Eric Saade

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Eric Saade
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Eric Saade (2013)
Background information
Birth name Eric Khaled Saade
Born (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 (age 23)
Origin Kattarp, Helsingborg, Sweden
Genres pop music, electronic dance music, electro-pop, europop, Dance-pop, teen pop, pop rock
Occupations Singer, television presenter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Roxy Recordings, All Around the World Productions, B1M1 Recordings, Mostiko, Neocorp Music, Oh My God!, Ratas Music Group, Broma Sixteen
Associated acts J-Son, Dev, What's Up!
Website Official Website

Eric Saade (Arabic: إريك سعادةĪrik Saʿāda, IPA: [ˈiːrik saʔaːdɐ]; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeː.ˈrɪk sa.ˈaː.ˈdɛ]; born 29 October 1990 in Kattarp, Helsingborg, Sweden) is a Swedish pop singer. After two years with the boyband What's Up!, he left the group in February 2009 to pursue a solo career. Eric Saade represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany after winning the national Swedish selection Melodifestivalen 2011 with his entry "Popular". In the final Saade came in third place.[1]

Early life[edit]

Eric Saade was born in Kattarp, Sweden to Walid Saade, a Arab Palestinian-Lebanese father and to a Swedish mother named Marlene Jacobsson.[2] After his parents divorced when Eric was just four, he went on to live with his mother. He is the second oldest of eight siblings and half-siblings.

When he was six years old, Saade first sang on a stage at his mother's wedding. He has been writing songs since he was 13 years old. Eric Saade won on the Swedish music contest Joker (later on known as Popkorn). He got his first record deal when he was 15 years old.

Career[edit]

2007: In What's Up![edit]

In 2007, Saade was a founding member of What's Up!,[3] a Swedish boyband that also included Robin Stjernberg, Luwdig "Ludde" Keijser and Johan Yngvesson. The members were picked based on a competition that attracted hundreds of applicants. 15 finalists, including Saade competed in an event held at the Globe theater and as a result the four original members were picked.

The newly formed band toured Sweden starting Spring 2008 and released an album entitled In Pose. It stayed one week in the Swedish Albums Chart at #40. They had two relatively successful singles from the album. "Go Girl!" in May 2007 that peaked at #5 in the Swedish Singles Chart and "If I Told You Once" in March 2008 reaching #16.[4] In addition, they sang the Swedish language version of the theme song of a Disney production entitled Camp Rock under the title "Här är jag" in Swedish. They also dubbed the voices of the various characters in Swedish version of the Disney's Camp Rock, also appearing on the promotional trailer prepared by the Disney Channel.

When Saade left the band to pursue a solo career, he was replaced by Johannes Magnusson.

2009: Solo beginnings[edit]

After having been part of Camp Rock, he went on to host the show inspired by the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock.

In the same year, he hosted the nationwide contest Julia's Shooting Stars. In August 2009, Saade signed with the Swedish record label Roxy Recordings. On 21 December 2009, Saade released his first single Sleepless, written by Fredrik Kempe and Peter Boström as a download single worldwide on iTunes.[5] The song reached #44 in Sweden. The music video premiered on 22 January 2010 and was directed by Anders Rune.[6]

2010: Melodifestivalen[edit]

Eric Saade performing at Melodifestivalen 2010

On 12 February 2010, Saade performed in the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2010,[7] the Swedish pre-decision for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Manboy" written by Fredrik Kempe and Peter Boström[5] as number one. He won that semi-final.[8] He came in third place. The song was released on 3 March 2010 in Sweden. The single reached #1 in Sweden and in the Swedish ringtone Charts. In June 2010, the single has reached Platinum status there.[9] The music video of the acoustic version premiered on 25 March 2010.[10] The acoustic version was released on 10 May 2010 in Sweden.[11]

2010: Breakthrough in Sweden[edit]

Eric.Saade performing at Masquerade Tour

In January 2010, Saade won one Scandipop Award in the category Brightest New Hope for 2010.[12]

In March 2010, Saade was nominated for one Marcel Bezençon Award (Melodifestivalen) in the category Press Award for Manboy. He also won one in the category Artistic Award for the same song. Saade released his first solo album Masquerade on 19 May 2011.[13] The album reached #2 in Sweden and reached Gold status there. After the release of his debut album, Saade went on his first tour called Masquerade Tour. The tour went from 9 June 2010 until 11 September 2010 with 24 concerts in Sweden.

