CHART REFLECTION. The Swedish fashion retailer Lindex is appreciated for its use of music in commercials. Recently, Marina & The Diamonds got heavy TV support in one of Lindex commercials. This time, Annie Lennox is the soundtrack to the retailer’s latest “Fashion Report” with “Shining Light.” Released in March 2009, the track peaked at No.39 in the UK and No.97 in Japan.
The track is included on The Annie Lennox Collection and is a cover of Ash’s 2001 hit. The original reached No.8 in the UK.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. We all knew that Gwyneth Paltrow is a country gal, but who knew that Lady Gaga had that within her. The singer tweeted yesterday morning (Mar.24) that a Country Road version of “Born This Way” will be released on Twitter this Friday.
The track was released last month and immediately critics claimed that it was a rip-off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Less likely, the country version will be accused of that.
“Judas” will be the next track to be released off the upcoming album. The track reunits Gaga with Swedish producer RedOne. WelcheMusic promises to report when Swedish House Mafia goes country!
CHART REFLECTION. In 2008, France brought us Sebastien Tellier, who brought us one of the greatest ever Eurovision songs, “Divine.” Sung mostly in English, Divine sparked controversy in France among politicians. Tellier was eventually allowed to compete but only after a partial French rewrite.
“Divine” is a celebration of smooth 80s synths. Tellier gently yearns for better things as his backup singers keep the song’s engine purring away, helped along by a drum machine. It’s neo-retro, gentle, sincere and immediately likeable.
On the surface, Divine was perfect for Eurovision and the Eurovision betting suggested it should do well.
But Tellier is more than just a Eurovision contestant and “Divine” is more than just a Eurovision song. It’s also the centrepiece of Sexuality, Tellier’s internationally acclaimed 2008 album. Sexuality, a Gallic celebration of flirtatious love, was produced by Daft Punk but is a closer cousin to Justin Timberlake’s oeuvre. “Divine” is the highlight. The performance in the Eurovision final matched the song.
CHART REFLECTION. Glee is returning to TV on Apr.12 and Popcrush reveals that Swedish singer Lykke Li will be covered. And she’s not in a bad company as songs from Céline Dion and Aretha Franklin will be on the show. Tina will perform Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers,” coincidentally produced by Björn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John who WelcheMusic covered only recently.
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The track is included on Lykke Li’s sophomore album Wounded Rhymes and was the second single off the set after “Get Some.” The latter track has been featured on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy (in the episode Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)).
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Née Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, the 25-year old singer was born in Ystad, Skåne. Her breakthrough came in 2008 when she launched her debut album Youth Novels.
Wounded Rhymes has already managed to reach the US and UK Top 40, peaking at No.2 in Sweden and No.3 in Norway. WelcheMusic notes that the opening track “Youth Knows No Pain” is co-written by Rick Nowels, famous for the Belinda Carlisle classic “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”