Eric Saade (Arabic: إريك سعادة Īrik Saʿāda, IPA: [ˈiːrik saʔaːdɐ]; Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeː.ˈrɪk sa.ˈaː.ˈdɛ], (29 October 1990) in Kattarp, Helsingborg, Sweden) is a Swedish pop singer. He spent two years with the boy band What’s Up!, leaving the band in February 2009 to pursue a solo career. After winning the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2011 with “Popular” Saade represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany, placing third.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 2007: In What’s Up!
- 2.2 2009: Solo beginnings
- 2.3 2010: Melodifestivalen
- 2.4 2010: Breakthrough in Sweden
- 2.5 2011: Melodifestivalen / Eurovision Song Contest
- 2.5.1 Saade, Vols. 1 and 2
- 2.6 2012: Forgive Me
- 2.7 2015: Melodifestivalen
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 Tours
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Dubbing
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Saade was born in Kattarp, Sweden to Walid Saade, a Palestinian from Lebanon, and Marlene Jacobsson, a Swede. After his parents divorced when he was four, he lived with his mother. Saade is the second of eight siblings and half-siblings.
Saade began singing after seeing Michael Jackson on TV, and his other musical influences are Robbie Williams, Bryan Adams, the Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake.
He first sang on stage at his mother’s wedding when he was six. Saade began writing songs at 13, winning the Swedish music contest Joker (later renamed Popkorn) and signing a record deal at 15.
2007: In What’s Up!
In 2007, Saade was a founding member of What’s Up!, a Swedish boy band which included Robin Stjernberg, Luwdig “Ludde” Keijser and Johan Yngvesson. Its members were picked from a competition attracting hundreds of applicants. Fifteen finalists (including Saade) competed at the Ericsson Globe, and the four winners became the band’s founding members.
What’s Up! began touring Sweden in the spring of 2008 and released an album, In Pose, which spent a week on the Swedish Albums Chart at #40. The album spawned two singles: “Go Girl!”, released in May 2007, peaked at #5 on the Swedish Singles Chart and “If I Told You Once”, released in March 2008, peaked at #16. The band recorded the Swedish version of the theme for Disney’s Camp Rock (“Här är jag”) and dubbed the characters’ voices, appearing in the Disney Channel’s Swedish trailer. When Saade left the band to pursue a solo career, he was replaced by Johannes Magnusson.