The Swedish producer Jörgen Elofsson and the British singer Natasha Bedingfield have contributed to Jennifer Rush’s latest album Now Is the Hour. The second single “Echoes Love” could easily revive Cher’s career and is very similar to “Believe.” Unfortunately, the song has not stormed the charts and the album has only reached the top ten in Greece. Maybe we need Skavlan to include Jennifer Rush in his program in order to fuel the success.
Jennifer Rush’s biggest success to date is “The Power of Love,” a track the American German-based singer failed to break in the States. Instead, Céline Dion managed the trick as this was one of the biggest hits of 1993. The song was also made famous by late Laura Branigan.
What might come as a surprise to some of you is that the singer was born as Heidi Stern in Queens, New York. She changed her name to Jennifer Rush when she moved to West Germany in 1983.
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.
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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.
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Canada has produced many successful female vocalists through the years. Céline Dion, Nelly Furtado is just few of the acts. Look out for Toronto-born Melanie Fiona, who just ascended to the No.1 position on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart with “It Kills Me.” The sound is similar to Faith Evans and even Mary J. Blige. Her debut single “Give It to Me Right” was issued last February and her debut album The Bridge is out now.
Today, the Swedish Performing Rights Society (Stim) revealed that Céline Dion’s “I’m Alive” was the most played song on Swedish radio of the ‘00s. The announcement lists the biggest songs, written by Swedish songwriters and the Céline Dion hit was included on her A New Day Has Come album from 2002. But few remembers, or even were aware of its inclusion in the Stuart Little 2 movie. There were two versions made of the video – with or without movie scenes.
Top Airplay Chart ‘00s
1. Céline Dion: I’m Alive (Andreas Carlsson, Kristian Lundin)
2. Bon Jovi: It’s My Life (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Max Martin)
3. Titiyo: Come Along (Joakim Berg, Peter Svensson)
4. Robyn: Keep This Fire Burning (Remee, Ulf Lindström, Johan Ekhé, Robyn Carlsson)
5. Kent: FF (Martin Sköld, Sami Sirviö, Markus Mustonen, Joakim Berg, H Mänty, N Danino)
6. Patrik Isaksson: Hos dig är jag underbar (Patrik Isaksson, Anders Glenmark)
7. Laleh: Live Tomorrow (Laleh Pourkarim)
8. Robyn: Be Mine (Klas Åhlund, Robyn Carlsson)
9. Robyn: Don’t Stop The Music (Remee, Alexander Kronlund, Ulf Lindström, Johan Ekhé, Robyn Carlsson)
10. Takida: Curly Sue (Patrik Frisk, Tomas Wallin, Robert Pettersson, Fredrik Pålsson, Kristoffer Söderström, Mattias Larsson)
Source: Stim. Songwriters in brackets.