Work Your Magic

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"Work Your Magic"
Single by Dmitry Koldun
from the album Колдун
Released 2007
Format Digital Download, CD (compilation, single, rare version)
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:08
Writer(s) Philip Kirkorov (composer) and Karen Kavaleryan (lyricist)
Dmitry Koldun chronology
"Work Your Magic"
(2007)
"Я Для Tебя"
(2007)

"Work Your Magic" is the most successful single released from Dmitry Koldun to date. The song ranked 6th in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The word Koldun in Russian means magician or sorcerer.

The song is an up-tempo number, with Koldun describing the power that his lover has over him, likening it to "magic". He tells her that, as a result of her power, she can "keep my heart forever bound". He also promises that "you'll get the best of what I've got".

"Work Your Magic" featured on Koldun's 2009 debut album as a new, longer version of "Дай Мне Силу".

Release[edit]

Work Your Magic
EP by Dmitry Koldun
Released May 2007 (Europe)
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock
Length 31:44
Label Vox Recording Studio (Greece)
Producer Philip Kirkorov
Dmitry Koldun chronology
Work Your Magic
(2007)
Я Не Волшебник
(2008)
Singles from Work Your Magic
  1. "Work Your Magic"
    Released:
  2. "Дай Мне Силу"
    Released:
  3. ""
    Released:

Work Your Magic is the first release by Dmitry Koldun.

The album was released shortly before the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, and features nine versions of the popular song "Work Your Magic". The CD comes with a DVD which has the official music video for "Work Your Magic" and "Дай Мне Силу". The set also includes a small biography for Koldun and producer Philip Kirkorov, the lyrics of "Work Your Magic" and some promotional photos.

The CD/DVD set was originally sold in stores in Eastern Europe (being popular in Russia, Belarus and Greece), then sets were given away for free as a promotion - they were later given away for free with other items such as a Koldun T-shirt, cap and chocolate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, Helsinki.

The song "Work Your Magic" proved popular in some Western European countries such as Ireland and Spain, although both countries awarded Belarus no points in the Song Contest final. The only Western country to give Belarus points was Portugal (1 point).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Work Your Magic" - 3:06
  2. "Дай Мне Силу" - 3:06
  3. "Work Your Magic" (Deep Zone Project Remix) - 4:35
  4. "Work Your Magic" (Deep Zone Project short dance remix) - 2:38
  5. "Work Your Magic" (Zoloto remix) - 4:00
  6. "Дай Мне Силу" (Deep Zone Project remix) - 4:35
  7. "Дай Мне Силу" (Deep Zone Project short dance remix) - 2:38
  8. "Дай Мне Силу" (Zoloto remix) - 4:00
  9. "Work Your Magic" (Karaoke version) - 3:06

DVD[edit]

The second disc included with the Work Your Magic album is a video DVD with the following three files:

  1. "Work Your Magic" Music Video
  2. "Дай Мне Силу" Music Video
  3. Koldun Slide Show

The Koldun Slideshow is a series of professional photographs displayed in a slide show form with "Work Your Magic" as a backing track. The video also shows Philip Kirkorov and the Eurovision logo (the Eurovision heart) with the Belarusian flag in its centre.

Personnel[edit]

CD[edit]

Mastering:

  • Rembo, "Grimm Brothers" Studio

Remixes:

  • Dian Savov (DJ Dian), Rosen Stoev, Lyubomir Savov - Deep Zone Project
  • Vladimir Adarichev, Andrei Pokutni

Credits:

  • Produced & arranged by DTC
  • Guitars - Kodakis Spyros
  • Backing vocals - Halkiti Victoria & Psihramis Apostolos
  • Sound recording and Mix - Binis Aris
  • Studio - Vox Recording Studio, Athens Greece 2007

DVD[edit]

Photography:

  • George Kalfamanolis (Greece)

Creative:

  • Yana Rudkovskaya, Philip Kirkorov (Russia)

Design:

  • Stepan Hajyan (Armenia)

Special thanks[edit]

Konstantin Ernst, Larisa Sinelschikova and Aksyuta at Channel One (Russia).

Eurovision[edit]

Belarus "Work Your Magic"
Koldun Eurovision 2007 (cropped).jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 entry
Country Belarus
Artist(s) Dmitry Koldun
Language English
Composer(s) Philip Kirkorov
Lyricist(s) Karen Kavaleryan
Finals performance
Semi-final result 4th
Semi-final points 176
Final result 6th
Final points 145
Appearance chronology
◄ "Mum" (2006)   
"Hasta La Vista" (2008) ►

The performance in Helsinki featured two backing dancers climbing on moveable walls. BBC commentary focused on Koldun's perceived similarities to Princess Diana.

Prior to the contest Koldun led the biggest Euro tour ever made by any Eurovision participant appearing (and performing) all over Europe - Russia in the far east and Ireland, far west.

As Belarus had not finished in the top 10 in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, the song was performed in the semi-final. Here, it was performed fourth (following Cyprus' Evridiki with "Comme Ci, Comme Ça" and preceding Iceland's Eiríkur Hauksson with "Valentine Lost"). The song received 176 points in the semi-final, placing fourth in a field of 28 and qualifying Belarus for the final.

In the final, the song was performed third (following Spain's D'NASH with "I Love You Mi Vida" and preceding Ireland's Dervish with "They Can't Stop The Spring"). At the close of voting, it had received 145 points, placing sixth in a field of 24.

It was noted on various Eurovision fan forums that the main string loop of the song was available commercially as "cinematic 11 orchestra 2" in the Cinematic volume of the Orchestral Series of Sony Sound Series libraries,[1] although this apparently did not constitute a breach of Eurovision rules.

Music video[edit]

Koldun made his promotional music video for the song in Saint Petersburg. As both the artist's name and song may suggest, the video has a very strong 'magical influence' as the video features magicians, witches, fire breathers, etc. The main plot appears to be a jealous queen's attempt to destroy a young woman whom Koldun may be singing about. The young woman is teleported through the fire into a grand castle-like setting as magical acts and occurrences around her. She runs through halls and corridors attempting to escape though in the end she runs into the queen (who is much larger than her) and is obliterated as the queen raises her hand and laughs in triumph. Throughout the video there are clips of Koldun performing the song, accompanied by two guitarists and a drummer.

The video bears a close resemblance to the video for the song "Jaded" by Aerosmith, in which many elements and characters, including the young female central to the story, are quite similar.

Variations[edit]

There is a Russian version of the song titled "Дай Мне Силу" (Dai Mnye Siloo (or "Grant Me Power" in English)) as well as several remixes (e.g. Zoloto, Deep Zone Project and a Russian/English lyric mix). The song "Дай Мне Силу" was released in Russia/Belarus several weeks after "Work Your Magic" and though it was successful it failed to achieve the popularity or rating of "Work Your Magic".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Spain 3
Sweden 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Loops & Samples: Royalty-Free Content". Sonycreativesoftware.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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