Always and Forever (Kostas Martakis song)

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"Always and Forever"
Single by Kostas Martakis
Released 6 February 2008 (2008-02-06)
Format CD single, Radio single, Digital download
Genre Pop, Rock,
Length 2:59
Label Sony BMG/RCA
Songwriter(s) Vicky Gerothodorou
Producer(s) Dimitris Kontopoulos
Kostas Martakis singles chronology
"Panta Mazi"
"Always and Forever"
"Panta Mazi"
"Always and Forever"
Audio sample

"Always and Forever" is a song and CD single by Greek singer Kostas Martakis. It was Martakis's entry in a race to be the Greek representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.


It was officially released to the media and radios by ERT on February 6, 2008. The song was Martakis's entry in a three way race to be Greece's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. He battled both Kalomoira and Hryspa for the spot, and the final decision was made on February 27, 2008 where Kalomoira won with "Secret Combination". He and Kalomoira's songs were leaked onto the internet on February 3, three days before their official release, although the leaked versions were uncompleted demos.[1] The song was released as a CD single in Greece on March 20, 2008 with Sony BMG and it will be shortly released in Russia too. "Always and Forever" will have three versions: Greek, English, and Russian.[2] For Eurovision, Martakis will sing the Dance version of the song, calling it a "Eurovision version". It is composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos with lyrics by Vicky Gerothodorou.[3]

OGAE Second Chance[edit]

"Always and Forever" was chosen by local clubs in Greece to compete in the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2008. The song will go up against other countries' songs that did not make it through their respective national finals. There are twenty-one songs entered and "Always and Forever" will be presented eighth.[4]

International Release[edit]

The international release of the single will be released in Russia at first, and then in other ex-soviet countries as the first single from his upcoming International album by Sony BMG Russia. The CD single will feature the Russian and English versions of the song as well as remixes of the song. One remix will transform it into a dance song, while another will transform it into a ballad.[5] In December 2008, "Always & Forever" was added to popular American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch's store playlist nationwide.[6][7][8]

Track list[edit]

  1. "Always and Forever" (Eurovision version)
  2. "Always and Forever" (rock version)
  3. "Always and Forever" (ballad version)
  4. "Panta Tha Gyrizo Ekei" (Eurovision version)
  5. "Panta Tha Gyrizo Ekei" (rock version)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Greece February 6, 2008 Sony BMG Greece Radio single
February 7, 2008 Sony BMG Greece Digital download
March 20, 2008 Sony BMG Greece CD single
Russia TBR Sony BMG Russia CD single


Chart (2008) Peak
Greek Singles Chart[9] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Drakouli, Rallou (2008-02-03). "Two national final songs leaked on the web". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (2008-01-07). "Dimitris Kontopoulos confirmed for Kostas Martakis song". Oikotimes. Retrieved 11 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Στην τελική ευθεία ο Κώστας Μαρτάκης" (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-01-18. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ Floras, Stella (2008-06-08). "OGAE Second chance contest running order". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 9 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  5. ^ "3 νέα remix στο "Always and Forever"" (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-02-12. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ Panayides, Panayiotis (2008-01-14). "Abercrombie play "Always and Forever" by Kostas Martakis". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Always & Forever το τραγούδι των Ambercrombie" (in Greek). Mad TV. 2008-01-12. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Abercrombie & Fitch Store Music: December Christmas 2008 Playlist". EverythingAmbercrombie. 2008-11-25. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  9. ^ Greek Singles Chart Billboard. Retrieved on June 1, 2008.