Bangles’ Eternal Flame Turns 25 This Week

Time does fly. This week, Bangles’ ‘Eternal Flame’ made its leap to the top of the Swedish singles chart. Included on the 1988 album “Everything,” the track was written by Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg and Bangles’ singer Susanna Hoffs. Kelly and Steinberg have written numerous hits such as Cyndi Lauper’s ‘’True Colors’ and ‘I Drove All Night,’ The Pretenders’ ‘I’ll Stand By You’ as well as Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin.’

Back then, The Bangles was only the third girl group to hit No.1 several times following The Supremes and The Shirelles. Originally issued in February 1989, the track topped the Billboard Hot 100 in April when it succeeded Mike + The Mechanics’ ‘The Living Years.’ It was a UK No.1 in April, while it reached the top in Norway and Australia in June.

The track returned to No.1 in 2001 with the girl group Atomic Kitten as part of the re-issue of its “Right Now” album.

Atomic Kitten – Eternal Flame

It has also been covered in Japanese by the singer Tomoya Nagase, together with Michael Jackson’s nephews 3T. That 1997 version was included in the TV drama DXD where Nagase starred.

In 1999, Australian group Human Nature covered the track reaching No.8 on the national ARIA charts. Haven sold more than 1.6m records in Australia, the group was originally named The 4 Trax. They currently perform Motown songs on the Las Vegas Strip.

Human Nature – Eternal Flame

Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again

Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again
Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again

#ChartTalk #Digilistan Congratulations to Robyn and Röyksopp who rise 4-1 on this week’s Swedish digital download chart Digilistan with ’Do It Again.’ It’s been four years since she managed to place her first No.1 on Digilistan. ‘Dancing on My Own’ is Robyn’s sole chart-topper out of 27 entries.

Last week’s No.1 The Common Linnets drops to No.21 with ‘Calm After the Storm.’ Last week’s runner-up – Conchita Wurst’s ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ – also drops like a stone, falling 2-19. It seems as if the Eurovision Song Contest finally’s fading off.

John Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ regains 5-2, followed by Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ at No.3.  The talent show winner Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s ‘Daniel’s Joik’ is the highest new entry at No.5, while Robyn & Röyksopp place their second entry at No.7 with ‘Sayit.’

Exactly a year ago, last year’s Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest’s ‘Only Teardrops’ topped the tally followed by Margaret Berger’s ‘I Feed You My Love,’ another ESC entry. Daft Punk feat. Pharrrell Williams was held the bronze position. The highest new entry then was Iida’s Life Will Kill You at No.7.

Digilistan 1/6 2014

  1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  2. John Legend – All of Me
  3. Pharrell Williams – Happy
  4. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Daniel’s Joik
  6. David Guetta & Showtek feat. Vassy – Bad
  7. Röyksopp & Robyn – Sayit
  8. Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schultz Remix)
  9. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good
  10. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynn – Rather Be


Michael Jackson’s Death Marks 2 Year Anniversary

CHART REWIND. Today marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. WelcheMusic remembers the singer’s posthumous career. Back in November 2010, the Michael album was released via Sony. To date, three singles have been issued to promote the album. The most successful to date is the collaboration with Akon – “Hold My Hand” spent four weeks in the top ten in Sweden, finally peaking at No.8. The album includes guest performances from 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz and Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl.

“Breaking News” Promoted Official Web-site

The song “Breaking News” was never released as  a single, but promoted the set via Michael Jackson’s official web-site. The set did peak at No.1 in various territories (e.g. Sweden and Germany), while reaching No.3 in the US.

You can have a look at the TMZ’s timeline from the moment they found something was terribly wrong with Michael. Still a legend, Michael Jackson is so far the only artist who has collected five Hot 100 No.1s from a single album. Bad includes “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” the title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”

Katy Perry Closing in on Record

According to Billboard, Katy Perry is closing in on tying that record! Her latest album Teenage Dream has already yielded the No.1 hits “California Gurls,” the title cut, “Firework” and “E.T.” Now she’s set to claim the top spot with “Last Friday Night.”

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Glee Cast Celebrates Valentine’s Day

While most of us celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow, the Glee Cast has already honored the day in its latest episode (shown on Feb.8). Read the insightful Vanity Fair’s Glee-Cap, where Brett Berk speaks to five of his favorite Glee cast members.

There seems to be no end to the Glee success. The Super Bowl episode (Feb.6) attracted 26.8 million viewers according to Reuters. That’s more than double the usual audience. According to its Broadcaster Fox television, this was the highest-rated scripted series on any U.S. network since 2008.

Back to Valentine’s Day. For those who want to re-visit the last episode via Hulu, expect the following songs to be covered on the show:

• “Fat Bottom Girls ” (Queen)

• “PYT” (M.J.)• “When I Get You Alone” (Robin Thicke)

• “My Funny Valentine” (Rogers and Hart)

• “Firework” (Katy Perry)

• “Silly Love Songs” (Paul McCartney and Wings)

Glee Cast – Firework (Katy Perry)

Read more about The Glee Cast on the WelcheMusic blog.


Don’t miss out on the news that the Glee Cast is coming to the UK.

WelcheMusic recommends: Glee Cast’s albums via Spotify – Glee Cast: The Music, volumes 1+2

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