CHART SPOTLIGHT. We’ve kept a close eye on Nicole Scherzinger. The ex-Pussycat Dolls singer can look back on a successful 2011. Only this March, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” made it to No.1 in the UK and now she returns with 50 Cent on a re-worked version of “Right There.” The track was recently performed on American Idol.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The two Swedish producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk take ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger to the top of the UK singles chart this week. “Don’t Hold Your Breath” is Scherzinger’s 16th hit. According to Music Week, all of them were Top 20 hits.
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.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. UK radio programmers have embraced Roxette as “She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)” achieves Top 40 status in its first week. The new single bows at No.32 on the UK Radio Airplay Chart this week with an audience reach of 20.85m people.
In addition, Roxette bows at No.4 on the Pre-Release chart which count downs the most popular tracks ahead of their commercial release. That chart is topped by The Wanted’s “Gold Forever,” which WelcheMusic predicts will bow atop of the singles chart come Sunday.
The Wanted is followed by Eliza Doolittle’s latest “Mr Medicine” and Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger’s “Don’t Hold Your Breath.” Roxette manages to beat Taylor Swift and even Jennifer Lopez’ “On the Floor.”
This hopefully will bed for a comeback to the singles tally, where Roxette hasn’t been present since 2005. The duo peaked at No.18 in a remix of “Fading Like a Flower” credited Dancing DJ’s vs. Roxette.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Brazilian-born UK rapper Aggro Santos bows at No.8 on Sunday’s UK singles tally with “Like U Like.” Née Yuri Santos in October 1988, this young rapper first debuted early 2010 when “Candy” peaked at No.5. It featured ex-Pussycat Dolls member Kimberly Wyatt and spent nine weeks in the top twenty.
“Like U Like” is written by Santos himself together with the boy band wizards Steve Mac and Wayne Hector. The track will be the first to be released across Europe and Australia. The Girls Aloud member Kimberly Walsh is featured as guest vocalist. To date, the track has also charted at No.17 in Ireland. Last year, Aggro Santos participated in Britain’s Got Talent, ending up at sixth place.