Seven Out of Ten Top Entries from Melodifestivalen

CHART SPOTLIGHT. No less than seven of the top ten entries of this week’s Swedish singles tally comes from Melodifestivalen. Eric Saade is still leading the pack with “Popular,” still trailed by Danny Saucedo’s “In the Club.” Leapfrogging from 10-3, Swingfly’s “Me and My Drum” manages to beat Sara Varga’s (11-4) and The Moniker’s (15-5) entries. This mean that the whole top five consists of sole schlager entries.

WelcheMusic ranks the final results below with current peak positions in brackets.

  1. Eric Saade – Popular (1)
  2. Danny Saucedo –In the Club (2)
  3. The Moniker – Oh My God (5)
  4. Sanna Nielsen – I’m in Love (32)
  5. Swingfly – Me and My Drum (3)
  6. The Playtones – The King (34)
  7. Linda Bengtzing – E det fel på mig (15)
  8. Nicke Borg – Leaving Home (9)
  9. Sara Varga – Spring för livet (4)
  10. Brolle – 7 Days and 7 Nights (48)
  • Christian Walz – Like Suicide (30)
  • Linda Pritchard – Alive (31)
  • Love Generation – Dance Alone (26)

(Peak positions as of today.)

Eric Saade’s “Manboy” re-enters the tally at No.60. Britney Spears’ “Till the World Begins” is the highest new entry at No.23. The Playtones bows at No.34 with “The King.” The parent album Rock’n’roll Is King bows atop the album chart, knocking September’s Love CPR off the throne. Danny Saucedo’s album In the Club bows at No.3. Sanna Nielsen also achieves a top ten album position with I’m In Love.

Eric Saade Beats Danny Saucedo in Terms of Sales

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The two teenage heart throbs might fend off that they’re going head to head in the Melodifestivalen final, but the sales chart says otherwise. Eric Saade’s “Popular” vaults into No.1 on the singles tally, while Danny Saucedo’s “In the Club” leapfrogs 29-2 in its second week. According to the Swedish news daily Aftonbladet, Saade says that Sara Varga is a fierce competitor in Saturday’s final.

Saade’s entry from last year – “Manboy” – topped the chart for three weeks, spending a total 32 weeks on the chart. Danny Saucedo has topped the singles tally no less than thrice with “Tokyo” (2007), “Play It for the Girls” (2007) and “Radio” (2008). Prior to “In the Club,” his latest hit was the 2009 hit “All on You” which peaked at No.17.

The Swedish singles tally include no less than four entries in the top ten. Loreen failed to qualify to the final, still “My Heart Is Refusing Me” sells enough copies to bow at No.9. The Moniker, whose fight with his former ex-manager was covered in a recent blog post on WelcheMusic bows at No.15

Swedish Viewers Rage Against Eurovision Debacle

CHART ANALYSIS. The Moniker and Sara Varga were the final contestants to qualify for next week’s Melodifestivalen final. RedOne’s entry, Love Generation’s “Dance Alone” did not stand the fierce competition. While many people might anger the actual results, SVT has another problem on its hands.

An error during the voting might have prevented Jenny Silver from qualifying in the duel with Love Generation in the “Second Chance” competition held tonight. The expensive charity telephone number was incorrect – and viewers believed to have voted for Jenny Silver were instead dialing Love Generation’s telephone number.

“Something happened  with the graphics,” Madeleine Sinding-Larsen at SVT says to the leading news paper Aftonbladet.

The error seems to have recurred throughout the evening and the telephone numbers to several participants were mixed up. SVT is currently investigating the matter and will comment on this issue later.

The presenter Rickard Olsson concluded that “there were some problems with the voting, but I can guarantee that this has not affected the results in any way.” It seems as if Swedish viewers find that hard to believe.

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