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David: One half year ago, she took the Saturday cozy sofas by storm. Our pride during Eurovision, and she hasn’t had a quiet moment since then, I’ve seen on Instagram, among other things. She will appear on the P3 Session Stage soon, but first we will have the honor of hanging out with her for a while. I’m of course talking about the songbird and the artist Cornelia Jakobs.
Cornelia: There was a lot I wanted to answer then you got back. First of all, is it half a year today?
Linnea: We have been told that it’s on the day exactly half a year ago.
C: Is it the fourteenth today?
L: We haven’t double checked.
D: Today is the fourteenth.
L: We only trust…
C: We have to buy cake Johannes. No, he’s not here.
L: He gives the thumbs up from the corner over there.
C: I’ll bring cake later.
L: What else did you react to in the presentation?
C: What did you say?…that you had seen it on Instagram, then I felt it was bullshit because I’m so bad at updating on Instagram so it can’t be-
Lotta: Welcome to Lotta and the Conversation. In my radio show “Half past three with Lotta Bromé” on Mix Megapol, I meet lots of different people. And sometimes I have the privilege to meet them a little longer. In Lotta and the Conversation, you get to hear the whole conversation with some of my guests. Basically, a bit more and extra of everything. In this conversation, I’m meeting Cornelia Jakobs, and it was so strange because it felt like we’d already met, that’s what I thought before entering the studio. To my surprise, she said almost the exact same thing before me. This was a very special meeting, I hope you’ll like it.
L: Do you need headphones or do you have?
Cornelia: Yeah I have them here.
L: I also have headphones.
C: I can even hear with them so that’s good.
L: Do you hear in them?
C: Yes, I hear in them, really well.
L: Great. Finally you’re here.
C: It’s nice to finally meet you, we’ve never met before.
L: Yeah, why’s that?
C: I don’t know.
L: It feels like we have but we haven’t, I was thinking about that right before.
C: This whole business is like a duck pond. You feel like a real “real” person.
L: That was a nice compliment.
C: Yeah really, it really is. It’s not that common in this business, there’s a lot of people thinking it’s fancy with the celebrity parties.
L: You turned 30 this spring, and suddenly you had a breakthrough over a night. What a spring!
C: What a spring! What a birthday gift! I turned 30 the Wednesday before the final, I didn’t have time to have a 30th birthday party, but I got to celebrate a victory and that was a huge gift.
L: But for us, it was like you broke through over a night, but for you, how long did you fight for your breakthrough.
C: I’ve worked in this business since the 2nd year of high school but in different constellations.
L: You’ve participated in Melodifestivalen before. Love Generation, and what was that?
C: That’s the question Lotta. The Mello song was “I’ll dance alone, keep the music playing on, on and on, I’ll dance alone…”
The Swedish musician Cornelia Jakobs chats to Vogue Scandinavia about the release of her new single “Rise”.
And if you were one of 161 million people to tune into this year’s competition, you’ll be well acquainted with the new name set to join the list: Swedish singer Cornelia Jakobs. Then, fitted out in the same sparkling curtain of silver fringing (a H&M piece borrowed from her mother’s wardrobe), Jakobs’ rendition at Eurovision was one of the most mesmerising and goosebump-inducing moments of this year’s competition – with recordings on YouTube and social media now inundated with views.
Since that Eurovision moment, Jakobs’ journey has been a relentless, upward trajectory – touring nationally, headlining overseas shows, and taking home two Rockbjörnen awards – all leading up to the milestone release of her follow-up track, suitably named “Rise”. “Rise” describes the moment when you sense the first glimpse of light after a long time being lost in the dark,” Jakobs says. The new track offers up the same vocal prowess and emotive appeal as “Hold Me Closer”, so it only makes sense to hear that Jakobs worked with the same writing team: her best friend of 16 years, Isa Molin, and musician David Zandén.
“Since Isa knows me so well, it feels really natural to write about life and raw emotions,” she says. Isa and David had been working a lot together over the past years, and then the three of us wrote “Hold Me Closer” and “Rise” in our first sessions together. After that we’ve been writing many more songs which I can’t wait to finish and release.”
There is a likeness, often noted by fans online, between Jakobs and Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette – mostly owing to the arresting vocal capacity they share, but helped by their similar cropped blonde hairstyles. Jakobs dyed hers from her natural dark shade at the start of the year “out of boredom”.
