Is It True? (Yohanna song)

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"Is It True?"
Is It True Official Cover.jpg
Single by Yohanna
from the album Butterflies and Elvis : Limited Edition
Released 31 January 2009 (2009-01-31)
Format Radio single, CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:04
Songwriter(s) Óskar Páll Sveinsson,
Tinatin Japaridze, Chris Neil
Producer(s) Óskar Páll Sveinsson
Yohanna singles chronology
"Is It True?"
"I Miss You"
"Is It True"
"I Miss You"
Iceland "Is It True?"
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 entry
Óskar Páll Sveinsson,
Tinatin Japaridze, Chris Neil
Óskar Páll Sveinsson,
Tinatin Japaridze, Chris Neil
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "This Is My Life" (2008)   
"Je ne sais quoi" (2010) ►

"Is It True?" is a song by Icelandic singer Yohanna and was the Icelandic entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia. The song was composed by Óskar Páll Sveinsson and won second place in the contest. The song was also recorded in Spanish ("Si te vas"), German ("War es nur"), Russian ("Я не сплю" /"Ja nje splju") and French ("Si tu sais").[1][2][3][4]

Yohanna performed the song in the first semi-final on 12 May 2009, where it came in first place with 174 points (qualifying for the final). In the final, the song came in second place overall with 218 points. That made it the most successful Icelandic song entry to the Eurovision contest since 1999, when Selma placed second with the song "All Out of Luck."

"Is It True?" reached #1 in the Icelandic Singles Chart. It became a Top 10 hit in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greece, Switzerland, and also charted in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Russia, Slovakia, the UK, and reaching #14 in the European Hot 100 chart, making it the second best-selling Eurovision entry of the year, only surpassed by Alexander Rybak's winning song "Fairytale".

The song is available as a single, and on the official Eurovision Song Contest album. Yohanna released an album in 2008, Butterflies and Elvis, but it did not include the song as it was not yet recorded, however a limited edition of the album was released in 2009 with the song included. "Is It True?" was recently used in a video entitled: 'Why the financial crisis matters for security: a three-minute guide' which formed part of the July 2009 edition of the NATO Review online magazine: To watch the video, click the Nato website.[5]


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Flanders Chart[6] 23
Belgian Wallonia Chart[6] 65
Danish Singles Chart[7] 16
Estonian Airplay Chart[8] 33
European Hot 100 Singles[9] 14
Finnish Singles Chart[10] 4
Greek Billboard Singles Chart[11] 4
Iceland (RÚV)[12] 1
Irish Singles Chart[13] 28
Norwegian Singles Chart[14] 3
Slovakian IFPI Singles Chart[15] 84
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[17] 9
UK Singles Chart[18] 49

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Certification Sales/Shipments
Sweden Gold[19] 10,000


  1. ^ Calleja Bayliss, Marc (2009-02-14). "Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins - Jóhanna to Moscow". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-02-14). "Iceland: Eurovision entrant chosen". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  3. ^ Dahlander, Gustav (2009-02-14). "Case closed – Is It True for Iceland!". Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^, Yohanna: "Is It True?", 2009, versions.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Belgian Flanders Chart
  7. ^ Yohanna - Is It True?
  8. ^ Estonian Airplay Chart
  9. ^
  10. ^ Yohanna - Is It True?
  11. ^ Greek Billboard Singles Chart Retrieved on May 30, 2009
  12. ^ "RÚV - Vinsældalisti Rásar 2". RÚV. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  13. ^ Irish Singles Chart
  14. ^ Yohanna - Is It True?
  15. ^ Slovakian IFPI Singles Chart
  16. ^ Yohanna - Is It True?
  17. ^ Swiss Singles Chart
  18. ^ UK Singles Chart Archived 2008-06-30 at WebCite
  19. ^

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