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
Posted in Dance, Pop, r’n’b, Rock
Tagged Hans Edler, Håkan Hellström, Oskar Linnros, P!nk, Robbie Williams, Robyn, Rockbjörnen, Shakira, Snook, Swedish House Mafia, Tinie Tempah, Veronica Maggio
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.
Posted in Charts, Dance, electronic, Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b, Rock, UK Singles Chart
Tagged Adam Levine, Alexandra Burke, Brandy, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Kanye West, P!nk, Rihanna, Sean Kingston, Taylor Swift, Travie McCoy
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.
Posted in Dance, Pop, r’n’b, Rock, UK Singles Chart
Tagged Cee Lo Green, Gary Barlow, Gnarls Barkley, Kings of Leon, Robbie Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Take That, Tinie Tempah
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.
Posted in Charts, Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b, Rock, UK Singles Chart
Tagged DCUP, Eminem, Helping Haiti, Katy Perry, Owl City, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Usher, will.i.am, Yolanda Be Cool
Our friends at Billboard has compiled weekly playlists of summer songs. WelcheMusic transformed the latest one into a Spotify playlist and re-discovered Monica, Rob Thomas and Maroon 5.
- Click on the link to listen to the Billboard’s Summer Songs playlist via Spotify.
Posted in Dance, Pop, r’n’b, Rock, Spotify
Tagged Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Kenny Chesney, Maroon5, Miranda Lambert, Monica, Rob Thomas, The Black Eyed Peas
The rock act Broken Door comes from the Värmland province in the west middle of Sweden. The group first started playing back in 2007. The debut single “Sunday Morning” was issued in December 2008 and the group is set to get a nationwide breakthrough with “Angel.” The track is available in a guitar and piano version and could very well be the next Hot 100 hit from Nickelback. Be it a rock ballad, but WelcheMusic can detect some similarities to Spice Girls’ “Viva Forever.” Kudos to Warner Music to sign such an eminent act.
The track has so far spent five weeks on the Swedish singles chart and is currently sitting at No.40, peaking at No.29.
This week, a 22 year old rapper called Tinie Tempah knocks Jason Derulo off the top with his debut single “Pass Out.” The track got heavy support from BBC Radio 1 and Zane Lowe declared it the “Hottest Record in the World Today.” A debut album is expected to reach stores this July.
According to an interview in The Sun, the song “is about getting so out of it that you pass out.” In addition to the singles chart, Tinie Tempah also tops the UK r’n’b chart this week.
Jason Derulo drops to No.3 after a sole week on the top. He’s surpassed by Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” at No.2. Wiley returns to the top ten with “Never Be Your Woman,” featuring vocals singer Emeli Sandé. Wiley peaked at No.2 with “Wearing My Rolex” back in May 2008. That track was later sampled in Ironik’s song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
Boyzone is also back with their 18th UK Top Hit “Gave It All Away,” with Ronan Keating and the late Stephen Gately on lead vocals. The song enters at No.9 and is written by singer Mika and produced by Ray Hedges. This is far better than the No.22 peak of “Better,” which was issued back in December 2008. “Gave It All Away” was able to bow atop of the Irish singles chart, knocking Jedward’s “Under Pressure” off the top. Boyzone made their debut in Ireland with “Working My Way Back to You.” It peaked at No.3 in native Ireland back in 1994 and was later released in French as “Te garder pres de moi” in 1997. It didn’t chart elsewhere. Their first UK No.1 came with The Osmonds’ hit “Love Me for a Reason.”
The singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding won a BRIT Award and sits firmly at No.4 on the singles chart with “Starry Eyed.” The track is included on her debut set Lights which debuts atop of the album chart this week. Lady Gaga’s The Fame falls 1-2 and spends its 60th week on the chart. WelcheMusic recently pointed out that the album turned 70 weeks in the US this week. Alicia Key’s The Element of Freedom remains at No.3, while the Glee Cast falls 2-4. Fueled by the success of “In My Head,” Jason Derulo bows at No.8 with his self-titled album.
Posted in Pop, r’n’b, Rock
Tagged Alicia Keys, Alliage, Boyzone, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Ironik, Jason Derulo, Jedwards, Lady Gaga, Mika, Ray Hedges, Rihanna, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, the Glee Cast, The Osmonds, Tinie Tempah, Wiley, Zane Lowe
According to Music Week, Sade is the first group since Coldplay to enjoy such success on the Billboard 200 album chart. As previously reported, Sade tops the album chart for a third week with Soldier of Love. That hasn’t happened since Coldplay’s X&Y topped the same chart for three weeks in 2005.
Posted in r’n’b, Rock
Tagged Coldpaly, Sade
The Swedish group Blowsight has turned Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” into a pure pop metal punk.
Kid Cudi interpolated the “Poker Face” on “Make Her Say” and to date cover versions have been issued by the likes of dance act The Booty Babes and rock group You Me At Six.
Lady Gaga included the “Poker Face”on her debut album The Fame and the song first appeared as a single back in September 2008. North America saw a release in December 2008 and the single wasn’t released in the UK until January 2009. The renewed interest will definitely result in more royalties for songwriters RedOne and Lady Gaga herself.
Blowsight has previously covered Britney Spears’ “Toxic” from 2004.