“Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, the winning song from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has entered the Billboard Charts in the United States.
“Arcade” has become the first Eurovision entry to enter the Billboard Charts since 1996, with it entering this week’s chart at Number 100. “Arcade” has become a hit in the US following its use on the social media platform TikTok and the singer’s appearances in the past weeks on a number of US TV shows.
The winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is the first Eurovision entry to enter the charts in 25 years. The last song that managed to enter the Billboard charts was the United Kingdom’s entry for Eurovision 1996 ‘Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit’. The song peaked at No.17 and went on to receive a Grammy.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
Duncan Laurence is originally from Spijkenisse, born in 1994. This year he graduated from the Rock Academy in Tilburg where he studied to become a singer-songwriter as well as a music producer. He has also spent time previously in London and Stockholm writing music. He was internally selected in January by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the nation in the 2019 contest.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv – Thomas Hanses | Source: Billboard Charts
The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 2019. Prior to Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, the Netherlands had been waiting 44 years for their next victory. Duncan Laurence won the contest in Israel with the song “Arcade”.