The third single from the album, called Break of Dawn, written by Saade and Fredrik Kempe,[14] was released on 28 June 2010 in Sweden. The song reached #45 in Sweden. The music video premiered on 15 June 2010.[15] The Le Family Remix of the song was released on 12 July 2010 in Sweden.[16]

In August 2010, Saade was nominated for three Rockbjörnen Awards in the categories Best Swedish Male Live Artist, Best Breakthrough Act and Best Swedish Song of the Year for Manboy.[17]

Still in 2010, Saade released the singles Masquerade and It's Gonna Rain.[8] The music video for Masquerade premiered on 10 August 2010.[18] The music video for It's Gonna Rain premiered on 22 October 2010.[19]

2011: Melodifestivalen / Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 19 February 2011, Saade competed a second time Melodifestivalen. He performed in the third semi-final with the number eight[20] and won the final with the song Popular written by Fredrik Kempe and produced by Peter Boström on 12 March 2011 with 193 points.[21] On 14 April 2011, the music video of the song premiered.

On 12 May 2011, Saade competed with the number eight in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest 2011. He reached the final as the last contestant. It was later revealed that he won the semi-final. On 14 May 2011, Saade competed with the number seven in the final. He placed on the third place. That is Sweden's best position since 1999 when Charlotte Perrelli won with the song Take Me to Your Heaven. It also is the fifth third place for Sweden in Eurovision history. It was released on 28 February 2011 in Sweden.[22] The song reached #1 in Sweden and in the Swedish ringtone Charts. By July 2011, it sold over 40.000 copies in Sweden and received Double Platinum status there. The music video premiered on 14 April 2011. After competing in Eurovision Song Contest, Saade released the song on 25 April 2011 in Finland,[23] on 6 May 2011 in Norway,[24] on 12 May 2011 in Australia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the USA,[25] on 18 May 2011 in Austria, Germany and Switzerland[26] and on 20 May 2011 in Belgium.[27] The song reached #4 in the Belgium (Flanders) Ultratip Charts, #17 in Finland, #23 in the Belgium (Wallonia) Ultratip, #29 in Austria,[28] #27 in Ireland,[29] #48 in Germany[30] and #76 in the UK.[31] The song was listed on number three on popjustice.coms list 45 Best Singles 2011. The album remix of the song was released on 14 March 2011 in Sweden.[32] The slow version was released the same day in Sweden.[33] That version was named Song of the Day by popjustice.com on 15 May 2011.[34] The SoundFactory Remix was released on 25 May 2011 in Sweden.[35] Another remix was released on 9 June 2011 in Greece.[36]

2011: More success / Saade Vol 1 & 2[edit]

In January 2011, Saade was nominated for six Scandipop Awards in the categories Best Single from a New Artist for It's Gonna Rain and Manboy, Best Male Single for the same songs, Best Male Album for Masquerade and Best New Artist. He also won two awards in the categories Best Album from a New Artist for Masquerade and Best Male.[37]

Also in January 2011, Saade was nominated for one Grammi in the category Song of the Year for Manboy.[38]

On 14 January 2011, Saade released the first single Still Loving It from his second album, written by Saade, Niclas Lundin and Anton Malmberg Hård Af Segerstad,[39] in Sweden.[40]

In March 2011, Saade was nominated for one Marcel Bezençon Award (Melodifestivalen) in the category Artistic Award for Popular. He also won one in the category Press Award for the same song.

