Expect ‘Rumour Has It’ to become British singer-songwriter Adele’s next Hot 100 chart-topping single when it’s released later this month. ‘Turning Tables’ charted following its inclusion in Glee (where Gwyneth Paltrow performed it), yet it was never officially released as an Adele single in the US. A bit disappointing if you ask me, the track was issued as a single in Italy and the Netherlands for instance.
CHART SPOTLIGHT.Following years of decline, sales are finally spiking in the US. It’s headline news that the music industry’s sales are up according to USA Today. In total, sales were up 8.5% year-on-year according to a recent Nielsen SoundScan/Billboard report. Adele’s 21 sold 2.5m copies. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is the runner-up with 1.5m copies.
“Set Fire to the Rain” to Bow This Sunday
Adele is set to return to the UK singles chart this Sunday with “Set Fire to the Rain,” the third single off the 21 album. WelcheMusic has tracked a lot of buzz surrounding “Turning Tables,” a track co-written and by Ryan Tedder, which was performed on Glee by Gwyneth Paltrow.
“Set Fire to the Rain” follows “Someone Like You” which topped the singles tally in the UK earlier this year becoming Adele’s first No.1 in that country ever. While “Rolling in the Deep” peaked at No.2, the track topped the Hot 100 and is currently topping Billboard Songs of Summer Chart. “Set Fire to the Rain” was co-written by Fraser T. Smith who previously penned James Morrison’s “Broken Strings” and Tinchy Stryder’s “Number 1.” “Rain” has already been released as a second single in different parts of Europe. It was released as the third single this Monday in the UK and is expected to bow on Sunday’s singles tally. It has topped the singles tallies in Holland and Belgium. So far it has peaked at No.88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.21 on the UK singles tally. Adele performed the track live for the first time on April 29 on The Graham Norton Show.
Adele to Join the The Voice UK
Adele is also reported to one of the judges on the UK version of The Voice according to The List. The other two judges are Cee Lo Green and Cheryl Cole. Not confirmed yet. Digital Spyalso reports that the singer won’t release another album if she’s happy. The source also says that Adele is the first British artist to sell more than one million copies of a single album with 21, her second record. The set is the biggest selling album of 2011 in the US.
CHART REFLECTION.If you thought that Liza Minnelli’s rendition of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” in Sex and the City 2 was original, wait ‘til you here this one. Wing Han Tsang, (曾詠韓), has grown a worldwide fan-base with her special offbeat style. Originally from Hong Kong, Wing is now residing in New Zealand and began her career by entertaining patients at nursing homes and hospitals in the Auckland area. Further to receiving a grant from Manukau City Council, she issued her debut set “Musical Memories of Les Misèrables and The Phantom of the Opera.”
Wing Web-site is the Hub
Nurturing her music career, Wing’s fanbase has been retained via her web-site. Wing also sells her music via iTunes, CD Baby and of course Spotify where WelcheMusic found these tracks. The singer even had a South Park episode named after her in March 2005. To date, she has released eleven CDs.
Beyoncé Releases the New Album
Currently releasing her latest album 4, Set for release on June 24, Beyoncé made a rave performance on the Billboard Awards show with “Run the World (Girls).” A second single – “Best Thing I Ever Had” – has already been released. We look forward to “I Was Here” – an entirely new ballad written by Diane Warren and produced by Ryan Tedder (of “Bleeding Love” and OneRepublic fame)!
Her original “Single Ladies” was issued in October 2008 as a double lead A-single together with “If I Were a Boy.” It finally reached the No.1 spot in the US, on par with Diana Ross and Paula Abdul at the list of women with most Hot 100 chart-toppers.
Dance Routine from the ‘60s
The accompanying music video was actually inspired by the 1969 Bob Fosse dance routine Mexican Breakfast which was seen on the Ed Sullivan show. Critics have compared the track to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” as female empowerment songs. The track has also been included on many a TV shows, e.g. Cougar Town, CSI: Miami and Glee. In Sweden, “Single Ladies” peaked at No.40.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. This July sees the release of the new Colbie Caillat set All of You. The 25-year old singer songwriter hails from Malibu, California and got her breakthrough hit with “Bubbly” in 2007. It’s her biggest hit to date and the only track to reach the US top ten.
Grammy Duet with Jason Mraz
WelcheMusic has already covered the duet with Jason Mraz. Issued in 2009, “Lucky” received a Grammy nominee. It was included on Mraz’ set We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Commercially, the track peaked at No.48 on the Hot 100.
Lead Single “I Do” Already Chart Hit
Already, lead single “I Do” has charted. An upbeat folk pop song, the track has peaked at No.23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track was produced by Greg Wells (of Mika, Katy Perry and OneRepublic fame). Expect it to be followed by “Brighter than the Sun.” Two of the tracks on All of You was penned by pop songwriter Ryan Tedder. He’s the front man of OneRepublic and his writing credits includes “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis and “Halo” for Beyoncé. In addition, the album track “What If” was originally featured in the movie Letters to Juliet, featuring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave.
You can pre-order All of You at Amazon. The set contains 14 songs and was initially slated for release early May. Last year, Colbie Caillat performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo in honor of winner Liu Xiaobo.