CHART SPOTLIGHT. ‘Fly’ with Nicki Minaj and Rihanna is currently climbing the charts ahead of its October release. Produced by J.R. Rotem, the track is included on the album Pink Friday. This week it climbs to No.22 on the UK singles chart.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Mary J. Blige originally recorded the vocals for ‘Titanium,’ the latest UK top twenty hit from French DJ David Guetta. By the looks of it, Australian singer Sia ended up on the final version which bows at No.16 this week. Included on the upcoming set Nothing But the Beat (set for release on Aug. 26), the initial version featuring Blige was leaked recently. With lyrics saying ‘You shoot me down / But I won’t fall / I’m titanium,’ the track will certainly be successful on both radio and dancefloors.
CHART SPOTLIGHT.Don’t be surprised if the 58-year old crooner Michael Bolton returns to the charts with an r’n’b hit. Featured in a recent Saturday Night Live episode, Bolton joins The Lonely Island in a parody of The Pirates of the Caribbean dubbed as “Jack Sparrow.”
14-year Chart Hiatus
If “Jack Sparrow” should chart, this would bring Michael Bolton back to the Billboard Hot 100 after a 14-year old hiatus. Bloggers The Random and The Wrap were quick on highlighting this successful viral which tributes several of this summer’s blockbusters.
Despite releasing albums since 1975, Michael Bolton didn’t get his breakthrough until the late ‘80s. Interesting to note, his blockbuster hit “How Am I Supposed to Be without You” was actually written for Laura Branigan back in 1983. A No.12 hit in the US, Michael Bolton actually co-wrote the track which he re-recorded for his Soul Provider album in 1989.
Via his web-site Michael Bolton says “Jack Sparrow” ”was one of the highlights of my career and most memorable experiences of my life.” Last Sunday, the video attracted more than 4.3 million views on YouTube.
“Jack Sparrow” is included on the The Lonely Island’s latest album Turtleneck & Chain. It’s the sixth single to be lifted off the album, following the title track. The biggest hit to date off the set is “I Just Had Sex” which featured Akon on vocals.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. We absolutely love the new Nicki Minaj single “Girls Fall Like Dominoes.” Based on The Big Pink’s “Dominos,” the track is the sixth single off the rapper’s debut set Pink Friday. Another hit single is in the pipeline – “Where Dem Girls At,” a brand new David Guetta track which features Minaj and Flo Rida.
Hugely successful, the Pink Friday album features guests such as Eminem, Drake, will.iam and Kanye West. Last December WelceMusic reported on “Your Love,” one of the singles which sampled an Annie Lennox hit.
The music blog Digital Spy gave it a 4/5 rating saying that “less surprising is Queen Barbz’s use of hyperbole, sprinkled here over a boombastic beat and juttering synths courtesy of J-J-J-J.R Rotem, who confidently refreshes The Big Pink’s 2009 hit ‘Dominos’ to give it a youthful glean that would make Joan Rivers’s plastic surgeon proud.”
Quick guide to Nicki Minaj singles from Pink Friday, via Wikipedia:
Right Thru Me
Did It On ‘Em
Moment 4 Life
Girls Fall Like Dominoes
Her most popular hit to date according to Last.fm is “Massive Attack,” her first single ever which was not included on her album.