MUSIC

After weeks of teasing the world with only the title ‘El Diablo’, the Cyprus Eurovision entry by Elena Tsagrinou has finally been released.

We were promised an up-tempo track which would be catchy and Elena has certainly lived up that script, releasing her official contest song for ‘El Diablo’ weeks ago.

Cypriot broadcaster CyBC confirmed that Greek star Elena Tsagrinou would fly the flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands in November last year. The 26-year-old Athenian songstress will perform in the Eurovision’s First Semi-Final, at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena this May.

The entry is penned by producer Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, a Swedish Grammy-Award winner. He collaborates on the tune with Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard.

The up-tempo pop-dance feels current and mainstream. The radio friendly hit, which has entered London Greek Radio playlists. It is a competitive song, which no doubt is helping with its hopes and chances of qualifying and on the left-side scoreboard.

The talented songwriters have said that Spanish title ‘El Diablo’ [“Devil”], is a metaphor, which refer to a ‘bad boy’ in this context or even “aliti” in Greek.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou’s said, “Cyprus have a really catchy song with a useful hook and is instantaneous which a Eurovision song requires. The track starts with the chorus straight away, enhancing the immediate and instant nature of this song.”

The song is about a woman crying out for help after falling in love with a ‘bad boy’ known as ‘El Diablo’ and coming to identify with and bond with her abuser.

Elena playfully purrs with whisper-like prayer asking for help “Mamacita tell me what to do…” in the pre-choruses.

The children’s nursery chant in the middle eight sounds eerily scary and is a touch of fun.

CyBC in a statement said the song describes an abusive relationship and what it means to be a victim of this abuse. “The song represents the age-old battle between good and evil and it speaks of a problematic relationship between a man and woman who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome – the psychological condition when a victim of abuse identifies and bonds with their abuser – who seeks help to get out and the truth always shines.”

Cyprus will be staged with the help of Austrian artistic director Marvin Dietmann who helped Austria to a Eurovision triumph in 2014 with their song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.

The involvement of the Austrian creative highlights the Cypriot ambition to impress at this competition.

Elena Tsagrinou said, “My professional team is working extremely hard, with strict disciplined five-hour rehearsals every day for a while. My mindset feels like that of an athlete that is training for something huge, like this contest [translated].”

Mr Neophytou’s view, “Cyprus chances at qualifying are good and in a semi-final with competition in this genre. The catchier Cypriot song, and elevated staging helps to sell it, let’s hope the song qualifies.”

The Cypriot delegation will be quietly optimistic about their qualifying chances for a sixth year. The best ever runners-up result with Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ in 2018.

Elena is the star of the official music video with her dancing solo which suggests a complete package as a performance singer and stage artist. Her sassiness and seductive gazes are a nice, subtle touch, which the song requires. She is likeable, attractive, and telegenic which helps sell the song. Elena’s joined by her fellow male dancers as song climaxes, hoisted mid-air on the dancer’s shoulders.

Elena began her music career in 2008 as the lead soloist of the Greek band OtherView, before pursuing a solo career after she left them in 2018.

Cypriot chiefs have stuck to the successful formulae, of internally picking artist and song-package. Elena is signed to Panik Records one of Greece’s biggest music labels in Greece, and Cyprus, releasing many top hits from Cypriot and Greek artists which are everyday hits on the LGR air-waves.

Elena performs in the running order of 16 at slot number 8.

Cyprus competes in the First Eurovision Semi-Final which airs on Tuesday 18th May on BBC Four. The Top 10 qualifying counties through to the Final on Saturday 22nd May, on BBC One.

