As reported earlier this week, Måns Zelmerlöw was expected to enter the UK singles chart this Sunday. He didn’t quite match the peak of Loreen’s 2012 winner ‘Euphoria’ as ‘Heroes’ bows at No.11. Being a ESC winner doesn’t necessarily equals a UK hit, last year’s ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ with Conchita Wurst reached No.17.
Across Europe, Måns Zelmerlöw is the highest new entry in Germany at No.3 behind Felix Jaehn and Sarah Connor. It tops the Swiss chart, peaked No.5 in Belgium. Interesting to note, it has only reached No.37 in our neighbor country Norway.
Taken off the album Sinitta!, ‘GTO’ was issued in November 1987. It peaked at No.15 in the UK, managing to climb to the runner-up spot in Spain. The 12 inch single included the extended Modina’s Red Roaring Mix.
Released in July 1985, ‘So Macho’ was Sinitta’s second single. She was Fanfare records and Simon Cowell’s second artist to sign and came on the heels of debut single ‘Cruising.’ It peaked at No.2 and even made the Swedish singles chart, finally reaching No.13.
1. Toy Boy (1987)
‘Toy Boy’ stayed on the charts for 14 weeks. It was the fourth single off the Sinitta! album and which spawned no less than six hits.
The Swedish singer Salem Al Fakir is the voice on Avicii’s hits ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘You Make Me.’ He also sang on ‘Hey Brother’ on a Avicii by Avicii remix and is one of the masterminds behind the Swedish DJ’s latest hit ‘Waiting for Love.’ The latter song is co-written by Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare, Martin Garrix and Simon Aldred. Aldred also sings on the track and is the lead singer of the group Cherry Ghost.
An established artist in Sweden, Salem Al Fakir released his debut in 2006 with the album This Is Who I Am. His breakthrough came in 2010 when ‘Keep On Walking’ became a No.3 hit, finishing as a runner-up on the Swedish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Salem Al Fakir – Keep On Walking (Melodifestivalen 2010)
With 183 points in the Melodifestivalen final, he was beaten by Anna Bergendahl’s 214 points for ‘This Is My Life.’ Anna Bergendahl, a top five Idol finalist, is the only artist ever to not qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest final. The singer-songwriter did not benefit from Idol fame and did not go well with the international audience in the Oslo semi-final.
Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life (Melodifestivalen Winner 2010)
In addition to Avicii’s collaboration, Salem Al Fakir is working closely with Axwell and Ingrosso. Al Fakir has co-written ‘Something New’ as well ‘Sun Is Shining.’ He also provided vocals on ‘Sun Is Shining,’ which was featured in a recent H&M TV ad. As the music blog Planet Salem points out, the track has been around online for quite a while and hopefully it will break internationally this summer.
H&M Summer 2015: Summer Starts Now! (Axwell and Ingrosso feat. Salem Al Fakir & Vincent Pontare – Sun Is Shining)
According to the news daily Expressen, Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare claims that the Axwell and Ingrosso tracks ‘Sun Is Shining’ and ‘On My Way’ are inspired by Simon and Garfunkel.
This week, 20 years have passed since The Connells peaked at No.1 with ‘’74-’75’ on the Swedish singles chart. Despite being an American band (hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina), ‘’74-’75’ never broke in the US upon its release in 1993. Not really sure how it became a hit in Europe two years later – it topped the charts in Sweden and in Norway.
A music video was shot by Mark Pellington at the Needham B. Broughton High School in the group’s home town. The track was issued twice in the UK, peaking at No.14 in 1995 and No.21 in 1996.
The Connells – ’74-’75
In Sweden, The Connells succeeded La Bouche’s ‘Be My Lover’ while Take That’s ‘Back for Good’ preceded in Norway. The latter country totally fell in love with the single, allowing to top the charts for no less than 9 weeks! In Sweden, Jan Johansen’s Eurovision Song Contest entry ‘Se på mig’ knocked it off the spot after only one week.
The Connells toured Europe with Def Leppard upon this newfound success. ‘’74-’75’ was also featured in the James Mangold-directed movie Heavy from 1995, starring Liv Tyler and Deborah Harry.