Arcade (song)

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"Arcade"
Arcade (Duncan Laurence song).png
Single by Duncan Laurence
Released7 March 2019
Format
Length3:04
LabelSpark
Songwriter(s)
Music video
"Arcade" on YouTube
Netherlands "Arcade"
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
[1]
Finals performance
Semi-final result
1st
Semi-final points
280
Final result
1st
Final points
498
Appearance chronology
◄ "Outlaw in 'Em" (2018)   

"Arcade" is an English-language song by Dutch singer Duncan Laurence. It represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel, which it won.[2] The song was released as a digital download on 7 March 2019.[3] The song was written by Laurence, Joel Sjöö, Wouter Hardy and Will Knox.[1] After the complete line-up of songs was announced, "Arcade" was the odds' favourite to win the contest, and had remained so until the contest ended.[4]

Background[edit]

In an interview, Laurence said, "During my studies at the Rock Academy in Tilburg, I learned to address a big audience, without losing your own story. I went looking for stories that moved me and meant something to me or someone else. I found this inspiration in a story from a loved one that passed away at an early age. The words and chords just came to me, from the heart. With the help of Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy, we created a shared story: Arcade. Arcade is a story about the search for the love of your life. It's about the hope to reach something that seems unreachable. I wrote many other songs after I wrote Arcade, but Arcade felt like the heart and also like the start of the search of how I can reach other people with my songs."[5]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

The song was chosen to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, after Duncan Laurence was internally selected by the Dutch broadcaster. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. The Netherlands were placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and were scheduled to perform in the second half of the show. Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the show's producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Netherlands performed in position 12 and qualified for the final,[6] which it won with 498 points.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[7]
No.TitleLength
1."Arcade"3:03

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 42
Croatia (HRT)[11] 32
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 23
Estonia (Eesti Tipp-40)[13] 1
Euro Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[14] 2
France Downloads (SNEP)[15] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 26
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[17] 2
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[18] 36
Iceland (RÚV)[19] 1
Iceland (Tonlist)[20] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 37
Israel (Media Forest)[22] 3
Luxembourg Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[23] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[24] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 1
Netherlands (Mega Top 50)[26] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[27] 10
Portugal (AFP)[28] 68
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[29] 24
Slovenia (SloTop50)[30] 35
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] 38
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 67

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[35] Platinum 80,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F_FrLDpt30
  2. ^ "Duncan Laurence takes 'Arcade' to Eurovision for The Netherlands". eurovision.tv. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  3. ^ "Arcade - Single by Duncan Laurence". Apple Music. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence Now Favourite to Win Eurovision 2019". eurovoix.com. 2019-03-09. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  5. ^ "Arcade! Duncan Laurence's Eurovision 2019 song for the Netherlands is visceral and profound". Wiwibloggs. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Second Semi-Final: Last 10 acts qualify for Eurovision 2019 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Arcade – Single by Duncan Laurence". Apple Music. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Duncan Laurence – Arcade" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Duncan Laurence – Arcade" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Duncan Laurence – Arcade" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  11. ^ "ARC 100 - datum: 3. lipnja 2019". HRT. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 20, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  13. ^ "EESTI TIPP-40: Official Estonian Singles Chart". Eesti Ekspress. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Chart Search – Duncan Laurence - Arcade – Euro Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles (téléchargement) – SNEP (Week 21, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Duncan Laurence – Arcade". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 21/2019". IFPI Greece. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  19. ^ "RÚV chart, week 24 2019". RÚV. Archived from the original on 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Lagalistinn Vika 22 – 2019" (in Icelandic). Tonlistinn. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  21. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Year 2019, Week 21". Media Forest Israel. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Chart Search – Duncan Laurence - Arcade – Luxembourg Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 20, 2019" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Duncan Laurence – Arcade" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Mega Top 50 - week 21". Mega Top 50. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  27. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 21, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  28. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Duncan Laurence – Arcade". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  29. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  30. ^ "SloTop50: Slovenian Official Singles Chart Week 22". SloTop50. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  31. ^ "Top 100 Songs Weekly – Year 2019 – Week 21" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  32. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 21". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  33. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Duncan Laurence – Arcade". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  34. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  35. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Duncan Laurence – Arcade" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Arcade in the "Artiest of titel" box.

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