It's unlikely a song by a Norwegian duo would be the "song of summer" in America, burning up the radio charts. It's even more unlikely it would be a song with a message of self-reliance and hard work.
But that's what we have with Nico & Vinz's infectious hit "Am I Wrong," which is currently #18 on Billboard's Hot 100, up from #26 last week and rising. Nico and Vinz - Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery - were formerly known as "Envy," and are from Oslo, Norway. They've grown in popularity across Europe over the past three years, but haven't made it to the U.S.
Until "Am I Wrong," their "hip-pop" hit. The lyrics are atypical to current mainstream Top 40 radio. "Walk your walk and don't look back, always do what you decide," says Nico. "Don't let them control your life." From the chorus: "Am I wrong for trying to reach the things that I can’t see?"
Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?
I ain't trying to do what everybody else doing.
I've tried to find interviews and videos with the artists, and very little exists, so I have no idea their politics. (Here's one, but not much there.) But the message extends beyond just this one song. From their official site: "It’s important to have a message, and the goal for us is to inspire people to find happiness...We want to show people that you can become whatever you want if you believe and work hard."
The song is awesome, and my official nomination for the "song of summer." And either way, it's nice to have a song with such a good message dominating the charts.
Watch the video for the song, shot in Botswana, below: