Category Archives: Latin

60s Star Secures Swedish No.1 Position

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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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.

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.

Listen to Alicia Key’s “Unknown” No.1 with Alejandro Sanz

WelcheMusic has previously reported on her success with her latest set The Element of Freedom, which peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200 in December.   “Empire State of Mind” recently topped the chart, while Alicia Keys’ ballad version already climbs the chart in different territories. Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz duet with Alicia Keys on “Looking for Paradise,” a track that has topped the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart for the last nine weeks. The track also topped the Spanish singles chart as well as the Latin Pop Songs and Tropical Songs charts in the States.