CHART REWIND. Today marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. WelcheMusic remembers the singer’s posthumous career. Back in November 2010, the Michael album was released via Sony. To date, three singles have been issued to promote the album. The most successful to date is the collaboration with Akon – “Hold My Hand” spent four weeks in the top ten in Sweden, finally peaking at No.8. The album includes guest performances from 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz and Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl.
“Breaking News” Promoted Official Web-site
The song “Breaking News” was never released as a single, but promoted the set via Michael Jackson’s official web-site. The set did peak at No.1 in various territories (e.g. Sweden and Germany), while reaching No.3 in the US.
You can have a look at the TMZ’s timeline from the moment they found something was terribly wrong with Michael. Still a legend, Michael Jackson is so far the only artist who has collected five Hot 100 No.1s from a single album. Bad includes “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” the title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”
Katy Perry Closing in on Record
According to Billboard, Katy Perry is closing in on tying that record! Her latest album Teenage Dream has already yielded the No.1 hits “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Firework” and “E.T.” Now she’s set to claim the top spot with “Last Friday Night.”
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. Don’t be surprised if the 58-year old crooner Michael Bolton returns to the charts with an r’n’b hit. Featured in a recent Saturday Night Live episode, Bolton joins The Lonely Island in a parody of The Pirates of the Caribbean dubbed as “Jack Sparrow.”
14-year Chart Hiatus
If “Jack Sparrow” should chart, this would bring Michael Bolton back to the Billboard Hot 100 after a 14-year old hiatus. Bloggers The Random and The Wrap were quick on highlighting this successful viral which tributes several of this summer’s blockbusters.
Despite releasing albums since 1975, Michael Bolton didn’t get his breakthrough until the late ‘80s. Interesting to note, his blockbuster hit “How Am I Supposed to Be without You” was actually written for Laura Branigan back in 1983. A No.12 hit in the US, Michael Bolton actually co-wrote the track which he re-recorded for his Soul Provider album in 1989.
Via his web-site Michael Bolton says “Jack Sparrow” ”was one of the highlights of my career and most memorable experiences of my life.” Last Sunday, the video attracted more than 4.3 million views on YouTube.
“Jack Sparrow” is included on the The Lonely Island’s latest album Turtleneck & Chain. It’s the sixth single to be lifted off the album, following the title track. The biggest hit to date off the set is “I Just Had Sex” which featured Akon on vocals.
The album also features collaborations from Beck, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and John Waters.
In Sweden, The Lonely Island peaked at No.2 with “I Just Had Sex.” Michael Bolton has had two top ten hits in Sweden. “How Am I Supposed to Live without You” and “How Can We Be Lovers?” in 1989.
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. The new hit single “Coconut Tree” leapfrogs the Swedish singles tally moving 44-10 in its second week. Performed by Swedish-Congolese R&B singer-songwriter Mohombi, the track features Nicole Scherzinger on guest vocals.
Scherzinger recently topped the UK singles chart with “Don’t Hold Your Breath,” which is yet to chart in this country. Her biggest hit to date is the 2007 hit “Scream” together with Timbaland.
Mohombi is the first artist to be signed to producer RedOne’s own label, the singer has already released three singles. The debut hit “Bumpy Ride” charted across Europe, topping the Dutch singles chart. The track peaked at No.6. “Miss Me” featured US rapper Nelly, while Mohombi collaborated with Akon on “Dirty Situation.” The four singles are all included on the debut album MoveMeant.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Originally released in November 2010, Flo Rida’s “Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)” makes its official debut on the Swedish singles tally this week at No.54. The Haiti-American rapper and singer Flo Rida, née Tramar Tillard (1979), got his breakthrough in 2007 with the US No.1 “Low” (feat. T-Pain). He has released three studio albums to date and was the first one to break Ke$ha on “Right Round” – a No.1 hit in 2009.
His collaboration with David Guetta yielded one top ten hit earlier this year, but “Turn Around” only made it to No.98 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track reached the top twenty in Australia and Germany.
WelcheMusic is eager to see if the follow-up single “Who Dat Girl” (featuring Akon) might just changed that. Released as the follow-up to “Turn Around,” it has so far peaked at No.29 in the US.