CHART REFLECTION. There were speculations whether Darin’s Melodifestivalen entry would be disqualified as it was available for purchase before the official release. According to SVT, the mistake was made by the distributor that accidently made the track purchable online.
Darin’s “You’re Out of My Life” was downloaded 54 times, which rendered him the No.95 position on the download chart. As this, by no means was no fault of Darin’s, there will be no consequences. A correct decision, WelcheMusic thinks.
The song will be officially released later this March. Earlier this week, Sibel and Peter Jöback’s Melodifestivalen entries were leaked online. This prompted SVT to release previews of the tracks far earlier than usual.
UPDATE: The track was officially released on March 5, finally peaking at No.3. In total, “You’re Out of My Life” spent 13 weeks on the Swedish singles tally.
The charity constellation Helping Haiti remains on top of the UK singles chart in its second week. It is trailed by Florence + the Machine and Dizee Rascal single “You Got the Dirtee Love,” which was performed on last week’s BRIT Awards. Owl City, Timbaland & Katy Perry and Alicia Keys are pushed back one place. Rihanna moves 10-6 with “Rude Boy” in its sixth week, while the Glee Casts keep two of its singles in the top ten. “Don’t Stop Believin’” adds a tenth week on the chart and falls 5-7, while “Halo/Walking on Sunshine” remains at No.9. The only other new entry in the top ten is Lemar’s “The Way Love Goes” at No.8. Both Glee Cast’s and Lemar’s track are featured on the WelcheMusic compilation, found here. 3!OH!3 rounds up the top ten with “Startstrukk.”
Other new entries on the chart come from Chris Brown with “Crawl” at No.35. The track is produced by The Messengers and peaked at No.53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when issued at the end of last year. It will get its official single release this March. Leona Lewis’ “I Got You” already made an impact on the chart as well, entering at No.40 although it won’t be offically released until tomorrow. The track was written and produced by Arnthor Birgisson, the man behind Darin’s entry in the Swedish Melodifestivalen contest. “I Got You” is the second track to be lifted from Leona Lewis’ sophomore set Happy, suceeding the title track. It’s also worth mentioning Lewis’ inclusion in the blockbuster Avatar. The lead theme “I See You” peaked at No.28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and was written by James Horner of “My Heart Will Go On” fame. Horner’s composed the music to both Titanic and Avatar.
Due to the New Year’s celebrations, ABBA’s “Happy New Year” re-enters at No.9. It’s the third year in a row, as the song has re-entered the chart in Sweden both 2008 and 2009. It was orginally issued as single in 1980, following “Super Trouper.” As WelcheMusic previously reported, Linda Sundblad is on her way to get her biggest hit in a long time. “Let’s Dance,” is the sole new entry on this week’s singles tally in Sweden. Erik Grönwall remains atop with “Higher,” trailed by Darin’s renditon of “Viva la vida.” Ke$ha moves 4-3 with “TikTok,” and make sure to download WelcheMusic 2 with the follow-up hit “Blah Blah Blah.” Rihanna returns to the top ten with “Russian Roulette.” In a typically slow week, the album chart has little change. Erik Grönwall remains at No.1 with his eponymous debut, while Black Sabbath enters at No.5 with Greatest Hits. Other newcomers includes Hästpojken’s Från där jag ropar at No.7 as well as Smokie’s lead singer Chris Norman, entering at No.17.
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.