London Greek Radio wishes Elena and Cyprus the best of luck in the Eurovision.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart, APRIL 2021.
This month’s biggest, most in demand hit songs.
Spinning the best new hit music and current favourites…

London Greek Radio Est. 1989
Original. Authentic. Station

1 Konstantinos Christoforou S’ Ena Tetarto
2 Konstantinos Argiros – Paraskevi Proi [NEW]
3 Petros Iakovidis – Mou Lipses Poli
4 Panos Kalidis – San Trelos [NEW]
5 Anna Vissi – Loulaki
6 Josephine – Paliopaido
7 Nikos Vertis – Koita [NEW]
8 Katy Garbi, Dionisis Shinas – Atofio Hrisafi
9 Despina Vandi – Petra [NEW]
10 Melina Aslanidou, Glykeria – Ftani Kai Perisevi

11 Panos Kiamos, Anastasios Rammos – Sta Hirotera
12 Stan – Ki An
13 Giorgos Sampanis, Panos Katsimichas – Afto Pou Agapas
14 Stelios Rokkos – Den Fovithika
15 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do
16 Haris Alexiou, Onirama – Ximeronei [NEW]
17 Melisses – Pou ‘nai I Agapi
18 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia
19 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
20 Dimitra Galani – O Vythos Sou [NEW]

21 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Kairo Tora Paei
22 Giannis Ploutarhos – Monos Mou
23 Natasa Theodoridou – Exapsi
24 Pegky Zina – Anatropi [NEW]
25 Lampis Livieratos – 15 Grammta [NEW]
26 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
27 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia
28 Konstantinos Argiros – Tha ‘mai Edo
29 Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo [Cyprus Eurovision Song Contest 2021]
30 Stefania – Last Dance [Greece Eurovision Song Contest 2021]

31 Vasilis Karras – Lene Gia Mena
32 Ivi Adamou, Giorgos Mazonakis – Fotia Mou
33 Anastasios Rammos – Oti Ki An Kano
34 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Min Argeis
35 Freedom Fighters, Stamatis Gonidis, Vasilis Dimas – Siko Kai Zise [NEW]
36 Ioulia Kallimani, Stamatis Gonidis – Gynaika Einai
37 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Ki An Me Miso
38 Petros Iakovidis – Mi Thymoneis
39 Alkistis Protopsalti – Nikites Chamenoi
40 Stelios Dionisiou, Pix Lax – Diafani Agapi [NEW]

Your Top 20 Chart Hits
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Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart, March 2021.

Some of this month’s most-played Greek hit songs on LGR. Spinning the best new hit music not to mention hot exclusives and promos…

London Greek Radio Est. 1989.
The original station you know, tunes you trust

1 Konstantinos Argiros – Tha ‘mai Edo
2 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto
3 Ivi Adamou, Giorgos Mazonakis – Fotia Mou
4 Vasilis Karras – Lene Gia Mena [NEW VERSION]
5 Gianna Terzi, Paschalis Terzis – Gia Sena Mono
6 Petros Iakovidis – Mi Thymoneis
7 Melisses – Pou ‘nai I Agapi
8 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
9 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Min Argeis
10 Natasa Theodoridou – Exapsi

11 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
12 Katy Garbi, Dionisis Shinas – Atofio Hrisafi [NEW VERSION]
13 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do
14 Panos Kiamos – Eipa Ki Ego
15 Josephine – Paliopaido [NEW]
16 Anastasios Rammos – Oti Ki An Kano
17 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Ki An Me Miso
18 Konstantinos Argiros – Athina Mou
19 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia [NEW]
20 Ageliki Darra – Se Thelo Edo [NEW, World Exclusive to London Greek Radio]

21 Ioulia Kallimani, Stamatis Gonidis – Gynaika Einai
22 Giannis Ploutarhos – Monos Mou [NEW]
23 Giorgos Sampanis, Panos Katsimichas – Afto Pou Agapas
24 Helena Paparizou [Feat. Marseaux] – Deja Vu
25 Petros Iakovidis – Mou Lipses Poli [NEW]
26 Giorgos Tsalikis – Ftais
27 Natasa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se ‘sena
28 Loukas Giorkas – Mou Eleipses Poly
29 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia [NEW]
30 Anna Vissi – Loulaki [NEW]

31 Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo [NEW, Cyprus Eurovision Song Contest 2021]
32 Stefania – Last Dance [NEW, Greece Eurovision Song Contest 2021]
33 Giannis Parios – Ah Agapi [NEW]
34 Stan – Na Xanartheis
35 Melina Aslanidou, Glykeria – Ftani Kai Perisevi [NEW]
36 Panos Kiamos, Anastasios Rammos – Sta Hirotera [NEW]
37 Alkistis Protopsalti – Nikites Chamenoi
38 Sakis Rouvas – Yperanthropos
39 Thodoris Ferris – Paraskevi
40 Elli Kokkinou – Ti Echo Travixei

Your Top 20 Chart Hits
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Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart, February 2021.

