Time does fly. This week, Bangles’ ‘Eternal Flame’ made its leap to the top of the Swedish singles chart. Included on the 1988 album “Everything,” the track was written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg and Bangles’ singer Susanna Hoffs. Kelly and Steinberg have written numerous hits such as Cyndi Lauper’s ‘’True Colors’ and ‘I Drove All Night,’ The Pretenders’ ‘I’ll Stand By You’ as well as Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin.’
Back then, The Bangles was only the third girl group to hit No.1 several times following The Supremes and The Shirelles. Originally issued in February 1989, the track topped the Billboard Hot 100 in April when it succeeded Mike + The Mechanics’ ‘The Living Years.’ It was a UK No.1 in April, while it reached the top in Norway and Australia in June.
The track returned to No.1 in 2001 with the girl group Atomic Kitten as part of the re-issue of its “Right Now” album.
Atomic Kitten – Eternal Flame
It has also been covered in Japanese by the singer Tomoya Nagase, together with Michael Jackson’s nephews 3T. That 1997 version was included in the TV drama DXD where Nagase starred.
In 1999, Australian group Human Nature covered the track reaching No.8 on the national ARIA charts. Haven sold more than 1.6m records in Australia, the group was originally named The 4 Trax. They currently perform Motown songs on the Las Vegas Strip.
#ChartFact #House Yes, you’re absolutely right – it isToni Braxton’s 1996 song ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ that you constantly hear on the radio. And, yes – it’s the same singer who brought you Duke Damont’s ‘I Got You.’ Introducing Kelli-Leigh, the vocalist on SecondCity’s UK No.1 ‘I Wanna Feel.’
Kelli-Leigh is a songer/songwriter who introduced her first EP back in November 2011. As a session singer, she has provided backing vocals for Adele’s ’21’ tour as well as working with Leona Lewis.
Back to SecondCity, the Anglo-American DJ Rowan Harrington was born in Chicago back in 1987. In an interview with OfficialCharts.com, he says “I can’t believe my single, ‘I Wanna Feel,’ has gone to Number 1.” To date, ‘I Wanna Feel’ has sold more than 82,000 copies to take the No.1 spot.
Toni Braxton’s ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ was originally issued at the end of May 1996. The track was written by Babyface and Bryce Wilson who also produced the single. It was the lead single off Braxton’s sophomore album Secrets, peaking at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached No.7 in the UK, which means that Kelli-Leigh bested Braxton’s original peak.
‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ was released as a double-A side single featuring the soundtrack cut ‘Let It Flow’ off the movie Waiting to Exhale. ‘You’re Makin’ Me High’ was followed by ‘Un-Break My Heart’ in October that year.
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#ChartTalk #Digilistan Congratulations to Robyn and Röyksopp who rise 4-1 on this week’s Swedish digital download chart Digilistan with ’Do It Again.’ It’s been four years since she managed to place her first No.1 on Digilistan. ‘Dancing on My Own’ is Robyn’s sole chart-topper out of 27 entries.
Last week’s No.1 The Common Linnets drops to No.21 with ‘Calm After the Storm.’ Last week’s runner-up – Conchita Wurst’s ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ – also drops like a stone, falling 2-19. It seems as if the Eurovision Song Contest finally’s fading off.
John Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ regains 5-2, followed by Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ at No.3. The talent show winner Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s ‘Daniel’s Joik’ is the highest new entry at No.5, while Robyn & Röyksopp place their second entry at No.7 with ‘Sayit.’
Exactly a year ago, last year’s Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest’s ‘Only Teardrops’ topped the tally followed by Margaret Berger’s ‘I Feed You My Love,’ another ESC entry. Daft Punk feat. Pharrrell Williams was held the bronze position. The highest new entry then was Iida’s Life Will Kill You at No.7.
Digilistan 1/6 2014
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
John Legend – All of Me
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Daniel’s Joik
David Guetta & Showtek feat. Vassy – Bad
Röyksopp & Robyn – Sayit
Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schultz Remix)
Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good