Ed Sheeran Enjoys His First No.1 with ‘I See Fire’

Ed Sheeran remains atop the Swedish singles tally this week with The Hobbit soundtrack cut ‘I See Fire.’ Sheeran’s third hit in this country, both ‘The A Team’ and ‘Little Things’ peaked at No.27. The Engllish singer-songwriter hasn’t managed to climb into the top ten in his home country, haven topped the tallies in Belgium, New Zealand, Norway and the Philippines.

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire


Sheeran knocked Ke$ha and Pitbull off the top a couple of weeks ago, ‘Timber’ remains at No.2 Not much has happened in this week’s top ten as positions 1-7 remains unchanged. A Great Big World moves 12-8 with ‘Say Something.’ The only new entry comes in at No.52 as ‘Younger’ with Seinabo Sey.

Seinabo Sey – Younge


Our fellow blog PSL calls Seys’ debut as one of last year’s best songs. It’s been one of the top songs on Hype Machine. The video is directed by Gustav Johansson. Climbing trees, a camp fire and bathing at night is themes from the story according to PSL.

Britney Spears Track Leaks

CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to Myspace, the opening track of Britney Spears’ upcoming album Femme Fatale has leaked online. “Till the World Ends” is written by Ke$ha and produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke. Slated for release later this March, Spears’ latest set will include three tracks from the Swedish songwriter/producer Shellback.

“Till the World Ends” was initially meant for debut next week, but it will be made available via iTunes earlier. Not surprisingly, the track sounds very much like Ke$ha.

Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” rebounds 20-15 on the Swedish single tally, falls 11-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and drops to No.38 on the UK singles chart.

(Update 13/3):  This week, Britney Spears officially climbs 55-21 on the UK singles chart with “Till the World Ends.” The track also sold 117,000 copies in its first week in the UK and debuted at No.20 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Flo Rida Turns Around

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Originally released in November 2010, Flo Rida’s “Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)” makes its official debut on the Swedish singles tally this week at No.54. The Haiti-American rapper and singer Flo Rida, née Tramar Tillard (1979), got his breakthrough in 2007 with the US No.1 “Low” (feat. T-Pain). He has released three studio albums to date and was the first one to break Ke$ha on “Right Round” – a No.1 hit in 2009.

His collaboration with David Guetta yielded one top ten hit earlier this year, but “Turn Around” only made it to No.98 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track reached the top twenty in Australia and Germany.

WelcheMusic is eager to see if the follow-up single “Who Dat Girl” (featuring Akon) might just changed that. Released as the follow-up to “Turn Around,” it has so far peaked at No.29 in the US.

Countdown to Avril Lavigne’s ‘Goodbye Lullaby’

CHART REFLECTION. WelcheMusic counts down to the March release of Avril Lavigne’s fourth album Goodbye Lullaby. The album re-unites Lavigne with the Swedish producer Max Martin. The Canadian pop star got her breakthrough in 2002 with Let Go which included the debut single “Complicated.” Lavigne’s  last album The Best Damn Thing was released in April 2007 peaking at No.1 in both the US and the UK. The set was preceded by “Girlfriend,” which became the singer’s first Billboard Hot 100 No.1.  The track was co-written and produced by Dr. Luke of Britney Spears and Ke$ha fame.


What the Hell” was commercially released earlier this month. Co-written by Avril Lavigne, Max Martin and the Swedish producer Shellback, the track was produced by Max Martin. It’s the lead single off the album and has so far reached its highest peak in Belgium (No.21). Expect it to chart in the US upon its Jan.11 release. The song was given away for free via Avril Lavigne’s Facebook page, further to its radio premiere on New Year’s Eve.

Lavigne got recognition from the r’n’b collective as Rihanna recently sampled “I’m With You” on “Cheers” which is featured on the latest album Loud. Leona Lewis also covered “I Will Be,” initially featured on Lavigne’s last album The Best Damn Thing on its limited edition. The song was released as Leona Lewis’s third single in the US.

(Update 6/2):  The track has peaked at No.13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.6 on the Billboard Hot Digital Chart.

(Update 13/3): “What the Hell” made its debut on the UK singles chart on Jan.23. It bowed at No.29, only to fall to No.45 in the second week. This week, it reaches a new peak at No.16.

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