Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sweden - If I Were Sorry - Frans

Digital release image
5 - 261 pts / not in semi

Frans is the winner of the 15th Modern Melodifestivalen. He represented the host country with his song If I Were Sorry.
The song is written by Oscar Fogelström, Michael Saxell, Fredrik Andersson and Frans himself (Frans Jeppsson Wall).

If I Were Sorry can be found on the Melodifestivalen 2016 2CD (see below) and has also been released as a digital single through Cardiac records.
A set of remixes was released on April 22
A second set of mixes were released on May 27.(digital, see versions below).

No cd single has been issued, promotional items include a USB card and a postcard most of us won't get hold of anyway.
It's the first time since 1960 there is no physical release available to the public of the Swedish entry.
Sony music/Columbia France have issued a 1-track promo cdr for radio promotion.

Frans had his first taste of fame in 2006 when he had a Number 1 hit at the age of seven with Who's Da' Man. This was a tribute to football star Zlatan Ibrahimović which he recorded with Swedish rock band Elias.
Frans and Elias recorded another footie song Fotbollsfest in 2008 and that also was a Number 1 hit in Sweden.

Remixes DRI
Versions
If I Were Sorry
- Stockholm 2CD, digital single
If I Were Sorry - Syn Cole remix
If I Were Sorry - Marcus Layton remix
If I Were Sorry - Lyar remix
- digital release, Syn Cole remix also on 3CD Club Sounds Summer 2016 (Sony)
If I Were Sorry - Reggaeton remix
If I Were Sorry - Skinny Days remix
If I Were Sorry - Jonnas Voght Reggaeton extended remix
- digital release, Spotify names Sebastian Voght for the reaggaeton mixes, which is probably correct.
If I Were Sorry - Karaoke
- on official karaoke album (digital release)
More remixes are floating around the web, but only the above ones were officially released.


More remixes DRI
Charts
Two weeks before the contest Frans entered the Swedish top 100 at Number 1. The song went platinum in just two weeks, so many saw the victory coming. Double platinum was reached in 4 weeks, triple after 7, quadruple after 11.
Sweden top 100: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 4, 5, 13, 15, 21, 24, 10, 23, 33, 39, 43, 49, 56, 62, 70, 70, 76, 79, 87, 92, -
Sweden Digilistan: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 4, 5, 13, 15, 21, 24, 10, 23, 33, 39, 43, 49, 56, -
In the international charts Sweden wins the chart race the week after the contest.
Netherlands: 34, 36, 45, 45, 53, 75, 75, 80, -
Belgium (FL): 44, 36, 38, 34, -
Germany top 100: 12, 20, 22, 26, 28, 25, 24, 21, 22, 25, 23, 26, 39, 45, 46, 56, 60, 75, 75, 86, 78, 93
France top 200: 36, 128, 157, 178, -, 135, 184, 147, -
Ireland top 100: 47, 52, 70, -
U.K. top 100: 61, -
Switzerland top 75/100*: 25, 72, 74, -, 74, 64, 47, 44, 38, 37, 51, 60, 58, 61, 74, 65, 75, -, 77*, -, 99
Austria top 75: 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16, 20, 25, 35, 41, 46, 51, 58, 62, 69, -
Spain top 50: 25, -
If I Were Sorry also charts in various lists in Croatia, Poland, Lithuania....
* The Swiss charts changed from a top 75 to a top 100 on October 9.

Coverversions
One time Melodifestivalen entrant Dinah Nah (Make Me (La LaLa), 2015) has recorded a coverversion of If I Were Sorry.
The track is available as a digital single through Southman Productions.

A Swedish/English version was recorded by Dansbandkungen (Markus Eriksson). It was released as a digital single through Atenzia records. Actually only the title of the song Om Ja Va Lessen is sung in Swedish, the rest of the song is in English. He also recorded Bada Nakna and Rik from this years Melodifestivalen.

A dance coverversion was made by DJ Roody ft Jo MK. It's available at all your regular download stores.


Melodifestivalen 2016
The Melodifestivalen 2016 CD was released on Februari 28 and includes all 28 songs. (including the disqualified Anna Book Song)  (Warner Music Sweden 5054196966928)
See tracklist below.

The official Melodifestivalen CD has been the #1 selling album of the year in Sweden every year since 2007 but the 2016 edition got stuck at #3 (behind Justin Bieber and Kent)
In 2004, 2005 and 2006 it was #2, in 2003 it was #4, in 2002 it was #13

Below you can find statistics of all the chart activity of MF entries since the 'modern' MF was introduced. 

