CHART SPOTLIGHT. Singing the official Comic Relief song has become a surefire way of getting a UK No.1. Since 1995, only one hit single has failed to reach the summit – The Saturdays’ “Just Can’t Get Enough.” It would come as a surprise if The Wanted was denied the No.1 position. WelcheMusic thinks the infectious hit “Gold Forever” sounds like the perfect blend between Alphaville’s “Forever Young” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
The official 2011 Comic Relief song is slated for release on March 14, but you can see the video via Directlyrics pop blog.
The Comic Relief charity was initiated by comedy scriptwriters Richard Curtis and Alexander Mendis back in 1985, being characterized by the Red Nose Day. The following songs have been released as official Comic Relief songs since 1986 (peak pos.):
- 1986 – Cliff Richard and the cast of The Young Ones: Living Doll (1)
- 1987 – Mel Smith & Kim Wilde: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (3)
- 1989 – Bananarama & La na nee nee noo noo: Help! (3)
- 1991 – Hale and Pace: The Stonk (1)
- 1992 – Smear Campaign: (I Want to Be) Elected (9)
- 1993 – Right Said Fred: Stick It Out (4)
- 1994 – Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Fabulous (6)
- 1995 – Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry & Eric Clapton: Love Can Be a Bridge (1)
- 1997 – Spice Girls: Mama/Who Do You Think You Are? (1)
- 1999 – Boyzone: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going (1)
- 2001 – Westlife: Uptown Girl (1)
- 2003 – Gareth Gates and the Kumars: Spirits in the Sky (1)
- 2005 – McFly: All About You/You’ve Got a Friend (1)
- 2005 – Tony Christie & Peter Kay: Is This the Way to Amarillo (1)
- 2007 – Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud: Walk This Way? (1)
- 2007 – The Proclaimers & Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin: (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles (1)
- 2009 – The Saturdays: Just Can’t Get Enough (2)
- 2009 – Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon, featuring Tom Jones and Robin Gibb: Barry Islands in the Stream
- 2011 – The Wanted: Gold Forever (to be released)
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. Almost a year has passed since Edward Maya seduced dance floors across the globe with the infectious “Stereo Love.” The Romanian musician has since managed to crack the US market, peaking at No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100. This is the biggest Romanian hit ever in the US.
Fans surely welcomes the comeback of “Desert Rain,” where Maya reunites with vocalist Vika Jigulina. 2011 also takes Edward Maya on a world tour, including stops in the US, Brazil, South Africa and Dubai. WelcheMusic is particularly pleased with the upcoming album The Stereo Love Show, slated for release later this year.
We’re yet to track any chart peaks for “Desert Rain” (yet) apart from getting its breakthrough on the user generated Last.FM chart. The track holds the No.6 position for last week’s most played tracks. Despite “Stereo Love” considered a much larger hit, the follow-up hit “This Is My Life” was the most played track over the last six months.
→ Read about the Romania’s next dance export Ellie White here
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The world is counting down to the new Britney Spears set Femme Fatale, which is slated for release on March 25. WelcheMusic is really proud of fellow Swede Shellback, who contributed on no less than three tracks on the upcoming set. Née Karl Johan Schuster in 1985, producer Shellback is a prolific musician. He penned/produced recent hits such as “Fuckin’ Perfect” (P!nk), “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (Usher) and “Whataya Want from Me” (Adam Lambert/P!nk).
WelcheMusic covered Shellback when he placed “Raise Your Glass” on the charts back in December last year. Shellback has a background from local rock bands such as Skörda and Blinded Colony. He joined the Maratone production studio in 2007 with nestor Max Martin. Shellback’s breakthrough came with “If U Seek Amy,” Britney’s 2008 hit.
On Femme Fatale, Shellback wrote “I Wanna Go” and “Up and Down” with Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, “Criminal” with Tiffany Amber and Max Martin. Note that “Up and Down” is a bonus track.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. It seems as if Jennifer Lopez needn’t worry about making a comeback. With the help of RedOne and Pitbull, “On the Floor” crashes into No.3 on the Swedish singles tally. The singer made her debut with the No.9 hit “If You Had My Love” back in 1999.
The clever use of Kaoma’s 1989 hit “Lambada” certainly paid off. “On the Floor” becomes her 15th hit on the Swedish tally and is well on its way to become her biggest one ever. It’s so far tied with “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” (2000) and “Ain’t It Funny” (2001) that both peaked at No.3. Jennifer Lopez racked up no less than 12 hits between 1999 and 2002, six of them were top ten hits. In 2005, “Get Right” peaked at No.11 and in 2007 “Do It Well” peaked at No.54.
WelcheMusic covered Jen’s return to the charts in January, when the first snippet of “On the Floor” was released. The track has so far charted in Belgium (No.1), Spain (No.4), Australia (No.10). The help of RedOne has even helped her return to the Billboard Hot 100, where the track debuts at No.9. It’s actually the third biggest selling digital song in the country. The track will be officially released in the UK on March 27 and we will keep a close eye on its chart appearance there.
The 1989 hit “Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)” was the first single off the Kaoma album Worldbeat. The track is actually a cover of Márcia Ferreira’s 1986 hit “Chorando Se Foi” which in its turn was built on Los Kjarkas Bolivian song “Llorando se fue” from 1981. The track became a worldwide hit selling more than 5m copies.
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