In April 2011, Saade was nominated for one Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in Sweden in the category Sweden's Favorite Star.[41]

In May 2011, Saade was nominated for two Marcel Bezençon Awards in the categories Artistic Award and Press Award for Popular. Also in May 2011, it was announced that Saade would release two albums in 2011 called Saade Vol. 1 and Saade Vol. 2 in Sweden. The first one was released on 29 June 2011 in Sweden and Norway.[42] From 16 June until 27 June 2011, the website scandipop.co.uk released previews from the album. The album reached #1 in Sweden, sold over 50.000 copies and reached Platinum status in July 2011 there. It also reached #16 in Finland.[43]

In June 2011, Saade won two ESC Radio Awards in the categories Best Male Artist and Best Song for "Popular".

The second single of the album Saade Vol. 1 called "Hearts in the Air", a collaboration with J-Son, was released on 3 June 2011 in Sweden and Norway[44] and on 28 September 2011 in France.[45] The song reached #2 in Sweden and reached Gold status there. The music video premiered on 29 June 2011. The remix of the song was released on 11 December 2011 in the UK.[46]

Eric Saade performing at Made of Pop Concert

From 17 June 2011 until 10 November 2011, Saade went on his second tour called Made of Pop Concert. The tour included 24 concerts in Sweden and one concert in France. On 14 July 2011, Saade performed for the Swedish crown princess Victoria and the royal family.[47]

In August 2011, Saade was nominated for two You Choice Awards in the categories Best Male Video for Popular[48] and Best Newcommer for the same song.

Also in August 2011, Saade was nominated for two Rockbjörnen Awards in the categories Best Male Artist Live and Best Swedish Song for Popular.[49]

On 2 November 2011, Saade released the first single "Hotter Than Fire", a collaboration with Dev, in Sweden. The song is written by Saade, Jason Gill and J-Son. On 30 October 2011, scandipop.co.uk has released a preview of the song. The song reached #5 in Sweden. The music video premiered on 7 December 2011. The remix of the song was released on 30 November 2011 in Sweden.[50]

The album Saade Vol. 2 was released on 30 November 2011. From 21 November until 29 November 2011, scandipop.co.uk has released previews from the album. The album reached #1 in Sweden and #46 in Finland.[51]

In 2011, Saade was the most searched celebrity on Google in Sweden.[52]

2012-present / Forgive Me[edit]

Saade is nominated for six Scandipop Awards in the categories Best Male, Readers Favourite of 2011, Best Male Album for Saade Vol. 1 and Saade Vol. 2, Best Male Single for "Popular" and Best Remix for "Popular (SoundFactory Remix)" which will be awarded in January 2012.[53]

Saade is also nominated for one Grammi in the category Best Song for "Popular" which also will be awarded in January 2012.

From 30 March until 28 April 2012, Saade went on his third Swedish tour, called Pop Explosion Concert 2012 with 15 concerts.

In June 2012, Saade released a new single featuring the Norwegian singer Tone Damli titled Imagine. The music video of the single was released a few weeks later.[54]

On 24 October 2012 Eric Saade released 2 new singles, "Miss Unknown" and "Marching (In the Name of Love)". Eric Saade says ”It has almost been a year without a new single. I’ve been writing a lot of new music, and want to include new influences. I’ve always loved RnB and Hip hop, and I want to mix it into my pop music. It might not be the most normal thing to release two singles at the same time, but I like to do things differently...and I love both songs equally!”[55] The music video of his song "Marching (In the Name of Love)" was released on 7 December and the music video of his song "Miss Unknown" was released on 12 December 2012.

A DVD of his Pop Explosion Concert 2012 was released in November 2012.[56]

Eric Saade 2011 cropped.jpg

In April 2013, Eric announced his album's title, Forgive Me, which was released in August 2013, of which the first single, "Coming Home", was released on 24 April 2013. His team described the song as an urban pop, summer song, with a rhythmic tap. The song was written by Eric Saade, Julimar Santos and Mats Lie Skaare. Team Saade also said that "Coming Home" and the other songs on the album are different to the songs which Eric released in the past. The press release by Saade's team gave some information about an upcoming tour, and said, that Saade was going to mostly tour Scandinavian countries in late May 2013.

