Måns Zelmerlöw's single "Happyland" hits top spot on iTunes in Germany!


It is not only in Sweden that has fallen in love with Måns Zelmerlöws latest single "Happyland". The song has now reached the first place on the German iTunes! "Happy Land" continues to climb up on the other major music charts.

Today's investments in Germany:
iTunes - Location No. 1 
Shazam - place No. 13 
Amazon - place No. 22 
Happyland is the fifth and last single of the album Chameleon and recently released the song's music video, which is a post-apocalyptic fiction. It is the film production POPE Productions together with Mans Zelmerlöw have created the scenes recorded from both Sweden and Iceland. 
"Happy Land" video credits: 
Director / Edit: Robin Olofsson POPE
Producer: Donald Österby, POPE
Director of Photography: Fredric Johansson, POPE
Director of Photography, Camera Operator: Simon Luatrup
Animation Studio - www.acecat.se VFX - Mark Rosen
VFX - Rickard Ersson
Junior VFX - Seth Brusewitz, POPE
Make-up: Bethel Bairu
Styling: Tina Rydergård
Colorist: Sander van Wijk, Media Monks
Sound Design: Philip Beach
Stunt: Hamza Sultana

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Robert Gustafsson moves into the Rondo in the fall with a new dinner show





Robert Gustafson will take his smash-hit band Rolandz and his other characters to enrich Rondo in Gothenburg in the autumn. The show is called "Rolandz Rondo" and will premiere in September and they are likely to be both festive, popular and have a lot of 'fuldans,' of course.
It was in 2011 that Robert Gustafsson last stood on the Rondo stage during which he made grand success with his acclaimed anniversary show. Now, one of our foremost comedians and actors is back and is bring everyone along with Rolandz on a sparkling show with a lot of bawling singing. Cult band Rolandz had their breakthrough in 2008 and is now also present in this year's Melodifestivalen with his entry "Fuldans". Roland Järverup is the head of the band. The sympathetic Värmland, we met for the first time in "Screwed in Tallinn" and has become one of Robert Gustafsson most popular characters. 
"It will be fun to come to the Rondo! Have the hairspray in Gothenburg? And work the InterRail card on the tram? I'll take the bus or else ..." - Roland Järverup
Besides Roland, as appears also more of Robert's wildly popular characters in the show and entertains with both fresh and long-awaited material. Who could fail to love the jovial and spirited Greger Hawkwind, fire chief with his kilt, his heels and his pipe. And do not be surprised if even out-of Göteborg Wejron in the early morning, stepping forward with a clenched fist and thermos and calls to fight. Or why not the speedway legend Tony Rickardsson who is not at all bitter with no gas present their truths and makes us roaring with laughter. 
Besides all acclaimed performances on stage, so has Robert Gustafsson also made at least as many acclaimed roles in the film. He has been praised for its outstanding role performance in "Four Shades of Brown", he received a Guldbagge for 2004. Most recently, he has been praised worldwide for its amazing role performance in "A hundred year old who climbed out the window and disappeared" (the film is the biggest Swedish success ever and has been sold to 52 countries). For that role was Robert Gustafsson also nominated for Guldbagge for Best Actor. 
"Rolandz Rondo" is played on the following dates in the fall:
Thurs 27 Sept at. 21:00    PREMIERE! Fred Sept 28 pm. 21:00
Sat Sept 29 pm. 21:00
Thu 04 Oct at. 20:00
Fred 05 Oct at. 21:00
Sat 06 Oct at. 15:00   and   kl. 21:00
Thu 11 Oct at. 20:00
Fred 12 Oct at. 21:00
Sat 13 Oct at. 15:00 pm. 21:00
Thu 18 Oct at. 20:00
Fred 19 Oct at. 21:00
Sat 20 Oct at. 15:00 pm. 21:00
Thu 25 Oct at. 20:00
Fred 26 Oct at. 21:00
Sat 27 Oct at. 15:00 pm. 21:00
Thurs 01 Nov at. 20:00
Fred 02 Nov at. 21:00
Sat 03 Nov at. 21:00
Thurs 08 Nov at. 20:00
Fred 09 Nov at. 21:00
Sat 10 Nov at. 21:00
Thurs 15 Nov at. 20:00
Fred 16 Nov at. 21:00
Sat 17 Nov at. 21:00
Thu, 22 Nov at. 20:00
Fred 23 Nov at. 21:00
Sat 24 Nov at. 21:00
Thurs 29 Nov at. 20:00
Fred 30 Nov at. 21:00
Sat 01 Dec at. 21:00
Thu 06 Dec at. 20:00
Peace 07 Dec at. 21:00
Sat 08 Dec at. 21:00
Thu 13 Dec at. 20:00
Peace 14 Dec at. 21:00
Sat 15 Dec at. 21:00 
Tickets go on sale March 5, sold by: www.showtic.se and www.liseberg.se
Presented by: 2Entertain and Vicky Entertainment Production.

