A huge new recording deal, 6th position in the world's leading song contest resulting in a global smash hit in streaming platforms – and even a UK Top 100 entry! Blind Channel have certainly had a very busy spring season!
Blind Channel has already had the year of their lives, and it's not even June yet. The melodic metal sextet, formed in 2013 in the city of Oulu, Northern Finland were voted to represent Finland at Eurovision Song Contest in February with their song Dark Side. Blind Channel have branded their blend of pop hooks and nu-metal grooves with the tag "violent pop", but at Eurovision 2021 Dark Side was definitely a rockers' choice – where also the top spot was taken by a rock band, namely Italy's Måneskin with Zitti e buoni. Finally, Blind Channel came in at the 6th position, with the 4th largest amount of televotes from all countries. This was the second best success of all time for Finland at the contest, after Lordi winning with Hard Rock Hallelujah in 2006.
On the week following Eurovision, the real fruits of the contest have been showing up on streaming platforms. For example on Spotify's global streaming chart, Dark Side peaked at 61st position, the highest entry for a Finnish song in the platform's history. On Spotify, the song also peaked on the top 10 in at least seven countries and broke into top 20 or top 30 in seven more. Even the traditionally local-friendly brits streamed Dark Side enough to take it to the 52nd position in the UK – and finally in the Official Top 100 Chart released on May 28th, the single debuted on 66th place!
At the moment, Dark Side boasts a number of 13,5 million Spotify streams, but the number is counting each day, garnering over two million monthly listeners to the band right now.
The song has appeared on all major metal playlists, including Kickass Metal (which has almost 1,2 million subscribers) and has been covered in most prominent rock media. Even Mike Shinoda from (apparent Blind Channel idols) Linkin Park has commented on the song!
Despite their young age, Blind Channel are no newcomers on the scene. They have been building their career for three album cycles (the latest being last year's "Violent Pop") under the guidance of Ranka Recordings, the label belonging to Riku Pääkkönen – founder of Spinefarm and the guy who discovered and signed i.e. Children of Bodom and Nightwish. Last week the situation changed significantly, when Blind Channel announced that they have signed a global recording contract with metal giants Century Media.
Learn more about Blind Channel on our recent spotlight interview with the band!