The Chart is comprised of play-lists, with the best new music and spinning some of our favourite tunes from the last year.

London Greek Radio Est. 1989.
The original station you know, tunes you trust

1 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
2 Petros Iakovidis – Mi Thimoneis
3 Ivi Adamou Feat. Giorgos Mazonakis – Fotia Mou
4 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
5 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Min Argeis
6 Stamatis Gonidis & Ioulia Kallimani – Gynaika Einai
7 Natasa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se Sena
8 Giorgos Sabanis, Panos Katsimichas – Afto Pou Agapas
9 Melisses – Pou Nai I Agapi [NEW/EXCLUSIVE]
10 Konstantinos Argiros – Tha ‘Mai Edo

11 Vasilis Karras – Lene Gia Mena [new version]
12 Yianna Terzi Feat. Paschalis Terzis – Gia Sena Mono
13 Loukas Giorkas – Mou Eleipses Poly [NEW]
14 Dionysis Schoinas – Xsipnisa Kapos
15 Helena Paparizou – Se Xeno Soma
16 Anastasios Rammos – Oti Ki An Kano
17 Konstantinos Argiros – Athina Mou
18 Giorgos Livanis – Na Eisai Eftychismeni [NEW] 
19 Sakis Rouvas – Yperanthropos [NEW]
20 Eleonora Zouganeli – Stathero [NEW]

21 Natasa Theodoridou – Exapsi [NEW]
22 Elli Kokkinou – Ti Echo Travixei [NEW]
23 Alcatrash – Terma Ta Psemata
24 Stamatis Gonidis – Den Se Thelo [NEW]
25 Stan – Paidi Tou Cheimona [NEW]
26 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Ki An Me Miso [NEW]
27 Panos Kiamos – Eipa Ki Ego
28 Helena Paparizou [Feat. Marseaux] – Deja Vu [NEW]
29 Valantis – Tote [NEW]
30 Themis Adamantidis – Afto To Ligo [NEW]

31 Nikos Vertis Feat. Amir – I Lexi S’ Agapo
32 Christos Menidiatis – Mporei
33 Thodoris Ferris – Paraskevi [NEW]
34 Jospehine – Ego
35 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto [NEW]
36 Stelios Rokkos – Den Fovithika
37 Alkistis Protopsalti – Nikites Chamenoi [NEW]
38 Christina Salti – Mporei
39 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Skase Ena Fili
40 Giorgos Sampanis – Agia Thalassa

Your Top 20 Chart Hits
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Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart, January 2021.

The Chart is comprised of play-lists, with latest hits, best new music and spinning some of our favourites tunes from the last years.

London Greek Radio Est. 1989.
The original station you know, tunes you trust.

1 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Min Argeis
2 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
3 Petros Iakovidis – Mi Thimoneis
4 Ivi Adamou Feat. Giorgos Mazonakis – Fotia Mou
5 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
6 Stamatis Gonidis & Ioulia Kallimani – Gynaika Einai
7 Yianna Terzi Feat. Paschalis Terzis – Gia Sena Mono
8 Konstantinos Argiros – Athina Mou
9 Natasa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se Sena
10 Panos Kiamos – Eipa Ki Ego

