CHART REFLECTION. Haven just seen Morning Glory, one of definitive highlights is Natasha Bedingfield’s “Strip Me.” Lifted off the album with the same name, Bedingfield is yet to release it outside Canada and the U.S. The below video was remade due to its inclusion in the movie, including footage with Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.
“Strip Me” is co-written and produced by Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic’s front man. Tedder also wrote and produced Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love.” Released in September 2010, the song peaked at No.79 on iTunes while only managing to reach No.91 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its highest peak so far is the US Adult Pop Songs chart where it climbed to No.23.
Despite not being officially released as a single, “Weightless” is one of the most popular tracks off the album. The Swede Kleerup (famous for the Robyn collaboration “With Every Heartbeat”) wrote/produced “Break Thru.”
English pop singer Natasha Bedingfield got her breakthrough in 2004 with Unwritten, which included the debut hit “Single.” Bedingfield followed the set with N.B. which was later re-named Pocketful of Sunshine for the North American market. The latter included the two songs “Pocketful of Sunshine” and “Angel” which was only available in the States.
In Sweden, her biggest hit to date is “These Words” which peaked at No.5 in 2004. Her only album to date was Unwritten, which peaked at No.14.
The 22 year old Dutch singer Esmée Denters premiered her cover of Stevie Wonder’s “As” via Billboard.com’s online music program Mashup Monday earlier this month. This might be just the right push for her career. Already a huge star in her native Holland, Denters is yet to break into the coveted U.S. market although she’s backed up by Justin Timberlake himself. Their duet “Love Dealer” was recently released in the States, but has failed to break.
Signed by Timberlake
Justin Timberlake discovered Esmée Denters on YouTube, where she posted covers of artists such as Timberlake and Natasha Bedingfield. Denters was signed on Timberlake’s own record label Tennman Records. Last May, Denters’ debut album Outta Here was issued in Europe and preceded by the title track as the first single. So far, that track has reached the top ten in the Netherlands, UK and Hungary. Her biggest hit in the UK to date is the Chipmunk duet “Until You Were Gone,” which peaked at No.3 this April.
“Love Dealer” is yet to make any impact on the main U.S. chart, so far peaking outside the top 20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Written back in 2008 by Esmée Denters, Justin Timberlake and the production team Stargate, the song has also been recorded in a version featuring rapper Jay Sean.
The Swedish producer Jörgen Elofsson and the British singer Natasha Bedingfield have contributed to Jennifer Rush’s latest album Now Is the Hour. The second single “Echoes Love” could easily revive Cher’s career and is very similar to “Believe.” Unfortunately, the song has not stormed the charts and the album has only reached the top ten in Greece. Maybe we need Skavlan to include Jennifer Rush in his program in order to fuel the success.
Jennifer Rush’s biggest success to date is “The Power of Love,” a track the American German-based singer failed to break in the States. Instead, Céline Dion managed the trick as this was one of the biggest hits of 1993. The song was also made famous by late Laura Branigan.
What might come as a surprise to some of you is that the singer was born as Heidi Stern in Queens, New York. She changed her name to Jennifer Rush when she moved to West Germany in 1983.