Last year the UK singles chart was flush with Eurovision acts, with eight songs making the midweek chart and three sticking around for the weekly chart, including “Heroes” impressively reaching No.11. But things aren’t so rosy this year, with only three songs managing to make an impact on the UK singles chart.
The midweek chart saw local boys Joe and Jake reach No.40 with “You’re Not Alone”, occasional London lad Frans was at No.47 with “If I Were Sorry”, and Australian diva Dami Im was at No.81 with “Sound of Silence”.
But the Eurovision momentum didn’t last long enough to make it into the full weekly chart issued four days later. That saw Frans at No.61, while Joe and Jake made their UK singles chart debut at No.81. Dami was nowhere to be seen, and likewise, Jamala’s winning song “1944” has also not charted.
It’s a marked contrast with the Eurotastic chart of 2015. Back then, eight singles appeared in the midweek chart, including “Heroes” at No.5, “Rhythm Inside” at No.31, “A Million Voices” at No.44 and “Love Injected” at No.62.
And sticking around for the full singles chart last year were “Heroes”, which peaked at No.11, “Rhythm Inside” at No.69 and “A Million Voices” at No.97.
But Joe and Jake’s No.81 is at least better than Electro Velvet’s chart action in 2015. The UK’s act for Vienna didn’t even make the top 100, but they did top the physical sales chart.
Though it isn’t quite a straight comparison with 2015 and 2016. Prior to July last year, the chart week began at midnight Sunday, starting just hours after the Eurovision final. Since July, the chart week begins at midnight on Friday, meaning it includes two days prior to the Eurovision final.
But it’s still a sign that the songs of Stockholm have made less of an impact in the UK than the hits from Vienna did.
Eurovision winners in the UK singles chart
2007: “Molitva” – 112
2008: “Believe” – did not chart
2009: “Fairytale” – 10
2010: “Satellite” – 30
2011: “Running Scared” – 61
2012: “Euphoria” – 3
2013: “Only Teardrops” – 15
2014: “Rise Like a Phoenix” – 17
2015: “Heroes” – 11
2016: “1944” – did not chart
UK entries in the UK singles chart
2007: “Flying the Flag (For You)” – 5
2008: “Even If” – 67
2009: “It’s My Time” – 27
2010: “That Sounds Good to Me” – 179
2011: “I Can” – 16
2012: “Love Will Set You Free” – 60
2013: “Believe in Me” – 93
2014: “Children of the Universe” – 23
2015: “Still in Love with You” – 114
2016: “You’re Not Alone” – 81
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Bulgaria, Ukraine, France… all three entries with lyrics not only in English, none of them charting in the UK. We should really be asking ourselves whether the UK charts are really a significant barometer of success for Eurovision entries. Firstly, there aren’t that usually songs on the UK charts in other languages. Second of all, the UK does not usually do well in the contest, and many UK watchers regard it as a joke, not as the next place to find new music to add to their library. We should look at the example of France instead. This week, Amir… Read more »
@Ben Rafter: Because “1944” is a song of tragedy. Hard these days to sell tragedy to radio.
Eugene, I think that you missunderstood me. I have no problem whith our place. But I whish for the future that ESC should change so it would be interesting for the best pearsons in the music industry in all europen countries! Thats not the case right now. I took Frans and sweden as an example. What I ment was that I would like acts that can have a life after the show would have better chanses for the develpment of the show. ESC is what it is, and I have an opinion of what I want it to become in… Read more »
If songs chart that partispate in national selections-> .. national selections becomes interesting for recordcomanies and artists …-> .. more songwriters and artists compete of the oppurunity to be in the selection -> …the standard of the national selections become higher -> … the national selections becomes more interesting for the audiense -> … And so on! I think if every country would chose the song that had best opportunists to chart in there country, not the one that they think will suite ESC! The standard in ESC would increese. Having a international jury in national selection can be good.… Read more »
Eugene- I think the goal for ESC should be that the winner after ESC should chart and have a life after ESC! That way ESC will develop towards a higher standar year after year. Thats what has pappend in sweden. “Winning the ESC is about the best “entry” or “package” ON THE NIGHT and a “radio hit” is no guarantee of success and is not a concern for the juries as we know. ” Well, if ESC should be interesting for the best songwriters and for people in the music industry in europe the competition needs to become a plattform… Read more »
Spotyfy total streems in UK
Who wins Måns Zelmerlöf or Frans Jeppson Wall on spotyfy UK? Frans a long time ago!
If I were sorry, Frans has been streemed 3,091,200
Hero has been streemed 1,340,385
Hm, but were was the support on ESC from UK?
Who wins Måns Zelmerlöf or Frans Jeppson Wall on spotyfy? Frans a long time ago!
If I were sorry, Frans has been streemed 3,091,200
Hero has been streemed 1,340,385
Hm, but were was the support on ESC from UK?
Spotyfy chart history 2015 years winner, Hero!
You can se exact streems for each day and chart position in diffrent countries.
I think if would ne interesting to compete whith telewotes from eachother countries. I wonder if it’s possible to get ecactly how many televotes each country got?