11 Giorgos Sabanis, Panos Katsimichas – Afto Pou Agapas
12 Dionysis Schoinas – Xsipnisa Kapos
13 Petros Iakovidis – S’ Agapao Sou Fonaxa
14 Josephine – Ego
15 Konstantinos Argiros – Tha ‘Mai Edo
16 Alcatrash – Terma Ta Psemata
17 Nikos Vertis Feat. Amir – I Lexi S’ Agapo
18 Konstantinos Argiros – Milo Gia Sena [2020]
19 Helena Paparizou – Se Xeno Soma
20 Melina Aslanidou – Den Vazeis Mialo

21 Eleni Foureira – Dokimase Me
22 Stan – Na Ksanartheis
23 Kaiti Garbi – S’ Opoion Areso
24 Christina Salti – Mporei
25 Giorgos Sabanis – Agria Thalassa
26 Christos Menidiatis – Mporei
27 Melisses – Misi Kardia
28 Kostas Martakis – Allos Anthropos
29 Paola – Ametanoiti
30 Despina Vandi – Ena Tsigaro Diadromi

31 Panos Kiamos – Dyo Metra Ouranos
32 Malu – Agyristo Kefali
33 Stelios Rokkos – Den Fovithika
34 Eleonora Zouganeli Feat. Kostas Livadas – I Epimoni Sou
35 Nikiforos – Ta Leme To Vrady
36 Sofia Vossou – To Filaraki
37 Giorgos Giannias – Kratise Me
38 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Skase Ena Fili
39 Anastasios Rammos – Metakinisi 6
40 Peggy Zina – Eilikrina

Your Top 20 Chart Hits
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The Top 100 “Best Songs” of 2020 on LGR

LGR announces the “Best Songs of 2020” after whittling down from 100’s of really great songs

We kick off our end of 2020 music coverage with LGR’s favourite songs, with our listeners, radio presenters/producers, and play-lists comprised the Chart rundown. “The list has been whittled down from a not very shortlist of 100’s of song releases. This is the “definitive” Chart rundown…” LGR’s Tony Neophytou explained.

“LGR play-lists and music have been fantastic, with different styles and genres. The feel-good moments that shone a light in a dark year. Modern Laika, Greek Pop, Laikes Mpalantes, Zeimbekika, melodic and up-tempo have been impressive”. Tony said.

Have your favourite artists and songs made it to the Chart…?  

Zeimbekiko favourite Konstantinos Argiros with ‘Athina Mou’ was a lockdown theme song for our fellow-Athenians, with its poignant lyrics and emotional bouzouki.  The up-tempo banger Natasa Theodoridou’s ‘Paradokitha Se Sena’ shot straight to the top 10 of the chart.  The inspired-duets, father-and-daughter Yianna Terzi and Paschalis Terzis, with modern-folk song ‘Gia Sena’ was another listener favourite. Stamatis Gonidis and Ioulia Kalimeni released the highly requested ‘Gynaika Einai’, just weeks before the year ended. Nikos Vertis and Amir, with ‘I Lexi S’ Agapo’ turned on charm factor with the Greek-French linguistic ballad.

London Greek Radio, with best new music and modern classics, to timeless favourites, on the original station you know. The tunes you trust.

