The 22 year old Dutch singer Esmée Denters premiered her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “As” via Billboard.com’s online music program Mashup Monday earlier this month. This might be just the right push for her career. Already a huge star in her native Holland, Denters is yet to break into the coveted U.S. market although she’s backed up by Justin Timberlake himself. Their duet “Love Dealer” was recently released in the States, but has failed to break.
Signed by Timberlake
Justin Timberlake discovered Esmée Denters on YouTube, where she posted covers of artists such as Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. Denters was signed on Timberlake’s own record label Tennman Records. Last May, Denters’ debut album Outta Here was issued in Europe and preceded by the title track as the first single. So far, that track has reached the top ten in the Netherlands, UK and Hungary. Her biggest hit in the UK to date is the Chipmunk duet “Until You Were Gone,” which peaked at No.3 this April.
“Love Dealer” is yet to make any impact on the main U.S. chart, so far peaking outside the top 20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Written back in 2008 by Esmée Denters, Justin Timberlake and the production team Stargate, the song has also been recorded in a version featuring rapper Jay Sean.
Expect Mary J. Blige to make a return to the charts with the second single lifted from her Stronger withEach Tear set. “Each Tear” comes in no fewer than five versions. Rapper Jay Sean was the original artist, but is replaced with Tiziano Ferro (Italy), Vanessa Amorosi (Australia), Rea Garvey (Germany) and K’naan (Canada).
Tiziano Ferro is an Italian latin pop storm who debuted in 2001 with the worldwide hit “Perdono.” In 2004 he recorded a duet with British r’n’b singer Jamelia. The track, “Universal Prayer,” made it to No.1 in Italy, Spain and Greece. The Mary J. Blige collaboration has already made it to No.1 in Italy this March.
Vanessa Amorosi broke internationally with the 1999 hit “Absolutely Everybody,” but since success has been limited to native Australia. Some of you might remember her performance at the Sydney 2000 Olympis ceremony.
German Rea Garvey is the singer of the rock/pop act Reamonn. The group got its breakthrough back in 2000 with “Supergirl,” and has produced a string of hits ever since. Garvey has previously collaborated with Nelly Furtado on a version of “All Good Things (Come to an End).” Finally, K’naan is a Somali-Canadian poet, rapper and musician. He got a No.2 hit in Canada last year with “Wavin’ Flag.”
“Each Tear” is produced by Supa Dups, who previously worked with the likes of Akon, Kardinal Offishall and Sean Paul.
It’s time for the second volume of the WelcheMusic compilation with up-coming hits. Many of the artists on the compilation have already gained exposure on the blog. Cheryl Cole’s duet with will.i.am, “3 Words,” is finally available in Sweden. Look out for Scottish rock act Biffy Clyro’s Radio 1 playlist hit “Many of Horror” that deserves lots of listenings. Also, Simian Mobile Disco has recorded the track Janet Jackson never got her hands of – “Cruel Intentions.” The Temper Trap is also back with the follow-up to last year’s hit “Sweet Disposition.” Don’t miss it! As a bonus, we’ve added Mad Muzik’s rendition of the Mad Men Theme as well as the Jason Nevin Club Mix of Iyaz “Replay.” Please also read the posts about Jay Sean, Muse and Black Eyed Peas.
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- Click here to download the WelcheMusic vo.1 playlist