Monday, July 8, 2019

The latest at the Tel Aviv collection

Welcome to the Tel Aviv Collection, בברכה
It’s year 11 for the Collection blogs, and this time we’re in Tel Aviv, Israel.
I know it took a while, but work on the Eurovision Collectors Guide 1956-2018 took most of the time available the past few months.
As usual, you'll find all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia.

Always more to come, the latest updated pages are at the top of this links list. Thanks to all who have sent me info and alerts, Special thanks to Rick, to Nigel and to Krzysztof.

Voting drama, adjustments to the points made
The Netherlands - Duncan Laurence sings Arcade, Out now!
WINNER OF THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019! Limited edition vinyl, 7" available on July 26.
Cyprus - It's Tamta!, really, it is. Play Replay now, promo info, new acoustic version out now
Switzerland - Dirty dancing with Luca Hänni, #1 hit, chart trivia
Romania - Listen to the competing songs, Ester Peony On A Sunday, new version, promo & cdsingle
France - Bilal Hassani rules, Kingdom out now! prom & versions update.
Serbia Beovizija songs online, Nevena Božović wins, New version out now, versions and promo update
Albania - Jonida Maliqi won the 57th Festivali i Këngës, Single out now. Eurovision version out now, Fest 57 digital album
Italy - Mahmood wins Sanremo, Sanremo Vinyl singles,  2CD/2LP out now, Release updates. Benny Benassi mixes Soldi, CD/vinyl boxset, More remixes, More new versions, Silver for Mahmood, 100.000.000 YT views.
Malta - Michela Pace, listen to Chameleon, the last one to be released is out now, New Chameleon, spot the difference, promo info
Montenegro - Listen to the competing songs, Heaven for D Mol but no final, promo info
Hungary - A Dal CD out now, Joci gets a 2nd chance and a new version for Tel Aviv but no final, promo info
Belgium - Wake Up with Eliot Vassamillet. Acoustic version out now, promo info
Greece - Katerina Duska, Better Love out now, promo
Slovenia - Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl Dare To Dream version out now, promo info
Spain - Miki Nuñez to Tel Aviv, OT CD out now, new version, promo info
Russia - Sergey gets a second chance, Scream today, Lightsaber remix, more remixes, Russian version
Austria - Pænda unlimited, single out now, remix, Darude gets his hands on Limits, out now.
United Kingdom - You Decided: Michel Rice to Eurovision, single out now, 7th Heaven remixes finally released
North Macedonia - Tamara returns after 11 years and she's proud of it. Listen to her song now. Remixes on the Tube. Winner of the Jury vote
Azerbaijan - Truth! Chingiz Mustafayev, out now, Acoustic version
Sweden - MF CD, John Lundvik, it's his turn, remixes out now.
Denmark - Listen to the competing songs, Leonora wins, Strings version.
Norway - MGP songs online, KEiiNO jojks to victory, Club mix out now, Acoustic version. Norway wins the Televote.
Lithuania - Eurovizijos Dainų Konkurso Nacionalinė Atranka 2019 won by Jurijus, new version out now, who's Jurij? Remix out now.
Jurijus has an album out now.
Czech Republic - Friend of a friend rerecorded
Estonia - Listen to the competing songs, Victor Crone to Tel Aviv, Remix out now
Iceland Söngvakeppninn release, Hate will prevail
Australia - First ever National Final won by Kate Miller-Heidke, remixes and acoustic out now. Digital EP with yet another remix
Belarus - Like it or not, Zena goes to Tel Aviv with a new version
San Marino We. Love. Serhat, Say Na Na Na, cdsingle now available, Album That's How I Feel out now
Israel - Kobi Karimi Israel Homecoming...., song released, remix, new Stage version out now
Georgia - Go ahead Oto Nemsadze has a new title, single out now, promo info
7th Heaven get their own page at the Tel Aviv Collection, play!
The OGAE 2019 ESCzine, Dare To Dream The one publication you need this year.
Eurovision Collectors Guide 1956-2018 - Print your own book.
Let's Get Physical - All releases you can touch and buy in a shop.
Portugal - FdC songs online, CD out now, Conan Osiris' piece has a new jacket. promo info
Poland - Tulia sing in Tel Aviv, Pali Się / Fire of Love, LP/CD info, coloured Vinyl single out now
Armenia - Srbuk, Walking Out on March 10. listen, piano version, Going Deeper Mix
Ireland - Sarah McTernan at 22, digital single out now
Moldova - Listen to the competing songs, Anna or Ana wins, versions sorted?
Latvia - Supernova songs online, Carousel wins, new version
Croatia - Roko's Dream, Heroj Original Croatian version. DORA CD available now, update
Finland - Will Darude take Tel Aviv by (sand)storm? (Look away now)
Germany - Unser Song für !srael, S!sters w!n.
Ukraine - Vidbir 2019 songs, Maruv wins but no one is going to Tel Aviv.
Absentia Bulgaria

