Sunday, May 27, 2012

1. Sweden - Euphoria - Loreen

Sweden won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with 374 points, 113 points more than the runner up. 18 countries awarded the maximum 12 point vote to Euphoria.
Euphoria is the fifth Eurovision victory for Sweden.
1 - 374 pts / 1 - 181 pts in semi 2

Loreen (Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui) won the 2012 Melodifestivalen in March with Euphoria written by Peter Boström and Thomas G:son.
Melodifestivalen, the six-show pre-selection to chose the Swedish entry for the Baku contest was held in Februari and March of 2012 with the final in Stockholm on March 10.
Watch the winners video here at SVT (scroll down a bit and click the small video on the left)

Euphoria is was first made available through most digital outlets in three versions: Original, Karaoke and Instrumental.
A remix EP was released through the tunes with three remixes and the original version.
A remix by 7th Heaven is released on a U.K. promo and the DJ CD Dance July 2012 (Pool).
Other U.K. mixes (the WAWA mixes) have been issued on several DJ releases.
Please see the versions list below for all the remixes that have been released.

The much anticipated album is titled Heal and was released on October 24 in Sweden.
The album includes Euphoria, My Heart Is Refusing Me, Sober and Swedish follow up single Crying Out Your Name.

Euphoria features in the longer version with violin intro as seen in the official video. Sober and My Heart... are featured in new versions/mixes.
(Sweden : Warner Music Sweden, WMS-5053105-356423 and WEA 5053105527526 in Europe)

Heal will also be released on vinyl LP in several European countries. Remember the black 12"inch plate from the olden days? For the die hard fans of the ultimate sound experience. (WEA 5053105458110) Swedes seem have to get it on import, as the vinyl will only be released in a few countries. Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Denmark and Poland are mentioned. (more later)

ユーフォリア - ロリーン
Heal is also  released in Japan and the limited edition CD includes three bonus tracks. (Warner Music Japan WPCR14683)
13ユーフォリア (シングル・ヴァージョン)
14ユーフォリア (アコースティック・ギター・ヴァージョン)
15ユーフォリア (アコースティック・ストリングス・ヴァージョン)
The bonus tracks are Single Version, Acoustic Guitar Version and Acoustic Strings version of Euphoria.
None of the acoustic versions have been released anywhere else so far.*
The Japanese edition is available through CDJapan. Listen to snippets at HMV Japan.
* On November 30 the Acoustic Guitar Version was released as the second track on the German cdsingle for My Heart Is Refusing Me. (Warner)
Check out Loreen at Bearecords for this cdsingle and other Euphoria releases.

Heal is also released in Taiwan, it has the same 12 tracks as the European edition but comes with an OBI strip with info and titles in Chinese characters.

iTunes phenomenon
Just days after Loreens victory Euphoria has taken over all European iTunes charts. Hitting #1 in over 20 countries, going top 10 in just about the rest. The Eurovision winner also charts in Australia (who bradcast the contest), New Zealand (who can probably get the Australian Broadcast), Canada and Mexico.
Let's hope, if radio picks up a Eurovision for once, Loreen can continue conquering the world
Euphoria has not been released in the US yet. (get to it then!)

The cdsingle is out on Metronome / Warner music Sweden on April 4. It includes:
1 Euphoria - Original version 
2 Euphoria - Carli Remix
3 Euphoria - Alex Moreno Remix
4 Euphoria - Carli Dub
5 Euphoria - Alex Moreno Remix Radio edit
6 Euphoria - Carli Remix Radio edit
7 Euphoria - Instrumental version
(Warner Music Sweden 5053105 254422)
This cds at BeaRecords

The international cdsingle out since 15 - 6 (Warner 5358625). It's a two track with the single version and karaoke. It's the only cd-release for the karaoke version.
A 1 track promo cds is issued by Warner finland (825646611072 ).

More remixes
Two remixes by Lucas Nord have been released through most digital sources (Thanks to STHLM MIX, see comments).
Lucas Nords website.

