CHART SPOTLIGHT. The Irish duo Jedward makes a welcome return to the UK singles chart today as “Lipstick” re-enters No.40, easily besting the original No.82 peak. The twins finished 8th at last week’s Eurovision Song Contest final. The single also bows at No.18 in Sweden, just behind Eric Saade whose “Popular” surges 34-17 on the back of the Eurovision results.
The duo finished sixth in The X Factor back in 2009 and the debut hit “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” peaked at No.2 in the UK. The song merged the two Queen and Vanilla Ice hits together.
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While most of us celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow, the Glee Cast has already honored the day in its latest episode (shown on Feb.8). Read the insightful Vanity Fair’s Glee-Cap, where Brett Berk speaks to five of his favorite Glee cast members.
There seems to be no end to the Glee success. The Super Bowl episode (Feb.6) attracted 26.8 million viewers according to Reuters. That’s more than double the usual audience. According to its Broadcaster Fox television, this was the highest-rated scripted series on any U.S. network since 2008.
Back to Valentine’s Day. For those who want to re-visit the last episode via Hulu, expect the following songs to be covered on the show:
• “Fat Bottom Girls ” (Queen)
• “PYT” (M.J.)• “When I Get You Alone” (Robin Thicke)
• “My Funny Valentine” (Rogers and Hart)
• “Firework” (Katy Perry)
• “Silly Love Songs” (Paul McCartney and Wings)
Glee Cast – Firework (Katy Perry)
Don’t miss out on the news that the Glee Cast is coming to the UK.
WelcheMusic recommends: Glee Cast’s albums via Spotify – Glee Cast: The Music, volumes 1+2
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CHART REWIND. According to the Office for National Statistics, the 1992 Greatest Hits collection ABBA Gold is the biggest selling album since 1956. The agency has compiled sales statistics between 1956 and 2009 and the ABBA album has sold 4.6m copies since its release. Earlier this month, rumors of a reunion sparked on the Internet. Agnetha Fältskog has hinted that a charity event could be an excuse. In 2008, the group turned down $1bn to play a 100-date world tour in 2000.
The biggest selling album is Queen’s Greatest Hits (1981) which sold 5.7m. It was followed by The Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band (1967) at 4.9m. The biggest selling single was Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which was rush-released after Princess Di’s death.