NORWAY – Norwegian artists Carina Dahl and Åge Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam) recently released a cover version of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song “Shallow”, known from the box office success “A Star is Born”.
The duet is named “So Real Now” and along with the song, it also came with a music video in which Dahl and Nilsen perform together. Since the premiere of the collaboration, the Facebook video has been viewed nearly one million times, according to the duo’s artist apparatus. With good help from TV 2, NRK Dagsrevyen and VG.
With popularity, satire often follows. Now Dahl and Nilsen are being parodied by scriptwriter and Instagram humorist Andreas Rand. He recently posted an alternative to “So Real Now”, called “Chandelier”, loosely based on the Sia hit “Chandelier”.
“I was sceptical of covering Sia, but I still did it” and “the song is done many times, but never in Norwegian,” Rand informs in the text posters in the video clip.
In the program “In my pocket on SIlje”, visiting economist Silje Sandmæl takes a look at celebrities’ finances. Here it is Carina Dahl who is in charge. He has previously written screenplays for television concepts such as “Thursday night from Nydalen”, “Absolutely Perfect” and “Allerud VGS”.
Facing Dagbladet, Rand is frugal with reflections and circumstances related to the humorous whim, but in a brief and ironic SMS, he writes:
“I was inspired by Dahl and Nilsen to try to inspire others in a tough time.”
Åge Sten Nilsen doesn’t think the parody is anything special.
He can’t sing and he’s not funny. Had he just been fun I should have managed to laugh at myself, but this was nothing to jump in the weather for. He could have made himself more diligent, so I wish you good luck with the next satire feature, he says to Dagbladet.
Carina Dahl is of a different opinion.
Beautiful! Simply, she comments during the video to Rand. Like a parody
Audun Molde, music professor and first lecturer at Kristiania University College, thinks Rand’s point is elegant.
He addresses the incorrect emphasis of syllables in the “Shallow” translation: “I fall-LER” with the Sia translation “I hang down from a chandelier NE”. And then he fiddles with the whole idea, says Molde to Dagbladet. Nilsen and Dahl sing at least as well as Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and these are talented musicians, but the text translation and video are legally cut, it looks like a parody in the first place, he continues.
Åge Sten Nilsen and Carina Dahl perform their emotional ballad live April 8, when they do “So Real Now” as a free digital concert.
The song is about two people who need each other and was actually recorded half a year ago. The music video was made recently and is the outline of the collaboration between me and Carina, Nilsen tells Dagbladet.
In the Facebook video, they ask that monetary contributions be sent to the event company Generation Event and Management AS, which is owned by the person who wrote the song Dahl and Nilsen performs, Helge Johansen.
According to information from the website, Johansen has 46 musicians, bands, artists and celebrities in the stable, including Jørn Hoel, Sigrid Bonde Tusvik and Benedicte Adrian.
The success of the song is very fun and unexpected. Everything happened pretty quickly. The song means a lot to Helge (Johansen, the songwriter, ed. Note) and he would like to release it now. I expect maybe a few hundred views, but so many hundreds of thousands are wild, says Åge Sten Nilsen.
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