Monthly Archives: August 2010

Taio Cruz Explodes on the UK Chart

Taio Cruz’ “Dynamite” bows atop the UK singles chart earlier tonight. The track has already spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and is currently trailing Eminem and Rihanna at No.2. The track was co-written by the Swede Max Martin and produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. These songwriters only recently scored a worldwide hit with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” “Dynamite” has already reached the top in New Zealand, Ireland and Australia.

Darin Scores His 18th Hit


23 year old Swedish-Kurd pop singer Darin scores his 18th hit on the Swedish singles tally as “Microphone” bows at No.16. Lifted from the latest album LoveKiller, the track is used in the promotional video for the 2010 season of Idol. No stranger to that talent show, Darin was the runner-up in 2005 beaten by Daniel Lindström.

No less than five tracks have charted from his latest album. Apart from the title track, which soars 14-10 on this week’s singles tally, the following tracks have peaked so far.

  • “Viva La Vida” was performed live on Idol last October, topping the charts for two weeks. This actually beats Coldplay’s original chart performance as they peaked at No.7 in May 2008.
  • “You’re Out of My Life” was produced by Arnthor of Jennifer Lopez fame and was Darin’s entry in the Swedish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. It peaked at No.3 this March.
  • “Can’t Stop Love” was written especially for the royal wedding of Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, peaking at No.13 in June.
  • “Microphone” bows at No.16 this week.

His LoveKiller album enters at No.2 this week, unable to knock Iron Maiden’s The Final Frontier off the top. Darin’s first three albums (The Anthem, Darin and Break the News) all made it to the top, while 2008’s Flashback peaked at No.10.

Roll Deep Puts Grime on the Map

Expect Roll Deep to crash the UK singles chart tomorrow with “Green Light.” This is the follow-up to the No.1 single “Good Times.” The track succeeded Diana Vickers’ “Once” in May, earlier this year. “Green Light” features vocals by Tania Foster with appearances from Wiley, J2K, Breeze, Brazen and Scratchy. The track will be included on the upcoming album Winner Stays On, slated for release in October. Roll Deep is one of the hottest acts on the grime scene today, an urban music genre that first emerged in the East London part of Bow in the early 2000s. The style merges influences from UK garage, dancehall and hip hop.

The first grime artist to reach international fame is Dizee Rascal, on the back of winning The Mercury Music Prize for the debut Boy in da Corner. N-Dubz, M.I.A., Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder are other artists in the genre.

Listen to Billboard’s Summer Songs

Our friends at Billboard has compiled weekly playlists of summer songs. WelcheMusic transformed the latest one into a Spotify playlist and re-discovered Monica, Rob Thomas and Maroon 5.

  • Click on the link to listen to the Billboard’s Summer Songs playlist via Spotify.

Flo Rida Reigns in the UK with the help of French Guetta

Flo Rida claims his second UK No.1 in his career with “Club Can’t Handle Me,” lifted from the Step Up 3D soundtrack. The track features French DJ David Guetta, who produced the track with Frédéric Riesterer. Guetta recently topped the UK singles chart this May with “Gettin’ Over You.”

This means that Ne-Yo loses the top position as “Beautiful Monster” falls to No.5 in its second week. As mentioned earlier, that track failed to become a success in the US as it peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at No.53. “Club Can’t Handle Me” moves 33-24 on this week’s Hot 100 in its sixth week on the chart. Usually, these two acts enjoy far great success Stateside than in the UK or the rest of Europe.

Flo Rida topped the singles chart back in March 2009 with “Right Round” (featuring Ke$ha). The rapper has collaborated with a range of artists such as Timbaland, will.i.am, Ne-Yo and Nelly Furtado throughout his career.

Eminem and Rihanna reverse their drop on the chart and move 4-2 with “Love the Way You Lie.” The highest new entry comes from pop group The Saturdays, whose “Missing You” bows at No.3. It’s the group’s ninth top ten single and is lifted from the upcoming mini album and EP Headlines.

This week also welcomes British grime vocalist Tinchy Stryder back to the chart. “In My System” enters at No.10 and bests the previous hit “You’re Not Alone” fron November last year. On the album chart, Eminem reclaims the top spot with Recovery. Canadian rock act Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs falls back to No.2 after a sole week atop. Lady Gaga’s The Fame continue its top ten presence, climbing 6-5 in its 83rd week on the chart.

Shakira Brings “Waka Waka” to the Top

Colombian singer Shakira finally ascends to the top in Sweden after 13 weeks. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) ” initially debuted at No.18 in May. The single plummeted 27-44-52, reversing the drop on Jun.18 when the track rose to No.12. It finally cracked the top ten at the end of June and replaces Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” on the top.

