Tuesday, December 25, 2007

opening the road for other Romanian bands

STILL MORE: Jokero (I like this combination of English and Spanish; also, Romanian and English)

EVEN MORE: Dragoste de inchiriat/(Romanian version): romantic guy gets dumped... very, very different from the crude English version (Kylie), probably not all that crude compared with what else is out there -- a lot of the rap songs, for instance... I'm not familiar with them so I just don't know how crude songs really get -- anyways, looks like it had plenty of success with the French, the Polish / live and... probably plenty of others

MORE: French kiss / 9 Mai (the Romanian version)/ in concert (in Poland); lyrics-wise, the Romanian and English version are very different

Akcent, for instance, has had some success in Europe: King of Disco/Romanian version (parody) / The Making of King of Disco

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Romanian viral videos

STILL MORE: interesting comments, the Romanians had a very mixed reaction to what Radio 21 came up with: some of them thought it was awful... the thing is that it was as much a parody of those foreign songs as it was a parody of Romanian folk songs (it had the themes, character etc. but the words were off the cuff and bordering on profanity -- something that would never happen in traditional "broadcastable" Romanian folk songs) but most people loved it! -- they thought it was fun and entertaining...

The reaction to learning these were not original songs was also varied: some people though it didn't matter..."their song was good... but ours was delicious!"; others thought it was a lousy thing to do and studio 21 should knock it off! (gives Romanians a bad name by appropriating other peoples' songs)

EVEN MORE: Radio 21's parody of a number of Western hits: Wassabi - Have Some Fun With Radio 21

EVEN MORE: another one: Rita Rita (the term "Rita Rita" is used in this Romanian version as slang for sex -- doesn't really mean that in Romanian but the video makes it obvious; this is actually a "fan response" to the Radio 21 version; the original version... the one that Radio 21 used for its parody was Leva's Polka)

MORE: the original/Russian version was about a love triangle (the Romanian version was about a woman not being satisfied by her lover) D.

interesting story: Radio 21 (Romanian) decided to parody a number of international songs -- Jaja jaga (which appears to be Russian slang for sex) ended up very popular with Romanians, kind of a party/ drinking song...and plenty of people had no clue the song wasn't exactly "Romanian, original" (the interpretation had all the bells and whistles... figuratively AND literally of authentic Romania folk songs)


Crazy Loop on UTube: will it go viral?

there are some "fan videos" already, will it pick up even more to help promote the song on the world market? we'll see...D.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Johanna (Shut Up)

MORE: live performance (but not the singing... couldn't possibly, he appears exhousted from all that jumping around...) D.

another one of Dan's new songs: interesting! was it a good decision to sing falsetto? hard to tell... there were some big successes, such as the Bee Gees but they didn't fare well for the long run -- people ended-up being embarrassed by having *ever* liked them; the lyrics are still... an acquired taste... for Westerners, I would think... D.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dan Balan: looks like he's done it again!


MORE: #1 in Romania

at least in Romania... looks like Crazy Loop has been received very well... surprise, surprise... or not? I thought it would be cool if it happened but... I didn't exactly see it coming:) ... hmmm... he certainly seems to have done a lot of promotion work!


P.S. we'll see what happens when "The Power of Shower" (The album which includes the single Crazy Loop) is released in Europe, Japan and America in January-February (25 countries! looks likes he's got the business side of this under control...) D.