With only one week left to the final of Melodifestivalen, we will soon know who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo this May. This week’s singles tally is, not unexpectedly, dominated by singles from the contest. Anna Bergendahl claims the top spot with the finalist entry “This Is My Life.”
The girl group Timoteij managed to oust Darin in the competition with “Kom,” and they also beat him on the singles tally. Timoteij trails Anna Bergendahl at No.2, while Darin enters at No.9 with “You’re Out of My Life.” Last week’s chart-topper Play falls back 1-5 with “Play,” while Lady Gaga remains at No.3 with “Bad Romance.” Brolle falls 2-7 with “Anything She Wants” and Donkeyboy’s “Ambitions” moves one notch to No.8.
UK No.1 Jason Derulo returns to the charts with “In My Head,” which enters at No.14. His “Whatcha Say” peaked at No.4 last fall. It’s also interesting to note that Timbaland and Katy Perry bows at No.58 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” It’s the second single to chart from Shock Value II, following the No.14 peak of “Morning After Dark.”
The Playtones remains at No.1 with Rock’n’Roll Dance Party while Sade remains at No.2 with Soldier of Love. The highest new entry comes from Sophie Zelmani, who is back on the charts after a two years hiatus with her ninth album I’m the Rain. Her biggest success to date is the 2008 set The Ocean and Me.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The female trio Play certainly managed to revive the career as the new single overtake the No.1 spot, climbing four places. “Famous” was the theme of the documentary (Made in Sweden) which follows the group’s way back to the spotlight.
WelcheMusic believes that they will need to look out for fierce competition as Brolle climbs 4-2 with “Anything She Wants.” The singer made his breakthrough in the talent show Popstars back in 2001 and has placed songs such as “Playing with Fire” and “Heartbreak City” on the charts. Swedish singer Nanne Grönwall returns to the chart with a new entry at No.4. “I natt är jag din” is the first entry since “Otacksamhet” reached No.2 last September. To date, she has managed to reach No.1 once with “Håll om mig” back in 2005.
‘“We Are the World 25: For Haiti” climbs 17-5 in its second week and Lazee’s charity single “Calling Out” continues its climb to No.7 in its third week. k.d. Lang’s “Hallelujah” has already managed to reach No.2 in Canada. Not that strange, since her performance at the Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver has fueled worldwide success. Currently struggling at No.61 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lang’s faired far better in Sweden where she scores her first real hit. The Leonard Cohen cover sits at No.12 and appears in the top 40 in Denmark and Norway as well.
David Guetta and Kid Cudi’s “Memories” enters at No.29. So far, both “When Love Takes Over” (with Kelly Rowland) and “Sexy Bitch” (with Akon) have reached No.2, while “How Soon Is Now” only managed reach No.52.
On the album chart, Peter Gabriel’s the highest new entry at No.5 with the cover album Scratch My Back. The only other newcomer comes from Owl City, whose Ocean Eyes enters at No.44. The biggest selling album in the country this week is the compilation album RIX FM 2010.
Donkeyboy makes it all the way this week as “Ambitions” claims the top spot on the Swedish singles chart. The track climbs 3-1 and pushes former chart-topper Owl City to No.3. Meanwhile, the album Caught in a Life races 16-6. Play returns to the charts this week with “Famous.” The group broke in the early 2000’s, and climbed the US charts with “Us Against the World.” Today, it has reformed thanks to the docu-soap Made in Sweden. A new career has been forged by demon producers Anders Bagge and Andreas Carlsson, and this week “Famous” is the highest new entry at No.5.
“We Are the World 25: For Haiti” debuts at No.17 this week, still ahead of Simon Cowell’s charity project Helping Haiti which moves 36-25 this week. Sade shoots to No.1 on the album chart with Soldier of Love.