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A Million Voices (song)

"A Million Voices"
Single by Polina Gagarina
Released 7 April 2015[1]
Recorded 2015
Genre Pop
Length 3:05
Label Universal Music Group
Writer(s) Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Katrina Noorbergen, Leonid Gutkin, Vladimir Matetsky
Producer(s) Magnus Wallin, Gustaf Svenungsson, Joakim Björnberg
Polina Gagarina singles chronology
"Day"
(2014)
"A Million Voices"
(2015)
"Кукушка"
(2015)
"A Million Voices"
Eurovision Song Contest 2015 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Katrina Noorbergen, Leonid Gutkin, Vladimir Matetsky
Lyricist(s)
Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Katrina Noorbergen, Leonid Gutkin, Vladimir Matetsky
Finals performance
Semi-final result
1st
Semi-final points
182
Final result
2nd
Final points
303
Appearance chronology
◄ "Shine" (2014)   

"A Million Voices" is the name of the song that represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[2] It was performed by the Russian singer, songwriter, actress, and model Polina Gagarina. In the grand final it received 303 points, finishing second, becoming the first second-placed song ever to receive more than 300 points in the Eurovision Song Contest. The song is written by Swedish songwriters Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Katrina Noorbergen and by Russians Leonid Gutkin and Vladimir Matetsky.

Contents

  • Critical reception 1
  • Music video 2
  • Political controversy 3
  • Booing in the presentation 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Charts 6
    • Weekly charts 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Critical reception

Polina Gagarina performing the song at Eurovision Song Contest 2015, representing to Russia.

Charlotte Runcie of The Daily Telegraph described the song as "synth-heavy with oodles of key changes, on record it sounds quite a lot like a standard karaoke ballad - think Take That-lite".[3]

Music video

The music video of the song was presented on March 15, 2015.[4] On the same day it was published on the official channel of the contest on YouTube and gained more than 10 million views, making it the most watched Eurovision 2015 music video on the contest's channel.[5]

The shooting of the video involved 25 people, including children, adults and elderly people of different races and nationalities.[6]

Political controversy

The 60-year-old singing contest in which viewers phone in to vote for their favourite has always largely been political, says Karen Fricker, a professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock University who was in Vienna for the grand final. "The song is extremely effective and I would argue, manipulative," says Fricker, "because it's one of those songs that's all about how we should all get together and link hands and be human beings together and believe in peace", and added, "We have to bear in mind this song is representing Russia, a country that is very involved in aggressive foreign relations at the moment".

Before the final, Fricker pointed out that Gagarina did not earn boos from the crowd. While she acknowledged it may be a reflection of the Ukraine situation becoming less popular news, Fricker told CTV News, "it's also perhaps because fans just love the song".[7]

Booing in the presentation

The live audience could be heard booing whenever a country awarded points to Russia at the song contest, which took place at at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, prompting one of the hosts to remind the audience that “music should stand over politics tonight”. Conchita Wurst, who was condemned by leading Russian religious figures following her win last year, called the boos “incomprehensible” and said that Gagarina “cannot be blamed for the rules” in her home country.[8]

The booing was thought to be linked to Russia’s anti-LGBT policies and its involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Conservative Russians viewed Conchita Wurst as a threat to traditional family values, and expressed concern about hosting the Eurovision Song Contest if Russia won. Despite the negative reaction from the Eurovision crowd, Russia’s entry Polina Gagarina came in a respectable second place after Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw took the crown. Anti-booing technology was reportedly installed in Wiener Stadthalle to prevent boos from being heard on television.[8]

Russia’s communications coordinator for Eurovision told The Moscow Times: “It was very embarrassing for us last year when this happened, as it was not the spirit of the contest. "We are here to build bridges, as the motto [of the contest] says". Gagarina’s song included lyrics about accepting people for who they are as part of Russia’s attempt at soft diplomacy.[8]

Track listing

Digital download – single[1]
  1. A Million Voices – 3:05

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 79
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 38
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 23
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 46
Iceland (Tonlist)[15] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 86
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 99
Russia (2M)[18] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 55
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 97
UK (UK Single Downloads Chart)[23] 61

References

  1. ^ a b "A Million Voices (Eurovision 2015 - Russia) - Single".  
  2. ^ Nocito, Eric. "Polina Gagarina will fly the Russian flag at Eurovision!".  
  3. ^ Runcie, Charlotte. "Eurovision 2015 favourite: Russia: beautiful songstress Polina Gagarina".  
  4. ^ "Полина Гагарина: премьера клипа A Million Voices".  
  5. ^ "Клип Гагариной лидирует по просмотрам среди участников «Евровидения»" (in Russian). Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Полина Гагарина ушла из шоу «Точь-в-точь» ради подготовки к «Евровидению»." (in Russian). Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Mulholland, Angela. "So much more than a song: Why Eurovision is really about politics".  
  8. ^ a b c Wyatt, Daisy (24 May 2015). "'"Eurovision 2015: Russia booed despite song contest’s best efforts to put 'music over politics.  
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (30 May 2015). "ARIA Singles: Taylor Swift Bad Blood Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Polina Gagarina: A Million Voices" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  15. ^ Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 22, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Lenta.ru: Песня Гагариной на «Евровидении»".  
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-05-31". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-05-31" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  23. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 

External links

  • "A Million Voices" (music video) on YouTube
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