Duncan Laurence’s Arcade is the first Eurovision winner in six years to enter the UK Top 40

 Duncan Laurence’s Arcade is the first Eurovision winner in six years to enter the UK Top 40

Duncan Laurence‘s Arcade has entered the UK Top 40, almost two years after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel for The Netherlands.

The track has been gaining traction for the last couple of months thanks to TikTok, and now it’s leapt into the business end of the British best-seller list for the first time.

The track’s previous peak was No67, and it was tracking at No55 on Monday’s midweek update – but it’s ended up going even further, and sits now at No39.

That makes it the first Eurovision winner since Måns Zelmerlöw‘s Heroes in 2015 (No11) to reach the Top 40 over here – although Daði Freyr, the presumed may-as-well-have-been-winner of the cancelled 2020 event, made it to No34 last summer.

Of the other winners since Måns, Toy by Netta peaked at No49, Salvador Sobral‘s Amar Pelos Dois got to No97, and Jamala’s 1944 evaded the Top 100 altogether.

Arcade is, incidentally, also officially the most-streamed Eurovision track of all time worldwide, having surpassed Loreen’s Euphoria earlier this year.

See this week’s chart in full here.

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Shaun Kitchener

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