Tidal has some explaining to do

Static is rising around the music-streaming platform Tidal, after Oslo-based newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported in detail this week about how Tidal seems to have manipulated its listener statistics by several hundred million. Recording artists are stunned and Tono, which manages rights and royalties for Norwegian songwriters and composers, is demanding a full audit. “We […]

Rybak takes Norway to Eurovision final

Norwegian musician Alexander Rybak made it into the last batch of 10 finalists who’ll be competing in Saturday’s annual Eurovision Song Contest. Rybak won the contest with the largest number of points ever accumulated back in 2009 with his hit song Fairytale, and is keen on repeating the achievement. “Fantastic! I’m very relieved now,” Rybak […]

Sigrid sang for 3 million Americans

A 21-year-old singer from Norway’s scenic coastal town of Aalesund, who simply calls herself “Sigrid,” scored a sanding ovation Tuesday night on the US’s popular Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It was a major breakthrough for the young Sigrid Solbakk Raabe, who hates makeup, favours blue jeans and just want to spread her music. Host Jimmy […]

‘Musical ambassadors’ head for Oslo

The Norwegian Military Tattoo will get underway for the 14th time this weekend, when Norway’s defense department will be welcoming marching bands and other military music corps to the Oslo Spektrum arena from April 20-22. The event is billed as a major international attraction, with 850 participants from eight countries. Among them are members of […]

Rybak wins a return to Eurovision

UPDATED: Norway’s Alexander Rybak, who won the Eurovision Song Contest by the largest number of points in history nine years ago, will be making a comeback in May. Norwegian voters have sent him back to the huge contest that he just may take by storm again. Rybak’s catchy new tune is called “That’s how you […]

‘A very good by:Larm’

The annual Nordic music festival and conference in Oslo known as by:Larm attracted rave reviews after it ended this weekend. One critic called it an “irresistible tumult of new music,” and a teenager from Bergen stole the show. The packed concerts delivered by 17-year-old Hannah Emelie Grung, better known as Halie (pronounced “Holly”), were branded […]

Norwegian music hits a high note

“Thank you for the music, Sweden. Now it’s our turn.” That was the headline in the national Norwegian magazine A-Magasinet nearly a year ago, and today Norway’s music industry is reverberating more than ever around the world. The Swedes have been a pop music superpower for decades, but their neighbours are suddenly stealing the stage […]

By:Larm gathers Nordic talent

Musical talent from the Nordic countries was hitting stages in Oslo again as the annual by:Larm music conference and festival got underway on Thursday. By:Larm is considered a premier arena especially for new Norwegian musicians. The major musical event of the year is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, after starting up in Trondheim […]

Boine honoured by her peers

Mari Boine won her first Norwegian music honour, the Spellemannspris, nearly 30 years ago. Norway’s most well-known Sami musician has since claimed three more and now, over the weekend, the equivalent of Norway’s lifetime achievement award at the nationally televised gala. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s Spellemannspris awards ceremony is the evening of the year when the […]

Good reviews, protests met ‘a-ha’ in Oslo

Norway’s legendary rock band a-ha was back home i Oslo last weekend and greeted by both good reviews and some protests outdoors. Demonstrators think the band should cancel an upcoming concert in Israel. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that both Israeli and Norwegian  supporters of the Palestinians wrote letters and staged a demonstration outside the Oslo Spektrum […]