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Gwyneth Paltrow Returns to the Charts

Gwyneth Paltrow returns to the music scene. Yes, as news spread that she will star in the upcoming movie Country Strong, WelcheMusic notes that Paltrow’s musical career is nothing to sneeze at. Headlining the cast of Duets in 2000, she and Huey Lewis managed to top the singles tallies in Australia and New Zealand (the track also topped Billboard AC chart). Lewis-Paltrow made a cover of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’.” Paltrow even secured hit (sans Huey Lewis) reaching No.3 in Australia with her own version of “Bette Davis’ Eyes.” Country Strong stars Tim McGraw as Paltrow’s husband/manager.

A soundtrack is bound for release on Oct.26 and the title track – “Country Strong” – has already reached No.43 on the Hot Country Singles Chart.

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Lady Gaga+Yoko Ono=True

Lady Gaga showed off her bottom, wearing a bejeweled catsuit when she performed on stage with Yoko Ono, according to Daily Mail. 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).”

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.

Eminem + Haddaway = True

Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery has claimed the top spot in twelve countries so far, including the UK and the US. The album was preceded by “Not Afraid” in April, while “Love the Way You L ife” tops singles charts around the world right now.

WelcheMusic thinks that “No Love” should be a strong contender for a future single release. Based on Haddaway’s 1993 hit “What Is Love,” the track features Lil Wayne as a guest rapper.

Née Alexander Nestor Haddaway in 1965, this Trinidadian singer rose to fame when he was signed to a German record label in 1992. “What Is Love” peaked at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100. His follow-up hit, “Life” managed to reach the top ten around Europe, while it peaked at No.41 in the US.

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

Maya Returns to the No.1 Spot in Sweden with “Stereo Love”

Edward Maya returns to the No.1 spot on the Swedish singles chart with “Stereo Love,” while last week’s chart-topper – Rebound’s “Hurricane” – falls 1-8. Lady Gaga and Beyoncé rebound 5-2 with “Telephone,” with the help of Gaga’s Stockholm visit last week. Her “Alejandro” takes a 39-27 climb in its third week.

The highest new-comer comes from Eminem, whose “Not Afraid” immediately reached the top spot on the Hot 100 this week. This is a rare feet in the US, where only 15 other acts managed this through history.

The only other new-comers this week come from Joshua Rain’s “I’d Rather Be with You” and Robyn’s “Dancehall Queen.” Stromae’s “Alors on danse,” previously mentioned on this blog cracks the top twenty, moving 45-19.

Timoteij’s Längtan was knocked off the top spot after a sole week as AC/DC is the biggest seller this week with Iron Man 2. Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster moves 8-3. Anna von Hauswolff’s Singing from the Grave is the highest new-comer at No.5, besting Adam Lambert’s For Your Entertainment at No.8. Lambert earns the No.8 position on the singles chart as well with “Whataya Want from Me.”

Stromae Brings Belgian House Music to the Charts

Nee Paul van Haver in 1985, this 25 year old hip-hop act chose the artist name Stromae when recording irresistible dance music. His debut hit “Alors on danse” was released in native Belgium last September and available in the rest of Europe this February. So far, the track has reached the No.1 position in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Holland. In addition, Stromae has spent three runs atop of the pan-European singles charts! He recently knocked Lady Gaga and Beyoncé off the top.

Stromae attended the l’Académie Musicale de Jette where he took drum and music history lessons. He was signed by Mercury/Universal Music France’s label Vertigo, following extensive airplay on NRJ Brussels.