Carola Häggkvist – The Swedish Queen of Eurovision


Most Swedes have an opinion about Carola Häggkvist, but no matter what you think. Few may disagree that she’s the undisputable Swedish queen of the Eurovision Song Contest. She rose to fame in 1983 when she won the Swedish contest with ‘Främling,’ written by Lasse Holm and Monica Forsberg. The album Främling came to sell more than 1 million copies, becoming one of the biggest albums ever in this country. The television broadcast was watched by 6.1 million Swedes – 84% of the population. Surely, she had trended on Twitter had it been around. She finished third in the Eurovision final behind Luxembourg and Israel. In 2013, she performed at the Swedish Melodifestivalen performing the new version of ‘Främling’ to celebrate her 30 years anniversary as an artist.

Carola – Främling – 30 år @Melodifestivalen 2013 Friends Arena [HD]

In 1990, she returned to Melodifestivalen with ‘Mitt i ett äventyr,’ which finished second behind Edin-Ådahl. Her track was included on her album Much More. No rest, Carola didn’t give up and won both the Swedish contest and the whole Eurovision Song Contest in 1991. ‘Fångad av en stormvind’ arrived atop in Rome, Italy. It was a narrow margin as she had the same result as France’s Amina Annabi, but Carola had been awarded most “12 points”-votes.

Eurovision 1991 – Carola – Fångad av en stormvind

Carola Häggvist finally returned to Melodifestivalen in 2006, when she won the national competition with ‘Evighet,’ which was translated into ‘Invincible.’ On stage at the ESC in Athens, this was the third time! She finished fifth.

Carola – Invincible (Sweden) 2006 Final

The Story Behind Mark ’Oh’s Smash Tears Don’t Lie

Mark ’Oh
Mark ’Oh’s ‘Tears Don’t Lie.’

One of the greatest rave and EDM tracks of the 1990s is no doubt ‘Tears Don’t Lie.’ Recorded by German DJ Mark ’Oh, the track became a HUGE hit in Sweden and Germany where it topped the charts. Née Marko Albrecht, he was born in the German town Dresden in 1970.

Rising to fame as a Eurodance DJ and producer, Mark ’Oh actually started out in the rock band Line Up. Turning Marko to Mark ’Oh, the DJ chose rave over rock.

In 1993, he charted with ‘Randy (Never Stop That Feeling).’ Taken off the debut album Never Stop That Feeling, the set included the aforementioned title track, ‘Love Song’ and ‘Tears Don’t Lie.’

Mark ’Oh – Tears Don’t Lie

Samples Michael Holm’s ‘Tränen lügen nicht’

‘Tears Don’t Lie’ became a massive hit in Germany and Sweden in 1994/1995. The track was inspired by Michael Holm’s ‘Tränen lügen nicht.’ According to WhoSampled, Michael Holm’s sample is found after 1:11 minutes. But hey, wasn’t this track an Italian track from the beginning? Actually, there are plenty of stories behind this prime rave track.

Michael Holm – Tränen lügen nicht

Let’s take it from the beginning. In 1974, ‘Soleado’ was released by Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble. This composition contained no words and was composed by Ciro Dammico with the artist name of “Zacar.” ‘Soleado’ was, in its way, based on the composition ‘Le rose blue’ from 1972.

Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble – Soleado

The Michael Holm song was recorded the very same year as ‘Tränen lügen nicht,’ but it was also available in French by Mireille Mathieu (‘On ne vit pas sans se dire adieu,’ 1975). It was made to fame in an English version by Johnny Mathis in 1976 with the title ‘When a Child Is Born.’

In Sweden, Mark ’Oh’s ‘Tears Don’t Lie’ spent two weeks atop the Swedish singles chart, amassing 15 weeks in total on the chart. A remix version peaked at No.18 just weeks after, concluding the DJ’s run of hits in 1996 as his cover of Visage’s ‘Fade to Grey’ peaked at No.45.

Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again

Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again
Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again

#ChartTalk #Digilistan Congratulations to Robyn and Röyksopp who rise 4-1 on this week’s Swedish digital download chart Digilistan with ’Do It Again.’ It’s been four years since she managed to place her first No.1 on Digilistan. ‘Dancing on My Own’ is Robyn’s sole chart-topper out of 27 entries.

Last week’s No.1 The Common Linnets drops to No.21 with ‘Calm After the Storm.’ Last week’s runner-up – Conchita Wurst’s ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ – also drops like a stone, falling 2-19. It seems as if the Eurovision Song Contest finally’s fading off.

John Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ regains 5-2, followed by Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ at No.3.  The talent show winner Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s ‘Daniel’s Joik’ is the highest new entry at No.5, while Robyn & Röyksopp place their second entry at No.7 with ‘Sayit.’

Exactly a year ago, last year’s Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest’s ‘Only Teardrops’ topped the tally followed by Margaret Berger’s ‘I Feed You My Love,’ another ESC entry. Daft Punk feat. Pharrrell Williams was held the bronze position. The highest new entry then was Iida’s Life Will Kill You at No.7.

Digilistan 1/6 2014

  1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  2. John Legend – All of Me
  3. Pharrell Williams – Happy
  4. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Daniel’s Joik
  6. David Guetta & Showtek feat. Vassy – Bad
  7. Röyksopp & Robyn – Sayit
  8. Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schultz Remix)
  9. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good
  10. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynn – Rather Be


Beyoncé Performed H&M Track Standing on the Sun in Belgium

Beyoncé's ad campaign for H&M
Beyonce performed Standing on the Sun in Belgium

Should we take Beyoncé’s performance of ‘Standing on the Sun’ at a recent concert in Antwerp as an indication that this will be an upcoming single. The Mrs Carter World Tour is currently travelling Europe and according to Metro , Antwerp was the first stop including this track.

Collaboration with Sia and Greg Kurstin

The Australian singer/songwriter Sia has reportedly written the track with Greg Kurstin. The former sang on David Guetta’s ‘Bullet Proof’ in addition to haven co-written Rihanna’s mega hit ‘Diamonds. ‘Standing on the Sun’ is expected to be included on an upcoming album, being currently used in the commercial for H&M.

Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M

The video to ‘Standing on the Sun’ was directed by the Swede Jonas Åkerlund.

Beyoncé performs at the London Twickenham Stadium tonight, before returning to the States for tour dates at the end of June. She is scheduled to perform at the Staples Center on June 28th.

Beyoncé Knowles – Standing on the sun (Live Antwerp 31/5)

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