Freestyler Bomfunk MC’s
Song Title: Freestyler
Artist: Bomfunk MC’s
Date of release: October 1999 in Finland, 14th of February 2000 Worldwide
Description: ” Freestyler ” is by Bomfunk MC’s, who were a hip hop group from Finland. Active between 1998 and 2005, Bomfunk MC’s included front man rapper B.O. Dubb ( Raymond Ebanks ) and the main producer Jaakko ” JS16 ” Salovaara.
In 2000, the group won Best Nordic Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Bomfunk MC’s released three Albums, but have since moved on to other projects or faded from public view. Jaakko ” JS16 ” Salovaara has gone on to be a successful solo artist and remixer.
” Freestyler ” was written by JS16 and Raymond Ebanks, with production for the single by JS16. The song was released by record labels Sony and Epidrome ( both Sony Music Entertainment ) in October 1999 in Finland and on the 14th of February 2000 Worldwide.
The song was taken as the third single from Bomfunk MC’s debut Album In Stereo. The successful Album, released in 1999, topped the Finnish Albums Chart and stayed on the chart for 69 weeks.
In Stereo became the 25th best-selling Album of all time in Finland. In 1999 the Album was certified 2x Platinum with sales of over 130,000. In Bomfunk MC’s native Finland, the group won best new band, best debut Album, best song for ” Freestyler ” and best producer ( JS16 ) at the Emma Awards. The awards, known as Emma Muuvi in Finland, are a annual award ceremony is arranged by Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
The song is made up of drum and bass with UK dance culture influence, it’s also fused with electronic dance music and hip hop.
The accompanying music video was directed by Miikka Lommi, the Finnish director, whose career started with this video. It was filmed on location at the Hakaniemi metro station in Finland. One of the first metro stations to open in Helsinki, it serves the central Helsinki districts of Hakaniemi and Kallio.
The video features Finnish model and musician, Marlo Snellman, who was 15 years old at the time of filming. Marlo went on to release a single called ” Dust ” and now ” Dust ” and today is works as producer for his own projects, Hipsters and Okta.
” Freestyler ” was a commercial success for Bomfunk MC’s. In the group’s native Finland, the song reached a peak of number 4 and spent 5 weeks on the The Official Finnish Chart ( Suomen virallinen lista ).
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 5th of August 2000 and reached a peak of number 2. It spent 6 weeks on the top ten and a total of 17 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Denmark (IFPI) 2, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 4, France (SNEP) 8, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 4, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 7, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Bomfunk MC’s