About the Tel Aviv Collection:
The Tel Aviv Collection, a "branch" of the Eurovision Collectors Guide, collects info on all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia. 

Digital release info may not apply to all territories, you'll have to do some investigating by yourself there.
All digital release images (DRI's) are taken from the likes of iTunes and/or Amazon or sources noted otherwise.
Digital release also includes streaming (like Spotify), but not all releases can be found there.

Please note only links to official / legal downloads are used in the Lisbon Collection.
If there's any content here that belongs to you and you don't want it here, let us know and we'll remove it.

We also have a Facebook page. Here you'll find the occasional bit of release news and even some opinion of yours truly. A visit would be much appreciated or even a Like (if it’s not too much trouble…).
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Due to working hours I won’t always be able to publish the latest news first, but the Tel Aviv collection will be your Collectors Guide to the 2019 contest and it will be here to stay for future reference.

The Eurovision Collectors Guide 1956 - 2018 is out now!

Netherlands - Duncan Laurence - Arcade

As a Dutchie myself I'm over the moon with our victory. After 44 years with Ding A Dong as your most recent trophy it always seemed impossible to get a victory in our beloved game.
But Dare To Dream seemed very appropriate. Austria did it against all odds, Portugal after 50 years and now the Netherlands did it. Just saying: never give up, everything is possible. Thanks Duncan Laurence for an unforgettable moment.

1 - 498 pts / 1 - 280 pts in semi 2
Digital release image
Duncan Laurence represented the Netherlands in Tel Aviv. The song Arcade was revealed on March 7.
Arcade is written by Duncan de Moor (= Duncan Laurence), Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.
The video is here and the single is out now through the usual digital sources.
A vinyl single will be released, see below

An early demo has already been available on Youtube

Vinyl !
A limited edition vinyl single has been sold at Duncan's Paradiso concert merchandise stand.
It includes the Eurovision version and an acoustic version. (Universal 0 602577 952289)
The vinyl is expected to be more widely available on July 26. Shopping details follow later.

Arcade is the 3rd vinyl 7”inch single this year but it’s been a while since a Eurovision had a 7” inch release. The last one was in 1994: Rock 'n' roll kids by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan who for Ireland.

Arcade won the Eurovision Song Contest but didn't win any of the (unnecesary) seperate results.
Only two countries made in to the top five in both the Tele & Jury votes. One won and one came second (Italy), seems right to me.

Arcade is the fifth Dutch Eurovision winner. Corry Brokken won in 1957, Teddy Scholten in 1959 (60 years ago). 50 years ago Lenny Kuhr did it, but she had to share the winners reprise with three others.
The most recent Dutch winner was Teach In in 1975.
The Netherlands also won in 1957 (Corry Brokken - Net Als Toen) and 1959 (Teddy Scholten - 'n Beetje) and was the first country to have two victories.

Duncan Laurence had a few moments in the 2014 season of The Voice Of Holland where he reached the semi finals. He was coached by Ilse de lange of Common Linnets fame.

