Just over one week ago, Finnish rock band Blind Channel won UMK 2021 with their song “Dark Side”. Now the “violent pop” creators have chalked up another milestone. Their song has reached No.1 in the Finnish singles chart.
After debuting at No.5 one month ago, Blind Channel are now enjoying the top spot in the Suomen virallinen lista singles chart.
It’s not all that common for a Finnish Eurovision act to make the singles chart, let alone hit No.1 Most recently, Finland’s Eurovision 2009 act Waldo’s People reached No.1 with their single “Lose Control”. Three years before that, Lordi hit the top spot with their Eurovision-winning-single “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.
More recently, Finnish Eurovision acts have been more likely to only make an appearance in the downloads chart, however Saara Aalto managed to make No.6 in the singles chart with her 2018 entry “Monsters”.
“Dark Side” reaches over 2 million listens on Spotify
Hitting the top of the Finnish singles chart isn’t the only recent accomplishment for Blind Channel. The band’s Eurovision 2021 entry “Dark Side” has now clocked up 2.06 million listens on Spotify.
This also makes “Dark Side” the Eurovision 2021 entry with the highest number of Spotify listens. Blind Channel are followed by France’s Barbara Pravi who has 1.37 listens for “Voilà”, while Norway’s “Tix” is in third place with 1.29 listens for “Fallen Angel”.
While this a good indication of the popularity of these songs, it is important to note that Spotify use varies from country to country.
Blind Channel earned their ticket to Eurovision 2021 by winning Finland’s national final UMK 2021. They enjoyed a landslide victory, with both the jury and televote giving overwhelming support for their rock anthem “Dark Side”.
The Finnish rockers are also favourites with wiwibloggs readers. In a recent poll, wiwibloggs readers picked Blind Channel as their favourite act so far in Eurovision 2021.
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