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The numbers for 'The Code': Nemo becomes a chart smash

20 May 2024 at 17:21 CEST
Nemo representing Switzerland at the Opening Ceremony at Malmö Live Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU
It's not just Eurovision success that Nemo has mastered the code for; the Contest winner has now gone on to achieve chart glory all over Europe too.

It was a momentous occasion on Saturday 11 May when Nemo became the first non-binary artist to lift the Eurovision Song Contest trophy, after their song The Code triumphed in the Grand Final and brought a third win to Switzerland. 

But the high points for that winning artist and song combo haven't stopped there. In the days following the conclusion of the Contest in Malmö, the list of new achievements that have been ticked by the Eurovision winner has been growing fast.

The day after the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, interest in the champion song was understandably high. On Sunday 12 May, The Code garnered 3,756,700 streams on Spotify alone. 

The tally was enough to make the song one of the most listened to around the world that day, with Nemo making their debut on the Spotify Global daily chart at number 17. 

Nemo attends the press conference after Switzerland wins the 68th Eurovision Song Contest with The Code. Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

It becomes only the 4th Eurovision winning song to make the Top 20 of that chart, after Sweden's Tattoo, Italy's Zitti e Buoni, and Netherlands' Arcade

Its 3,756,700 streams also sees The Code enter the all-time list of highest number of plays in a single day for a song from the Contest. Nemo's total is now the 5th highest for a Eurovision song behind Sweden's Tattoo, Italy's Zitti e Buoni and Brividi, and Finland's Cha Cha Cha

As well as being a chart smash on Spotify Global, The Code also ended up making an even greater impact on the Spotify daily charts across Europe, too. 

Following on from its Eurovision victory, the song soared up no less than 30 countries' Spotify daily charts. The Code hit the Top 5 in many of these, and even went as far as claiming the number 1 position in 7 countries: Austria, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Nemo from Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 official portrait studio Corinne Cumming / EBU

The popularity of The Code on Spotify in the days following its Eurovision win have seen the song's streams triple from what they were before the Grand Final - to what is now (at the time of writing) an almighty 28,794,240. 

The 16,626,628 streams that Spotify tracked in the week ending Friday 17 May put it in the Top 50 most listened to songs around the world that week, at number 44. 

The artists of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in the Green Room at the Grand Final at Malmö Arena Corinne Cumming / EBU

And of course, all of this success on Spotify has now helped The Code make a considerable impact on plenty of official singles charts across Europe, when combined with streams from other music platforms, and with sales and downloads included, too.

At home in Switzerland, Nemo has scored a much sought-after number 1 single with The Code. And the song has already made the Top 10 in the official singles charts of Lithuania (3), Finland, (5), Sweden (5) and Iceland (9). 

Elsewhere in Europe, it's to date achieved peaks in the official singles charts of Netherlands (13), Norway (13), Germany (14), Belgium (15), Ireland (17) and the United Kingdom (18). 

In the United Kingdom, The Code becomes just the 8th Eurovision winner of the 21st century to hit the Top 20 of the British singles chart. 

Nemo's success has unsurprisingly been watched fondly back in Switzerland. Broadcaster SRF reported a huge 614,000 average viewing figure for Saturday night's Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, going up to a peak of 800,000 at one point in the night. 

This represents a 29.5% increase from the previous year, with high numbers of Swiss people tuning in to see the country achieve its first Eurovision win this century. 

Viewers in Switzerland for the Second Semi-Final, from which The Code qualified, peaked at 472,000 - the highest audience that SRF has ever reported for a Eurovision Semi-Final. 

Plenty of people are reliving that moment of YouTube, too. The Grand Final performance was uploaded to the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel on the evening of Saturday 11 May, and in less than 24 hours it had already passed 10 million views. At the time of writing the views are now double that amount - on 20 million. 

And finally, it wasn't just The Code that drew in the big numbers in the wake of our three live shows. 

On Sunday 12 May, the day after the Grand Final, all 37 songs competing in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest collectively achieved over 28.5 million streams on Spotify alone. And for the first time ever, 9 Eurovision songs all registered over a million streams on the platform in one day. 

Later that week, the 37 songs of the 2024 Contest collectively sped passed the 400 million milestone on Spotify.

And with numbers that huge, it's heartening to see our 'Class of 24' have come a long way from "somewhere between the 0s and 1s"!

You can listen to all 37 songs of Eurovision 2024 via your favourite streaming service or watch the music videos on our YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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