- digital release, Tel Aviv 2CD. 7" inch
Arcade - Acoustic version
- limited edition 7"inch
Arcade - karaoke
- on the official karaoke album
An early demo has already been available on Youtube

Netherlands Dutch top 100: 10, 12, 12, 14, 13, 15, 10, 8, 7, 1, 1, 1, 4, 4, 6, 8, 12, 13
Netherlands Dutch top 40: 29, 11, 8, 6, 4, 4, 5, 5, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Even though none of the Dutch charts is reliable any longer, (The top 40 is affiliated with just one (crap) radio station now) it's remarkable that Duncan Laurence's Arcade is the first Dutch entry ever to reach the top spot in the Dutch Top 40.
Sweden top 100: 6, 6, 13, 44, 62, -
Belgium top 50 (Flanders): 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 9
Belgium top 50 (Wallonia): 49, 42, 32, 31, 35, 33
Germany top 100: 26, 100, -
Ireland top 100 (Irma): 37, 57, 93, -
Norway top 40 (VG lista): 10, 10, 17, 23, 34, 36, -
Switzerland top 10: 6, 23, 47, 64, -
Switzerland Suisse Romande top 20: 4, -
U.K. top 100 (Official charts): 67, -
Scottish singles top 100 (OCC): 24, -
Denmark Tracklisten top 40: 23, 23, 40, -
Austria top 75: 22, 69, -
France top 200 (IFOP): 8, 86, 177, -
Spain top 100: 38, 74, -
Portugal top 100: 68, -

Links and sources
Netherlands 2018 has the links to all Dutch entries from 2009 to 2018.
Duncan Laurence FB Insta
Thanks to Katja at

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Let's Get Physical: Tel Aviv

Here's a quick checklist of this year's physical releases (CD's, vinyl) available the public. It's not a lot, really, but enough to do the Physical page again.
For promo and digital info please check each country's individual post.
Check out BeaRecords and you may just find what you need.

The first single released  is the one from Italy. It's a vinyl 7"inch, but you have to get the limited edition album box to get this item.
Eight other songs from the Sanremo contest have been released on vinyl single, find more info at the Italy post.
The second single release is also a vinyl single, it's from Poland. Grrreat.
San Marino's Serhat has issued a cdsingle which may not be in the regular stores but it is sold through several 'regular' sources.
Netherlands has a vinyl 7" inch that so far was only has been available at Duncan Laurence's Paradiso concert, but it will get a country-wide release on Jyly 26. Better late than never Netta!

The 2CD with all the songs from the show is expected on April 26. The DVD release is set for June 21. It is the 20th time all songs from the contest are released on an official EBU endorsed CD. How time flies.....
Hungary, Sweden, Croatia, Spain, Italy and Portugal all have CD albums out with the complete collection of 2019 National Final Songs.

Time Tunnel
And if you're going to Tel Aviv you can score a new 2CD compilation with Eurovision hits including TOY and Fuego from 2018. A collection of Eurovision winners and classics you probably already own in some form or another, but you know you want it anyway.
The album compiled by Time Tunnel 100FM radio is released on the Helicon label.
A few of the less likely entries on this compilation are Bandido by Azucar Moreno (which was a big hit in Israel), Alain Barrière, Co-Co. Beth and Caline and Olivier Toussaint.
It includes (only) four Israeli entries (the ones that won the contest). Of A Ba Ni Bi, Diva and Hallelujah Hebrew versions are included.
The 2CD is also available at Israel Music, where I bought it and it arrived in a week. See tracklist scan below. 

Artist's albums
Mahmood from Italy has his album out now on CD, LP and limited edition box set.
Pænda from Austria has her new album Evolution II out now.
Tulia's re-issued debut album Tulia (Poland) includes the original version of their Eurovision entry. Out on CD and 2LP. 
France: Bilal Hassani released his debut CD Kingdom on April 26.
Latvia's Carousel have been working on an album which will include their Eurovision song. No release date yet.
San Marino: Serhat's album That's How I Feel will get several physical editions soon....

And then there's this:
Flash back to 2000, Nicki French was the U.K. singer with Don't Play That Song Again.
Her latest release includes coverversions of four Eurovision songs. Four surprising choices you can read about here. Also has the CD ordering details.

The Time Tunnel Track List

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Cyprus - Tamta - Replay

13 - 109 pts / 9 - 149 pts in semi 1
Digital release image
If there's one singer that has been rumoured and wishful though about as a Eurovision star for Cyprus, Greece or any other country it's Tamta (Tamta Goduadze, Τάμτα Γκοντουάτζε).
Fans are over the moon now it finally came true.
Tamta performed Replay, written by Alex P. who also co-wrote last years Cypriot entry Fuego, getting the best result for the country ever.
Replay was revealed and released on March 5. Watch and listen here at Tamta's Youtube.