UK promo
A U.K. promo cdsingle has 5 versions of Euphoria.
1  Euphoria  - Original 
2  Euphoria  - WAWA Radio Edit
3  Euphoria  - 7th Heaven Radio Edit
4  Euphoria  - Carli Remix Version
5  Euphoria  - Instrumental 

The WAWA mix is also recorded as extended mix, this one is release on the DJ CD Dance Mixes 66 - Strictly DJ Only issued by DMC (DM66). (available at Juno)
The radio version can be found on DMC DJ CD 161 (July 2012)

Robin Rocks and Rubio Remix
Three Robin Rocks and Rubio remixes are released in October (see versions list below for more details)

Vekonyz remix
November 30 sees the release of yet another remix of Euphoria. The Vekonyz remix is the 2nd track on Vekonyz release Never Mind, digital release out November 30 (Alien Underground)
Vekonyz is Zoltan Vekony from Budapest, Hungary.

Symfosium Project version
A bit of an odd release is Euphoria by the Symfosium Project. It's a sax like instrumental using the original backing track and even though it claims to be featuring Loreen, here voice is not to be heard.
Symfosium are Anton Morozov and Alex Shumikhin operating from Finland.
Digital release through Juno on August 29 and through other sources, listen at Symfosiums soundcloud

Leonard Ladevig
Yet another remix that was released digitally.
The remix by Leonard Ladevig feat. Loreen is available through the usual digital sources (iTunes, Amazon, etc)

Euphoria 2013
Melodifestivalen saw a special performance of Euphoria by Loreen with Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser and Manillaskolan (School for sign language)
The version used was released on Spotify and iTunes.

Update: A similar performance with the same backing track opened the first semi final of the 2013 Malmö Eurovision.

Euphoria versions:
Euphoria - Single version / Original ♫
Euphoria - Instrumental
Euphoria - Carli Remix
Euphoria - Carli Remix Radio edit
Euphoria - Carli Dub
Euphoria - Alex Moreno remix
Euphoria - Alex Moreno remix radio edit
- all on maxi cds
Euphoria - Karaoke version
- on 2 track cdsingle, digital
Euphoria - Lucas Nord radio remix
Euphoria - Lucas Nord extended remix
- both Lucas Nord mixes at iTunes
Euphoria - 7th Heaven radio edit
- on U.K. promo
Euphoria - 7th Heaven club mix
- on  DJ CD Dance July 2012 (Pool)
Euphoria - WAWA radio edit
- on U.K. promo, also on DMC DJ CD 161 (July 2012)
Euphoria - WAWA extended mix
- on the DJ CD Dance Mixes 66 (DMC)
Euphoria - Symfosium Project ft. Loreen
- Instrumental version, digital release
Euphoria - Robin Rocks and Rubio Remix
Euphoria - Robin Rocks and Rubio Remix - Radio Edit
Euphoria - Robin Rocks and Rubio Remix - Instrumental Mix
- Robin Rocks and Rubio mixes: October digital release through Beatport 
Euphoria - Album version / Video version
- The official video version has a longer violin intro and is on the album Heal.
Euphoria - Acoustic Guitar version
- Acoustic Guitar version is also on cdsingle release with My Heart Is Refusing Me as track 1, out november 13 (Warner Music International, German release)
Euphoria - Acoustic Strings version
- Both acoustic versions on Japan issue of Heal.
Euphoria - Vekonyz remix
- 2nd track on Vekonyz release Never Mind, digital release out November 30 (Alien Underground)
Euphoria - Remix by Leonard Ladevig feat, Loreen
- digital release, 
Euphoria 2013 - Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser och Loreen
Euphoria 2013 - Instrumental
- both above 2013 versions are released on Spotify, iTunes
Euphoria (Rhythm of my mind remix) - Mflex ft. Loreen
- on MFlex album Electric Time

Many other remixes have been surfacing on the net and even on e-bay, but as far as I know only the above are officially released.

