Skavlan Effect for Taylor Swift?

Will talk show host Fredrik Skavlan repeat his effect on the charts following Taylor Swift’s performance of ‘We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together?.’ As previously reported, memorable performances of Cheryl Cole, Melody Gardot and Donkeyboy have previously achieved surges thanks to the TV show.

Taylor Swift’s album “Red” dropped 8-24 in its second week on the Swedish album chart, while ‘We’re Never Ever Getting Back Together’ fell 17-20 on the singles chart. Back in 2009, Cheryl Cole’s “Fight for This Love” bested a No.23 peak to finally land inside the top 3.

Taylor Swift’s biggest hit to date [in Sweden] is ‘Love Story’, which peaked at No.10 in 2008. ‘Getting Back’ peaked at No.16  at the end of September.

Check out images from Skavlan via Taylor Swift Sweden’s home page.

‘Euphoria’ Remains Pan-European iTunes Chart Hit


Loreen’s ‘Euphoria’ remains a pan-European hit, although it has slightly slipped on the iTunes Top 10 Songs chart. It’s clear that Cheryl Cole’s back – expect her new single ‘Call My Name’ to bow atop the UK/Irish singles chart come Sunday. Loreen was recently back in Sweden for a quick concert appearance, presented by none other than Danny Saucedo. According to Aftonbladet, Loreen says that ‘I’m so thankful that so many people appreciates what I do. Without them, I would never make it.”

According to DN today, SVT’s Thomas Hall, who manages the Swedish heats hopes that Loreen’s victory makes it easier to attract credible artists. There are plenty of song-writers who have chosen not to contribute to Melodifestivalen.

Current chart positions via iTunes (12-06-12):

Austria: 1

Belgium: 3

Denmark: 2

Finland: 3

Greece: 1

Ireland: 2

Luxembourg: 2

Netherlands: 5

Norway: 2

Spain: 3

Sweden: 5


Roman Lob Is Standing Still

Roman Lob
Roman Lob

With the help from the songwriters of hits with The Wanted, JLS and Cheryl Cole, Roman Lob is certainly ‘standing still’ in Baku come Saturday. We’re only a week away from the annual Eurovision Song Contest. I’ve listened quite a lot to the various participants who will compete Sweden’s Loreen.

Roman Lob won the honors of representing Germany via the series ‘Unser Star für Baku.’ He is also the singer of Rooftop Kingdom. Lob was born in German Düsseldorf some 21 years ago. No stranger to talent shows, he first joined ‘Deutschland sucht den Superstar’ back in 2006. It’s the German version of Simon Fuller’s Idol franchise. Lob, unfortunately had to quit the contest due to a vocal cord infection.

Roman Lob – Standing Still

Roman Lob representing Germany at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Standing Still.’

‘Standing Still’ peaked at No.3 I native Germany. The Poplight blog is happy about Germany’s choice of Roman Lob, leaving Lena at home this time. TV Latest says ‘Standing Still’ ‘sounds like a pleasant rebuttal to last year’s winning entry “Running Scared” from Azerbaijan.’

According to T-Online’s entertainment section Loreen remains one of the favorites to win this year’s ESC.


Mad About Nicola Roberts’ Lucky Day

Lucky Day new single from Nicola Roberts
Lucky Day new single from Nicola Roberts

CHART SPOTLIGHT.  I must say that I’m a bit disappointed. Nicola Roberts deserves a better fate than No.40 which is the debut position of her sophomore hit ‘Lucky Day.’ Her debut single ‘Beat of My Drum’ peaked at No.27 earlier this summer, but c’mon on – this time she merged the sounds of David Guetta, with the hotness of Martin Solveig’s ‘Hello.’

It’s actually not that strange, ‘Lucky Day’ is produced by Dragonette and front vocalist Martina Sorbara, who also sang on the aforementioned ‘Hello.’ ‘Lucky Day’s is also available in remixes from Digital Dog and Ed Wilder. ‘Sticks + Stones’ is expected to become the next single from Nicola Roberts.

Breakthrough in Girls Aloud

Nicola Roberts grew up in Runcorn, an industrial port in the county of Cheshire and turns 25 this October. Quite young for a singer whose career started at 17 years old. She got her breakthrough in the ITV reality TV show ‘Popstars: The Rivals,’ ultimately winning a place in the Girls Aloud. They achieved no less than 20 consecutive UK top ten singles throughout their career. In 2009, ‘The Promise’ was awarded Best Single of the Year.

According to Roberts, Girls Aloud will be reunited in 2012 to commemorate their ten years anniversary. However, Cheryl Cole has enjoyed the greatest success as a solo artist.

Cinderella’s Eyes

The debut album Cinderella’s Eyes features production from the likes of Dimitri Tikvoi, Diplo, Joseph Mount and foremost Dragonette. The track relates to all aspects of life and luckiness according to Roberts herself and has been compared Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F).’ Dragonette reigns from Toronto, Canada, and was formed in 2005. It consists of the singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist/producer Dan Kurtz and the drummer Joel Stouffer. Upon releasing its eponymous debut EP, the group has since relocated to the UK/London. Martina Sorbara actually sang on Basement Jaxx 2006 single ‘Take Me Back to Your House.’

In 2010, Dragonette was featured on Martin Solveig’s hit ‘Hello,’ which was a worldwide smash and I blogged about it back then. The group is also featured on several tracks on Solveig’s Smash album (most notably ‘Big in Japan’ and ‘Can’t Stop’).

Check out Nicola Robert’s guest blog via the celeb gossip site Holymoly. According to Daily Mail, the singer never exercises ‘I don’t work out and I’ve never dieted. If I’m run down, tired or worried then I can drop weight overnight.’ The next thing she confesses her addiction for blueberries.

Finally, another thing that disappoints me is that the B-side ‘Fix Me’ deserves to be A-sided!

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