Armenia: Athena Manoukian releases revamped version of “Chains On You”
Last month Athena Manoukian won the Armenian national final Depi Evratesil 2020, with her entry “Chains on you”. Following that victory, the Armenian representative revealed that she will be presenting us a new revamped version of her Eurovision entry.
The revamped features heavier bass and more Armenian instrumentation while the music video was directed by Arthur Manukyan, and Athena was styled by Mary Stepanyan.
Check out below what Athena was up to regarding her Eurovision entry “Chains on you” :
A few words for Athena
Manoukian’s first experience in the music industry was in 2007, when she participated in and won first prize at a talent contest called “This Is What’s Missing”, an international TV show production of Alpha Television Network Greece.
A year later, in 2008, she participated in the Greek national selection for the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song “To Fili Tis Aphroditis” where she placed seventh .In 2011, Manoukian released her first single named “Party Like A Freak”, which became one of the biggest hit singles in Greece and has over a million views on YouTube. Following the success of “Party Like A Freak”, which was nominated twice for winning an award at the Video Music Awards, in 2012 she released a follow-up single “I Surrender” which instantly became the summer hit of year. She added a new song to her music discography a few months later named “Na Les Pos M’ agapas”.
Manoukian also received a Gold Disc for “Party Like A Freak”, “I Surrender” and Na Les Pos M’agapas.
In 2014, Manoukian released the single “XO”, published by Warner/Chappell and Max Music Scandinavia. The track was recorded in Sweden, Stockholm, and its music video was shot in Sydney, Australia with a successful music video and had great success in Europe, Asia, Australia and America. The collaboration of a team behind the likes of Celine Dion, Madonna, Selena Gomez, Ace of Base, Ashley Tisdale, Enrique Iglesias, Ola Svensson, Jennifer Lopez, GLEE and several others involved in the making of this production couldn’t have been better. She also reached number 1 in charts and won the Armenian Pulse Awards competition for Best Song In English. She also won the European Song Contest in Armenia with 122 votes.
In 2017, Manoukian broke into the music industry as a songwriter and wrote the music and lyrics for “Palia Mou Agapi”, performed by Helena Paparizou, the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Manoukian got a Platinum Disc, as the song reached over a thousand sales.