Glee Powers The Wanted’s Glad You Came into the Billboard Top 5

Glad You Came gets the help of Glee.
The Wanted vaults 23-5 with Glad You Came

The Wanted’s ‘Glad You Came’ takes a giant leap from 23 to 5 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, the highest peak ever for a UK boy band thanks to Glee performing it on their show. I first wrote about The Wanted in the blog post Boy Bands Return with a Vengeance as the UK Welcomes The Wanted in August 2010. Back then, I was convinced that master producer Steve Mac would succeed in putting yet another boy band on the map. I also wrote about ‘Glad You Came’ upon its release last July.

Fate never wanted Westlife and Boyzone to get US success

On the back of the likes of Westlife’s and Boyzone’s enormous success, fate never wanted them to become a Stateside story. Marrying The Wanted with Glee’s highly effective chart machine, ‘Glad You Came’ was featured in last week’s mid-season finale, headlined by the show’s Grant Gustin (as part of the show’s choir troupe the Warblers).

The Wanted sold 188,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough for the track to climb to No.3 on the Digital Songs chart. Glee’s cover also debuts on the chart, albeit lower (No.90 with 37,000 downloads sold).

The Wanted – Glad You Came

‘Glad You Came’ gets a 11% increase in radio listeners

In terms of airplay, ‘Glad You Came’ reached 45 million listeners (up 11%), reaching No.22 on the Radio Songs chart. It also broke into the top ten of the Pop Songs airplay chart, the mainstream top 40 being its base.

Written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett, ‘Glad You Came’ succeeded ‘Gold Forever,’ becoming the group’s second No.1 hit in the UK and first chart-topper in native Ireland. It will be included on the US edition of the group’s eponymous debut. In Europe, it is included on the sophomore album “Battleground.”

‘Warzone’ latest UK single hit

The Wanted’s last single to chart in the UK was ‘Warzone,’ which peaked just outside the top twenty in the UK (No.21). The group is reported to have recorded the duet ‘Jealousy’ with Rihanna, yet it was scrapped and will not be released. Rumors say that it will be re-recorded with another vocalist.

Back to the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ returned to the top spot, trailed by Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ and fun.’s ‘We Are Young.’ Last week’s chart-topper ‘Part of Me’ (by Katy Perry) falls to No.4.

Kelly Clarkson’s Controversial Republican Support Spikes Sales

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Is Kelly Clarkson’s Latest Single
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger

True to her lyrics, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Kelly Clarkson got her (fair) share of criticism when she expressed support for the Republican presidential Ron Paul according to Idolator. Fans voiced their opinions via Twitter in a less than nice way, which led Clarkson to defend herself against hatred.

The reason? Well, Ron Paul has expressed some controversial views on gay rights and the death penalty according to Idolator. Yet, it seems that her latest set Stronger has increased its sales on Amazon and iTunes. According to GossipCop, the set rose from No.41 to N.13 during her Twitter battle.

Kelly Clarkson released her debut album Thankful in 2003 on the back of her winning American Idol the year before. The set was followed by Breakaway (2004)  which included some of her biggest hits such as ‘Because of You’ and ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes.’

Her latest set which is mentioned above has so far spawned two singles. While ‘Mr. Know It All’ did reach No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ might get passed that dismal No.64 with the support of Ron Paul?

Listen to Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (Deluxe Version) via Spotify!

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Dance with Me Tonight Unexpected UK No.1

Olly Murs
Olly Murs

Being the runner-up of X-Factor and losing the final to Joe McElderry, it seems as if Olly Murs was the successful one. Returning to No.1 with ‘Dance with Me Tonight,’ Murs has successfully placed two tracks off his latest album In Case You Didn’t Know atop of the UK singles chart.

‘Dance with Me Tonight’ is co-written by Murs, Claude Kelly (of Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Kelly Clarkson fame) and Steve Robson (who co-wrote Take That’s ‘Shine’).

Borrowing the style and coolness of ‘60s funk-pop, ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ doesn’t fit into the 2011 template of a typical hit. Quite a feat to knock the X Factor Finalists 2011 off the top, while fending off competition from Lloyd, Rihanna and Flo Rida.

And what happened to Joe McElderry? Following his No.1 hit with ‘The Climb,’ he managed to follow-up the success with a cover of Norwegian Donkeyboy’s ‘Ambitions.’ Joe McElderry’s rendition of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ is yet to chart despite yuletide.

On a final note, I’ve re-visited an old blog post. Last November, Olly Murs struggled with his career and fell out with his brother. Times change!

Listen to ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ via Spotify!

Kelly Clarkson Gets UK Top Ten Hit with Mr. Know It All

Kelly Clarkson adds another UK top ten hit
Kelly Clarkson adds another UK top ten hit

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Kelly Clarkson made it No.6 in the UK with her latest hit single ‘Mr. Know It All.’ Headlining her latest album Stronger, the set is to follow her 2009 success with All I Ever Wanted. ‘Mr. Know It All’ only made it to No.18 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning its biggest success in Australia and South Korea where it topped the charts. The hit single is produced by Brian Kennedy and Ester Dean.

Don’t forget to check out the lyrics.

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