Loreen is already at #1 of the Swedish charts the day before the MF final. She entered the charts at #12 the week before that. In week 11 she also enters the Finnish charts at #1 and in week 12 the Norwegian top 20 at #12.
The estimated worldwide sales of Euphoria exceed 2.000.000, making it the biggest seller of the modern Eurovision era.
Sweden top 60: [1-43] 12, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 5, 6, 6, 8, 2, 2, 4, 5, 5, 7, 8, 7, 9, 11, 12, 12, 15, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 37, 34, 38, 36, 25, 36, 39, 50, 57, - re-entry 2013: 52, - re: 59, - re: 60, -
- Euphoria sales already reached 5x Platinum status in Sweden before the contest, by the end of August the counter sits at 9 x platinum, also making it the best selling single of 2012.
2013/2014 re-entries are in red.

Germany top 100 [1-38]: 1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 5, 2, 2, 5, 6, 4, 6, 8, 11, 11, 16, 16, 14, 24, 34, 30, 36, 28, 37, 36, 43, 47, 68, 58, 48, 38, 50, 64, 73, 93, -, re: 90, 77, 96, -
Switzerland top 75: [1-37] 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 10, 6, 7, 7, 7, 2, 5, 9, 13, 10, 16, 13, 11, 17, 29, 22, 27, 13, 18, 17, 26, 23, 33, 35, (no charts), 34, 22, 33, 38, 48, 70, - re: 69, -, re 2013 56, -, re- 2014: 65
Spain top 50: [2-37] 12, 3, 5, 4, 6, 8, 7, 6, 2, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 3, 4, 7, 10, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 18, 17, 30, 16, 18, 17, 24, 19, 14, 29, 30, 42, -, re: 44, -
Austria top 75: [1-35]1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 4, 7, 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 17, 24, 22, 27, 26, 22, 32, 48, 38, 54, 40, 36, 36, 38, 37, 44, 56, (no charts), 46, 35, 34, 70, 69, -, re: 66, -
Netherlands top 100: [2-35] 2, 6, 8, 6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 5, 4, 3, 4, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 10, 12, 27, 23, 22, 10, 16, 12, 24, 43, 45, 60, 32, 30, 30, 41, 52, 78, -
Denmark top 40: [1-21] 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 17, 18, 21, 25, 34, 40, -, re: 38, 37, - , re:29, -
Finland top 20: [1-27]1, 3, 2, 7, 7, 6, 2, 2, 4, 4, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 5, 4, 6, 6, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, -
Norway top 20: [1-27]12, 14, 11, 9, 9, 7, 7, 4, 4, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 2, 6, 8, 12, 15, 20, - 
- Euphoria enters the U.K. charts at #85 the day after the contest. It stays 4 weeks on the top 40.
U.K. top 40 / 100: [3-4 / 3-16] 85, 3, 13, 20, 30, 41, 42, 60, 81, 64, 75, 59, 77, 79, 92, - re: 2013: 75
Belgium (Flanders) top 50: [1-18] 3, 1, 3, 2, 2, 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 11, 18, 20, 20, 29, 47, 50, -re-entry in januari 2013: 36, -
Belgium (Wallonia) top 50: [14-10] 24, 14, 28, 31, 39, 36, 43, 48, - re: 38, 42, - 
Ireland top 100: [1-28] 1, 1, 4, 4, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18, 26, 27, 31, 31, 39, 41, 47, 60, 75, 85, 87, 100, - re in march 2013:  62, 94, re in Eurovision week 2013: 80, 29, 90, - re in Eurovision week 2014: 82, 84
France top 100: [=26-3] 34, 26, 76, (116, 178, -, re:178, 196 in top 200, - re:200, 181, - re:160, 159, 163, 175, -)
Australia top 50: [36-4] 36, 70, 73, 98 
Japan hot 100: 98, - (in December 2012)
Euphoria also charts in various radio charts in Russia, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania already weeks before the contest. After the contest Loreen can also be found in various charts in Greece, Cyprus, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Rep., Belarus, Latvia, Romania, Israel, Luxembourg and Brasil.

