CHART SPOTLIGHT. As previously reported, The Wanted was set to bow on this week’s UK singles chart. Singing the official Comic Relief song, “Gold Forever” vaults into No.3. The dance-pop song is written by the prolific song-writers Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Claude Kelly.
The song was performed live on the Red Nose Day 2011 event on March 18 and is The Wanted’s fourth single to date. WelcheMusic covered the group’s breakthrough in August last year with the No.1 single “All Time Low.”
Partly Irish, the group has faired much better in the UK. “Gold Forever” enters the Irish singles chart at No.17 this week.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. In 1987, New Order got a huge hit with “True Faith.” Expect the song to return to the charts in short as this will be George Michael’s next single. Although not an official choice, Michael has decided to donate the proceeds to Comic Relief.
A WelcheMusic favourite, the New Order original was produced by legendary Stephen Hague. It was issued on two different 12-inch vinyls including remixes from Shep Pettibone. The original peaked at No.4 in 1987 and New Order re-visited the charts in 1994 when a Perfecto remix made it to No.9. The track has been frequently used in films, including a nightclub scene in Mary Harron’s adaptation of American Psycho (by Bret Easton Ellis). It has also been included in Brights Lights, Big City and the US version of Queer as Folks. It was also featured in the season finale of The Vampire Diaries. “True Faith” was followed by “Touched By the Hand of God” which made it to No.20 in the UK.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Singing the official Comic Relief song has become a surefire way of getting a UK No.1. Since 1995, only one hit single has failed to reach the summit – The Saturdays’ “Just Can’t Get Enough.” It would come as a surprise if The Wanted was denied the No.1 position. WelcheMusic thinks the infectious hit “Gold Forever” sounds like the perfect blend between Alphaville’s “Forever Young” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
The official 2011 Comic Relief song is slated for release on March 14, but you can see the video via Directlyrics pop blog.
The Comic Relief charity was initiated by comedy scriptwriters Richard Curtis and Alexander Mendis back in 1985, being characterized by the Red Nose Day. The following songs have been released as official Comic Relief songs since 1986 (peak pos.):
- 1986 – Cliff Richard and the cast of The Young Ones: Living Doll (1)
- 1987 – Mel Smith & Kim Wilde: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (3)
- 1989 – Bananarama & La na nee nee noo noo: Help! (3)
- 1991 – Hale and Pace: The Stonk (1)
- 1992 – Smear Campaign: (I Want to Be) Elected (9)
- 1993 – Right Said Fred: Stick It Out (4)
- 1994 – Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Fabulous (6)
- 1995 – Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry & Eric Clapton: Love Can Be a Bridge (1)
- 1997 – Spice Girls: Mama/Who Do You Think You Are? (1)
- 1999 – Boyzone: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going (1)
- 2001 – Westlife: Uptown Girl (1)
- 2003 – Gareth Gates and the Kumars: Spirits in the Sky (1)
- 2005 – McFly: All About You/You’ve Got a Friend (1)
- 2005 – Tony Christie & Peter Kay: Is This the Way to Amarillo (1)
- 2007 – Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud: Walk This Way? (1)
- 2007 – The Proclaimers & Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin: (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles (1)
- 2009 – The Saturdays: Just Can’t Get Enough (2)
- 2009 – Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon, featuring Tom Jones and Robin Gibb: Barry Islands in the Stream
- 2011 – The Wanted: Gold Forever (to be released)
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