Ira Losco

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Ira Losco
Born (1981-07-31) 31 July 1981 (age 33)
Origin Sliema, Malta
Genres Indie, Rock, Alternative, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1998–present
Website

Ira Losco (born 31 July 1981) is a Maltese singer. She competed for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with "7th Wonder" and finished second.

Career[edit]

Losco started her career with a college band called Tiara but they split up a few months after Losco represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 which was held in Tallinn. She placed 2nd with the song 7th Wonder.[1][2]

In 2003, she was chosen to perform the song called "Reaching Higher" which was the official song of the Xth Games of the Small States of Europe Malta 2003.[citation needed]

Albums[edit]

In February 2004, Losco released her first-ever E.P. "Love me or Hate me>Who I Am". On 19 April 2004, she released her first studio album "Someone Else". The album boasted international song writers and Losco's first Anthem "Love Me or Hate Me" which quickly became a Maltese dance floor hit. On 28 June 2004, she launched her second music video (after 7th Wonder) for the track "I'm In Love Again". Her third album, named Accident Prone, was released on 16 November 2005. It topped the charts on the island and won a BMA for the Best Song that year. Out of the 9 tracks, "Everyday", "Get Out!", "Don't Wanna Talk About It", "Driving One Of Your Cars", "Accident Prone", "Uh-Oh", and "Waking Up To The Light", were released as singles. All of them received great airplay by local stations, particularly "Accident Prone" and "Uh-Oh".

Tracks written by Losco/Debono and international writers have made their way to Michelle Hunziker's album 'Lole'. These tracks were 'Someone Else', 'Get Out', 'I'm in Love Again.' The prominent guitar riff on 'Uh-Oh' was included in Kelly Clarkson's hit "Don't Waste Your Time". Unmasked is Losco's unplugged album, including acoustic versions of some of her tracks. In July 2007, Losco released her single entitled "Something To Talk About" from her third studio album Fortune Teller, which was released on 11 June 2008. It stayed number one for four weeks in the local charts.

On 10 December 2007, "Living It..." was released in local cinemas and on DVD. It includes memorable live performances, international collaborations, videos, never seen before backstage footage, a personal interview and exclusive new tracks off the album. Losco's second remix album, called Mixed Beats, was launched in Malta on 22 August 2009. This remix album contains remixes of tracks from Losco's previous albums. After the release of the single "What I'd Give" in August 2012, Losco released her fourth album in March 2013.

Other albums[edit]

Album information
Hi-Infidelity (with Tiara)
  • Released: Summer 2001 (Malta)
  • Genre: Alternative rock/Indie
  • Singles:
    • 1998: "Basketball
  • Tracklisting:
    • 01. Riverman
    • 02. Teenage In Love
    • 03. Basketball
    • 04. Some People
    • 05. Basketball (live at Red TV)
Butterfly
  • Released: January 2002 (Malta)
  • Genre: Pop
Compilations/Collaborations
Green Label Collection CD
Eurovision Song Contest 2002
Ipokriti Soundtrack
Xth Games of the Small States of Europe Malta 2003
Singing For Bay Kidz
Roger Shah's Magic Island Compilation Vol.2
Openminded? - Roger Shah
  • Released: 2011 (Europe)
  • Genre: Trance
    • Save It All Today
Propulsion - Duo Blank
  • Released: 2012
  • Genre: Electronica
    • Human Train (Duo Blank feat Ira Losco)
    • Affection (Duo Blank feat Ira Losco)
DVD's
  • 2007: Livin It...

Discography[edit]

Main article: Ira Losco discography

Modelling and advertising[edit]

Losco has been involved in advertising in her home country, including Guess,[3] Macdonald's Salad Plus, [4] and Vodafone's Music Jam Campaign.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2002

Awards
Eurovision Song Contest 2002 - 7th Wonder – 2nd Place

2003

Awards and nominations
Malta Music Awards 2003

  • Best ImageWon
  • Best Female ArtistWon
  • Best CD Single - 7th WonderNominee
2004

Awards and nominations
Tune In's Battle Of The Babes

  • Battle Of The BabesWon

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo ArtistWon
  • Best SingleNominee
2005

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo ArtistNominee
  • Best Single - EverydayNominee
  • Best Song Of All Time - Love Me Or Hate MeNominee
2006
  • Bailey's Woman Of The Year AwardWon
  • Best Live Act Award - Sole FestivalWon
  • Award for Foreign Achievement - Sole Festival

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo ArtistWon
  • Best Single - Driving One Of Your CarsWon
  • Viewers' Choice Awards - Best PerformanceWon
2007

Malta Music Awards

  • Best Album - Accident ProneWon
  • Best Female ArtistWon
  • Best ImageNominee
  • Best Video - Accident Prone'Nominee
  • Best Local Export'Won
  • Best Performance'Nominee

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo Artist'Won
2008

Malta Music Awards

  • Best Image'Nominee
  • Best Female Artist'Won
  • Best CD Cover' Fortune Teller Nominee
  • Best Album' Fortune Teller Won
  • Best Songwriter' Nominee
  • Best Song (Idle Motion) Nominee

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Solo Artist Nominee
  • Best Song (Idle Motion) Won
2009

Malta Music Awards

  • Best Remix' "What's The Matter With Your Cabrio?" (featuring DJ Ruby) Won

Malta Music Awards

Bay Music Awards

  • Best Remix' "What's The Matter With Your Cabrio?" (feat. DJ Ruby) Won

2013 BMA winner Best Song "The Person I Am" Presenters' Choice Award Recognition Award

2014 Malta Music Awards Best Album "The Fire" Best Artist Best Video "Me Luv U Long Time"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bohlman, Philip V. (2004). The music of European nationalism. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-57607-270-7. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2002". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Losco model for Guess Jeans, behance.net; accessed 14 July 2015.
  4. ^ Losco teams up with McDonald's Salad Plus, independent.com.mt; accessed 14 July 2015.
  5. ^ Losco launches the Vodafone Music Jam Campaign, independent.casasoft-dev.com; accessed 14 July 2015.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fabrizio Faniello
with "Another Summer Night"
Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest
2002
Succeeded by
Lynn Chircop
with "To Dream Again"