1 Konstantinos Argiros – Athina Mou
2 Yianna Terzi Feat. Paschalis Terzis – Gia Sena
3 Nikos Vertis Feat. Amir – I Lexi S’ Agapo
4 Stamatis Gonidis & Ioulia Kallimani – Gynaika Einai
5 Petros Iakovidis – Sagapao Sou Fonaksa
6 Natasa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se Sena
7 Giorgos Sabanis – Agria Thalassa
8 Melisses – Misi Kardia
9 Michalis Hatzgiannis – Min Argeis
10 Giorgos Sabanis Feat. Panos Katsimihas – Afto Pou Agapas
11 Panos Kiamos – Eipa Ke Ego
12 Giorgos Mazonakis – Ores Mikres
13 Helena Paparizou – Se Xeno Soma
14 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
15 Petros Imvrios Feat. Triantafillos – Pame
16 Andromachai – S’ Agapo
17 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
18 Melina Aslanidou – Den Vazeis Mialo
19 Kaiti Garbi Feat. Antonis Remos – Kivotos [2020 version]
20 Petros Iakovidis – Min Thimonis
21 Josephine – Ego
22 Konstantinos Argiros – Tha ‘Mai Edo
22 Ilias Vrettos – Mono Ego
23 Kelly Kelekidou [Feat. Stamatis Kraounakis]- Vasanizome
24 Nikos Apergis – Ego O Dinatos
25 Anastasios Rammos – O,ti Ki An Kano
26 Ivi Adamou Feat. Giorgos Mazonakis – Fotia Mou
27 Stan – Na Ksanartheis
28 Nikos Vertis – Poso Me Pligoses
29 Loukas Yiorkas – Pame Ap’ Tin Arxi [Radio Edit], DJ Pietro Official RMX
30 Dionisis Schinas & Stan – Ola Tha Pane Kala
31 Despina Vandi – Ena Tsigaro Diadromi
32 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Agapi Mou [Radio Edit], DJ Pietro Official RMX
33 Christina Salti – Mporei
34 Christos Menidiatis – Mporei
35 Eleni Foureira – Temperatura
36 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Horevo
37 Nikiforos – Ke Ligo Ligo
38 Konstantinos Christoforou Feat. One – Billy Bam Bam
39 Knock Out – Ah Ntina (Bika Karantina)
40 Giorgos Mazonakis – Dianikterevo
41 Giorgos Sabanis – Allaxe Ta Ola
42 Kostas Karafotis – Afiste Me Oloi Stin Trella Mou
43 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Skase Ena Fili
44 Ilias Vrettos – Ton Anthropos To Lathos
45 Paola – Flitzani
46 Giannis Ploutarhos – Pernas Kala
47 Eleni Foureira – Dokimase Me
48 Helena Paparizou – Mila Mou
49 Onirama – Ax Na Se Ksexnaga
50 Peggy Zina – Eilikrina
51 Antonis Remos – Ola Ta Dakrya
52 Stan – Den Ftais Esi
53 Ilias Kampakakis – Me Anasa Kommeni
54 Giorgos Kakosaios – Erotas Moiazei
55 Panos Kiamos – Dyo Metra Ourano
56 Christos Menidiatis – Dio Dromi
57 Vasilis Karras – Rotas An S’ Eho Erotefthi
58 Eleni Foureira – Yayo
59 Konstantinos Argiros – Ta Matia Sou Eroteftika
60 Giannis Vardis, Giorgos Lianos – Emeis I Dio
61 Makis Dimakis – Giafta Ta Matia
62 Nikos Apergis – Mia Kyriaki
63 Stan – Ftaiei
64 Christos Mastoras, Dimitris Basis – Ena Lepto
65 Malu Feat. Giannis Vorias – Eisai Pantou Kai Pouthena
66 Alexis Prevenas – Stavroulla [Haperis & Pantzis]
67 Giannis Kotsiras – Tin Amartia Mou Tin Leo
68 Stavento [Feat. Themis Adamantidis] – Na Diadothi
69 Sakis Rouvas – I Mesa Mou Thalassa
70 Alcatrash – Terma Ta Psemata (OtherView & Sergio T)
71 Elena Tsagrakinou – Amore
75 Paola – Ametanoiti
72 Τamta, Mente Fuerte – Den Eisai Edo
73 Thanasis Vasilakos – Ouranio Toxo
74 Dimos Anastasiadis – Mi Hanomaste
75 Paola – Ametanoiti
76 Konstantinos Christoforou Feat. One – Diskola Ta Pragmata
77 Thodoris Ferris – Kapse
78 Kaiti Garbi – S’ Opoion Areso
79 Elli Kokkinou – Na Tin Agapas
80 Dionisis Schinas – Allazo
81 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Ki An Me Miso
82 Stelios Rokkos – Den Fovithika
83 Helena Paparizou, Sakis Rouvas – Etsi Einai I Fasi
84 Stefania – Superg!rl [Greece Eurovision Song Contest]
85 Panos Psaltis – Omorfia Mou
86 Amaryllis – Mono Esi
87 Black Vybez x Mihalis Megaloudis – Me Miras Cantado
88 Nikiforos – Ta Leme To Vrady
89 Dionisis Schinas – Ksipnisa Kapos
90 Christos Cholidis – Tha Girizo
91 Alcatrash – Xana
92 Giorgos Livanis – Pou Kai Pou
93 Giorgos Kakosaios – Einai Xristougenna…giafto 
94 Thanos Petrelis – Kounia Mpela [Valentino RMX]
95 Sasa Basta Feat. Alexis Prevenas – Mia Moderna Apo Tin Athena
96 Kostas Karafotis – Tries Ta Ximeromata
97 Malou – Agyristo Kefali
98 Giorgos Tsalikis – To Kommeno Mou Tsigaro
99 Giorgos Giannias – An Figeis
100 Dimitris Karadimos – Erotas


