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Believe (Dima Bilan song)

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"Believe"
Believe cover.jpg
Single by Dima Bilan
from the album Против Правил, Believe
ReleasedMay 26, 2008 (2008-05-26)
Recorded2008
GenreR&B, pop
Length3:54
LabelUniversal Music, EMI, Мистерия Звука
Songwriter(s)Jim Beanz, Dima Bilan
Producer(s)Jim Beanz, Timbaland[1][2]
Alternative cover
Belgian cover for Believe
Belgian cover for Believe
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Country
Artist(s)
With
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result
3rd
Semi-final points
135
Final result
1st
Final points
272
Entry chronology
◄ "Song #1" (2007)   
"Mamo" (2009) ►

"Believe" is the winning Russian entry for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest[3] in Belgrade, sung by Dima Bilan. The song was composed and written by Jim Beanz (a.k.a. James Washington) & Dima Bilan.

Earlier, Bilan also represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, with the dark pop song "Never Let You Go", where he took second place.

History

Edvin Marton, Dima Bilan and Evgeni Plushenko performing "Believe".

On 20 May 2008 Bilan sang in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, and the song was voted into the final by public vote. It was performed 24th out of 25 songs in the final on 24 May 2008.

The Russian figure skater, Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion Evgeni Plushenko, skated on artificial ice on stage as part of the song performance, while the Hungarian composer and violinist Edvin Marton played his Stradivarius.[4]

This song won the contest, finishing with a total of 272 points, becoming the fourth ex-Soviet Union country to win the annual contest. Dmitriy Medvedev, the president of Russia, admitted that he himself watched the contest and called right away to congratulate Dima.

Music video

In March 2008 a video was produced for the song Believe. The whole team took part in the production – Dima Bilan, Evgeni Plushenko, Edvin Marton and Yana Rudkovskaya, producer of Dima Bilan. The action of the video starts in a hospital where a mother finds out that her son has leukaemia and needs an expensive surgery. Then the action proceeds to a bar where Dima Bilan is watching TV and finds out that a child needs help. He immediately calls his producer, Yana Rudkovskaya, and tells her that they have to do something to raise money to help a child survive. They decide to give a charity concert with all the three participants performing. At the end of the video you can see the boy after the surgery. He smiles, gets up from the wheelchair and runs to greet the people who saved his life. Dima, Evgeni and Edvin meet the boy with presents happy that the money raised at the concert saved a child’s life. The video is strongly connected to the song delivering the message that everything is possible in this world if you only believe.

Versions

The song also has a Russian version which was equally popular in many countries.

Track listing

Russian edition
  1. Believe (Radio Version)
  2. Believe (with violin)
  3. Believe (with violin, Karaoke)
  4. Believe (Russian Version - Все в твоих руках - All in your hands)
  5. Believe (Russian Version, Karaoke)
  6. Believe (Video)
  7. Как раньше 2.0 (As before)
  8. Как раньше 2.0 (Karaoke)
  9. Photosession
  10. Dima's biography (in English)
German edition[5]
  1. Believe (Eurovision Version)
  2. Believe (Radio Edit)
  3. Believe (Russian Version)
  4. Believe (Video)
Belgian edition
  1. Believe (Radio Version) - 3:17
  2. Believe (Russian Version) - 3:17
  3. Believe (Spanish Version) - 3:17
  4. Believe (Video) - 4:03

Release history

Region Date
Russia May 26, 2008 (2008-05-26)
Germany June 6, 2008 (2008-06-06)
Belgium July 7, 2008 (2008-07-07)
Denmark July 16, 2008 (2008-07-16)
Finland
Norway
Sweden

Charts

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
Belgium (Ultratip 50 Flanders)[6] 16
CIS (Tophit)[7] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 52
Russia Airplay (Tophit)[9] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 28

References

  1. ^ "Dima Bilan again conquers Russian hearts". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ Believe (Liner notes). Dima Bilan. All Music Publishing/Koala Bear/Sony/ATV UK/Publishing James Washington/Copyright Control. 2008.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Dima Bilan again conquers Russian hearts". Eurovision.tv. 2008-03-09. Archived from the original on 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
  4. ^ Bilan Planning To Put On A Show Archived 2008-05-20 at the Wayback Machine, OLBG, May 14, 2008.
  5. ^ German edition of Believe[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Ultratop Dima Bilan discographie".
  7. ^ Dima Bilan — Believe. Tophit. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Dima Bilan – Believe". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. ^ ""Russia Airplay Chart for 2008-05-26". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dima Bilan – Believe". Singles Top 100.
This page was last edited on 16 August 2020, at 08:13
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