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Ida Redig Brings Indie Flair to Melodifestivalen (Interview)


Ida Redig is a force to be reckoned with. Not only does she boast an impressive catalogue of catchy pop tracks, her relentless work ethic has led to her building her own studio and finding creative ways to get music videos made for each of her singles. Now she is bring that same clever resourcefulness to Melodifestivalen with her newest song "Allting som vi sa", a love song that will be presented with a glittery display. Redig assures us that the number will maintain her artistic identity, as opposed to warping it to pander to what some believe is the 'right' approach when entering the contest. Already her participation has boosted her profile, as the most dedicated fans have taken the opportunity to research her bountiful back catalogue and found many new releases to add to their playlists.

Watch our full interview with Ida Redig here:

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Mimi Werner Returns To Melodifestivalen (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

Mimi Werner became a fan-favourite among international Melodifestivalen viewers during her 2016 participation with her country-pop banger "Ain't No Good". Now she returns to the contest with an anthemic, brightly orange entry, "Songburning". With dancers pounding on drums and a fiery rain to come pouring down during the song's final chorus, Mimi is bringing her full pop power to make the most of this second chance at qualifying past more than just the first round of semi-final voting. But will it be enough in yet another jam-packed, competitive semi-final?

Watch our full interview with Mimi Werner here:

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Stiko Per Larsson on Melodifestivalen and Charity Walking Tours (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

Stiko Per Larsson enters a competitive Melodifestivalen semi-final as the underdog, having been the winner of the P4 contest (which hasn't always had the best track record for providing competitive entries in the contest). But Stiko's attitude and resilience sticks out instantly, for how determined he is to not only give this opportunity everything he has, but all of his experience going on long walking tours across Sweden to raise money for children suffering from cancer. Will his determination win over the Swedish public? Only time will tell...

Watch our full interview with Stiko Per Larsson here:

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LIAMOO: A Frontrunner To Win Melodifestivalen 2018? (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

LIAMOO, winner of Swedish Idol 2016, is set to make his Melodifestivalen debut with a song he co-wrote called "Last Breath," one that he promises to be both personal and epic. With a multicultural background of heritage including Filipino and Finnish roots, LIAMOO is no stranger to approaching music with an open and creative fusion which intermingles various genres. He sings, he raps, and he always aims to look his best in how he presents himself as an artist.

"Last Breath" will also be staged by famed artistic director and choreographer Sasha Jean-Baptiste, who presented LIAMOO with a mood board which he gave his approval to. With a considerable amount of buzz surrounding him, and even theories that he will win the whole contest, LIAMOO admits to not being aware of his rise to the top of the betting odds until his father told him so. But he is flattered nonetheless by the vote of confidence from the public and their belief in his ability to succeed.

Watch our full interview with LIAMOO here:

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Kamferdrops Brings Eccentricity To Melodifestivalen 2018 (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

Kamferdrops is a Norwegian artist best known to the Swedish public for her cover of Kikki Danielsson's "Jag trodde änglarna fanns" which became a summer hit last year. She is also known for her anonymous approach to being a public figure, in that she always wears a mask to cover her face. In entering Melodifestivalen, she maintains this anonymous approach by bringing a number in which multiple dancers weave in and out of the number to keep up the illusion of which is the 'real' Kamferdrops. With a laid-back energy and bold visual presentation, there was much to discuss when speaking with Kamferdrops backstage in her dressing room.

