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Sanna Nielsen

Sanna Nielsen
Sanna Nielsen (2014)
Background information
Birth name Sanna Viktoria Nielsen
Born

(1984-11-27) 27 November 1984


Edenryd, Skåne, Sweden
Genres Pop, schlager, soul, dansband music (early career)
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1996–present
Labels Warner, Parlophone
Associated acts Mats Elmes, Sonja Aldén, Shirley Clamp, Fredrik Kempe

Sanna Viktoria Nielsen (born 27 November 1984) is a Swedish pop singer.[1] After her seventh attempt, she won Melodifestivalen in 2014 with the song "Undo" and so represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, finishing in 3rd place overall.

Sanna was one of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 commentators for Sweden.

Nielsen also could be one on the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 hosts after (her own country) Sweden's win in the ESC 2015 contest.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Melodifestivalen and Eurovision 2014 1.1
      • Entries 1.1.1
  • Personal life 2
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
    • Joint albums 3.2
    • Compilation albums 3.3
    • Singles 3.4
  • Awards 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Career

Nielsen was born and grew up in the town of Edenryd in Bromölla Municipality, Skåne. Nielsen's career started at several talent searches, the first being in 1992 in Olofström. In 1994 she participated in a talent search in Kallinge and won with the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Nielsen performed with the danceband Mats Elmes between 1995 and 1996 at the age of eleven.[2]

Sanna Nielsen at Sommarkrysset in 2008.

At the same time she reached the number one spot on the Svensktoppen chart with the song "Till en fågel".[3] Nielsen became the youngest person to reach number one at the chart.[4]

In September 1996 Nielsen's debut album "Silvertoner" was released.[5] A reviewer of the album for Carola Häggkvist and Sissel Kyrkjebø.[6] During the following years Nielsen released the album Min önskejul in 1997 and the single "Time to Say Goodbye" in 1999.[7] During her high school years, she studied the Estetichal programme and music at Helenehoms Gymnastin in Malmö.[8]

In December 2001 Nielsen participated in a Christmas tour along with Christer Sjögren, Sten Nilsson and Charlotte Perrelli.[9] In 2002 she toured with Roger Pontare and in December the same year she participated in a Christmas concert with Kalle Moraeus and Tito Beltran in both 2003 and 2004.[10]

In February 2006, her second solo music album Nära mej, nära dej was released with lyrics and music by Fredrik Kempe and Marcos Ubeda.[11] In July–August 2007 she was on a new music tour called Sommar, Sommar, Sommar along with Shirley Clamp and Sonja Aldén.[12] In April 2008 the album Stronger was released, an album completely in English language, the first time Nielsen had such an album.[13] The same year the album Our Christmas was released, containing Christmas songs along with Shirley Clamp and Sonja Aldén.[14]

In 2011, she released the album I'm In Love. In December 2013 Nielsen released her seventh studio album called Min jul with Christmas songs.[15]

Melodifestivalen and Eurovision 2014

Nielsen has participated seven times in Melodifestivalen. She made her debut in 2001 performing "I går, i dag", which finished third.[3] She returned to the contest again in 2003 with "Hela världen för mig" finishing fifth. After a one-year break, Nielsen returned again in Melodifestivalen 2005 with "Du och jag mot världen", this time as a duet with Fredrik Kempe, which finished eighth.[16]

On 3 March 2007, Nielsen participated in Melodifestivalen again with "Vågar du, vågar jag".[3][17] During the Second Chance round, the song qualified for the final at the Stockholm Globe Arena on 10 March 2007, where the song ended up in seventh place after the final of Melodifestivalen 2007.

Sanna Nielsen performing at Eurovision 2014

Nielsen participated in Melodifestivalen 2008, performing "Empty Room", written and composed by Bobby Ljunggren and Aleena Gibson. She reached the final from the Västerås semifinal on 16 February 2008.[18] Although the song won the public televote in the final inside the Stockholm Globe Arena on 15 March, beating Charlotte Perrelli's second-placed song "Hero" by more than 50,000 votes, it was denied the chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest after losing out to Perrelli in the overall points-based scoring system once the jury vote was factored into the results, thus finishing only second in the final official standings.[18]

Sanna Nielsen performing at Stockholm Pride 2015

During 2008, "Empty Room" won the OGAE Second Chance Contest 2008 with a 91 points lead to runner-up Coral from Spain.

Nielsen participated in the Melodifestivalen 2011, with the song "I'm in Love".[3][19] She came first at the second semi-final which took place in Gothenburg on 12 February 2011. One month later, she finished fourth at the finale.

Nielsen decided to return to the contest in 2014, this time with the song "Undo".[20] She competed in the second semifinal held on 8 February, in which she qualified for the final, held at the Friends Arena, Stockholm on 8 March.[14][21] She won the final and represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark in the first semifinal on 6 May.[22] Nielsen made it to the final. In the final Nielsen placed third place with 218 points. That also placed Nielsen as the second highest scoring singer for Sweden at the Eurovision after Loreen in 2012. Undo became Nielsens first song to reach the UK Top 40 singles charts at place 40.

