Category Archives: Grime

Shakira Returns to the Top for a Third Time


In an unusual feat, Sweden’s singles tally awards Shakira’s “Waka Waka” the pole position this week. The track initially bowed on the chart in May and has already reached the top on two separate occasions. Adding a 22nd week on the chart, Shakira puts an end to Hans Edler’s chart reign. The Latin singer manages to place another track on the top 20 as “Loca” bows at No.20. The track is available in two versions – in English with guest vocals from Dizzee Rascal and in Spanish with Dominican rapper El Cata.

The singer Daniel Adams Ray makes a giant 15-2 leap with “Gubben i lådan.” As part of the duo Snook, Adams Ray earned great success with “Mister Cool” a No.2 hit in 2004. His partner, Oskar Linnros got his solo breakthrough this summer with the No.3 hit “Från och med du” which currently sits at No.7 on this week’s singles tally.

 

Swedish House Mafia

 

Swedish House Mafia bows at No.11 with “Miami 2 Ibiza,” equaling the peak position of the previous hit “One.” Consisting of Swedish house DJs and producers Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, “Miami 2 Ibiza” collaborates with UK rapper Tinie Tempah whose “Written in the Stars” leapfrogs 50-22 on this week’s chart.

Swedish rock act Kent returns to the singles tally at No.13 with the double A-sided single “Ismael.” Lifted off the En plats i solen set, the track follows the previous chart-topper “Gamla Ullevi.”

The singles tally also includes new entries from Kanye West (No.28), Seal (No.58) and Erik Hassle’s brand new track “Taken (Still in My Blood)” (No.55).

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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.