Will Wikipedia end the disregarding of Swedish artist?

On: September 27, 2010
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Swedish singers are often disregarded. They won’t make it out side the Swedish borders. What happened there? Did publicity fall short? Didn’t MTV pick it up? Or is there some other reason why Swedish musicians mostly don’t appear on the radar? If you talk about Eskobar most people won’t even know what you’re talking about. Wikipedia will ask: did you mean Escobar? They all think you’re talking about Pablo Escobar, the famous drug dealer. Only a few times someone does know where you are talking about. Eskobar is a Swedish Indie/Pop band. They are especially known for their original free-flowing sound and there hit single Someone New, a duet with Heather Nova.

Eskobar, Eric Saade, Anna Ternheim, Linda Sundblad. They have all one thing in common, besides being Swedish musicians. None of them will appear on the Dutch wiki radar. They are all empty pages, waiting to be filled with information. Actually, as of this week Linda Sundblad does have her own Wikipedia page. She features now on the Dutch version of the most famous encyclopedia. But I wonder. Why are these artists so unpopular? It is not that Swedish people can’t make music. On the contrary, they often do a better job than most other European musicians.

Linda started her career when she was in High School. In 1996 she dropped out and joined the pop/rock band Lambretta. Nine singles and three albums later she left the band in 2005. Her first solo album Oh My God was a massive success in Sweden. Her debut single even reached number one in the charts. Her second solo album was released early this year and spun two hits. Linda is also known for her collaborationwith Kleerup. He is mostly known from his work with Robyn, one of Sweden’s great exceptions.

Although she has a long musical history and had several hits, Linda’s music never achieved major success outside her country. Even on Last.fm relatively few people know her songs. With only 9500 listens she falls almost completely off the radar. Jeroen van der Boom, and even Wolter Kroes have more listeners on Last.Fm. How is that possible? It can’t be that Sweden has fewer inhabitants then the Netherlands. Robynhad major success in the Netherlands. Is it about promotion? I don’t know. Social network sites like Last.fm and Wikipedia can have great influences on an artist’s success. But it can’t be all about the Wiki.

Maybe her new Wiki page will gain her some success. People can now collaborate together; they can update and upgrade the webpage. And if many people adjust the page she will grow bigger eventually. It is all about the attention. And maybe Eskobar and all the other will have there own Dutch Wikipedia page in the near future. Hopefully they won’t be as disregarded as they are now.

Development
Within twenty-four hours after the publication of this Wikipedia page already five changes have been made. The most significant one is the picture of Linda Sundblad. Bides the photo, the lay-out has also been slightly changed. With the help of a couple other contributors the pages is already growing. Among the editors is Druyts.t. One of his main goals on Wikipedia is to update pages created by others. At the moment his is working on some Wiki pages about Tibet.

2 Responses to “Will Wikipedia end the disregarding of Swedish artist?”
  • September 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Keep track of the development. I’ll post every update regarding this Wikipedia page.

  • October 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    This is an interesting post seeing as Sweden is the third biggest exporter of music in the world, after the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Not all good Swedish music is off the nl radar though, the following artists have won P3 Guld awards (equivalent of Grammy awards) and have Dutch Wiki pages: Lykke Li, Fever Ray, Mando Diao, Kent, Håkan Hellström.. but I agree, there is still a lot missing. I don’t believe Wikipedia is a good way to find good music in any case. Now there’s Spotify and music blogs…

    If you are looking for more Swedish music go to http://www.sweden.se/eng/Home/Lifestyle/Music-room/ for tips on the best upcoming Swedish music.

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