CHART SPOTLIGHT. 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.
WelcheMusic looks forward to Cheryl’s comeback on the show.
Update: Cheryl Cole spent a total of 23 weeks on the singles chart with “Fight for This Love,” finally dropping off in July 2010. It peaked at No.2.
With only one week left to the final of Melodifestivalen, we will soon know who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this May. This week’s singles tally is, not unexpectedly, dominated by singles from the contest. Anna Bergendahl claims the top spot with the finalist entry “This Is My Life.”
The girl group Timoteij managed to oust Darin in the competition with “Kom,” and they also beat him on the singles tally. Timoteij trails Anna Bergendahl at No.2, while Darin enters at No.9 with “You’re Out of My Life.” Last week’s chart-topper Play falls back 1-5 with “Play,” while Lady Gaga remains at No.3 with “Bad Romance.” Brolle falls 2-7 with “Anything She Wants” and Donkeyboy’s “Ambitions” moves one notch to No.8.
UK No.1 Jason Derulo returns to the charts with “In My Head,” which enters at No.14. His “Whatcha Say” peaked at No.4 last fall. It’s also interesting to note that Timbaland and Katy Perry bows at No.58 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” It’s the second single to chart from Shock Value II, following the No.14 peak of “Morning After Dark.”
The Playtones remains at No.1 with Rock’n’Roll Dance Party while Sade remains at No.2 with Soldier of Love. The highest new entry comes from Sophie Zelmani, who is back on the charts after a two years hiatus with her ninth album I’m the Rain. Her biggest success to date is the 2008 set The Ocean and Me.
Donkeyboy makes it all the way this week as “Ambitions” claims the top spot on the Swedish singles chart. The track climbs 3-1 and pushes former chart-topper Owl City to No.3. Meanwhile, the album Caught in a Life races 16-6. Play returns to the charts this week with “Famous.” The group broke in the early 2000’s, and climbed the US charts with “Us Against the World.” Today, it has reformed thanks to the docu-soap Made in Sweden. A new career has been forged by demon producers Anders Bagge and Andreas Carlsson, and this week “Famous” is the highest new entry at No.5.
“We Are the World 25: For Haiti” debuts at No.17 this week, still ahead of Simon Cowell’s charity project Helping Haiti which moves 36-25 this week. Sade shoots to No.1 on the album chart with Soldier of Love.
Norwegian act Donkeyboy makes a giant leap on this week’s Swedish singles chart, climbing 25-3 with “Ambitions” on the back of the Skavlan appearance last week. The single spends a seventh week on the chart, but has never reached the top ten before. The recent breakthrough has also favored sales of the album, Caught in a Life, which jumps 37-16.