CHART SPOTLIGHT. This July sees the release of the new Colbie Caillat set All of You. The 25-year old singer songwriter hails from Malibu, California and got her breakthrough hit with “Bubbly” in 2007. It’s her biggest hit to date and the only track to reach the US top ten.
Grammy Duet with Jason Mraz
WelcheMusic has already covered the duet with Jason Mraz. Issued in 2009, “Lucky” received a Grammy nominee. It was included on Mraz’ set We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Commercially, the track peaked at No.48 on the Hot 100.
Lead Single “I Do” Already Chart Hit
Already, lead single “I Do” has charted. An upbeat folk pop song, the track has peaked at No.23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track was produced by Greg Wells (of Mika, Katy Perry and OneRepublic fame). Expect it to be followed by “Brighter than the Sun.” Two of the tracks on All of You was penned by pop songwriter Ryan Tedder. He’s the front man of OneRepublic and his writing credits includes “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis and “Halo” for Beyoncé. In addition, the album track “What If” was originally featured in the movie Letters to Juliet, featuring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave.
You can pre-order All of You at Amazon. The set contains 14 songs and was initially slated for release early May. Last year, Colbie Caillat performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo in honor of winner Liu Xiaobo.
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CHART REFLECTION. The L.A. based Asian American electro hop quartet Far East Movement is set follow-up the UK No.4 hit “Like a G6.” Featuring Ryan Tedder as guest vocalist, “Rocketeer” has already managed to peak at No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The track is lifted off the debut set Free Wired (which peaked at No.24 in the US) and is produced by the two teams The Smeezingtons and Stereotypes. It so happens that the track was later sampled by Justin Bieber on “Somebody to Love” which was also produced by Stereotypes.
Although Bruno Mars actually co-wrote the track, it’s Ryan Tedder who sings the vocals. He’s the frontman of OneRepublic (most famous for “Apologize” w/Timbaland), but also a prolific songwriter. In 2008, he wrote “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis.
Far East Movement has also burnt the dancefloors in the UK with Roger Sanchez with “2Gether.” Sampling B-52s “Love Shack,” the track is also set for digital release later this spring.
In Sweden, Far East Movement peaked at No.7 with “Like a G6.” The track featured DEV and The Cataracs. “Rocketeer” is currently sitting at No.14 in the US. According to Last.FM, one of the most popular tracks is “Girls on the Dance Floor” (featuring the Stereotypes). WelcheMusic wouldn’t be surprised if this will be the next single.
Update 02-21: Far East Movement’s “Rocketeer” bowed at No.14 on Sunday’s UK singles tally.
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 Asian/American electro hop group Far*East Movement knocks Rihanna off the top spot in the U.S. as “Like a G6” returns to No.1. The track topped the chart two weeks ago, but had to surrender to Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.” Last week, Rihanna and Drake vaulted 60-1 with “What’s My Name?,” but they fall to No.7 this week. According to Billboard, such a drop from the top spot hasn’t occurred since Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us.”
Far*East Movement appears on several chart tallies worldwide – the track has topped the charts in Belgium and New Zealand having peaked at No.2 in Australia. It bows at No.51 in the UK this week, and is currently sitting at No.45 on the UK radio airplay chart. Without airplay support, the single has little chance to make any dent on the UK charts.
Expect to see the follow-up race up the chart anytime soon. “Rocketeer” features OneRepublic’s singer Ryan Tedder who sang the vocals on Timbaland’s “Apologize.” Far*East Movement’s current album – Free Wired – also features a contribution from DJ/producer Roger Sanchez whose track “2Gether” concludes the album.