A 1 track promo in large (8.5 inch) fold out sleeve is issued. (RIK, Minos/EMI Universal 7764415)

On June 28 an acoustic version was released as a digital single. (see versions)

In 2007 Tamta had a go in the Greek selection but her song With Love ended third.
Die-hard Eurovision collectors have another tune by Tamta in their vaults. In 2006 Mihai Trăistariu re-recorded his successful entry Tornero (Romania, 4th place) with Tamta. She sang her parts in Greek and the song ended up on both Mihai's and Tamta's 2006 albums.

Alex P.
For Alex P. (Alex Papaconstantinou) it's the 5th Eurovision song that features him as a co-writer.
2007 - Yassou Maria - Sarbel (Greece, 7th place)
2009 - Always - Aysel & Arash (Azerbaijan, 3rd)
2012 - La La Love - Ivi Adamou (Cyprus, 16th)
2018 - Fuego - Eleni Foureira (Cyprus, 2nd)

Acoustic DRI
- digital single, Tel Aviv 2CD
Replay - Acoustic version by AlexSimonBass
- digital single
Replay - karaoke
- on the official karaoke album (digital)

France top 200 (IFOP): 193, -

Links and sources
Cyprus 2018 has the links to all Cypriot entries from 2009 to 2018.
Tamta FB
Tamta at BeaRecords

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Switzerland - Luca Hänni - She Got Me

4 - 364 pts / 4 - 232 pts in semi 2
digital release artwork, pic from Muve
Luca Hänni represented Switzerland with the song She Got Me.
The song is written by Luca Hänni, Laurell Barker, Frazer Mac and Jon Hällgren.
The working title for the song was Dirty Dancing.

Watch and listen here

A promo cds for Tel Aviv is made. It is a 1-track cdsingle.

She Got Me secured the best placing (and first top 5) for Switzerland since 1993.

She Got Me is already the third song for Laurell Barker in this years contest. She also co-wrote the entries from Germany and the United Kingdom.

She Got Me
- Tel Aviv 2CD
She Got Me - karaoke
- both digital releases

Switzerland top 100: 11, 45, 64, 77, 82, 93, 100, 75, 42, 8, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 5, 5, 6
Suisse Romande top 20: 13, -, 9, 1, 2, 6, 10, 10, 17, 14
Netherlands top 100: 48, 92, -
Sweden top 100: 35, 78, -
Germany top 100: 62, -
Ireland top 100 (Irma): 77, -
Austria top 75: 26, -
France top 200 (IFOP): 59, -
Spain top 100: 65, -
Scottish singles top 100 (OCC): 45, -

Some trivia 
She Got Me by Luca Hänni is the first Swiss Eurovision entry to got to #1 in the Swiss charts since 1977's Swiss Lady by the Pepe Lienhard band.
We like it when a the countries music loving people get behind their entry.
And sending a popular star helps both in Eurovsision (Switzerlands best result since 1993) and in the charts.
Celine Dion, who won the contest, only managed a #11 hit in 1988, just as high as Piero Esteriores famous nil-pointer Celebrate in 2004.

