Alcazar is one of Sweden’s most successful music groups both nationally and internationally with multiple hits since their debut in 1999.
‘Crying at the Discoteque’ was released in October 2000, exactly 22 years ago, as part of their debut album ‘Casino’. It became their first international hit single reaching the charts in the USA, Brazil, Australia and Japan, peaking at no 44 on the Bilboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It achieved number one in Hungary, top 10 in Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland and sold over 12 million records worldwide.
‘Crying at the Discoteque’ is written and produced by Anders Hansson, Alexander Bard, Michael Goulos, Anders Wollbeck and Johan Strandkvist with a sample from French disco group Sheila and B. Devotion’s 1979 hit, ‘Spacer’, co-written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.
The group was formed back in 1998 with Andreas Lundstedt, Tess Merkel, and Annika ‘Annikafiore’ Kjærgaard fronting the band, later joined by Magnus Carlsson for some years making the trio a quartet before going back to being a trio with Lina Hedlund instead of Annika.
Alcazar became one of the most prominent nu-disco bands mixing late 1970s US disco, synthesizer-heavy 1980s European dance music styles, and early 1990s electronic dance music.
The original trio and Magnus Carlsson
After more than 20 years and one digital revolution later, ‘Crying at the Discoteque’ shows incredibly stable numbers today. Alcazar has 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify only with ‘Crying at the Discoteque’ being the most popular track with 37 million streams in total. Streaming has been steady for many years back and as a matter of fact, we can see a slight increase in streaming popularity. Looking at radio, there’s strong radio support in Europe, mostly from Germany.
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There have been numerous covers made, lastly by British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor who recorded the song for her 2020 album, ‘Songs From The Kitchen Disco’ with ‘Crying at the Discotheque’ as the lead track. When you invest in royalties from ‘Crying at the Discoteque’, all covers are included in your investment.
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