Category Archives: Pop

The Wanted’s “Heart Vacancy” Confirms Boy Band Popularity

Call it out for Jay, Siva, Nathan, Max and Tom – The Wanted – the hottest boy band this side of summer. “All Time Low” topped the UK singles chart earlier in August and the follow-up, “Heart Vacancy,” bows at No.2 this week. The Danes Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg and Lucas Secon have co-written the track with boy band veteran Wayne Hector (Il Divo, Westlife and Boyzone). The self titled  debut set The Wanted was issued today. The album includes tracks written by Rami (Britney Spears), Cathy Dennis (Kylie Minogue, Sugababes) as well as Taio Cruz.

WelcheMusic highlighted that the boy bands have returned to the charts in an earlier blog post. Despite being Irish-British, The Wanted’s chart career in Ireland has been rather disappointing. “All Time Low” only made it to No.13 and “Heart Vacancy” only manages to reach No.18 in its first week. It’s also interesting to note that the singles haven’t been released elsewhere.

For those who can’t get enough of this group, please read The Wanted: The Unauthorized Biography, which was written by Chas Newkey-Burden. Quite a feat to rack up an biography (be it unauthorized) in October upon issuing a debut single in July the same year.

But The Wanted should be aware, Westlife is expected to issue its latest album Gravity on Nov.12.

Jamiroquai’s back with two singles + one album

Guess, who’s back? WelcheMusic isn’t the only blogger who wants Jamiroquai to return to the scene. Mark the calendar as Rock Dust Light Star is set to bow on Nov.1. As reported by the blog  Some Kind of Awesome, two singles will be available on the day of the album release. Directed by Howard Greenhalgh, the videos have been shot in Almeria (Spain).These are “White Knuckle Ride” and “Blue Skies.”

Jamiroquai debuted in 1993 with the album Emergency on Planet Earth and the new album will be the seventh in the group’s career. The previous album, Dynamite, was released in 2005 and produced three singles. The UK Top 20 single “Seven Days in Sunny June” was also featured in the film The Devil Wears Prada.

Oskar Linnros Makes the Final Leap to the Top Spot

In an earlier blog post, WelcheMusic highlighted that Shakira managed to top the singles chart last week with a hit that entered the tally in May. The feat is repeated this week as Swedish singer Oskar Linnros finally makes it to the top with “Från och med du.” Interesting to note, the track debuted on the same week as “Waka Waka,” which means that both tracks spends their 23rd week on the chart.

As part of the duo Snook, Linnros reached No.2 in 2004 with the Swedish rap hit “Mister Cool.” And as we’ve reported earlier, his rap partner Daniel Adams Ray recently made his breakthrough as a solo artist.  Adams Ray’s “Gubben i lådan” falls 2-5 this week, and is thus surpassed by his former partner.

“Från och med du” initially peaked at No.2 last month and his debut set Vilja bli peaked at No.2 upon its debut in June. The first single to be lifted off the set was “Ack, Sundbyberg” which peaked at No.52 this summer. In 2008, Oskar Linnros co-wrote Veronica Maggio’s second studio set Och vinnaren är…. The set spawned the three hit singles “Måndagsbarn,” “Stopp” and “17 år.”

Critically acclaimed, Oskar Linnros swept the Rockbjörnen Awards Ceremony this fall earning two awards – Breakthrough act and Song of the Year (“Från och med du”).

Robyn reverse a drop on the chart as “Hang with Me” bests its peak position to No.2. Shakira drops to No.3, while former chart-topper Hans Edler falls 3-4 with “Black Fender.” Swedish House Mafia & Tinie Tempah breaks into the top ten with “Miami 2 Ibiza.” The highest new entry comes from P!nk as “Raise Your Glass” bows at No.15. On the album chart, Håkan Hellström vaults into No.1 with 2 steg från paradiset. Robbie Williams greatest hits set bows at No.4.

  • View Oskar Linnros videos on his YouTube channel here

Far*East Movement Gets Its First Chart-Topper

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.

Robbie Williams is King of the Hill in Europe

Robbie Williams is king of the hill as his greatest hits compilation bows atop Billboard’s European Albums chart. Eminem extends his span to a third week as “Love the Way You Lie” retain the No.1 spot on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.

The Robbie Williams set also tops the German and Austrian album charts and opens strong in Ireland, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Portugal and Switzerland. Williams knocks off Phil Collins, whose Going Back falls to No.2. Rihanna leapfrogs the singles chart with “Only Girl (In the World),” which moves 30-5. It has already peaked at No.2 in Sweden and is dropping, while it’s a chart-topper in Norway and the Belgian region of Wallony.

X-Factor Joe McElderry Goes Norwegian

Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” tops the chart again this Sunday as Radio 1 counts down the official UK singles tally. He is trailed by Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” the former No.1 which moves 4-2 this week. The highest new entry samples “Gotta Go Home” – Boney M’s 1979 hit. Titled “Barbra Streisand,” the novelty act Duck Sauce gets its breakthrough hit. Duck Sauce consists of DJ’s Armand van Helden and A-Trak. The American DJ Van Helden is nothing short of a giant on the dance scene, his biggest commercial hit to date is “U Don’t Even Know Me” from 1999. Swedish DJ collective Swedish House Mafia manages to climb 5-4 with “Miami 2 Ibiza,” surpassing Tinie Tempah’s “Written in the Stars” which falls 3-5. This means that Tempah holds both the No.4 and 5 positions as he’s featured on “Ibiza.”

