CHART SPOTLIGHT. Earlier today, English singer and rapper Examplethat his latest video “Stay Awake” will premiere tonight at Channel 4 at half past midnight. It will go to YouTube straight after, promoting the August 28 release.
“Change the Way You Kiss Me” Set the Example
WelcheMusic covered the release of “Change the Way You Kiss Me” which reached the biggest weekly sales to date upon its release this June. Expect the follow-up single to deliver in the same neighborhood as it has HIT written all over it. Similar to Calvin Harris, whose collaboration with Kelis rendered him a No.1 hit recently, “Stay Awake” is poppy, melodic and dance friendly.
Held Coldplay off the Top Spot
As Music News points out, Example managed to beat the rock giants Coldplay to the top and selling in excess of 20K copies. The new single is produced by the dubstep wizards Nero and was written after waking up at Ibiza Rocks and seeing hundreds of kids still going from the night before. Example says “it’s about a messed up generation who spend all their money on partying and questioning whether or not it’s right. We spend all our money to stay awake the longest.”
Playing in the Shadows Hosts Top Names
The track will be included on the album Playing in the Shadows which is slated for a September 5th release in the UK. Example has worked with names such as Chase & Status, Nero, Michael Woods, Skream and Faithless on the new album.
CHART REWIND. Time to take a trip down memory lane. In February 2000, “Pure Shores” was released as the first single off the All Saints sophomore set Saints & Sinners. The track was produced by William Orbit, who recently had worked with Madonna. It was also specifically written for The Beach, the Danny Boyle-directed piece based on the 1996 novel with the same name. The soundtrack included music from Blur, Faithless and Orbital. The film score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti of Twin Peaks fame.
“Pure Shores” topped the UK singles chart, becoming the second biggest selling single of the year. All Saints succeeded Oasis “Go Let It Out,” only to be replaced by Madonna’s “American Pie” (also produced by Orbit). “Pure Shores” was a hit across Europe, topping the tallies in Belgium, Ireland and Italy. The single peaked at No.10 in Sweden.
Formed in 1993 as All Saints 126.96.36.199, the members were of British and Canadian origin. Their breakthrough came in 1997 as “I Know Where It’s At” reached No.4 in the UK. That hit was succeeded by “Never Ever” – their first chart-topper. Highly successful, the group racked up no less than five UK No.1s throughout the career.
CHART SPOTLIGHT.The Swedish house producer Eric Prydz is expected to return to the singles chart on Sunday with his latest single “Niton (The Reason).” This is the first single to be released since “Pjanoo” in 2008, a track that peaked at No.2 in the UK. It also managed to reach the top ten in Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Prydz got his breakthrough back in 2004 when “Call on Me” sold 4.5m copies worldwide. Based on Stevie Winwood’s “Valerie,” the video featured a 1980s dance class. Strangely enough, “Call on Me” was sampled in its turn on Chris Brown and Dutch singer Eva Simon’s track “Pass Out.” WelcheMusic covered Eva Simon’s breakthrough hit “Silly Boy” a while back.
In addition to his own career, Eric Prydz has remixed tracks for Calvin Harris, Faithless, Felix Da Housecat and Duran Duran.