“I was tired of the dark and I felt kind of lighter in my mind, so I felt like blonde suited this period better.” Themes of light and dark also arise in the lyrics of “Rise” (“suddenly it seems so easy, I’m slowly getting closer to the light”) and permeate Jakobs’ musical influence too: “I feel like Scandinavian music often has more darkness to it, which I can relate to with my writing.”
But it seems there’s nothing but light ahead for Jakobs, as she basks in the well-earned recognition and fan attention for her talent. Among the recent sold-out dates of her tour was a show in London, “A highlight of that show was when about 60 people in the front row held up butterflies they’d made out of paper in different colours, at the same time as I sang “I wanna know about butterflies”, she shares, referencing the lyrics of her song “Daylight”. “I have the best fans, and they love to surprise me with stuff like that!”
Six months on from the career-changing Eurovision moment, Jakobs says her schedule is a lot more packed and there are more people at shows, but she is still yet to properly process it all.
Warner Music Norway uploaded a video on YouTube of Cornelia listing the 10 things she can’t live without. The video is not translated but I hope you still enjoy it! I might update this post with an english transcript when I have time.
Titti Schultz: Cornelia Jakobs barely got out of bed when she had exhaustion syndrome. But then came a spark of light and that turned into the new song ”Rise”. The super hit ”Hold Me Closer” turned her life upside down, and she’s now saying that she is a real detail freak. Maybe that’s where the success comes from. Cornelia Jakobs is the P4 extra guest, and my name is Titti Schultz.
Titti: Winner of Mello, and fourth place in Eurovision, it’s great to have you here! Welcome!
Cornelia: Thank you so much, Titti.
Titti: We’re talking a lot about books. The entire P1 [another radio station] were so excited about the Nobel Prize in literature that was presented. Are you a reader?
Cornelia: No. Unfortunately. I want to be a reader, but that was destroyed for me when the Lord of the Rings came, (the movies). Then I had to read the books before I was allowed to see the movies. I was around eight.
Titti: Who set those rules?
Cornelia: Dad. He was like ”you don’t watch those movies…” and you know, they’re like bricks. And like, four pages describing a mountain. I was so sick of that. So the second they throw the ring in the third book I was like ”I’m not reading another page!”
Titti: Spoilers for those who haven’t read it!!
Cornelia: But no one has missed that the ring is thrown in Mordor, right?
Titti: You never know. Listener might tell us. There are new people getting born all the time.
Cornelia: Oups, sorry!
Titti: I think they’ll forgive you. How much has Melodifestivalen and Eurovision changed your life?
Cornelia: A lot. Super much.
Titti: Fun! We’ll talk about it more later. But now it’s time to listen to your new song that is released tomorrow. It’s called ”Rise”. And while ”Hold Me Closer” came from a darker period of time, and a breakup, when times were tough, this is the opposite.
Cornelia: Yes, it describes the first spark of light when you’ve been in the dark for a longer period of time. The light at the end of the tunnel. And when that first spark comes, it’s so effective because you’re used to the dark. Even if it’s a small spark, it could be blinding and everything seems easier. And that’s the moment we’ve been capturing, especially in the chorus.
Titti: Let’s play it. It’s not releasing until tomorrow, so we’re so happy we get to play it here and now. This is Cornelia Jakobs with brand new music in P4; ”Rise”.
Titti: That was ”Rise”. New music, super new music, even. It barley exists, cause it’s released tomorrow, written by and sung by Cornelia Jakobs who is sitting right here. Now you’ve heard it on live radio, how does it feel?
Cornelia: Insane! But we talked a bit during, so I didn’t really have time to process the feeling.
Titti: You’re trying to recruit me to the Sci-fi world.
Cornelia: No, not Sci-fi. You’re the one who likes Sci-fi. Fantasy! Rings of Power.
First, she won Melodifestivalen. Now, she’s winning the awards for the breakthrough of the Year and the Swedish Song of the Year at Rockbjörnen (the Rock Bear 2022).
– Thank you so much, my amazing fans, says Cornelia Jakobs.
Cornelia Jakobs, 30, has won the hearts of the people. Since winning Melodifestivalen and placing fourth in Eurovision Song Contest, the viewers of Aftonbladet have voted.
She is the Breakthrough of the Year 2022.
– Thank you! Really, thank you so much, my amazing fans. I recognize so many of you!
