CHART SPOTLIGHT. Be it that 50 Cent intentionally leaked his own single “Outlaw,” now it’s out via ordinary channels such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. The track is yet to appear on any mainstream charts.
The 36-year old rapper, née Curtis Jackson hails from South Jamaica, a neighborhood in NYC’s Queens. At twelve, he began dealing with drugs during the 1980s crack epidemic. The rapper’s unofficial debut album was Power of the Dollar from 2000. It was followed by the compilation album Guess Who’s Back (2002), which caught the eyes of Eminemand Dr. Dre. They helped 50 Cent’s major breakthrough Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to come true in 2003. The set included singles such as the US No.1 s “In Da Club,” “21 Questions” and “Wanksta.”
According to Hip Hop Music Dotcom, 50 Cent masterminded the leak of his own when “Outlaw” bowed earlier this June. The rapper felt that his record label Aftermath/Interscope was delaying the process. MuzikDailystill thinks the man is relevant in the game…plus he’s one hell of a business man and is worth about 400 Mill… Hopefully, EW Music Mixfind the new material better than 50 Cent’s 2009 album Before I Self Destruct calling it his worst album ever.
Despite not releasing any material on his own, 50 Cent has frequently collaborated on other productions. Last year he collaborated with Jeremih on “Down on Me,” and earlier this year the rapper added two guest verses on ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger’s “Right Here.” It was adapted for the US market as the lead single off Scherzinger’s album Killer Love. The song premiered on American Idol.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The new hit single “Coconut Tree” leapfrogs the Swedish singles tally moving 44-10 in its second week. Performed by Swedish-Congolese R&B singer-songwriter Mohombi, the track features Nicole Scherzinger on guest vocals.
Mohombi is the first artist to be signed to producer RedOne’s own label, the singer has already released three singles. The debut hit “Bumpy Ride” charted across Europe, topping the Dutch singles chart. The track peaked at No.6. “Miss Me” featured US rapper Nelly, while Mohombi collaborated with Akon on “Dirty Situation.” The four singles are all included on the debut album MoveMeant.
A demo of the track was recorded by Keri Hilson and Timbaland, but it wasn’t officially released.
Pussycat Dolls managed to place two hits at No.1 – “Don’t Cha” and “StickWitU.” Yesterday saw the release of Scherzinger’s debut album Killer Love, which had already rendered two singles. The Enrique Iglesias collaboration “Heartbeat” peaked at No.8, while “Poison” reached No.3.
Back to the Swedes. Rami Yacoub is no stranger to chart success. In 1998, he co-wrote “…Baby One More Time” with Max Martin. Rami has produced artists such as Backstreet Boys, Céline Dion and Enrique Iglesias. Carl Falk has worked with artists such as The Wanted, Jennifer Rush, Nick Carter and Westlife.