Monthly Archives: March 2010

Blowsight Turns Lady Gaga into Pop Metal Punk

The Swedish group Blowsight has turned Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” into a pure pop metal punk.

Kid Cudi interpolated the “Poker Face” on “Make Her Say” and to date cover versions have been issued by the likes of dance act The Booty Babes and rock group You Me At Six.

Lady Gaga included the “Poker Face”on her debut album The Fame and the song first appeared as a single back in September 2008. North America saw a release in December 2008 and the single wasn’t released in the UK until January 2009. The renewed interest will definitely result in more royalties for songwriters RedOne and Lady Gaga herself.

Blowsight has previously covered Britney Spears’ “Toxic” from 2004.

Lady Gaga Turns 70 This Week

Lady Gaga’s debut album turns 70 weeks on the Billboard 200, still remaining strong at No.5. Sade’s Soldier of Love, however, has a firm grip of the Billboard 200 top spot, adding a third week. Still, no new single has been announced apart from the title track.

Country music group Lady Antebellum remains at No.2 with Need You Now for a third week. The set has so far yielded two hit singles, the title track which peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “American Honey” which has peaked at No.65.

The late recording artist Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave. Back in 2006, American V: A Hundred Ways debuted at No.1. Punk rock band Alkaline Trio debuts at No.11 with This Addiction.

Ke$ha’s Animal returns to the top ten, fueled by a Best Buy price discount ($7.99). The Black Eyed Peas adds a 38th week at No.4.

Will It Ever Happen All Over Again for Lonnie Gordon?

Philadelphia born Lonnie Gordon won her first solo record deal with Supreme Records back in 1989. Her debut single was a cover of First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder,” but it was her next offering that became her breakthrough. Written and produced by British hitmakers Stock, Aitken & Waterman, “Happenin’ All Over Again” was actually written for Donna Summer.  The single peaked at No.4 in the UK upon its release in Jan. 1990.

The follow-up hit single “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” stalled at a disappointing No.48 and not even the third single, “If I Have to Stand Alone,” managed to repeat the success (it peaked at No.68). Unfortunately, the debut album If I Have to Stand Alone never saw the light of day in the UK. In 1991, Gordon issued “Gonna Catch You,” produced by the Italo house act Black Box. The track was also featured in the Vanilla Ice movie Cool as Ice. That track made the Billboard Hot 100.

SWV Freed Willy with the Help of Chanting Michael

WelcheMusic takes the time machine back to 1990 when Sisters with Voices formed a gospel group. They later on transformed into the r’n’b act SWV. Their first single “Right Here” charted back in 1992. With the help of producer Teddy Riley, the group was signed to RCA Records. Their debut hit peaked at No.16 on the r’nb chart and the real breakthrough came with “I’m So Into You,” a No.2 hit on the r’n’b chart and a No.6 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

The international breakthrough came with a remixed version of “Right Here,” interpolating Michael Jackson’s original hit “Human Nature.” The song became a worldwide success, peaking at No.2 on the Hot 100 and No.3 in the UK. The new version also features Pharell Williams chanting “s…double…u…vee.” That version was also included in the film Free Willy.

The group took a pause in 1999, only to reunite in 2005. Wikipedia hints that there might be a new album out this year, but the group has not charted since 1998 when “Rain” peaked at No.25 on the Hot 100.

So far, SWV only charted in Sweden with “Right Here/Human Nature.” It barely reached the top twenty, eventually peaking at No.21.

Tarkan Faces Drug Charges

The Turkish pop singer Tarkan faces drug charges and is detained after a raid by narcotics officers. Née Tarkan Tevetoglu  in 1972, the singer was born in Germany but raised in Turkey. His biggest hit to date is “Simarik,” which was released in 1999. The title means spoiled in Turkish and was initially released in France in 1998. It was a pan-European hit, selling 2m copies across France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. “Simarik” peaked at No.2 in Norway and No.3 in Sweden.

An English version called “Kiss Kiss” was issued by Stella Soleil back in 2001. The track peaked at No.27 on the Billboard Top 40 in the US. The song was included on her album Dirty Little Secret. Australian soap opera actress Holly Valance recorded the track in 2002 and managed to reach the top of the UK singles chart. Valance made her breakthrough in Neighbours, just like Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Natalie Imbruglia. It was also her first chart-topper in Australia.  Stargate made an r’n’b remix of the track.

Will Jennifer Lopez Return to Her Former Glory?

There was a time when Jennifer Lopez was synonymous with a Billboard Hot 100 hit. She’s managed to score four No.1 hits in the US, but since the release of “All I Have,” a duet with L.L. Cool J things hasn’t looked good for Lopez. That collaboration managed to top the Hot 100 and even reached No.2 in the UK back in 2003.

The track was included on her This Is Me…Then set, which was led by the single “Jenny from the Block.” It featured, then, boyfriend Ben Affleck in a video inspired by all the paparazzis in their lives. In 2005, Jennifer Lopez released the album Rebirth. The set included the No.12 hit “Get Right” and “Hold You Down,” a duet with Fat Joe that peaked at No.64.

Latin album Como ama una mujer was issued in 2007, the year when Brave also saw the light of day. The latter album was led by “Do It Well,” a No.31 hit – far worse than the UK peak at No.11.  When Jennifer Lopez collaborates with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart and performs at the 2009 American Music Awards, things are looking good. “Louboutins” made it to No.13 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Songs chart, but failed to reach any other upon its release in December last year.

Her new album Love? includes collaborations with Darkchild and Danja and last month, Epic announced it will part ways with Jennifer Lopez. No announcement has been made  on what label will pick this project up, but rumours say  that it’s Island Def Jam after Lopez being spotted to the record label’s chairman L.A. Reid, tha famous songwriter.

According to Wikipedia, “Everybody’s Girl” is expected to be the second single from the set. According to the German radio station, this was praised a stand out track. WelcheMusic hopes that “Story of My Life,” a track signed Rihanna/Ne-Yo production team StarGate. It’s usually bound for success.

The “Glee” Cast Will Go on Tour

According to Billboard, the “Glee” cast will tour. The Golden Globe award-winning high school musical recently topped the UK album chart with the first compilation of covers featured in the series. Only recently, “Halo/Walking on Sunshine” reached the top ten and the group has also revived Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The “Glee Live! Concert!” tour will open on May.18 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Glee Cast has so far sold a total of 4.5m downloads. The tour includes seven stops and by May 29, the act will make their final performance at the Radio Music Hall in New York City. Read the full article, here.