CHART REFLECTION. The 24-year old Philadelphia singer-songwriter Christina Perri has her eyes set on Australia according to Kovideo. Her No.3 hit single “Jar of Hearts” became a US top 20 hit on the back of its inclusion on So You Think You Can Dance USA. Initially released in July 2010, the song headlines the debut set Lovestrong. Christina Perri has created a special web-site where fans may share love stories. The singer has already been featured on Glee, as “Jar of Hearts” was featured in the “Prom Queen” episode this May.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Following years of decline, sales are finally spiking in the US. It’s headline news that the music industry’s sales are up according to USA Today. In total, sales were up 8.5% year-on-year according to a recent Nielsen SoundScan/Billboard report. Adele’s 21 sold 2.5m copies. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is the runner-up with 1.5m copies.
“Set Fire to the Rain” to Bow This Sunday
Adele is set to return to the UK singles chart this Sunday with “Set Fire to the Rain,” the third single off the 21 album. WelcheMusic has tracked a lot of buzz surrounding “Turning Tables,” a track co-written and by Ryan Tedder, which was performed on Glee by Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Set Fire to the Rain” follows “Someone Like You” which topped the singles tally in the UK earlier this year becoming Adele’s first No.1 in that country ever. While “Rolling in the Deep” peaked at No.2, the track topped the Hot 100 and is currently topping Billboard Songs of Summer Chart. “Set Fire to the Rain” was co-written by Fraser T. Smith who previously penned James Morrison’s “Broken Strings” and Tinchy Stryder’s “Number 1.” “Rain” has already been released as a second single in different parts of Europe. It was released as the third single this Monday in the UK and is expected to bow on Sunday’s singles tally. It has topped the singles tallies in Holland and Belgium. So far it has peaked at No.88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.21 on the UK singles tally. Adele performed the track live for the first time on April 29 on The Graham Norton Show.
Adele to Join the The Voice UK
Adele is also reported to one of the judges on the UK version of The Voice according to The List. The other two judges are Cee Lo Green and Cheryl Cole. Not confirmed yet. Digital Spy also reports that the singer won’t release another album if she’s happy. The source also says that Adele is the first British artist to sell more than one million copies of a single album with 21, her second record. The set is the biggest selling album of 2011 in the US.
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CHART REFLECTION. Earlier this year, Swedish singer Lykke Li’s hit “I Follow Rivers” was featured on the hit series Glee. She will also headline the immensely popular Australian music festival Parklife, a labour of love that started as a very small party in a park in March of 2000. Named as one of the world’s best music festivals by CNN, Parklife is taking great measures to become truly environmentally friendly with a recycling deposit system and sustainability practice.
Grey’s Anatomy Favourite
Lykke Li was also recently included in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and has built a global fanbase over the years. She was born in Ystad, Skåne and got her breakthrough in 2008 with Youth Novels.
Make sure to check out the Parklife blog if you want to revisit last year’s festival. Other WelcheMusic favourites to perform at the festival are Duck Sauce, recent UK chart-topper Example, Mylo and Sebastien Tellier.
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. No sooner had the tones of Lykke Li faded, than Keane will be featured on the next episoe of Glee. In the “Born this Way” episode scheduled for Apr.26, Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” will be covered.
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The track was originally released in February 2004, the track was included on the debut set Hopes and Fears. Considered the first commercial success of the English alternative rock band, the track peaked at No.3 on the UK singles chart matching the peak for “Is It Any Wonder?” from 2006. A total of five singles were released off Hopes and Fears.