Sunday, May 17, 2009

1 Norway - Fairytale - Alexander Rybak

1 - 387 pts / 1 - 201 pts in semi 2

Congratulations Norway!
Alexander Rybaks Fairytale wins the Moscow 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the highest number of points ever 387. After a not so thrilling voting (Norways victory was clear after a few countries voted) Alexander Rybak was crowned the winner. He also won his semi final with 201 points. 16 x the douze poing and 33 x top 3 votes for Fairytale resulted in an unprecedented lead over #2 with 159 points.

Fairytale is issued on an cd/dvd set (The EPK - Electronic Press Kit)
The cdsingle has Fairytale and the dvd has the videoclip, bio and photos plus interviews in English and Russian.

Two EMI cdsingles are released may 15. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Both are now available in the German shops and at BeaRecords
2 tracks on (EMI 9661552)
Fairytale ♫
Fairytale - karaoke

4 tracks on (EMI 966156 2)
Fairytale ♫
Song from a secret Garden
Fairytale - karaoke
Fairytale - DJ Lello remix

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V2 records have released a 1 track cdsingle in the Netherlands and Belgium ? (2009 V2 VVNL 20833) pic below left
Lionheart records have released a 1 track cdsingle in Sweden (Lionheart/Universal UNI-LHICDS -0117 ) pic below right


Charts
Fairytale is the longest running #1 for a Eurovision song in Norway. : 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 3, 3, 1, 1, 3, 2, 4, 9, 19, 18, -
Back to #1 after the victory, and also at #2 with new song Funny Little World (which later follows up Fairytale as #1 in Norway)
Sweden top 60 (from week 17) 47, 37, 7, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 8, 15, 9, 10, 9, 12, 22, 25, 27, 38, 49 + #60, 60, -in march 2010, 45 in april
Finland top 20: 2, 3, 1, 5, 4, 7, 10, 10, 3, 3, 7, 15, -, 15, 20, -, 20
Denmark top 40 : 2, 1, 12, 17, 24, 29, -
Ireland top 40: 2, 9, 34, -
Belgium 60 (Flemish charts): 5, 1, 4, 7, 14, 17, 21, 38, 35, -, 46, 32, -
Belgium 40 (Wallonia): 20, 4, 16, 31, -
Netherlands top 100: 2, 3, 5, 20, 47, 60, -
U.K. top 100 : 10, 38, 76, -
Germany top 100: 4, 8, 7, 8, 9, 10, 22, 29, 30, 25, 35, 38, 42, 53, 62, - dec 09 re-entry: 74, June 2010 re-entry: 49 + may 2011: 70
Switzerland top 100: 3, 11, 16, 31, 43, 45, -, 99, - + in May 2011: 61
Austria top 75: 12, 22, 10, 24, 20, 35, 47, 48, 60, 74, 75, -
Spain: 35, -
Australia: 67, -
Alexander Rybak also scores a # 1 hit in several charts in Greece, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus Lithuania, Latvia and Uzbekistan and has a top 10 hit in many other (airplay) charts.



For Russia and Greece Alexander Rybak is signed with Universal.
In Greece a 1 track promo cdsingle is issued.
In France Rybak is signed with M6 Interactions. See below for the French album. The cdsingle didn't materialize.
Alexander Rybak at BeaRecords

The Fairytales album is out now in most territories. The German edition has the bonustrack 500 miles (Proclaimers cover) and some digital releases have bonus track Vocalise (also on the Russian CD)
The Russian edition has a new remix of Fairytale as bonustrack: Fairytale - Holter/Erixon Radio Remix
Full (slightly different) tracklist of the Russian CD at Universal.ru

Fairytales, the album charts in several countries and has already achieved Gold status in Norway and Sweden.
Fairytale and Fairytales are also available through iTunes in most countries. Listen to the tracks at Alexander Rybak's MySpace

French album
The French issue of the Fairytales album is out now. It includes 12 tracks including a new version of Fairytale with the verses sung in French (M6 interactions / Warner France)
A new website in French is also launched. Fairytales enters the French album charts at #21.

Fairytales - Russian winter edition.
In Russia a new edition of the Fairytales album is released. Winter Fairytales / Зимняя сказка includes Fairytale (Сказка) and If You Were Gone (Когда Уйдешь) in Russian versions. A bonus DVD has 4 videos including Fairytale. (Full tracklist at Universal.ru). And it's Александр Рыбак in Russian.

2010 Polish album
A CD/DVD set was released on Magic records in Poland in 2010.
It features Fairytale and a Fairytale remix.
The DVD has three videos including Fairytale.

- Versions -
Fairytale - original version, all releases ♫
Fairytale - karaoke - both German cdsingles
Fairytale - DJ Lello remix - German maxi cds
Fairytale - Holter/Erixson Radio Remix (2:58) - first Russian Fairytales CD
Fairytale - French/English version - French Fairytales CD
Skazka / Сказка - Russian version - Russian Winter Fairytales CD, deluxe edition
Fairytale - Holter/Erixson Remix (4:38) - release details wanted

New Rybak Website http://www.alexanderrybak.com/
Alexander Rybak won the Norwegian final with six times as many votes as the runner up.
All songs from the Norwegian selection 2009 have been released on the CD MGP 2009.Already available at Bearecords and Scandinavian webshops. (1797278 Universal Music)

Based on downloads several Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix songs already made it to the Norwegian charts (top 20) before the whole preselection extravaganza was over.
Special thanks to Rick and to Anja Nylund-Hagen at NRK.

COVERVERSIONS:
2010 Afrikaans version
South African singer Lee Scott recorded Fairytale in Afrikaans as Wonderland on his CD Die Enigste Manier (EMI South Africa).
The album also features coverversions of Is It True (Iceland) and What If We (Malta).
It's available at Kalahari

2010 Junior Fairytale
The winner of the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Ralf Mackenbach has released his first album Ralf. It includes his Junior winner Click Clack but also a coverversion of Fairytale. Ralf Website

2010 cover by the Playtones.
A rockabilly style coverversion has been recorded by the Swedish Playtones.
Their version of Fairytale is on the CD Rock'n'Roll Dance Party, # 1 in the Swedish album charts in februari 2010. Playtones website

A Russian version by A-Via titled Сказка is available on various video sites and Russian mp3 discs.
Hellad Velled have recorded Fairytale in Estonian as Muinasjutt (Youtube). It's released on VA CD Elmari Tantsuõhtu 14 (TopTen records)
Trondheims finest Donna Diesel have recorded a rock version of Fairytale. You can listen at Donna Diesel Youtube videochannel.
In Iceland Simmi and Jói have a recorded an Icelandic version of Fairytale titled Ferðalagið. Simmi & Jói are popular TV & Radio hosts and together they have a Saturday radio show at Bylgjan 98.9 radio. At the Bylgjan 98.9 website you can download their version of Fairytale. (This page) and Youtube
- Thanks to Anna

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