CHART SPOTLIGHT. The leading Swedish rock critic Andres Lokko slashes Roxette’s latest album Charm School. Citing a review in Svenska Dagbladet Lokko says “Exactly a decade after Roxette’s then vain resuscitation attempts with the Room Service album, Charm School manages to spread a burning disinterest throughout the room where music is being played from the speakers. I try to listen without prejudice, do my best to set aside any possible cynism.” Despite the promising title, the Roxette album has anything but charm.
Roxette had to deal with a clash with extras, who felt mis-treated during the video shoot of “She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio).” So far, the single has charted in Germany (No.18), Austria (No.22) and Belgium (No.34). Reportedly, a UK release was pulled at the last minute.
Charm School is scheduled for release in Sweden on Feb.11.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The Swedish house producer Eric Prydz is expected to return to the singles chart on Sunday with his latest single “Niton (The Reason).” This is the first single to be released since “Pjanoo” in 2008, a track that peaked at No.2 in the UK. It also managed to reach the top ten in Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Prydz got his breakthrough back in 2004 when “Call on Me” sold 4.5m copies worldwide. Based on Stevie Winwood’s “Valerie,” the video featured a 1980s dance class. Strangely enough, “Call on Me” was sampled in its turn on Chris Brown and Dutch singer Eva Simon’s track “Pass Out.” WelcheMusic covered Eva Simon’s breakthrough hit “Silly Boy” a while back.
In addition to his own career, Eric Prydz has remixed tracks for Calvin Harris, Faithless, Felix Da Housecat and Duran Duran.
CHART REFLECTION. Happy days for Alicia Keys as YouTube and VEVO just made Alicia Keys’s performance on World Aids Day available for free. The concert is part of the original series UNSTAGED, dubbed Amex Unstaged due to its partnership with American Express.
WelcheMusic recently commented on Alicia Keys’s “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” track off her set Elements of Freedom. Keys recently enjoyed her birthday at the end of January, and earlier this year we covered her comeback single “Speechless” with rapport Eve.
CHART REFLECTION. Take That has premiered the new artwork of the new single “Kidz” which will be issued on Feb.21. The track is included on the latest album Progress and will feature a brand new track – “Rocket Ship” as the flip side. A hugely successful 2010, WelcheMusic recently wrote about Take That beating The Beatles in terms of online sales via Amazon. The group’s comeback album was the biggest selling album in the UK last year, reaching No.7 in Sweden. So far, the only track to chart in this country off the album is “The Flood” which peaked at No.24.
What do you think of the art work?
Listen to the track via Spotify: Take That – Kidz