Norwegian Stargate Produces Mariah Carey’s Oz Theme Almost Home

The Norwegian production team Stargate – Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen – has co-written and -produced the upcoming Mariah Carey single ‘Almost Home.’ Expect a video directed by David LaChapelle to direct the music video. Lifted off the soundtrack to Oz the Great and Powerful which is due next month,  the track follows ‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em)’ from August last year.

Collaborated on E=MC2 in 2008

It’s not the first time Stargate collaborates with Mariah Carey. Back in 2008, the duo contributed with two tracks on Carey’s album E=MC2. The album followed The Emancipation of Mimi and achieved worldwide sales of 2.5 million copies worldwide. Only one of the tracks were released as a single – ‘Bye Bye’ (April 2008). In addition, Carey also recorded the Stargate track ‘I’m That Chick.’ The track peaked at No.82 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart due to strong digital downloads, yet it was never released commercially.

Mariah Carey – Bye Bye

 Sole No.1 in Sweden

With more than 60 singles under her belt, Mariah Carey is yet to achieve a second No.1 hit in Sweden. To date, ‘Without You’ (1994) is her only No.1 in Sweden, spending eight weeks atop the chart. Included on the 1993 album Music Box, the track was  a global success, yet it only managed to peak at No.3 in her home country. Instead, both ‘Dreamlover and ‘Hero’ became Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Stargate Responsible for Rihanna Success

Stargate first rose to international fame with Ne-Yo’s ‘So Sick’ (2006). The duo had written and produced tracks for UK pop acts such as S Club 7, Samantha Mumba and Billie Piper. Moving to the US, recent hits includes e.g. ‘Take a Bow’ and ‘Rude Boy’ with Rihanna as well as ‘Irreplaceable’ with Beyoncé and ‘Black and Yellow’ with Wiz Khalifa.

So Is J-Lo Leaving Idol?

CHART REFLECTION. Imagine the past week at the Lopez-Anthony house. First there was the accidental nip slip on German television, when J-Lo was in Europe to promote her latest Love? album. Some say she might not return to American Idol next season. Why, you might ask. According to celeb mag In Touch, it’s Marc Anthony urging his wife “to spend more time with him and their children.” Then there’s the rumor saying that $12m isn’t enough compensation to sit at the judge’s table alongside Steven Tyler.

WelcheMusic closely monitors the career of Jennifer Lopez and posed the question if she would ever return to her former glory this March. It turned out to be more than true as she hasn’t been this hot in ages. Currently charting with “I’m Into You,” she does seem to have a bit of a challenge coping without Pitbull. While “On the Floor” managed to climb the top three, the former track peaked at No.72 on the Hot 100. Co-written by Taio Cruz, Lil Wayne and the Norwegian duo StarGate, this is certainly one of the best r’n’b tracks of the year.

We’re certainly looking forward to the next single and hope that Jennifer Lopez indeed returns to American Idol for another season.

Jennifer Lopez Just Did It

CHART SPOTLIGHT. This January, WelcheMusic posed the question ‘Would RedOne be able to reinvigorate Jennifer Lopez career?’A strenuous way back to the charts have been crowned with no less than two hits from the new album. “On the Floor” became a global crossover hit, yet “I’m Into You” is still to catch on in the US. To date, the track has only reached No.72 while it has peaked at No.9 in the UK.

Released this April, “I’m Into You” features Lil Wayne on a track co-written by Taio Cruz, Wayne and StarGate. Expect more tracks to be lifted from the album, not least the RedOne track “Papi.” While recent coverage has focused on J.Lo’s honeymoon tape which has triggered a bidding war, we will keep a close eye on the singer’s upcoming musical ventures.

Read the blog post RedOne+Jennifer Lopez=Lambada

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Depeche Mode Collaborates with Stargate on Remix Album

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Remember June 6th. Not since it’s the Sweden’s National Day, but the return of Depeche Mode. Remixes 2: 81-11 features a brand new remix of the group’s 1989 hit “Personal Jesus.” The multi-talented Norwegian Stargate album safely takes “Personal Jesus” to another level and it’s amazing that these are the same guys who produced Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” and Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?”

Throughout the years, the track has been covered by both Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson. Dubbed as “Personal Jesus ’11,” this will be the first single off the remix album. Other contributors includes Eric Prydz (“Never Let Me Down Again”), Röyksopp (“Puppets”) and Jacques Lu Cont (“A Pain That I’m Used To”).

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