Danish artist MØ to sing at Nobel Prize concert

The Danish singer MØ’s year just keep getting better and better and now it’s guaranteed to go out with a bang.

Danish artist MØ to sing at Nobel Prize concert
MØ has rocketed to international fame this year. Photo: Thomas Skou
After singing her way to the most-streamed song ever with ‘Lean On’ and becoming the highest-placed Danish artist on the influential Billboard Hot 100 list in over 60 years, MØ’s remarkable year will end with a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. 
On December 11th, the Funen native will pay tribute to this year’s recipients, a quartet of Tunisian civil society groups that were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize in October for helping rescue the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring.
They will receive their prize on December 10 at a formal ceremony at Oslo's City Hall, followed by the concert the next evening.
In a press release, MØ wrote that it was “a great honour” to be asked to perform. 
“I have the deepest respect for the Nobel Peace Prize – not only it, but all forms of recognition given to those who try to make the world a better place. To be able to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert and help spread the message about the National Dialogue Quartet’s very important work is a great honour,” the singer said. 
Former ‘The Tonight Show’ and American comedy legend Jay Leno will host the concert and other scheduled performers include Kygo and Jason Derulo. 


‘Take On Me’ tops a billion YouTube views: What makes 80s Norwegian hit so enduring?

It’s arguably the biggest success in the history of Norwegian pop, and A-ha’s 1984 pop classic ‘Take On Me’ this week reached a new milestone.

'Take On Me' tops a billion YouTube views: What makes 80s Norwegian hit so enduring?
A-Ha performing in 2015. Photo: AFP

The song combines synthpop with acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums and is indisputably the band’s signature tune and one of the most evocative pop songs of the decade.

That is complemented by a memorable music video which combined live action sequences with black-and-white pencil sketch animated overlays, in what was then an innovative technique called rotoscoping. It won six awards at the 1986 MTV Music Video Awards.

Perhaps the combination of both music and visuals has driven Take On Me into the realms of YouTube royalty. The official video, originally released in 1985, was recently restored and upgraded to 4K resolution to improve visual quality, Warner Music Norway wrote in a press statement.

In any case, A-ha now join a small list of artists with music videos that have tipped the 10-figure mark for total views on the social media website.

While South Korean rapper Psy’s 2012 hit Gangnam Style and Despacito by Luis Fonsi (2017) have famously garnered monstrous numbers of YouTube views, it’s arguably harder for songs which pre-date widespread use of the Internet to rack up those kind of figures.

Take On Me joins two Guns N’ Roses songs (November Rain, Sweet Child o’ Mine), Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit in an elite club of just five songs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with over a billion views.

Numb by Linkin Park was the first pre-YouTube video from the 2000s to reach a billion views.

“Obviously the video is unique and it has some features that stand up and stand the test of time,” he shared. “It’s hand drawn which makes it what it is,” A-ha guitarist Magne Furuholmen told Billboard last year.

“The song also seems to resonate with people across time. It’s just very fortunate to have such a big song in our catalogue,” Furuholmen said.

“We probably spent a few years talking it down, trying to get people to focus on new stuff we’re doing. At this point, certainly speaking for myself, I’m just surprised and proud that the song has done so well and still finds an audience,” he added.