As two Swedish acts (Icona Pop and Avicii) have topped the UK singles chart over recent weeks, I thought it was about time to check out what's going on in the Swedish iTunes chart as I haven't done a charts update for ages. So....
It's no surprise to see Avicii's "Wake Me Up" at the top of the charts over there as well as over here. This country-meets-dance music hit has now conquered charts over the continent and would appear to be Europe's big summer hit of 2013, along with the ever-present "Get Lucky" (and the hideous "Blurred Lines"...oh don't get me started on that one).
Apart from all the familiar international hits it's nice to see a few Swedish-language songs in the top 30 such as "Miss Decibel" by Medina - not the Danish singer, but the Swedish hip-hop duo who've been turning up on all the summer TV shows. When I heard the title I immediately thought of Kikki Danielsson and Lasse Holm's Melodifestivalen entry and I thought it was a cover of that, but it's a completely different song.
Another Swedish-language song doing very well at the moment is "En annan värld" by Stiftelsen, which has a more rocky feel than their debut hit "Vart jag än går" and there is no mistaking Robban's very distinctive vocals, whatever language he sings in.
"Undressed", the debut hit by Kim Cesarion, with its distinctive falsetto chorus, has been one of the biggest songs of the last couple of months in Sweden. There are definite Prince influences here, which can only be a good thing, and I think he's got lots of potential for the future.
Danny Saucedo's "Todo El Mundo (Dancing In The Streets)" has had lots of radio airplay and is the perfect Latin-flavoured dance track for what is turning out to be a very long hot summer! Talking of summer hits, there's a very familiar song from MGP taking up residence on the radio playlists and in the charts - none other than "Bombo" by Adelen which is doing well in both Sweden and Finland at the moment. Whilst we're on the subject of song contests - this year's ESC winner "Only Teardrops" by Emmelie de Forest is still hanging in there in the Swedish iTunes top 30 although it has been eclipsed by another song which was performed at the grand final: Loreen's "We Got The Power".