On 29 September 2014 Nielsen was announced as the host for Melodifestivalen 2015 along with comedian Robin Paulsson.[23]

On 10 April it was announced that Nielsen and Edward af Sillén would commentate the SVT broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[24]

Entries

Year Song Place
2001 "I går, i dag" 3rd
2003 "Hela världen för mig" 5th
2005 "Du och jag mot världen" 8th
2007 "Vågar du, vågar jag" 5th
2008 "Empty Room" 2nd
2011 "I'm in Love" 4th
2014 "Undo" 1st

Personal life

Sanna Nielsen got engaged in 2006 in Las Vegas, the couple lived in Lidingö outside of Stockholm before splitting up in 2008.[25][26] She is currently living in Årsta south of Stockholm with her boyfriend Joakim Ramsell.[27]

Nielsen is of Danish descent - her grandfather was Danish and lived in Århus.[27]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
SWE
[28]
Silvertoner
  • First studio album
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Maypole
55
Min önskejul
Nära mej, nära dej
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 15 February 2006
  • Label: Lionheart
12
Stronger
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 16 April 2008
  • Label: Lionheart
1
I'm in Love
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 2 March 2011
  • Label: Lionheart
3
Vinternatten
  • Second Christmas album
  • Released: 21 November 2012
  • Label: Parlophone
5
Min jul
  • SWE: Platinum
7[29] 1
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

Joint albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
SWE
[28]
Our Christmas
(Sanna, Shirley, Sonja)
  • First joint album
  • Released: November 2008
1
  • SWE: Platinum
Vår jul
(Sanna, Shirley, Sonja)
  • Second joint album
  • Released: November 2010
6

Compilation albums

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
SWE
[28]
Sanna 11-22
  • First compilation
  • Released: 7 March 2007
  • Label: Lionheart
19
16 bästa
  • Second compilation
  • Released: 9 April 2014
  • Label: Lionheart

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
SWE
[28]
AUS
[30]
BEL (Vl)
[31]
BEL (Wa)
[31]
DEN
[32]
GER
[33]
IRE
[34]
NL
[35]
SWI
[36]
UK
[37]
1996 "Till en fågel" 46 Silvertoner
1997 "Där bor en sång" [38] Min önskejul
1998 "I Love the Summertime" ("Låt sommaren gunga dig") [39] single only
1999 "Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiró)" [40] Sanna 11-22
2001 "I går, i dag" 32
2003 "Hela världen för mig" 35
2005 "Du och jag mot världen"
(with Fredrik Kempe)
20
2006 "Rör Vid Min Själ" "Nära mej, nära dej"
2007 "Vågar du, vågar jag" 10 Sanna 11-22
2008 "Empty Room" 2 Stronger
"Nobody Without You" 33
"All I Want For Christmas"
(Sanna Nielsen, Shirley Clamp & Sonja Aldén)
39 Our Christmas
"My Grown Up Christmas List"
(Sanna Nielsen, Shirley Clamp & Sonja Aldén)
41
2009 "I Can Catch the Moon" Stronger
"Rätt kanal" [41] single only
2010 "Devotion" 15 I'm in Love
"Part of Me"
2011 "I'm in Love" 32
"Can't Stop Love Tonight"
2012 "Viskar ömt mitt namn" Vinternatten
2014 "Undo" 2 81 25 48 5 32 21 21 11 40 7
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Awards

  • 2002 – Ulla Billquist-stipendiet, 25 000 kronor[42]
  • 2002 – Birgit Nilssons stipendium[43]
  • 2003 – Skåning of the Year[44]
  • 2008 – Song of the Year,[45] "Empty Room", Gaygalan 2008
  • 2008 – Lidingöbo of the Year

See also

References


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function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
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end

return p
  1. ^ Sanna Nielsen
  2. ^ Helsingborgs Dagblad 15 november 1996, page 39
  3. ^ a b c d
  4. ^ Johan Brännström. "Det 11-åriga stjärnskottet skriver Svensktoppshistoria", Aftonbladet 25 May 1996, page 31.
  5. ^ Eva Kjeller. "Oh, vilken skiva Sanna", Aftonbladet 28 september 1996, page 45
  6. ^ Tore Ljunberg. Göteborgs-Posten 7 October 1996, page 39
  7. ^ Michael Nystås. "Hon kan bli vår nästa stora stjärna", Aftonbladet, 2 February 1999, page 34
  8. ^ "Sanna är redo att möta publiken", Helsingborgs Dagblad, 9 November 2000, page 25
  9. ^ Mikael Forsell. "16-åriga Sanna sjunger med julelefanterna", Västerbottens-Kuriren, 6 June 2001, page 15
  10. ^ Rolf Sundblad. "Sanna Nielsen årets Ulla Billquist-stipendiat", Pressens Mediaservice, 29 April 2002
  11. ^ Karin Bengtsson. "Vuxet och lite tråkigt, Sanna", Borås Tidning, 15 February 2006
  12. ^ Catharina Cavalli. "Nu får publiken höra tre tjejer på en gång", Aftonbladet 5 May 2007, page 39
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  26. ^ Elisabeth Vedin. "Jag vill ha två barn", Aftonbladet 9 March 2007, page 30
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  38. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sanna-Nielsen-Där-Bor-En-Sång/release/5061228
  39. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sanna-Nielsen-I-Love-The-Summertime/release/5061064
  40. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sanna-Nielsen-Time-To-Say-Goodbye/release/5061070
  41. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Sanna-Nielsen-Rätt-Kanal/release/5061087
  42. ^ Hannah Sjöström. "Grattis, Sanna Nielsen", Aftonbladet 30 April 2002, page 28
  43. ^ "Nielsen fick pris av Nilsson", Helsingborgs Dagblad 12 July 2002, page 8
  44. ^ "Sanna Nielsen blev Årets skåning", Helsingborgs Dagblad 15 July 2003, page 6
  45. ^ "Empty Room blev årets låt", Gaygalan 2008, page 6

External links

  • Official Website

Media related to Sanna Nielsen at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Måns Zelmerlöw
OGAE Second Chance Contest winner
2008
Succeeded by
Hera Björk
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