Swedish singer Molly Sandén celebrated her 28th birthday on Friday with a special accomplishment. Her song “Husavik (My Hometown)” — from the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — has charted in the UK singles chart. The emotional ballad debuted at No.60 in the Official Singles Chart Top 100.
The song is officially credited to Will Ferrell and My Marianne — the stage name the Swedish star has used for her Eurovision film soundtrack contributions. The film’s star Rachel McAdams is also credited as a performer on the song.
While Molly has enjoyed chart success with dozens of singles in Sweden, this is the first time one of her songs has reached the UK singles chart.
“Husavik” is performed in the film by the Icelandic duo Fire Saga and underscores the emotional climax of the film. And while “Husavik” was ineligible to win the fictitious Eurovision 2020 of the film — or indeed, the real Eurovision 2021 — it has proven a hit with fans.
“Husavik” is also proving popular in Iceland, home of the real town of Húsavík. The song is currently No.1 in Iceland’s Spotify Top 50 chart.
But that’s not the only song from the Eurovision film to appear in the UK singles chart. Will Ferrell and My Marianne have also slipped in at No.91 with “Double Trouble”, Fire Saga’s other Eurovision entry in the film.
While Molly Sandén represented Sweden at Junior Eurovision 2006 and has competed in Melodifestivalen twice, she has not yet made it to the Eurovision Song Contest as a competitor. With the success of her My Marianne songs on the Eurovision film soundtrack, many fans would like to see her return to Melfest 2021 and finally make it to Eurovision.
We wish Molly a very happy birthday and all the best for whatever 2021 brings!
Daði Freyr reaches seven weeks in UK chart
Meanwhile, real Icelandic musician Daði Freyr is enjoying his seventh week in the UK chart. His Eurovision 2020 entry “Think About Things” is currently at No.37, slightly down from its peak of No.34.
As well, “Think About Things” has made BBC Radio 1’s “C List” playlist, ensuring that UK radio listeners will be hearing Daði’s electropop tune a fair bit over the coming week.
In a post on Twitter, the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist thanked his fans for continuing to support the song, making it an essential for Radio 1.
Daði also has an upcoming UK tour in April 2021, including an already sold-out date in Glasgow. The live dates — which run from 23 to 30 April — make it seem unlikely (though certainly not impossible) that Daði plans to return to Eurovision 2021.
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