As expected, charity constellation Helping Haiti easily grabs the UK No.1 position this week with the rendition of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” The track entered the Swedish singles chart at No.36. As previously reported, Simon Cowell has assembled Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle and Miley Cyrus among others to re-record the track to benefit the Haitian victims. Expect “We Are the World” to appear on European charts in due course.
This means that Owl City falls 1-2 with “Fireflies,” while Timbaland and Katy Perry remains at No.3 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” This is better than the No.6 peak of the previous hit “Morning After Dark.” The Drake collaboration “Say Something” hasn’t been released in the UK, while the Justin Timberlake duet “Carry Out” has reached No.33 on the UK r’n’b singles chart.
Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” moves 5-4 in its ninth week, switching places with the Glee Cast’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The stars of the highly succesful TV-series enters the chart at No.9 with the double-sided single “Halo” and “Walking on Sunshine” and at No.14 with “It’s My Life” coupled with “Confessions Part II.” Add that “Somebody to Love” falls seven places to No.33.
Rihanna rises 20-10 with “Rude Boy,” while Jedward’s novelty hit “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” falls 2-12. Sade is the highest new entry on the album chart at No.4. Soldier of Love was, however, unable to challenge Alicia Keys, André Rieu and Paolo Nutini who remains in the top three. Massive Attack’s new album Heligoland is new at No.6 and it’s interesting to note that pop act Peter Andre manages to climb 9-7 with Unconditional Love Songs, a romantic cover collection.
CHART ROUNDUP. Alicia Keys has finally made it to the top of the UK album chart with The Element of Freedom. The set knocked off Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up, but Alicia Keys’s trailed by the classical violinist André Rieu’s Forever Vienna, which moves 4-2. Rieu’s best known for creating an international revival in waltz music.
Corinne Bailey Rae has the highest new entry with The Sea. The set is the singer’s second album, following her eponymous debut back in 2006. “I’d Do It All Again” was released on Feb.1, but is yet to chart. Bailey Rae’s most famous for her “Put Your Records On” single, which was released almost exactly four years ago. Ke$ha enters at No.8 with Animal, while Peter Andre’s Unconditional Love Songs claims the N0.9 spot in its first week.
Hot Chip’s One Life Stand tops the dance album chart, Midlake’s The Courage of Others commands the indie album chart, Alicia Keys rules the r’n’b chart while Muse’s The Resistance is the No.1 rock album of the week.
Iyaz’ “Replay” bows on top of the UK singles charts, published yesterday. We’ve already covered Iyaz on this blog, and this success beats his No.2 position on the Billboard Hot 100 late last year. Dutch DJ Sidney Samson bows at No.2 with “Riverside,” a track that samples the voice of Tupac Shakur from his movie Juice. The song was initially issued in the Netherlands last spring, reaching No.8 on the Dutch singles chart. The UK release also features Wizard Sleeve on vocals and has been re-named to “Riverside (Let’s Go!).” 3OH!3’s “Starstrukk,” moves 6-3 with the help of Katy Perry. Florence + the Machine is on the rise as their rendition of “You’ve Got the Love” reaches a new peak at No.5 in its 34th week. WelcheMusic included Justin Bieber on the vol.2 compilation and he enters at No.14. Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” enters at No.35, while her duet with Jay-Z rebounds to No.18. Paolo Nutini remains at No.1 on the album chart with Sunny Side Up, with the help of a heavy discounted retail price. Florence + the Machine’s album Lungs moves 6-2, pushing Lady Gaga’s The Fame to No.3. The highest new entry comes from Elvis Presley’s compilation Elvis 75 at No.8.
Read the updated entry about Sidney Samson here.
It’s time for the second volume of the WelcheMusic compilation with up-coming hits. Many of the artists on the compilation have already gained exposure on the blog. Cheryl Cole’s duet with will.i.am, “3 Words,” is finally available in Sweden. Look out for Scottish rock act Biffy Clyro’s Radio 1 playlist hit “Many of Horror” that deserves lots of listenings. Also, Simian Mobile Disco has recorded the track Janet Jackson never got her hands of – “Cruel Intentions.” The Temper Trap is also back with the follow-up to last year’s hit “Sweet Disposition.” Don’t miss it! As a bonus, we’ve added Mad Muzik’s rendition of the Mad Men Theme as well as the Jason Nevin Club Mix of Iyaz “Replay.” Please also read the posts about Jay Sean, Muse and Black Eyed Peas.
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- Click here to download the WelcheMusic vo.1 playlist