Last week he was the centre of attention during the Juntos Por Todos relief concert that raised more than 1.15 million euros for the devastated region of Pedrógão Grande.

Now, following Portugal’s period of mourning, Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral has resumed his summer tour and will no doubt be buoyed by this news: “Amar Pelos Dois” is now the most successful Portuguese song on Spotify.

The news comes via ESC Portugal, which reported on the publicly available data supplied by Spotify and accessed via kworb.net.

As of  June 29, “Amar Pelos Dois” had racked up 7.1 million streams (1.1 million of which came from Portuguese devices). That makes the Eurovision 2017 winning song the most successful Portuguese song ever on the platform.

Adding to this record, the song composed by Luísa Sobral and performed by Salvador has also achieved the status of being the most played song in 24 hours, both in Portugal and Lithuania, no doubt driven by his stunning victory at Eurovision.

The gentle and jazzy ballad has seen phenomenal charts success since Eurovision, topping 15 markets and entering the top ten in 14 more right after Sobral’s victory in Kyiv.

Salvador’s new project “Alexander Search” is also enjoying some degree of success in the charts. The group’s 14-track album, which draws from a variety of genres from indie-pop to electronic music to a bit of rock, entered iTunes Portugal at No. 1.

The band is set to perform at the famous summer festival “Super Bock Super Rock” on July 13. On top of that Salvador still has 10 more stops before he finishes his own domestic tour that began prior to this year’s Eurovision.

What do you think of  the success of “Amar Pelos Dois” in the charts? Are you surprised? Do you think Salvador is here to stay? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Jesika and Mariana
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Congratulations to Salvador Sobral for his record and for all the success he has achieved. He definitely deserves it! I and my friend have recently started a blog about books, comics, travel. films, tv shows, music (includes Eurovision) etc. If you are interested please check it out! Thank you!

Fatima
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Fatima

It’s one of the least-played Portuguese songs on my itunes. Below even Os Amigos.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Salvador is the biggest artist right now in Portugal and will have a long and lasting career. His health permitting, working with good composers and having some moderation in language, he will thrive! Will he be a mega world famous super star? No! This is not his ambition nor does his genre produces super stars in our days. Will he conquer other markets in Latin America or in the jazz scene? Yes! Anyhow I doubt it very much that he will have to make a pledge to produce an EP anytime in his life,

claclap
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claclap

Yes, I think his fans can carry his carrer long enough in Portugal. And with multiple projects he will reach a wider audience than he did with “Amar pelos dois”, witch was more appealing to people over 30, in my opinion!

Sarah Boucher
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Sarah Boucher

Welp, the tolmachevy sisters are also covering amar pelos dois in several languages, even the languages that they never sang in. also, they are appearing as cast members in ten days in the valley as amish girls who has a pet kiwi bird named rudolph, named after rudolph the red nosed reindeer, which is returning to NBC This year.

jim
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jim

is anyone gonna remember salvador after ten years? i think not , he is just gonna be a one hit wonder and disappear into obscurity, his music is far too boring and it cant stand out without the “theatre” he played in kiev

Unknown Melody
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Unknown Melody

Wishful thinking from the haters.

Justin K.
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Justin K.

Although “Euphoria” did well, it was a polished, really well-composed and sung song. Within the last ten years, “Satellite” is probably closest thematically to “Amar pelos dois” (as well as “Running Scared,” but I personally prefer Lena’s sassier lyrics). The emotion in which Salvador sang rings with the song itself, which only enhances the universal message of wanting a former lover again. I’ve had both (Luisa and Salvador) their albums on my Spotify playlist on a repeat, and I hardly use Spotify. As long as they’re willing to entertain an audience, I’ll be glad for more material considering their musical… Read more »

Mia
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Mia

Try to hear the new Salvador project “Alexander Search”, is in a different style but also fantastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX0d0nVspLs

The Anders
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And deservingly so. It’s one of the best winners in the history of the contest. It sounds honest, and it contains real emotions. Beautiful melody and chords too <3

Jake
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Jake

I still can’t comprehend why there are still haters who must attack everytime there’s an article written about this guy. You can dislike the song and you can find it an unworthy winner but the reality is as a song this has done incredibly well and his home country has embraced him unlike any other Eurovision entrant. You’d probably have to go back to Dulce Pontes to a Eurovision artist that can sell out houses in Portugal. Salvador now has the most streamed Portuguese song ever, his record that no one was buying is #1 in the country, his music… Read more »

Fatima
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Fatima

In your words Jake, he keeps “saying stupid crap”. You answered you own question.

jayjay
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jayjay

not enough to explain so much hate that you and the likes of you feel.

Fatima
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Fatima

No jayjay, I think it’s in proportion. I don’t hate him, but the “stupid crap”. I actually think he and his sister provided us with a nice defining moment in Eurovision history.

Helene
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Helene

Just saying Robin Bengtsson has 18M streams, Francesco Gabbani 17M and Frans 75M streams. In Frans’ case I do not think they all come from Sweden.

Jake
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Jake

Frans had a much bigger hit than Robin. In fact, I heard Frans’ song this spring when I was traveling through Europe. Spotify is a Swedish institution and streams in that country are really indicative of success there. I’d say that 18M versus 75M is a good comparison for Swedish pop songs.

I’m surprised Karma only has 17M streams given that there’s 60M people in that county. Portugal has 11M and the song has been played 7M times. I don’t believe either country has the same Spotify penetration percentage-wise as Sweden.

Some of these numbers are apples and oranges.

