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.

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.

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).

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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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.

Eminem’s No.2 Hit Biggest-Selling Single of 2010

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.