Did Måns Zelmerlöw Borrow from David Guetta?

Måns Zelmerlöw
Måns Zelmerlöw

Måns Zelmerlöw will defend Sweden in Vienna come May. Upon Måns’ performance, comments about the similarities with David Guetta’s hit ‘Lovers on the Sun’ became a discussion in social media. Add that Måns’ voice is quite similar to Sam Martin who is featured on the Guetta track.

Måns Zelmerlöw rose to fame as he was one of the finalists in Sweden’s Idol in 2005. This is the third time he competes in Melodifestivalen. ‘Cara Mia’ (2007) finished third, while ‘Hope and Glory’ came fourth in 2009. In addition, he led the contest in 2010 adding other presenter duties in Sommarkrysset, Allsång på Skansen and Lilla Melodifestivalen.


Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes

‘Lovers on the Sun’ was issued in June 2014. It is included on his latest studio album “Listen,” and features the US singer/songwriter Sam Martin. He also sings on ‘Dangerous,’ and has added vocals on songs with Sultan + Ned Shepard and Dirty South.


My opinion is that Måns Zelmerlöw managed to create a truly contemporary EDM hit, style-wise very close to Avicii, Alesso, Swedish House Mafia and Sebastian Ingrosso. While, I don’t expect Avicii to ever compete in Melodifestivalen this could crossover as a pan-European (even global?) EDM hit!


David Guetta featuring Sam Martin – Lovers on the Sun


Måns Zelmerlöw’s track moved 16-2 in its second week on the official Swedish singles chart, ahead of his victory. 3.2 million viewers saw the Melodifestivalen final this Saturday.

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

Today in Music: They Topped the Singles Chart in 1994

So, you might feel a wee bit old if you remember these hits by heart 20 years later. Times are a changing, unless you find Bryan Adams, Enigma and Maxx on the current charts. Back then, eurodance music (preferably German) was popular – a trend that definitely has been recycled (yo David Guetta). Check out today’s WelcheMusic’s Chart Rewind.

10. Janet Jackson – Again

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Janet Jackson lost to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ in 1993. Springsteen’s hit peaked at No.9 on the Billboard Hot 100, beaten by Janet Jackson’s ‘Again’ which topped the chart for two weeks. Written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, ‘Again’ was the third hit single off janet. In Sweden, it peaked at No.5 becoming Jackson’s biggest hit ever in this country.

9. Just D – Vart tog den söta lilla flickan vägen?

Based on an Jamaican hit called ‘The Naughty Little Flea,’ Swedish hip hop trio Just D sampled Owe Thörnqvist’s Swedish verson ‘Vart tog den stygga lilla loppan vägen’ (Where Did the Naugthy Little Flea Go). The 1993 hit ‘Vart tog den söta lilla flickan vägen’ (Where Did the Sweet Little Girl Go) was included on the trio’s set Tre Amigos. The set was Just D’s fourth following Rock’n’Roll which was released the previous year. The group comprised of singers Peder ‘Pedda Pedd’ Ernerot, ‘William ‘Doktor C’ Craaford and Gustave ‘Gurra G’ Lund.

8. Bryan Adams – Please Forgive Me

Bryan Adams issued his greatest hits collection So Far So Good at the end of 1993. ‘Please Forgive Me’ was the only new track, co-written and co-produced by the heavyweight producer Robert Lange. The single was an international hit, topping tallies in e.g. Australia, his home country Canada and Norway. In Sweden, it peaked at No.2 (as well as the UK), while reaching No.7 at the Billboard Hot 100.

7. Björk, David Arnold – Play Dead

‘Play Dead’ was a soundtrack cut off The Young Americans, a 1993 crime drama and debut of British director Danny Cannon. David Arnold is known for writing the scores to five James Bond movies. Icelandic singer Björk added ‘Play Dead’ to her sophomore album Debut. The set spawned no less than five singles (including ‘Human Behaviour’ and ‘Violently Happy.’

6. Ace of Base – The Sign

‘The Sign’ hardly needs any introduction. Issued at the end of October, it never topped the Swedish singles chart peaking at No.2. It succeeded Celine Dion’s ‘The Power of Love’ in Mid-March 1994, ‘The Sign’ was produced by Joker, Denniz Pop and Douglas Carr. It was featured in the 2012 top movie Pitch Perfect.

5. Depeche Mode – In Your Room

‘In Your Room’ is one of few track in this top ten tally that was actually released in 1994. Included on the album Songs of Faith and Devotion, Depeche Mode was the group’s 30th UK hit single.

4. Captain Hollywood Project – Impossible

Captain Hollywood Project placed three hits in a row – ‘More and More,’ ‘Only with You’ and ‘Impossible.’ Evolved out of the Dutch dance project Twenty 4 Seven, front man Tony Dawson Harrison released three albums.

3. Maxx – Get-A-Way

Eurodance was definitely of fashion back in 1994. As well as Captain Hollywood Project, Maxx was also based in Germany. Preceding ‘No More (I Can’t Stand It),’ ‘Get-A-Way’ peaked at No.3, also charting in the UK.


2. Enigma – Return To Innocence

Yet another German group, Enigma returned to the charts in early January with The Cross of Changes and its introductory hit ‘Return to Innocence.’ The group had previously got its breakthrough with ‘Sadness (Pt.1)’ in 1992. Sung by Angel X (Andreas Harde), an Amis chant is heard through the song. The track topped the Swedish singles chart, peaking at No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.3 in the UK.

1. Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting – All For Love

Stewart and Sting also provided vocals. The track was covered by Swedish pop trio EMD in 2007, repeating the feat of topping our national singles tally.


The Voice Brought Train’s Drops of Jupiter Back to the Charts

Remember Train’s ‘Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)’ from February 2001? Time flies, and the song popped up when I tuned in to the Spotify ‘90s radio station. With its classical hook and quite catchy lyrics, it’s definitely one of those tracks that will stick on Adult Top 40 stations.

This spring, ‘Drops of Jupiter’ returned to the UK singles chart as it was featured on The Voice in a performance from Phil Poole. It eventually peaked at No.34 in the second round.

This fall, I will not only look forward to hot new release but also glance back on the catalogue of hits at WelcheMusic.com. The American rock band peaked at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the track, also peaking at No.10 in the UK.

‘Drops of Jupiter’ was written by the group, and inspired from a dream that singer Patrick Monahan had. Also worth mentioning, is that there are two music videos available. Here’s one of them.

Train – Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)

This April, Train issued their sixth album “California 37.” Featuring the three singles ‘Drive By,’ ’50 Ways to Say Goodbye,’ and ‘Bruises.’

In Sweden, the group has charted with ‘Drive By’ (No.29), ‘Drops of Jupiter (No.45) and ‘Hey Soul Sister’ (No.3).

Just realized, kinda odd that it was on the Spotify ’90s selection when it was from early ’00s. Well, classic anyways!

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