Article written by Tony Neophytou

London-Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou has spoken with London Greek Radio about his new single, ‘Den Mporo’ with Bulgarian songstress, Emanuela. The talented home-grown artist has been leading a successful solo career in Athens for several years and spoke with LGR’s Tony Neophytou.

The music video which was uploaded to the Planeta official YouTube channel has surpassed an impressive 3.6 million views since it was released on 1st October.

The tsifteteli-ethnic pop track with Bulgarian percussion has catchy hooks making it a club and radio friendly hit.  

Kyriacos told his manager his idea to release a new song while in lockdown.

The 27-year-old told LGR: “After one-week release, we managed to surpass 1.2 million views and was number #1 trending on Bulgaria YouTube and ranked first on the Top 50 Bulgarian pop/chalga folk music charts.”

Speaking about his collaboration, Mr Georgiou added, “Emanuela is a pop/folk Bulgarian artist who has had over 20 hits and has been in the industry for years. Our music producer and hit maker in Bulgaria, Daniel Ganev wanted to produce a Greek/Bulgarian duet and suggested it to both of us.  I previously worked with Daniel Ganev on my last hit in Bulgaria, which was Anelia and called ‘Pos Tin Ides’ which has now had 7.7 million views.”

 Both singers worked on the creative and artistic video together, which is implicitly sensual and seductive and compliments the song. 

“We heard the song and thought it would be an instant success.” Kyriacos explained. “I instantly clicked with Emanuela and got on with her really well. We both put many ideas on the table in regards to shooting the video and combining the lyrics together so that they would make sense. It was a pleasure working with such a well-known artist once again in Bulgaria.”

LGR’s Tony Neophytou asked Kyriacos about the creative challenge of life in lockdown and what affect it had. 

“It’s been a very difficult period for all of us; artists, performers, singers, entertainment industry, as you’re not able to perform. A lot of friends and co-writers are really down at this moment in time. You have to stay positive, pray for better days.  We have to get back on the stage, entertain and make people happy, to enjoy life, because life is short.”

He added, “In lockdown I felt myself getting depressed because all of a sudden I went from a sold out summer tour with Natasa Theodoridou and Stan, to then going into a lockdown, not being able to perform or travel, is a big shock. Also not knowing when we, as artists, will be able to perform again was even more frustrating. I am grateful to God I found the energy and enthusiasm to make this new single with Emanuela.”

In his spare time, Kyriacos enjoys the gym and tries to stay healthy.  He also enjoys acoustic unplugged sessions with friends in London.

Kyriacos is patiently waiting for the re-start of bouzoukia, once the social distancing restrictions in Athens are eased.

“I have now booked a tour with Emanuela in Bulgaria and will be travelling back and forth for live shows until things get better and the entertainment industry opens back up in Greece.”

Kyriacos had acknowledged the help of the ‘LGR Music Awards’ of his fledging career. “LGR event opened up a lot of routes for me in terms of getting to Greece, to record labels. Meanwhile, Giorgos Papadopoulos, the Cypriot star singer-song-writer at this event, wrote a couple of singles for me in 2013-14 when I moved to Greece. All this came through LGR. A huge Thank you to LGR for helping me out back then in my earlier days”.

