Monday, May 31, 2021

Netherlands - Duncan Laurence - Arcade

CONGRATULATIONS DUNCAN LAURENCE
As a Dutchie myself I'm over the moon with our victory. After 44 years with Ding A Dong as your most recent trophy it always seemed impossible to get a victory in our beloved game.
But Dare To Dream seemed very appropriate. Austria did it against all odds, Portugal after 50 years and now the Netherlands did it. Just saying: never give up, everything is possible. Thanks Duncan Laurence for an unforgettable moment.


1 - 498 pts / 1 - 280 pts in semi 2
Duncan Laurence represented the Netherlands in Tel Aviv. The song Arcade was revealed on March 7.
Arcade is written by Duncan de Moor (= Duncan Laurence), Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.
The video is here and the single is out now through the usual digital sources.
A vinyl single was released on July 26 and is now available from BeaRecords. More details below.

An early demo has already been available on Youtube

Vinyl !
A limited edition vinyl single was first sold at Duncan's Paradiso concert merchandise stand and it got a proper release on July 26.
It includes the Eurovision version and an acoustic version. (Universal 0 602577 952289).
It's a heavy vinyl edition in a glossy sleeve with a (black) inner sleeve for protection.
The vinyl is available in the Dutch shops, online at BeaRecords and several international retailers.
It has also been spotted in the racks of El Cortes Ingles in Spain.
The b-side acoustic version was released as a digital track on July 19.

Digital release image
Arcade is the 3rd vinyl 7”inch single this year but it’s been a while since a Eurovision winner had a 7” inch release. The last one was in 1994: Rock 'n' roll kids by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan which won for Ireland. 1994 was also the last year that saw three vinyl singles (Ireland, U.K. and Finland)
2019 also saw a fourth vinyl single although released in 2020.

Arcade won the Eurovision Song Contest but didn't win any of the  seperate results (Jury or Televote).
It also won the 2nd semifinal.
Only two countries made in to the top five in both the Tele & Jury votes. One won and one came second (Italy), seems right to me.

More Vinyl
On July 24 2020 a 10"inch vinyl was released. It's titled Worlds On Fire and includes five songs.
1 Beautiful
2 Yet
3 Arcade
4 Someone Else
5 Love Don't Hate It
The version of Arcade is the one we know. (Universal  0602507258597)


And even more
Duncan's debut LP Small Town Boy is released on November 13. It has Arcade in the regular version. The album is out on CD, LP, Limited transparent vinyl LP, Cassette (!) and digital.
If that's not enough you also buy a Duncan Laurence App which gives you access to all kinds of everything (but not the album).

Deluxe edition 2021
A new edition of Small Town Boy was released on May 21, 2021. (Universal / Spark 381 7754)
It includes Arcade, the Fletcher version and the Sam Feldt remix. Also has Stars from the Eurovision 2021 final show.
The US CD release is out on June 25. (Capitol 602438177547)


Duet version and remix
A Duet version with Fletcher was released on November 27 2020. It's released as a digital single and also included on the Spotify version of Small Town Boy.
On April 23 2021 the Sam Feldt remix of Arcade is released. It's the first officially released remix.
Both are also on the 2021 Deluxe version of the Small Town Boy CD.

Black Friday 2021
On Novermber 26 2021 a 10 inch vinyl with four versions of Arcade is released under the Record Store Day flag.
A1 Arcade
A2 Arcade (Acoustic)
B1 Arcade with Fletcher
B2 Arcade Sam Feldt remix
Thanks Marion!

Dutch Winners
Arcade is the fifth Dutch Eurovision winner.
50 years ago Lenny Kuhr did it with De Troubadour, but she had to share the winners reprise with three others.
The Netherlands also won in 1957 (Corry Brokken - Net Als Toen) and 1959 (Teddy Scholten - 'n Beetje) and was the first country to have two victories, but that was 60 years ago.
The most recent Dutch winner was Teach In in 1975. Their Ding-A-Dong was a decent European hit.

Duncan Laurence had a few moments in the 2014 season of The Voice Of Holland where he reached the semi finals. He was coached by Ilse de lange of Common Linnets fame.

Versions
Arcade
- digital release, Tel Aviv 2CD. 7" inch, World On Fire 10"inch, Small Town Boy CD/LP
Arcade - Acoustic version
- limited edition 7"inch
Arcade - duet with Fletcher
- digital release 27-11-20, Deluxe version CD Small Town Boy
Arcade - Sam Feldt remix
- digital release 23-4-21, Deluxe version CD Small Town Boy
Arcade - karaoke
- on the official karaoke album (digital)
An early demo has already been available on Youtube
Another (one take) acoustic version recorded in Capitol studios Hollywood is here at Youtube.

