CHART SPOTLIGHT. The two Swedish producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk take ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger to the top of the UK singles chart this week. “Don’t Hold Your Breath” is Scherzinger’s 16th hit. According to Music Week, all of them were Top 20 hits.
A demo of the track was recorded by Keri Hilson and Timbaland, but it wasn’t officially released.
Pussycat Dolls managed to place two hits at No.1 – “Don’t Cha” and “StickWitU.” Yesterday saw the release of Scherzinger’s debut album Killer Love, which had already rendered two singles. The Enrique Iglesias collaboration “Heartbeat” peaked at No.8, while “Poison” reached No.3.
Back to the Swedes. Rami Yacoub is no stranger to chart success. In 1998, he co-wrote “…Baby One More Time” with Max Martin. Rami has produced artists such as Backstreet Boys, Céline Dion and Enrique Iglesias. Carl Falk has worked with artists such as The Wanted, Jennifer Rush, Nick Carter and Westlife.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. As previously reported, The Wanted was set to bow on this week’s UK singles chart. Singing the official Comic Relief song, “Gold Forever” vaults into No.3. The dance-pop song is written by the prolific song-writers Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Claude Kelly.
The song was performed live on the Red Nose Day 2011 event on March 18 and is The Wanted’s fourth single to date. WelcheMusic covered the group’s breakthrough in August last year with the No.1 single “All Time Low.”
Partly Irish, the group has faired much better in the UK. “Gold Forever” enters the Irish singles chart at No.17 this week.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. As reported by the eminent blog Make Believe Melodies, singer Maia Hirasawa’s latest single “Fragile” is eerily relevant. Featured on her latest album, Hirasawa bowed the new black/white video o YouTube.
Haven lived in Sendai for an extended period of time, she’s familiar with the area that has gotten worldwide attention. According to Make Believe Melodies, the video was recorded in Tokyo on March 14. The video does pay homage to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami, while the track isn’t written specifically about the event.
Born and raised in Sollentuna, 30-year-old Maia Hirasawa got her major breakthrough with her original rendition of The Ark’s “The Worrying Kind” in 2008.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The fourth single off Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream gets the full remix treatment as a slew of remixes of “E.T.” debuts on Spotify. Released a single in mid-February, the single version features Kanye West as a guest rapper. The track is produced by Dr. Luke, Ammo and Max Martin.
It turns out that the track actually was intended for the rap group Three 6 Mafia. Ahead of the release, rumors said that “Peacock” was to be the next single off Perry’s sophomore set. The follow-up to the US No.1 “Firework,” the track has so far peaked at No.3 on the Hot 100. It has currently topped the New Zealand singles chart, but is yet to chart in Sweden.
As “Firework” was inspired by the Jack Kerouac novel On the Road, there’s no question what cute little alien pops up when Perry sings about extraterrestrials. The 1982 film by Steven Spielberg is one of few movies to be re-released not only once, but twice (1985 and 2002).
The Spotify remix E.P. features new versions by Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Dave Aude, Noisia and Johnson Somerset & John Monkman. When Katy Perry managed to place “Firework” atop the Billboard chart, it was the first time in eleven years that a female artist had taken three singles from one single album to the top.