The “Glee” cast adds another sex debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released on Thursday. “Toxic” is the highest new entry at No.16, still short of Britney Spears’ peak at No.9. The song reached the peak position in the UK in March 2004 as well as a topping the European Hot 100. Co-written by Swedes Bloodshy & Avant, Henrik Jonback with Cathy Dennis, the track was initially offered to Kylie Minogue. The Sept.28 episode of “Glee” was a celebration to Britney Spears, and the actress even paid the cast a visit on the show. The episode attracted 13.5m viewers. Interesting to note, the show’s ratings took a 24% tumble the following episode.
The Turkish pop singer Tarkan faces drug charges and is detained after a raid by narcotics officers. Née Tarkan Tevetoglu in 1972, the singer was born in Germany but raised in Turkey. His biggest hit to date is “Simarik,” which was released in 1999. The title means spoiled in Turkish and was initially released in France in 1998. It was a pan-European hit, selling 2m copies across France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. “Simarik” peaked at No.2 in Norway and No.3 in Sweden.
An English version called “Kiss Kiss” was issued by Stella Soleil back in 2001. The track peaked at No.27 on the Billboard Top 40 in the US. The song was included on her album Dirty Little Secret. Australian soap opera actress Holly Valance recorded the track in 2002 and managed to reach the top of the UK singles chart. Valance made her breakthrough in Neighbours, just like Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Natalie Imbruglia. It was also her first chart-topper in Australia. Stargate made an r’n’b remix of the track.
As expected, charity constellation Helping Haiti easily grabs the UK No.1 position this week with the rendition of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” The track entered the Swedish singles chart at No.36. As previously reported, Simon Cowell has assembled Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle and Miley Cyrus among others to re-record the track to benefit the Haitian victims. Expect “We Are the World” to appear on European charts in due course.
This means that Owl City falls 1-2 with “Fireflies,” while Timbaland and Katy Perry remains at No.3 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” This is better than the No.6 peak of the previous hit “Morning After Dark.” The Drake collaboration “Say Something” hasn’t been released in the UK, while the Justin Timberlake duet “Carry Out” has reached No.33 on the UK r’n’b singles chart.
Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” moves 5-4 in its ninth week, switching places with the Glee Cast’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The stars of the highly succesful TV-series enters the chart at No.9 with the double-sided single “Halo” and “Walking on Sunshine” and at No.14 with “It’s My Life” coupled with “Confessions Part II.” Add that “Somebody to Love” falls seven places to No.33.
Rihanna rises 20-10 with “Rude Boy,” while Jedward’s novelty hit “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” falls 2-12. Sade is the highest new entry on the album chart at No.4. Soldier of Love was, however, unable to challenge Alicia Keys, André Rieu and Paolo Nutini who remains in the top three. Massive Attack’s new album Heligoland is new at No.6 and it’s interesting to note that pop act Peter Andre manages to climb 9-7 with Unconditional Love Songs, a romantic cover collection.