Shakira announced her new album “Sale el sol/The Sun Comes Out,” slated for release on October 19th on her blog. The album will include her world-wide hit “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which recently topped the Swedish single tally. The album will also be preceded by the new single “Loca,” an interpretation of the Dominican artist El Cata’s song “Loca con su tiguere.” Shakira has also collaborated with the UK scene’s biggest grime artist Dizzee Rascal on an English version. This is a surefire way to return to the upper reaches on the UK singles chart. The track was co-produced by The Neptunes, the production duo consisting of Pharrell Williams.
Shakira has not visited the top ten in the UK since the summer of 2009, where “She Wolf” reached No.4. The follow-up “Did It Again” (with Kid Cudie) only managed to climb to No.26, while the Lil Wayne duet “Give It Up to Me” failed to chart at all. “Gypsy” stalled at No.167 and “Waka Waka” peaked at No.21.
Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery has claimed the top spot in twelve countries so far, including the UK and the US. The album was preceded by “Not Afraid” in April, while “Love the Way You L ife” tops singles charts around the world right now.
WelcheMusic thinks that “No Love” should be a strong contender for a future single release. Based on Haddaway’s 1993 hit “What Is Love,” the track features Lil Wayne as a guest rapper.
Née Alexander Nestor Haddaway in 1965, this Trinidadian singer rose to fame when he was signed to a German record label in 1992. “What Is Love” peaked at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100. His follow-up hit, “Life” managed to reach the top ten around Europe, while it peaked at No.41 in the US.
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.
2009 was definitely the year Jay Sean broke. “Down” was a Billboard Hot 100 No.1, reaching and No.3 on the UK singles chart. Jay Sean is actually British, although the hit features rapper Lil Wayne as a guest. The BBC called him “the most succesful male U.K. urban artist in U.S. chart history.” He’s on his way to repeat this success with the follow-up track “Do You Remember.” It has already reached the top ten in the US, making waves in here now. The track features Sean Paul and Lil Jon. The track will be included on the WelcheMusic vol.2 compilation which will be issued later on.