CHART SPOTLIGHT. Make sure to check out the brand new remixes package on Spotify from Rihanna. The track which was first performed as a country song at the ACM Awards this April, has become a global hit. Lifted off the Loud set, “California King Bed” charted in Australia and New Zealand ahead of its release. To date, it has peaked at No.47 on the Hot 100, while reaching No.8 in the UK.
Rihanna has collaborated with remixers and producers such as Bimbo Jones, DJ Chus & Abel Ramos, and Bassjackers. You can choose the whole remix package as one playlist or listen to them individually via Spotify.
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. Britney Spears fans all over the world are trying to get their hands on coveted Femme Fatale tickets for the upcoming tour. Expect busy days for Ticketmaster when Britney goes on tour. Following her recent duet with Rihanna on “S&M,” a third track is issued from her latest set.
Produced by the Swedes Shellback and Max Martin, “I Wanna Go” has already bowed on the Hot 100 as a digital download track off Femme Fatale. WelcheMusic has already picked up on the similarities with the Eurovision entry Eric Saade’s “Popular,” but according to Digital Spy, the track was written 1.5 years ago.
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. Barbadian singer Rihanna makes a welcome return to the UK singles chart today as “California King Bed” bows at No.36. It follows “Man Down,” which was only sent to US radio earlier this month. Rihanna recently performed a country version together with Jennifer Nettles at an awards show (via Nettles and Rihanna).
The single is also used in a current NIVEA commercial, which also sponsors the singer’s tour. According to the Mo-am blog, Rihanna is only the fourth singer ever to rack up more than 1bn viewers on YouTube.
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CHART SPOTLIGHT. Don’t be surprised if the 58-year old crooner Michael Bolton returns to the charts with an r’n’b hit. Featured in a recent Saturday Night Live episode, Bolton joins The Lonely Island in a parody of The Pirates of the Caribbean dubbed as “Jack Sparrow.”
14-year Chart Hiatus
If “Jack Sparrow” should chart, this would bring Michael Bolton back to the Billboard Hot 100 after a 14-year old hiatus. Bloggers The Random and The Wrap were quick on highlighting this successful viral which tributes several of this summer’s blockbusters.
Despite releasing albums since 1975, Michael Bolton didn’t get his breakthrough until the late ‘80s. Interesting to note, his blockbuster hit “How Am I Supposed to Be without You” was actually written for Laura Branigan back in 1983. A No.12 hit in the US, Michael Bolton actually co-wrote the track which he re-recorded for his Soul Provider album in 1989.
Via his web-site Michael Bolton says “Jack Sparrow” ”was one of the highlights of my career and most memorable experiences of my life.” Last Sunday, the video attracted more than 4.3 million views on YouTube.
“Jack Sparrow” is included on the The Lonely Island’s latest album Turtleneck & Chain. It’s the sixth single to be lifted off the album, following the title track. The biggest hit to date off the set is “I Just Had Sex” which featured Akon on vocals.
The album also features collaborations from Beck, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and John Waters.
In Sweden, The Lonely Island peaked at No.2 with “I Just Had Sex.” Michael Bolton has had two top ten hits in Sweden. “How Am I Supposed to Live without You” and “How Can We Be Lovers?” in 1989.
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