Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Finland - Blind Channel - Dark Side

Promo (front)
6 - 301 pts / 5 - 234 pts in semi 2
The winners of the Finnish UMK 2021 are Blind Channel with the song Dark Side.

The song is written by the band themselves.
Finland's National Final UMK (Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, New Music Contest) was held on Februari 20.
All songs (7) have been released as digital singles, see this UMK YT playlist.

Blind Channel are: Joel Hokka, Niko Vilhelm, Joonas Porko, Olli Matela, Tommi Lalli and Aleksi Kaunisvesi.
The band have so far released three albums: Revolutions (2016), Blood Brothers (2018) and Violent Pop (2020)


Promo (back)
A promo cdsingle was issued by Blind Channels's record label Ranka Kustannus. Initially 110 copies pressed. 8 of these are a "special platinum edition" (They were used for the platunum award for the band)
Comes in a card sleeve (Ranka Kustannus RAN 1702101)
It has Dark Side plus Love Of Mine (from the 2020 album Violent Pop)
A second batch was made for promotion in Rotterdam. This has the band name in yellow instead of white on the label.

2020 singer Aksel Kankaanranta was one of this year's UMK contestants but only finished 5th. 
And very interesting is the participation of the legendary Danny. Here at Eurocovers is a new post about Danny's earlier Eurovision attempts and the collection of Eurovision tunes he covered over the years.
Another familiar voice in the list is Estonienne Laura Põldvere.

The 7 digital singles of UMK 2021

Versions
Dark Side
- digital release 21-1, Rotterdam 2CD, promo cds
Dark Side - karaoke
- karaoke on the official karaoke album (digital)

Charts
Dark Side spent three weeks on the Finnish top 20 and re-entered at #1 after the UMK victory. The last time a Finnish entry was a #1 hit at home was This One. :)
Dark Side was awarded Triple Platinum in Finland in August for 30.000 certified units
Finnish top 20 (IFPI): 5, 10, 13, - 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 5, 6, 8, 8, 7, 13, 8, 6, 1, 3, 3, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 11, 15, 17, 18, -
Netherlands single top 100: 22, 56, -
Sweden top 100 (Topplistan): 28, 51, -
U.K. top 100 (OCC): 66, -
Ireland top 100 (IRMA): 62, -
Norway top 40 (VG lista): 27, -
Germany top 100 (ODC): 51, -
Switzerland top 100: 39, -
Austria top 75: 64, -

Links and sources
YLE UMK pages and Youtube playlist
Blind Channel Website,  Facebook Shop


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