She won the first semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020.
And now Norway’s Raylee has celebrated another milestone. That’s because her song “Wild” has been streamed over one million times on Spotify.
While “Wild” has been on Spotify for five weeks, it is an impressive achievement, particularly considering Norway’s population only numbers 5 million.
Raylee said she feels “grateful” after reaching this milestone:
“I’m humble and incredibly grateful for how my song, “Wild,” has been received. The song means a lot to me, so it’s been nerve-wracking following the streaming numbers.
“Going into this, I would never have dreamed of 1 million streams before the MGP final. It’s totally unreal. I want to send a big thank you to everyone who supports me and likes the song. You are all amazing and you mean a lot to me.”
Frequent Spotify users will notice the song has been added to two popular international playlists “Girls Night” and “Young, Wild & Free.” Together they have over 4.5 million monthly listeners. Raylee is also popular in Sweden, with Stockholm and Gothenburg ranking as her second and fifth most streamed locations. This suggests not all of her streams are happening in Norway itself.
But it is still an incredible achievement and in Norway, Raylee’s averaging over 80,000 monthly listens in Oslo alone.
Norwegian Media: Tone Damli’s song has “enough quality to win”
From one finalist to another.
Tone Damli‘s MGP 2020 entry “Hurts Sometimes” has been eagerly anticipated since the acts were announced. And in the Norwegian press, the entry has drawn a mixed response from the media.
Dagbladet has touted “Hurts Sometimes” as a potential winner and says that Norway would be proud to have her represent the nation in Rotterdam.
VG credits it as the best pre-qualified song of the year, but is more scathing about overall quality. Indeed they label it Tone’s “second best” MGP song ever and describe “Hurts Sometimes” as “not particularly memorable”.
Tone has gained a lot of attention as she competed back in MGP 2009 where she placed second with “Butterflies” — beaten by Alexander Rybak’s iconic winning Eurovision song “Fairytale”. She also competed in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2013. She performed “Hello Goodbye” in duet with Erik Segerstedt. The track, written by Måns Zelmerlöw advanced the Andra Chansen round.
Where in the world have you streamed Wild? Do you think “Hurt Sometimes” will go all the way? Is there another song that will beat them both? Let us know in the comments.
Photo Credit: NRK