Yesterday, Natalia Barbu – Moldova’s second most successful act at the Eurovision Song Contest premeiered her latest track, “I Said It’s Sad”.
The relaxed, pop/jazz creation has been written and composed by Romanian singer Sianna and former O-Zone member Radu Sirbu. This is the first of many collaborations between Sirbu and Natalia, who tried last year to represent her country at Eurovision again with the self-penned “Let’s Jazz”.
Speaking about the record, producer Radu Sirbu – who gained worldwide recognition in 2005 with the track “Dragostea din tei” with O-Zone – says “I’ve worked hard this summer with Natalia to find a very different style that will both surprise and work well with her.” He continued, saying “It was a big challenge, because Natlia has tried out almost every style of music before – but thankfully we work together very well and are often on the same wavelegnth, which makes being a team easier and more enjoyable.”
Natalia, who reached tenth place at Eurovision 2007 with the song “Fight”, believes the song works perfectly for her. “It’s a major change of style for me, but suits me perfectly. I hope that my fans like the song when they hear it, and that it gives people confidence.”, she said.
Whilst the new song can be heard below, Natalia will be returning to the scene soon with a video for “I Said It’s Sad” along with concerts and other appearances. As well as a bunch of other former Eurovision artists, she will perform in Portugal next Saturday at a special Eurovision concert held in Setúbal.