My Heart Is Refusing Me
Euphoria is Loreens second Melodifestivalen entry. In 2011 she entered My Heart Is Refusing Me.
She made it to the second chance round (Andra chansen) but didn't proceed to the final. But the song scored a #9 hit in the charts with 28 weeks on the list (9 weeks in 2012 after a Februari re-entry).
Follow up single Sober was released September 2011 but reached the Swedish charts in March 2012, a week before the MF final.
In 2004 she ended 4th in the first series of Swedish Idol. Her track with Freestyle Vill Ha Dej appeared on the 2004 Idol compilation.
In 2005 she cut a single with Rob'n'Raz, The Snake, but failed to chart.
Loreen also dubbed the voices for the Swedish versions of movies Shrek 3 as Törnrosa (Sleeping Beauty) and The Smurfs as Smurfan (Smurfette).
Update: My Heart Is Refusing Me is released as the follow up single to Euphoria in Europe. A new mix is recorded for the 2012 release.

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The writers:
Thomas G:son (Thomas Gustafsson) is a prolific Eurovision songwriter. He (co-) wrote many songs for prelections in Sweden, Norway and Spain and also some for Romania, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Poland and Belgium.
Seven of G:son's songs made it to Eurovision and with Euphoria the victory is his:
Sweden 2001 - Listen To Your Heartbeat - Friends
- written with Henrik Sethsson, 5th place
Sweden 2006 - Invincible - Carola
- written with Carola Häggkvist, Henrik Wickström and Bobby Ljunggren, 5th place
Spain 2007 - I Love You Mi Vida - D'Nash
- written with Andreas Rickstrand, Tony Sanchez-Ohlsson and Rebeca, 20th place.
Norway 2007 - Ven A Bailar Conmigo - Guri Schanke
- 18th in semi
Denmark 2010 - In A Moment Like This - Chanée and N'Evergreen
- written with Henrik Sethsson and Erik Bernholm, 4th place.
Sweden 2012 - Euphoria - Loreen
- written with Peter Boström, winner of Eurovision 2012
Spain 2012 - Quédate Conmigo - Pastora Soler
- Wiritten with Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm, 10th place

Peter Boström (a.k.a. DJ/producer Bassflow) also has two songs in this years contest. With brother Figge and Tooji he wrote the Norwegian entry Stay.
It's quite a feat having two songs in the competition, but having one ending 1st and one ending last is remarkable.
Boström (co) wrote several Melodifestivalen entries including Headlines for Alcazar,  Manboy for Eric Saade and both Danny Saucedo runners up. He also wrote and or produced songs for Carola, Fabrizio Faniello, Gravitonas, Maarja Liis - Ilus, Martin Stenmarck, Emilia, Lutricia MacNeal and many others.

Euphoria Coverversions.
I'm not trying to cover all the coverversions that are popping up on the net, but below you can find some details of the ones that are officially released plus a few others that are of interest.

2014 Axel Hirsoux
Axel Hirsoux, Belgiums Eurovision 2014 hopeful, recorded a version of Euphoria that has appeared on various digital compilations. The earliest is various artists collection Euphoria (Bif Artista records) released in July 2012. 
Also available as seperate track.

De Toppers
Update: The Dutch trio, infamous for their Shine*,  have released a 2CD album of their yearly concert extravaganza and it includes a live version of Euphoria for everyone to sing along. (Toppers In Concert 2013 NRGY music M75102). Also on DVD.
* In the 2013 show Gordon is out and Gerard Joling is in.

2013 Euphobia
Eyevory (formerly known as Pink Mercury) is a progressive rock band from Bremen, Germany. They started in 2009, but 2013 finally sees the release of their debut album Euphobia, recorded with symphonic orchestra. The album features ten songs by their own hand and a coverversion of Loreen's Eurovision winner. Release date is April 26, out on Artists Station records.
Eyevory website, snippets at Amazon

2013: Here's a studio version video of Euphoria by Anti Fitness Club from Hungary, another rock interpretation of the Eurovision hit.
The band had a song in the 2012 Hungarian preslection, their Lesz, Ami Lesz stranded in the local semis.

