World Music Charts – Finland

 

 

Today the #1 single in Finland

THE RASMUS – I’m a mess

The Rasmus are a rock band that formed in Helsinki in 1994.  In 1996 they released their debut album Peep.  They won an EMMA (the Finnish equivalent of Grammys) for the best new comer of 1996.  The band released six more albums over the years and have now announced the released date of April 18th for their latest album The Rasmus.  The lead single “I’m a Mess” off of the album has been released and is now the #1 single in Finland.

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Sunrise Avenue (Finland)

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SUNRISE AVENUE

Yet another great band from Finland!  Sunrise Avenue formed in 1992 in Espoo.  Their debut album On the Way to Wonderland was released in 2006.  They had three hit singles off this album.  The band released two more albums each with singles successful on the world charts.  In 2011 the band released their latest album Out of Style.  Sunrise Avenue have won numerous music awards, they are known for their catchy melodic and modern songs and energetic live performances.

 

 

Wiidakko (Finland)

This week featuring Finland

WIIDAKKO

Wiidakko formed in 2003 in Lahti, they are an alternative rock band.  They released four self-released albums before being signed and releasing their debut album Uusi järjestys (New Order) in 2006.  In 2008 they released their second album  Asiat joita et voi koskaan saavuttaa (things that can never be achieved) and their self titled third album was released 2011.  The band does not sing in English, so I don’t understand any of what they are singing about but they have a wonderful alternative/indie sound.

 

Korina Kitten Riot (Finland)

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KORINA KITTEN RIOT

Just to prove that Finland is not all about heavy music, here is a great Indie artist.  From Helsinki musician Antti Reikko goes by the moniker Korina Kitten Riot.  Reikko is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for the group Johnny Superhero.  In 2006 Reikko established KKR to have an outlet for his more gentle acoustic songs.  He released his first album in 2009 on a close-to-zero budget playing everything himself except for drums and trombone.  His new album “Highs and Lows” is due for release early next year.  The above video is a single from the new album.  KKR is currently on tour in Finland, so if you are there get out and see him!

Nightwish (Finland)

This week featuring Finland

NIGHTWISH

Nightwish is a Finnish symphonic metal band formed in Kitee in 1996.  The band has been prominent in their home country since 1997 but did receive receive worldwide fame with the release of their albums in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  Their songs have been included in a few US movie soundtracks.  Nightwish are the third bestselling music entity in Finland.  They have released six studio albums since 1997.  The band have stated that their seventh album “Imaginaerum” would be released before the end of the year.  The new single “Storytime” was already been released.  This bands music is a complex and layered stream of symphonic metal with soaring female operatic vocals.

Lodger (Finland)

This week featuring Finland

LODGER

Lodger is a Finnish alternative/indie band formed in 2002 in Helsinki.  Although they are largely unknown outside Finland, they have established a cult following on the internet due to their “flash music videos”.  In 2003 “Doorsteps” was chosen as the Best Finnish Music Video of that year.  It was designed by the bands lyricist Hannes Hayha.  Lodger has released four studio albums and it has been said they are working on a new album.  There is not a lot of information on this band but they are something different and interesting.

 

Apocalyptica (Finland)

This week featuring Finland

APOCALYPTICA

Apocalyptica is an extremely unique band formed in Helsinki in 1993.  The band is composed of three classically trained cellists and a drummer (no lead vocals).  In 1996 the band released their debut album which consisted solely of Metallica covers played on cellos.  Their second album in 1998 featured Metallica covers as well as various other bands covers.  Apocalyptica has released seven more albums which contain original material, covers and some lead vocals of singers such as Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace and Corey Taylor of Slipknot.  Their latest album “7th Symphony” featured the guest vocals of Gavin Rossdale of Bush.  This is a creative band melding different genres and creating a heavy hybrid style of their own.

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