The Goo Goo Doll’s ‘Iris’ Returns

CHART REWIND. John Rzeznik wrote “Iris” for the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage. Rzeznik’s group The Goo Goo Dolls chose to include it on its sixth album Dizzy Up the Girl which amassed more than 3m in worldwide record sales.


“Iris” was no less than a chart sensation as it spent a record 18 weeks at No.1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1998. That beats No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” (1996-1997) and Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” (2005) who spent 16 weeks atop the airplay chart.

So, how come it never made it higher than No.9 on the Hot 100? That’s because it wasn’t allowed to chart on the Hot 100 as it was never released as a physical single (that was long before the legal downloads). It bowed on the chart and peaked at No.9 when Billboard revised its chart policy in 1998. It, however, managed to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Despite becoming such a huge US hit, it never reached the UK top 20 peaking at No.26.  WelcheMusic still hasn’t figured out why. Boyzone lead singer  Ronan Keating took “Iris” to No.12, thus beating the original peak of Goo Goo Dolls.

And now, another boy band has covered the track. The Wanted performed “Iris” on The Sun’s concert sessions the other week.

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The Wanted Lost Their Minds in 2010

2010 CHART REWIND. It all looked very promising as WelcheMusic cheered The Wanted’s chart career. “All Time Low” crushed all competition and landed the No.1 spot in a beat, while “Heart Vacancy” bowed at No.2. The UK welcomed the latest boy band with open arms. Something  happened, however, when the third single was released. Despite performing their last hit single “Lose My Mind” on The X Factor, the song entered at No.29 – an all time low for the band. This week it moves 29-19. In Ireland, the single peaked at No.43.


WelcheMusic is still impressed with the lineup of producers for this track. Rami’s discography includes Backstreet Boys’ “Shape of My Heart,” Britney Spears’s “…Baby One More Time” and *NSync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Carl Falk has worked with Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Westlife while The Wideboys remixed tracks for Enrique Iglesias, Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry.

WelcheMusic still thinks that The Wanted makes excellent poppy tunes and knows that there are plenty of tracks off the debut album deserving to become pop singles.

UPDATE 02-05: The Wanted will launch the 2011 Comic Relief single – bound for a No.1 position.

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Take That’s Bigger than The Beatles

2010 CHART REWIND. Everybody knows that The Beatles was a hugely successful group. Sales of the groups back catalogue recently spiked following the availability on iTunes. But lo and behold, Take That has passed McCartney & co! At least, if base this on popularity on Amazon. According to a recent announcement by the e-tailer, Take That’s Progress has made the group Amazon’s top-selling artist of all time. WelcheMusic is pleased as long as Susan Boyle doesn’t surpass The Beatles.


Issued last November, Progress became the second fastest-selling album of all time  behind Oasis 1997 set Be Here Now. The lead single – “The Flood” peaked at No.2 upon its release, while the second single “SOS” isn’t scheduled for release until February.

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Girls’ Generation Topped South Korean Year-End Tallies

2010 CHART REWIND. WelcheMusic covered Korean girl group Girls’ Generation a few backs back. According to Manila Bulletin, the group was the top music group of 2010 in South Korea according to two leading online music download sites.

Their last mini-album Hoot was released in Japan just before Christmas. Although the band hasn’t been broken internationally, Hoot got an international release via iTunes Store.


All five tracks off the set have charted on the South Korean Gaon singles chart, with the title track “Hoot” leading the pack peaking at No.1. The group made a teaser video parodying James Bond’s gun barrel sequence, sampling the Monty Norman and John Barry score. The Pussycat Dolls’ Rino Nakasone Razalan choreographed the song.

Girls’ Generation’s “Oh” topped the 2010 year-end-tally at Korean music download site Monkey 3. Results were based on both downloads and streaming in combination with online voting. The music site Hanteo also awarded the band the 2010 Singer Award.

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