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.
Posted in Pop, UK Singles Chart
Tagged A-Trak, Armand van Helden, Barbra Streisand, Boney M, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Cliff Richard, Donkeyboy, Duck Sauce, Gary Barlow, Joe Mcelderry, Michael Bublé, Mike Posner, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Robbie Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Tinie Tempah, Usher, X-Factor
It looked like a cakewalk. Assemble the best artists in the world and record the re-make of “We Are the World” to benefit the Haiti victims. Céline Dion, Kanye West and Barbra Streisand was unable to un-seat Ke$ha’s “TikTok.” It’s even more amazing, considering this is the ninth week atop of the Billboard Hot 100.
“We Are the World 25: For Haiti” enters at No.2, pushing Black Eyed Peas 2-3 with “Imma Be.” Ke$ha is on the rise with her second single as well, “Blah Blah Blah” jumps 22-11 – her collaboration with 3!OH!3. Jason Derulo gets his second top 10 hit with “In My Head,” following the success of “Whatcha Say” last year. Iyaz is also back with the follow-up to “Replay,” as “Solo” debuts at No.43. Rihanna enters at No.64 with “Rude Boy” and Monica is back on the Hot 100 with “Everything to Me” at No.62.
Digital Spy notes that the Irish trio The Script reaches a new peak in the US with “Breakeven.” The track climbs twelve places to No.28.
Posted in Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b
Tagged 3OH!3, Barbra Streisand, Black Eyed Peas, Céline Dion, Iyaz, Jason Derulo, Kanye West, Ke$ha, Monica, Rihanna, The Script
Only a week after Simon Cowell’s feat to assemble Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Leona Lewis in the same room, comes the anniversary of “We Are the World.” Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie had already plans on making a re-record the track to commemorate the 25th anniversary in benefit for Haiti. Swedish producer RedOne has produced the track alongside Wyclef Jean and legendary Quincy Jones.
The new version was recorded on Feb.1 this year and luckily many of the artists were already in L.A. to attend the Grammy awards. More than 75 musicians participated and the song was recorded at the same place as in 1985. The 2010 line-up is a walk of fame. Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion sing alongside Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges. Newcomers Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber contributes as well as the hip-hop stars Kanye West, Akon, Drake and Cudie.
The new video premiered during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Cermony of the WinterOlympics last night and the video has been directed by Paul Haggis of Crash and Million Dollar Baby fame.
Posted in Pop
Tagged Akon, Barbra Streisand, Céline Dion, Cudie, Drake, Jeff Bridges, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Leona Lewis, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Paul Haggis, Quincy Jones, RedOne, Rod Stewart, Simon Cowell, Vince Vaughn, Wyclef Jean
Let’s dedicate some space to one of the best tracks ever recorded. “Life on Mars” was initially included on the David Bowie album Hunky Dory back in 1971. It wasn’t released as a single until 1973, when it reached No.3 on the UK singles chart. In true Spotify style, WelcheMusic has collected the covers of “Life on Mars”. Listen to Brazilian singer Seu Jorge’s version, which was featured in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Barbra Streisand’s cover or Mr. Heidi Klum – Seal.
- The Life on Mars Cover Collection to download here