Ever since Daniel Lindström made the top of the charts in 2004 with ‘Coming True,’ Idol has become one of the music industry’s key events during the winters. I would hate to see that this year’s winner would fare even worse than last year’s.
Amanda Fondell singing ‘All This Way’ at a local charity event.
Idol Runner-Up Darin Co-wrote ‘All This Way’
Ironically, the runner-up from that year’s final – Darin – is one of the co-writers of ‘All This Way.’ Darin has topped the Swedish singles tally on three occasions – ‘Money for Nothing’ (2005), ‘Step Up’ (2005) and in 2009 with the Coldplay cover ‘Viva la vida.’ In 2010, he was a contender in the Swedish leg of Eurovision with ‘You’re Out of My Life’ and in last year he also released ‘Can’t Stop Love’ as a tribute to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s wedding. (The official song of the wedding was Idol winner Agnes Carlsson and Björn Skifs’s duet ‘When You Tell the World You’re Mine’…).
CHART SPOTLIGHT. It’s not Daugthtry – the American Idol contestant who ended up at No.4 in the fifth season – but Sweden’s latest rock star Jay Smith. Winner of this year’s Swedish Idol finals, he races the Swedish singles tally with a cover of Madonna’s 1989 hit “Like a Prayer.” The track debuted at No.41 on Christmas eve, and has since vaulted to No.2. He trailsSeptember’s “Mikrofonkåt” which tops the tally for an eighth week. The No.2 peak of “Like a Prayer” beats the No.3 peak of his debut single “Dreaming People” which falls 5-8 on this week’s chart.
Born in Helsingborg with English ancestry, Jay Smith not only won the hearts of the public he also caused lots of headlines during the fall. Within a few months, he was caught taking drugs and cheated on his girlfriend with runner-up Minnah Karlsson.
His self-titled debut album immediately topped the album chart and remains there for a third week running. Ahead of the finals, Smith also placed the Everlast cover of “Black Jesus” on the chart. Two other tracks debut as downloads this week, “Enter Sandman” (No.52) and “Bad Romance” (No.56).
Jay Smith’s cover of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” reaches a new peak, trailing September’s “Mikrofonkåt” at No.2 on the Swedish singles tally. Smith won the Swedish Idol last December.
CHART SPOTLIGHT.WelcheMusic closely follows euro disco vocalist September. Since our last entry, the singer has retained the No.1 spot on the Swedish singles tally with “Mikrofonkåt.” She has fought off competition from novelty act Sean Banan and the Swedish Idol winner Jay Smith.
Don’t be surprised if the singer returns to the UK singles chart any time soon. The track has been translated into English further to the success of “Mikrofonkåt.” As previously reported, the track was originally released by the Swedish rapper Petter back in 1999.
This fall both Petter and September have participated in the national TV show Så mycket bättre, where seven artists perform each other’s songs. According to the eminent pop blog Scandipop, “Me & My Microphone” already received its first airplay earlier this month when Scott Mills played it on the Floorfillers show on BBC Radio1.
Earlier today, September tweeted ‘News from UK, #meandmymicrophone was played on Christmas Day (again!) Good stuff.’ A welcome return to the UK charts, September last entry was “Can’t Get Over You” which peaked at No.14. The track was taken off her album Dancing Shoes.