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Can Justin make it up to Nordic Beliebers?

Pop legend Justin Bieber has announced the dates he'll be performing in Scandinavia in 2016, as he attempts to woo back Nordic fans left devastated when he walked off a stage in Oslo earlier this year.

Can Justin make it up to Nordic Beliebers?
Justin Bieber in Los Angeles in October. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/TT
The 21-year-old Canadian heart throb announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he would be heading to the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on September 29th next year, along with venues in Helsinki (September 26th), Copenhagen (October 2nd) and Oslo (September 23rd). 
 
The dates form part of the European leg of his Purpose World Tour which will see him performing in more than 30 world cities.
 
Tickets for the concerts in the Nordics are set to go on sale on December 17th at 10am, ten months ahead of the scheduled gigs.
 
Bieber will be attempting to win back the hearts of his Scandinavian fan base after causing a huge stir in October this year when he cancelled a performance in Oslo after singing just one song. He was apparently annoyed at a fan who spilled water on the stage.
 
“I’m done with this,” he told his audience after throwing his hoodie on the floor, video evidence of the incident showed. 
 
Many fans thought his swift exit was a joke and ended up in tears when they realized it wasn't.
 
The star later apologized on Instagram, saying he didn't always “handle things the right way”. He blamed a difficult week and lack of sleep, adding that he stopped the show because “the people in the front row would not listen”.
 
The singer also walked out of a Spanish interview during the same week, apparently frustrated at the language barrier. 
 
But his outbursts so far seem to have done little to damage his global fan base. 'Purpose', his fourth studio album, racked up 200 million Spotify steams in its first week when it was released last month.
 

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‘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.

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