CHART SPOTLIGHT. This week, Katy Perry returns to the Billboard Hot 100 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 the UK Singles Chart. “Teenage Dream” is a reflection of Perry’s teenage love.
The track is 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.
The track 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.
UPDATE: “Teenage Dream” entered the Swedish singles tally in August 2010. It spent 18 weeks on the chart, peaking just outside the top twenty (No.21). As of February 2011, the download had sold more than 3.2m in the US alone. The single peaked at No.2 in the UK.
How we love the Mylo & Sharooz Mix of Robyn’s “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to Do,” lifted from Body Talk PT.1. Recently bowed on Spotify, this song is a real gem. We’re still waiting for Mylo to record new hits. The 2005 hit “In My Arms,” that magically mashed up Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes,” and Boy Meets Girl’s “Waiting for a Star to Fall” is a surefire classic.
- Please click here to check out the Mylo & Sharooz Mix via Spotify.
The 22 year old Dutch singer Esmée Denters premiered her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “As” via Billboard.com’s online music program Mashup Monday earlier this month. This might be just the right push for her career. Already a huge star in her native Holland, Denters is yet to break into the coveted U.S. market although she’s backed up by Justin Timberlake himself. Their duet “Love Dealer” was recently released in the States, but has failed to break.
Signed by Timberlake
Justin Timberlake discovered Esmée Denters on YouTube, where she posted covers of artists such as Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. Denters was signed on Timberlake’s own record label Tennman Records. Last May, Denters’ debut album Outta Here was issued in Europe and preceded by the title track as the first single. So far, that track has reached the top ten in the Netherlands, UK and Hungary. Her biggest hit in the UK to date is the Chipmunk duet “Until You Were Gone,” which peaked at No.3 this April.
“Love Dealer” is yet to make any impact on the main U.S. chart, so far peaking outside the top 20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Written back in 2008 by Esmée Denters, Justin Timberlake and the production team Stargate, the song has also been recorded in a version featuring rapper Jay Sean.