Danger Mouse Resurrects Spaghetti Western with Norah Jones

CHART SPOTLIGHT. By and large, spaghetti western in the style of Sergio Leone and Guisseppe Tornatoro owes a lot to the music composed by Italian 80+ veteran Ennio Morricone. He has also been the source of inspiration for Danger Mouse, the highly acclaimed producer who issued the album Rome this May together with the composer Daniele Luppi.

Session Recorded in Neo-Classical Roman Church

The album took five years to make and expect the first single “Season’s Tree” featuring jazz singer Norah Jones to bow this week in the UK. Included as one of three tracks with the female vocalist, the album also features The White Stripes’ Jack White. According to the Daily Gleaner, Rome is “a blend of six vocal tracks and nine instrumentals, a contemporary spin with a vintage Ennio Morricone feel. The session was recorded in a neo-classical church in Rome on analog equipment, the end result is far more than the soundtrack for a movie that does not exist. ” Quite interesting, it features the Canto Moderni choir featured on the soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood. Rome bowed on charts globally in mid-May. Its highest peak is on the US Digital Albums chart (No.3), while peaking at No.11 on the Billboard 200 and at No.20 on the UK album chart.

Not a typical WelcheMusic favourite, Danger Mouse versatility is fascinating. The White Plains native formed Gnarls Barkley together with Cee-Lo Green, producing their albums St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. In 2004, Danger Mouse challenged the industry when he merged Jay-Z’s 2003 The Black Album with instrumentals from The Beatles’ 1968 White Album.  This was not appreciated by EMI, as the samples were unauthorized. Danger Mouse went on to produce the 2005 album Demon Days by The Gorillaz and Beck’s 2008 album Modern Guilt

Debut Album Amassed 20+ Million in Global Sales

As mentioned earlier, Norah Jones is featured on three tracks including “Season’s Tree.” Haven released four albums to date and amassed three US No.1 albums, Jones is one of the most successful jazz singers in modern time. 2002’s Come Away with Me was the high-profile debut of Jones, including no less than five singles ultimately selling more than 20 million albums worldwide.

Last November, the compilation album …Featuring was released by Jones. Collaborations with the likes of Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters and OutKast.

Finally, Some Kind of Awesome previewed “Season’s Tree” this April and is the staff favorite so far. the track was also dropped via Soundcloud this April and named one of the best new tracks on the eponymous blog. In addition, Chicago Now names it best album of the year.

Michael Jackson’s Death Marks 2 Year Anniversary

CHART REWIND. Today marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. WelcheMusic remembers the singer’s posthumous career. Back in November 2010, the Michael album was released via Sony. To date, three singles have been issued to promote the album. The most successful to date is the collaboration with Akon – “Hold My Hand” spent four weeks in the top ten in Sweden, finally peaking at No.8. The album includes guest performances from 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz and Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl.

“Breaking News” Promoted Official Web-site

The song “Breaking News” was never released as  a single, but promoted the set via Michael Jackson’s official web-site. The set did peak at No.1 in various territories (e.g. Sweden and Germany), while reaching No.3 in the US.

You can have a look at the TMZ’s timeline from the moment they found something was terribly wrong with Michael. Still a legend, Michael Jackson is so far the only artist who has collected five Hot 100 No.1s from a single album. Bad includes “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” the title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”

Katy Perry Closing in on Record

According to Billboard, Katy Perry is closing in on tying that record! Her latest album Teenage Dream has already yielded the No.1 hits “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Firework” and “E.T.” Now she’s set to claim the top spot with “Last Friday Night.”

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Foo Fighters Vaults into No.1

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Foo Fighters replaces Glasvegas atop the Swedish album chart with the new offering Wasting Light. Backed up by a recent performance in Stockholm, it’s the second time the group scores a No.1 in this country. Back in 2005, In Your Honor topped the tally.


Apart from the Greatest Hits compilation in 2009, the group hasn’t charted with new material since Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007). Despite being American, the group is still to achieve a Billboard 200 No.1. In Your Honor managed to peak at No.2, while the new set is yet to chart.


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