The Eurovision Collectors Guide loves lists, so here’s one. The Swiss entries from this century with their chart results. Plus the few that scored before that.
The Swiss charts are archived from 1968, starting as a top 10, a top 30 into the 90’s evolving to the top 100 it is now.
2019    She got me - Luca Hänni (1/+, 3 wks at #1)
2018    Stones - Zibbz (62/2)
2017    Apollo - Timebelle (37/2)
2016    The last of our kind - Rykka  (-/-)
2015    Time to shine - Mélanie René (73/1)
2014    Hunter of stars - SEBalter (6/3)
2013    You and me - Takasa (21/3)
2012    Unbreakable - Sinplus (24/3)
2011    In love for a while (3/4)
2010    Il pleut de l’or - Michael von der Heide (65/1)
2009    The heighest heights - Lovebugs (25/11)
2008    Era stupendo - Paolo Meneguzzi (11/10)
2007    Vampires are alive - DJ Bobo (3/19)
2006    If we all give a little - Six4One (-/-)
2005    Cool vibes - Vanilla Ninja (17/9)
2004    Piero Esteriore - Celebrate (11/8)
2002    Le jardin de mon âme - Francine Jordy (49/11)
2000    La vita cosé - Jane Bogaert (98/1)
1989    Viver senza tei - Furbaz (23/3)
1988    Ne partez pas sans moi - Celine Dion (11/4)
1983    No cosi non ci sto - Mariella Farré (12/4)
1981    Io senza te - Peter, Sue & marc (5/8)
1980    Cinema - Paola (7/6)
1977    Swiss lady - Pepe Lienhard band (1/18, 8 wks at #1)
1976    Djambo Djambo - Peter, Sue & Marc (6/13)
1975    Mikado - Simone Drexel (2/8)
1969    Bonjour Bonjour - Paola (7/3)

Links and sources
Switzerland 2018 has the links to Swiss entries from 2009 on.
Luca Hänni WebsiteFB
Thanks to Andy at Muve. And thanks to Nigel.
Official Swiss Charts
Eurovision Collectors Guide

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Romania - Ester Peony - On A Sunday

2nd version DRI
13 - 71 pts in semi 2
Ester Peony will represent Romania in Tel Aviv with the song On A Sunday.
Ester Peony (Ester Alexandra Crețu) wrote the song with Alexandru Şerbu and Ioanei Victoria Badea.

The first version was released as a digital single on January 17.
The official video, released on March 10, features a slightly different version. (here at TVR Youtube)
This version was released as a digital single on March 10. The original version version seems to be discontinued at most (all?) digital sources.

Two 1-track cdsingles were issued. One is a promo in a cardsleeve, the other comes in a thin plastic case with insert. (Cat Music 101 28462)
Both have the same new version.
Ester Peony is currently working on her debut album

Romania's selection had two semi's with a final on February 17.
A playlist at TVR's Youtube has the participating songs.

Ester released her first songs under the name Ester, then she took the name Elune but since last year it's Ester Peony.
She released a digital EP Dig It in May 2018.

 1st Digital release image
On A Sunday - new version
- digital single, Tel Aviv 2CD
On A Sunday - original
- first digital release
On A Sunday - karaoke
- on the official karaoke album (digital)

Links and sources
Romania 2018 has links to all Romanian entries from 2009 on.
TVR Eurovision pages
Ester Peony FB, Insta

France - Bilal Hassani - Roi

Digital release image
16 - 105 pts / not in semi
Bilal Hassani won the French selection Destination Eurovision with his song Roi (King).
Bilal wrote the song with Madame Monsieur (of Mercy fame) and Medeline.
The track was released as a digital single on January 4.
An acoustic version has appeared on Youtube.

A 1-track promo in card sleeve was issued first (Low Wood / Play Two)
A 3-track promo (cd-r) also has English and instrumental. The version of Roi on the 3-track is a re-recording of the original in a slightly different key. The third track is an instrumental (not karaoke) in the new key.
The English version comes "in the old key".
See comments.

Bilal Hassani released his debut album Kingdom on April 26.
It also includes new singles Fais Beleck and Jaloux. (Full tracklist below)
The CD version includes Roi (original version) but the digital outside France version does not. (Oh well, it does now, June 2019)
Kingdom, the Bilal Hassani album

Bilal entered The Voice Kids in 2015 auditioning with Rise Like A Phoenix, the song we all know and love by Conchita Wurst. Bilal didn't make it to the final (battle) stages back then.

Roi - revamped/remastered version
- 3-track promo
Roi - original in English/French
- Digital single, Tel Aviv 2CD, 1st promo, CD Kingdom
Crown - English version
- 3-track promo 
Roi - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke album (digital)
Roi - Instrumental
- 3-track promo
See comments

Ifop French top 200: 8, 18, 46, 7, 25, 58, 57, 87, 124, 123, 126, 182, -, 125, 68, 11, 79, -

Links and sources
France in 2018 has the links to all French entries from 2009 to 2018.
Bilal Hassani FB, Insta
Thanks to Frank and to Nigel.

