CHART SPOTLIGHT. The British r’n’b artist Taio Cruz sets a new record on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut hit “Break Your Heart,” jumps 53-1 in its second week, a record for a debut artist. The track features rapper Ludacris and topped the UK singles chart last September. The track sold 273,000 downloads in its first week. Prior to Cruz, Kelly Clarkson’s debut hit “A Moment Like This” jumped 52-1 in October 2002. So, WelcheMusic congrats on breaking that record Taio!
Coincidentally, Kelly Clarkson still has the record leap as “My Life Would Suck Without You” jumped 97-1 in one week last February. As Unrealitity TV reports, Cruz originally penned the track for X Factor and Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole.
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Cruz told The Sun that after Cole’s management stalled on accepting the song, he decided to release it himself. “I was asked to write two songs for Cheryl, one of which was ‘Break Your Heart’,” he explained. “But they took so long to get back that when they did, we had to tell them, ‘It’s currently radio playlisted, it’s not going to be very easy to get back!’ It was quite funny.”
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Don’t be surprised if you bump into Jay-Z on the streets of the Swedish town of Borlänge. Music festival Peace & Love has announced that the American rapper will be one of the headline acts this summer. Jay-Z performed at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm in 2008, but this is the first time he has performed at a festival in Sweden. The rapper will join Patti Smith, The Kooks, John Fogerty, The Hives and Alice In Chains.
Jay-Z won three US Grammys last fall with Blueprint 3, including a string of hits such as “Empire State of Mind,” “Run This Town” and “Young Forever.” The Peace & Love festival will take place between Jun.28 and Jul.3.
Sade has the biggest selling album in Europe according to the new pan-European sales charts published by Billboard earlier this week. The Soldier of Love album tops the album charts in France, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Belgian region of Wallony, while it loses the No.1 position in Italy and Sweden. German rock band Unheilig enters at No.6 with Grosse Freiheit and the German-Tunisian rapper Bushido bows at No.7.
Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” remains on top of the singles chart in its 17th week, while Lady Gaga and Owl City hold steady at No.2 and No.3. The highest new entry comes from Jason Derulo’s, whose “In My Head” recently topped the UK singles chart. David Guetta’s collaboration with Kid Cudi (“Memories”) races 14-5 and Rihanna also takes a heavy leap from 19-7 with “Rude Boy.” Read the full article here.
This week, a 22 year old rapper called Tinie Tempah knocks Jason Derulo off the top with his debut single “Pass Out.” The track got heavy support from BBC Radio 1 and Zane Lowe declared it the “Hottest Record in the World Today.” A debut album is expected to reach stores this July.
According to an interview in The Sun, the song “is about getting so out of it that you pass out.” In addition to the singles chart, Tinie Tempah also tops the UK r’n’b chart this week.
Jason Derulo drops to No.3 after a sole week on the top. He’s surpassed by Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” at No.2. Wiley returns to the top ten with “Never Be Your Woman,” featuring vocals singer Emeli Sandé. Wiley peaked at No.2 with “Wearing My Rolex” back in May 2008. That track was later sampled in Ironik’s song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
Boyzone is also back with their 18th UK Top Hit “Gave It All Away,” with Ronan Keating and the late Stephen Gately on lead vocals. The song enters at No.9 and is written by singer Mika and produced by Ray Hedges. This is far better than the No.22 peak of “Better,” which was issued back in December 2008. “Gave It All Away” was able to bow atop of the Irish singles chart, knocking Jedward’s “Under Pressure” off the top. Boyzone made their debut in Ireland with “Working My Way Back to You.” It peaked at No.3 in native Ireland back in 1994 and was later released in French as “Te garder pres de moi” in 1997. It didn’t chart elsewhere. Their first UK No.1 came with The Osmonds’ hit “Love Me for a Reason.”
The singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding won a BRIT Award and sits firmly at No.4 on the singles chart with “Starry Eyed.” The track is included on her debut set Lights which debuts atop of the album chart this week. Lady Gaga’s The Fame falls 1-2 and spends its 60th week on the chart. WelcheMusic recently pointed out that the album turned 70 weeks in the US this week. Alicia Key’s The Element of Freedom remains at No.3, while the Glee Cast falls 2-4. Fueled by the success of “In My Head,” Jason Derulo bows at No.8 with his self-titled album.