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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.

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.

Eminem Remains at No.1 in Sweden

Eminem’s duet with Rihanna remains atop the Swedish singles chart this week. “Love the Way You Lie” logs a tenth week on the tally, but is trailed by Oskar Linnros’ “Från och med du” which moves 6-3. The Manchester group Hurts, bows at No.40 with “Wonderful Life,” one of three new entries on the chart. Darin’s LoveKiller finally climbs to the No.1 position on the album chart, knocking Iron Maiden off the top. Katy Perry returns to the album chart with Teenage Dream at No.21, the title track moves 41-39 on the singles chart.

Max Martin and RedOne Rule Billboard Hot 100

WelcheMusic regularly covers Swedish songwriters’ success Stateside and today our national newspaper Expressen notes that five songs in the top 10 involves either Max Martin or RedOne. Neither one of them enjoys their first glimpse of success, but this is one of few weeks where their dominance is so great.

Expressen’s music editor Anders Nunstedt compares this phenomenon to five out of the top ten Hollywood’s box office hits being Swedish, a most unlikely event. WelcheMusic reveals that although Americans embrace the hits below, Swedes are more reluctant. Only one of the tracks has actually made it to the top ten – Katy Perry’s collaboration with Snoop Dogg (“California Gurls”). Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” is on its way to break the top 20, and the track vaulted into No.1 in the UK only a few days ago.

The chart positions in brackets denotes current position on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the peak position in Sweden.

  • Taio Cruz – Dynamite (2/21)
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (3/33)
  • Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull – I Like It (4/30)
  • Usher feat. Pitbull – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love (5/31)
  • Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (8/8)

Max Martin has collaborated on four of the tracks above, with the exception of Enrique Iglesias “I Like It.”

Taio Cruz Explodes on the UK Chart

Taio Cruz’ “Dynamite” bows atop the UK singles chart earlier tonight. The track has already spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and is currently trailing Eminem and Rihanna at No.2. The track was co-written by the Swede Max Martin and produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. These songwriters only recently scored a worldwide hit with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” “Dynamite” has already reached the top in New Zealand, Ireland and Australia.

Robyn Solo Dance Still Atop the Swedish Chart

Robyn holds forte on the Swedish singles chart for a second week running with “Dancing on My Own.” The track has spent nine weeks on the chart and removed Ola from pole position last week. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP holds at No.2, trailed by Shakira who moves 5-3 with her Soccer World Cup Song. Eminem/Rihanna reach a new peak as “Love the Way You Lie” climbs to No.4. The chart is slow, apart from the fact that Ola quickly loses ground on the chart. His “Overdrive” was No.1 two weeks ago, fell to No.9 last week and ends up at No.54 this week.

Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” is the highest new entry at No.54, which also welcomes new entries from Katy Perry (No.33), The Lab Wizard (No.42) and Alexandra Burke (No.57).

  • Listen to Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” here.
  • Listen to Alexandra Burke’s “All Night Long” (feat. Pitbull) here.
  • Listen to Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” here.
  • Listen to Ola’s “Overdrive” here.


Katy Perry’s U.S. Hot Shot Debut “Teenage Dream”

Katy Perry returns to the chart with the title track of the upcoming album Teenage Dream. The set is slated for release this August and the first single, “California Gurls,” has already topped the European Hot 100 Singles chart, Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. “Teenage Dream” is a reflection of Perry’s teenage love.


The track was produced by Max Martin, Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. Martin and Dr. Luke also penned her debut hit “I Kissed a Girl” from 2008. Further to its release on Jul.23, “Teenage Dream” has already entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No.20 as this week’s Hot Shot Debut. “California Gurls” holds the No.2 position on the tally in its eleventh week. It also tops the Billboard Radio Songs and Pop Songs charts, while remaining the biggest song on UK radio. It reached a massive audience of 66.6m people last week, despite a 21% decline in audience reach. The song features rap by Snoop Dogg and is currently No.4 on the UK singles chart.

