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Denmark’s Lukas Graham tops iTunes, is Billboard next?

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Denmark’s Lukas Graham tops iTunes, is Billboard next?
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10:50 CEST+02:00
The hit ‘7 Years’ currently sits atop the US iTunes singles chart and is number two on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the most successful Danish songs of all time.
Lukas Graham’s international domination is nearly complete. The pop band, fronted by Christiania native Lukas Graham Forchhammer, has moved up to second place in the Billboard Hot 100 this week with its hit single ‘7 Years’.
 
The song trails only Rihanna’s ‘Work’, which has sat atop the chart for six weeks running. The group moved up to second place by leapfrogging none other than Justin Bieber, whose ‘Love Yourself’ fell down to third. 
 
 
Things look even better for the band over on iTunes, where ‘7 Years’ is in first place on the American market. It’s the second time that the song has reached the top spot in the US iTunes Store. 
 
‘7 Years’ marks the biggest Danish music success in years and an argument could certainly be made that it is the most successful song out of Denmark ever. 
 
The last Danish song to crack the top 10 in the Billboard charts was Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ back in 1997. ‘Alley Cat’ by Bent Fabricius-Bjerre also reached seventh place in 1962.
 
Lukas Graham’s second place has been matched only by Jørgen Ingemann, whose 1961 hit ‘Apache’ peaked one spot from the top. 
 
Lukas Graham formed in 2011 and quickly found domestic success with songs including ‘Drunk in the Morning’ and ‘Ordinary Things’. The international version of the band’s second album, ‘Lukas Graham (Blue Album)’, is due to be released on Friday. 
 
The band's success in the US has also brought attention to Copenhagen's alternative enclave Christiania. Forchhammer recently spoke with CNN about growing up in the shadow of Pusher Street
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