Monthly Archives: May 2010

Maya Returns to the No.1 Spot in Sweden with “Stereo Love”

Edward Maya returns to the No.1 spot on the Swedish singles chart with “Stereo Love,” while last week’s chart-topper – Rebound’s “Hurricane” – falls 1-8. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé rebound 5-2 with “Telephone,” with the help of Gaga’s Stockholm visit last week. Her “Alejandro” takes a 39-27 climb in its third week.

The highest new-comer comes from Eminem, whose “Not Afraid” immediately reached the top spot on the Hot 100 this week. This is a rare feet in the US, where only 15 other acts managed this through history.

The only other new-comers this week come from Joshua Rain’s “I’d Rather Be with You” and Robyn’s “Dancehall Queen.” Stromae’s “Alors on danse,” previously mentioned on this blog cracks the top twenty, moving 45-19.

Timoteij’s Längtan was knocked off the top spot after a sole week as AC/DC is the biggest seller this week with Iron Man 2. Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster moves 8-3. Anna von Hauswolff’s Singing from the Grave is the highest new-comer at No.5, besting Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment at No.8. Lambert earns the No.8 position on the singles chart as well with “Whataya Want from Me.”

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Stromae Brings Belgian House Music to the Charts

Nee Paul van Haver in 1985, this 25 year old hip-hop act chose the artist name Stromae when recording irresistible dance music. His debut hit “Alors on danse” was released in native Belgium last September and available in the rest of Europe this February. So far, the track has reached the No.1 position in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Holland. In addition, Stromae has spent three runs atop of the pan-European singles charts! He recently knocked Lady Gaga and Beyoncé off the top.

Stromae attended the l’Académie Musicale de Jette where he took drum and music history lessons. He was signed by Mercury/Universal Music France’s label Vertigo, following extensive airplay on NRJ Brussels.

Broken Door Gives Nickelback a Run for Their Money

The rock act Broken Door comes from the Värmland province in the west middle of Sweden. The group first started playing back in 2007. The debut single “Sunday Morning” was issued in December 2008 and the group is set to get a nationwide breakthrough with “Angel.” The track is available in a guitar and piano version and could very well be the next Hot 100 hit from Nickelback. Be it a rock ballad, but WelcheMusic can detect some similarities to Spice Girls’ “Viva Forever.” Kudos to Warner Music to sign such an eminent act.

The track has so far spent five weeks on the Swedish singles chart and is currently sitting at No.40, peaking at No.29.

Mary J. Blige Brings a Tear to Every Market

Expect Mary J. Blige to make a return to the charts with the second single lifted from her Stronger withEach Tear set. “Each Tear” comes in no fewer than five versions. Rapper Jay Sean was the original artist, but is replaced with Tiziano Ferro (Italy), Vanessa Amorosi (Australia), Rea Garvey (Germany) and K’naan (Canada).

Tiziano Ferro is an Italian latin pop storm who debuted in 2001 with the worldwide hit “Perdono.” In 2004 he recorded a duet with British r’n’b singer Jamelia. The track, “Universal Prayer,” made it to No.1 in Italy, Spain and Greece. The Mary J. Blige collaboration has already made it to No.1 in Italy this March.

Vanessa Amorosi broke internationally with the 1999 hit “Absolutely Everybody,” but since success has been limited to native Australia. Some of you might remember her performance at the Sydney 2000 Olympis ceremony.

German Rea Garvey is the singer of the rock/pop act Reamonn. The group got its breakthrough back in 2000 with “Supergirl,” and has produced a string of hits ever since. Garvey has previously collaborated with Nelly Furtado on a version of “All Good Things (Come to an End).” Finally, K’naan is a Somali-Canadian poet, rapper and musician. He got a No.2 hit in Canada last year with “Wavin’ Flag.”

“Each Tear” is produced by Supa Dups, who previously worked with the likes of Akon, Kardinal Offishall and Sean Paul.

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Countdown to Sing in the Shower Day

Okay, WelcheMusic have to admit – we like singing in the shower. So, we were delighted to hear that we’re not alone and there’s even a day devoted for this and it’s happening tomorrow.

The day was actually founded to support the launch of JBL’s new two-in-one alarm clock and docking station OnTime Micro.  The JBL OnTime Micro Shower Singing Survey found that 82% of 18-24 years olds sing in the shower, but it’s not just for youngsters – almost half (49%) of people aged 55+ do it too. Whatever your age, let your voice ring loud this Thursday!

The JBL Shower Singing Survey named Shakira as the singer that most people would like to perform a shower duet with. You know, her taps don’t lie…

France is the top shower singing country in Europe, with 71% of our French survey respondents enjoying a “chantez dans la douche.”

WelcheMusic’s current shower favourites:

  • Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé – Telephone
  • Cheryl Cole – Fight for This Love
  • Eric Saade – Manboy

Join the Facebook group here – http://www.facebook.com/singintheshowerday