Hero (Charlotte Perrelli song)

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"Hero"
Single by Charlotte Perrelli
from the album Hero
A-side Hero
B-side Hero (Instrumental)
Released February 2008
Format Digital download, CD-single
Recorded 2007
Genre Europop, Disco
Length 02:56
Label Universal Music
Writer(s) Bobby Ljunggren, Fredrik Kempe
Charlotte Perrelli singles chronology
"Jag är tillbaka"
(2007)
"Hero"
(2008)
Sweden "Hero"
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Country Sweden
Artist(s) Charlotte Perrelli
Language English
Composer(s) Bobby Ljunggren,
Fredrik Kempe
Lyricist(s) Fredrik Kempe
Finals performance
Semi-final result 12th (back-up jury)
Semi-final points 54
Final result 18th
Final points 47
Appearance chronology
◄ "The Worrying Kind" (2007)   
"La voix" (2009) ►

"Hero" is a 2008 pop song performed by the Swedish singer Charlotte Perrelli written by Fredrik Kempe and Bobby Ljunggren. It was rumoured the song was going to be sung by Måns Zelmerlöw, but Charlotte was first choice and finally Charlotte was chosen for the SVT. It won the Melodifestivalen 2008 on 15 March 2008 at the Globen.[1] Due to this, it represented Sweden at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, Serbia.

The single "Hero" was released on 12 March 2008. It topped the Swedish Singles chart, and was certified Gold, in recognition of 10,000 copies sold. After the contest, it was certified Platinum, as 40,000 copies sold.[2] The song entered the 3rd place at Svensktoppen on 13 April 2008, and it stayed on the chart for eight weeks until 1 June 2008 peaking at #3. The Swedish single top 100, she peaked at #1 for 5 weeks, and left the charts after 19 weeks. Her position in the 'best of all time' is #503 with 769 points.

Eurovision[edit]

During the month of April and part of May, Perrelli went on a promotional tour through Europe. She visited Germany, Belgium, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and the Netherlands. The single was released to radio stations in those countries to which she competed in the semifinal.[3] She originally planned to visit Russia as well, but she didn't receive a visa in time and her tour there was canceled.[4]

Charlotte Perrelli performing "Hero" for Sweden.

Perrelli made it through the semifinal on 22 May in 2008 Eurovision Song Contest due to the jury and competed in the final.[5] She competed as number 15, the same that she had in 1999, when she won with Take Me to Your Heaven.[6] However, she only managed to finish 18th out of 25 with 47 points compared to the winners 272.

Later, it was published that she hadn't made it to the top ten in the semifinal after all, but at place 12. But because of new rules in the contest, the "Jury's Choice" had been introduced and they had chosen Perrelli instead of Macedonian's entry.[7]

Music video[edit]

The Music video was shot in Stockholm on 14 April 2008, and the filming went on for two days. Among other shooting spots some of the scenes were filmed in the room of Globen Arena.[8] During the shoot Charlotte was assisted by a personal make-up artist and stylist, ten cameramen, and her sister, Kina Björk.[8]

The music video was officially released on 7 May 2008

Track listing[edit]

  1. Hero
  2. Hero (instrumental version)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
European Hot 100 Singles[9] 86
Finnish Singles Chart[10] 18
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 1
Danish Singles Chart[12] 24
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 65
Norwegian Singles Chart[14] 20
Hungarian Airplay Chart [15] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 1
Chart (2009) Position
Hungarian Singles Chart[17] 24

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Sweden (Download) February 2008
Sweden[18] 12 March 2008
Norway[19]
Denmark[20]
Finland [21]
Belgium[22] Spring 2008
Austria[22]
Netherlands [22]
China[23] Autumn 2008
Poland [23]
Hungary [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Swedish)Charlotte Perrelli vann finalen
  2. ^ "Hero" har sålt platina - Nöje - Expressen.se
  3. ^ (Swedish)Nu intar Perrelli Europa (Aftonbladet.se)
  4. ^ (Swedish)Ryska byråkrater stoppar Perrelli (Expressen.se)
  5. ^ (Swedish)Perrelli:Det känns helt fantastiskt underbart (Expressen.se)
  6. ^ (Swedish)Perrelli drog sitt lyckonummer (Expressen.se)
  7. ^ (Swedish)"Jag är inte det minsta ledsen" (Göteborgsposten.se)
  8. ^ a b (Swedish)Charlottes lyxvideo (Expressen.se)
  9. ^ European Hot 100 Singles Chart
  10. ^ Lista - Suomen virallinen lista
  11. ^ swedishcharts.com - Charlotte Perrelli - Hero
  12. ^ Danishcharts.com - Charlotte Perrelli - Hero
  13. ^ Swiss chart w.22
  14. ^ VG-list week 22/2008
  15. ^ "Hungarian Airplay Chart". Mahasz.hu. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  16. ^ "Swedish year-end chart 2008". Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  17. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz. 
  18. ^ CDON.COM - Nordens största butik på nätet
  19. ^ Cdon.Com
  20. ^ Cdon.Com
  21. ^ Cdon.Com
  22. ^ a b c Rekord Perrelli (Expressen.se)
  23. ^ a b c Perrelli lanseras i Kina (Aftonbladet.se)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"The Worrying Kind" by The Ark
Melodifestivalen winners
2008
Succeeded by
"La voix" by Malena Ernman
Preceded by
"Do You Love Me?" by Amanda Jenssen
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
14 March 2008 –10 April 2008
Succeeded by
"Jennie Let Me Love You" by EMD