Chart Spotlight. The music site NPR Music streams the new album from The xx in its entirety. As reported by Music Week, the album is not scheduled for release until next Monday (Sept. 10). The group won a Mercury Prize Award for their debut album. Earli
According to the latest update of the pan-European iTunes songs charts, Loreen has a firm grip on several tallies across the region. Despite topping the UK tally earlier this week, ‘Euphoria’ has slipped. It is currently No.4 after Rudimental, fun. and Rihanna. Loreen has also lost the top position in Ireland to Flo Rida’s ‘Whistle.’ Another strong competitor is the Brazilian singer Gusttavo Lima, whose ‘Balada (Tchê tcherere tchê tchê)’ tops the tallies in the Netherlands and Switzwerland. Following the success of Michel Télo and Luan Santana, ‘Balada’ is a pop country track.
Supporting the pan-European success, Lorreen canceled an appearance in Jönköping earlier this week according to SvD.
Loreen’s Top Positions Across Europe
(Chart topper in brackets)
UK: 4 (Rudimental: Feel the Love)
Ireland: 2 (Flo Rida: Whistle)
Netherlands: 2 (Gusttavo Lima: 1.Balada (Tchê tcherere tchê tchê)
Portugal: 8 (Gotye: Somebody That I Used to Know)
Switzerland: 3 (Gusttavo Lima: 1.Balada (Tchê tcherere tchê tchê)
(Source: iTunes Store Top 10 Songs, updated 13.20 on 12-06-02).
Currently climbing the charts with Chris Brown on the remix version of ‘Birthday Cake,’ Rihanna will perform at the annual Peace and Love festival in Borlänge this summer. According to DN, this will be her only concert in Sweden this summer. The festival will be held between 26-30 June. Skrillex, Kent, Bloc Party, Turbonegro, Veronica Maggio and Lars Winnerbäck are other confirmed acts. A year ago, I wrote about Jay-Z’s participation at the festival at Peace and Love 2011.
Rihanna returned last year with “Talk That Talk,” which was preceded by the worldwide chart topper ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris). The follow-up ‘You Da One’ just missed the Hot 100 Top 10, while the title track is yet to reach the Top 30. ‘Talk That Talk’ will be released as a single in the UK mid-March.
In other news, Rihanna premiered a remix version of ‘Birthday Cake’ at the end of February. The track features Chris Brown and coincided with Rihanna’s 24th birthday. The original version was a 1:18 length interlude and was actually recorded at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in Denmark. I haven’t covered Rihanna properly since her collaboration with Nicki Minaj on ‘Fly’ last September.
The Wanted’s ‘Glad You Came’ takes a giant leap from 23 to 5 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, the highest peak ever for a UK boy band thanks to Glee performing it on their show. I first wrote about The Wanted in the blog post Boy Bands Return with a Vengeance as the UK Welcomes The Wanted in August 2010. Back then, I was convinced that master producer Steve Mac would succeed in putting yet another boy band on the map. I also wrote about ‘Glad You Came’ upon its release last July.
Fate never wanted Westlife and Boyzone to get US success
On the back of the likes of Westlife’s and Boyzone’s enormous success, fate never wanted them to become a Stateside story. Marrying The Wanted with Glee’s highly effective chart machine, ‘Glad You Came’ was featured in last week’s mid-season finale, headlined by the show’s Grant Gustin (as part of the show’s choir troupe the Warblers).
The Wanted sold 188,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough for the track to climb to No.3 on the Digital Songs chart. Glee’s cover also debuts on the chart, albeit lower (No.90 with 37,000 downloads sold).
The Wanted – Glad You Came
‘Glad You Came’ gets a 11% increase in radio listeners
In terms of airplay, ‘Glad You Came’ reached 45 million listeners (up 11%), reaching No.22 on the Radio Songs chart. It also broke into the top ten of the Pop Songs airplay chart, the mainstream top 40 being its base.
Written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett, ‘Glad You Came’ succeeded ‘Gold Forever,’ becoming the group’s second No.1 hit in the UK and first chart-topper in native Ireland. It will be included on the US edition of the group’s eponymous debut. In Europe, it is included on the sophomore album “Battleground.”
‘Warzone’ latest UK single hit
The Wanted’s last single to chart in the UK was ‘Warzone,’ which peaked just outside the top twenty in the UK (No.21). The group is reported to have recorded the duet ‘Jealousy’ with Rihanna, yet it was scrapped and will not be released. Rumors say that it will be re-recorded with another vocalist.
Back to the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ returned to the top spot, trailed by Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ and fun.’s ‘We Are Young.’ Last week’s chart-topper ‘Part of Me’ (by Katy Perry) falls to No.4.