The Billboard Hot 100 welcomes Los Angeles-based quartet Far*East Movement to the No.1 spot for the first time. The debut single “Like a G6” has trailed Bruno Mars on the runner-up spot, but he falls to No.2 after being the chart leader for four weeks. Despite being a No.1 hit on the Hot 100, the digital download is pushed back to No.2 by Taylor Swift’s “Back to December.”
Far*East Movement has been featured on hit TV shows such as CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and Entourage. “Like a G6” has charted in Holland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Australia and Canada as well.
Rihanna reverses her fall and moves 6-4 “Only Girl (In the World).” Swift is also the highest new entry on the Hot 100 as “December” bows at No.6. A giant hit on radio, P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” leaps 51-11. Finally, Cee Lo Green does not seem to repeat his UK success. “F**ck You” only manages to improve its peak position to No.17.
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Tagged Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Entourage, Far*East Movement, P!nk, Rihanna, Taylor Swift
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).
25-year old Bruno Mars holds on to the Billboard Hot 100 top spot for a fourth week in a row. Before breaking through as an artist, Mars had produced and written songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida’s No.1 hit “Right Round.” His “Just the Way You Are” has already topped the charts in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Holland and the UK. The track has so far reached No.6 in Sweden. In the US, the song has sold 1.697 million units since its release. His debut album Doo-Woops & Hooligans has already spawned a second hit – “The Lazy Song” debuts at this week’s No.82.
WelcheMusic looks forward to Taylor Swift’s upcoming album release Speak Now. The set follows Taylor Swift and Fearless, the latter a Billboard 200 album chart topper. Swift debuted back in 2006 with “Tim McGraw,” a top ten US Country hit. So far, her biggest US hit is “You Belong with Me” – a No.2 hit in 2008. Internationally, “Love Story” is considered her biggest hit. Back in August, “Mine” was a No.3 hit – the first track to be lifted off the Speak Now set. The title track vaults in at No.8 this week.
Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” rebounds 8-6 in its fifth week. Kanye West opens at No.12 with “Runaway,” one of his highest debuts ever. UK chart topper Cee Lo Green finally cracks the top 20 as “F**k You” moves 21-18 in its seventh week. P!nk is back on the chart with “Raise Your Glass,” which is lifted from her compilation Greatest Hits…So Far!!!.” The track had simultaneous releases on both radio and retail and immediately reached No.51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Tagged Adam Levine, Alexandra Burke, Brandy, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Kanye West, P!nk, Rihanna, Sean Kingston, Taylor Swift, Travie McCoy
A UK No.2 hit is the biggest selling single of 2010 – so far. Eminem’s duet with Rihanna only made it to the runner-up spot and falls to No.11 in its 15th week. Trailing Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup’s “We No Speak Americano” this summer, the rapper never managed to reach the top. But in the long run, “Love the Way You Lie” has grown to become the biggest selling hit of the year.
This is the UK year to date singles chart per 04/10/2010
1. Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie (2/1)
2. Owl City – Fireflies (1/1)
3. Usher feat. will.i.am – OMG (1/1)
4. Helping Haiti – Everybody Hurts (1/-)
5. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (1/1)
The chart positions in brackets denotes UK and US peak positions.
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Tagged DCUP, Eminem, Helping Haiti, Katy Perry, Owl City, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Usher, will.i.am, Yolanda Be Cool
In times when Shakira, Rihanna and Robyn rule the charts it’s quite a surprise that the Swedish pop musician, record company manager and concert promoter Hans Edler manages to spend a second week atop the singles chart with a Ricky Nelson tribute. “Black Fender” was initially performed in December 2006 during his “Hans Edler Meets Ricky Nelson” tour. Due to public demand, the track was finally released as a single following the overwhelming response as a crowd pleaser.
Hans Edler made his breakthrough in the 1960s, but has been denied mainstream commercial success. Only two of his albums have made it to the charts, Jukebox Graffiti 2 spent one week at No.46 back in 1978 while Remember the Sixties made it all the way to No.8 in June 2009. This fall, Edler presents a rock gala tribute to Elvis Presley with old-time Swedish ‘60s artists such as Little Gerhard, Rock-Ragge and The Adventures.
Shakira remains at No.2 with “Waka Waka,” followed by Eminem/Rihanna and Robyn. Oskar Linnros rebounds 7-5 with “Från och med du,” while UK/US chart topper Bruno Mars finally cracks the top ten with “Just the Way You Are.” Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You!” is also new to the top ten, moving 12-10. The singer made his breakthrough as one half of the pop group Gnarls Barkley. Upon its release, their debut hit “Crazy.” Cee Lo Green is expected to top the UK singles chart this Sunday, based on mid-week sales and the track receives most airplay on UK radio.
Cloth brand Lindex use of Marina & The Diamonds’ “I Am Not a Robot” has propelled the track from 53-28-13-11. The Welsh singer-songwriter received her breakthrough on the BBC Sound of 2010, where promising new acts are highlighted. The track only made it to No.26 in her native UK, but has cracked the top ten in Norway.
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Tagged BBC Sound of 2010, Cee Lo Green, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Gnarls Barkley, Hans Edler, Little Gerhard, Marina & The Diamonds, Oskar Linnros, Ricky Nelson, Rihanna, Robyn, Rock-Ragge, Shakira, The Adventures
The “Glee” cast adds another sex debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released on Thursday. “Toxic” is the highest new entry at No.16, still short of Britney Spears’ peak at No.9. The song reached the peak position in the UK in March 2004 as well as a topping the European Hot 100. Co-written by Swedes Bloodshy & Avant, Henrik Jonback with Cathy Dennis, the track was initially offered to Kylie Minogue. The Sept.28 episode of “Glee” was a celebration to Britney Spears, and the actress even paid the cast a visit on the show. The episode attracted 13.5m viewers. Interesting to note, the show’s ratings took a 24% tumble the following episode.
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.
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.”
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Tagged Anders Nunstedt, Enrique Iglesias, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Pitbull, RedOne, Snoop Dogg, Taio Cruz, Usher
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.
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Tagged Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Eminem, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Rihanna, Taio Cruz
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$ha). The rapper has collaborated with a range of artists such as Timbaland, will.i.am, Ne-Yo and Nelly Furtado throughout his career.
Eminem and Rihanna reverse their drop on the chart and move 4-2 with “Love the Way You Lie.” The highest new entry comes from pop group The Saturdays, whose “Missing You” bows at No.3. It’s the group’s ninth top ten single and is lifted from the upcoming mini album and EP Headlines.
This week also welcomes British grime vocalist Tinchy Stryder back to the chart. “In My System” enters at No.10 and bests the previous hit “You’re Not Alone” fron November last year. On the album chart, Eminem reclaims the top spot with Recovery. Canadian rock act Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs falls back to No.2 after a sole week atop. Lady Gaga’s The Fame continue its top ten presence, climbing 6-5 in its 83rd week on the chart.
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Tagged Arcade Fire, David Guetta, Eminem, Flo Rida, Frédéric Riesterer, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, The Saturdays, Timbaland, Tinchy Stryder, will.i.am