Saturday, February 14, 2015

Iceland - Unbroken - María Ólafs

Promo sleeve, love the Sound Of Music pose.
15 - 14 pts in semi 2

María Ólafsdóttir has won the Icelandic preselection Söngvakeppnin 2015 with the song Unbroken.
In the first round Maria sang the song in Icelandic as Lítil Skref (Small step) but in the final the English version was performed.

The English version has been released through all your favorite digital sources. There she goes by the name Maria Olafs.

The English version on the Vienna 2CD has a slightly different arrangement and has undergone some lyric changes. Instead of singing "A step at the time" (in the first version) Maria now sings "One step at the time".

The first promo cdsingle features the Eurovision version, the remix and a karaoke version (see versions below).
The presskit used in Vienna includes the 5 track EP (see below)

Unbroken EP
Maria Olafs releases a 5-track EP includingUnbroken and two remixes of the song.. The EP will be released digitally. CDs are also made, and they should be available in Icelandic shops (Grocery stores) by now.
The release has been sold at in-store signings in co-operation with Coca Cola.
1. Unbroken   
2. Wild As Summerlove       
3. Dancing In The Storm      
4. Unbroken (Ingi Bauer x Larus x StopWaitGo Remix)   
5. Unbroken (StopWaitGo Remix)

Unbroken is written by Ásgeir Orri Ásgeirsson, Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson and Sæþór Kristjánsson who also wrote the other song that made it to the 2-song superfinal, Once Again by Friðrik Dór.

Digital release image
Unbroken - English version
- on the official Vienna 2CD, promo cds
Lítil Skref - Original icelandic
- on CD Söngvakeppnin 2015, see below
Unbroken - First English version
- first digital release
Unbroken - Remix (= Ingi Bauer x Larus x StopWaitGo Remix)
- promo cds
Unbroken (StopWaitGo Remix)   
- above two remixes on Unbroken EP
Unbroken - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke album, digital release
Unbroken - Karaoke (longer version)
- on promo cds
Lítil Skref - Án söngs = Icelandic karaoke
on CD Söngvakeppnin 2015, see below
You can watch a live acoustic session of the Icelandic version here.

The Söngvakeppnin CD
All songs of the 2015 Icelandic selection have been released on the album Söngvakeppnin 2015.
The album features the 12 songs in their original Icelandic versions and karaoke version of all songs.
The CD is out now and avialable at BeaRecords.
The digital version is available here at Tónlist and other digital sources.
See tracklist below.

Links and sources:
Maria Ólafs FB
Söngvakeppnin FB
RÚV Eurovision pages
Special thanks to RÚV and Hands Up music
Thanks to Lior for spotting the differences in the versions.

Also check out these other Icelandic entries from recent contests:
2014 - Pollapönk
2013 - Eyþór Ingi
2012 - Greta Salomé and Jónsi
2011 - Sjonni's Friends
2010 - Hera Björk
2009 - Yohanna

Tracklist Söngvakeppnin 2015
1. Aldrei of Seint -  Regina Osk
2. Augnablik -  Stefania Svavarsdottir
3. Brotið Gler -  Bjarni Hall
4. Fjaðrir -  Sunday
5. Fyrir Alla -  Cadem
6. Í Kvöld -  Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir
7. Í Síðasta Skipti -  Friðrik Dór
8. Lítil Skref -  María Ólafsdóttir
9. Milljón Augnablik -  Haukur Heiðar Hauksson
10. Myrkrið Hljótt -  Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir
11. Piltur Og Stúlka -  Björn Og Félagar
12. Þú Leitar Líka Að Mér -  Hinemoa
13-24 Án söngs (karaoke) versions of all the songs

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