Lordi charts in UK top 40

by Richard West-Soley 135 views

Finnish Eurovision Song Contest winners have placed at spot 25 in the official UK singles chart this week, as British representative Daz Sampson leaves the top 40 after peaking at number 8 in the official singles charts.

Despite heightened media interest in the UK surrounding the heavy rock victory of Lordi at the Eurovision Song Contest, a mid-twenties placing will be a little disappointing, though not unexpected, given the performance of previous recent Eurovision singles in the UK. This year's Eurovision single performance in the UK is still an improvement onthe last fewyears, with support for home entrant Daz Sampson lifting the single Teenage life to the highest placing for a Eurovision song since the late nineties.

Scandinavian success
Elsewhere in Europe, the Finnish monster rockers have fared better; perhaps expectedly, Hard rock hallelujah has been doing very well in neighbouring Norway, Sweden, and nearby Denmark. Withother performers from the 2006 contest appearing incharts all over the continent,withKate Ryan and Carola amongst othersmaking severalhit lists abroad, more sluggish British Eurovision salesshowthechallenge European artists face in penetrating the UK market. In constrast, neighbouring Irish consumers landed Hard rock hallelujah at number four in official singles sales.

Lordi's album is also on sale in UK shops, and a top 40 single placing indicates that the band is in for at least some commercial success in Britainfollowingits well-publicised win.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.