On the back of the hugely popular ‘Good Feeling,’ American rapper Flo Rida returns to the charts with ‘Wild Ones.’ Already a top 20 hit in Sweden, the track has just been added to the Radio 1 playlist.
The track features the Australian singer Sia on vocals. She got widespread recognition when she replaced Mary J. Blige on David Guetta’s dancefloor filler ‘Titanium.’ ‘Wild Ones’ headlines Flo Rida’s upcoming album “One One Rida (Part 2).”
Née Tramar Dillard in 1979 in Carol City, Florida, Flo Rida released his debut album “Mail on Sunday” back in 2008. His debut hit ‘Low’ features T-Pain and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks upon its release.
Look out for Ville Eetvartti, whose ‘Lasikaupunki’ could end up as the Finnish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 to be held in Azerbaijani Baku. No stranger to fame, Ville Eetvartti rose to fame as one of the singers in the TV show ‘Clash of the Choirs.’ Singing Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody,’ it’s no surprise that ‘Lasikaupunki’ sounds familiar to Coldplay.
Ville Eetvartti’s entry is one of 40 to qualify from a round of demos evaluated by the Finnish broadcaster YLE. A total of 540 tracks were submitted between August and September last year. The grand finale is scheduled in February in the Helsinki Ice Hall and will be hosted by Anne Lainto and Joona Kortesmäki.
The move to an open audition was announced last summer, opening the possibility for anyone to submit a song for qualification. Paradise Oskar represented Finland in the last final ending up as No.21 out of 25 contestants. Lordi managed to oust all competition when the group won the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah.’ A track that even climbed the UK singles chart, peaking at No.25. Lordi also placed the follow-up single ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ at top of the native singles chart.
Almost a year ago, I blogged about the anticipated release of Adele’s set 21. It sold more than 16 million copies worldwide which is remarkable. In the US, 21 had the biggest annual sales figure since Usher’s 2004 set Confessions. Three official singles have been lifted off Adele’s sophomore set, what was your favorite?
Adele – Rolling in the Deep
‘Rolling in the Deep’ was initially released at the end of November 2010, preceding the album. The song topped no less than four Billboard charts, including the Hot 100. It was also nominated for three Grammy awards. Despite spending almost a year on the Swedish singles tally (48 wks), it never reached the top ten peaking at No.11.
Adele – Someone Like You
The second single off 21 actually charted last January as many bought it as an à la carte download. Adele’s performance at the 2011 BRIT Awards sent the track from No.46 to No.1 in the UK, beating Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way.’ The single was the UK’s biggest seller of 2011. It initially bowed at No.57 in Sweden last June, not reaching its No.3 peak until September.
Adele – Set Fire to the Rain (Live at The Royal Albert Hall)
The power ballad ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ was released last July, missing out the top ten in the UK. It fared better in the US, peaking at No.7 on the Hot 100. It earned its biggest success in Belgium, where it became the No.5 best seller of 2011. It peaked at No.13 in Sweden.