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Olivia Rodrigo reflects on one year of ‘Sour’: “It’s impossible to sum up how much this album means to me”

Olivia Rodrigo shared a post reflecting on its creation and subsequent success.‘Sour’ was an immediate smash-hit upon its release last May, leading Rodrigo to smash multiple chart records; she gave the US’ Billboard 200 chart the biggest first-week figures it’d seen for 2021, made UK chart history as the first female artist with three of the top five singles in the same week, and became the youngest artist to land a UK Number One on two concurrent charts – a milestone that she hit two weeks in a row.In the months since its release, the album has racked up 15 Platinum certificates across seven countries, including three each in the US, Canada and Norway.Honouring the record’s first birthday, Rodrigo said it was “impossible for [her] to sum up in words how much this album means to [her] and how grateful [she is] to have gotten the privilege to make it and watch it exist in the world”. She also gave a shoutout to producer Dan Nigro, and thanked “everyone who has embraced [her] 17 year old lamentations and forever changed [her] life in the process”.A post shared by Olivia Rodrigo (@oliviarodrigo)‘Sour’ was released on May 21, 2021 via Geffen, flanked her breakout hit ‘Driver’s License’, as well as singles ‘Deja Vu’, ‘Good 4 U’, ‘Brutal’ and ‘Traitor’.

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Eurovision's Sam Ryder confirms identity of Norway's Subwoolfer as British boyband star
Eurovision superstar Sam Ryder has revealed the identity of one half of the duo Subwoolfer, Norway’s entry into the song contest this year.Appearing on stage wearing black suits with yellow wolf-head masks, Subwoolfer sent Eurovision fans into a frenzy as viewers turned into amateur detectives in a bid to work out who was behind the disguises.The pair, who go by the pseudonyms of Keith and Jim, came in 10th place as they bagged 182 points with their single Give That Wolf A Banana.Now UK entry Sam Ryder has confirmed speculation that Subwoolfer is in fact Ben Adams, a British singer who is best known as a member of the British-Norwegian band A1.A1 won Best Newcomers at the BRIT Award back in 2001 and had two number one UK singles, Take On Me and Same Old Brand New You.Although the boy band split up in 2002, Adams later reunited with his former bandmates Christian Ingebrigsten and Mark Read to release new singles and perform a series of concerts in Norway.Eurovision commentator Graham Norton fuelled rumours of Subwoolfer’s identity during the live final of the contest, saying: “So we think the shorter wolf is Ben, Ben Adams from the boyband A1.”Another strong theory was that Subwoolfer were Ylvis, the duo behind catchy hit What Does The Fox Say, who are signed to the same record label that released Give That Wolf A Banana.
Norwegian Eurovision entry Subwoolfer recorded a ‘Jolene’ parody about their time in Turin
Eurovision entry Subwoolfer have shared a ‘Jolene’ parody about their time in Turin.The duo, who comically donned yellow wolf masks in this year’s tournament, were 50-1 to win in Italy with their track ‘Give That Wolf A Banana’.They finished the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in 10th place with 182 points, some way off the winners, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra and UK runner up Sam Ryder.Now, to mark their time in Italy they have posted a video of themselves, which you can view below, goofing around in Turin performing a parody of Dolly Parton‘s famous hit ‘Jolene’.The clip sees the duo on the streets of the city, changing the lyrics of the track to: “These yellow ears beyond compare, we’re breathing in Italian air, we’re eating pizza almost every meal / We’re saving grandmas everyday, we ate a few along the way but Italian grandma skin is hard to peel,” before they declare: “Turin, Turin, Turin, Turin, we’re begging of you – join us to the moon.”Meanwhile, UK Eurovision runner Sam Ryder, has announced details of a new 2022 London show at brand new venue Outernet on November 24. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday (May 20) at 9am here.In Ukraine meanwhile, their win was said to bring “incredible happiness” to a country under invasion by Russia.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Instagram that the courage of the war-torn country “impresses the world” and congratulated Kalush Orchestra on their victory.He then went on to promise to host Eurovision in the future in a “free, peaceful and rebuilt” Mariupol, a city currently largely under Russian control.
Eurovision's behind-the-scenes secrets - stage 'rule', truth to vote and song details
Rylan Clark-Neal and former Eurovision judge Richard Wilkins.From the length of the song to the lyrics, even the time the song was released – everything is very precise when it comes to Eurovision's choice of songs.The first rule is fairly simple – the lyrics and music can’t have been commercially released before September 1 the year before.Another qualifying rule for the song is it must not be any longer than three minutes – but there's a very good reason for that.In Stockholm, for example, the show starts at 9pm, the first song is at about 9:15pm, and 26 songs later it’s past 10:30pm.Then there’s all that banter from the hosts, and finally the results, meaning it’s a very lengthy evening.In 2015, Finland broke the record for the shortest song in Eurovision as the band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät participated with their punk-rock song Aina Mun Pitää with a length of 1m27s.Luckily, entrants don't need many lyrics, as Norway’s 1995 winning song Nocturne demonstrated with just 24 words.The legal term isn’t “lyrics”, it’s “discernible vocals” and the edgy Belgium interprets this in their own way, as in 2003 and 2008 they entered songs in an imaginary dialect.Understandably, there's no miming in Eurovision – all vocals must be sung live.They are so strict on this that no voices are permitted on the backing track either.The rule book follows then to say that if you sing live you better sing well.For the TV broadcast each country is allocated 50 minutes of rehearsal time split over two days.This ensures technical precision of everything from the lighting to the music.It is not all over after that though as there are then three full dress rehearsals for each Semi Final and the Grand Final.So, when an act qualifies for the Grand