While the WelcheMusic team looks forward to the up-coming flick The Social Network, we’re just as disappointed to learn that Justin Timberlake is done making music. According to a recent The Sun news piece, the singer does not have plans for a new album. His latest set Future Sex/Love Sounds was issued in September 2006 and spawned no less than six hit singles.
Justin Timberlake plays Napster founder Sean Parker in The Social Network and the trailer includes a choir version of Radiohead’s “Creep,” far from the usual r’n’b routine from Timberlake.
Although Timberlake hasn’t put out any music as a solo artist, lately he’s been featured on hits with Jamie Foxx, Esmee Danters, Timbaland and Chiara.
The American singer/songwriter Mike Posner was born in 1988. A year when INXS, Chicago and Steve Winwood dominated the Billboard Hot 100. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Posner graduated this year with a degree in sociology at Duke University. At Duke, he produced mixtapes eventually signing a major deal with J Records last summer.
The Gigamesh-produced debut hit “Cooler than Me” has already reached No.6 on the Hot 100 and the track has also reached the top ten in Canada, Norway, and New Zealand. It was followed by “Please Don’t Go.” Posner’s debut set 31 Minutes to Takeoff was released last month. The album opens with the title track, a 34-second vignette. Original and inspiring. Mike Posner more or less takes off where Justin Timberlake left. The set entered the Billboard 200 at No.8 upon its release.
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.
The 22 year old Dutch singer Esmée Denters premiered her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “As” via Billboard.com’s online music program Mashup Monday earlier this month. This might be just the right push for her career. Already a huge star in her native Holland, Denters is yet to break into the coveted U.S. market although she’s backed up by Justin Timberlake himself. Their duet “Love Dealer” was recently released in the States, but has failed to break.
Signed by Timberlake
Justin Timberlake discovered Esmée Denters on YouTube, where she posted covers of artists such as Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. Denters was signed on Timberlake’s own record label Tennman Records. Last May, Denters’ debut album Outta Here was issued in Europe and preceded by the title track as the first single. So far, that track has reached the top ten in the Netherlands, UK and Hungary. Her biggest hit in the UK to date is the Chipmunk duet “Until You Were Gone,” which peaked at No.3 this April.
“Love Dealer” is yet to make any impact on the main U.S. chart, so far peaking outside the top 20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Written back in 2008 by Esmée Denters, Justin Timberlake and the production team Stargate, the song has also been recorded in a version featuring rapper Jay Sean.
As expected, charity constellation Helping Haiti easily grabs the UK No.1 position this week with the rendition of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” The track entered the Swedish singles chart at No.36. As previously reported, Simon Cowell has assembled Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle and Miley Cyrus among others to re-record the track to benefit the Haitian victims. Expect “We Are the World” to appear on European charts in due course.
This means that Owl City falls 1-2 with “Fireflies,” while Timbaland and Katy Perry remains at No.3 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” This is better than the No.6 peak of the previous hit “Morning After Dark.” The Drake collaboration “Say Something” hasn’t been released in the UK, while the Justin Timberlake duet “Carry Out” has reached No.33 on the UK r’n’b singles chart.
Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” moves 5-4 in its ninth week, switching places with the Glee Cast’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The stars of the highly succesful TV-series enters the chart at No.9 with the double-sided single “Halo” and “Walking on Sunshine” and at No.14 with “It’s My Life” coupled with “Confessions Part II.” Add that “Somebody to Love” falls seven places to No.33.
Rihanna rises 20-10 with “Rude Boy,” while Jedward’s novelty hit “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” falls 2-12. Sade is the highest new entry on the album chart at No.4. Soldier of Love was, however, unable to challenge Alicia Keys, André Rieu and Paolo Nutini who remains in the top three. Massive Attack’s new album Heligoland is new at No.6 and it’s interesting to note that pop act Peter Andre manages to climb 9-7 with Unconditional Love Songs, a romantic cover collection.
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