, that nothing else was needed. And of course there was also this “Are these guys serious?”-thing going on. It still is.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhen you made your debut releases you became an instant hit in Finland. What was that like for you at the time, and how is it now, still being a big success there?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWell, you always tend to think that when you hit big, your life changes and everything is cool and crazy. But to us it really didn’t change. After our first hit song “Taivas Lyö Tulta” reigned the air, we were still playing in the small clubs with low prices. I guess many facets believed that we were just a fucking joke. It took some time for the gig organizers to realize that people wanted to see and hear us live. Anyway, it was all clear when we visited summer festivals and got huge audiences. Since then it has been pretty steady.

Now with all this Eurovision stuff and publicity it’s much more bigger than it was with our first hit and first album. Of course we aren’t newbies to success and publicity now, so we take it causually. None of us really love being some kind of small celebs, but what we like is playing our music to our fans that never seem to let us down. It’s great to meet them after gig and have few beers. So, if publicity is required for that, we’ll accept it happily.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngSome people have described your music as “corny” or “camp”. How do you respond to that? Would you agree with the view by some people that much of what you do is in fact a parody?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngLet’s put it this way. If we would sing in English, that kind of thinking would be much less common. The problem seems to be the fact, that most of the people actually seem to understand our lyrics and they think that we can’t be serious with this stuff. Hell, thousands of bands do the same thing in other language and nobody’s laughing. Of course we have fun when play live or give interviews, but when we write new songs and record them, it’s all real and true.

On Eurovision

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat does it feel like to be selected to go to Eurovision, especially considering it is mostly an English language pop contest? Is that daunting at all?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngDaunting? No way. I’m proud of being the representative of Finland. Finland has never done too well in Eurovision Song Contest, but Lordi gave the whole show a nice slap in the face. You know, it doesn’t have to be pop to win the number one slot – you can actually play rock music there. We might seem a bit odd to European viewers, ‘cause we have our leatherish looks, metallish music and we sing in Finnish. But in the end, I wish that people will like it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat is the song about?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngThe song is set in the Teräsbetoni-world with certain lyrical style. So, there are horses, heroes and battlefields. But in the end the song is about harshness of life, the call of duty and responsibilty.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngHow do you expect Europe to react to a metal song in Finnish?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWell, you can only guess. I believe they react like Finnish people do – they hate it or love it. Hopely most of them will love it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngOf course, Finland has a history of similar Eurovision entries. Nightwish were second choice to represent Finland once with Sleepwalker, and of course Lordi won the whole contest in 2006. What do you think of those entries?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngBoth of the bands have strong image and style. I’m not too fond of their music, but you can’t really deny their achievements.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngOf the entries so far, excluding yourself, who to win?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngI haven’t heard any other entries yet. We’ll check them out when we go to Serbia, ‘cause we’ll be there for two weeks. That’s enough of full time Eurovision song focus.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngDo you reckon you have a chance of victory yourself?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngYou’ll have to believe in your self if you go to a fight. This is also one of the themes of our ESC-song Missä Miehet Ratsastaa.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngA video for the Eurovision campaign planned to be shown to the press was deemed “too burly” for the contest. Was that anoying?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngYou mean our music video? I think the first version of the video was a bit heavy stuff for the people who don’t us. But the new version doesn’t really differ too much from the original, so in that perspective it was a bit annoying… or maybe better word is pointless.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngMany people reading this will be thinking about who to vote for at the contest. Why should they vote for you?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngBecause what we do is true and pure. We come as we are and play from our hearts. That seems to be pretty rare in nowadays music, especially in pop genre where glamour and glitter seems to be essential. …And our song is good, too!

The new album

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngHow has the reaction to your latest album been?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWell, it reached the position number 1 in Finland’s album chart. Most of our fans have thanked us for the best album so far. I’ve seen few reviews and they weren’t too flattering. On the other hand, they’ve never been ‘cause most of the reviews tend to discuss our looks, image and the lyrics. But it’s all right, that kind of criticism have never affected to our listeners.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat sort of things are the songs on this album about?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWe are still fighting for metal music, so there are traditional songs about playing this music and calling all our brothers and sisters to get together. The other subjects vary from nightmares to galley slavery, from possession to burden of believing in your cause etc.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngTalk us through the writing process for the album.

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngThis time we had much more time to write new songs than we did with our second album “Vaadimme Metallia”. On the other hand the recording process’ schedule was more shattered than it was with V.M.

The cycle of writing must be a bit different with each writer, but for example I might come up with an idea of a title of the song or just a guitar riff . From there I start to develop the song. Mostly it comes out pretty easy. Sometimes there’s just a special mood that evolve to a song. When the rough version of song is in my mind, I record a demo of it. While recording I start hearing how the song should be sang and played. I also arrange the song in the demo phase. I make the demos ready & polished and send them to band members, A&R and producer. I believe A. Järvinen and V. Rantanen, song writers as well, work pretty much the same way.

At this point we give each other comments and critcism about the songs we’ve written. With the help of the producer and A & R we choose the songs that should be recorded on the album. Of course the whole process is more complex but basically the it goes like that.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngDid all the recording, production etc go smoothly?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngYeah it did. Hiili Hiilesmaa, our producer, and the band knew each other already and we had discussions about the sound and direction of the new album. The working habits were familiar to us from the Vaadimme Metallia-sessions, so from that point of view things went smoothly. Our guitarists actually did some solos and backing vocals at home! I think that’s a great example of relaxed way of producing.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngDo you plan a tour this year to support the album?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWe’re already gigging around Finland and summer tour is in the making . Visiting countries abroad would be great, too.