Links and sources
Frans FB
SVT Melodifestivalen pages


Swedens Heroes and Heroins of the recent past.
2015 - Måns Zelmerlöw
2014 - Sanna Nielsen
2013 - Robin Stjernberg
2012 - Loreen
2011 - Eric Saade
2010 - Anna Bergendahl
2009 - Malena Ernman


Melodifestivalen 2016 Tracklist
CD 1:
1. Bada Nakna - Samir & Viktor
2. Mitt Guld - Pernilla Andersson
3. Ain't No Good - Mimi Werner
4. Rik - Albin & Mattias
5. Himmel För Två - Anna Book (Disqualified)
6. Constellation Prize - Robin Bengtsson *
7. Don't Worry - Ace Wilder
8. We Are Your Tomorrow - David Lindgren
9. 100% - Victor och Natten
10. Hunger - Molly Pettersson Hammar
11. I Will Wait - Isa
12. Faller - Krista Siegfrids
13. Håll Mitt Hjärta Hårt - Patrik Isaksson/Tommy Nilsson/Uno Svenningsson
14. Save Me - Wiktoria
CD 2:
1. Kizunguzungu - SaRaha
2. You Carved Your Name - Swingfly (feat Helena Gutarra)
3. Weight Of The World - SMILO
4. Kom Ut Som En Stjärna - After Dark
5. My Heart Wants Me Dead - Lisa Ajax *
6. Put Your Love On Me - Boris René
7. Human - Oscar Zia
8. Runaways - Eclipse
9. Rollercoaster - Dolly Style *
10. Du Tar Mig Tillbaks - Martin Stenmarck
11. Killer Girl - Linda Bengtzing
12. If I Were Sorry - Frans
13. Håll Om Mig Hårt - Panetoz
14. Youniverse - Molly Sandén
* Also released on cdsingle

MF In the charts
So Melodifestivalen is big business and it makes Lotta Svenska Kronor, but it's good to see a good part of money going to good production of both the TV shows and the records. And a large part of the often recordbreaking televoting revenue always goes to charity, åååååh....

Below are the chart results of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision hits in the Swedish top 60 since 2002, when the 32 song MF was introduced.
In a sudden change, 2010 saw only a few entries released on cdsingle, and it showed decline in the number of MF hits.
Since a few years downloads are the main factor in  the Swedish charts so several Eurovision hits chart without being released on cdsingle. Some only chart one or two weeks just after the contest.

* 2014: The official charts in Sweden have gone a bit crap, with Spotify and other steamers as a much too infuential source. This list is still the 'official chart' but we'll feature the digilistan as well.
The Digilistan is now the main (digital) sales based Swedish chart.
Changes in 2015: The MF has only 28 entries and the official charts have gone up to a top 100.
Changes in 2016: The method for the official Swedish charts has changed again, now it is almost the same as the digilistan.

Melodifestivalen (and Eurovision) in the Swedish charts
2017 top 100: 21 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits
2016 top 100: 26 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 12 Eurovision hits
* 2016 Digilistan top 60 - 17 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits
2015 top 100: 19 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 6 Eurovision hits
* 2015 Digilistan top 60: 22 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 14 Eurovision hits
2014: 17 MF hits - 5 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 6 Eurovision hits
* 2014 Digilistan top 60 2014: 22 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 18 Eurovision hits
2013: 22 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 4 Eurovision hits
2012: 17 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 4 Eurovision hits
2011: 18 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 2 Eurovision hits
2010: 28 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 9 Eurovision hits
2009: 28 MF hits - 12 top 10 hits - 2 # 1 hits - 16 Eurovision hits
A record breaking 15 Eurovision hits in the week after the contest, most on downloads alone
2008: 30 MF hits - 14 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 9 Eurovision hits
2007: 28 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 7 Eurovision hits
2006: 23 MF hits -10 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 6 Eurovision hits
2005: 23 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 4 #1 hits - 3 Eurovision hits
2004: 22 MF hits - 8 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 3 Eurovision hits
2003 : 17 MF hits - 8 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 2 Eurovision hits
2002 : 13 MF hits - 4 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 3 Eurovision hits



You can check your Swedish charts weekly at Sverige Topplistan and here's the Digilistan.

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