Peter, Bjorn and John Recognized on the Streets of NYC

CHART REWIND. When Peter, Bjorn and John were being recognized on the streets of New York City, they knew that they made it. “It just escalated,” says member Björn Yttling in an interview with news daily Expressen.

A WelcheMusic favourite also known as “the whistling song,” the Peter, Bjorn and John 2006 hit “Young Folks” have been heavily used in several hit series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl and Melrose Place. The song was ranked as the fifth best hit of 2006 by Pitchfork Media.

“It sells between 5 000 and 7 000 downloads per week in the US alone. A welcome income that will be enough to support them the next coming years. We should be pleased about that,” Björn Yttling says.


The track (which features Victoria Bergsman on vocals)  is included on the album Writer’s Block. In the UK, “Young Folks” initially peaked at No.33 (2006), finally peaking at No.13 when it was re-released in 2007.

Consequently, Peter Bjorn and John is bigger in the US than Sweden. Being recognized on the streets and performing at the largest venue on the Coachella festival proves that. Their sixth album Gimme Some is slated for release on Mar.30. The group has already opened for Depeche Mode and declined to tour with The Killers as they couldn’t make the time.

A successful producer, Björn Yttling has also worked with Robyn, Lykke Li and Moneybrother.

Will Morning Glory Open for International Bedingfield Release

CHART REFLECTION. Haven just seen Morning Glory, one of definitive highlights is Natasha Bedingfield’s “Strip Me.” Lifted off the album with the same name, Bedingfield is yet to release it outside Canada and the U.S. The below video was remade due to its inclusion in the movie, including footage with Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.


“Strip Me” is co-written and produced by Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic’s front man. Tedder also wrote and produced Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love.” Released in September 2010, the song peaked at No.79 on iTunes while only managing to reach No.91 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its highest peak so far is the US Adult Pop Songs chart where it climbed to No.23.


Despite not being officially released as a single, “Weightless” is one of the most popular tracks off the album. The Swede Kleerup (famous for the Robyn collaboration “With Every Heartbeat”) wrote/produced “Break Thru.”

English pop singer Natasha Bedingfield got her breakthrough in 2004 with Unwritten, which included the debut hit “Single.” Bedingfield followed the set with N.B. which was later re-named Pocketful of Sunshine for the North American market. The latter included the two songs “Pocketful of Sunshine” and “Angel” which was only available in the States.

In Sweden, her biggest hit to date is “These Words” which peaked at No.5 in 2004. Her only album to date was Unwritten, which peaked at No.14.

Robyn and Fleet Foxes Headline Way Out West

CHART REFLECTION. WelcheMusic is happy to say that Robyn and Fleet Foxes will make a welcome return to the music festival Way Out West this summer.  The event will take place on August 11-13th in Gothenburg. Tickets went on sale this week. Despite festivals facing severe challenges, Way Out West has been sold out every year since  it bowed in 2007.

The Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes made its debut in 2008, the very same year they performed at the festival. Expectations will likely rise ahead of this year’s appearance as the group will issue its second album this spring. Joel Borg from the group’s promoter Luger says to news daily that “Fleet Foxes is an incredibly important act for Way Out West. It was really fun that we were quick to pick up the act in 2008. And they will return to the [Way Out West] festival as a recognized, experienced act that the critics love. The interest will be really great further to the new  release this spring.”

Fleet Foxes’ eponymous debut peaked at No.16 in Sweden upon its release in June 2008, managing to climb to No.3 in the UK. Pitchfork Media, The Times, Billboard and Mojo all named it best album of the year ’08.

Robyn Picks Up Swedish Grammy Awards

Robyn performed at the festival back in 2009. The singer had a successful week, picking up no less than three Grammy awards in Sweden on Tuesday.  Body Talk was the album of the year while “Dancing on My Own” was awarded Song of the Year. She also picked up the composer of the year award with song-writer Klas Åhlund, whom she wrote several of the tracks with. Robyn was nominated in a total of seven categories. Her latest hit “Indestructable” remains at No.7 on the Swedish singles tally this week in its 12th week. Her three Body Talk may all be found in the top ten of the album chart.

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…But Robyn Is Omitted from Fredrik Strage’s Year-End-Tally

2010 CHART REWIND. According to one of Sweden’s leading music critics Fredrik Strage, Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” is omitted since he doesn’t want to overplay it. He admits that it is his favorite track of the year, but has decided to take  a break.

Via his blog, Strage shares this year’s best acts in a single Spotify playlist. Kanye West’s “Monster,” tops the tally – coincidentally the music video which WelcheMusic reported leaked yesterday.

Fredrik Strage’s 21×2010

Listen to it via Spotify

1. Kanye West featuring Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Bon Iver, “Monster”

2. Salem, “Sick”

3. Crystal Castles, “Baptism”

4. Scissor Sister, “Invisible light”

5. Anna von Hausswolff, “Pills”

6. Kite, “Johnny boy”

7. Kvelertak, “Mjöd”

8. JJ, “Let go”

9. BoB feat Hayley Williams & Eminem, “Airplanes part II”

10. The Hundred In The Hands, “Commotion”

11. White Ring, “Suffocation”

12. Ghost, “Ritual”

13. Lil Jon & Travis Porter, “Fall out”

14. Damian Marley & Nas, “As we enter”

15. Waka Flocka Flame, “Hard in da paint”

16. oOoOO, “Seaww”

17. Me And My Army, “Me and my army”

18. LCD Soundsystem, “I can change”

19. Electric Wizard, “Night child”

20. MIA, “Tell me why”

21. Robyn, “Dancehall queen”

Read Fredrik Strage’s blog

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