Don’t Mess with Jackie Brown

CHART REFLECTION. This WelcheMusic musical rendezvous takes us to 1997 and the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Hot on the heels of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Tarantino returned with a movie that got just as much appreciation for its soundtrack as its many stars. Featuring cinema’s first female action star Pam Grier as Jackie Brown, the soundtrack was filled with music from the likes of Bobby Womack, Bill Withers and the Delfonics.

Grossing more than $70m, the movie was built on Elmore Leonard’s novel Rump Punch. The soundtrack peaked at No.73 on the Billboard 200, faring slightly better on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart where it reached No.28.

Street Life All the Way to the Mall


The scene above is illustrated with Randy Crawford’s “Street Life.” Pam Grier and Robert Forster is driving to the mall. Originally recorded by The Crusaders, with Crawford as the lead singer, the track topped the U.S. jazz charts for twenty weeks and was actually covered by Swingfly – famous for his Melodifestivalen participation – in the ‘90s.

Listen to Quentin Tarantino soundtracks (via Spotify):

Eric Saade’s Scandalous Russian Visit

CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to the Swedish news daily Aftonbladet,  Russian ESC entry Alexey Vorobyov accuses Eric Saade of plagiarism. An appearance on a Russian TV show was also cancelled. The 20-year old Swede is currently in Russia to promote “Popular.” The single returns to No.1 on the Swedish singles tally this week, knocking Jennifer Lopez off the top.

Lopez tops Swedish singles tally as Melodifestivalen fever fades

The 23-year old Alexey Vorobyov will compete with  the RedOne production “Get You” in the ESC this May. Russian fans claim that Saade stole both dance steps and the glass cage from Vorobyov’s appearance on the MTV Music Awards 2007.

Eric Saade claims that many artists uses glass on stage and rather admits being influenced by Michael Jackson rather than the Russian ESC singer. The TV show in question was Star Academy, an Idol-esque reality series. The producer felt that it was unpatriotic to feature Vorobyov’s rival on the show and cancelled Saade’s appearance.

Saade’s manager, Tomas Lingman, means that the Russians wanted to create a scandal, saying:

“This has turned to Eric’s advantage as most Russians didn’t even know about him. Cancelling the appearance has certainly made people aware of Eric Saade,” Lingman says.

WelcheMusic notes that only two of the Swedish Melodifestivalen entries remain in the top ten. Swingfly’s “Me and My Drum” sits at No.6.

Seven Out of Ten Top Entries from Melodifestivalen

CHART SPOTLIGHT. No less than seven of the top ten entries of this week’s Swedish singles tally comes from Melodifestivalen. Eric Saade is still leading the pack with “Popular,” still trailed by Danny Saucedo’s “In the Club.” Leapfrogging from 10-3, Swingfly’s “Me and My Drum” manages to beat Sara Varga’s (11-4) and The Moniker’s (15-5) entries. This mean that the whole top five consists of sole schlager entries.

WelcheMusic ranks the final results below with current peak positions in brackets.

  1. Eric Saade – Popular (1)
  2. Danny Saucedo –In the Club (2)
  3. The Moniker – Oh My God (5)
  4. Sanna Nielsen – I’m in Love (32)
  5. Swingfly – Me and My Drum (3)
  6. The Playtones – The King (34)
  7. Linda Bengtzing – E det fel på mig (15)
  8. Nicke Borg – Leaving Home (9)
  9. Sara Varga – Spring för livet (4)
  10. Brolle – 7 Days and 7 Nights (48)
  • Christian Walz – Like Suicide (30)
  • Linda Pritchard – Alive (31)
  • Love Generation – Dance Alone (26)

(Peak positions as of today.)

Eric Saade’s “Manboy” re-enters the tally at No.60. Britney Spears’ “Till the World Begins” is the highest new entry at No.23. The Playtones bows at No.34 with “The King.” The parent album Rock’n’roll Is King bows atop the album chart, knocking September’s Love CPR off the throne. Danny Saucedo’s album In the Club bows at No.3. Sanna Nielsen also achieves a top ten album position with I’m In Love.

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