CHART REFLECTION. We covered the super diva Carola Häggkvist after her performance at ‘Sommarkrysset’ earlier this summer. According to Aftonbladet, the singer will join the celebrity judges of ‘The Voice.’ These sources have not been officially confirmed by TV4. The panel will consist of merited Swedish artists Magnus Uggla, Ola Salo (of The Ark) and rapper Petter.
‘The Voice’ is a Dutch format owned by Talpa. Earlier this autumn, TV3 introduced a similar format dubbed ‘True Talent.’ The purpose of the show is that it’s primarily the voice that matters and not the physical appearance. WelcheMusic favorite Danny Sacuedo is one of the celebrities in ‘True Talent.’
CHART SPOTLIGHT. By and large, spaghetti western in the style of Sergio Leone and Guisseppe Tornatoro owes a lot to the music composed by Italian 80+ veteran Ennio Morricone. He has also been the source of inspiration for Danger Mouse, the highly acclaimed producer who issued the album Rome this May together with the composer Daniele Luppi.
Session Recorded in Neo-Classical Roman Church
The album took five years to make and expect the first single “Season’s Tree” featuring jazz singer Norah Jones to bow this week in the UK. Included as one of three tracks with the female vocalist, the album also features The White Stripes’ Jack White. According to the Daily Gleaner, Rome is “a blend of six vocal tracks and nine instrumentals, a contemporary spin with a vintage Ennio Morricone feel. The session was recorded in a neo-classical church in Rome on analog equipment, the end result is far more than the soundtrack for a movie that does not exist. ” Quite interesting, it features the Canto Moderni choir featured on the soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood. Rome bowed on charts globally in mid-May. Its highest peak is on the US Digital Albums chart (No.3), while peaking at No.11 on the Billboard 200 and at No.20 on the UK album chart.
Not a typical WelcheMusicfavourite, Danger Mouse versatility is fascinating. The White Plains native formed Gnarls Barkley together with Cee-Lo Green, producing their albums St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. In 2004, Danger Mouse challenged the industry when he merged Jay-Z’s 2003 The Black Album with instrumentals from The Beatles’ 1968 White Album. This was not appreciated by EMI, as the samples were unauthorized. Danger Mouse went on to produce the 2005 album Demon Days by The Gorillaz and Beck’s 2008 album Modern Guilt
Debut Album Amassed 20+ Million in Global Sales
As mentioned earlier, Norah Jones is featured on three tracks including “Season’s Tree.” Haven released four albums to date and amassed three US No.1 albums, Jones is one of the most successful jazz singers in modern time. 2002’s Come Away with Me was the high-profile debut of Jones, including no less than five singles ultimately selling more than 20 million albums worldwide.
Last November, the compilation album …Featuring was released by Jones. Collaborations with the likes of Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters and OutKast.
CHART SPOTLIGHT.Following years of decline, sales are finally spiking in the US. It’s headline news that the music industry’s sales are up according to USA Today. In total, sales were up 8.5% year-on-year according to a recent Nielsen SoundScan/Billboard report. Adele’s 21 sold 2.5m copies. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is the runner-up with 1.5m copies.
“Set Fire to the Rain” to Bow This Sunday
Adele is set to return to the UK singles chart this Sunday with “Set Fire to the Rain,” the third single off the 21 album. WelcheMusic has tracked a lot of buzz surrounding “Turning Tables,” a track co-written and by Ryan Tedder, which was performed on Glee by Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Set Fire to the Rain” follows “Someone Like You” which topped the singles tally in the UK earlier this year becoming Adele’s first No.1 in that country ever. While “Rolling in the Deep” peaked at No.2, the track topped the Hot 100 and is currently topping Billboard Songs of Summer Chart. “Set Fire to the Rain” was co-written by Fraser T. Smith who previously penned James Morrison’s “Broken Strings” and Tinchy Stryder’s “Number 1.” “Rain” has already been released as a second single in different parts of Europe. It was released as the third single this Monday in the UK and is expected to bow on Sunday’s singles tally. It has topped the singles tallies in Holland and Belgium. So far it has peaked at No.88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.21 on the UK singles tally. Adele performed the track live for the first time on April 29 on The Graham Norton Show.
Adele to Join the The Voice UK
Adele is also reported to one of the judges on the UK version of The Voice according to The List. The other two judges are Cee Lo Green and Cheryl Cole. Not confirmed yet. Digital Spyalso reports that the singer won’t release another album if she’s happy. The source also says that Adele is the first British artist to sell more than one million copies of a single album with 21, her second record. The set is the biggest selling album of 2011 in the US.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. There is a great chance that the new-found success of Example will open the doors to an international breakthrough. “Change the Way You Kiss Me” performed very well on yesterday’s UK singles tally, selling 115,046 copies last week. It’s the highest tally for a number one for 10 weeks and the first single off Examples third album according to Music Week. Knocking Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer off the No.1 spot, this is Example’s first ever UK No.1.
Name Actually Reins from Latin Initials
Née Elliot John Gleave, this 28-year old rapper got his name from his initials e.g. – “for example” in Latin. Primarily a UK success story, Example has been featured on various with the likes of Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, Skream and Wretch 32 whose “Unorthodox” peaked at No.2 only recently.
Example’s 2007 set What We Made made it to No.125 on the UK album tall, including the track “No Sleep for the Wicked” which borrows heavily from Kylie Minogue’s “Confide in Me.”
First Album Produced No Hits
The album didn’t produce any hit singles, despite “I Don’t Want To,” “So Many Roads” and “Me & Mandy” were released.
His breakthrough hit came in2009 when “Watch the Sun Come Up” peaked at No.19. It was followed by the No.6 hit “Won’t Go Quietly” and the No.3 smash “Kickstarts.” Both were released in 2010. “Changed the Way You Kiss Me” is the first single off the upcoming set Playing in the Shadows. The next single is expected to be “Scream My Name” featuring Dev (of “Like a G6” fame).