Category Archives: Swedish sales chart

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).

Advertisements

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.

Eminem Remains at No.1 in Sweden

Eminem’s duet with Rihanna remains atop the Swedish singles chart this week. “Love the Way You Lie” logs a tenth week on the tally, but is trailed by Oskar Linnros’ “Från och med du” which moves 6-3. The Manchester group Hurts, bows at No.40 with “Wonderful Life,” one of three new entries on the chart. Darin’s LoveKiller finally climbs to the No.1 position on the album chart, knocking Iron Maiden off the top. Katy Perry returns to the album chart with Teenage Dream at No.21, the title track moves 41-39 on the singles chart.

Darin Scores His 18th Hit


23 year old Swedish-Kurd pop singer Darin scores his 18th hit on the Swedish singles tally as “Microphone” bows at No.16. Lifted from the latest album LoveKiller, the track is used in the promotional video for the 2010 season of Idol. No stranger to that talent show, Darin was the runner-up in 2005 beaten by Daniel Lindström.

No less than five tracks have charted from his latest album. Apart from the title track, which soars 14-10 on this week’s singles tally, the following tracks have peaked so far.

  • “Viva La Vida” was performed live on Idol last October, topping the charts for two weeks. This actually beats Coldplay’s original chart performance as they peaked at No.7 in May 2008.
  • “You’re Out of My Life” was produced by Arnthor of Jennifer Lopez fame and was Darin’s entry in the Swedish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. It peaked at No.3 this March.
  • “Can’t Stop Love” was written especially for the royal wedding of Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, peaking at No.13 in June.
  • “Microphone” bows at No.16 this week.

His LoveKiller album enters at No.2 this week, unable to knock Iron Maiden’s The Final Frontier off the top. Darin’s first three albums (The Anthem, Darin and Break the News) all made it to the top, while 2008’s Flashback peaked at No.10.

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.

Robyn Solo Dance Still Atop the Swedish Chart

Robyn holds forte on the Swedish singles chart for a second week running with “Dancing on My Own.” The track has spent nine weeks on the chart and removed Ola from pole position last week. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP holds at No.2, trailed by Shakira who moves 5-3 with her Soccer World Cup Song. Eminem/Rihanna reach a new peak as “Love the Way You Lie” climbs to No.4. The chart is slow, apart from the fact that Ola quickly loses ground on the chart. His “Overdrive” was No.1 two weeks ago, fell to No.9 last week and ends up at No.54 this week.

Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” is the highest new entry at No.54, which also welcomes new entries from Katy Perry (No.33), The Lab Wizard (No.42) and Alexandra Burke (No.57).

  • Listen to Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” here.
  • Listen to Alexandra Burke’s “All Night Long” (feat. Pitbull) here.
  • Listen to Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” here.
  • Listen to Ola’s “Overdrive” here.


Banned Summer Track Celebrates Anniversary

The summer comes to an end and so the memory of the season’s biggest track will fade. Do you remember last year’s summer hits? Exactly a year ago, the Brazilian rap duo Cidinho & Doco topped the Swedish singles tally.

A dance floor filler, few understood the lyrics of the infectious hit. The first version of the track surfaced in 1992 when the siblings MC Junior e Leonardo wrote the track. In 1994, the track was performed for the first time. The refrain of the song was based on The Outfield’s “Your Love,” replacing the lyrics with the sound of a machine gun – hence the “pa ra pa pa…”

Cidinho & Doco joined MC Junior e Leonardo when performing the track and issued a version of their own. The interest for “Rap das armas” re-surged in 2007 when the song was used in José Padilha’s movie The Elite Squad, the highest-grossing film of in Brazil that year. The song was slightly modified compared to its ‘90s original.

The track was even deleted from the The Elite Squad, two weeks after its initial release and “Rap das armas” was also banned on Brazilian radio, due to the controversial lyrics. It praises drug consumption, defends drug dealers thus supporting the wrong side of Rio de Janeiro’s war on crime.

The track broke in Europe, due to renewed interest from Portugese and Dutch DJs. A remix version by DJ Quintino of Holland stayed atop the charts for two weeks in February 2009.

Sweden was the country, embracing this hit most as Cidinho & Doco topped the singles tally for four weeks. The track was succeeded by Madonna’s “Celebration” in August 2009.

  • Listen to Cidinho & Doco’s “Rap das armas” here.
  • Listen to The Outfield’s “Your Love” here.

Cidinho & Doco’s “Rap das armas” here