Kingdom tracklist (CD version)

01. Welcome to My Kingdom
02. Panic
03. Roi
04. Poison
05. Jaloux
06. Qui cala?
07. Fais beleck
08. The Flow
09. Boom X3
10. Basic
11. O.N.C
12. Dans mon seum
13. Famous
14. Over You
15. You Should Have Let Me Love You

Albania - Jonida Maliqi - Ktheju Tokës

17 - 90 pts / 8 - 96 pts in semi 2
New version DRI
Jonida Maliqi won the 57th Festivali i Këngës with the song Ktheju Tokës (lit. Return to Earth, or rather Return to the land)
The song is written by Eriona Rushiti.

The original studio version can be heard here at RTSH's Youtube.
The single was released on March 8, but the Spotify version appears to be the original version, still a bit too long.
A new version video was revealed on March 10. That one is here.
The digital release was on March 15, along with a karaoke version.

A promo is made, it's a CDrom/DVDrom with audio's video's and info.
It includes four versions of Ktheju Tokës (see versions). They are audio files that only play on PC's (not on CD players) and all are included twice, once as mp3, once as wave file.
The DVDrom has FiK video, official videoclip plus bios, lyrics and pictures.


Fest 57
All songs from the 57th Festivali i Këngës were released as a digital album on April 19.
The album is titled Fest 57 and includes 22 songs. It includes the same version of Ktheju Tokës as the first digital single.

Digital album Fest 57

Ktheju Tokës - Eurovision version
- digital release, Tel Aviv 2CD, promo
Ktheju Tokës - original a.k.a FiK version
- RTSH video, digital single, Fest 57 album (digital), promo
Ktheju Tokës - Eurovision karaoke
- digital release, promo
Ktheju Tokës - Solo instrumental (still has some backings)
- promo
Ktheju Tokës - FiK version karaoke
- RTSH video
1st versionDigital release image
Links and sources
Albania in 2018 has links to all Albanian entries since 2009.
Jonida Maliqi Website, FB
Thanks to Nigel.

Serbia - Nevena Božović - Kruna

18 - 89 pts / 7 - 156 pts in semi 1
Digital Release Image
Nevena Božović (Невена Божовић) is the winner of Beovizija 2019 and represents Serbia in the Tel Aviv contest. The song is Kruna (Круна, Crown) and she wrote it herself.
The song is in Serbian with a small part in English.
The first studio version is here (YT).
A new version was revealed on March 21, you can listen to that one here (RTS YT)
The digital single was released on March 29.
An English version is recorded with the RTS Symphonic orchestra. Watch and listen here.

A promo cds is issued. It includes five versions: Eurovision version, Karaoke, Instrumental, Acoustic and English (With the RTS Symphonic orchestra).
It comes is a digipack case with booklet.

Serbia Beovizija chose their entry in a three night spectacular with the final on March 3.
30 songs were in the running. You can still listen to all songs here (RTS Youtube playlist)

Nevena Božović has some experience with Eurovision.
In 2007 she entered the Junior edition in Rotterdam with the song Piši Mi (Write me) and finished in third place.
In 2013 she joined Mirna Radulović and Sara Jovanović to form Moje 3. Their Ljubav Je Svuda (Love is everywhere) won Beovizija but just missed out on the Final semi in Malmö (11th in the semi, 6 points behind the #10).
Since 2013 she has released several digital singles, the most recent being Moja Molitva / What I'm Looking For and Jasni Mi Je / Dangerous Drug, all available through your favorite digital sources.

Kruna - Eurovision version
- digital release, Tel Aviv 2CD, promo
Kruna - Acoustic
- video,  promo
The Crown (Eternal light) - English with the RTS Symphonic
- video, promo
Kruna - Original
- both Youtube audio-videos
Kruna - Eurovision karaoke
- on the official karaoke album, promo
Kruna - Instrumental
- promo

Links and sources
Serbia 2018 has links to all Serbian entries from 2009 on.
RTS Eurovision pages
Nevena Božović FB
Moje3 in 2013
Thanks to Nigel.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Italy - Mahmood - Soldi

The vinyl single sleeve
2 - 472 pts / not in semi
Mahmood is the winner of the 69th Sanremo festival and represented Italy in Tel Aviv.
The winning song Soldi (Money) is written by Charlie Charles, Dario "Dardust" Faini and Alessandro Mahmoud himself.
The song is in Italian with two lines in Arabic.