Edward Maya Follows “Stereo Love” with “This Is My Life”

Edward Maya’s collaboration with Vika Jigulina adds a second week on top of the Swedish singles chart. In times where hits break through simultaneously around the world, it’s interesting to note that the song was originally released back in October 2009. Maya is hopeful to add “This Is My Life,” to his successful discography. The track was issued earlier this year and has so far charted in Holland, France and Romania.

We’ve already covered the worldwide success of “Stereo Love,” and according to the track’s Wikipedia entry it will become available in the UK in May. Not surprisingly, Maya’s A listed on the BBC Radio 1 playlist alongside Timbaland/Katy Perry, Kelis, Scouting for Girls amongst others.

The first two countries to embrace Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” were Holland and France back in November last year. Today, it tops the charts in Slovakia and Sweden.

Will Darin Manage to Beat Timoteij and Bergendahl?

With only one week left to the final of Melodifestivalen, we will soon know who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this May. This week’s singles tally is, not unexpectedly, dominated by singles from the contest. Anna Bergendahl claims the top spot with the finalist entry “This Is My Life.”

The girl group Timoteij managed to oust Darin in the competition with “Kom,” and they also beat him on the singles tally. Timoteij trails Anna Bergendahl at No.2, while Darin enters at No.9 with “You’re Out of My Life.”  Last week’s chart-topper Play falls back 1-5 with “Play,” while Lady Gaga remains at No.3 with “Bad Romance.” Brolle falls 2-7 with “Anything She Wants” and Donkeyboy’s “Ambitions” moves one notch to No.8.

UK No.1 Jason Derulo returns to the charts with “In My Head,” which enters at No.14.  His “Whatcha Say” peaked at No.4 last fall. It’s also interesting to note that Timbaland and Katy Perry bows at No.58 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” It’s the second single to chart from Shock Value II, following the No.14 peak of “Morning After Dark.”

The Playtones remains at No.1 with Rock’n’Roll Dance Party while Sade remains at No.2 with Soldier of Love. The highest new entry comes from Sophie Zelmani, who is back on the charts after a two years hiatus with her ninth album I’m the Rain. Her biggest success to date is the 2008 set The Ocean and Me.

Helping Haiti Still on Top of UK Singles Chart

The charity constellation Helping Haiti remains on top of the UK singles chart in its second week. It is trailed by Florence + the Machine and Dizee Rascal single “You Got the Dirtee Love,” which was performed on last week’s BRIT Awards. Owl City, Timbaland & Katy Perry and Alicia Keys are pushed back one place. Rihanna moves 10-6 with “Rude Boy” in its sixth week, while the Glee Casts keep two of its singles in the top ten. “Don’t Stop Believin’” adds a tenth week on the chart and falls 5-7, while “Halo/Walking on Sunshine” remains at No.9. The only other new entry in the top ten is Lemar’s “The Way Love Goes” at No.8. Both Glee Cast’s and Lemar’s track are featured on the WelcheMusic compilation, found here. 3!OH!3 rounds up the top ten with “Startstrukk.”

Other new entries on the chart come from Chris Brown with “Crawl” at No.35.  The track is produced by The Messengers and peaked at No.53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when issued at the end of last year. It will get its official single release this March. Leona Lewis’ “I Got You” already made an impact on the chart as well, entering at No.40 although it won’t be offically released until tomorrow. The track was written and produced by Arnthor Birgisson, the man behind Darin’s entry in the Swedish Melodifestivalen contest. “I Got You” is the second track to be lifted from Leona Lewis’ sophomore set Happy, suceeding the title track. It’s also worth mentioning Lewis’ inclusion in the blockbuster Avatar. The lead theme “I See You” peaked at No.28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and was written by James Horner of “My Heart Will Go On” fame. Horner’s composed the music to both Titanic and Avatar.