TheX Factor winners Little Mix will need to sell a lot of copies of ‘Cannonball’ during the upcoming week to retain the top spot and become this year’s Christmas No.1. Usually, the winners’ debut singles are released on the week of the coveted Christmas number-one battle, but this year plans changed. Matt Cradle managed this feat with “When We Collide.”
One of my first blog entries back in 2009 highlighted that Joe McElderry was denied his No.1 single due to a Facebook campaign. Instead, Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 hit ‘Killing in the Name of’ topped the yuletide singles chart.
Comprising of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, Little Mix’s chart topping track in question is a cover of Damien Rice’s 2002 hit single ‘Cannonball.’ The track has charted in different versions, peaking at No.9 earlier this year.
Listen to Little Mix’s “Cannonball” via Spotify UK
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Will JLS score their fifth number one with “She Makes Me Wanna”? Featuring the US singer Dev, the track is set to be released on June 25 and is co-written and produced by Moe Faisal and Swedish RedOne. The 21-year old’s song “Booty Bounce” was sampled on Far East Movement’s “Like a G6.”
JLS got their breakthrough back in 2009 with “Beat Again,” a No.1 hit. It was quickly followed by the second chart-topper “Everybody in Love” which was lifted off the eponymous debut album. The third hit “One Shot” peaked at No.6, and was quickly followed by the two No.1s “The Club Is Alive” and “Love You More.” To date, the group has released two albums – the second one being Outta This World. The latter also produced the No.8 hit “Eyes Wide Shut” featuring Tinie Tempah. JLS was the runner-ups to Alexandra Burke on X-Factor in 2008.
According to The Hype Factor, a new arena/documentary movie has premiered named JLS Eyes Wide Open 3D. Tickets have already sold out, but more screens to the cinema was added quickly. The A Song for Europe blog referred the track to typical “RedOne fodder and sounds like Mohombi multiplied by four with the hook of Britney Spears’ ‘Till The World Ends thrown in for good measure.”
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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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CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to the eminent music blog Scandipop, Helena Paparizou recently performed her latest single “Baby It’s Over” on the Greek version of X Factor. WelcheMusic actually thinks the track is worthy Madonna herself, so hopefully this will become an instant floor filler across the nation. The track will headline an upcoming Greatest Hits compilation to be released via Sony Music.
Helena Paparizou won the coveted Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 with “My Number One,” competing for Greece. The song became an international success, even managing to reach the top ten on the Billboard dance chart in 2006. Born and raised in Sweden to Greek immigrant parents, Helena Paparizou first rose to fame as part of the duo Antique. They had their breakthrough in1999 when became a giant hit in Sweden and Greece.
The 2005 victory was a revenge as Antique competed for Greece back in 2001 with “(I Would) Die for You.” Despite failing to win – it came third – the track became a cross-over hit in Europe, peaking at No.9 on the pan-European singles chart. It topped the charts in Greece and Turkey, peaking at No.3 in Sweden and even charted in the UK.