Magnús Scheving received recognition from the Mediterranean Foundation on the fifth day for promoting increased health among children in Barcelona. The award is given every other year to those who have excelled in their work in the field of fitness and exercise. Magnús received recognition for LazyTown and his work in the interest of increasing children's health. Michelle Obama, the first lady o...
Musician Máni Svavarsson has achieved the great success of having sold 100,000 singles with his song Bing Bang from LazyTown, and the song has thus become a gold record seller on the British charts. The song has just entered the list and ranks in fourth place on the list behind the artists Take That, Booty Luv and Eminem and ahead of Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce. Máni says in an interview with Morgunblaðið that he received congratulations from his publishing company last Sunday and they told him that sales had reached 100,000 copies.
It is a so-called “single”, which means that there is only one song on the disc, Bing Bang, but it has four versions on the disc. Máni said that all the songs from LazyTown had previously been released on a CD in the UK and sales were very good. Therefore, the publishing company would have expected that the single could have a good success.
People are now eagerly waiting to see if the single will rise further on the list, where new sales figures are expected today. “Maybe it’s not every day that you fall for a song like this. It’s of course a small popular song, but there’s something catchy about it and it doesn’t get too boring when you listen to it,” says Máni. He adds that it is not at all certain how the song will position itself because many well-known musicians are releasing singles in the month of December. “It could be a balloon, but it’s already quite big,” says Máni.
The Day of Icelandic Music was celebrated yesterday December 12, 2006, and for that reason a ceremony was held at Hótel Borg. Máni Svavarsson was recognized for the fact that his song Bing Bang (Time to Dance) has reached fourth place in the British singles chart, where no Icelandic song has reached that high before. The song is, as our readers know, the title song from Magnús Scheving’s LazyTown. It is a sign of the huge popularity that the show is celebrating these days that over 100,000 copies of the disc were sold in five days in the UK. Máni inherited musical genius from home, because as many know he is the son of the musical talents Ellýjar Villijálmsdóttir and Svavar Gest.
The British journalist Ames Masterton talks about the inclusion of LazyTown on the British list. He says it is a popular television program and there are many examples of children show song titles making it onto the list. The journalist finds it funny that Lazytown has its roots in Iceland, of all places. He confirms the world fame of the townspeople and tells how Stephanie, Sportacus, Robbie Rotten and their puppet friends have become an international phenomenon in a short time. Masterton may not be exactly the talk of the town, but he enthusiastically tells at one point that that the song is part of the “get up and get go” gimmick that the show is about. The song is played in every episode with this message, so it is not surprising that the song is popular.
In a review of the British singles chart, music critic James Masterson says that although probably no one over the age of ten will buy the album, it is fresh and child-friendly Scandinavian pop. “Believe it or not, Bing Bang is actually one of the best, happiest pop songs of the year,” says Masterson.
This week’s UK singles chart
- Take That, Patience.
- Booty Luv, Boogie 2Nite
- Akon ft Eminem, Smack That
- LazyTown, Bing Bang (Time to Dance)
- Nelly Furtado, All Good Things
- Justin Timberlake, My Love
- Beyonce, Irreplaceable
- Gwen Stefani, Wind it up
- Fedde Le Grand, Put Your Hands up for Detroit
- Jamelia, Beware of the Dog