Duncan Laurence

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Duncan Laurence
Laurence with the 2019 Eurovision trophy
Laurence with the 2019 Eurovision trophy
Background information
Birth nameDuncan de Moor
Born (1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 27)
Spijkenisse, Netherlands
GenresPop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websiteduncanlaurence.nl

Duncan de Moor (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdʏŋkən də moːr]; born 11 April 1994),[1] known professionally as Duncan Laurence, is a Dutch singer-songwriter. He began his music career in 2014 and became a semi-finalist in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland. Laurence represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with his song "Arcade" and went on to win the competition, giving the Netherlands its first Eurovision win since 1975.[2][3] "Arcade" became one of the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winning entries on streaming platforms and international charts in recent history.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Laurence during his time at the Rock Academy in Tilburg in 2014.

Born in Spijkenisse, Laurence grew up in Hellevoetsluis. He began writing his own songs as a teenager, as an escape from being bullied.[4] He started his musical career at the Rock Academy in Tilburg, playing in a number of school bands,[1] including his own, The Slick and Suited. Formed in 2013, the band went on to perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag.[5][6] In February 2020, he revealed that he had oxygen deprivation at birth, and thus has had a motor disorder affect his right hand.[7]

2014–2018: The Voice of Holland and independent work[edit]

Laurence participated in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland, choosing Ilse DeLange as his coach. He advanced to the Cross Battles/Semi Finals before being eliminated.[8] In March 2016, he left The Slick.[9] Laurence graduated from the Rock Academy in 2017.[10] He, with Jihad Rahmouni, wrote the music to K-pop duo TVXQ's song "Closer" for their 2018 album New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love.[11]

2019–2021: Eurovision Song Contest, Worlds on Fire and Small Town Boy[edit]

Laurence performing "Arcade" during the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

In January 2019, Laurence was internally selected to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. He was nominated by DeLange, with whom he remained in contact after The Voice. His song, "Arcade", was released in March 2019. Laurence then went on to win the contest, held in Tel Aviv, Israel on 18 May 2019, with 498 points from 41 international juries and the public vote, 26 points ahead of Italy and 128 points ahead of Russia, the two runner-ups. He is the fifth Dutch entrant to ever win the competition, and the first since Teach-In won the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the song "Ding-a-dong".[12] As a result of the following year's contest being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laurence is the longest reigning Eurovision winner, having held the title for two consecutive years.

After his Eurovision victory, Laurence embarked on a concert tour across the Netherlands and Europe.[13] On 10 June 2019, he performed at the 50th anniversary of Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, the first Dutch Eurovision winner to perform at the event. He replaced the Swedish duo First Aid Kit who dropped out due to health reasons.[14] On 23 October 2019, Laurence released his second single, "Love Don't Hate It". It was also announced that he signed a record deal with Capitol Records.[15][16] In 2020, the artists' entrance at Rotterdam Ahoy was re-named "Door Duncan" in his honour.[17] On 13 May 2020, Laurence released his first extended play (EP), Worlds on Fire, which included the singles "Arcade", "Love Don't Hate It", and "Someone Else", along with two new tracks. His first studio album, Small Town Boy, followed on 13 November 2020. It was certified platinum in the Netherlands three days after its release.[18] The album's release was preceded by "Feel Something", a collaboration with fellow Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren.[19]

In the second half of 2020, "Arcade" went viral on social media platform TikTok, resulting in the song's new chart success and rise in streams on various platforms.[20][21] In January 2021, the song became the most-streamed Eurovision song ever on Spotify, surpassing a record previously held by Eurovision 2019 runner-up Mahmood and his entry "Soldi".[22] On 12 February 2021, "Arcade" reached the UK top 40,[23] and two weeks later it peaked at number 29.[24] In March, Laurence made his US television debut performing "Arcade" on Today,[25] and later also performed the song's duet version alongside Fletcher on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[26] Following these promotional appearances, the song broke into the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the first Eurovision song in 25 years and the first Eurovision winning song in 45 years to do so.[27][28][29] In May, Laurence was awarded a Global Platinum record for one billion streams of the song.[30]

After performing "Feel Something" as an opening act in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, Laurence tested positive for COVID-19, which prevented him from performing live in the grand final; pre-recorded footage of his performance, consisting of "Arcade" and a new single from Small Town Boy's deluxe edition, "Stars", was shown instead.[31][32]

2021–present: Post-Eurovision projects[edit]

On 11 June 2021, the soundtrack album for the second season of the Hulu series Love, Victor was released. Among the artists featured on the soundtrack was Laurence with "Heaven Is a Hand to Hold", which he co-wrote with Leland, Jordan Garfield and Peter Thomas.[33] Laurence will also feature on American singer Wrabel's new single "Back to Back", to be released on 30 July off of the latter's upcoming debut album These Words Are All for You.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Laurence came out as bisexual in 2016, which he addressed publicly in an Instagram post in October 2018.[35] During a press conference shortly before the Eurovision final, he affirmed his sexuality: "I am more than just an artist, I am a person, I am a living being, I'm bisexual, I'm a musician, I stand for things. And I'm proud that I get the chance to show what I am, who I am."[36] On 5 October 2020, he announced that he was engaged to American songwriter Jordan Garfield.[37]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
NL
[38]
BEL
(FL)

[39]
US Heat.
[40]
Small Town Boy
  • Released: 13 November 2020
  • Label: Spark
  • Format: CD, cassette, vinyl, digital download, streaming
6 94 8

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NL
[38]
US Heat.
[42]
Worlds on Fire
  • Released: 13 May 2020
  • Label: Spark
  • Format: Digital download, streaming, vinyl
60 12

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NL
[38]
BEL
(FL)

[39]
BEL
(WA)

[43]
CAN
[44]
GER
[45]
IRE
[46]
NOR
[47]
SWE
[48]
UK
[49]
US
[50]
"Arcade" 2019 1 2 31 45 26 23 10 6 29 58 Small Town Boy
"Love Don't Hate It"[59] 41 53
"Someone Else" 2020 72 86 93
"Last Night"[61]
"Stars"[A][62] 2021 86 [B]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NL
[38]
BEL
(FL)

[39]
"Feel Something"[64][65]
(Armin van Buuren featuring Duncan Laurence)
2020 85 78 Small Town Boy and Euthymia
"Back to Back"[34]
(Wrabel featuring Duncan Laurence)
2021 To be released These Words Are All for You

Non-single album appearances[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Laat Gaan"[66] 2017 Sjors van der Panne Met Elkaar

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Appearances by Duncan Laurence on soundtrack albums
Title Year Album
"Heaven Is a Hand to Hold"[33][67] 2021 Love, Victor: Season 2

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 "Arcade" N/A First [68]
Marcel Bezençon Awards 2019 Press Award Won [69]
Edison Award 2020 Duncan Laurence Best Newcomer Nominated [70]
"Arcade" Best Song Won
Best Videoclip Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Stars" features on the Deluxe edition of Small Town Boy.
  2. ^ "Stars" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 89 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart.[63]

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Waylon
with "Outlaw in 'Em"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
2019
Succeeded by
Jeangu Macrooy
with "Grow"
Preceded by
Israel Netta Barzilai
with "Toy"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2019
Succeeded by
Italy Måneskin
with "Zitti e buoni" (2021)