CHART REFLECTION. Glee is returning to TV on Apr.12 and Popcrush reveals that Swedish singer Lykke Li will be covered. And she’s not in a bad company as songs from Céline Dion and Aretha Franklin will be on the show. Tina will perform Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers,” coincidentally produced by Björn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John who WelcheMusic covered only recently.
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The track is included on Lykke Li’s sophomore album Wounded Rhymes and was the second single off the set after “Get Some.” The latter track has been featured on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy (in the episode Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)).
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Née Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, the 25-year old singer was born in Ystad, Skåne. Her breakthrough came in 2008 when she launched her debut album Youth Novels.
Wounded Rhymes has already managed to reach the US and UK Top 40, peaking at No.2 in Sweden and No.3 in Norway. WelcheMusic notes that the opening track “Youth Knows No Pain” is co-written by Rick Nowels, famous for the Belinda Carlisle classic “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
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.
Seal released his seventh studio album Commitment back in September 2010. The set was produced by legendary producer David Foster. Throughout the years, Foster has discovered artists such as Céline Dion, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.
Spotify currently pushes new Jimster remixes of “Weight of My Mistakes” and “Here I Am (Come and Take Me).” The former is included on the set and released as a single back in November 2010. The single failed to make any impact on the charts, while the first single “Secret” did manage to peak at No.82.
Commitment did, however, chart and peaked at No.11 on the UK albums chart and No.31 on the Billboard 200.
Seal got his breakthrough in 1990 with “Crazy,” which topped charts across the world. While peaking at No.2 in the UK, it topped tallies in Sweden, Holland and Switzerland. While originally appearing as the singer of Adamski’s “Killer” (a UK No.1 hit in ’90), Seal re-recorded the track and manage to chart again in 1991.
The soul/pop singer has issued close to 30 singles throughout the years, most notably the WelcheMusic favourite “Kiss from a Rose” which had two chart runs. It was released as a single in 1994, then remixed for the Batman Forever soundtrack. In the UK, the track first peaked at No.20 only to return to the charts a year later as a chart topper.
CHART REFELCTION. Eric Saade might be “Popular” in Sweden, but he needs to watch out for Kati Wolf of Hungary. Check out “What About My Dreams,” via Belgovision.com and you will find Céline Dion’s distant sister. Sounding like a mix between “Alive” and “I Drove All Night,” Wolf has the energy and power to seduce the audience and command the dance floor.
WelcheMusic will keep a close eye on what will happen up until the ESC final in May. Last night, Sweden decided to send Eric Saade off to Duesseldorf but competition will be fierce.
The original version of Wolf’s entry is called “Szerelem, Miért Múlsz,” but the track will be performed in English. According to Eurovision.TV, Wolf made her breakthrough in the local version of X Factor. The songwriters Viktor Rakonczay and Gergő Rácz represented Hungary in the ESC back in 1997 as part of the grup V.I.P.