Northern Kings

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngHow did you come to be involved with Northern Kings?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngThe whole thing began with Raskasta Joulua –tour that I was in. We also did an album called “Raskaampaa Joulua”. Anyway, there was some talk about doing something else together. You know, not just Christmas carrols in metal mode. Nobody really had the time to start writing new songs, so a cover album seemed to be a nice way of proceeding.

Everybody agreed that the album should sound massive and orchestrated. At first we had no other direction than covering the music we liked. I did a demo of Procol Harum’s “Salty Dog” with Erkka Korhonen. It was a good example of what we should sound like, but our record label’s A & R Osku Ketola thought that we should do something more defined. After few thoughts we decided to concentrate on pop hits of the 80’s. That’s how it all began. I had a chance to arrange my own atcs which was lots of fun.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat’s it like working with the other three established rockers?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngUnfortunately we didn’t see each other while making the record. That may sound crazy, but that’s how it goes nowadays. It’s so easy to record your parts and send them to the studio for mixing. Happily, we saw each other while the photo & video shoot. Marco Hietala, Tony Kakko and J-P Leppäluoto are all great musicians and great persons. If we ever get to do any shows together, I’m sure it would be wonderful in music and in brotherhood.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngIs it hard to divide your time between the projects?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngIt all depends on what you have going on already. While making Northern Kings album “Reborn” Teräsbetoni was having a break. I try to do things smoothly and avoid booking too much stuff on my calendar. You shouldn’t be too greedy and accept all the stuff offered.

Of course there are exceptions. For example while we were recording Myrskyntuoja, I had to leave studio early or not go there at all ‘cause of promotional actions agreed by our record label. I can understand the meaning of promotion, but nothing sucks more than bothering an intensive studio session with another project. It screws up your focus. But fortunately that kind of shit is rare enough, so I don’t care complaining about it. And the bottom line is that projects like Northern Kings bring great variety to your life as an artist.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngIs co-ordinating things with the other members hard when they’ve all got their projects, too?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWell, luckily I didn’t have to do that. That’s producer’s and A&R’s business. But what I’ve seen from aside, it does seem a bit hard to fix up meetings, promo sessions etc. Somebody is always going somewhere!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat do you think personally of the covers you’ve produced?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngI’m very satisfied with the results. We all got to do arrangements and songs that looked like us. I’ve heard few cover albums and they’ve rarely been interesting. I think we managed to reach that point.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat about the work of the others in their bands? Do you like their music as well?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngI give all the guys my sincere respect for their work. I think Marco Hietala’s Tarot is one of the Finnish heavy metal legends and it still rocks. I’m not so much into Nightwish, anyway. There’s something that doesn’t quite please my ears. Maybe I should listen to it more. Charon is good on its field and so is Sonata Arctica, while its style is not the style I prefer to listen in metal music.

The future and final words

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngExcept for an apearance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air, you haven’t done much international stuff prior to now. Might we see some gigs abroad in 2008, and if not when?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngAll I can say is I WISH! There might be few gigs in the summer, but we’ll see.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngYou said Missä miehet ratsastaa wouldn’t be translated into English simply because it was designed to work in Finnish. Does that mean we could see some songs written specially in English in the future?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngWith Teräsbetoni I doubt it. We are pretty much focused on our own language. It would be pretty hard to see us singing in English and still be Teräsbetoni, you know.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat do you expect Eurovision to do for you? Have you seen any changes already?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngI hope we can get our music out as widely as possible. Even though it’s just one song, I believe that it evokes interest in watchers and listeners. The local media has been interested in us since we won the finale, but nothing special hasn’t yet happened.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngLoads of people in the music industry have been complaining that downloading illegaly is killing the industry. Do you agree?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngI believe it affects the industry and its sales. Still, it’s hard to believe that it’s killing the industry. Of course I also have rights that the illegal downloaders violate. So, even though it’s not killing the industry, it’s totally wrong. The whole system has to change somehow, that’s for sure.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngWhat does it mean to you to be in these bands?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngIt means I can be who I am, a musician, a songwriter and an artist. I’ve done other stuff in my life and I can tell you there were times when I thought that life just sucked. I am grateful for being in this position.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.pngAny final words for any of your fans reading this?

Wikinews waves Left.pngJarkkoWikinews waves Right.pngAll that ever comes to my mind is THANK YOU. You really are the air I breathe. Please, keep on giving it to me. I’ll keep on giving you music.

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March 27, 2008

Teräsbetoni\’s \’Myrskyntuoja\’ tops Finnish album chart

Teräsbetoni’s ‘Myrskyntuoja’ tops Finnish album chart

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Teräsbetoni performing at Germany’s Wacken Open Air in 2005

Myrskyntuoja, the third album from Finnish heavy metal band Teräsbetoni, has topped the charts in the Nordic country. The album was produced by the famed Hiili Hiilesmaa, whose past credits include HIM, Apocalyptica, The 69 Eyes and Lordi.

Both of Teräsbetoni’s previous albums reached number two, making this their first number one album.

The lead single from the album, Missä Miehet Ratsastaa, is Finland’s entry at the 2008 instalment of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The song reached number two on the Finnish singles chart and is currently number four.

Missä Miehet Ratsastaa will be performed at the Eurovision semi-final on May 20. If enough other nations vote for the entry, it will proceed to the final in Belgrade, Serbia.


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