Artist Profiles: Alexander Rybak

Belarusian-born Norwegian artist Alexander Rybak took Eurovision by storm in 2009, winning the contest with an incredible 387 points, the highest ever under the old voting system. Not long after his Eurovision win, his debut album called Fairytales was released, and he also went on tour with former Norwegian Eurovision winner Elisabeth Andreassen, who won as part of Bobbysocks. At the end of 2009, Her performed his winning Eurovision song Fairytale at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert which was held at the Oslo Spektrum.

In the following years, Rybak promoted his new singles Europe’s Skies and Oah, with the latter off his second album which was later released. Even after his win, he continued promoting his music through the Eurovision national finals, and in 2010, he made appearances at the Finnish and British National Finals.

Rybak’s second album was released on the 14th of June in 2010, and was called No Boundaries. It didn’t reach the same heights as his debut album, however still made the Top 10 in the Norwegian and Swedish charts. The following year, he took part on the Swedish edition of the dancing show Let’s Dance (the Swedish version of Strictly Come Dancing). He made it to the top 4 before he was eliminated from the competition. Also in 2011, he released the album Visa vid vindens ängar which was a collaboration with Mats Paulson, who Rybak has described as ‘a legend and a great friend.’

In 2012, a duet between Rybak and Paula Seling was released called I’ll Show You. Paula had participated in Eurovision in 2010 and come third in the contest with the song Playing With Fire. Later on in the year, a new single called Leave Me Alone was released, and not long after, the video clip was available for the song. The song is reportedly about a particular fan of his that had been stalking him in various ways – one of the downsides of being in the public eye! In late 2012, he released a Christmas album called Christmas-tales.

In 2014, Rybak recorded a song called Into a Fantasy which was for the How to Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack. In Spring of 2015, he took part in the Russian show Odin vs Odin, where the participants of the show impersonate famous artists. After the 14th show, he was ranked sixth, which meant he wasn’t qualified into the final however the judges made an exception, which proved to be in accordance with the televoters, who made him runner up. Not long after, he released a new Russian single titled Kotik. A few months after he released an audiobook titled Trolle og den magiske fela (Troll and the magical fiddle).

Alexander Rybak’s influence and involvement in the Eurovision world certainly didn’t stop at his 2009 win. He has composed a number of songs for artists of different nations, including Annsofi Pettersen, who performed in the 2013 Norwegian national final with the song I’m With You. He also composed the song Still Here for Franklin Calleja which was competing in the Maltese national final in 2015. He also involved himself in the Belarusian national final, writing a song for the girl group Milki which placed 4th.

More recently, Alexander Rybak has released a song called Return on YouTube which features instrumentation of the entire song done only through using his voice and violin in different techniques. Listen to Return as well as some of Alexander’s other hits down below:


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