Take That is set to issue the brand new album Progress on Nov.22. This will mark the return of Robbie Williams and the lead single, “The Flood,” has been added to the BBC Radio 2 B List. The track was written by the group members and produced by Stuart Price, who previously produced artists such as Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Missy Elliot and Keane. Robbie Williams is currently racing the charts with his Gary Barlow duet “Shame,” taken from the second greatest hits album compilation In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990-2010. Rumors say that the two singers wrote the track in less than an hour and marked a truce after a 10 year old feud.
The summer comes to an end and so the memory of the season’s biggest track will fade. Do you remember last year’s summer hits? Exactly a year ago, the Brazilian rap duo Cidinho & Doco topped the Swedish singles tally.
A dance floor filler, few understood the lyrics of the infectious hit. The first version of the track surfaced in 1992 when the siblings MC Junior e Leonardo wrote the track. In 1994, the track was performed for the first time. The refrain of the song was based on The Outfield’s “Your Love,” replacing the lyrics with the sound of a machine gun – hence the “pa ra pa pa…”
Cidinho & Doco joined MC Junior e Leonardo when performing the track and issued a version of their own. The interest for “Rap das armas” re-surged in 2007 when the song was used in José Padilha’s movie The Elite Squad, the highest-grossing film of in Brazil that year. The song was slightly modified compared to its ‘90s original.
The track was even deleted from the The Elite Squad, two weeks after its initial release and “Rap das armas” was also banned on Brazilian radio, due to the controversial lyrics. It praises drug consumption, defends drug dealers thus supporting the wrong side of Rio de Janeiro’s war on crime.
The track broke in Europe, due to renewed interest from Portugese and Dutch DJs. A remix version by DJ Quintino of Holland stayed atop the charts for two weeks in February 2009.
Sweden was the country, embracing this hit most as Cidinho & Doco topped the singles tally for four weeks. The track was succeeded by Madonna’s “Celebration” in August 2009.
- Listen to Cidinho & Doco’s “Rap das armas” here.
- Listen to The Outfield’s “Your Love” here.
This week, Madonna’s celebrating the ten year anniversary of “American Life,” lifted from the soundtrack to The Next Best Thing. Madonna starred in the movie alongside Rupert Everett and the soundtrack included music from Manu Chao, Christina Aguilera, Moby and Groove Armada. Madonna also recorded the new track “Time Stood Still” together with William Orbit as an original song.
The Next Best Thing soundtrack peaked at No.34 on the Billboard 200. While “American Life” was a No.1 hit around the world it only managed to reach No.29 on the Billboard Hot 100. One of the key reasons was that radio didn’t pick it up. Later in 2000, Madonna returned to the charts with Music.