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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Swedes Take Nicole Scherzinger to UK No.1 Spot

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The two Swedish producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk take ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger to the top of the UK singles chart this week. “Don’t Hold Your Breath” is Scherzinger’s 16th hit. According to Music Week, all of them were Top 20 hits.

A demo of the track was recorded by Keri Hilson and Timbaland, but it wasn’t officially released.

Pussycat Dolls managed to place two hits at No.1 – “Don’t Cha” and “StickWitU.” Yesterday saw the release of Scherzinger’s debut album Killer Love, which had already rendered two singles.  The Enrique Iglesias collaboration “Heartbeat” peaked at No.8, while “Poison” reached No.3.

Back to the Swedes. Rami Yacoub is no stranger to chart success. In 1998, he co-wrote “…Baby One More Time” with Max Martin. Rami has produced artists such as Backstreet Boys, Céline Dion and Enrique Iglesias. Carl Falk has worked with artists such as The Wanted, Jennifer Rush, Nick Carter and Westlife.

The Wanted Lost Their Minds in 2010

2010 CHART REWIND. It all looked very promising as WelcheMusic cheered The Wanted’s chart career. “All Time Low” crushed all competition and landed the No.1 spot in a beat, while “Heart Vacancy” bowed at No.2. The UK welcomed the latest boy band with open arms. Something  happened, however, when the third single was released. Despite performing their last hit single “Lose My Mind” on The X Factor, the song entered at No.29 – an all time low for the band. This week it moves 29-19. In Ireland, the single peaked at No.43.


WelcheMusic is still impressed with the lineup of producers for this track. Rami’s discography includes Backstreet Boys’ “Shape of My Heart,” Britney Spears’s “…Baby One More Time” and *NSync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Carl Falk has worked with Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Westlife while The Wideboys remixed tracks for Enrique Iglesias, Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry.

WelcheMusic still thinks that The Wanted makes excellent poppy tunes and knows that there are plenty of tracks off the debut album deserving to become pop singles.

UPDATE 02-05: The Wanted will launch the 2011 Comic Relief single – bound for a No.1 position.

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Oprah Reunited Backstreet Boys

As Billboard previously reported, Oprah Winfrey managed to re-unite the Backstreet Boys on her “Teen Idol Extravaganza” earlier this week. Even Kevin Richardson, who left the band in 2006, made a welcome return performing the group’s biggest hit to date “I Want it That Way.” The band is expected to tour with NKOTB in 2011.

So far, Backstreet Boys never topped the Billboard Hot 100.  They peaked at No.2 with “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart)” in 1997. Their last album, This Is Us, produced two singles – “Straight through My Heart” and “Bigger.”


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