CHART SPOTLIGHT. US rapper Flo Rida earns his third consecutive No.1 hit in Norway as ‘I Cry’ ascends to the top in its second week. There’s no coincidence that Norwegians were quick to embrace the song which is based on Bingo Player’s 2011 track ‘Cry (Just a Little),’ which is in its turn built on Brenda Russell’s 1988 hit ‘Piano in the Dark.’
A part of Flo Rida’s rap is dedicated to the Utøya victims:
Norway, no you didn’t get my flowers No way to sound better but the killer was a coward Face just showers, the minute in a hour Heard about the news all day went sour
According to the Norwegian media outlets VG and På Nå, Flo Rida had wanted to come to Olso this July. I Cry’ bows at No.21 on the Swedish digital download chart, expect it to rise in the coming weeks. The track is also this week’s smash at the hit radio station NRJ.
‘Whistle’ Remains a Hit
His former hit ‘Whistle’ remains a hit in Sweden, according to SvD it currently sits at No.5. The track also remains within the top ten in Norway. Flo Rida also gets support from the our national female soccer team, who currently works out to a list including Chris Brown’s ‘Don’t Wake Me Up,’ Mohombi’s ‘Love to Party’ and ‘I Cry’ according to news paper Aftonbladet’s sports edition.
According to the latest update of the pan-European iTunes songs charts, Loreen has a firm grip on several tallies across the region. Despite topping the UK tally earlier this week, ‘Euphoria’ has slipped. It is currently No.4 after Rudimental, fun. and Rihanna. Loreen has also lost the top position in Ireland to Flo Rida’s ‘Whistle.’ Another strong competitor is the Brazilian singer Gusttavo Lima, whose ‘Balada (Tchê tcherere tchê tchê)’ tops the tallies in the Netherlands and Switzwerland. Following the success of Michel Télo and Luan Santana, ‘Balada’ is a pop country track.
Supporting the pan-European success, Lorreen canceled an appearance in Jönköping earlier this week according to SvD.
On the back of the hugely popular ‘Good Feeling,’ American rapper Flo Rida returns to the charts with ‘Wild Ones.’ Already a top 20 hit in Sweden, the track has just been added to the Radio 1 playlist.
The track features the Australian singer Sia on vocals. She got widespread recognition when she replaced Mary J. Blige on David Guetta’s dancefloor filler ‘Titanium.’ ‘Wild Ones’ headlines Flo Rida’s upcoming album “One One Rida (Part 2).”
Née Tramar Dillard in 1979 in Carol City, Florida, Flo Rida released his debut album “Mail on Sunday” back in 2008. His debut hit ‘Low’ features T-Pain and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks upon its release.
Being the runner-up of X-Factor and losing the final to Joe McElderry, it seems as if Olly Murs was the successful one. Returning to No.1 with ‘Dance with Me Tonight,’ Murs has successfully placed two tracks off his latest album In Case You Didn’t Know atop of the UK singles chart.
Borrowing the style and coolness of ‘60s funk-pop, ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ doesn’t fit into the 2011 template of a typical hit. Quite a feat to knock the X Factor Finalists 2011 off the top, while fending off competition from Lloyd, Rihanna and Flo Rida.
And what happened to Joe McElderry? Following his No.1 hit with ‘The Climb,’ he managed to follow-up the success with a cover of Norwegian Donkeyboy’s ‘Ambitions.’ Joe McElderry’s rendition of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ is yet to chart despite yuletide.