It has taken Joe McElderry a good ten months to follow-up “The Climb,” a UK No.1 from January this year. He returns to the chart with a track originally released by the Norwegian pop group Donkeyboy. He bows at No.6 with his cover version, mind you that his debut hit was a Miley Cyrus cover. The track bows at No.4 on the Irish chart.

Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow takes  a 2-7 drop with “Shame,” while Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me” breaks into the top ten, leapfrogging 22-9. Usher & Pitbull returns to the top ten as well with “DJ Got Us Falling in Love.” Despite being most played song on UK radio before being released as a single, Michael Bublé bows at No.17. Robbie Williams vaults into the pole position on the album chart with In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010, knocking Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy from the top spot. He lands at No.2, just ahead of Cliff Richard who is back with Bold as Brass, featuring classical standards.

Cheryl Cole Returns to the Charts with “Promise This”

Cheryl Cole will return to the charts at the end of this month. Scheduled for release on Oct.21, the up-tempo track “Promise This” has already begun to pick up airplay. The track bowed at No.47 on last week’s UK radio airplay chart. The song is produced by Wayne Wilkins, who was responsible for her debut hit “Fight for this Love.”

Set for release on Oct.24, Cheryl Cole will return with her second album Messy Little Raindrops. The dance-pop album was recorded in L.A. earlier this year. “Promise This” is the first single since “Parachute” reached No.5 in the UK this March. Lifted off her debut album 3 Words, Cheryl Cole managed to spawn three singles from that album.

Let’s wait and see if Cheryl Cole will return to Norwegian/Swedish talk show Skavlan.

They Give “Creep” the Choral Treatment in The Social Network Trailer

The WelcheMusic team looks forward to The Social Network which premiers in Sweden on Oct.22. Already, the trailer has made a lot of buzz and lots of readers ask about the choir singing “Creep” in the background. Resembling Quindon Tarver’s take on Rozalla’s “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” in Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, a Belgian women’s choir chants the classic Radiohead track.

Already reported by Simon Vozick-Levinson at Entertainment Weekly, Columbia Pictures confirms that Scala and Kolacny Brothers is the choir performing the song. This Belgian choir recorded the track on the 2002 album On the Rocks, which features similar covers of Nirvana, Muse, Kylie Minogue and Wheatus songs.

WelcheMusic will definitely report if this will lead to a new trend of given rock songs the choral treatment. Unfortunately, Scala and Kolacny Brothers’ tracks aren’t available on Spotify yet. But we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Mars Retains Top Spot for a Fourth Consecutive Week

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.

Retains Top Spot for a Fourth Consecutive Week

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.

Finally, a bunch of European hits finally bows in the US. Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s “Stereo Love” debuts at No.93 while David Guetta and Kid Cudi’s “Memories” is a new entry at No.94.

 

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Slow Fat, Sassys Kitchen, Underbara bar

 

60s Star Denies Secures Swedish No.1 Position

The Swedish pop musician, record company manager and concert promoter 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.

In times when Shakira, Rihanna and Robyn rule the charts it’s a quite a surprise that 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.

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 in 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.

 

Manchester Duo Hurts Grace Grey’s Anatomy Trailer

On Oct.6, Grey’s Anatomy will return to Swedish TV screens for a complete new season. The ABC TV show has already premiered in the States. A trailer is currently showcased on cable network Kanal 5 and the TV campaign is also part of Sony Music’s promotional efforts for Manchester duo Hurts. The group debuted with the single “Better than Love” before the summer.

The track was primarily a hit on the clubs, while radio picked up “Wonderful Life.” The video has currently tracked 4m views on YouTube. “Stay” will be issued commercially later this year but is already picking up a lot of interest due to it being the soundtrack to the Grey’s promo trailer. It is already the second most played Hurts track on Spotify. Hurts also performed at the Propaganda festival this August and will return to Debaser Medis Stockholm this October.

Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, Kanal 5, Sony Music, Hurts, Spotify, Propaganda, Debaser

 

Lady Gaga+Yoko Ono=True

Lady Gaga showed off her bottom, wearing a bejeweled catsuit when she performed on stage with Yoko Ono. The singers joined the stage at the We Are Plastic Ono Band concert at the LA’s Orpheum Theatre. Surprisingly, this was the first time Ono had made a concert in L.A. and the event was part of a series of celebrations for John Lennon who would have celebrated 70 this week! On Thursday, the movie Nowhere Boy starring Aaron Johnson premiered at the Egyptian Theatre.

Yoko Ono has topped the U.S. Dance Singles chart twice this year with “Give Me Something” and “Wouldnit (I’m a Star).”

Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band, Aaron Johnson

 

 

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Cee Lo Green Fends Off Competition from Gary Barlow & Robbie Williams

Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams made peace after a ten year grudge. Just the thought of them doing something musically ever again renders a No.1 hit to say the least, but the new hit “Shame” enters at No.2. It turns out that they were unable to match ex-Gnarls Barkley singer Cee Lo Green whose “F**k You” replaces Tinie Tempah’s “Written in the Stars” atop the UK singles chart.

Not even the hype around Take That’s comeback and comeback single “The Flood” managed to beat the interest of Green’s.  Swedish House Mafia returns to the top ten with the second hit “Miami 2 Ibiza.” The track features Tinie Tempah on guest vocals, which means that the artist has two entries on this week’s top five.  A hugely successful week as his album Disc-overy manages to bow atop the album chart.

Kings of Leon also makes a welcome return to the charts with “Radioactive” at No.7.