Spotyfy chart history Russia, you are the only one:
Sweden, if i were sorry has actually chart at place 51 in UK, and has been streemed 3 milion times in UK. But the UK jury and UK OGEA was lisening to the escfans. I have my opinion about UK escfans, but I will be quiet about that opinion and hope people can reflect and analyce for them self whithout point it out.
Eurovision songs rarely make impressive showings in U.K any ways, so why it’s still news is beyond me.
Winners or not, ESC and U.K chart won’t ever be a winning combination. It’s just the culture or something, I guess.
Even if U.K wins, then even that song wouldn’t be a remarkable chart success.
Jamala has dozens of great radio friendly english songs in her albums, why none of them is charting in British charts? Because British music industry is very competetive and closed to european performers. “1944” is the song for concerts and life performances. In studio version it is just not connecting with listeners.
@EugeneESCUK that form of “voting” is pretty broken, neither jury nor people should get absolute control over a voting, not in semis of final, that’s pretty broken. 100% jury has the problem of bribe and political voting and 100% televote the problem of diaspora. I think the best way to diminish these problems are to nerf the voting of the jury to 40-35% and the rest SHOULD come fro outside europe, WHY? because 1. it would help catch the attention of a public outside europe and 2. it can serve as testing ground for European artist who would like to… Read more »
What about my favourite Georgia?
Switzerland: Just for the record, even though the Swiss charts are not that relevant of course: “If I Were Sorry” charted at 25 “Sound Of Silence” at 55 “J’ai cherché” at 59 “1944” at 73 That’s it. (Last year, 9 songs made it to the top 75, in 2014 even 11). Jamala only made it to #73, while Mans, Conchita, Lena, Loreen and Emmelie all made it into the top 3 (Lena, Loreen and Mans even to the top). Even “Running Scared” charted at #11. I don’t think it was such a bad year after all, yet only 4 made… Read more »
And how funny……… The UK has diaspora in every European country SO WHAT? It does not mean they all watch and vote in the ESC? But of course you have checked EVERY country? If the Russian diaspora vote for the country and not the song, they should win EVERY year according to you!! Russia first won the televote in 2008 and only got 272 points, this year, only the SECOND time, they got 361 points?? Stick to fact not fiction and stop being ridiculous Pavel. ++++++++++++ When they have a top 5 song, diaspora easily elevates them into top 3… Read more »
Diaspora voting this year was stronger than ever.. at least in this decade.. it was like in the middle of 2000’s when Eurovision was a joke.
Today Swiss chart was released and Frans was 25th in a long distance to second who is Dami.. but Dami only got 1 point (and I don’t like her) and Frans was 11th.. and then Serbia got 12, or Russia, Ukraine or Poland got a few votes..
We have the same scenario in the UK and all Western countries.. I hope next year will be better as it was 2014 or 2015.
nobody cares 😛
Big surprise. The horrendous yelling display that this year’s winner was will not chart anywhere
Russia 2016 got the 3rd highest points behind Norway in 2009 and higher than Loreen in 2012. Russia was just 17 points behind Rybak’s points total
Russia has their diaspora in every european country (or was close to them in ex-soviet/warsaw bloc), people take Eurovision there very seriously. Had Sergey performed for San Marino, he would have got half the points he amassed at the televote at best.
@EugeneESCUK I would be more excited about the televote success of Russia and Ukraine had they come in the first half of the contest, but we all know they had a bit of an advantage coming at the part of the show when viewers (as opposed to juries) make up their minds.
Surprised Poli hasn’t made it, she was top (or in the top 5 I can’t remember) of the viral charts in Ireland for a couple of days. I think Frans charting was inevitable the song is so radio friendly, I even know people who don’t watch the show listening to the song. I think he’s in the Irish top 50 currently!
I know Eurovision is about an instant impact but it just feels weird how a dated song like YATOE or a hard song like 1944 (charts are refflecting that) got that many points from West when people here prefer other kind of songs and many people don’t understand their success in the voting.
(And I really prefer Jamala over Sergey or Dami, at least is different and authentic but I still think televoting this year was so weird).
1944 will be another eurovision winner that will be forget and maybe it is already.
Even though I loved 1944, I wouldn’t listen to it casually. Jamala herself said this song didn’t fit in her last album “Podykh”, which is quite radio friendly and was a hit in Ukraine.
Calm after the storm was a hit after eurovision because it was a great song despite not being the most current and poppy song.. 1944 is failing even after winning the whole contest… that says a lot about Jamala’s song I’m still wondering how Ukraine and Russia managed to get that many points from West.. the running order was an advantage for them and hurt other countries like Belgium, Netherlands, France or Sweden.. but both crushed everyone in televote, and suddlenly after the contest are just flopping in sales and charts unlike other songs. It must be something we don’t… Read more »
@Alex: It shouldn’t come as a shock. Jamala’s entry is not in its nature a commercial radio formated hit despite the contemporary production and drum n bass sound being used to wrapp her story. And winning Eurovision despite some fake convictions, it’s not always about hitting the charts a thing that only after Loreen’s win became a thing in this competition. Jamala is a jazz musician and not a hit maker a la Max Martin or any other Swedish producer … and still she won … What we could be asking ourselves is why haven’t other more radio friendly songs… Read more »
@fikri: It still won the whole contest …. so you have to find a way to overcome your own anti-music traumas, focus less on Sergey’s body and leave Dami Im alone cuz she clearly has no time for you … as ain’t nobody got time for this post-Eurovision anti-Jama drama queen-ish depression … be busy thinking of the next drag queen costume to wear for Christmas or something.
