Will Anton Hagman Beat Loreen?

The renowned music critic Anders Nunstedt expects Anton Hagman’s ‘Kiss You Goodbye’ to come out as winner on Saturday. His Shawn Mendez-esque track has potential to crossover outside the ordinary Melodifestivalen crowd. Hagman has, however, not reached any heights on Spotify. And it would be a great surprise if he would win the whole competition.

Anton Hagman – Kiss You Goodbye

The Birth of the YouTube Star Anton Hagman

The entry is written by Christian Fast, Tim Schou and Henrik Nordenback. Anton Hagman is an 18-year-old and famous from YouTube. His interest for music started at 4 years. Regularly making appearances on school events, he began to record covers that got traction. In 2014, Hagman was part of the duo JA, whose acoustic covers became popular. As JA split, Anton Hagman became a member of Royal Sunset.

‘Kiss You Goodbye’ qualified in the Växjö leg of Melodifestivalen. He is challenging Loreen’s ‘Statements’ in the Second Chance competition. Should he win, expect a very vocal Loreen fanbase to be disappointed in Sweden’s televotes. I previously reported on Loreen’s unexpected Spotify performance.

Via duels, The Second Chance competition will send a set number of acts to the finale. To date, only one artist The Second Chance has won the whole competition. In 2013, Robin Stjernberg was the winner with ‘You.’

Spotify Streaming Favors Loreen

According to the latest Kworb.net statistics, Anton Hagman drops a position to No.22 with 110,825 streams. That is less than Loreen’s ‘Statements’ at 121,704. These figures are from 28th February.

On that note, Wiktoria makes progress and climbs to No.4 with ‘As I Lay Me Down.’ Robin Bengtsson advances to No.6 with ‘I Can’t Go On.’

Biggest Spotify Hits in Sweden (28/2)

  1. Kygo featuring Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me
  2. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  3. Joakim Lundell – All I Need
  4. Wiktoria – As I Lay Me Down
  5. The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This

Make sure to read WelcheMusic.com for more updates.

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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