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Sweden: Wiktoria’s Melodifestivalen Entry Leaks On Spotify In Rule Breach

Aftonbladet reports that Wiktoria is at risk of disqualification from Melodifestivalen after her song “Not With Me” leaked on Spotify.

On Saturday, Wiktoria advanced to grand final of Melodifestivalen 2019 in the first semi-final of the competition in Gothernburg.

However, in a breach of Melodifestivalen’s rules, her entry leaked onto the music streaming platform Spotify after the show, according to a report by Dagens Nyheter, picked up by Aftonbladet.

Melodifestivalen’s rules state that the finalists’ songs should not be released until after all songs in the competition have been heard (i.e. after the last semi-final).

Nellie Sörman, from Wiktoria’s record label, Sony, told Dagens Nyheter that the leak was a result of “technical error” which caused the song to be released earlier than the record company intended. The song was swiftly removed from Spotify after Dagens Nyheter got in touch with Sony.

However, the breach is considered by Sony to be minor. According to Sörman:

That Wiktoria’s song came out on Spotify for about 2h is of course really bad. Sony acted immediately when we found out … With the direct help of the Spotify office in New York, which acted quickly, we got down the song quite promptly.

She added that given the short time that the song was available it is likely that “very few” people listened to it.

As of 20:30 CET, SVT has ruled that Wiktoria will not be disqualified from the competition. SVT released a statement reading;

After a conversation with Sony Music, our opinion is that there was no inention to release the song on Spotify. We don’t think the damage is done on such a scale that it would require us to take measures.

The remaining Melodifestivalen schedule is as follows:

The remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Semi-Final 2 – Malmö – February 9
  • Semi-Final 3 – Leksand – February 16
  • Semi-Final 4 – Lidköping – February 23
  • Andra Chansen/Second Chance – Nyköping- March 2
  • Final – Stockholm – March 9

Source: Aftonbladet

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.

1 thought on “Sweden: Wiktoria’s Melodifestivalen Entry Leaks On Spotify In Rule Breach”

  1. 1. The leak was not intended by neither the record company nor Wiktoria herself.
    2. Since the semi final has yet to be removed from SVT Play, those who wanted to listen to the two final entries could do it even without them leaking on Spotify.
    3. The song has less than 1,000 streams on Spotify.
    4. Tobbe Ek from Aftonbladet is wrong; It is not possible to listen to songs after their removal even if added to a personal playlist.
    Conclusion? She should NOT be disqualified. If she is, then why didn’t Hasse Andersson and Kamferdrops get disqualified (two much more serious cases)? Disqualifying Wiktoria would be extremely unfair.

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