Ever since Daniel Lindström made the top of the charts in 2004 with ‘Coming True,’ Idol has become one of the music industry’s key events during the winters. I would hate to see that this year’s winner would fare even worse than last year’s.
Amanda Fondell singing ‘All This Way’ at a local charity event.
Idol Runner-Up Darin Co-wrote ‘All This Way’
Ironically, the runner-up from that year’s final – Darin – is one of the co-writers of ‘All This Way.’ Darin has topped the Swedish singles tally on three occasions – ‘Money for Nothing’ (2005), ‘Step Up’ (2005) and in 2009 with the Coldplay cover ‘Viva la vida.’ In 2010, he was a contender in the Swedish leg of Eurovision with ‘You’re Out of My Life’ and in last year he also released ‘Can’t Stop Love’ as a tribute to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s wedding. (The official song of the wedding was Idol winner Agnes Carlsson and Björn Skifs’s duet ‘When You Tell the World You’re Mine’…).
Eminem’s duet with Rihanna remains atop the Swedish singles chart this week. ”Love the Way You Lie” logs a tenth week on the tally, but is trailed by Oskar Linnros’ ”Från och med du” which moves 6-3. The Manchester group Hurts, bows at No.40 with ”Wonderful Life,” one of three new entries on the chart. Darin’s LoveKiller finally climbs to the No.1 position on the album chart, knocking Iron Maiden off the top. Katy Perry returns to the album chart with Teenage Dream at No.21, the title track moves 41-39 on the singles chart.
23 year old Swedish-Kurd pop singer Darin scores his 18th hit on the Swedish singles tally as “Microphone” bows at No.16. Lifted from the latest album LoveKiller, the track is used in the promotional video for the 2010 season of Idol. No stranger to that talent show, Darin was the runner-up in 2005 beaten by Daniel Lindström.
No less than five tracks have charted from his latest album. Apart from the title track, which soars 14-10 on this week’s singles tally, the following tracks have peaked so far.
“Viva La Vida” was performed live on Idol last October, topping the charts for two weeks. This actually beats Coldplay’s original chart performance as they peaked at No.7 in May 2008.
“You’re Out of My Life” was produced by Arnthor of Jennifer Lopez fame and was Darin’s entry in the Swedish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. It peaked at No.3 this March.
“Can’t Stop Love” was written especially for the royal wedding of Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, peaking at No.13 in June.
“Microphone” bows at No.16 this week.
His LoveKiller album enters at No.2 this week, unable to knock Iron Maiden’s The Final Frontier off the top. Darin’s first three albums (The Anthem, Darin and Break the News) all made it to the top, while 2008’s Flashback peaked at No.10.
With only one week left to the final of Melodifestivalen, we will soon know who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this May. This week’s singles tally is, not unexpectedly, dominated by singles from the contest. Anna Bergendahl claims the top spot with the finalist entry “This Is My Life.”
The girl group Timoteij managed to oust Darin in the competition with “Kom,” and they also beat him on the singles tally. Timoteij trails Anna Bergendahl at No.2, while Darin enters at No.9 with “You’re Out of My Life.” Last week’s chart-topper Play falls back 1-5 with “Play,” while Lady Gaga remains at No.3 with “Bad Romance.” Brolle falls 2-7 with “Anything She Wants” and Donkeyboy’s “Ambitions” moves one notch to No.8.
UK No.1 Jason Derulo returns to the charts with “In My Head,” which enters at No.14. His “Whatcha Say” peaked at No.4 last fall. It’s also interesting to note that Timbaland and Katy Perry bows at No.58 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” It’s the second single to chart from Shock Value II, following the No.14 peak of “Morning After Dark.”
The Playtones remains at No.1 with Rock’n’Roll Dance Party while Sade remains at No.2 with Soldier of Love. The highest new entry comes from Sophie Zelmani, who is back on the charts after a two years hiatus with her ninth album I’m the Rain. Her biggest success to date is the 2008 set The Ocean and Me.