Popular (Eric Saade song)

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"Popular"
Single by Eric Saade
from the album Saade Vol. 1
Released 28 February 2011[1] (Sweden)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Dance-pop[2][3]
Length 3:00[3]
Label Roxy Recordings, B1M1 Recordings,[4] Mostiko,[2] Ratas Music Group[5]
Writer(s) Fredrik Kempe
Producer(s) Peter Boström and Larry Pignagnoli
Certification 2x Platinum (IFPI Sweden)
Eric Saade singles chronology
"Break of Dawn"
(2010)
"Popular"
(2011)
"Hearts in the Air"
(2011)
Sweden "Popular"
Eurovision Song Contest 2011 entry
Country Sweden
Artist(s) Eric Saade
Language English
Composer(s) Fredrik Kempe
Lyricist(s) Fredrik Kempe
Finals performance
Semi-final result 1st
Semi-final points 155
Final result 3rd
Final points 185
Appearance chronology
◄ "This Is My Life" (2010)   
"Euphoria" (2012) ►
Music video
"Popular" (Live at Melodifestivalen) on YouTube

"Popular" is an English language song written by Fredrik Kempe and performed by Swedish singer Eric Saade. It is the second single from Saade’s second album Saade Vol. 1 and was the Swedish entry in Eurovision Song Contest 2011. It was first released on 28 February 2011 in Sweden[1] and topped the Swedish Singles Chart. It has been covered by Elena Paparizou.

Background[edit]

The song was written by Fredrik Kempe and Naan A.K.A Whigfield and produced by Peter Boström and Larry Pignagnoli

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 19 February 2011, Eric Saade competed in the semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2011 with Popular. He won the final on 12 March 2011 with 193 points overall and was the Swedish entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

During his performance, Saade had glass box wall on stage that is supposed to break. In the first rehearsal, that did not work. Therefore, Sweden had an extra rehearsal 2011.[6] About the rehearsals in Eurovision Song Contest, Saade said: “It feels great after the first rehearsal. I just focused on all the important stuff, like cameras and angles. I'm gonna focus a little bit more on the singing and dancing part on the next rehearsal.”

Eric Saade performing in the final of Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Saade performed on 12 May 2011 in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest in eighth position in the lineup. Popular was the last song to have been announced to qualify for the Grand Final. It was later revealed that he finished first in the second semi-final. On 14 May 2011, he performed the song in the final in seventh position in the lineup. Saade came in third place with 185 points, which was the best result for Sweden since 1999 when Charlotte Perrelli won with the song Take Me to Your Heaven. It was also Sweden’s fifth third place in Eurovision history. He came in second place in the televoting only two points behind the winner Azerbaijan.[7]

Other versions[edit]

An album remix and a slow version of the song were released on 14 March 2011 in Sweden.[8][9] On 25 May 2011, a remix by the SoundFactory was released in Sweden.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

In general, Popular received positive reviews from critics. Popjustice wrote that it is better than their entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and that “this is just one of the song that will make the United Kingdom look stupid at this year's Eurovision.“[11] billcsistunedon.wordpress.com wrote that the single “is the best and most captivating song of 2011“.[12] myfizzypop.blogspot.com wrote that “the song is an instant pop classic that deserves much wider success across the globe.“[13]

Although personally Blue's song had more lyrics and more inventive whereas Popular is fairly bog standard and lacks any meaning or purchase apart from him apparebtly being 'Popular'.

rantsofadiva.blogspot.com wrote that “there's nothing especially noteworthy about either the lyrics or the message of 'Popular', both of which are pretty standard fare as far as dance-pop tracks go. But there is something in Saade's delivery, particularly in the last minute of the song where things go absolutely off the rails and Saade is wailing and crying and singing his heart out, that elevates this song to classic status.“[14]

Awards, nominations and certifications[edit]

