Can Norway's Seeb win 2nd week at UK No 1?
Norwegian dance duo SeeB are battling for their second week at Number One in the UK, after their catchy remix of “I took a Pill in Ibiza” became the third Norwegian tune ever to top the UK charts.
In the UK Charts’ midweek update, released on Tuesday, the duo were near neck-and-neck with Sigala, with the British house DJ just 568 sales ahead, giving them a real chance of repeating last Friday's feat.
SeeB, a music production partnership between producers Simen Eriksrud and Espen Berg follow hard on the footsteps of Oslo duo Nico & Vinz, whose single “Am I Wrong?” reached the UK top spot in 2014.
The veteran duo, who only linked up in 2015, have stormed to success by converting a soulful acoustic song questioning the shallowness of EDM culture into a banging club anthem.
Before Nico & Vinz, A-ha’s synthpop classic “The Sun Always Shines on TV”, was the only Norwegian song to have ever reached the top of the UK charts, and that was way back in 1986.
SeeB are leading what looks like a veritable invasion by Norwegian acts.
Alan Walker from Bergen last week hit number 18 in the UK with his song "Faded", and music producer Kygo, another act from Bergen, is at number 37 with his song "Stay".
Then there's Ina Wroldsen, at 44 with DJ Calvin Harris’s How Deep is Your Love? which she co-wrote and also sings on.
The Coldplay singles Hymn For The Weekend and Adventure Of A Lifetime, which stand at ninth and 27th place in the UK charts respectively were produced by New York-based Norwegian duo Stargate.
It can only be a matter of time before 19-year-old Norwegian songstress Aurora joins them.
Her new album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, has gone straight to the top of the Norwegian album charts, and has been put on the new Radio One playlist.
Eriksrud, 41, has worked as a producer for nearly 20 years, producing Scandinavian pop acts such as Eric Saade, Loreen, and making his own music as part of the funk pop band D'Sound.