Lana Del Rey’s Video Games Connects with Germans

Lana Del Ray's Video Games
Video Games

Hailed as ‘Best New Track’ by Pitchfork this August, ‘Video Games’ with Lana Del Ray was also featured on Gossip Girl. Pitchfork called the song ‘husky and sensual in a way that hits the sweet spot Cat Power has abdicated since The Greatest, lyrically, “Video Games” reads more like a prelude to “Lived in Bars”.’

Released in October,  the track has struck a chord with Germans, topping the Media Control singles chart this week ahead of Taio Cruz’s and Flo Rida’s ‘Hangover.’


Listen to the single via Spotify!

Avicii Adds a Fourth Week Atop with Levels

Avicii - Levels
Avicii - Levels

Swedish DJ Avicii’s ‘Levels’ remains atop the Swedish singles chart, fending off challenge from Rihanna and Calvin Harris. Building on the 1962 gospel-inspired ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’ by Etta James, the sample also builds the chorus of Flo Rida’s ‘Good Feeling.’

I’ve previously blogged about the clash between Leona Lewis and Avicii. The former X-Factor winner used the same sample in her hit ‘Collide’ as Avicii’s ‘Fade Into Darkness.’ It was quickly solved as the DJ was co-credited on Lewis’s track.

Back to Etta James, ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’ managed to reach No.37 on the Hot 100 back in 1962. To date, ‘Levels’ has peaked at No.66 on the same chart. Avicii also reached the top spot in Scotland.

Listen to Etta James’s ‘Somethings Got a Hold on Me’ via Spotify!



Will Amanda Fondell Go All This Way?

Amanda Fondell’s All This Way Vaults to the Top

Amanda Fondell may have gone all the way in the Idol final, but there weren’t enough fans out there to send ‘All This Way’ to the top. Looking at the charts stats below, the trend is unfortunately negative for the past winners.

Last year’s winner Jay Smith made it to No.3 with ‘Dreaming People,’ becoming the first Idol winner to miss the top-spot. Amanda Fondell could theoretically improve her position next week, but that’s highly unlikely.

Idol Winners

2004: Daniel Lindström – Coming True (7 wks, 21 wks total)

2005: Agnes – Right Here Right Now (My Heart Belongs to You) (6 wks, 26 wks)

2006: Markus Fagervall – Everything Changes (7 wks, 22 wks)

2007: Marie Picasso – This Moment (2 wks, 14 wks)

2008: Kevin Borg – With Every Bit of Me (5 wks, 12 wks)

2009: Erik Grönwall – Higher (6 wks, 19 wks)

2010: Jay Smith – Dreaming People (No.3, 10 wks)

2011: Amanda Fondell – All This Way (No.6, 1 wks*)


Bret Easton Ellis Praises Robyn


We’re Swedes and we’re so proud of Robyn who rocked U.S. living rooms in Saturday Night Live this weekend. According to Aftonbladet, my favorite author Bret Easton Ellis loved the performance. On Saturday, Robyn performed ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ and ‘Dancing on My Own’ in the show. Host of the night was Katy Perry, whom Robyn toured with.

Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that Robyn probably was the best artist of this season and confessed that he’s listened to the singer’s Body Talk album for a year.


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