Maroon 5 Passes 100,000 Mark with Payphone

Maroon 5
Maroon 5

Precision Tunes will have to make place for the original. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa are set to bow atop the UK singles chart tomorrow with ‘Payphone.’ According to Alan Jones, Music Week, Maroon 5 made it to No.2 in 2007 with ‘Makes Me Wonder.’ They also peaked at No.2 last year with ‘Moves Like Jagger’ (feat. Christina Aguilera). ‘Payphone’ would become their first chart-topper in the UK.

According to Music Week, Maroon 5 were ahead of StooShe’s ‘Black Heart’ in terms of mid-week sales and on Friday they had passed sales of 100,000 copies. I’ve already covered Precision Tunes’ cover of ‘Payphone’ which rocketed 83-9 last Sunday with sales of 34,492 copies.

Music Week also covers this in its last issue. As pre-release cover versions of Maroon 5 and Carly Rae Jepsen songs swarm the UK, this is a reminder of the downside of not having a industry-wide On Air/On Sale initiative meaning that fans should be able to purchase the single from the moment radio plays it.

Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa – Payphone

Mumford & Sons Cancels Hultsfred Festival Appearance

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons are canceling the upcoming festival appearances in Denmark and Sweden as Marcus Mumford broke his hand. The band was scheduled to play the Hultsfred Festival this Saturday. An appearance on Northside Festival in Denmark is also canceled.

“It’s with sorrow in my heart that we were informed that Mumford & Sons are forced to cancel its concert at the Hultsfred Festival,” Ami Mörén, the Hultsfred festival’s press contact. According to Aftonbladet, the festival is working hard to find a replacement. I first wrote about the group in March 2011. According to DN, Mumford & Sons were one of the highlights alongside The Stone Roses, The Cure and Cardigans

According to SvD, Mumford & Sons new album will be released this September. The group played The Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg in 2010.

Their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ was released back in October 2009, peaking at No.2 in the UK two years later. The set includes four singles – ‘Little Lion Man,’ ‘Winter Winds,’ ‘The Cave’ as well as ‘Roll Away Your Stone.’ The album has so far sold 2.2m copies in the US alone.

Will Ville Eetvartti’s Lasikaupunki Represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku?

Look out for Ville Eetvartti, whose ‘Lasikaupunki’ could end up as the Finnish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 to be held in Azerbaijani Baku. No stranger to fame, Ville Eetvartti rose to fame as one of the singers in the TV show ‘Clash of the Choirs.’ Singing Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody,’ it’s no surprise that ‘Lasikaupunki’ sounds familiar to Coldplay.

Ville Eetvartti’s entry  is one of 40 to qualify from a round of demos evaluated by the Finnish broadcaster YLE. A total of 540 tracks were submitted between August and September last year. The grand finale is scheduled in February in the Helsinki Ice Hall and will be hosted by Anne Lainto and Joona Kortesmäki.

The move to an open audition was announced last summer, opening the possibility for anyone to submit a song for qualification. Paradise Oskar represented Finland in the last final ending up as No.21 out of 25 contestants. Lordi managed to oust all competition when the group won the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah.’ A track that even climbed the UK singles chart, peaking at No.25. Lordi also placed the follow-up single ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ at top of the native singles chart.

You can still vote for Ville Eetvartti via YLE’s home page or show your support by joining his Facebook page.

All Hurts Want for Christmas Is New Year’s Day

We say goodbye to 2011 with a track that should’ve gotten a lot more recognition upon its release last year.  The British synthpop duo Hurts included ‘All I Want for Christmas Is New Year’s Day’ on the ‘deluxe edition’ of the debut album Happiness.

It was initially released as a free download via iTunes in the United Kingdom and Ireland, yet it only charted in Austria (where it peaked at No.67). The music video is re-visited by characters from earlier Hurts videos (‘Better than Love,’ ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Stay’) as they gather around a grave, where a Christmas tree emerges.

Hurts did lift a few additional singles off their debut set this year .Despite Happiness reaching No.4 on the UK album tally, none of the duo’s singles have broken the top 20. Hopefully this will be achieved in 2012 and maybe just maybe ‘All I Want for Christmas Is New Year’s Day’ will be re-released and chart for real!

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