|Single by Eric Saade|
|from the album Saade Vol. 1|
|Released||28 February 2011 (Sweden)|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Label||Roxy Recordings, B1M1 Recordings, Mostiko, Ratas Music Group|
|Eric Saade singles chronology|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2011 entry|
|◄ "This Is My Life" (2010)|
|"Euphoria" (2012) ►|
"Popular" is an English language song written by Fredrik Kempe and performed by Swedish singer Eric Saade. It is the second single from Saade's second album Saade Vol. 1 and was the Swedish entry in Eurovision Song Contest 2011. It was first released on 28 February 2011 in Sweden and topped the Swedish Singles Chart. It has been covered by Elena Paparizou.
The song was written by Fredrik Kempe and produced by Peter Boström.
On 19 February 2011, Eric Saade competed in the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2011 with Popular. He won the final on 12 March 2011 with 193 points overall and was the Swedish entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
During his performance, Saade had a glass box wall on stage that is supposed to break. In the first rehearsal, this did not work. Therefore, Sweden had an extra rehearsal in 2011. About the rehearsals in Eurovision Song Contest, Saade said: “It feels great after the first rehearsal. I just focused on all the important stuff, like cameras and angles. I'm gonna focus a little bit more on the singing and dancing part on the next rehearsal.”
Saade performed on 12 May 2011 in the second semi-final of Eurovision Song Contest in eighth position in the lineup. Popular was the last song to have been announced to qualify for the Grand Final. It was later revealed that he finished first in the second semi-final. On 14 May 2011, he performed the song in the final in seventh position in the lineup. Saade came in third place with 185 points, which was the best result for Sweden since 1999 when Charlotte Perrelli won with the song Take Me to Your Heaven. It was also Sweden's fifth third place in Eurovision history. He came in second place in the televoting only two points behind the winner Azerbaijan.
In general, Popular received positive reviews from critics. Popjustice wrote that it is better than their entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and that “this is just one of the songs that will make the United Kingdom look stupid at this year's Eurovision.“ billcsistunedon.wordpress.com wrote that the single “is the best and most captivating song of 2011“. myfizzypop.blogspot.com wrote that “the song is an instant pop classic that deserves much wider success across the globe.“
rantsofadiva.blogspot.com wrote that “there's nothing especially noteworthy about either the lyrics or the message of 'Popular', both of which are pretty standard fare as far as dance-pop tracks go. But there is something in Saade's delivery, particularly in the last minute of the song where things go absolutely off the rails and Saade is wailing and crying and singing his heart out, that elevates this song to classic status.“
The song won the ESC Radio Award 2011 in the category Best Song and the Scandipop Award 2012 in the category Best Male Single. It was also nominated for a Rockbjörnen Award 2011 in the category Best Swedish Song and is nominated for a Grammi 2012 in the category Song of the Year. The SoundFactory Remix of the song was nominated for a Scandipop Award 2012 in the category Best Remix.
Popjustice.com has named the song Song of the Day.[dead link] On 15 May 2011, the same website has named the slow version Song of the Day. In December 2011, the same website has listed the original song on number three of their list 45 Best Singles 2011, billcsistunedon.wordpress.com has listed the song on number one of their list Bill's Top 75 Songs of 2011 and myfizzypop.blogspot.com has listed the song on number five of their list Best of 2011. In January 2012, rantsofadiva.blogspot.com has listed the song on number four of their list Top 50 Singles of 2011.
As of July 2011, Popular has been sold over 40.000 times and received Double Platinum in Sweden.
A censored version of the music video of the song was released on 14 April 2011. The music video includes a dance battle.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||29|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||4|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||23|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||17|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||48|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||76|
|Sweden||28 February 2011||CD single, digital download||Roxy Recordings|
|Sweden (Album remix)||14 March 2011|
|Sweden (Slow version)|
|Finland||25 April 2011||Ratas Music Group|
|Denmark||6 May 2011||Roxy Recordings|
|Norway||6 May 2011|
|Australia||12 May 2011|
|Austria||18 May 2011||B1M1 Recordings|
|Belgium||20 May 2011||Mostiko|
|Sweden (SoundFactory remix)||25 May 2011||Roxy Recordings|
|Song by Helena Paparizou|
|Released||11 March 2012.|
|Label||Sony Music SE|
In March 2012, Greek-Swedish singer Elena Paparizou sang her version of "Popular" during a pause in the final of the 2012 Melodifestivalen. Her performance was recorded and released as a single, her first in five years in Sweden.