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Ina Wroldsen wins International Success of the Year

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 11. Jun, 2018

Ina Wroldsen (right) with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide

The songwriter and artist had a huge 2017 as the writer of two of the biggest global hits of the year

On Friday, Ina Wroldsen was honored with Spellemann and Music Norway’s International Success of the Year award at a ceremony in Oslo. Wroldsen was given the award from Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Ina Wroldsen has had an outstanding career so far writing songs for artists as Shakira, Britney Spears and One Direction, to name a few. In late 2016 and 2017, two Wroldsen credited songs became the soundtrack of Europe and North America as Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne Marie “Rockabye” spent 9 consecutive weeks on #1 in UK and topped the charts in 20 other countries. Later in 2017, Clean Bandit teamed up with Zara Larsson to perform another Wroldsen written track. “Symphony” climbed to #1 in UK, topped the charts in several other countries. To date, “Rockabye” and “Symphony” have been streamed more than 1.7 billion times and watched more than 2.5 billion times on Youtube – numbers few songwriters or artists will ever experience.

Ina Wroldsen says she’s proud to be recognized for the work she’s doing

– I’m happy and proud to receive this award. There are so many incredible people who deserves it too so winning it is of course an honor! To get an award is a recognition of the work you’re doing. In our industry, and probably most others too, you sometimes feel you miss the target before you score and then it’s fun that it’s noticed ones you hit.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide is impressed by Wroldsen’s success.

– One of my privileges as minister of foreign affairs is to promote Norwegian music and culture globally. It has never been as easy and fun as it now, with so many talented artists, songwriters and producers with international careers. Ina Wroldsen’s success is impressive, having international hits as both an artist and songwriter. Two of Wroldsen’s songs has been viewed more than 2.5 billion times on Youtube and listened to more than 1.7 billion times on Spotify. That’s a bit larger audience than what a Norwegian politician is used to having.

Director of Music Norway, Kathrine Synnes Finnskog says Wroldsen is a pro down to her bones and is happy for the knowledge and network she brings back to the Norwegian industry.

– This is very well deserved. Ina has moved back home, and brought with her valuable international experiences and network. She’s bringing new talent up, while at the same time balancing her artist and songwriter careers. Ina is a pro down to her bones. Respect.

Ina Wroldsen accepts the award International Success of the Year at Vippa in Oslo

Jury’s statement:

After another incredible year for Norwegian music export there were more eligible candidates than ever before. But there was one who stood out. Throughout her 10 year career on the international pop scene, Ina Wroldsen has built her career step by step. In 2017 she had her strongest year to date with the songs “Rockabye” (Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne Marie and “Symphony” (Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson). These two songs were the soundtrack of 2017 in countries around the globe and has been streamed more than 1.7 billion times and watched more than 2.5 billion times on Youtube. “Rockabye” alone topped the charts in 20 countries and sold nearly 6 million digital downloads. Hits this big is sensational to experience during your career. Ina had two in a year.

Norwegian producers and DJs have long been highlighted in the new Norwegian pop-era. It’s therefore extra nice to see that in 2017 a writer and topliner was the one with the most success internationally. Ina is a strong role model for a new generation Norwegian artists and songwriters and the outcomes of her contributions to Norwegian music export can’t be overstated. It is with great pleasure and pride we’re giving International Success of the Year to Ina Wroldsen.

The jury consisted of Amund Bjørklund, jury leader (songwriter and producer), Mina Evenrud (MD, by:Larm), Limita Lunde (MD Parkteatret), Espen Nørvag Slapgård (Editor-in-Chief, Metal Hammer Norway) and’ Bugge Wesseltoft (artist).

In addition to a Spellemann trophy, Wroldsen received a grant of NOK 100.000 she will pass on to someone who was vital in the early stages of her career. She gave the grant to Vær Stolt Festivalen, a festival in the suburb of Oslo who gives local teenagers an opportunity to perform in front of an audience.


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