Charts
Netherlands Dutch top 100: 10, 12, 12, 14, 13, 15, 10, 8, 7, 1, 1, 1, 4, 4, 6, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 53, 62, 78, 77, 70, 73, 91, 84, 88, - re (Dec 13) 85, -,  re January 2020: 74, 80, 98, - re: May 2020: 86, - re-entry week 6 2021: 98, 96, 97, 71, 72, 74, 60, 67, 75, 87, 60, 66, 71, 59, 47, 79, 91, - (1-56)
Netherlands Dutch top 40: 29, 11, 8, 6, 4, 4, 5, 5, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 13, 20, 26, 33, 37, - (1-22)
Even though none of the Dutch charts is very reliable any longer, (The top 40 is affiliated with just one radio station now and doesn't include sales) it's remarkable that Duncan Laurence's Arcade is the first Dutch entry ever to reach the top spot in the Dutch Top 40.
2021 sees a return to the charts in many countries thanks to a Tik Tok thing (ask the kids) and also making chart debuts in Canada, New Zealand and the U.S..
UPDATE So Duncan did it! Arcade is the 11th Eurovision song by an original artist to reach the USA Billboard Hot 100.  After seven weeks in the bubbling under chart (reaching #1) 
He dropped out after one week at #100 but re-entered at #94 after one week absence, see below.
At the end of this post you can find the list of those Eurovision entries who went before him.

Sweden top 100: 6, 6, 13, 44, 62, -  re-entry week 6 2021: 46, 45, 47, 51, 57, 54, 56, 52, 49, 49, 57, 49, 61, 66, 62, 38, 47, 71, 76, 91, - (6-25)
Belgium top 50 (Flanders): 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 9, 7, 14, 11, 10, 11, 11, 20, 23, 40, 44, 44, - (2-24)
Belgium top 50 (Wallonia): 49, 42, 32, 31, 35, 33, 33, - (31-7)
Germany top 100: 26, 100, - re-entry week 5 2021: 67, 58, 60, 37, 38, 39, 41, 44, 44, 40, 41, 43, 35, 44, 53, 60, 57, 85, 85, -     re 22-10: 98 (26-22)
Ireland top 100 (Irma): 37, 57, 93, -, re-entry week 1 2021: 77, 88, 72, 77, 55, 30, 30, 26, 23, 26, 31, 33, 76, 81, 92, 90, 85, 85, 93, 92, 65, 94, - (23-25)
Norway top 40 (VG lista): 10, 10, 17, 23, 34, 36, -  re-entry week 6 2021: 14, 17, 18, 15, 17, 22, 25, 22, 20, 25, 29, 31, 34, 35, -, 23, 30, 38, - (10-23)
Switzerland top 10: 6, 23, 47, 64, -, re-entry week 53 2020: 74, 100, 77. 76. 67, 73, 61, 31, 30, 27, 18, 20, 16, 20, 23, 16, 15, 17, 15, 20, 23, 15, 16, 25, 30, 35, 34, 39, 37, 44, 45, 47, 51, 53, 49, 56, 55, 60, 62, 62, 61, 64, 57, 50, 54, 56, 71, 69, 77
Switzerland Suisse Romande top 20: 4, -
U.K. top 100 (Official charts): 67, - re-entry week 1 2021: 90, -, 95, 98, 78, 39, 33, 29, 31, 37, 37, 37, -, 94, -  (29-13)
Scottish singles top 100 (OCC): 24, - (The Scottish charts are discontinued in 2021)  (24-1)
Denmark Tracklisten top 40: 23, 23, 40, -  (23-3)
Austria top 75: 22, 69, - re-entry week 8 2021: 45, 42, 35, 27, 34, 33, 37, 36, 33, 27, 32, 31, 39, 43, 43, 45, 65, 73, -  (22-20)
France top 200 (IFOP): 8, 86, 177, -, charts discontinued in 2020  (8-3)
France top 200 (SNEP) 114, - re-entry week 6 2021: 181, 113, 96, 106, 75, 76, 81, 114, 90, 55, 47, 42, 61, 53, 45, 45, 65, 68, 62, 58, 71, 70, 71, 101, 87, 82, 87, 95, 96, 114, 138, 127, 138, 136, 127, 137, 147, 118, 134, 152, - (42-39)
Spain top 100: 38, 74, -  (38-2)
Portugal top 100: 68, - re-entry week 6 2021, top 200: 179, 100, 52, 38, 27, 26, 20, 18, 11, 10, 6, 6, 8, 10, 11, 18, 16, 19, 21, 26, 26, 37, 44, 54, 52, 57, 66, 58, 64, 66, 84, 89, 76, 80, 77, 82, 81, 90, 75, 77, 100
Canada Billboard top 100: (week 7 2021): 61, 51, 47, 45, 53, 55, 63, 58, 54, 57, 50, 52, 60, 66, 76, 81, 81, 90, - , 100, -, , -, 100, -  (45-20)
USA Billboard Bubbling under top 100 (week 7 2021): 17, 6, 1, 7, 5, 3, 9, continued in top 100
USA Billboard hot 100: 100, -, 94, 90, 89, 78, 80, 88, 85, 86, 74, 61, 69, 58, 58, 57, 55, 50, 41, 38, 30, 44, 54, 42, 41, - (30-24)
New Zealand top 40 (RIANZ) (week 14 2021): 40, 39, -  (39-2)
India (IMI international top 20) peaked at # 4, archives only from week 27: (Arcade's 22nd week on the chart): 16, 17, 17, 18, 17, 16, 13, 12, 13, 16, 15, 17, 17, 19, (21), 19, 18, 18, 17, - (4-41)

