Around the World Aqua
Song Title: Around the World
Date of release: 9th of May 2000
Description: ” Around the World ” is by Aqua, the pop group from Denmark. Formed in 1989, the Eurodance group are best known for their 1997 single ” Barbie Girl “. Aqua enjoyed huge success all over the World in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The group consisted of Lene Nystrøm, René Dif, Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen. During their career they released three Albums, Aquarium in 1997, Aquarius in 2000 and Megalomania in 2011.
Their estimated sales are over 33 Million Albums and singles, making Aqua the most profitable Danish band ever. Aqua split in 2001 and according to Billboard magazine said in a statement ” We have looked each other straight in the eye and reached the conclusion that, for the moment, the spark is missing.”
The song was written and produced by Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen. Søren is a Danish musician, producer, songwriter and member of Aqua. He plays keyboard, guitar and sings backing vocals and is married to Lene Nystrøm, the Aqua lead vocalist. Claus is also a Danish musician and member of Aqua. Born in Charlottenlund, near Copenhagen, he wanted to become a chemist when at school but instead pursued his other interest, electropop music.
” Around the World ” was released on the 9th of May 2000 by record label Universal and taken as the second single from Aqua’s second Album Aquarius.
The Album, released on 28 February 2000, debuted at the top of the charts in Denmark and Norway. In Denmark the Album sold 39,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling Album of the decade there and as of August 2001, Aquarius had sold 265,000 copies in Denmark alone. In seven other countries it peaked inside the top ten. In the United States, the Album debuted at number 82 on the Billboard 200 Chart, spending 6 weeks on the chart. Worldwide, Aquarius has sold 4 Million copies.
The song was originally called ” Larger than Life “,however Aqua were forced to rename the song after American boy band Backstreet Boys released a single with the same name in 1999. The song was described by the group as a ” happy-dancing song with a huge, massive choir. ”
The accompanying music video was directed by Peter Stenbæk and Ronnie West. Between them they have directed many of Aqua’s videos including ” Bumble Bees “, ” Back to the 80s ” and ” Turn Back Time “.
” Around the World ” was a commercial success for Aqua. In the United States the song reached number 63 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 10th of June 2000 and reached a peak of number 26. It spent 1 week in the top forty and a total of 8 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 26
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 35, Denmark (IFPI) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 56, Ireland (IRMA) 47, Italy (FIMI) 17, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 44, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 6, Norway (VG-lista) 16, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 14, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 42
Official Website: Aquaofficial.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/aqua.dk
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Aqua