Update 2013: The Voice Of Holland.
The popular The Voice talentshow has seen some Euphoria's being performed in sevral country's editions.
In the Dutch edition Patt Riley (coached by Trijntje Oosterhuis) was eliminated after performing Euphoria in the live show. Her version was released (in full studio version) on the 2CD The Voice Of Holland 2012 - The Songs (8Ball 8717774664865).
Loreen herself performed Euphoria with the finalists Floortje Smit and Leona Philippo in the final show, but this version wasn't released.

Gavin Mikhail recorded an acoustic version of Euphoria, which can be found on his digital release with five acoustic versions of current hits (+ five instrumental versions).
Mikhail's coverversions are a bit of an internet phenomenon and his version of Euphoria is defenitely worth checking out. I think MF 2013 may have their intervalact sorted with Gavin Mikhail.
Listen to Euphoria here or buy here at itunes or amazon

Another acoustic version is released by Icelandic singers Sverrir Bergmann and Halldór Gunnar on their covers album Föstudagslögin. The album is out on Sena digital and available at Tonlist.
Another acoustic take on Euphoria is recorded by Christer Wulff (live at P3). It's available at most digital sources.

Lisa Lois, Dutch X-factor winner (season 2009) has recorded a live acoustic version of Euphoria which is released through digital shops like iTunes and Amazon for Germany.. Her version enters the Dutch charts in November (# 87 in week 47).

A different style coverversion is released by Bengt Hennings and it's a Dansband Schlager version.
Euphoria, in English, is included on their new CD Scenen Är Vår which is an album with songs in Swedish and English. So Gavin above has some competition for the MF interval slot now.
The album will be released on May 23.
Excerpts are here at the BH website. 

Tyler Ward and Alex G.
American singer/songwriter Tyler Ward has recorded Euphoria with Alex G. for his digital release The Hollywood Session EP. Video and more details here at Eurocovers

Tanya V
The first different language version of Euphoria I have come accross is the Afrikaans version by Tanya V.. I don't have any release info yet, but you can watch the new official video here at Angel Music Productions. 

Belgian Horror and Austrian Spook
A Flemish version of Euphoria is released by Popkidz. The version is titled Halloween and ties in neatly with the annual witches fest.
The track is available on iTunes Belgium. You can watch the video on their website.
Special thanks to Tom K.

On a similar spooky theme: Im Geisterschloss is a version recorded by Ewa Maria Zorn. She's one of the contestants of the hugely popular Austran Kiddy Contest 2012. The track is available on the album Kiddy Contest 2012 (Sony music). The album with kids doing all kinds of popular coverversions enters the Austrian charts at #1.

2013: More kiddies. German Michelle Steuer is asking for more pocket money in Mehr Taschengeld, a german version of Euphoria. Released on CD Mission Keksplanet: Die Rote! (Keksplanet).
It also includes a karaoke version. Check out the Keksplanet facebook.

The Voice kids (Germany) also resulted in a Euphoria cover. Aulona does it on the CD The Best Of The Voice Kids (Polydor)

Mia - Eufooria
Estonian singer Mia recorded a version in her own language. It uses the original backingtrack so it's not an official release. But it's fun and can listen to it here and there you'll also find a download link (for a wave file).
You may know Mia from her 2012 Eurolaul entry Bon Voyage.

Euphoria, it's a Classic
Nica and Joe (Veronika Belyavskaya and Joseph Guyton), contestants of the X factor 2011 (Germany), release their second album Magic Moments on November 16. It includes a 'classical' version of Euphoria. The album was recorded with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Macedonia and includes classical (operatic-esque) cover version of some well know hits. The album is out on Columbia in Germany)
2013: Euphoria is also released as the second track to the cds Elevated. Elevated is the duo's song for the German national final (Unser star für Malmö) (Columbia/Sony)

The German Smurfs (Schlümpfe) also discovered Euphoria. Their version is titled Ein Schlümpfentag (A Smurf day) and it can be found on their new CD Die Hits Der Schlümpfe Vol. 2 out now in Germany. (Universal 0602537225903)

