Wheel of Fortune (Ace of Base song)

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"Wheel of Fortune"
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation/The Sign
B-side "My Mind"
Released 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single, digital download
Recorded 1992
Genre Pop, reggae fusion
Length 3:54
Label Mega (1993)
Playground Music (2009)
Writer(s) Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg
Producer(s) Jonas Berggren, Ulf Ekberg, T.O.E.C.
Certification Gold (Germany)
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Wheel of Fortune"
(1992)
"All That She Wants"
(1992)

"Unspeakable"
(2002)

"Wheel of Fortune 2009"
(2008)

"All for You"
(2010)
Alternative cover
2009 CD single - Promo
Music sample

"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".

Music video[edit]

1992 version[edit]

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

Jenny Berggren in the "Wheel of Fortune 2009" video

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 December 3, 2007.[2] The song entered the Radio Aachen chart in Germany at #26 on December 15, 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]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Keep the Faith" by Bon Jovi
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
49/1992 - 52/1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

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. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  7. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  8. ^ Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  9. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1993" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  12. ^ 1993 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  13. ^ 1993 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ace of Base; 'Wheel of Fortune')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 

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