– Thank you so much! Wow, I don’t know what to say, I’m just so damn happy.
Winning two awards
Cornelia Jakobs can celebrate twice at Rockbjörnen. She’s also awarded the Song of the Year for the song that gave her the breakthrough.
– I love you, wow.
“Hold Me Closer” won Melodifestivalen last spring and is now awarded as the Song of the Year at Rockbjörnen.
The song has since its release in March been streamed more than 35 million times on Spotify. “Hold Me Closer” is written by Cornelia Jakobs, Isa Molin and David Zandén.
– It’s something very special with these two for me, because it’s not very easy to just sit in a room with two people and write a song but with them it’s so fun even at times with it’s difficult, says Cornelia in her speech.
The winners of Rockbjörnen are selected by the viewers of Aftonbladet.
By: Linnea Digerstedt
Translated by: Martin Olofsson
Photo: Anders Bardell
The Mello winner Cornelia Jakobs is coming to Rockbjörnen 2022 (the Rock Bear 2022). It’s an excited artist who’s gonna get on the stage on August 18th.
– It’ll be super fun, I love to do live gigs, she says.
This year’s Rockbjörnen is getting closer. 7 awards will be given out on the live show that will be streamed from Gustaf Adolf’s torg in Stockholm, Thursday August 18th.
Cornelia Jakobs has the chance of getting several bears – but she’ll also perform.
– It feels super fun, I’ve been to Rockbjörnen for several years. About 10 years, I think. It’s a super fun event.
She says that Rockbjörnen is something different, and a party unlike anything else.
– It very unique, cause it’s an award show in the middle of the summer. I have so many great summer memories from Rockbjörnen. Many of these award shows are held in like, February, when it’s depressing as hell in this country. This [award show] has so many lovely, fluffy clouds around it. It’s a dreamy award show in that way, she says.
Nominated in three categories
Right in front of the big turquoise couch and the very red dresser in her apartment, Sångfågeln [the Song Bird, the Melodifestivalen trophy] is standing squeezed in the window behind a plant. Next to it is another award. In only a few weeks, there could be way more weight on the window sill. Cornelia could get several prizes at Rockbjörnen.
– It feels amazing to be nominated in three categories and it makes it even nicer to perform at the show, so I can give something back to everyone who’s voted, she says.
Cornelia Jakobs is nominated in the categories song of the year, newcomer of the year and female artist of the year. And even if she obviously wants to get all of them, there’s one award that means more than anything: song of the year.
– This song is very special and important to me, so it might be the one I hope for the most.
Do you have any chance of winning?
– Yes, I think so. It feels like it’s reaching out to a lot of people.
She was discovered as a 17-year-old by demon producer RedOne, toured with girl bands worldwide and started writing her own. We meet Cornelia Jakobs to talk about the depression, the roots and the magic of Melodifestivalen.
Is it possible to describe the feeling of standing on the Eurovision stage in front of the world’s largest television audience?
– I’m so happy and satisfied and excited by the whole experience. I even think it was 200 million viewers, it’s absolutely absurd, you can’t really understand it when you’re standing there.
You will perform in Ekenäs in August. Have you been to Finland before?
– I was on a promotional trip to Helsinki a few weeks before Eurovision, and we managed to meet a lot of nice people. Then we talked about wanting to come back and play and in August it will happen.
What will the audience get to see?
– It will be high and low in intensity level. A lot of my old songs are more cinematic and floaty. When I wrote those songs I was in the middle of a depression so they have a sound that sounds like what I felt then. I have since come back to my high-energy part of myself. I love playing live and have written many songs just for festival gigs, a bit more rock and roll.
You have your roots in rock music?
– Absolutely, because dad is a rock musician too (Jakob Samuel in the rock band The Poodles, ed. note). I played a lot in different rock bands growing up.
Which are your favorite bands?
– I love Oasis and Cardigans but have also been listening to a lot of older rock such as Deep Purple and Aerosmith.
What do you think of Liam Gallagher‘s new songs?
– I haven’t had time to listen to them all, what I’ve heard is just like Oasis! It’s Liam. I can imagine there are many good ones. What do you think?
He performed in Helsinki in 2019 and it was an amazing gig. Of course, it’s hard to top the songs that Noel Gallagher wrote for Oasis when it started. It was a soundtrack for an entire generation.