CHART SPOTLIGHT. ‘Neva Soft’ is the latest single from Ms. Dynamite. Entering No.33 on this week’s UK singles tally, the track is produced by Labrinth. He has already a successful string of hits, haven collaborated with Tinie Tempah on ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Frisky.’
I’m really keen on getting more info on the upcoming third studio album from Ms. Dynamite, which follows A Little Deeper and Judgement Days. The new single is her eighth top 40 hit in her career.
Née Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley in 1981, this 30 year-old singer grew up listening to reggae and hip hop music. Chances are that she would end up a school teacher or social worker, which was part of her list of dream jobs (after musician).
‘Neva Soft’ follows ‘Lights On’ which peaked at No.4 at the end of December last year. It was actually predicted to bow at No.2 behind Matt Cardle’s ‘When We Collide’ – a track previously covered by WelcheMusic. Ms. Dynamite was credited as a featured rapper on ‘Lights On,’ which was Katy B’s second single from her debut album.
According to This Is London, Ms. Dynamite is one of the most respected artists in the UK. Throughout her career the singer has won three MOBO’s, two Brit Awards and the NSPCC received a £20,000 donation after her winning the Mercury Music Prize.
3am interviewed her earlier on the naughty single name of Ms Dynamite’s “conjures up all sorts of sordid thoughts in our innocent minds.”
CHART REFLECTION. Despite the official UK release of Bruno Mars’s“Grenade” is a few days away, WelcheMusic bets that it will become his second No.1 hit over there. Already attracting lots of airplay in the UK, Mars is only beaten by Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on Music Week’s chart listing the most popular tracks on radio ahead of release.
“Grenade” has alread reached No.1 in the US, but had to give up the top position to Katy Perry’s “Firework” which rebounded this week.
The former single “Just the Way You Are (Amazing)” rebounds 9-3 on the UK radio airplay chart, behind Matt Cardle and Cee Lo Green. Mars had the No.3 top selling of 2010 in the UK with that one. His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans will get its official UK release on Jan.24.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The former painter and decorator Matt Cardle took home the X Factor crown this year. You might remember last year’s coup when Rage Against the Machine stole the “traditional” X Factor Christmas No.1 from Joe McElderry. No worries this year, when Matt Cardle vaults into No.1 with the Biffy Clyro cover “When We Collide.” Originally titled “Many of Horrors” the track was released by Biffy Clyro in January this year, reaching No.8 in the UK.
Back to Cardle, the singer won a £1m recording contract with Syco Music. The runner-up of this year’s X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson, performed a duet with Christina Aguilera – “Beautiful” – on stage. Her “winner song” was Duffy’s “Distant Dreamer,” and had she won track would probably top the charts this week.