The official videoclip is here (YT) and it's already raking in the millions. (50 million on March 16, still some way to go until Francesco Gabbani's 215.000.000).
80.000.000 views at the start of Eurovision week.
100.000.000 views on June 19.

A vinyl 7"inch single is included in the special edition box of Mahmood's CD Gioventù Bruciata. (see below)

Two remixes by Benny Benassi was released on March 8.
A remix by Denis First was released on march 15, along with its instrumental.
The Vigiland remix was released on March 22.

On May 10 two more versions were released featuring other artists.
One with Finnish singer Isac Elliot has parts in English (by Isac), the other one is with  rapper Maikel Delacaille (from Tenerife) and has a part in Spanish.

A cdsingle has appeared on e-bay but it's a homemade fake sold (and made?) by the same seller that gave us "unofficial" Israeli remix cdsingles of Imri, Hovi Star and Nadav Guedj.
Unfortunately this con has made big Soldi again.

Mahmood a Sanremo
Mahmood is one of two singers who progressed from the Ecco Sanremo Giovani (newcomers) competition to the big festival. To proceed and win the whole thing is a remarkable feat.
In the Giovani competition in December Mahmood performed the song Gioventù Bruciata (Wasted youth).

The "big" Festival Sanremo took place from 5 to 9 February.

Mahmood also collected the Enzo Jannacci award for best performance at Sanremo.
On the 4th night of the Sanremo contest all artists performed their entry as a duet. Mahmood was joined by Guè Pequeno for Soldi. (this version is also included on the album and single, see below).

Mahmood participated in the Italian X-Factor in 2012 and entered the Sanremo Giovani section in 2016 with the song Dimentica (4th place)

Soldi Fisici
Soldi and Gioventù Bruciata have been released on the re-issue digital EP Gioventù Bruciata, out since February 6. (Universal)
The EP was originally released in November but without Soldi.
A CD album release also titled Gioventù Bruciata was released on February 22. This includes the tracks from the EP, the duet version of Soldi and three other songs. (Tracklist below)
The CD also comes in a boxset with a vinyl single, a banknote and postcards (March 8, see pic)
The "vinile 45 Giri" has the original and duet versions of Soldi.
The album is also released on LP.
Gioventù Bruciata enters the Italian album charts at #1 on March 1.

CD: Island / Universal 0602577523014
Boxset: Island / Universal 0602577534270
7": Island / Universal  0602577530982
LP: Island / Universal 0602577530005

Benny Benassi Remix DRI
Soldi - Eurovision version / edit
- on the Tel Aviv 2CD
Soldi - original
- 2CD/2LP Sanremo 2019, 7"inch, Mahmood album
Soldi - ft Guè Pequeno
- 7"inch, Mahmood CD and LP
Soldi - Benny Benassi remix
Soldi - Benny Benassi extended
Soldi - Denis First 100 BPM remix
Soldi - Denis first instrumental remix
Soldi - Vigiland remix
-  remixes are digital releases
Soldi - ft Isac Elliot (English/Italian)
Soldi - ft Maikel Delacalle (Italian/Spanish)
- digital releases
Soldi - Eurovision karaoke
- on the official karaoke album (digital)

The Mahmood Colour Collection
Italy top 100 (FIMI): 81, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 5, 7, 5, 6, 8, 10, 14, 13, 16, 21, 28, 31, 40, 37, 59
The single went Gold on February 18, Platinum on Februari 25, 2x Platinum on March 18 (But I don't know how many you'd have to sell...)
Switzerland top 100: 25, 29, 50, 57, 76, 67, 65, 86, 98, 98, 94, -, 100, 5, 10, 12, 21, 26, 22, 21
Denis First remixes DRI
Switzerland Top 20 Suisse Romande: 7, 10, 17, -
Netherlands top 100: 18, 16, 21, 29, 34, 83, -
Sweden top 100: 10, 8, 14, 37, 39, 37, 59, -
U.K. top 100 (Official charts): 73, -
Scottish singles top 100 (OCC): 57, -
Belgium top 50 (Flanders): 50, -
Germany top 100: 32, 86, 96, -
Ireland top 100 (Irma): 65, -
Norway top 40 (VG lista): 16, 21, 35, -
Austria top 75: 12, 31, 56, -
France top 200 (IFOP): 167, 33, 176, -
Spain top 100: 5, 5, 16, 16
Portugal top 100: 78, 73, -

