Monthly Archives: April 2010

When Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat Wrote History

WelcheMusic’s cannot resist checkin’ out the Current Track blog, who devotes today’s blog post to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s duet “Lucky.” Not to be confused with Britney Spears’ hit, this “Lucky” was issued  in January 2009 as the third single from Mraz’s album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

Despite what you might think, this duet is historical. It won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. A remix signed Lil Wayne was also released. So far, the track has only made it to the top ten in Holland, peaking at No.48 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was, however, a top ten hit on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.

Jason Mraz’ biggest hit to date is by far “I’m Yours,” a No.1 hit in Norway, Sweden and New Zealand. It also reached the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. In Sweden, Mraz topped the charts in two runs – only to be interrupted by Rednex “Football Is Our Religion.” Colbie Caillat’s had a multi-national hit with “Bubbly” back in 2007.

Skavlan Effect for Cheryl Cole

Talk show host Fredrik Skavlan has repeated his effect on the charts. Following the breakthrough of Melody Gardot and Donkeyboy, Cheryl Cole got a healthy push after her performance on the show. Cheryl Cole’s status in Sweden is quite far from the “national treasure icon” in the UK. The former UK No.1 hit “Fight for This Love” charted at No.54 back in February this year. Before appearing on the Skavlan show, the track were stuck in the lower reaches of the singles chart. Despite getting heavy radio airplay, the song only made it to No.23.

That was then, this is now. “Fight for This Love” made a healthy jump to No.5 two weeks ago and is the runner-up to Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” on the latest chart (from last week). We will soon learn to know if Cole’s able to unseat Maya’s seductive disco piece. If so, it will keep the tradition going as Cole’s hit has been around for a long while. It was originally issued in the UK back in October last year and has so far topped the charts in her home country, Hungary, Denmark and Norway.

Edward Maya Follows “Stereo Love” with “This Is My Life”

Edward Maya’s collaboration with Vika Jigulina adds a second week on top of the Swedish singles chart. In times where hits break through simultaneously around the world, it’s interesting to note that the song was originally released back in October 2009. Maya is hopeful to add “This Is My Life,” to his successful discography. The track was issued earlier this year and has so far charted in Holland, France and Romania.

We’ve already covered the worldwide success of “Stereo Love,” and according to the track’s Wikipedia entry it will become available in the UK in May. Not surprisingly, Maya’s A listed on the BBC Radio 1 playlist alongside Timbaland/Katy Perry, Kelis, Scouting for Girls amongst others.

The first two countries to embrace Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” were Holland and France back in November last year. Today, it tops the charts in Slovakia and Sweden.

Jennifer Rush “Echoes Love”

The Swedish producer Jörgen Elofsson and the British singer Natasha Bedingfield have contributed to Jennifer Rush’s latest album Now Is the Hour. The second single “Echoes Love” could easily revive Cher’s career and is very similar to “Believe.” Unfortunately, the song has not stormed the charts and the album has only reached the top ten in Greece. Maybe we need Skavlan to include Jennifer Rush in his program in order to fuel the success.

Jennifer Rush’s biggest success to date is “The Power of Love,” a track the American German-based singer failed to break in the States. Instead, Céline Dion managed the trick as this was one of the biggest hits of 1993. The song was also made famous by late Laura Branigan.

What might come as a surprise to some of you is that the singer was born as Heidi Stern in Queens, New York. She changed her name to Jennifer Rush when she moved to West Germany in 1983.

The Black Eyed Peas Rock Your Body Right

The Black Eyed Peas issued The E.N.D. last June and it has so far resulted in five hit singles.  The title is short for “the energy never dies,” which is obviously true as the group’s dominated airwaves for almost a year. The latest single, “Rock That Body,” was originally issued on Jan.15 in Australia. Interpolating the “I wanna rock right now” line from Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s 1988 hit “It Takes Two,” the Black Eyed Peas song wasn’t issued in the UK until this March and the track’s not slated for a US release until this month, early May.

“Rock That Body” follows the last single  “Imma Be” to that extent that a medley mashup of the two songs are included on the single.  It was also included on the “Imma Be” single. It’s also interesting to note that “Rock That Body” is the second Black Eyed Peas track produced by David Guetta. Most famous for the collaboration with Kelly Rowland on “When Love Takes Over,” Guetta also produced “I Gotta Feeling.”

Romanian Edward Maya Seduces the Dancefloor with “Stereo Love”

24-year old producer and performer Edward Maya made his breakthrough in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 when his song “Tornero” went to fourth place. The song was performed by Mihai Traistariu . Maya returned to the charts last summer with “Stereo Love,” a track that has spread through Europe at a very slow pace.  The song initially made it to No.2 in native Romania, adding No.1 positions in France, Estonia and Holland. It also peaked at No.2 in Russia and Belgium.

The track borrows heavily from Azerbaijani  composer Eldar Mansurov’s 1989 composition “Bayatilar.” Apparently, Maya had failed to make contact with Mansurov in order to clear the sample. This has now been rectified and Mansurov received writer’s credits.

“Stereo Love” has cracked the top ten in Sweden on the singles chart published last Thursday. A sure bet is that the track will best the No.7 position.

The track features Vika Jigulina on vocals.

  • Listen to the single via Spotify here, including six different mixes.

Lady Gaga Producer RedOne Launches New Super Group

Lady Gaga’s acclaimed producer RedOne made the headlines in Sweden as he recently launched the new super group Love Generation. In an interview with evening paper Aftonbladet, RedOne compares the group with Gaga who “was an unknown talent when they first met.” Née Nadir Khayat, 37 year-old RedOne will collaborate on new material on Kylie Minogue’s upcoming album and his merits includes Mary J. Blige, Sugababes, Mika, Usher as well as Michael Jackson.

The five unknown girls of Love Generation is a collaboration with the star producer and talent scouts Peter Swartling and Jonas Johnson. Swartling spent several years as a jury member of Swedish Idol.

RedOne wrote Love Generation’s first single on a Friday, the girls were hand-picked from 500 contestants last Saturday and a single was recorded the day after. 22-year old Charlie Braun admits that she hardly understands what is happening. “I’ve listened to Lady Gaga’s and RedOne’s songs for a year. Suddenly I’m in a studio with this world-known producer. It’s fantastic,” Braun says to Aftonbladet.