Follow @KyriacosGeorgiou on Instagram for updates.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Greek artist Konstantinos Argiros has one of the biggest hits right now with the beautiful Athina Mou‘.

It’s an emotional ‘zeimbekiko’ with a timeless nostalgia harking back to the golden age of rebetiko and the roots of classic Greek Laika.

The song seems to be a massive hit with our listeners and radio presenters alike gaining a dominate foothold on the London Greek Radio air-play chart.

The melancholic zeimbekiko song has a ‘feel good’ sound with a strong evocation of patriotic sentiment about the Athenian capital and is about searching for a “long-lost love”.

The melody and lyrical depth compliment the sense of nostalgia, although there is a social conscious undertone due to it being released at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. The lyrics and music are written by Lefteris Kintatos whose inspiration was the silenced streets of Athens where local Athenians obeyed the stay-at-home lockdown.

The song starts with a few lines of a rain-soaked Saturday night in the Grecian capital. The verse in the song reminisces this along with a barely audible “barrel piano” from the “jasmine and night flowers smell from the balconies”.

The chorus sings, “It’s been months since you’ve been away from me, and the baby doll I had in my shop window is fading away, but I’m desperately looking for you, in my Athens.”

It is a pain exacerbated with the verse, “The bell at Lampadiaris Church is ringing mournfully, it’s like it’s saying we lost once again today…”

In the music video, Argiros is cast in the role of a working-class man with a deeply felt-sadness as he dances a slow-zeimbekiko in a quaint taverna. The video, directed by Giannis Dimolitsa, is atmospheric and captures the taverna scene with the nostalgia and romanticism that is bellowing beneath the song.

The video appears to be an ode to the classic film “Evdokia” from 1971 by Alexis Damianos from which the legendary “Zeimbekiko Tis Evdokias”, written by Manos Loizos, became known.

Tune in to LGR to hear the song, ‘Athina Mou’ and more of today’s biggest Greek hits on 103.3 FM in London, DAB+ in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, at lgr.co.uk and here: ‘Alexa, Play London Greek Radio’.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

London Greek Radio Official UK Airplay Chart, with some of the biggest, most in demand hits in the chart.

Top 40 Official LGR Airplay Chart.
August 2nd to August 29th inclusive.

1 Konstantinos Argiros – Athina Mou
2 Natasa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se ‘sena
3 Nikos Vertis Feat. Amir – I Lexi S’ Agapo
4 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Horevo
5 Eleni Foureira – Temperatura
6 Giorgos Sampanis – Agria Thalassa
7 Helena Paparizou – Mila Mou
8 Josephine – Ego
9 Panos Kiamos – Dyo Metra Ouranos
10 Petros Iakovidis – S’ Agapao Sou Fonaxa

11 Paola – Flytzani
12 Kaiti Garbi Feat. Antonis Remos – Kivotos
13 Malou – Agyristo Kefali
14 Apostolia Zoi – M’ Agapas
15 Kaiti Garbi feat Alcatrash – Tha Melancholiso
16 Eirini Papadopoulou – Tis Kardias Mou O Erotas
17 Kostas Martakis – Allos Anthropos
18 Nikos Vertis – Poso Me Pligoses
19 Loukas Giorkas – Pame Ap’ Tim Archi
20 Kaiti Garbi – Ilios De Vgainei An Den Peis Kalimera

21 Petros Iakovidis – Fovamai
22 Josephine – Den Echo Sima
23 Nikos Kourkoulis – Elyne Kai Edene
24 Konstantinos Argiros – Ximeromata
25 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Skase Ena Fili
26 Giorgos Mazonakis – Agapo Simainei
27 Melina Aslanidou – Den Vazeis Mialo
28 Christos Menidiatis – De Mporei
29 Giorgos Kakosaios – Erotas Moiazei
30 Giorgos Mazonakis – Dianykterevo

31 Onirama – Pou Isoun Chtes
32 Christos Mastoras – Den Echo Idea
33 Melisses – Misi Kardia
34 Giorgos Giannias – Kratise Me
35 Les Au Revoir – Oi Thalassies Oi Xantres
36 Stavento Feat. Themis Adamantidis – Na Diadothei
37 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Valto Terma
38 Christos Menidiatis – Dyo Dromoi
39 Alcatrash – Xana
40 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Agapi Mou

Top 20 Greek Hits here: lgr.co.uk/chart/

Information and statistics credited to “Radio Monitor”.

