Let’s welcome Strangers at New Year’s Eve and beyond
Please have a look at your agenda… anything popping up in two months time?
Oh, yes of course, the ESNS showcase festival is coming up again! The streets of Dutch town Groningen will be crowded with new European acts. Of course, the already announced EBBA Award winners Alice Merton, Off Bloom, Skott and Blanche will be present. But you’ll also have the chance to run into some artists who are currently in this chart. What about meeting face to face Dutch r’n’b singer Naaz, Jax Jones collab Stefflon Don, British indieband Superorganism, Danish producer Vera or British indierock singer Yungblood? Or former EBBA chart hitmakers Bad Sounds, Blackwave, Boef, Jacob Banks, Nilüfer Yanya, Phlake or Soleima? They will all be there!
Even the highest new entry this week, Norwegian pop singer Sigrid, will perform in Groningen. Her new single Strangers enters at #17. The more dance-orientated pop track already gains traction in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Latvia and the rest of Scandinavia. The 21-year old singer is mostly known for her former hits Don’t Kill My Vibe, currently at #100 after a #6 peak, and Plot Twist (all Universal), that reached #13.
On top of the chart, it’s still From Dusk Till Dawn (Sony) by British singer Zayn, which is outperforming the rest of the field. There are only two tracks, that enjoyed a considerable hike in chartpoints on a week-to-week basis: Katchi (Warner) by French producers duo Ofenbach at #5 (+68%) and British singer Harry Styles with Kiwi (Sony) at #11 (+91%).
We can welcome four other new entries this week. At #75 UK indie act Pale Waves score their second hit with New Year’s Eve. The female-fronted indie band is signed to label Dirty Hit, which has acts like The 1975, Wolf Alice, The Japanese House and Benjamin Francis Leftwich on its roster. Pale Waves reached #41 in this chart with Television Romance and the new single is picked up in Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands.
The story goes that the new entry at #79 was written in an hour. Singer-songwriter Aden Jaron bumped so many times into producer Björn Olson that they decided to make a song together, grabbed some food and went into the studio. The result for the German duo Aden x Olson was Cloud 9 (Universal), that already gets airplay in Sweden.
We don’t see that many artists from Switzerland crossing over to other European countries, but finally producer Freedo manages this feat at #88. He teamed up with London based singer Gabriella Vixen for the catchy deephouse pop tune Keep Your Love On Me (Universal). The name Freedo may not ring a bell yet as a solo artist, but behind the scenes, he has worked with superstars like Zara Larsson already, and made official remixes for Coldplay and Demi Lovato. Now he is the second most successful Swiss artist in this chart, second only to singer Sabina Ddumba.
Finally some indie rock at #98 by British all-female trio Dream Wife with Let’s Make Out on indie label Lucky Number. The band already charted with Fire, peaking at #78, and the new tune is liked in Switzerland and Spain. In case you’re wondering, the band took its name from the 1950s American Dream stereotype package: dream house, dream car, dream wife. They say: “The band name is a commentary about the objectification of women.”
Menno ‘dream journalist’ Visser
Radio programmer on Dutch national radio and ex-chart researcher at Music & Media, Billboard’s former European radio magazine
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