Melodifestivalen 2017 kicked off over the weekend, and although Ace Wilder and Nano are going direkt til final, their songs won’t hit the radio or the charts until after Andra Chansen on March 4. That’s because SVT wants to create a level playing field for all of the acts whose songs won’t be heard until their semi-finals later this month.
The same isn’t true for eliminated acts Dinah Nah and Adrijana, and Andra Chansen contenders Boris René and De Vet Du who are already scaling Sweden’s Spotify Top 50 and the country’s iTunes charts.
Melodifestivalen Acts In The Spotify Top 50
The highest Spotify entry comes from YouTube group De Vet Du, whose upbeat entry “Road Trip” has zoomed into pole position (among Melfest Semi-Final 1 acts at least) at Number 3 with 169,495 streams. The boys are followed by Boris René at 28 (70,031) with “Her Kiss”, Dinah Nah at 39 with “One More Night” (58,629 streams) and Adrijana with “Amare” at 49 (47,307 streams). Between them the acts have clocked up almost 350k streams since the songs were released to Spotify on Saturday night.
What about Charlotte Perrelli?
Three-time Melfest entrant and two-time Melfest winner Charlotte Perrelli returned on Saturday night too, with the stripped back guitar ballad “Mitt Liv”, but placed seventh in the final.
Adding insult to injury, Charlotte’s entry has also failed to make the Spotify Top 50.
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) February 4, 2017
All change on iTunes
It’s a different story for the class of Melodifestivalen 2017 on iTunes Sweden.
In that chart, Dinah Nah leads the pack at #3, Boris follows at #4, De Vet Du are at #8, Adrijana at #12 and Charlotte Perrelli close behind at #13.
That’s better news for the Melfest acts, but it should be noted that Spotify is far more influential in Sweden, with streaming driving 80% of record sales in 2015.
Deltävling 2: Malmö
This weekend’s action comes live from the Malmö Arena, where seven more acts will be competing to win a spot at the final in Stockholm and go on to represent Sweden in Kyiv in May. Make sure to check wiwibloggs for all the action this week as rehearsals kick off from Thursday.
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