MØ has biggest Danish Billboard hit in 60 years

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MØ has biggest Danish Billboard hit in 60 years
Mø performing at Smukfest on Thursday. Photo: Axel Schütt/Scanpix

The Danish pop singer MØ has scored Denmark’s biggest Billboard hit in more than half a century, topping even 90s club staple ‘Barbie Girl’.


With Major Lazer and MØ’s hit song ‘Lean On’ at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 list, the Danish singer has become the highest-placed Danish artist on the charts since Jørgen Ingmann’s 1961 song ‘Apache’ – considered to be one of the greatest instrumental guitar songs of all time – hit number two on the list. 
The international profile of MØ, whose real name is Karen Marie Ørsted and who hails from the island of Funen, is clearly rising. In addition to the Billboard feat, she was also recently featured as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘artists you need to know’ and has performed at a string of high-profile international music festivals. She also appeared on Saturday Night Live alongside Iggy Azalea back in October, although that particular performance did not turn out so well
MØ’s record label Sony wrote in a press release that ‘Lean On’ has already been streamed more than 324 million times on Spotify alone and has topped the hit charts in countries including Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the Netherlands. 
The song’s spot at number six on Billboard puts it one slot higher than the inescapable 1997 song ‘Barbie Girl’ from Danish group Aqua. 
Hear 'Lean On' here, followed by Ingmann’s 1961 song ‘Apache and ‘Barbie Girl’. 




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