Mikrofonkåt

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Mikrofonkåt is a Swedish song written by Swedish rappers Thomas Rusiak and Petter, originally performed by Petter. Taken from Petter's album Mitt sjätte sinne, Mikrofonkåt was ranked #53 on the Swedish Singles Chart in 1999. In 2010, the Swedish singer September revived it in a Europop song that topped the Swedish charts for eleven consecutive weeks.

Petter's version[edit]

"Mikrofonkåt"
Single by Petter
from the album Mitt Sjätte Sinne
Released 1999
Recorded 1998
Genre Slow rap
Label BMG
Writer(s) Thomas Rusiak, Petter Askergren

Chart performance[edit]

Petter's rap release had a short run in 1999, where it was ranked in the Swedish Singles charts for three weeks. On January 28, 1999, it peaked at #53 on the chart.

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[1] 53

September's version[edit]

"Mikrofonkåt"
Single by September
from the album Love CPR and Så mycket bättre
Released 12 November 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Eurodance
Length 2:43
Label Catchy Tunes/TV4
Writer(s) Thomas Rusiak, Petter Askergren, Petra Marklund, Niklas Bergwall and Lendinsky[2]
September singles chronology
"Because I Love You"
(2008)
"Mikrofonkåt"
(2010)
"Resuscitate Me"
(2010)

In 2010, the song was re-recorded and released by Swedish singer September as a single from her fourth studio album Love CPR. The song debuted at number one on the Swedish singles chart Sverigetopplistan, and held the position for eleven consecutive weeks.[3] The song is regarded as one of the 100 most successful singles of all time in Sweden. Following its success, an English-language adaptation titled "Me & My Microphone" was released.

Background and musical structure[edit]

Before the song's release, September appeared on the Swedish television program Så mycket bättre ("So much better") from October though December 2010. For each episode of the show, the artists performed cover versions of songs by other artists appearing on the program. When Petter appeared as a guest on 7 November 2010, September sang "Mikrofonkåt" accompanied by new upbeat dance music. The song has a Euro-dance beat, with strong pop elements. It was later announced that the song would be released as a single.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

September's song debuted at number one in Sweden and remained in this position for eleven consecutive weeks, making it her first song to be ranked number one in her home country.[5] It was also the second-highest selling single in Sweden in 2010, selling over 300,000 copies and receiving the highest certification of 8X Platinum.[citation needed] As of May 2012, it is listed as number 30 in Sweden's Best Of All Time.[6]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
European Hot 100 Singles[7] 76
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 1
US Dance/Mix Airplay Show (Billboard)[8] 1
Preceded by
"Gubben i lådan"
by Daniel Adams-Ray
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
November 26, 2010 – February 11, 2011
Succeeded by
"Grenade"
by Bruno Mars

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Denmark[9] 12 November 2010 Digital download Catchy Tunes
Sweden[10]
Finland[11]
Norway[12]
Denmark[13] 21 December 2010 Digital download – Extended Remix
Finland[14]
Norway[15]
Sweden[16]

Other versions[edit]

  • In 2004, Petter released a music video on Sony BMG for the song.[17]
  • There is also a cover version by Teo Holmer.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SwedsihCharts.com: Mikrofonkåt page by Petter
  2. ^ Song credits presented in September's performance at TV show Skavlan broadcast 14 January 2011.
  3. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Love CPR - September". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3-5-2011. 
  4. ^ "September: ‘Mikrofonkåt’". ScandiPop. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "September - Mikrofonkåt (song)". Hung Meiden. Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  6. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/bestall.asp
  7. ^ "European Hot 100 - Week of December 11, 2010". Billboard. Promtheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/278654/september/chart?f=348
  9. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Single) September". iTunes. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Single) September". iTunes. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Single) September". iTunes. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Single) September". iTunes. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Extended Remix) - Single". iTunes. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Extended Remix) - Single". iTunes. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Extended Remix) - Single". iTunes. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Mikrofonkåt (Extended Remix) - Single". iTunes. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  17. ^ Music video for "Mikrofonkåt" by Petter
  18. ^ SwedishCharts.com: "Mikrofonkåt" page by Teo Holmer