Maraaya

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Maraaya
20150514 ESC 2015 Maraaya 5882.jpg
Maraaya in 2015
Background information
Origin Ljubljana, Slovenia
Genres
Years active 2014–present
Labels Dance and Love
BIP Records
Nika Records
Warner Music
Associated acts
Website maraaya.com
Members Raay
Marjetka Vovk

Maraaya are a Slovene duo founded by Marjetka Vovk and Raay in 2014. The group's name is a combination of its members' names, while its pronunciation means "She has Raay" in the Slovene language.[1][2] With help and international cooperation of well known Estonian Vita Pictura Productions, they became one of the few Slovenian artists to get an official VEVO channel on YouTube.[3]

Raay is credited as co-writer and producer for many Slovenian artists. He is credited as the composer on Slovenia's 2014 Eurovision song "Round and Round", and they both contributed to Slovenia's 2014 Junior Eurovision song with "Nisi sam (Your Light)" and 2015 Junior Eurovision song with "Prva ljubezen" (The First Love). In 2013 Raay co-wrote and produced the music for "My Way Is My Decision", a hit song performed by Slovenian alpine skier Tina Maze. Raay co-wrote, produced and recorded first two singles ("Muza" and "Heart of Gold") for BQL, a Slovenian brothers duo.

In September 2017 they signed the contract with Warner Music and became the first Slovenian artists to sign with one of the "big three" recording companies and great chance to enter on worldwide music stage.[4]

After BQL, they are only the second Slovenian artists to peak position the national official singles charts SloTop50, with at least two singles: "Here for You" and "Diamond Duck".

Career

2014: First single

The duo of producer Raay (real name: Aleš Vovk, born 7 July 1984) and vocalist Marjetka Vovk (née Jurkovnik, born 19 July 1984), both previously members of the turbo-folk group Turbo Angels, was formed in 2014 when they released their first single "Lovin' Me". This song was among the top 20 most selling singles in Italy and a big success at iTunes music charts in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

It was also listed on the Polish "Bravo Hits Zima 2015" compilation. This song was among the top ten selling singles in Italy and was ranked at 34th place in the German DJ's Dance Top 100 singles chart.[5]

"Lovin' Me" charted in many countries' official singles charts: it was ranked in 13th place in the Slovenian SloTop50 chart, in 52nd in the Italian FIMI chart and in 83rd in the Belgian (Flanders) Ultratip 100 chart.

2015: Eurovision

They represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with their second single "Here for You".[6] They performed in the second semi final where the song gathered 92 points and earned 5th place. In the grand final the song received 39 points and came 14th.[7]

Like "Lovin' Me", "Here For You" charted in many countries' official singles charts: it topped the Slovenian SloTop50 chart, it charted at 23rd in the Austrian Ö3 Austria Top 40 chart, at 24th in the Slovakian Rádio Top 100 chart, at 48th in the Belgian (Flanders) Ultratip 100 chart, at 10th in the Swedish Sverigetopplistan Heatseekers chart and at 18th in the Finnish Suomen virallinen lista digital chart. This song also topped the German Hitfire singles chart.[8][9]

In September 2015 they presented and released their third single "Living Again" at the Red Cross live charity concert in Cankar Hall, Ljubljana. It charted at 12th place in the official Slovenian singles SloTop50 chart, without any international success.[10]

2016: Fourth single

They presented and released their fourth single "Nothing Left for Me" as special guests at the Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. It charted at 18th place in the official Slovenian singles SloTop50 chart, without any international success.[11]

2017: Fifth single ft. BQL

On 26 May 2017, Maraaya featuring BQL premiered their fifth single "It's Complicated" and the video for the song at the same time on Cankar Street in Ljubljana. This single was officially released on 7 June 2017 and a Croatian version was released two days later.

On 22 September 2017, Maraaya released their sixth single "Diamond Duck" for the worldwide market with help of Warner Music. In Slovenia, the song will be officially released on 2 October 2017. Song made SloTop50 debut and peaked the chart immediately.

Discography

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SLO
[12]
AUT
[13]
SVK
[14]
ITA
[15]
BEL
(Fl-Tip)

[16]
SWE
(heats.)

[17]
FIN
(digital)

[18]
"Lovin' Me" 2014 13 52 83 Non-album singles
"Here for You" 2015 1 23 24 48 10 18
"Living Again" 12
"Nothing Left for Me" 2016 18
"It's Complicated"
(featuring BQL)
2017 9
"Sjaj"
(featuring BQL)
CMC Vodice 2017
"Diamond Duck" 1 Non-album singles
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SLO AUT SVK ITA BEL
(Fl-Tip)
SWE
(heats.)
FIN
(digital)
"Rain in Your Eyes"
(LukeAt featuring Maraaya)
2014 Lo Zoo Di (Vol.9)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


Other charted songs

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
SLO AUT SVK ITA BEL
(Fl-Tip)
SWE
(heats.)
FIN
(digital)
"White Christmas / Bel božič"
(Maraaya & BQL & Nika Zorjan &
Manca Špik & Luka Basi &
Klara Jazbec & Ula)
2017 31 Non-album singles
not released as a single, but did chart in some countries.

Personal life

Raay and Marjetka are a married couple and have two sons, named Vid and Oskar.[19] They have a private music school searching for and teaching young talented singers and musicians.

References

  1. ^ "Interview: Maraaya (Slovenia 2015)". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Meet Maraaya in Slovenia". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Maraaya feat. BQL new single "It's Complicated"" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ "the first Slovenian act to sign with Warner Music". wiwibloggs.com. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  5. ^ "German DJ's Dance Top 100 singles chart". hitfire.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Slovenia: Maraaya to Vienna!". Eurovoix. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Stavnice so imele prav: zmaga Švedski! Slovenija 14". MMMC RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Hitfire singles chart 2015, Week 22". hitfire.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Maraaya's Here for You hit top peak at hitfire chart". hitfire.eu. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Maraaya's third single: Living Again". YouTube. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Maraaya's third single: Nothing Left for Me". YouTube. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  12. ^ Peak positions in Slovenia:
    • For "Lovin' Me": "Slovenian official weekly singles charts". SloTop50. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
    • For "Here for You": "Slovenian official weekly singles charts". SloTop50. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
    • For "Living Again": "Slovenian official weekly singles charts". SloTop50. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
    • For "Nothing Left for Me": "Slovenian official weekly singles charts". SloTop50. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
    • For "It's Complicated": "SloTop50 Week No.24 in 2017" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Austrian official weekly singles charts". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Slovakian official weekly singles charts". Rádio Top 100 (Slovakia). Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  15. ^ "WK 21 del 2014: Italian official Fimi singles charts". FIMI. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  16. ^ Peak positions in Belgium (Flanders):
    • For "Lovin' Me": "Belgian (Flanders) official Ultratip 100 weekly singles charts". Ultratip. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
    • For "Here for You": "Belgian (Flanders) official Ultratip 100 weekly singles charts". Ultratip. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Swedish official weekly Heatseekers singles charts". Sverigetopplistan. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Finnish official weekly digital singles charts". Suomen virallinen lista. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Maraaya's biography". maraaya.com. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

External links

  • Official website
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tinkara Kovač
with "Round and Round"
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2015
Succeeded by
ManuElla
with "Blue and Red"
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