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"Glorious" is a song performed by German dance recording trio Cascada, written by Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas, Tony Cornelissen. The song was included on their compilation album The Best of Cascada (2013). It was announced that the song would be one of the candidate songs of the Unser Song für Malmö, the German national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[1] A preview of the song was published on 9 January 2013.[2] The same day the full version was leaked.[3] The song represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.[4] The song was released in Germany as a digital download on 8 February 2013.

Single by Cascada
from the album The Best of Cascada
Released8 February 2013
FormatCD single, digital download
Recorded2012 at Plazmatek Studio, Bonn, Germany
LabelUniversal, Zeitgeist, Zooland
Songwriter(s)Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Andres Ballinas, Tony Cornelissen
Producer(s)Manual "Manian" Reuter, Yann "Yanou" Peifer
Cascada singles chronology
"The Rhythm of the Night"
"The World Is In My Hands"
Music video
"Glorious" (Official) on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 entry
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Standing Still" (2012)   
"Is It Right" (2014) ►

Despite being one of the favorites to win it finished in 21st of 26 places with 18 points.


On 14 February 2013 they performed the song live during Unser Song für Malmö. They performed the song live at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 at the Malmö Arena, Malmö, Sweden on 18 May 2013.

Accusations of plagiarismEdit

After "Glorious" was selected to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, regional broadcaster, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), reported that it had "commissioned a musical audit", and that it would examine the claims that the song had plagiarised the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 winning song, "Euphoria" by Swedish artist Loreen.[5]

Natalie Horler, lead singer of Cascada, told news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur: "If you like, we can superimpose one song on the other. They are two different songs". Tina John, a phonetician quoted in the German newspaper Bild, that the two high-tempo tracks were noticeably similar, "The chorus uses the same accentuation, the ending peaks with the same combinations. The singers even use the same breathing methods".[6]

NDR played down the accusations of plagiarism, with the head of entertainment at NDR, Thomas Schreiber saying "Every year, there are stories. Last year, Loreen's "Euphoria" was accused of being filched from David Guetta and Rihanna, claims that went nowhere".[6]

Bild interviewed Thomas G:son and Peter Boström, the composers/producers of "Euphoria". G:son stated: "When the German authorities indeed believe that it might be plagiarism of one of our songs, they can investigate that. It's their right to do so. In general, pop songs are alike".

G:son was asked about going to court about the matter, G:son stated: "We definitely feel honoured. It's not plagiarism to us, however. If you look at the composition in a waveform, you will see that 10,000 pop songs have similar courses".[7]

It was later announced on 25 February 2013, that the song was cleared of plagiarism and would represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. This conclusion was reached in an independent audit by music consultant Mathias Pogoda, who specializes in cases of musical plagiarism.[8]

Music videoEdit

A music video to accompany the release of "Glorious" was first released on YouTube on 1 February 2013.[9]

Track listingEdit

German digital download/CD single
1."Glorious" (Video Edit)3:27
2."Glorious" (Extended Mix)4:43
UK digital EP
2."Glorious" (Extended Mix)4:42
3."Glorious" (David May Radio Edit)3:27
4."Glorious" (David May Remix)4:26
5."Glorious" (Ryan Thistlebeck Radio Edit)3:05
6."Glorious" (Ryan Thistlebeck Remix)4:39
US digital EP
1."Glorious" (Video Edit)3:27
2."Glorious" (David May Radio Edit)3:27
3."Glorious" (Ryan Thistlebeck Radio Edit)3:05
4."Glorious" (Extended Mix)4:42
5."Glorious" (David May Remix)4:26
6."Glorious" (Ryan Thistlebeck Remix)4:39
Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013 - The Album

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2013) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 29
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 54
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 94
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 56
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[15] 27
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[16] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 129

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
Germany 8 February 2013[18] Digital download/CD single Zooland Records
United States 15 February 2013[19] Digital download / CD single
Canada 15 February 2013[19]
France 15 February 2013[20]
Sweden 8 March 2013[21] Catchy Tunes/Family Tree Music AB
United Kingdom 24 March 2013[22] AATW


  1. ^ Juha. "Cascada joins the line-up of German Eurovision hopefuls". Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  2. ^ "(Eurovision 2013 Germany) Cascada - Glorious (Preview)". YouTube. Stummel Stummi. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Cascada - Glorious (New Single 2013)". Youtube. BrunoCarvalhoOFCL. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  4. ^ Brey, Marco. "It's Cascada for Germany!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Not so Glorious: Plagiarism probe into Eurovision entry". The Age. 18 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Eurovision: Meet the new song. Same as the old song".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ 'Glorious' gets green light of Malmö. DW
  9. ^ Cascada - Glorious (Official Video) (Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Germany) on YouTube. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  10. ^ " – Cascada – Glorious" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201319 into search.
  12. ^ " – Cascada Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 21, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ " – Cascada – Glorious". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Eurovision 2013: The real winners revealed!". Official Charts Company. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  18. ^ iTunes - Music - Glorious - Single by Cascada. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  19. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Glorious - Single by Cascada. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  20. ^ iTunes - Musique - Glorious - EP par Cascada. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  21. ^ iTunes - Musik - Glorious (Remixes) - EP av Cascada. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  22. ^ iTunes - Music - Glorious - EP by Cascada. Retrieved 08 March 2013.