Monthly Archives: September 2010

22-Year Old Posner Takes Off Where Timberlake Left

The American singer/songwriter Mike Posner was born in 1988. A year when INXS, Chicago and Steve Winwood dominated the Billboard Hot 100. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Posner graduated this year with a degree in sociology at Duke University. At Duke, he produced mixtapes eventually signing a major deal with J Records last summer.

The Gigamesh-produced debut hit “Cooler than Me” has already reached No.6 on the Hot 100 and the track has also reached the top ten in Canada, Norway, and New Zealand. It was followed by “Please Don’t Go.” Posner’s debut set 31 Minutes to Takeoff was released last month. The album opens with the title track, a 34-second vignette. Original and inspiring. Mike Posner more or less takes off where Justin Timberlake left.  The set entered the Billboard 200 at No.8 upon its release.

Katie Still Gives Katy Perry a Run for Her Money

WelcheMusic might just have stumbled upon the next Katy Perry. Californian Katie Still collaborates with producers Roy “Royalty” Hamilton (of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears fame) and Brody Brown. Our favorites are “Get Over It” and “You Should Be Dancing,” available on the music site Hitlantis. Hopefully her presence there might just lead to a record deal.

Eminem Remains at No.1 in Sweden

Eminem’s duet with Rihanna remains atop the Swedish singles chart this week. “Love the Way You Lie” logs a tenth week on the tally, but is trailed by Oskar Linnros’ “Från och med du” which moves 6-3. The Manchester group Hurts, bows at No.40 with “Wonderful Life,” one of three new entries on the chart. Darin’s LoveKiller finally climbs to the No.1 position on the album chart, knocking Iron Maiden off the top. Katy Perry returns to the album chart with Teenage Dream at No.21, the title track moves 41-39 on the singles chart.

Shakira’s New Album Slated for October Release

Shakira announced her new album “Sale el sol/The Sun Comes Out,” slated for release on October 19th on her blog. The album will include her world-wide hit “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which recently topped the Swedish single tally. The album will also be preceded by the new single “Loca,” an interpretation of the Dominican artist El Cata’s song “Loca con su tiguere.” Shakira has also collaborated with the UK scene’s biggest grime artist Dizzee Rascal on an English version. This is a surefire way to return to the upper reaches on the UK singles chart. The track was co-produced by The Neptunes, the production duo consisting of Pharrell Williams.

Shakira has not visited the top ten in the UK since the summer of 2009, where “She Wolf” reached No.4. The follow-up “Did It Again” (with Kid Cudie) only managed to climb to No.26, while the Lil Wayne duet “Give It Up to Me” failed to chart at all. “Gypsy” stalled at No.167 and “Waka Waka” peaked at No.21.

Max Martin and RedOne Rule Billboard Hot 100

WelcheMusic regularly covers Swedish songwriters’ success Stateside and today our national newspaper Expressen notes that five songs in the top 10 involves either Max Martin or RedOne. Neither one of them enjoys their first glimpse of success, but this is one of few weeks where their dominance is so great.

Expressen’s music editor Anders Nunstedt compares this phenomenon to five out of the top ten Hollywood’s box office hits being Swedish, a most unlikely event. WelcheMusic reveals that although Americans embrace the hits below, Swedes are more reluctant. Only one of the tracks has actually made it to the top ten – Katy Perry’s collaboration with Snoop Dogg (“California Gurls”). Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” is on its way to break the top 20, and the track vaulted into No.1 in the UK only a few days ago.

The chart positions in brackets denotes current position on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the peak position in Sweden.

  • Taio Cruz – Dynamite (2/21)
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (3/33)
  • Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull – I Like It (4/30)
  • Usher feat. Pitbull – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love (5/31)
  • Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (8/8)

Max Martin has collaborated on four of the tracks above, with the exception of Enrique Iglesias “I Like It.”