As we all know The Smurfs are cunning multilinguists. They also released a new album in Dutch (as De Smurfen) and that also includes Euphoria. This time it's titled Mooi Smurfenland (Beautiful Smurf country). The album Winterpret Met De Smurfen (Winterfun with the Smurfs) is released on November 30 and also includes covers of Gangnam Style, Call Me Maybe, Little Talks and other 2012 hits. (EMI 5099997954828)

Trance Slamdown
Two remixes by O Cean are released digitally on August 31. The Slamdown! mix and Slamdown! edit will be available at Juno
The have also released the Bbop and Roksteadi extended remix on collection Friday Night Covered vol 4 (Lucky 8 records)
Update: Now there are 7 mixes by (now) Ocean . (more info at Amazon)

Helene Fischer
German singer Helene Fischer added Euphoria to her live shows and has now released a 2CD and DVD of her  2012 concert tour including the Loreen song.
Für Einen Tag - Live 2012 (seperate 2CD and DVD releases) out now on EMI / Electrola

Swiss Mary Keey released Euphoria on her digital EP 100 lights

Many dodgy xerox versions have also surfaced at the home of dodgy covers Amazon. Euphoria (We're going Up Up Up Up) by Eurovisions and Euphoria 2012 (Eurovision No. 1 Compostion) seem to be the same version. The ones by Mila Project and by Annabel Andersson (who on another occasion calls herself Laureen!) are just plain awful. There a lot more of them bur regular readers already know that my advice is to ignore cheap copies like this.

Melodifestivalen 2012
In good tradition the CD with all 32 competing songs from the swedish national selection is released. The MF CD enters the compilation charts at #1. And as usual it's a bestselling album clocking up 4 x platinum in under three months.
(M & L Records UNI MLCD0021)
Update: the MF 2CD became the best selling album of 2012 in Sweden

Most songs have also been released as digital singles and several have already charted in the Swedish top 60.
Loreen's Euphoria is #1 in its second week on the charts and finalists Danny Saucedo and Sean Banan are also in the top 10.
9 out of the 10 finalist are in the top 60 the day before the final.

The DVD with all 32 MF performances is out now.
It's great to see this release return after two years of absence.
(M & L Records UNI MLDVD010)
This time they didn't include the full shows on the DVD. There's all 32 performances, some extra clips from the the semi results announcements, Helena Paparizou's interval version of Popular.
It also includes the priceless Lynda Woodruff clip (Sarah Dawn Finer in her role as clueless EBU representative showing us around Baku, later she also announced the Swedish votes).

It's just one disc instead of the two it was with former MFs.
The Melodifestivalen DVD always was among the top three best selling music DVD's of the year but in 2010 and 2011 there was no DVD release.

Check the Swedish page at the 2013 Malmö Collection websites for statistics (2002-2013) and history of Melodifestivalen.
The Swedish MF 2012 finalists:
David Lindgren - Shout it out
Thorsten Flinck och Revolutionsorkestern - Jag reser mig igen
Dead by April - Mystery
Lisa Miskovsky - Why start a fire
Top Cats - Baby Doll 
Loreen - Euphoria
Ulrik Munther - Soldiers
Björn Ranelid ft. Sara Li - Mirakel
Molly Sandén - Why I am crying
Danny Saucedo - Amazing

The Webjoker
It seemed like a lot of trouble to go through to find just one MF entry, but SVT (Swedish television) expanded the December (2011) Webjoker competition to a full blown Melodifestivalen format. The webjoker is one song added to the 32 song Melodifestivalen selection and it's the only song that is known well in advance.

32 songs in all have competed for just the one spot in a Melodifestivalen heat. The songs have been available for listening but have now been removed by SVT.
The winning song I Mina Drömmar by Maria BenHaji failed to make it to the final of MF.
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links and sources
SVT Melodifestivalen pages
Loreen website
Melodifestivalen 2012 at BeaRecords

Read all about Swedens other recent entries
2011 - Eric Saade
2010 - Anna Bergendahl
2009 - Malena Ernman

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1 comment:

  1. you also have Lucas Nord radio and extended remixes