Being the runner-up of X-Factor and losing the final to Joe McElderry, it seems as if Olly Murs was the successful one. Returning to No.1 with ‘Dance with Me Tonight,’ Murs has successfully placed two tracks off his latest album In Case You Didn’t Know atop of the UK singles chart.
Borrowing the style and coolness of ‘60s funk-pop, ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ doesn’t fit into the 2011 template of a typical hit. Quite a feat to knock the X Factor Finalists 2011 off the top, while fending off competition from Lloyd, Rihanna and Flo Rida.
And what happened to Joe McElderry? Following his No.1 hit with ‘The Climb,’ he managed to follow-up the success with a cover of Norwegian Donkeyboy’s ‘Ambitions.’ Joe McElderry’s rendition of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ is yet to chart despite yuletide.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. As previously reported, Westlife will split up. Headlining Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album in November as one of the new tracks, ‘Lighthouse’ is written by Gary Barlow and John Shanks. The track will become the group’s final single before disbanding. Barlow/Shanks also wrote Take That’s hit ‘Patience’ and it’s described as a typical Westlife ballad.
It has already been sent to radio for airplay, and #westlifelighthouse became a trending topic on Twitter after it was played on LincsFM with Eddie Shaw. John Shanks has produced all new tracks on the ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
CHART REFLECTION. Take That has premiered the new artwork of the new single “Kidz” which will be issued on Feb.21. The track is included on the latest album Progress and will feature a brand new track – “Rocket Ship” as the flip side. A hugely successful 2010, WelcheMusic recently wrote about Take That beating The Beatles in terms of online sales via Amazon. The group’s comeback album was the biggest selling album in the UK last year, reaching No.7 in Sweden. So far, the only track to chart in this country off the album is “The Flood” which peaked at No.24.
2010 CHART REWIND. Everybody knows that The Beatles was a hugely successful group. Sales of the groups back catalogue recently spiked following the availability on iTunes. But lo and behold, Take That has passed McCartney & co! At least, if base this on popularity on Amazon. According to a recent announcement by the e-tailer, Take That’s Progress has made the group Amazon’s top-selling artist of all time. WelcheMusic is pleased as long as Susan Boyle doesn’t surpass The Beatles.
Issued last November, Progress became the second fastest-selling album of all time behind Oasis 1997 set Be Here Now. The lead single – “The Flood” peaked at No.2 upon its release, while the second single “SOS” isn’t scheduled for release until February.