Birds (Anouk song)

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"Birds"
Single by Anouk
from the album Sad Singalong Songs
Released 11 March 2013
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length 3:23
Label Goldilox
Writer(s) Tore Johansson, Martin Gjerstad, Anouk Teeuwe
Netherlands "Birds"
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 entry
Country Netherlands
Artist(s) Anouk
Languages English
Composer(s) Tore Johansson, Martin Gjerstad
Lyricist(s) Anouk Teeuwe
Finals performance
Semi-final result 6th
Semi-final points 75
Final result 9th
Final points 114
Appearance chronology
◄ "You and Me" (2012)   
"Calm After the Storm" (2014) ►

"Birds" is a song recorded by Dutch singer Anouk, released as the first single from her eighth studio album Sad Singalong Songs (2013). The song was written by Anouk Teeuwe and composed by Tore Johansson, Martin Gjerstad and Anouk Teeuwe. It is best known as the Netherlands' entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmö, Sweden.[1] The song competed in the first semi-final on 14 May 2013 for and managed to qualify for a spot in the final on 18 May 2013, the Netherlands' first qualification in 9 years, where Anouk achieved 9th place in a field of 39; the best result for the Netherlands since the 1999 competition.

Background[edit]

On 17 October 2012, Dutch broadcaster TROS selected Anouk to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[2] Anouk selected "Birds" as the Dutch entry and presented it during a press conference on 11 March 2013.[3]

In November 2011, Anouk played a portion of the song during an interview on the Dutch pop/rock radio station 3FM.[4] The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest for 2013 indicate that a song cannot be released prior to 1 September 2012. However, a new clause added for the 2013 contest allows songs, such as in the case of "Birds", to compete if their previous airing in public would not give them an advantage over the other competing entries.[5] The European Broadcasting Union cleared "Birds" for the competition under this new rule.[1]

The official videoclip of the song was released on 15 May 2013, together with the clips of three other new songs of Anouk.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[7]
  1. "Birds" - 3:23
CD single (Universal M27611)[8][9]
  1. "Birds" - 3:23
  2. "Stardust" - 3:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
positions
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 74
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[12] 24
Finland (The Official Finnish Download Chart)[13] 22
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 49
Iceland (Tonlist)[15] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 71
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 3
Sweden (DigiListan)[19] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 158

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Netherlands (NVPI)[21] Platinum 20,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Storvik-Green, Simon (22 February 2013). "The Netherlands: Anouk to sing "Birds" in Malmö". Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 October 2012). "Anouk to represent the Netherlands in 2013". Eurovision.tv. 
  3. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (11 March 2013). "Today: Anouk's song presented in the Netherlands". Eurovision.tv. 
  4. ^ Mikheev, Andy. "The Netherlands at Eurovision Song Contest 2013". ESCKaz. 
  5. ^ "2013 Eurovision Song Contest rules". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Anouk Playlist featuring "Birds", "Kill", "The Good Life" and "Pretending As Always"". YouTube. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Birds (2013) Anouk MP3 downloads 7digital Nederland". 7digital. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Anouk - birds CD-Single". musicandmoviesdrunen.nl. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Birds - Anouk". Bol.com. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Anouk – Birds – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Anouk – Birds" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Anouk – Birds" (in French). Ultratip.
  13. ^ The Official Finnish Downloads Chart
  14. ^ "Anouk – Birds". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  15. ^ "Icelandic Singles Chart". Tonlist.is. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  16. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Anouk – Birds" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Anouk search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "DigiListan 2013-05-26". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Eurovision 2013: The real winners revealed!". Official Charts Company. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  21. ^ "ANOUK OP # 1 IN MET PLATINA SINGLE EN ALBUM!". anouk.nl. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

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