Westlife’s Biggest Hit Is Swedish

Westlife's My Love is a Swedish composition
Westlife to split after 14 years

CHART REWIND. On the back of the farewell tour, WelcheMusic reviews Westlife’s career. The group has only managed to place one track atop of the Swedish singles tally. Released in October back in 2000, ‘My Love’ was written by the Swedes Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Pelle Nylén. Lifted off the second album Coast to Coast, ‘My Love’ became Westlife’s seventh UK No.1.  Coincidentally, it succeeded another boy band on the top of the charts – Backstreet Boys’s ‘Shape of My Heart.’ That track was also written by Swedes – Max Martin, Rami Yacoub and Lisa Miskovsky.


Both tracks were recorded at the Cheiron studios in Stockholm.

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Countdown to Bridget Jones’s Diary 3

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones’s Diary


CHART REFLECTION. It looks as if Bridget Jones’s Diary 3 is about to happen. The film studio Working Title does confirm that Bridget Jones will return, but has not commented on Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant participating. Firth played the role of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and the follow-up in 2004.

WelcheMusic immediately thinks of the upcoming soundtrack. The first movie was headlined by Gabrielle’s fantastic ballad ‘Out of Reach,’ on a soundtrack featuring artists such as Robbie Williams and Aretha Franklin. Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason featured the Mary J. Bliges’s cover of ‘Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word’ as well as a rendition of The Shirelles’ ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?’ by late Amy Winehouse.

According to EW, the first installment grossed $281, while the second ended up at $262m. We’re just as excited about the soundtrack as the movie and will keep you posted!

Counting Crows Introduced Mr. Jones to Us

CHART REWIND. “Mr. Jones” was the breakthrough hit for Counting Crows back in 1994. It was also the lead single off the debut set August and Everything After which was released the year before. The album was re-released in 2007, in a two-disc re-mastered deluxe set. Including six bonus tracks, the second disc was recorded during an Elysée Montmartre performance of The August Tour in December 1994.

Counting Crows has released five studio albums, all of which peaked in the top ten. The sophomore set Recovering the Satellites topped the Billboard 200 in 1996, the set also reached the top ten in Sweden. It included “Colorblind,” which was featured in the Ryan Phillippe movie Cruel Intentions. Counting Crows’ biggest US hit to date is “Hanginaround” from 1999.

The group hasn’t released any studio material since Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings in March 2008.


Wilson Phillips’ Hold On Sparked by Bridesmaids Bonanza

CHART REWIND. The chick flick Bridesmaids certainly paved way for renewed interest in Wilson Phillips. Further to the inclusion of the 1990 Hot 100 No.1 “Hold On,” interest has resurged in Australia, the UK and the US the past month according to Google Insights for Search.

WelcheMusic will certainly not be surprised if the trend will come to Europe as well. Swedish critics mention the song, which is instrumental in the movie.  The soundtrack also includes tracks from Blondie, Fiona Apple, Ryan Adams as well as “I’ve Just Begun (Having Fun)” by Britney Spears. The track was included on her first greatest hits album and intended for In the Zone.

“Hold On” was the debut single by Wilson Phillips, the group formed by the Wilson sisters (Carnie and Wendy) and daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and Mamas & The Papas’s John and Michelle Phillips daughter Chynna.

The group has so far released four albums, managing to place three No.1 hits. The follow-up “Release Me” also made it to the top, as well as “You’re in Love” the following year.

Bridesmaids opened in the US this May and has so far grossed more than $234m revenue. That’s far better than the $32.5m budget. According to The Fire Wire, the DVD is set for a US September release. The packed set will include deleted sense, extended and alternate scenes as well as a “commercial” from Annie’s jewelry employer.

Wilson Phillips – Hold On by sarah-mcconnel

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