We’ve already highlighted that David Bowie’s “Heroes” claims the UK top spot. One might think that there is a shortage of new material as the classic Elton John track “Your Song” is back on the charts. Easily one of the most covered tracks, Ellie Goulding the single is her most successful to date, beating the No.4 peak of “Starry Eyes.” “Your Song” is to be included on the re-release of her debut album Bright Lights.
In an unusual feat, the track has actually climbed 39-3-2 in its third week. One of the key reasons is its inclusion in the Christmas 2010 TV advert for the department store chain John Lewis. The new version was produced by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett.
Originally titled Lights, the re-release of Ellie Goulding’s album will contain six brand-new tracks. To date, five singles has been lifted off the set so far. Originally released in March 2010, the set knocked Lady Gaga’sThe Fame off the No.1 spot. Goulding was born in 1986 and made her breakthrough via the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. She also earned the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. The singer is also the guest vocalist on Tinie Tempah’s “Wonderman.”
Due to the New Year celebrations, the final edition of the Swedish sales chart were delayed until today, according to industry source Mi. The tally show that the two Idol finalist keep a stronghold of the chart’s top positions. Erik Grönwall’s eponymous debut stays atop of the album chart, but hes trailer by Calle Kristiansson who lost the final. His eponymous debut rushes straight in at No.2. Both sets include songs that they performed on this year’s Idol. Melody Gardot’s My One and Only Thrill moves 2-3 in its 22nd week. Mary J. Blige’s set Stronger withEach Tear debuts at No.43, while much-hyped debut set from former Broder Daniel member Daniel Gilbert enters at No.59 with New African Sports. He was a member of the group on its debut set Saturday Night Engine, which was issued in 1995. Other members from the group are Håkan Hellström and Theodor Jensen, who both pursued solo careers.
Erik Grönwall’s Idol hit “Higher” remains at No.1 on the singles tally, while another album track – “Is it True? – enters at No.35. Collectively, Erik Grönwall has four entries on the chart as “The Show Must Go On” re-enters at No.23 and “Run to the Hills” at No.34. The Iyaz track featured on the first WelcheMusic compilation playlist enters at No.37.
Boy band E.M.D makes a 15-3 leap with the Xmas track “Välkommen hem.” The success is fueled by a TV broadcast of a charity concert for homeless people, for which this track was produced. As previously reported by WelcheMusic, their Xmas album is ineligible to chart as its only sold at the retailer ICA. Ke$ha returns to the top ten, moving 12-4 with “TikTok.”
In Sweden, Idol winner Erik Grönwall remains atop of the singles chart for a second week with “Higher.” The final chart of the year shows little change as Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Darin’s “Viva la vida” remain at No.2 and No.3. Coincidentally, Pet Shop Boys enters the chart at No.32 with another cover of the Coldplay hit. The track is included on the duo’s Christmas EP, headed by the track “It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas.” On PSB’s new version, “Viva la vida” is mixed with “Domino Dancing.”
Pet Shop Boys – Viva la vida (Domino Dancing)
The Black Eyed Peas spends its 20th week on the chart with “I Gotta Feeling.” Spotify recently announced that this was the most streamed track in 2008. Idolrunner-up Calle Kristiansson won an album deal as well, and his live cover version of the Marc Cohn classic “Walking in Memphis” moves 7-5.
Alicia Keys has three tracks on the singles chart this week. The Jay-Z duet “Empire State of Mind” falls 10-11, while “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” vaults 32-19. “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” enters the chart at No.59.
As expected, Erik Grönwall’s debut album Erik Grönwall immediately enters the No.1 position. The Priests are pushed back 1-3, while Melody Gardot remains at No.2 with My One and Only Thrill. Peter Jöback’s Xmas set Jag kommer hem igen till jul tops the midprice chart, followed by Il Divo’sThe Christmas Collection.