Watch our full interview with Kamferdrops here:

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Renaida Makes An Impact in Melodifestivalen 2018 (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

Swedish Idol alumni Renaida is making her Melodifestivalen debut with an orange-tinted pop banger, "All The Feels," that serves attitude, choreography, and one hell of a drop. Renaida also has experience on the big stage from singing as Poli Genova's stand-in during Eurovision 2016 (in Stockholm). She knows how to work her angles and keep her eye on the camera despite being newer to this particular contest. It's unclear whether or not the people around her will give her the opportunity to make a music video for the song, but Renaida says she has been working with the same team that works with Melodifestivalen-winner Frans, and has every interest in making videos for her upcoming content.

Watch our full interview with Renaida here:

Edit: Renaida has qualified to the Andra Chansen round and will sing again for a chance to perform in Friends Arena for the finals.

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Kikki Danielsson and Edward Blom to Compete in Melodifestivalen 2018 (Interview)


Kikki Danielsson is returning to Melodifestivalen once again, having competed and won more than once before. This time, her song is a Swedish country ballad ("Osby Tennessee") sharing her autobiography in three minutes. Kikki's purpose in presenting the song is to let others now that regardless of if you come from a rough start in life, you can still achieve your dreams. Though the entry might not prove as competitive as some of the flashier entries, it's an important message to share to the viewers tuning in.

Watch our full interviews with Kikki Danielsson and Edward Blom here:

Edward Blom isn't known to the public for being a musical artist. Instead, he has made a name for himself by being a fan of food, drinks, and being a writer, historian, and television personality. His song "Livet på en pinne" is a playful, cheery song with a colourful batch of characters including a dancing lobster, grape, and table. This Swedish spin on Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest" has a high production value and the staging is perfectly on brand with the spirit of the song.


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Sigrid Bernson and John Lundvik To Debut In Melodifestivalen 2018 (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

Sigrid Bernson is best known to the Swedish public for being a professional dancer on the Swedish version of "Strictly Come Dancing" on which she has taken home the victory three times, one of which was with Benjamin Ingrosso. In more recent months she has taken on the title of pop artist with a series of single releases. Now that she has made it into Melodifestivalen, she will premiere a song called "Patrick Swayze" with a staging designed around her signature colour of yellow and her stand-out charisma.

Watch our press conference interviews with Sigrid Bernson and John Lundvik here:

John Lundvik has spent many years in Sweden's music scene as both a songwriter and demo vocalist. He has often teased at being a solo artist but this is one of the biggest steps he has taken to showcase himself, with his only other brush with the contest being a participation as a songwriter for Anton Ewald's "Natural" back in 2014. His song is a moving ballad that he wrote about his desire to break out as a solo artist and will feature a simple staging that keeps the focus on himself and his vocals.


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Benjamin Ingrosso Returns Strong To Melodifestivalen (Interview)

Photo: Lizel Strömberg (ZEL Photography)

Benjamin Ingrosso premiered in Melodifestivalen in 2017, during which he won over a new batch of fans and impressed the international juries well enough to finish fifth overall in the finals. Despite our previous conversations with him hinting that he wasn't looking to become a regular of the contest, he has returned just one year later with another song he co-wrote called "Dance You Off."

He promises that this is the sexiest song he has released to date and has this time collaborated with choreographer Zain Odelstål and stylist Dennis Brøchner, the same creative team behind last year's winning staging for Robin Bengtsson's "I Can't Go On".

Watch our full interview with Benjamin Ingrosso here:

Benjamin Ingrosso also released two follow-up singles between last year's Melodifestivalen run and now, entitled "Do You Think About Me" and "One More Time", both of which he co-wrote on. With such a promising quality of content and strong work ethic, we have no doubt that big things will come from Benjamin Ingrosso, both in and out of Melodifestivalen.

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