With the first semi-final under the belt (and looking forward to tonight’s second round) we analyzed the way iTunes charts have been shaping up across Europe.
We looked at iTunes stores in 17 countries (of all the European ESC contestants only 17 of those have a dedicated iTunes store) and here’s what we found.
Blanche from Belgium with “City of Lights” and Portugal’s Salvador Sobral with “Amar Pelos Dois” are absolute chart-toppers. The Belgian singer’s song is among the Top-100 in 14 countries of the 17 we looked at and Salvador Sobral’s is in 11of them. Blanche also made it to Top-10 as #1 in Belgium and Estonia, #3 in Netherlands and #8 in Sweden. Salvador too made it in Top-10 with #1 in Portugal and Lithuania, #3 in Sweden and #6 in The Netherlands.
Third most popular Eurovision contestant on iTunes is Moldova’s Sunstroke Project and their song “Hey, Mamma!”. The Youtube-famous Sergey Stepanov aka Epic Sax Guy certainly played a part in the band’s success, but one can’t deny that the song itself is indeed quite catchy. “Hey Mamma” made it to Top-100 compositions in a total of five countries – Switzerland where it is #91, Belgium #55, Austria where it’s #46, Denmark #43 and Sweden #41.
Australia’s representative Isaiah and Italy’s Francesco Gabbani also made it into Top-100 songs, however in “only” 4 countries. Gabbani’s song “Occidentali’s Karma” found fans in Spain (#89), Finland (#4), Switzerland (#89) and of course in Italy (#20). Isaiah’s song found its way to Top-100 in Austria (#77), The Netherlands (#37), Denmark (#55) and Estonia (#2).
Other semi-finalists, though less impressively, have too appeared on iTunes charts. Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson and his song “I can’t go on” made it to #48 in The Netherlands, #4 in Sweden and #2 in Denmark. The Finnish band Norma John took 13th place in their homeland and 85th place in neighboring Denmark. Poland’s Kasia Mos is #27 in the Polish iTunes store, while Iceland’s Svala with “Paper”, despite being eliminated on Tuesday night, found her way to Sweden’s chart at 39th place.
Although in some countries people use different apps (than iTunes) to listen to music, this still does give us a general sense of just how popular Eurovision really is. I wonder who will challenge Blanche and Salvador Sobral after this evening’s second semi-final.
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Swedish iTunes has Eurovision’s 2009 winner Alexander Rybak and his “Fairytale” song holding strong to number 93 on the chart!
Here’s the full list of Eurovision contestants that made it into Top-100 of the iTunes charts:
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