Source: Official London Greek Radio Airplay Chart.

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One of the greatest Greek singers in the history of popular Greek music, Giannis Poulopoulos died on Sunday night.  He was 79.

It’s understood that the singer had been in intensive care at Attikon Hospital in Athens for serious health problems.

Poulopoulos was one of the biggest stars in Greek music, with a back-catalogue of hits spanning throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s before noting a brief 1990s revival.

In terms of album sales, he is the fourth biggest-selling Greek artist of all time.

His popularity grew with a unique and distinctive melodic vocal tone and ‘elafrolaiko’ romantic style.

Giannis’ songs during the 1980s were to dominate LGR playlists, such as ‘Agape Me’ and ‘Mi Mou Thymonis Matia Mou’.  Other hits included ‘Ola Dika Sou Matia Mou’, ‘Tha Pio Apopse To Feggari’, ‘Mia Fora Monaha Ftanei’, ‘Kamaroula Mia Stalia’ and ‘Pia Nyhta S’Eklepse’, amongst other songs.

Perhaps his most enduring hit was ‘To Agalma’, (The Statue), who remembers him first meeting his love and how the statue starts crying when it hears about his heartache and her wrong-doing.

He collaborated with some of Greece’s biggest composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Giannis Spanos, Mimis Plessas, Manos Loizos amongst others.

His album ‘O Dromos’ by Mimis Plessas and Lefteris Papadopoulos in 1969 was to become the most successful selling album of all-time, selling in excess of three million copies, a feat that no other Greek album has approached to date.

Poulopoulos also appeared in several films, during the golden age of Greek cinema in the 1960s, such as ‘Oi Stigmatismenoi’, which also starred Giorgos Foundas and Maro Kodou; ‘O Tetraperatos’ with Kostas Hatzichristos; ‘Piraeus’ by Giorgos Katsaros, and in the romantic comedy ‘Tzeni-Tzeni’, where he performed with Tzeni Karezi.

Giannis Poulopoulos was born on 29th June 1941 in the village of Kardamili, in Messinia.  His parents moved the family to the Saint Lerotheos neighbourhood in Peristeri, near Athens.

When he was just five years old, his mother died and he was raised, along with his younger brother Vasili, by his father Giorgios.

He started singing at a young age and worked as a builder, played soccer in Saint Lerotheos and Atromitos, and also painted.

At the age of 19, Giannis auditioned for Mikis Theodorakis, Apostolos Kaldaras, Vassilis Tsitsanis, and Giannis Papaioannou.  Theodorakis was impressed and arranged for Poulopoulos to sing three songs in a theatrical production with Nikos Kourkoulos and Tzeni Karezi in Iakovos Kambanellis’s play, ‘The Neighborhood of Angels.’  He was signed to Columbia Records.

After leaving Columbia in 1964, he completed compulsory service in the army and was discharged two years later, where he started singing in small clubs in Plaka and recording songs again.

In 1966, he sang in a Mikis Theodorakis concert at the AEK stadium in Nea Philadelphia, together with Grigoris Bithikotsis, Maria Farantouri and Dimitris Mitropanos. In the same year he relaunched his recording career.

He retired from music in 1999, and was regularly approached with substantial proposals to sing in clubs and record again, however, the singer declined all offers.

Giannis Poulopoulos leaves behind a legacy of timeless classics and everyone at LGR is saddened to hear of his passing.

London Greek Radio will pay tribute to him from Monday 24th August to Sunday 30th August.  May he rest in peace.

Giannis Poulopoulos 1941 – 2020.


Article written by London Greek Radio