The single also features the South African band Freshlyground, who was formed in Cape Town back in 2002. The group consists of band members from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The 29-year old lead singer Zolani Mohala reigns from Bhisho, the capital of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.

A Spanish version called “Waka Waka (Esto es África)” is also available. The tack is also included on the compilation album Listen Up! The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album. So far “Waka Waka” has topped the charts in nine countries as well as the European Hot 100 Singles chart. It peaked just outside the Top 20 in the UK, while barely making the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Eminem + Haddaway = True

Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery has claimed the top spot in twelve countries so far, including the UK and the US. The album was preceded by “Not Afraid” in April, while “Love the Way You L ife” tops singles charts around the world right now.

WelcheMusic thinks that “No Love” should be a strong contender for a future single release. Based on Haddaway’s 1993 hit “What Is Love,” the track features Lil Wayne as a guest rapper.

Née Alexander Nestor Haddaway in 1965, this Trinidadian singer rose to fame when he was signed to a German record label in 1992. “What Is Love” peaked at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100. His follow-up hit, “Life” managed to reach the top ten around Europe, while it peaked at No.41 in the US.

Ne-Yo takes the lead in the UK

Ne-Yo claims his third chart-topper in the UK as “Beautiful Monster” bows on today’s singles chart. He has previously topped the tally with “Closer” and “So Sick.” The singer debuted back in 2006 and has since worked closely with the Norwegian production duo Stargate. “Beautiful Monster” is taken from his upcoming album Libra Scale, slated for release this October. The single flopped in the US, peaking at No.53 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This means that the boy band The Wanted only got a sole week at No.1 with “All Time Low,” which falls to No.5.  Ne-Yo is trailed by Flo Rida/David Guetta who moves 5-2. The only other new entry on the top ten is much hyped Eliza Doolittle who enters the No.8 positon with “Pack Up.”

The Canadian Indian Rock band Arcade Fire bows atop the album chart with The Suburbs. So far, the album has charted in Australia as well (at No.6). This means that Eminem’s Recovery loses the top position. Lady Gaga’s The Fame adds a 82nd week on the chart maintaining the No.6 position.

Robyn Solo Dance Still Atop the Swedish Chart

Robyn holds forte on the Swedish singles chart for a second week running with “Dancing on My Own.” The track has spent nine weeks on the chart and removed Ola from pole position last week. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP holds at No.2, trailed by Shakira who moves 5-3 with her Soccer World Cup Song. Eminem/Rihanna reach a new peak as “Love the Way You Lie” climbs to No.4. The chart is slow, apart from the fact that Ola quickly loses ground on the chart. His “Overdrive” was No.1 two weeks ago, fell to No.9 last week and ends up at No.54 this week.

Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” is the highest new entry at No.54, which also welcomes new entries from Katy Perry (No.33), The Lab Wizard (No.42) and Alexandra Burke (No.57).

  • Listen to Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” here.
  • Listen to Alexandra Burke’s “All Night Long” (feat. Pitbull) here.
  • Listen to Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” here.
  • Listen to Ola’s “Overdrive” here.


Banned Summer Track Celebrates Anniversary

The summer comes to an end and so the memory of the season’s biggest track will fade. Do you remember last year’s summer hits? Exactly a year ago, the Brazilian rap duo Cidinho & Doco topped the Swedish singles tally.

A dance floor filler, few understood the lyrics of the infectious hit. The first version of the track surfaced in 1992 when the siblings MC Junior e Leonardo wrote the track. In 1994, the track was performed for the first time. The refrain of the song was based on The Outfield’s “Your Love,” replacing the lyrics with the sound of a machine gun – hence the “pa ra pa pa…”

Cidinho & Doco joined MC Junior e Leonardo when performing the track and issued a version of their own. The interest for “Rap das armas” re-surged in 2007 when the song was used in José Padilha’s movie The Elite Squad, the highest-grossing film of in Brazil that year. The song was slightly modified compared to its ‘90s original.

The track was even deleted from the The Elite Squad, two weeks after its initial release and “Rap das armas” was also banned on Brazilian radio, due to the controversial lyrics. It praises drug consumption, defends drug dealers thus supporting the wrong side of Rio de Janeiro’s war on crime.

The track broke in Europe, due to renewed interest from Portugese and Dutch DJs. A remix version by DJ Quintino of Holland stayed atop the charts for two weeks in February 2009.

Sweden was the country, embracing this hit most as Cidinho & Doco topped the singles tally for four weeks. The track was succeeded by Madonna’s “Celebration” in August 2009.

  • Listen to Cidinho & Doco’s “Rap das armas” here.
  • Listen to The Outfield’s “Your Love” here.

Cidinho & Doco’s “Rap das armas” here