Sanremo 2019
The album with 24 songs from this year's Sanremo competition is out since February 8.
For the first time since Italy's return the collection is also released on Vinyl (2LP), out the same day.
Full tracklist below.

Like every year, almost every Sanremo Star will have an album (CD and LP) out to coincide with the festival. Some are Best Of compilations, others are re-issues with the Sanremo songs (and other tracks) added but most have new albums out. Most release dates are in February, some later.
Altro Spettacolo website have a page detailing all the new releases of this years Sanremo stars. Great stuff.

Sanremo vinile
Since 2017 several Sanremo entries have been released on collectors 7"inch vinyl singles and this year there are a few again. A vinyl single of the winner Soldi by Mahmood was released on March 1, but only in a limited box with his new CD album.
So far I've spotted these:
Nek - Mi Farò Trovare Pronto  (White vinyl, F&P)
Loredana Bertè - Cosa Ti Aspetti Da Me Azzurro  (Blue vinyl, Warner)
Shade & Federica Carta - Senza Farlo Apposta  (Red vinyl, Warner)
Irama - La Ragazza Con Il Cuore Di Latta  (Yellow vinyl, Warner Music)
Paola Turci - L'Ultimo Ostacolo  (White vinyl, Warner)
Patty Pravo - Un Po' Come La Vita  (Black vinyl, Museo Dei Sognatori)
Motta - Dov'è l'Italia  (Black & Blue marbled vinyl, Sugar)
At the time of writing all were available at but it seems the Loredana Bertè one is sold out and now offered by flippers at massively inflated prices.
The Vinyl singles of Sanremo 2019

Links and sources
Italy 2018 has the links to all Italian entries from 2011 to 2018.
Official Sanremo pages
Mahmood FB, Website, Insta
Thanks to Krzysztof

Tracklist Gioventù Bruciata
01 Soldi
02 Gioventù Bruciata
03 Uramaki
04 Il Nilo nel Naviglio
05 Anni 90, feat. Fabri Fibra
06 Asia Occidente
07 Remo
08 Milano Good Vibes
09 Sabbie Mobili
10 Mai Figlio Unico
11 Soldi, feat. Gué Pequeno

Tracklist Sanremo 2019
- Sanremo 2019 CD1
01 Loredana Bertè - Cosa Ti Aspetti Da Me
02 Ultimo - I Tuoi Particolari
03 Patty Pravo & Briga - Un Po’ Come la Vita
04 Daniele Silvestri - Argento Vivo
05 Paola Turci - L’ultimo Ostacolo
06 Nek - Mi Farò Trovare Pronto
07 Shade & Federica Carta - Senza Farlo Apposta
08 Simone Cristicchi - Abbi Cura Di Me
09 Motta - Dov’è L’Italia
10 Ex-Otago - Solo Una Canzone
11 Ghemon - Rose Viola
12 Mahmood - Soldi
2LP (click to enlarge)
- Sanremo 2019 CD2
01 Il Volo - Musica Che Resta
02 Arisa - Mi Sento Bene
03 Irama - La Ragazza Con Il Cuore Di Latta
04 Francesco Renga - Aspetto Che Torni
05 Anna Tatangelo - Le Nostre Anime Di Notte
06 Enrico Nigiotti - Nonno Hollywood
07 Negrita I Ragazzi - Stanno Bene
08 Nino D’Angelo & Livio Cori - Un’Altra Luce
09 The Zen Circus - L’amore È Una Dittatura
10 Achille Lauro - Rolls Royce
11 Boomdabash - Per Un Milione
12 Einar - Parole Nuove