Duncan Laurence won Eurovision 2019 with “Arcade”, but in the two years since, he’s slowly seen his song go viral and become an international hit. Now, following a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, “Arcade” has at last entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Duncan has only just managed to sneak onto the chart, with “Arcade” debuting at No.100. But it’s still an impressive achievement. The Billboard Hot 100 is the industry standard chart for singles in the United States.
— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) April 12, 2021
Duncan shared the news by simply tweeting “Omg!!!”. The news of the Hot 100 debut also came the day after he celebrated his 27th birthday.
— Duncan Laurence (@dunclaurence) April 12, 2021
The American chart debut follows Duncan’s performance of “Arcade” on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Duncan performed his song as a duet with the American singer FLETCHER.
“Arcade” has also re-entered the UK singles chart at No.97. The song has spent a total of 13 weeks in the UK chart, peaking at No.27.
“Arcade” first Eurovision song to chart on Hot 100 since 1996
While Eurovision songs are frequently found in the charts around Europe, it’s a different story in the United States.
The last Eurovision song to chart on the Hot 100 was Gina G’s “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit”. The song was the UK’s entry in Eurovision 1996, where it placed eighth.
In November 1996, the hi-NRG bop was released in the United States. It was a hit, spending 30 weeks on the chart and peaking at No.12.
Duncan will perform at Eurovision 2021, opening the first semi-final and returning to perform in the grand final.
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