Monthly Archives: March 2010

Taio Cruz Sets New Record with “Break Your Heart”

The British r’n’b artist Taio Cruz sets a new record on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut hit “Break Your Heart,” jumps 53-1 in its second week, a record for a debut artist. The track features rapper Ludacris and topped the UK singles chart last September. The track sold 273,000 downloads in its first week. Prior to Cruz, Kelly Clarkson’s debut hit “A Moment Like This” jumped 52-1 in October 2002. So, congrats on breaking that record Taio!

Coincidentally, Kelly Clarkson still has the record leap as “My Life Would Suck Without You” jumped 97-1 in one week last February.  As Unrealitity TV reports, Cruz originally penned the track for X Factor and Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole. Cruz told The Sun that after Cole’s management stalled on accepting the song, he decided to release it himself. “I was asked to write two songs for Cheryl, one of which was ‘Break Your Heart’,” he explained. “But they took so long to get back that when they did, we had to tell them, ‘It’s currently radio playlisted, it’s not going to be very easy to get back!’ It was quite funny.”

Jay-Z to Perform at Swedish Music Festival

Don’t be surprised if you bump into Jay-Z on the streets of the Swedish town of Borlänge. Music festival Peace & Love has announced that the American rapper will be one of the headline acts this summer. Jay-Z performed at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm in 2008, but this is the first time he has performed at a festival in Sweden. The rapper will join Patti Smith, The Kooks, John Fogerty, The Hives and Alice In Chains.

Jay-Z won three US Grammys last fall with Blueprint 3, including a string of hits such as “Empire State of Mind,” “Run This Town” and “Young Forever.” The Peace & Love festival will take place between Jun.28 and Jul.3.

Sade Stays on Top on New Eurochart

Sade has the biggest selling album in Europe according to the new pan-European sales charts published by Billboard earlier this week. The Soldier of Love album tops the album charts in France, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Belgian region of Wallony, while it loses the No.1 position in Italy and Sweden. German rock band Unheilig enters at No.6 with Grosse Freiheit and the German-Tunisian rapper Bushido bows at No.7.

Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” remains on top of the singles chart in its 17th week, while Lady Gaga and Owl City hold steady at No.2 and No.3. The highest new entry comes from Jason Derulo’s, whose “In My Head” recently topped the UK singles chart. David Guetta’s collaboration with Kid Cudi (“Memories”) races 14-5 and Rihanna also takes a heavy leap from 19-7 with “Rude Boy.” Read the full article here.

Tinie Tempah Vaults To No.1 in the UK

This week, a 22 year old rapper called Tinie Tempah knocks Jason Derulo off the top with his debut single “Pass Out.” The track got heavy support from BBC Radio 1 and Zane Lowe declared it the “Hottest Record in the World Today.” A debut album is expected to reach stores this July.

According to an interview in The Sun, the song “is about getting so out of it that you pass out.” In addition to the singles chart, Tinie Tempah also tops the UK r’n’b chart this week.

Jason Derulo drops to No.3 after a sole week on the top. He’s surpassed by Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” at No.2. Wiley returns to the top ten with “Never Be Your Woman,” featuring vocals singer Emeli Sandé. Wiley  peaked at No.2 with “Wearing My Rolex” back in May 2008. That track was later sampled in Ironik’s song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

Boyzone is also back with their 18th UK Top Hit “Gave It All Away,” with Ronan Keating and the late Stephen Gately on lead vocals. The song enters at No.9 and is written by singer Mika and produced by Ray Hedges. This is far better than the No.22 peak of “Better,” which was issued back in December 2008. “Gave It All Away” was able to bow atop of the Irish singles chart, knocking Jedward’s “Under Pressure” off the top. Boyzone made their debut in Ireland with “Working My Way Back to You.” It peaked at No.3 in native Ireland back in 1994 and was later released in French as “Te garder pres de moi” in 1997. It didn’t chart elsewhere. Their first UK No.1 came with The Osmonds’ hit “Love Me for a Reason.”

The singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding won a BRIT Award and sits firmly at No.4 on the singles chart with “Starry Eyed.” The track is included on her debut set Lights which debuts atop of the album chart this week. Lady Gaga’s The Fame falls 1-2 and spends its 60th week on the chart. WelcheMusic recently pointed out that the album turned 70 weeks in the US this week. Alicia Key’s The Element of Freedom remains at No.3, while the Glee Cast falls 2-4. Fueled by the success of “In My Head,” Jason Derulo bows at No.8 with his self-titled album.

Madonna’s “American Pie” Turns 10 This Week

This week, Madonna’s celebrating the ten year anniversary of “American Life,” lifted from the soundtrack to The Next Best Thing. Madonna starred in the movie alongside Rupert Everett and the soundtrack included music from Manu Chao, Christina Aguilera, Moby and Groove Armada. Madonna also recorded the new track “Time Stood Still” together with William Orbit as an original song.

The Next Best Thing soundtrack peaked at No.34 on the Billboard 200. While “American Life” was a No.1 hit around the world it only managed to reach No.29 on the Billboard Hot 100. One of the key reasons was that radio didn’t pick it up. Later in 2000, Madonna returned to the charts with Music.

Sade’s the Biggest UK Success on Billboard Since Coldplay

According to Music Week, Sade is the first group since Coldplay to enjoy such success on the Billboard 200 album chart. As previously reported, Sade tops the album chart for a third week with Soldier of Love. That hasn’t happened  since Coldplay’s X&Y topped the same chart for three weeks in 2005.

Will Darin Manage to Beat Timoteij and Bergendahl?

With only one week left to the final of Melodifestivalen, we will soon know who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this May. This week’s singles tally is, not unexpectedly, dominated by singles from the contest. Anna Bergendahl claims the top spot with the finalist entry “This Is My Life.”

The girl group Timoteij managed to oust Darin in the competition with “Kom,” and they also beat him on the singles tally. Timoteij trails Anna Bergendahl at No.2, while Darin enters at No.9 with “You’re Out of My Life.”  Last week’s chart-topper Play falls back 1-5 with “Play,” while Lady Gaga remains at No.3 with “Bad Romance.” Brolle falls 2-7 with “Anything She Wants” and Donkeyboy’s “Ambitions” moves one notch to No.8.

UK No.1 Jason Derulo returns to the charts with “In My Head,” which enters at No.14.  His “Whatcha Say” peaked at No.4 last fall. It’s also interesting to note that Timbaland and Katy Perry bows at No.58 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” It’s the second single to chart from Shock Value II, following the No.14 peak of “Morning After Dark.”

The Playtones remains at No.1 with Rock’n’Roll Dance Party while Sade remains at No.2 with Soldier of Love. The highest new entry comes from Sophie Zelmani, who is back on the charts after a two years hiatus with her ninth album I’m the Rain. Her biggest success to date is the 2008 set The Ocean and Me.