December 18, 2009

10 Moments of the 00's #2

No 2: The 20th anniversary shows (2003)
No 3: "Genom allt" could have won (2005)
No 4: Eurovision Song Contest (2006)
No 5: Missing a golden opportunity (2001)
No 6: Throwing a plant at the audience (2005)
No 7: Receiving the Letteris et Artibus medal (2007)
No 8: "Les Misérables" in London's West End (2002)
No 9: "Find My Way To Bethlehem" (2009)
No 10: Johnson & Häggkvist miss the finale (2008)

In 2003, Carola celebrated her 20th anniversary as an artist by performing two concerts at Cirkus in Stockholm. The concerts were filmed, shown on Swedish TV4 and later released on DVD. These concerts lifted Carola's standards to a new level. When she went on tour that summer, it was with the most expensive production ever to tour in Sweden. In these concerts, Carola performed all her hits and her new single "När löven faller" (which had been disqualified from the Swedish Song Contest the same year since Carola—who sang on the demo—didn't want the perform it in the competition) in a great production with a big ensemble of musicians and dancers. The success of these shows lingered throughout the year—the DVD of the show was the most sold music DVD in Sweden that year, staying 38 weeks on the sales chart and 12 weeks at no 1. The 2xCD hits collection "Guld platina och passion—Det bästa med Carola" became the second most sold album of the year, with 67 (!) weeks on the sales chart, peaking at no 1. Carola has ever since her breakthrough in 1983 been one of the biggest stars in Sweden, but at certain times she's been comparatively bigger than during other periods. 2003-2006 is one of those periods, beginning with these shows, and that's why they reached all the way up to no 2 on my list over 10 most memorable moments of the last decade.

Maybe you can already guess it, but don't miss checking out the no 1 moment of the 00's tomorrow!

Agree or disagree? Don't worry, on December 20 it's your time to vote for what you think is the no 1 moment of the 00's. Until then, feel free to leave your comments here.


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