The first semi-final came and went, and with it 10 lucky acts qualified for the final. But what impact have these songs had on the iTunes chart? Let’s take a look.
The big winner with iTunes is Cyprus. Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego” has made an impression with viewers in 16 countries. The song is No.2 in Greece. It’s No.4 in Spain, and has made the top ten in Israel, Sweden and Portugal. In addition, it sits at No.1 in Cyprus’ domestic charts.
Next on the list is Austria, Cesár Sampson with “Nobody But You” has charted in 13 countries. It’s made the biggest impression in its home country, going straight to No.1 in Austria. Estonia is also lapping up Cesár, putting him at No.1.
The third most popular song in iTunes is Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy with “Together”. The surprise qualifier is charting in 11 countries, peaking at No.1 in his home market and No.2 in Estonia.
Next is Czech Republic’s “Lie To Me”. Mikolas Josef’s cheeky tune has charted in 10 countries, including top ten placings in the Czech and Austrian charts.
In joint fifth place is Lithuania’s Ieva Zasimauskaite and Bulgaria’s Equinox. Their songs “When We’re Old” and “Bones” have charted in eight countries.
Pre-contest favourite Israel’s Netta is charting in six countries, while Finland’s Saara Aalto is doing so in five.
Other artists charting in multiple countries include Belgium’s SENNEK, France’s Madame Monsieur, Switzerland’s Zibbz, Italy’s Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro, Estonia’s Elina Nechayeva, and Norway’s Alexander Rybak.
So what does all this iTunes chart action tell us? It’s important to remember that not all countries use iTunes as much as others do. In some countries other online music stores are more popular, in others streaming has taken over as the dominant form of consuming music.
But the reaction in iTunes charts around Europe is at least an indication of what songs made an immediate connection with some listeners. It shows us what songs inspired listeners enough last night for them to track down the song online and download it.
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