The United Kingdom’s single chart is notoriously difficult to break in to, especially for those associated with the Eurovision Song Contest it would seem. However, no less than 12 of this year’s entries have managed to break into the Top 100 this week, suggesting a new trend in attitudes from the buying British public.
Despite midweek figures suggesting three of this year’s tracks could make the Top 10, falling sales on iTunes meant that each of those songs took a tumble yet still managed to chart relatively well when compared to previous Eurovision entries.
Austria’s winning song from Conchita Wurst ends the week at #17, charting just two places lower than Only Teardrops, whilst Dutch duo The Common Linnets score the highest position of #.
It would be fair to say that whilst Austria was the true winner of the contest, The Netherlands has been this year’s commercial success. With their top ten placing Calm After The Storm becomes the first non-winning, non-British Eurovision entry to make the UK Top 10 since 1974, when Mouth & McNeal and Gigliola Cinquetti both made it.
The Eurovision connections don’t end there though; the UK’s #1 single this week is from Rita Ora, whom fans may remember was shortlisted to take part in 2009’s Your Country Needs You national selection.
The full list of those making the Top 100 this week is as follows:
#9 The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm
#17 Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix
#23 Molly – Children Of The Universe
#40 Sanna Nielsen – Undo
#46 Basim – Cliché Love Song
#70 Pollapönk – No Prejudice
#82 Firelight – Coming Home
#85 Sebalter – Hunter of Stars
#88 Aram MP3 – Not Alone
#89 Twin Twin – Moustache
#93 Softengine – Something Better
#97 Carl Espen – Silent Storm