Grenade Secures Lead in Sweden

CHART SPOTLIGHT. “Grenade” takes a giant leap from 10-1 on this week’s Swedish singles tally. This finally puts Bruno Mars on top in Sweden as “Just the Way You Are” peaked at No.2 in October last year. His Doo-wops & Hooligans album is yet to appear on the album chart.


By topping the Swedish sales chart, this means that Mars adds his eighth territory, including the important UK and US singles charts. He is still retaining the top spot in our neighbor country Norway where he succeeded Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand.”

‘Barbra Streisand’ Cracks the Swedish Top 10

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Disco duo Duck Sauce finally cracked the top ten in Sweden last week. The track debuted at No.57 in the beginning of November last year and took six weeks to crack the top 20. After hovering around the 20 slot, “Barbra Streisand” took a surprise move from 15-9 last week, retaining that position this week. “Barbra Streisand” has already topped the singles chart in a range of countries including Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland. Consisting of Armand van Helden and A-Trak the track peaked at No.3 in the UK upon its release last October. The professional hockey team Calgary Flames started using the song as its theme song last year but the track has only made it to No.69 in Canada.


“Barbra Streisand” heavily samples Boney M.’s “Gotta Go Home,” which borrows content from German band Nighttrain (1973 hit “Hallo Bimmelbahn”). In order to capitalize on the success, Boney M. released its own version of “Barbra Streisand” at the end of last year – it is yet to chart.

Will Bruno Mars Make the No.1 spot in Sweden?

Daniel Adams-Ray retains the No.1 spot in Sweden with “Gubben i lådan.” Adams-Ray is trailed by Bruno Mars’ worldwide hit at No.2. Mars recently performed on Saturday Night Live, where he sang the new single “Grenade.


In an extremely slow week, the top nine positions are unchanged from last week. The first sign of change is Tinie Tempah’s jump from 13-10 with “Written in the Stars.” Tempah’s collaborated with Swedish House Mafia, who sits firmly at No.14 with “Miami 2 Ibiza.”

The highest new entry comes from Ke$ha, whose recent Hot 100 No.1 Debut “We R Who We R” bows at No.22. She beats the former US Hot 100 No.1 Far East Movement, whose “Like a G6” enters at No.47. The recent novelty hit “Barbra Streisand” bows at No.57, unable to surpass Pitbull’s new hit “Hey Baby,” which claims the No.51 spot in its first week.

X-Factor Joe McElderry Goes Norwegian

Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” tops the chart again this Sunday as Radio 1 counts down the official UK singles tally. He is trailed by Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” the former No.1 which moves 4-2 this week. The highest new entry samples “Gotta Go Home” – Boney M’s 1979 hit. Titled “Barbra Streisand,” the novelty act Duck Sauce gets its breakthrough hit. Duck Sauce consists of DJ’s Armand van Helden and A-Trak. The American DJ Van Helden is nothing short of a giant on the dance scene, his biggest commercial hit to date is “U Don’t Even Know Me” from 1999. Swedish DJ collective Swedish House Mafia manages to climb 5-4 with “Miami 2 Ibiza,” surpassing Tinie Tempah’s “Written in the Stars” which falls 3-5. This means that Tempah holds both the No.4 and 5 positions as he’s featured on “Ibiza.”

It has taken Joe McElderry a good ten months to follow-up “The Climb,” a UK No.1 from January this year. He returns to the chart with a track originally released by the Norwegian pop group Donkeyboy. He bows at No.6 with his cover version, mind you that his debut hit was a Miley Cyrus cover. The track bows at No.4 on the Irish chart.


Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow takes  a 2-7 drop with “Shame,” while Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me” breaks into the top ten, leapfrogging 22-9. Usher & Pitbull returns to the top ten as well with “DJ Got Us Falling in Love.” Despite being most played song on UK radio before being released as a single, Michael Bublé bows at No.17. Robbie Williams vaults into the pole position on the album chart with In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010, knocking Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy from the top spot. He lands at No.2, just ahead of Cliff Richard who is back with Bold as Brass, featuring classical standards.

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