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“No Regrets” – full of surprises

“No Regrets” is already the second single from the band’s comeback album “Encore”, which is set to premiere on October 8th. The record’s opening track, “Gotta Get It Right”, reached the audience in June. While “Gotta Get It Right” was stylistically similar to the band’s previous creations, “No Regrets” shows Vanilla Ninja, who has been cultivating pop-rock so far, in a completely new and surprising light.

If someone had told us, in our early years, that one day we’d be doing folk, we would have taken it as a joke. – laughs Vanilla Ninja’s main vocalist, Lenna Kuurmaa. But here we are now. Personally, I warmed up my violin playing skills for the new song. I had not held a violin in years!

Lenna got married!

Lauri Mäesepp’s brother Taavi shared a special picture on his Instagram account yesterday. The description delivers joyful news – during the weekend Lenna Kuurmaa said an eternal “yes” to her fiancé.
In the Instagram stories of the wedding guests, you can see the newlyweds dancing, with the smallest member of their family in Lenna’s arms. Lenna, in a beautiful wedding dress, did not shy away from singing at her own wedding. One of the songs, for example, was a calmer version of “Club Kung-Fu”. It seems that the bride’s feet soon got tired, as she threw beautiful white high-heels away and performed barefoot. Of course, she also sang in the beautiful Seto dialect. Among others, also Piret Järvis-Milder accompanied Lenna on stage. Lauri made his appearance as well.

“Gotta Get It Right” in Estonian media

Yesterday, Estonian media started posting information about Vanilla Ninja’s long-awaited comeback single “Gotta Get It Right”. One of the main Estonian broadcasters, ERR, shared the following news.

Estonian girl band Vanilla Ninja have released a new song “Gotta Get It Right” after a 13-year break.
Last November, Vanilla Ninja announced there were plans to reunite after more than a decade and release new music. “Gotta Get It Right” is released in collaboration with a German music producer and the author of Vanilla Ninja’s two previous international albums, David Brandes.

“I haven’t been so excited and anxious about something for a long time, now that Vanilla Ninja is releasing new music,” band member Lenna Kuurmaa said. “It feels like I’m 17 again and it’s the beginning of the band.”

“Gotta Get It Right” will definitely offer our former listeners a lot of recognition,” Piret Järvis-Milder, band member, added. “I believe those who liked our “Tough Enough” will also love the new song. It has exactly the same 80s synth-rock vibes.”

A video of the song, filmed in early May in Berlin with German director Oliver Sommer, will premiere on Youtube on Friday night.

Maarja Kivi-Meriste: this new Vanilla Ninja album is a surprise also to me

Vanilla Ninja, a girlband extremely popular in their times, announced a return some time ago and informed they were not coming back in the original line-up, with Triinu Kivilaan rejoining Lenna Kuurmaa, Piret Järvis-Milder and Katrin Siska. But why wasn’t Maarja Kivi-Meriste, now living in Los Angeles, invited to join? Long distance can’t be the obstacle taking into consideration that Katrin Siska, for example, lives in Cape Town.
To be absolutely honest, this new album is a surprise also to me, just like the fact that they are working with David Brandes again. – reveals Maarja Kivi in an interview with Sky.ee.
Shortly after Maarja left the band, Vanilla Ninja signed for the new record label, which years later became the doom for the whole band.
It’s funny, how the world runs. But time heals all wounds. Given the fact that I wasn’t involved this time, I wouldn’t expect any cooperation in the nearest future. – said Kivi.

Piret about Vanilla Ninja’s comeback

Last week, former Vanilla Ninja members revealed on their social media that they were going to reunite and release a new album next year.
Actually, I guess you could say that the new Vanilla Ninja will sound like the old Vanilla Ninja. We don’t want to shock anybody, so I think those people, that liked Vanilla Ninja’s music 15 years ago, will be happy, because the sound remains quite the same. What I really like is that we are not going to try out a new, modern sound image, but stick to our roots. – said Piret Järvis-Milder in Raadio 2’s morning show “Hommikus!”.

EL ökomärgis

In September, Lenna, among the other Estonian celebrities, went to a garbage dump in Jõelähtme on a trip arranged by the organizers of World Cleanup Day 2019 (PHOTOS). The aim of the happening was to raise awareness about the impact such amounts of rubbish, as those produced in and around Tallinn, have on the environment, […]

Vanilla Ninja ice cream

Vanilla Ninja ice cream has been a bestseller for years. Originally released in 2003 by Estonian ice cream company Balbiino as a chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream on a stick, now it is available in stores throughout Estonia and other Baltic states in two classic flavours – vanilla and chocolate – and variety of versions