Call it out for Jay, Siva, Nathan, Max and Tom – The Wanted – the hottest boy band this side of summer. “All Time Low” topped the UK singles chart earlier in August and the follow-up, “Heart Vacancy,” bows at No.2 this week. The Danes Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg and Lucas Secon have co-written the track with boy band veteran Wayne Hector (Il Divo, Westlife and Boyzone). The self titled debut set The Wanted was issued today. The album includes tracks written by Rami (Britney Spears), Cathy Dennis (Kylie Minogue, Sugababes) as well as Taio Cruz.
WelcheMusic highlighted that the boy bands have returned to the charts in an earlier blog post. Despite being Irish-British, The Wanted’s chart career in Ireland has been rather disappointing. “All Time Low” only made it to No.13 and “Heart Vacancy” only manages to reach No.18 in its first week. It’s also interesting to note that the singles haven’t been released elsewhere.
For those who can’t get enough of this group, please read The Wanted: The Unauthorized Biography, which was written by Chas Newkey-Burden. Quite a feat to rack up an biography (be it unauthorized) in October upon issuing a debut single in July the same year.
But The Wanted should be aware, Westlife is expected to issue its latest album Gravity on Nov.12.
Posted in Pop, UK Singles Chart
Tagged Boyzone, Britney Spears, Cathy Dennis, Chas Newkey-Burden, Cutfather, Il Divo, Jonas Jeberg, Kylie Minogue, Lucas Secon, Rami, Sugababes, Taio Cruz, The Wanted, Wayne Hector, Westlife
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.”
Posted in Charts, Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b
Tagged Anders Nunstedt, Enrique Iglesias, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Pitbull, RedOne, Snoop Dogg, Taio Cruz, Usher
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.
Posted in Charts, Dance, Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b, UK Singles Chart
Tagged Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Eminem, Katy Perry, Max Martin, Rihanna, Taio Cruz
WelcheMusic is thrilled that more than 10,000 visitors have read the blog post on Cheryl Cole’s visit to Skavlan. The visit fueled sales of Cole’s debut hit “Fight for this Love,” a No.2 hit in Sweden which spends its 17th week on the chart this week.
Originally issued in October 2009, Cheryl Cole’s debut set 3 Words only managed to survive two weeks on the Swedish album tally, peaking at a disappointing No.42 position. So far, the album is certified 2x platinum in the UK and Ireland peaking at No.1 and No.2 respectively.
The title track, “3 Words,” has been issued in select markets reaching platinum sales in Australia. The track was co-written and produced by Black Eyed Peas’ member will.i.am. “Parachute” was issued this March as the third single off the set, and has so far reached the top five in the UK and Ireland and the question is if a fourth track will be lifted from the album.
You might recall that the Taio Cruz track “Break Your Heart,” was originally written for Cheryl Cole as one of two tracks exclusively submitted for the 3 Words album. A Polydor label boss deemed it too similar to “Heartbreaker,” which led Cruz to record it himself resulting in a Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper.
WelcheMusic’s looking forward to hearing more from Cheryl Cole and maybe, just maybe that other Cruz track will make the singles chart. In that case, “Stand Up” will be single number four.
Posted in Charts, Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b, Swedish sales chart, UK Singles Chart, X-Factor
Tagged Black Eyed Peas, Cheryl Cole, Skavlan, Taio Cruz, will.i.am
The British r’n’b artist Taio Cruz sets a new record on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut hit “Break Your Heart,” jumps 53-1 in its second week, a record for a debut artist. The track features rapper Ludacris and topped the UK singles chart last September. The track sold 273,000 downloads in its first week. Prior to Cruz, Kelly Clarkson’s debut hit “A Moment Like This” jumped 52-1 in October 2002. So, congrats on breaking that record Taio!
Coincidentally, Kelly Clarkson still has the record leap as “My Life Would Suck Without You” jumped 97-1 in one week last February. As Unrealitity TV reports, Cruz originally penned the track for X Factor and Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole. Cruz told The Sun that after Cole’s management stalled on accepting the song, he decided to release it himself. “I was asked to write two songs for Cheryl, one of which was ‘Break Your Heart’,” he explained. “But they took so long to get back that when they did, we had to tell them, ‘It’s currently radio playlisted, it’s not going to be very easy to get back!’ It was quite funny.”
It’s time for the fourth compilation of “Welche Music.” The latest set includes current US hits from Orianthi, Kris Allen and Rob Thomas. We’re excited to include Glee Cast’s latest top ten hit where “Halo” and “Walking on Sunshine” has been melded into one. Also, Justin Bieber teams up with rapper Ludacris on “Baby.” Do you remember Star Pilots, whose “In the Heat of the Night” became a pan-European hit. Listen to “I’m Alive” and know that they’re back.
David Guetta has enjoyed phenomenal success with Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland and Akon. Guetta teams up with Kid Cudi on his latest hit “Memories.” We’re also glad to see that Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Rihanna and Ne-Yo producers Stargate has helped Lemar on his new track “The Way Love Goes.”
In true style, we’ve added two bonus tracks. Taio Cruz had a hit with “Break Your Heart” – we found his cover of Keane’s “Everybody’s Changing.” The other bonus comes in the form of Bimbo Jones’ remix of Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone.”
- Click here to download the WelcheMusic vol.4 playlist
- Click here to download the WelcheMusic vol.3 playlist
- Click here to download the WelcheMusic vol.2 playlist
- Just right-click on the image to download the cover art
- Click here to download the WelcheMusic vo.1 playlist
Posted in Hot 100, Pop, r’n’b, Rock, Spotify
Tagged Akon, Bimbo Jones, Black Eyed Peas, Glee Cast, Justin Bieber, Keane, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi, Kris Allen, Lemar, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Orianthi, Rihanna, Rob Thomas, Star Pilots, Stargate, Taio Cruz, Whitney Houston