Music Industry awards
4 x Platinum in the Netherlands (320.000 certified units)
3 x Platinum in Poland (150.000)
1 x Platinum in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Mexico,  Portugal
1 x Platinum in U.S.A for 1.000.000 certifield units
Gold in Denmark, Italy, Norway, Greece and Sweden
Silver in the U.K. for 200.000 certified units.
Arcade didn't chart in Italy but still got a gold award for 35.000 certified units.
Arcade didn't chart in Australia but still got a platinum award for 70.000 certified units.
Arcade got a platinum + gold award in Mexico (90.000)


Links and sources
Netherlands 2018 has the links to all Dutch entries from 2009 to 2018.
Duncan Laurence FB Insta
Thanks to Katja at Universal.nl

The 11 Eurovision entries that reached the Billboard Hot 100 (USA)
1958 ITALY - Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno (#1-16 weeks)
- The first US Eurovision hit entered the charts in August, reached #1 and stayed there for 5 weeks. In the top 100 of the 20th Century, published in 1999 it was the #89 best selling single.
1959 ITALY - Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina) - Domenico Modugno (#97-1 week)
- A suprisingly minor success for Modugno’s follow up. It was his last US hit.
1963 U.K. - Say Wonderful Things - Ronnie Carroll (91-4)
- His only U.S. hit.
1968 U.K. - Congratulations - Cliff Richard (99-3)
- The USA was late with Cliff hits, Congratulations was only his 5th US hit while he had loads of #1’s all over the rest of the world. He did better in the 70’s with top 10 hits like We Don’t Talk Anymore and Devil Woman. 1973 entry Power To All Our Friends made it to #109.
1970 U.K. - Knock Knock Who’s There - Mary Hopkin (92-4)
- Mary’s 4th out of 6 U.S. top 100 Hits. Her debut, Those Were The Days was a #2 hit.
1972 U.K. - The New Seekers - Beg, Steal or Borrow (81-4)
- A moderate succes for their fifth US hit, following a #7 with I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing. 4 more hits followed.
1973 SPAIN - Touch The Wind (Eres Tu) - Mocedades (9-17)
1974 SWEDEN - Waterloo - ABBA (6-17)
- ABBA’s first top 10 hit in the U.S.. They scored 20 top 100 hits but only 4 managed to get to the top 10.
1976 U.K. - Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood Of Man (27-11)
- B.O.M. Mark I already had had three top 100 hits in the early 70’s. This was the only one for B.O.M. mark II. Worldwide it is (reportedly) the best selling Eurovision winner.
1996 U.K. - Ooh, Aah, Just A Little Bit - Gina G. (12-30)
-20 years after the Brotherhood the U.K. scored their 6th  US Eurovision hit which spent 30 weeks on the charts. Gina G. scored another hit (#46) with Gimme Some Love.
2019 NETHERLANDS - Arcade - Duncan Laurence (30-24)
Charting in 2021, just over two years after the original release.

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