Ola Svensson Strikes Gold in Italy with I’m in Love

Ola Svensson is big in Italy
Ola Svensson sold Gold in Italy with I’m in Love.

Ever wondered what happened to Idol contestant Ola Svensson? His former Swedish No.1 ‘I’m in Love’ was only recently awarded a gold disc in Italy. The track was written by Alexander Kronlund Dimitris Stassos, Johan Bobäck, Mikaela Stenström and Ola Svensson. It was produced by none other than Shellback, of P!nk and Usher fame. The producer recently penned Taylor Swift’s and Maroon 5’s recent hits.

Ola – I’m In Love (Official video) [HD]

Born in 1986, the Swedish singer and songwriter has so far released three albums and 11 singles. The former Idol contestant has racked up no fewer than eight No.1s in his native country. He initially had his eyes set on becoming a star in Sweden, then the United States.

Now, Ola Svensson has become “grande” in Italy according to Swedish news daily Aftonbladet. In 2010, Ola Svenssons started his own record label – Olinho Records – signing international deals. He has been all around Europe pushing ‘I’m in Love,’ the first single off his upcoming album. In Italy, a gold certification is equivalent to 15,000 shipped units.

Initial Attempt on US Market

2012 saw the his first attempt to crack the US with a promo tour supporting the release of ‘All Over the World. The video to ‘I’m in Love’ was shot there as well.

Ola – All Over The World (Official Video)

‘I’m in Love’ was released in May of last year. He had his eyes set on the United States, instead he became “grande” in Italy. “It’s great fun. Only a month ago interest grow in Italy. Right now this is the most succesful market,” says Ola Svensson to Aftonbladet.

On Performing Live in Italy

Ola Svensson has also performed at the club Magazzini Generali. “It’s a permanent shock to arrive without expectations. You expect five people in the audience that don’t know the songs. But they know the songs, sing-along  and knows a great deal about me. It’s freakin’ awesome,” he says. His promotional tour started in the United States in 2011, following the release of his third album Ola.

“The plan is to go back there in the fall and continue promoting ‘I’m in Love’ and upcoming material. But right now, focus is on Europe and the new record that I’m working on,” Ola Svensson says. He is halfway in the process of completing the new pop album. “It’s an honest record about the journey I’ve made these past three years. It will absolutely become my most personal record to date.” He concludes.





























Precision Tunes’ Maroon 5 Cover of ‘Payphone’ Cracks Top 10

Maroon 5
Maroon 5

Expect Maroon 5 to crash into the UK singles chart next week as a cover of ‘Payphone’ easily makes the No.9 position. The track has already reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is a top ten hit globally right now.

Featuring the rapper Wiz Khalifa on rap, the track is written by Adam Levine, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik, Dan Omelio, Shellback and Cameron Thomaz. It is produced by Shellback, Benny Blanco and Robopop. It’s the follow-up to the hugely popular ‘Moves Like Jagger’ from last year and will be included on the upcoming album “Overexposed.”

 Maroon 5 – Payphone

Philip Philips Earns a Canadian iTunes No.1

Philp Philips
Philip Philips

This year’s American Idol winner Philip Philips earns a No.1 position on the current Canadian iTunes Store chart (upd. 5/27). Officially released as a download on May 23, it is set to bow on the Billboard Hot 100 in its next edition. In the US, Philip Philips has not been able to unseat Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe,’ who tops the iTunes chart ahead of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’

Née Phillip LaDon Phillips, Jr. in 1990, the 21 year old singer reigns from Leesburg, Georgia. Philips won American Idol against Jessica Sanchez on the May 23 final – a total of 132 million votes were cast. On the final show, Philip Philips performed covers of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’ and Billy Joel’s ‘Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)’ in addition to ‘Home’ (a song originally written for Greg Holden, one of the co-writers).

Back to the charts, Carly Rae Jepsen and Gotye rule the Billboard Digital Song Chart as well, where Pitbull’s ‘Back in Time’ races 15-11. It’s the highest current Billboard position for the cut, which also sits at No.16 on the Hot 100 and currently charts on the Pop, Latin, Radio and Rap songs tallies.

The theme song from Men in Black III fares better on the US iTunes Store chart where it currently sits at No.4 after Philip Philips’ ‘Home.’

On the Billboard On-Demand Songs chart, Gotye rules ahead of the Maroon 5/Wiz Khalifa collaboration ‘Payphone.’

According to MTV News, had wanted to perform a song of its own, yet he was restricted by time.

ESC Winner Carola to Crown The Voice

The originals Adam Levin, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton
ESC Winner Carola to Crown The Voice

CHART REFLECTION. We covered the super diva Carola Häggkvist after her performance at ‘Sommarkrysset’ earlier this summer. According to Aftonbladet, the singer will join the celebrity judges of ‘The Voice.’ These sources have not been officially confirmed by TV4. The panel will consist of merited Swedish artists Magnus Uggla, Ola Salo (of The Ark) and rapper Petter.

‘The Voice’ is a Dutch format owned by Talpa. Earlier this autumn, TV3 introduced a similar format dubbed ‘True Talent.’ The purpose of the show is that it’s primarily the voice that matters and not the physical appearance. WelcheMusic favorite Danny Sacuedo is one of the celebrities in ‘True Talent.’

Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5’s Adam Levin, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton form the panel of judges in the US. In the UK, Adele was rumored to become one of the celebrities.

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