Frans Jeppsson Wall

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Frans Jeppsson Wall
Frans Jeppsson Wall in May 2016.jpg
Jeppsson Wall in 2016
Background information
Birth nameFrans Jeppsson Wall
Born (1998-12-19) 19 December 1998 (age 20)
Ystad, Scania, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Frans Jeppsson Wall (born 19 December 1998), better known as Frans, is a Swedish singer-songwriter. He won Melodifestivalen 2016 and represented the host nation, Sweden, in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, with the song "If I Were Sorry" finishing in fifth place.

Life and career[edit]

2006–2015: Early career[edit]

Frans Jeppsson Wall in 2008 during the time of his second chart topper "Fotbollsfest"

Frans was born in Ystad, Sweden. He is best known for his football anthems with the band Elias, including the 2006 hit "Who's da Man",[1] dedicated to Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović.[2][3] The song, credited to Elias and featuring vocals by Frans, stayed at the top of Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart, for 13 weeks.[3]

For Christmas 2006, he scored a minor hit with his song "Kul med Jul",[4] which entered the Swedish Top 10 reaching #6.[5] Another sports-related chart-topper by Frans was the 2008 song "Fotbollsfest",[6] a song launched in support of the Sweden national football team.[7]

2016–present: Melodifestivalen and Eurovision Song Contest 2016[edit]

After years of absence from the charts, Frans returned with his participation in Melodifestivalen 2016 in a bid to represent Sweden the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "If I Were Sorry",[8][9] co-written by Oscar Fogelström, Michael Saxell, Fredrik Andersson and Frans. He performed it in Gävle during the fourth and last semi-final leg of the competition on 27 February 2016, thereby securing a place in the final-10 competition on 12 March 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[9][10]

Immediately after his performance, the single was released. It became very popular and went straight to number 1 of Sverigetopplistan during the first week following its release.[11] It also charted on the Spotify Viral charts in Switzerland, Taiwan, Iceland, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, France, Denmark, Turkey and Germany.[12] He won the Melodifestivalen 2016 final on 12 March 2016 with 156 points, and represented Sweden in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.[13][14] At the age of 17, Frans became the youngest winner of Melodifestivalen in 33 years, and the second youngest ever after Carola Häggkvist, who was 16 when she won in 1983.[15]

In the final of the contest Frans song placed fifth after the jury and televoting.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Frans's father Mark was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and a British father.[18] At the age of eight, Mark moved to London, United Kingdom. Frans' mother is Swedish. He was thus raised speaking both English and Swedish.[19] During most of his life, Frans has been a part-time resident in London and he also studied music there for an entire year when he was 15 at The Norwood School.[20][21] He has a younger brother named Casper and a twin sister, named Filippa.[22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
SWE
[23]
Da Man 20

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[23]
AUT
[24]
BEL (FL)
[25]
FRA
[26]
GER
[27]
NLD
[28]
SPA
[29]
SWI
[30]
UK
[31]
"Kul med Jul" 2006 24 Da Man
"Fotbollsfest"
(featuring Elias)
2008 1 Non-album singles
"If I Were Sorry" 2016 1 2 34 36 12 34 25 25 61
"Young Like Us" 89
"Liar" 2017 [A]
"One Floor Down" 2019
"Snakes"
"Do It Like You Mean It"
(featuring Yoel905)
[B]
"Amsterdam"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[23]
"Who's da Man"
(Elias featuring Frans)
2006 1 Da Man
"Loving U"
(Nicole Cross featuring Frans)
2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Liar" did not enter the Swedish Singles Chart (Sverigetopplistan), but peaked to number 4 on the Sweden Heatseeker Songs.[36]
  2. ^ "Do It Like You Mean It" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number seven on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[37]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Elias feat Frans – Whos´s da man. 18 June 2006. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "How Zlatan inspired Sweden's young Eurovision star Frans". Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "9 år efter klassiska Zlatan-låten – så gick det sen för Frans". Lajkat (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ Frans: Kul Med Jul. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 29 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Oleander, Linus. "Kul Med Jul av Frans". Radiofy (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  6. ^ Official Soccer Video: Frans and the Swedish Team. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Elias feat Frans". Fotbollsfest. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Frans – If I Were Sorry". SVT Play. SVT. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Molly Sandén och Frans vidare till final i Melodifestivalen – Melodifestivalen". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  10. ^ Quinn, Angus. "Melodifestivalen Audience Results: Frans Wins in Landslide". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Frans discography". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  12. ^ Quinn, Angus. "Melodifestivalen 2016: Frans storming Spotify charts globally". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  13. ^ Adams, William Lee. "Melodifestivalen 2016 results: Frans wins with "If I Were Sorry"". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Eurovision Sweden: Frans wins Melodifestivalen 2016!". esctoday.com. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Frans överlägsen segrare i finalen" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Ukraina skrällde och favoriten kom först trea". SvD.se. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Ukraine's Jamala wins Eurovision 2016". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Född i Nigeria, bott i England, bosatt i Sverige". Ystads Allehanda (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  19. ^ Mårtensson, Ulf (26 February 2016). "Frukost med Mello-Frans". Ystads Allehanda (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Vad hände med Frans som sjöng Zlatanlåten?" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Frans Jeppsson Wall: 'Jag var rädd att det här skulle hända'". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  22. ^ Mårtensson, Ulf (12 March 2016). "Frans: Jag är i chocktillstånd". Ystads Allehanda (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  23. ^ a b c "Discography Frans". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "Discographie Frans". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  25. ^ "Discografie Frans". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  26. ^ "Discographie Frans". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  27. ^ "Discographie Frans". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  28. ^ "Discografie Frans". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  29. ^ "Discography Frans: Songs". Spanish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  30. ^ "Discographie Frans". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  31. ^ "Frans". Officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  32. ^ "FRANS FEAT. ELIAS - FOTBOLLSFEST". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  33. ^ "FRANS - IF I WERE SORRY". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Frans; 'If I Were Sorry')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  35. ^ "Austrian certifications – Frans – If I were sorry" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  36. ^ Swedish Heatseekers Chart - 2 June 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  37. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 22". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  38. ^ "ELIAS FEAT FRANS - WHO'S DA'MAN". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 19 June 2006.

External links[edit]

Media related to Frans Jeppsson Wall at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Måns Zelmerlöw
Melodifestivalen winner
2016
Succeeded by
Robin Bengtsson