Talk show host Fredrik Skavlan has repeated his effect on the charts. Following the breakthrough of Melody Gardot and Donkeyboy, Cheryl Cole got a healthy push after her performance on the show. Cheryl Cole’s status in Sweden is quite far from the “national treasure icon” in the UK. The former UK No.1 hit “Fight for This Love” charted at No.54 back in February this year. Before appearing on the Skavlan show, the track were stuck in the lower reaches of the singles chart. Despite getting heavy radio airplay, the song only made it to No.23.
That was then, this is now. “Fight for This Love” made a healthy jump to No.5 two weeks ago and is the runner-up to Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” on the latest chart (from last week). We will soon learn to know if Cole’s able to unseat Maya’s seductive disco piece. If so, it will keep the tradition going as Cole’s hit has been around for a long while. It was originally issued in the UK back in October last year and has so far topped the charts in her home country, Hungary, Denmark and Norway.
Raise a hand any Scandinavian who put on a Melody Gardot album before hearing her sing on the talk show Skavlan? We didn’t think so. Melody Gardot’s My One and Only Thrill immediately became a bestseller following her appearance on the TV programme.
Norwegians are already familiar with Donkeyboy. The group reigns from Norwegian Drammen and was signed by Warner Music upon being discovered on MySpace. The debut hit “Ambitions” topped the Norwegian singles chart for 12 weeks, only to be succeded by the follow-up hit “Sometimes.” Three additional singles from the debut set Caught in a Life have reached the top ten in their home country and now it’s time for the group to reap the fruits of success in the rest of the world. “Ambitions” has already charted in Sweden, having already spent six weeks on the tally. It has, however, only reached No.25 so far. But, be prepared. The song tops the current Apple iTunes chart, following the appearance on Skavlan. Anyone else who hopes for a Gardot effect?
In Sweden, Idol winner Erik Grönwall remains atop of the singles chart for a second week with “Higher.” The final chart of the year shows little change as Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Darin’s “Viva la vida” remain at No.2 and No.3. Coincidentally, Pet Shop Boys enters the chart at No.32 with another cover of the Coldplay hit. The track is included on the duo’s Christmas EP, headed by the track “It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas.” On PSB’s new version, “Viva la vida” is mixed with “Domino Dancing.”
The Black Eyed Peas spends its 20th week on the chart with “I Gotta Feeling.” Spotify recently announced that this was the most streamed track in 2008. Idol runner-up Calle Kristiansson won an album deal as well, and his live cover version of the Marc Cohn classic “Walking in Memphis” moves 7-5.
Alicia Keys has three tracks on the singles chart this week. The Jay-Z duet “Empire State of Mind” falls 10-11, while “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” vaults 32-19. “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” enters the chart at No.59.
As expected, Erik Grönwall’s debut album Erik Grönwall immediately enters the No.1 position. The Priests are pushed back 1-3, while Melody Gardot remains at No.2 with My One and Only Thrill. Peter Jöback’s Xmas set Jag kommer hem igen till jul tops the midprice chart, followed by Il Divo’s The Christmas Collection.
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Tagged Alicia Keys, Calle Kristiansson, Coldplay, Darin, Erik Grönwall, Il Divo, Lady Gaga, Marc Cohn, Melody Gardot, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Jöback, Spotify, The Black Eyed Peas, The Priests