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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.

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.

Linda Sundblad in Command of Let’s Dance

First of all, let’s just clear the fact that Strictly Come Dancing is called Let’s Dance in Sweden.  It premiered back in 2006, when former Idol contestant Måns Zelmerlöw won the competition. Let’s Dance is back this Friday on Jan.8 and WelcheMusic is more excited about the new soundtrack than the format itself.
Linda Sundblad debuted in the group Lambretta at 15. The group had hits such as “Bimbo” and “Creep,” Her break as a solo artist came in 2006, with the album Oh My God! with producers such as Max Martin. He also co-wrote the single “To All My Girls,” which was released last autumn.
“Let’s Dance” has already reached No.5 on the Swedish iTunes chart ahead of Black Eyed Peas and Jason Derulo.
  • You can download the track from TV4 here.