Frans is doing great on Spotify because they have included his song in many popular playlists.
I am shocked that Jamala is doing so poor in charts, the promo was massive for her song.
Children of the Universe and I Can should have charted higher in the UK Singles chart. What a shame 🙁
And the point is Frans is who charted higher in countries like UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium or Netherlands but Sweden only got 1 or 2 points from this countries.. so weird.
If I were sorry is the best song and charts over Europe are proving this, 1944 will be forget like many other winners.
Last year Heroes, Ryhthm inside, A million voices, Grande amore, Goodbye to yesterday, Tonight again, Golden boy and Love injected made an impact on a few charts and becoming a huge hits in their own countries, 2015 was the best year in terms of mainstream music but this year chart is showing a very poor achievements, only saved by “If I were sorry” and a little bit but “Sound of silence”.
Once again seeing what is happening on charts juries proved that they don’t know anything about music and current trends.
So Sweden’s victory could have been for the best:
– a high chart entry in most of the european countries
– a potential pop star appeal that Frans has
– Petra Mede can be the host for another year
I wonder why “Believe” had won back then. It is even more unappealing than “1944” (at least the latter did chart in some countries unlike Dima Bilan’s dross).
Still now it’s spotify that dictates the way the chart is run. Unless your song gets a lot of spins you’ll be nowhere in the charts
Meanwhile in the official Scottish charts…….
92 (RE) – Mans Zelmerlow – Heroes
73 – Poli Genova – If Love was a crime
71 – Sergey Lazarev – You are the only one
53 – Dami Im – Sound of Silence
35 – Frans – If I were sorry
31 – Joe & Jake – You’re not alone
and for giggles
1 – Justin Timberlake – Can’t stop the feeling
People who say “shows that 1944 shouldn’t have won” and stuff like that notice that her song is a very sad and personal song so it is normal that it is not a “hit” or plays on the radio because it is not made for that! It’s not made to make different remixes of it and later dance to them
For the naysayers, don’t you all want your favourite song to be loved, downloaded and streamed hence appear on the charts? I believe the artists do. EBU should encourage countries to do their best to send a good song that many people would love to download and stream. I believe if they have a good song, many amazing singers and performers would want to participate in Eurovision.
Some people seem to forget that wiwibloggs is a British website…
I’m glad all top songs flopped. The whole voting was a train wreck. This is what you get when you blend politics with people’s favorites.
Not “fact”, just opinion. The song has already won. Stop trying to shove down our throats that we also have to like it.
Fact: “1944” is better than all the songs in the UK top40 put together.
You can hear anglo radio hits everywhere. Swamping a live event like Eurovision with them because the juries reward homogeneity is a recipe for boredom as we have seen this year. Countries should bring their own sounds whether the angloamerican record company execs approve of them or not.
Fergy – where did you get the information about the biggest demographic for Eurovision is 16-30?
The ESC2016 album is currently at number 9 in the compliation chart. It would be interesting to see how this compares with the last few years. If many more people have bought the album this it might explain why not as many individual tracks are being bought.
I like Hovi’s approach. He said in an interview at Riga pre-party that he does not care about those things because everything is on youtube right away. Period.
Songs for Eurovision are made for Eurovision only and no one really cares if they chart afterwards, its only about the bragging right for the year.
@Jonas Of course the Music Industry revolves around Great Britain!!!! Do you realize that Britain and America are the biggest world class exporters in the Music Industry. So charting in the UK charts alone is a big milestone. Another thing, most Eurovision artists go to Eurovision in hopes to expand their music career outside their home country, which I have to laugh my a** off because it has not produced a world class singer like the 70’song and 80’s used to. The closest thing to international singers post Eurovision commercial successes are Helena Paparizou and Lena Meyer Landrut, who is… Read more »
the songs have charted elsewhere, so don’t worry. Jamala’s song is great, but no one thinks it’s mainstream enough to top the UK charts. people in the UK might be pissed about the poor result (last year they had to accept it as the BBC sent a widely panned song, whereas this year effort was put in).
The music world doesn’t revolve around Britain!
I googled the UK charts, and Justin Timberlake is No. 2, so I’m claiming that as a Eurovision song. Not that I care, because you can have perfect success outside of the UK market, and still “make it”. The UK isn’t the centre of everything. Artists seem to covet success in the Britain and America, as if that is somehow better than selling records in their own countries or other parts of Europe. I don’t know why.
Current UK No.1 absolute garbage from Drake.
Just goes to show that 1944 should not have won