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Kygo sets all-time Norway record on US Billboard chart

Bergen native Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, is now the highest-ever placing Norwegian act on the Billboard 200 list.

Kygo sets all-time Norway record on US Billboard chart
Kygo's debut album, 'Cloud Nine', will land at number 11 on the next Billboard chart. Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix
The 24-year-old DJ and producer’s debut album ‘Cloud Nine’ will come in at 11th place in the next edition of the prestigious list, Billboard told VG.
 
That position is enough to top all other Norwegian acts to have made it to the US albums chart, including a-ha and Röyksopp.
 
A-ha’s 1985 album ‘Hunting High & Low’ made it no higher than 15th place on the Billboard 200, while the Tromsø duo Röyskopp peaked at number 14 with their EP ‘Do It Again’, a 2014 collaboration with Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn. 
 
While the young superstar has claimed his country’s record for the highest-placing album on the Billboard list, he is thus far no threat to a-ha’s Norwegian supremacy on the singles chart. 
 
The Oslo band hit number one with their 1985 song ‘Take On Me’ while Kygo’s ‘Firestone’ has placed no higher than 92nd. 
 
 
 

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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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