Mia
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Mia

Congrats to Salvador! He really deserves it. Great song and fantastic interpretation and voice.
And don’´t forget to mention that Amar Pelos Dois has an impressive number of covers what is extraordinary for a song that is not in english. Also, there are translations for so many languages. What an accomplishment!

maria
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maria

It’s already the song that has more covers in the 21st century. It has versions in more than 20 languages, including Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latvian, Maltese, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, etc. On youtube, we find versions in all kinds of styles (from classical music to heavy metal), sung by people that don’t even speak a word of Portuguese, which really is amazing (and endearing). IMO, that gives a more realistic measure of its success rather than the charts. This is not a pop mainstream song that radios will be playing 16 times a day,… Read more »

Aaron GR
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Aaron GR

Yes! This shows the spirit of Eurovision success much more than radio play or purchases.

Iamme
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Iamme

Gabbani (officia video) 141K

Mia
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Mia

Congrats to Gabbani too! 🙂 ESC 2017 should be considered one of the best ESCs ever ,as it produced so many good songs and of different styles

Unknown Melody
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Unknown Melody

Y’all are forgetting that APD is not a very chart-friendly song, and neither was 1944. The chart success they got may have been smaller than other entries they beat, but still impressive considering the language/music genre. Chart-friendly and radio-friendly music are not the only worthy kind of music, especially not in an ESC context.

Noi
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Noi

Its called eurovision song contest not eurovision charts contest ?

Kris
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Kris

Well you see staying power of the song i.e. people’s want to listen to the song as determined by streams and charts are the true measure of the quality of the songs. So it’s all the more imperative to discuss the long term position of the songs on charts rather than just giving personal opinions or only considering peak positions attained.See polegend’s comment below about longevity and it’ll make things more clear.Thanks for understanding.

claclap
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claclap

Noi, I agree! Even if the song is not liked after a couple of year, even if it’s become dated or something makes people dislike it, it doesn’t take away the merit of winning! In that period of time it was the best song, and that’s what the contents is about because fans are already expecting the new upcoming artists, right?

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Slay a bit, even though Sunstroke Project are far ahead in streams – even more than Blanche.

Kris
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Kris

But it’s streams are mainly coming from one market only i.e Sweden.

Hada
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Hada

“Alexander Search has also enjoyed some degree of success”

*Literally #1 in iTunes Portugal*

His track record is impressive for someone who can’t promote internationally (and for someone who could, too). I hope he gets better so he can come here to Latin America, and so we can all see his career reach its full potential.

Richardinho
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Richardinho

But didn’t Blanche have 20,000 streams? She must be the real winner of Eurovision.

Aria
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Aria

Nah…..she had only 11 million streams. 20,000 copies sold or downloaded. City lights is the song with the most staying power out of all this year’s songs. I’d agree that City lights is the winner yes

Richardinho
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Richardinho

Just to clear up your obvious confusion, Portugal, was the winner of Eurovision 2017. Not Blanche.

YeOldeMusik
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Hey wiwis, do they know that someone released a web game called “Peidar pelos dois” (fart for the both of us) that copy the design of the Salvador´s t-shirt? http://peidarpelosdois.com/

4li3n
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4li3n

Damn… Who waste time making this kind of games? I think there are enough idiot people who still care for by what the Salvador said. Damn, they made a game lol, it’s not relevant and would be another stupid content for the blog.
I’d rather spend my time enjoying his songs instead of being using it as a target and criticizing him all the time.

Evan
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Evan

That’d seem appropriate I guess.

Cabral
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Cabral

Who is this guy. All his articles fails the essential. Salvador is in the news for a sentence…”I am gonna fart to see if you clap”. This was sad in the concert “Juntos Por Todos” organized by his agent. And by the way: the song is not a hit in Portugal. Even the the data from the kworb.net shows that.
Please remove this guy from your team

Jo
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Jo

Why does every article about Salvador need to be a battlefield?
I don’t know who is more annoying, his lovers or his haters.

Mia
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Mia

I am Portuguese, and I can tell you that nobody cares about that story.
Salvador is a fantastic musician and a wonderful person, that is much admired in Portugal (of course there are also some null guys full of envy, spreading hate whenever they can, but who cares about little people?).

Aria
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Aria

Although what the article fails to mention is that it dropped out of most of these markets in which it charted by the first week itself.

YeOldeMusik
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Could it be, but he made things in certain markets that some iconic entries can´t (in France “Amar pelos dois” came higher than “Euphoria”, in Germany came higher than “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit” and in Spain was #1 in pure sales, for example) and his disc (released a year ago) has five weeks as #1 in Portugal and still in

Aria
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Aria

That is what I said……hype alone will lead to appearance in charts but if a song can stand it’s position then its worth its spot.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I agree, longevity over peaks. Would you either go #1 in America and sell 1,500,000 copies (Britney Spears – “Hold It Against Me”) or peak at #31 and sell 4,500,000 copies (Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”)?

Kris
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Kris

I love that song .
I have died everyday waiting for you
darling don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years……
I’d love you for a thousand more.

Gloria
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Gloria

Yes he has the hype but not the longevity. Euphoria is still charting after 5 years (although Loreen needs better management to capitalize on anything since her win tbh). See here: http://esctracker.com/?year=prev

Evan
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Evan

Yes i saw the same and realized:
1)Unhyped bad(divisive) winners don’t chart at all(Ukraine 2016)
2)hyped good(accommodative) winners chart high and stay(Sweden 2012)
3)unhyped good(accomodative) winners should chart low but stay(no example comes to mind)
4)hyped bad(divisive) winners chart but fall fast(for sake of peace no example given)

Aria
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Aria

That’s nice for the Portuguese industry .