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The Wanted’s “Heart Vacancy” Confirms Boy Band Popularity

Call it out for Jay, Siva, Nathan, Max and Tom – The Wanted – the hottest boy band this side of summer. “All Time Low” topped the UK singles chart earlier in August and the follow-up, “Heart Vacancy,” bows at No.2 this week. The Danes Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg and Lucas Secon have co-written the track with boy band veteran Wayne Hector (Il Divo, Westlife and Boyzone). The self titled  debut set The Wanted was issued today. The album includes tracks written by Rami (Britney Spears), Cathy Dennis (Kylie Minogue, Sugababes) as well as Taio Cruz.

WelcheMusic highlighted that the boy bands have returned to the charts in an earlier blog post. Despite being Irish-British, The Wanted’s chart career in Ireland has been rather disappointing. “All Time Low” only made it to No.13 and “Heart Vacancy” only manages to reach No.18 in its first week. It’s also interesting to note that the singles haven’t been released elsewhere.

For those who can’t get enough of this group, please read The Wanted: The Unauthorized Biography, which was written by Chas Newkey-Burden. Quite a feat to rack up an biography (be it unauthorized) in October upon issuing a debut single in July the same year.

But The Wanted should be aware, Westlife is expected to issue its latest album Gravity on Nov.12.

“Glee” Cast’s Britney Tribute Adds Six Debuts on Hot 100

The “Glee” cast adds another sex debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released on Thursday. “Toxic” is the highest new entry at No.16, still short of Britney Spears’ peak at No.9. The song reached the peak position in the UK in March 2004 as well as a topping the European Hot 100. Co-written by Swedes Bloodshy & Avant, Henrik Jonback with Cathy Dennis, the track was initially offered to Kylie Minogue. The Sept.28 episode of “Glee” was a celebration to Britney Spears, and the actress even paid the cast a visit on the show. The episode attracted 13.5m viewers. Interesting to note, the show’s ratings took a 24% tumble the following episode.

Katie Still Gives Katy Perry a Run for Her Money

WelcheMusic might just have stumbled upon the next Katy Perry. Californian Katie Still collaborates with producers Roy “Royalty” Hamilton (of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears fame) and Brody Brown. Our favorites are “Get Over It” and “You Should Be Dancing,” available on the music site Hitlantis. Hopefully her presence there might just lead to a record deal.

When Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat Wrote History

WelcheMusic’s cannot resist checkin’ out the Current Track blog, who devotes today’s blog post to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s duet “Lucky.” Not to be confused with Britney Spears’ hit, this “Lucky” was issued  in January 2009 as the third single from Mraz’s album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

Despite what you might think, this duet is historical. It won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. A remix signed Lil Wayne was also released. So far, the track has only made it to the top ten in Holland, peaking at No.48 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was, however, a top ten hit on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.

Jason Mraz’ biggest hit to date is by far “I’m Yours,” a No.1 hit in Norway, Sweden and New Zealand. It also reached the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. In Sweden, Mraz topped the charts in two runs – only to be interrupted by Rednex “Football Is Our Religion.” Colbie Caillat’s had a multi-national hit with “Bubbly” back in 2007.

Blowsight Turns Lady Gaga into Pop Metal Punk

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.

Listen to Britney Spears’ Lady Gaga Track

WelcheMusic is rather disappointed that “Quicksand,” which Lady Gaga wrote for Britney Spears only ended up as a bonus track on the digital European iTunes release of the Circus album. But you can listen to it here:

On a seperate note, according to news source Dagens Nyheter, Lady Gaga added the possibility for fans to actually buy her DNA. In a deluxe version of The Fame Monster album, a lock of her hair is included. And as pop critic Fredrik Strage points out, “fans are offered the possibility to clone Lady Gaga, at the cost of just 115 dollars.” Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Germanotta and grew up in New York. Before she got her breakthrough in 2008, she penned songs for Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls and Fergie.

Make sure to download WelcheMusic vol.1 featuring her next single “Telephone,” a duet with Beyoncé. The track was initially offered to Britney Spears.