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 Reasonfeatured 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!
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Further to Amy Winehouse’s death, her single “Back to Black” re-entered the UK singles tally at No.8 tonight. The single was originally released in April 2007, only to peak at No.25. This means that the peak position is significantly improved and the single logs an 86th week on the tally.
Back to Black re-entered the Billboard Digital Albums chart at No.1 this week, the album resulted in a string of hits including her debut hit “Rehab” and the only other US entry “You Know I’m No Good” (it peaked at No.77). The album also re-claims the No.9 position on the overall album chart and easily took home top honors at the catalogue chart. The album also re-entered the UK album chart at No.1 ahead of Adele’s21.
Née Elisabeth Maurus in Rock Island (Ill.) in 1982, singer-songwriter Lissie has built a huge worldwide fan base. Her current single “Everywhere I Go” is lifted off her album Catching a Tiger and includes her live performance of the classic “Stairway to Heaven” from the BBC2 Radio Sessions. Lissie has also recorded a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”
Described on her web-site as “A straight-talking Midwestern girl, all flaxen hair and big blue eyes, and this girl is smart and gutsy and tough, with a big old voice to match it: Laurel Canyon prettiness stewed in campfire and bourbon,” next year might just be Lissie’s!
Already, she’s been embraced by British music critics (including Q, The Sun, The Sunday Times) but Lissie has still not got the major breakthrough as Eliza Doolittle and Ellie Goulding. Catching a Tiger did manage to reach No.12 on the UK album chart, also appearing on the Billboard Top Heatseekers and Folk Albums charts. This is her first album on a major label, but did release an eponymous album in 2007 and Catching a Tiger was preceded by the EP Why You Runnin’ (Nov.09).
Her biggest market is, lo and behold, Norway. Her debut set peaked at No.9 earlier this year, Norwegian music critics hail the album and “When I’m Alone” made it all the way to No.2 on the singles chart. VG gave it the highest mark saying “with a slack slap both Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks especially from its heyday in the voice Lissie playing through an impressive variety of songs, from ballads through intense clean retropop beads to more life-affirming rockers with the sun in the hippie hair.” Aftenposten compares Lissie to Amy Winehouse and Duffy, given it 5/6.
“When I’m Alone,” “In Sleep” and “Everywhere I Go” are the most popular tracks via last.FM.