During the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 held in Malmö, Sweden, Saade served as co-host in the "green room" where finalists waited for the results after performances.[57] In this position he made a controversial remark about host Petra Mede, concluding his input saying 'Back to you, Petra. hashtag: MILF',[58] which was muted on the BBC broadcast.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Saade lives in Stockholm. He was in a long-term relationship with Molly Sandén, until their relationship officially ended in January 2012.[59]

Influences[edit]

Saade started singing after seeing Michael Jackson on TV. His other musical influences are Robbie Williams, Bryan Adams and the Backstreet Boys. In 2013, Saade revealed, that his newest album, Forgive Me is mostly inspired by Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams and Michael Jackson.[60]

Discography[edit]

For discography with What's Up!, see the page's discography section

Tours[edit]

  • Masquerade Tour (2010)
  • Made of Pop Concert (2011)
  • Pop Explosion Concert (2012)
  • Coming Home Tour (2013)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Outcome Notes
2010 Scandipop Awards Brightest New Hope for 2010 Himself Won
Marcel Bezençon Awards (Melodifestivalen) Artistic Award Manboy
Press Award Nominated Lost to: Anna Bergendahl for This Is My Life
Rockbjörnen Awards Best Swedish Song of the Year Lost to: Oskar Linnros for Från och med Du
Best Breakthrough Act Himself Lost to: Oskar Linnros
Best Swedish Male Live Act Lost to: Lars Winnerbäck
2011 Scandipop Awards Best New Artist Lost to: Gravitonas
Best Male Won
Best Album from a New Artist Masquerade
Best Male Album Nominated Lost to: Darin for Lovekiller
Best Single from a New Artist Manboy Lost to: Timoteij for Kom
It's Gonna Rain Lost to: Timoteij for Kom
Best Male Single Lost to: Ola Svensson for All Over the World
Manboy Lost to: Ola Svensson for All Over the World
Grammis Song of the Year Lost to: Robyn for Dancing on My Own
Marcel Bezençon Awards (Melodifestivalen) Artistic Award Popular Lost to: Danny Saucedo for In the Club
Press Award Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (Sweden) Sweden's Favorite Star Himself Nominated Lost to: Amy Diamond
Marcel Bezençon Awards Artistic Award Popular Lost to: Jedward for Lipstick
Press Award Lost to: Paradise Oskar for Da Da Dam
ESC Radio Awards Best Song Won
Best Male Artist Himself
You Choice Awards Best Male Video Popular Nominated Lost to: Justin Bieber for Never Say Never
Best Newcomer Lost to: Demi Lovato for Skyscraper
Rockbjörnen Awards Best Swedish Song Lost to: Veronica Maggio for Jag kommer
Best Male Artist Live Himself Lost to: Håkan Hellström
2012 Scandipop Awards Reader's Favourite of 2011 Won
Best Male
Best Remix Popular (SoundFactory Remix) Nominated Lost to: Le Kid for Oh My God (SoundFactory Remix)
Best Male Album Saade Vol. 2 Lost to: Himself for Saade Vol. 1
Saade Vol. 1 Won
Best Male Single Popular
Grammis Song of the Year Nominated Lost to: Avicii for Levels
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (Sweden) Sweden's Favorite Star Himself Won
Rockbjörnen Awards Best Male Artist Live Nominated Lost to: Timbuktu
Best Concert Annexet Lost to: Bruce Springsteen for Ullevi
Best Swedish Song Hotter Than Fire Lost to: Loreen for Euphoria
2013 Scandipop Awards Best Male Single Marching (In the Name of Love) Lost to: Danny Saucedo for Amazing
Best Male Himself Lost to: Danny Saucedo
2014 Reader's Favourite Artist of the Year Won
Best Male Album Forgive Me
Best Male Singer

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anna Bergendahl
with "This Is My Life"
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
2011
Succeeded by
Loreen
with "Euphoria"
Preceded by
Russia Dmitry Shepelev
Eurovision Song Contest green room host
2013
Not yet appointed