ESC/Billboard Chart Update: “Arcade” misses again, and sadly may not have the fire to do it…

I reported a couple of weeks ago here on TKR that Duncan Laurence‘s 2019 ESC-winning entry “Arcade” was mere millimeters from becoming the first ESC-connected song to hit Billboard‘s revered Hot 100 chart in in 25 years. Now, sadly, the moment for the Netherlands’ winner MAY have passed. In checking Billboard‘s other reference charts, despite still-growing airplay on AC and Hot AC radio, and decent runs on those charts, “Arcade” hit #101 – just ONE FRIGGIN’ SPOT below the official Hot 100 – two weeks ago. As of this morning’s issue, the song is at #109 on what is known

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Road to Eurovision ’21: Albania decides; Lesley Roy, Hurricane return in ’21

Hi all, welcome to Road to Eurovision ’21, where I will have reports every weekend beginning today, bringing you the latest on the performer updates, the national finals contests and more! First up this session, Albania has selected singer Anxhela Peristeri to head to Rotterdam in May (Coronovirus willing) for ESC ’21. Their official entry into the contest this year is “Karma“, performed in Albanian. It joins Cypress’ entry “El diablo” by Elena Tsagrinou, announced waaaay back at the end of November 2020. Israel, Latvia, and France will announce their entries later in January. France is the only one of

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THINGS N STUFF: Eurovision 2021: Here’s what we know so far

Come hell or high water, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest WILL go on! The European Broadcast Union announced several weeks ago that they are running four different scenarios as planned to make sure the contest comes to pass for sure next year. The four scenarios are referred to as Normal, Social Distancing, Travel Restrictions, and Lockdown, and each have their individual points that deal with the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The just-completed 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest was conducted mostly under the “travel restrictions” scenario, with one or two exceptions, using some incredibly innovative and groundbreaking live television techniques that

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DAILY VID: “Think About Things” by Dadi Freyr

Hey all – in case you haven’t heard the great news, the Icelandic Eurovision committee has elected to send Dadi Freyr and Gagnamagnid back to Eurovision 2021! WOO HOO!  In honor of that news, here’s Dadi performing his 2020 entry (and likely winner according to polls) to Eurovision, “Think About Things” on a German TV show last week – great performance, and we’re looking forward to Dadi kicking butt at ESC 2021 with whatever new song he comes up with for the contest! Enjoy!  

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TKR On YouTube: Record Store Day Drop 3 and what I ordered…

Record Store Day 2020 Drop 3 has come and gone – and I did much better on what I was looking for this month than I did last month…but I didn’t manage to grab the one thing I wanted the most…but it wasn’t a surprise either…

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IT’S COMING!!! TKR’s premiere coverage of Junior Eurovision starts November 1!

As you know, I began covering the long-running Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. a year after it first began screening for U.S. audiences, and have covered every year since, including massive coverage of this year’s cancelled show and all the cool specials that came out of that cancellation. Now, beginning this year, TKR’s coverage of the Eurovision franchise is expanding! Beginning November 1, TKR will launch its first-ever coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This contest is open to songwriters between the ages of 8-15 years of age, and the performers also have to be within that age frame.

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EUROVISION ’21 – Come hell or high water (or coronavirus), it WILL HAPPEN!

UPDATED 9/18 `12:24 PM ET with more info The European Broadcast Union made it official earlier today – no matter what happens, or what kind of circumstances they may have to maneuver, Eurovision Song Contest 2021 WILL GO ON! YAY! Methinks the earful they got about the cancellation last year has spurred them into motion. Preliminary info was released during the “Eurovision: Shine A Light” substitute special last May, but today’s video announcement makes it official. As the video below shows, they are going ahead, with one of four possible scenarios – Full Show, Socially Distant Show, Travel-restricted show, or

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TKR on YouTube: Record Store Day Drop 1 Unboxing

Another quick little unboxing today – my two titles from Record Store Day drop one – although it turns out one of them apparently came out during RSD 2019, so I’m not sure why it was in the “new” area at Newbury Comics’ website, but I still wanted it, so what the hell! Don’t forget to subscribe to TKR Video Central on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-8Ha1CgLmTWg9H3tl6blA?view_as=subscriber

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TKR On YouTube: TKR Rant – Snooty Eurovision Fans

Sorry you have to see this, Vinyl Community, but it has to be said – I am on a rant today about snooty Euro music fans who don’t like the fact that their beloved Eurovision Song Contest is about to have an American sister show…or American music in general….I Have Had It. I’m a huge fan of ESC, have worked my ass off promoting their songs and the contest in general to the fans in the US, and I’m tired of being told I don’t have a right to like this stuff by ESC fans who seem to think they

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Check out TKR Video Central on YouTube!

Hey all – I just jumped with both feet into the video vinyl community on YouTube! TKR VideoCentral will house all my videos dealing with music – I started this as a separate channel from PNRNetworks’ YouTube hub, so if you’re subscribed over there, you will need to subscribe here too. “The Kirkham Report” on TKR VideoCentral will be a lot of my ramblings about music, vinyl collecting, some contest entries, some musical stories, and such, as well as a couple of new series i’m doing over there, my “Bakers’ Dozen” series, and my upcoming “Discology” series, where I will

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