Wheel of Fortune (Ace of Base song)

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"Wheel of Fortune"
AceofBase-WheelOfFortune.jpg
Artwork for original release
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation/The Sign
B-side "My Mind"
Released 1992
Format
Recorded 1992
Genre
Length 3:54
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Wheel of Fortune"
(1992)
"All That She Wants"
(1992)

"Wheel of Fortune"
(1992)
"All That She Wants"
(1992)

"Unspeakable"
(2002) Unspeakable2002

"Wheel of Fortune 2009"
(2008) Wheel of Fortune 20092008

"All for You"
(2010) All for You2010
Music video
"Wheel of Fortune" on YouTube

"Wheel of Fortune" is a song by Swedish pop group Ace of Base, and also their debut single. It was first released in the Nordics in April 1992 through Danish Mega Records as the first single from the album Happy Nation. It was re-released worldwide in April 1993 after the success of "All That She Wants". The single peaked within the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland. And within the top 20 in Finland, Iceland, Ireland and the UK.

Release[edit]

"Wheel Of Fortune" is a reggae tinged dance-pop song written by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg. It was recorded in Studio Decibel in Stockholm, Sweden for a budget of SEK 30,000. It didn't enter the charts when it was released for the first time. It was the third re-release of the single that entered the charts after radio stations and clubs started to play it. The song reached #1 in Norway, and in Denmark and Netherlands; it peaked at #2.

Music video[edit]

1992 version[edit]

The original version's music video was directed by Viking Nielson and features all four original members.

It begins with Linn singing. A woman is sitting in a chair on the middle of a big wheel of fortune. Then different characters appear along the video. Like a boxing blonde, a little girl playing with an hourglass, a bride in an wedding dress, an angel playing with a golden ball and an older couple. Sometimes the woman in the chair also appears with a man or with the older couple. In between these characters, we see the four members of Ace of Base performing standing together in a circle with their backs against each other. Linn sometimes sings in the chair on the wheel. Other times she sings standing with Jenny. Joker and Buddha are seen playing on different instruments such as keyboard, drum, and trumpet. Occasionally, a clockwise turns in the background.

2009 version[edit]

The 2009 re-recording was the first and only single released by the band as a trio. For this version, the label decided not to shoot a video for the song. However, a promo video was published on 21 October 2008 on the band's official website. Similar to their 1998 single "Always Have Always Will", the video completely consists of live footage from their Redefined tour and video footage from a photoshoot. The edit used in the video is a combination of the radio and album versions, lasting at 3:15 minutes.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The 1992 version failed to reach the singles chart on its first two releases, but when it was re-released a third time in September, it eventually reached number two. After the success of "All That She Wants" in the United Kingdom, it was released as the second UK single and it reached number 20 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1993.

Prior to the official release of the song, a live version of the song entered the charts at #2 in Brazilian radio station Emboabas FM on 3 December 2007.[2] The song entered the Radio Aachen chart in Germany at #26 on 15 December 2007.[3] It also entered the Euro WebCharts at #5 in the last week of 2007 and eventually reached #1.[4]

Track listings[edit]

Original release[edit]

CD single - The Nordics
  1. "Wheel of Fortune"
CD maxi - UK
  1. "Wheel of Fortune" (7" mix) — 3:42
  2. "Wheel of Fortune" (12" mix) — 5:27
  3. "Wheel of Fortune" (club mix) — 4:39
  4. "My Mind" (dance mix) — 4:19
7" single
  1. "Wheel of Fortune" — 3:42
  2. "Wheel of Fortune" (club mix) — 4:39

2009 version[edit]

Digital single
  1. "Wheel of Fortune 2009" (radio edit)
  2. "Wheel of Fortune 2009" (club mix)
CD single - Promo
  1. "Wheel of Fortune 2009" (radio edit)
  2. "Wheel of Fortune 2009" (club mix)
  3. "Wheel of Fortune 2009" (album version)
  4. "Wheel of Fortune" (1993 12" mix)
  5. "Wheel of Fortune" (1993 club mix)

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jenny Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Written by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Produced by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg, T.O.E.C.
  • Recorded at Studios Decibel

Charts[edit]

Cover Version In 1993, Hong Kong singer Shirley Kwan covered this song in Cantonese.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ace of Base – official website" (in German). Aceofbase.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  2. ^ ACE OF BASE RETURNS, Wheel of Fortune topping the charts!, Retrieved on December 3, 2007
  3. ^ RADIO AACHEN, Aus Aachen - für Aachen, Retrieved on December 17, 2007.
  4. ^ Euro WebCharts, your europe, your music. music charts for all over europe, Retrieved on December 31, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Wheel of Fortune", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ace Of Base – Wheel Of Fortune" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 2007-10-29 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  9. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (04.06.1993 - 10.06.1993)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ace of Base" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ace of Base – Wheel of Fortune" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  14. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  15. ^ 1993 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  16. ^ "Single top 100 over 1993" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  17. ^ 1993 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ace of Base; 'Wheel of Fortune')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.

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