The song won the ESC Radio Award 2011 in the category Best Song and the Scandipop Award 2012 in the category Best Male Single.[15] It was also nominated for a Rockbjörnen Award 2011 in the category Best Swedish Song and is nominated for a Grammi 2012 in the category Song of the Year. The SoundFactory Remix of the song was nominated for a Scandipop Award 2012 in the category Best Remix.[15]

Popjustice.com has named the song Song of the Day.[11] On 15 May 2011, the same website has named the slow version Song of the Day. In December 2011, the same website has listed the original song on number three of their list 45 Best Singles 2011, billcsistunedon.wordpress.com has listed the song on number one of their list Bill's Top 75 Songs of 2011[12] and myfizzypop.blogspot.com has listed the song on number five of their list Best of 2011.[13] In January 2012, rantsofadiva.blogspot.com has listed the song on number four of their list Top 50 Singles of 2011.[14]

As of July 2011, Popular has been sold over 40.000 times and received Double Platinum in Sweden.

Music video[edit]

A censored version of the music video of the song was released on 14 April 2011. The music video includes a dance battle.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 29
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[17] 4
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 23
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 17
Germany (Media Control Charts)[20] 48
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 27
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 76

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Sweden[1] 28 February 2011 CD single, digital download Roxy Recordings
Sweden[8] (Album remix) 14 March 2011
Sweden[9] (Slow version)
Finland[5] 25 April 2011 Ratas Music Group
Denmark[3] 6 May 2011 Roxy Recordings
Norway[3] 6 May 2011 Roxy Recordings
Australia[24] 12 May 2011
Canada[25]
Italy[26]
Japan[27]
Lithuania[28]
Mexico[29]
Netherlands[30]
Spain[31]
United Kingdom[32]
United States[33]
Austria[34] 18 May 2011 B1M1 Recordings
Germany[4]
Switzerland[35]
Belgium[2] 20 May 2011 Mostiko
Sweden[10] (SoundFactory remix) 25 May 2011 Roxy Recordings

Elena Paparizou cover[edit]

"Popular"
Song by Helena Paparizou
Released 11 March 2012.
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance-pop, cabaret
Length 3:12
Label Sony Music SE
Writer Fredrik Kempe

In March 2012, Greek-Swedish singer Elena Paparizou sang her version of "Popular" during the final of the 2012 Melodifestivalen. Her performance was recorded and released as a single, her first in five years in Sweden.[36]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "iTunes – Music – Popular – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "iTunes – Music – Popular – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "iTunes – Musik – "Popular – Single" von Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Popular – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 25 April 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Top moments of 2011: Mistakes and goofs". eurovision.tv. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "ERIC SAADE (2011) INSPIRED BY ROBYN". oikotimes.come. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Popular (Album Remix) – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Popular (Slow Version) – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Popular (SoundFactory Remixes) – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Popjustice – Eric Saade – 'Popular'". popjustice.com. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Bill's Top 75 Songs of 2011 << BILLCS MUSIC BLOG". billcsistunedon.wordpress.com. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "FizzyPop!!: Best of 2011 – Singles of the year part two (The top ten!)". myfizzypop.blogspot.com. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Rants of a Diva: Top 50 Songs of 2011, Part 2". rantsofadiva.blogspot.com. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Scandipop.co.uk – The 2012 Scandipop Awards: The Winners!". scandipop.co.uk. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Eric Saade – Popular – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Saade – Popular" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Saade – Popular" (in French). Ultratip.
  19. ^ "Eric Saade: Popular" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  20. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  21. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Saade – Popular". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "May 2011/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
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  32. ^ "iTunes – Music – Popular – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  33. ^ "iTunes – Music – Popular – Single by Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  34. ^ "iTunes – Musik – "Popular – Single" von Eric Saade". itunes.apple.com. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
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  36. ^ "Popular". iTunes. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"This Is My Life" by Anna Bergendahl
Melodifestivalen winners
2011
Succeeded by
"Euphoria" by Loreen