CHART SPOTLIGHT. Thankfully, r&b singer Sean Kingston is expected to recover within weeks. A severe jet ski accident sent him to hospital earlier this week, where he is still recovering. According to New York Daily News, Kingston is awake in hospital, communicating with hand signals and facial guests. Swedish news daily Aftonbladet also highlights Justin Bieber’s support for the singer.
Née Kisean Anderson in 1990, the 21-year old Jamaican-American singer got his breakthrough in 2007 when he was signed by Tommy Rotem. He had discovered Sean Kingston on MySpace.
The 2007 debut single “Beautiful Girls” is built on the “Stand by Me” bass line and topped both the UK and US singles chart. It made No.2 in Sweden as well. He returned to the top ten back in 2009 with the help of the Swedish Lady Gaga producer RedOne. “Fire Burning” reached No.5 in the US, peaking at No.12 in the UK.
WelcheMusic hopes for a speedy recovery!
25-year old Bruno Mars holds on to the Billboard Hot 100 top spot for a fourth week in a row. Before breaking through as an artist, Mars had produced and written songs for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida’s No.1 hit “Right Round.” His “Just the Way You Are” has already topped the charts in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Holland and the UK. The track has so far reached No.6 in Sweden. In the US, the song has sold 1.697 million units since its release. His debut album Doo-Woops & Hooligans has already spawned a second hit – “The Lazy Song” debuts at this week’s No.82.
WelcheMusic looks forward to Taylor Swift’s upcoming album release Speak Now. The set follows Taylor Swift and Fearless, the latter a Billboard 200 album chart topper. Swift debuted back in 2006 with “Tim McGraw,” a top ten US Country hit. So far, her biggest US hit is “You Belong with Me” – a No.2 hit in 2008. Internationally, “Love Story” is considered her biggest hit. Back in August, “Mine” was a No.3 hit – the first track to be lifted off the Speak Now set. The title track vaults in at No.8 this week.
Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World)” rebounds 8-6 in its fifth week. Kanye West opens at No.12 with “Runaway,” one of his highest debuts ever. UK chart topper Cee Lo Green finally cracks the top 20 as “F**k You” moves 21-18 in its seventh week. P!nk is back on the chart with “Raise Your Glass,” which is lifted from her compilation Greatest Hits…So Far!!!.” The track had simultaneous releases on both radio and retail and immediately reached No.51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Every now and then, tracks appear on the charts that are sticky and you end up singing them when and where you least expect it. “Replay” has become a worldwide hit in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. As with many debutants these days, Iyaz was discovered on MySpace by none other than Sean Kingston. He’s known for another sticky hit – “Beautiful Girl,” a hit back in May 2007. “Replay” was produced by the same man behind Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say” and Leona Lewis’ “Better in Time” – J.R. Rotem. His breakthrough came in 2001 when he co-wrote and produced the track “Fancy” on Destiny’s Child’s Survivor album. Listen to the original version of “Replay” on the WelcheMusic vol.1 compilation and a Jason Nevins remix on vol.2.