CHART SPOTLIGHT. It looks as if the dubstep duo Nero’s ‘Promises’ is set to knock Cheryl Lloyd’s ‘Swagger Jagger’ off the top tomorrow night. The Earmilk blog premiered the ‘Promises’ already in May. The duo consists of members Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray with guest vocalist Alana. Only a few weeks ago, DJ Fresh’s ‘Louder’ topped the singles chart, further strengthening the position of dubstep.Nero is expected to bow its debut set Welcome Reality later this year.
A prolific team, Nero’s first single came in 2008 with ‘This Way.’ Signed by fellow dubstep act Chase & Status on their label MTA Records.
Nero won the 2010 Beatport Awards for Best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for ‘Act Like You Know’ back in 2009. Famous for their remixes, New Yorker Magazine’s Sasha Frere-Jones listed the Nero remix of The Streets’s ‘Blinded by the Lights’ as one of the top songs of 2009. As producers, Nero has remixed the likes of La Roux, deadmau5, N*E*R*D and Daft Punk.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Included on Alexis Jordan’s eponymous debut album, “Shout Shout” should be in line for becoming a future single. Based on the Tears For Fears hit “Shout.” The original version peaked at No.4 in the UK and topped the Billboard Hot 100.
The new version is produced by the successful Stargate, who more or less produced the whole album. In February, Alexis Jordan charted in the UK with “Good Girl” and no next single has been announced. WelcheMusichopes that “Shout Shout” is strongly considered. Jordan’s debut album has charted in the UK, Scotland and Ireland.
Her biggest hit to date is “Happiness,” the debut single from June last year. That song was built on Deadmau5’s “Brazil (2nd Edit).” Jordan signed a record deal with Jay-Z’s record label StarRoc/Roc Nation further to being eliminated from America’s Got Talent in 2006. So far, Alexis Jordan is yet to chart in Sweden with any material.
2010 CHART REWIND.18-year old Alexis Jordan certainly got her revenge. Following her elimination on America’s Got Talentin 2006, Jordan did everything but to give up. The singer attracted million of viewers via YouTube, where she put up covers of hit songs. She was subsequently signed to Jay-Z’s record label StarRoc/Roc Nation.
Her debut single “Happiness” was issued in September this year. Produced by the incredibly successful Norwegian team Stargate, the track made it all the way to the top of the Dance Club and Dance Airplay charts Stateside. To date, the track earned its biggest success in the UK where it peaked at No.3 in November. Unfortunately, the track hasn’t been issued in Sweden and is not available on Spotify.
“Happiness” samples Canadian producer’s DeadMau5’s “Brazil (2nd Edit)”. Do you recognize the sample below?
Expect “Good Girl” to be the follow-up single in early 2011. Jordan has also appeared on British rapper Tinchy Stryders’ track “Together” off his Third Strike set.