CHART SPOTLIGHT. WelcheMusic just got a sneak peak of the still unfinished video of Kanye West’s latest single “Monster” via our friends at Just Jared. The track is available on West’s latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It features Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Justin Vernon from the indie folk group Bon Iver.
The track was issued as the third single off the set and was available as a digital download as of Oct. 23. To date, the “Monster” has peaked at No.18 on the Billboard Hot 100 – its highest placing so far is No.15 on the Billboard Rap Songs chart.
In Sweden, “Runaway” is the only chart entry off the album to date. It peaked at No.28 after a sole week on the tally. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy reached No.19 in Sweden on its first week of release. The set debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 496,000 copies the first week. “All of the Lights” is scheduled for single release in February 2011.
- Listen to “Monster” via Spotify
- Kanye West: ’Monster’ Video ft. Nicki Minaj! | [Just Jared]
CHART SPOTLIGHT. WelcheMusic closely follows euro disco vocalist September. Since our last entry, the singer has retained the No.1 spot on the Swedish singles tally with “Mikrofonkåt.” She has fought off competition from novelty act Sean Banan and the Swedish Idol winner Jay Smith.
Don’t be surprised if the singer returns to the UK singles chart any time soon. The track has been translated into English further to the success of “Mikrofonkåt.” As previously reported, the track was originally released by the Swedish rapper Petter back in 1999.
This fall both Petter and September have participated in the national TV show Så mycket bättre, where seven artists perform each other’s songs. According to the eminent pop blog Scandipop, “Me & My Microphone” already received its first airplay earlier this month when Scott Mills played it on the Floorfillers show on BBC Radio1.
Earlier today, September tweeted ‘News from UK, #meandmymicrophone was played on Christmas Day (again!) Good stuff.’ A welcome return to the UK charts, September last entry was “Can’t Get Over You” which peaked at No.14. The track was taken off her album Dancing Shoes.
Listen to the original performed by Petter.
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2010 CHART REWIND. 18-year old Alexis Jordan certainly got her revenge. Following her elimination on America’s Got Talent in 2006, Jordan did everything but to give up. The singer attracted million of viewers via YouTube, where she put up covers of hit songs. She was subsequently signed to Jay-Z’s record label StarRoc/Roc Nation.
Her debut single “Happiness” was issued in September this year. Produced by the incredibly successful Norwegian team Stargate, the track made it all the way to the top of the Dance Club and Dance Airplay charts Stateside. To date, the track earned its biggest success in the UK where it peaked at No.3 in November. Unfortunately, the track hasn’t been issued in Sweden and is not available on Spotify.
“Happiness” samples Canadian producer’s DeadMau5’s “Brazil (2nd Edit)”. Do you recognize the sample below?
Expect “Good Girl” to be the follow-up single in early 2011. Jordan has also appeared on British rapper Tinchy Stryders’ track “Together” off his Third Strike set.
2010 CHARTS REWIND. WelcheMusic recaps 2010 and realizes how a late Hawaiian musician could score one of the biggest hits in Germany of the year with an old Judy Garland cover. Well, you should never underestimate the power of TV and commercials. In October, British/Dutch consumer goods corporation Unilever’s male grooming product line Lynx (née Axe in the Nordics) used Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole’s cover of “Over the Rainbow” in the below commercial.
The result – more than 300,000 copies sold of the single. The track pushed Eminem & Rihanna off the top in October and has more or less topped the singles chart ever since. It was knocked off the top for one sole week on Dec.10 as Empire of the Sun’s “We Are the People” logged one week at No.1.
Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole was born in Honolulu in 1959. In 1993, he released the album Facing Future, which included a medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” on ukulele. Kamakawiwoʻole has remained a great influence over Hawaiian music, even after his death in 1997.
So far, Kamakawiwoʻole’s version of “Over the Rainbow” has been featured in numerous movies, including Meet Joe Black, You’ve Got Mail and Finding Forrester. In 2004, it was featured in the ending scene of 50 First Dates. This surged interest in the track, sending it to No.12 on the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks chart – it passed the 2m paid downloads mark in the USA in September 2009.
The track bowed on the UK singles chart in 2007, eventually peaking at No.46 over a 2-years period. In Sweden, the track has been included in the credits of the SVT program Korrespondenterna. The track charted in Sweden in February 2009, peaking at No.19.