iTunes Australia Forced Early Release of Loreen and Melodifestivalen Tracks

Swedish Television (SVT), made tonight’s contestants for the last leg of Melodifestivalen available ahead of the broadcast. Usually, only snippets of the tracks are available for pre-listening. Only hours away, we will know if Loreen has made it to the final with her track ‘Statements.’

Swedish Television (SVT), made tonight’s contestants for the last leg of Melodifestivalen available ahead of the broadcast. Usually, only snippets of the tracks are available for pre-listening. Only hours away, we will know if Loreen has made it to the final with her track ‘Statements.’

Loreen Favorite to Win Melodifestivalen Leg Tonight

Loreen’s fabulous victory back in 2012 led ‘Euphoria’ to victory.. The track sold more than 1.2m copies and earned 100m+ streams. She made her breakthrough in Idol in 2004. ‘Statements’ is written by Anton Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb and Loreen.

To become Sweden’s choice in the Eurovision Song Contest is not an easy road to success. Over the course of a five-week period, tracks will be qualified in separate legs. The most popular votes will meet in final, while a select number gets a second chance next week. Tonight, all tracks will be available for download and streaming. And that’s how iTunes Australia comes into the picture. Warner Music’s entries (including Loreen) was scheduled for worldwide release at midnight tonight.

As Australia is ahead of Sweden with more than a few hours the tracks were made available this afternoon, which led to individual Warner tracks going viral online.

According to SVT’s rules, making a track public online is cause for disqualification. As this wasn’t brought on by the individual artists and iTunes Australia was to blame, all tracks were subsequently made available for streaming via the broadcaster’s own site.

“As it is a third party who has acted, in this case iTunes, no action will be required that affects the competition,” says Christer Björkman, the producer in a statement.

In 2014, Helena Paparizou’s track ‘Survivor’ suffered a leak. These are tonight’s contestants who aspire for a place in the Melodifestivalen final on 11th March.

Tonight’s Melodifestivalen Contestants

  1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren: En värld full av strider
  2. Alice: Running with Lions
  3. Les Gordons: Bound to Fall
  4. Wiktoria: As I Lay Me Down
  5. Axel Schyström: När ingen ser
  6. Sara Varga & Juha Mulari: Du får inte ändra på mig
  7. Loreen: Statements will continously report on the future success of Loreen and her entry.

Juice Newton Has the Biggest 80s Hit on Spotify Right Now

Juice Newton’s ‘Angel of the Morning’ is the biggest 80s track on Spotify in the United States right now, according to the latest Spotify Rewind 80s chart. Check out the top five, and learn more about the artists and songs.

Spotify has listed the top five most popular songs from varying decades (60s-00s). The ranking is a combination of total streaming on Spotify in the U.S. and the relative rate of growth of each track over the last week.

  1. The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

‘I Wanna Be Adored’ is included on The Stone Roses eponymous debut which was released in late 1989. It didn’t chart on the Billboard Modern Rock chart until 1990 where it peaked at No.18. The album included no less than seven singles. The group debuted back in 1985 with ‘So Young,’ which was so unsuccessful that it was disowned by the band.

  1. Ready For The World – Oh Sheila

Ready For The World originated from Michigan city Flint. ‘Oh Sheila’ topped the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot Black Singles and the Hot Dance Club Play charts in 1985. Commonly mistaken for a Prince song, it was the follow-up to ‘Deep Inside Your Love.’ A Dutch dance duo by the name of Angel City recorded the cover ‘Love Me Right (Oh Sheila)’ in 1999, including the vocals of Lara McAllen. That one peaked at No.11 in the UK and No.95 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  1. Bob Marley And The Wailers – Could You Be Loved

‘Could You Be Loved’ was released in 1980 and featured on Bob Marley And The Wailers’ album Uprising. It was of course included on the greatest hits album Legend. It never charted on the Hot 100, yet peaked at No.5 in the UK.

  1. Dio – Holy Diver

The heavy metal band Dio released ‘Holy Diver’ in 1983. It wasn’t a big hit at all at that time, yet it has become Dio’s signature. Following 9/11, the track was placed on a list of inappropriate songs to play in media. The track was written and produced by Ronnie James Dio.

  1. Juice Newton – Angel of the Morning

Chip Taylor wrote ‘Angel of the Morning’ and it has been recorded by artists ranging from Juice Newton, Nina Simone, Olivia Newton-John to The Pretenders, P.P. Arnold and Mary Mason. This country-rock version with Juice Newton was released back in 1981. Shaggy recorded ‘Angel’ where he samples the track heavily, replacing words sung in the refrain. In 2007, a Swedish version by Jill Johnson was released and included on the album Music Row.

Arash Teams Up with Snoop Dogg on OMG

The Persian Prince of Pop Arash, teams up with the American super star Snoop Dogg on the new collaboration ‘OMG.’ In 2009, Arash came third in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The single precedes Arash’s upcoming fifth album.

Arash & Snoop Dogg – OMG

“I grew up with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s album The Chronic. I would say that it’s one of the albums that I’ve listened to most,” says Arash. He approached the famous rapper with the track, and he agreed to record it. In an interview with news daily Aftonbladet, Arash recalls the intensive recording of the video where Snoop Dogg was more relaxed than his entourage.

Née Alex Arash Labaf, the singer was born in Tehran, Iran in 1977.  The 39 year old artist Arash debuted in 2005 with hits such as ‘Temptation,’ ‘Boro Boro’ and ‘Bombay Dreams.’ On his last album Superman, the singer collaborated with Sean Paul and T-Pain.

Eurovision Song Contest 2009

In 2009, Arash competed for Azerbaijan. He sang ‘Always’ together with Aysel Teymurzadeh. It came third in the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Moscow. Alexander Rybak’s ‘Fairytale’ won ahead of Yohanna’s ‘Is It True?’ This year, he wrote the track ‘Kizunguzungu’ for SaRaha, which places fourth in the Swedish Melodifestivalen. He collaborated with the singer and Anderz Wrethov on that track.

Aysel & Arash – Always


204 Million Viewers Saw The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 – New Record

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest reached more than 200 million viewers, a new record. SVT’s updated voting procedure one of the key factors behind the success, experts say.

 As the super show made its comeback to Sweden, five million viewers were added to last year’s figure. No less thanks to Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede.

We’re excited to reach younger demographics

“We’re thrilled that the Eurovision continues to grow. We’re excited to reach younger demographics,” says the executive producer Martin Österdahl adding that the team has worked hard on making the format look modern.
The final on May 14th attracted on average 36.3 percent of the viewers across 40 countries. It’s more than double the viewership an ordinary Saturday night (15.7 percent) for the channels.

Justin Timberlake performing

Eurovision was also popular in the younger demographics, on average 42.2 percent of the 15-24 year olds watched the broadcasted final in the 40 countries. That’s four times the average viewership in the key demographic (10.4 percent).

 Read everything about Måns Zelmerlöw

In Sweden, 3.7 million viewers tuned in – the highest figure for an ESC since 2000, when it was held in the Stockholm Globe Arena as well.

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