Did Aqua Just Go Britney Spears On Us?


CHART SPOTLIGHT. So, did we just listen to a new Britney track or was it…Aqua? Check out the latest single from the Danish-Norwegian pop act to be released on Monday 14th March. “How R U Doin’” sounds like a close relative of “Hold It AgainstMe” and the eurodance is long gone. Almost eleven years have passed since the last album Aquarius was released. The group split up in 2001, only to be reunited in 2008 for a tour. Two years ago, a greatest hits album was issued including three new songs.

The group got its breakthrough in 1997 with “Barbie Girl.”Note that it wasn’t Aqua’s first single. In 1996, “Roses Are Red” became a pan-Nordic hit. A WelcheMusic favorite, “Turn Back Time” (1998) topped the UK singles chart and footage from the Gwyneth Paltrow flick Sliding Doors was featured in the video. The track sampled Pet Shop Boys’ 1988 hit “Heart.”

Erik Grönwall Commands Both Singles and Album Chart in Sweden

In Sweden, Idol winner Erik Grönwall remains atop of the singles chart for a second week with “Higher.” The final chart of the year shows little change as Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Darin’s “Viva la vida” remain at No.2 and No.3. Coincidentally, Pet Shop Boys enters the chart at No.32 with another cover of the Coldplay hit. The track is included on the duo’s Christmas EP, headed by the track “It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas.” On PSB’s new version, “Viva la vida” is mixed with “Domino Dancing.”

Pet Shop Boys – Viva la vida (Domino Dancing)

The Black Eyed Peas spends its 20th week on the chart with “I Gotta Feeling.” Spotify recently announced that this was the most streamed track in 2008. Idol runner-up Calle Kristiansson won an album deal as well, and his live cover version of the Marc Cohn classic “Walking in Memphis” moves 7-5.

Alicia Keys has three tracks on the singles chart this week. The Jay-Z duet “Empire State of Mind” falls 10-11, while “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” vaults 32-19.  “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” enters the chart at No.59.

As expected, Erik Grönwall’s debut album Erik Grönwall immediately enters the No.1 position. The Priests are pushed back 1-3, while Melody Gardot remains at No.2 with My One and Only ThrillPeter Jöback’s Xmas set Jag kommer hem igen till jul tops the midprice chart, followed by Il Divo’s The Christmas Collection.

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