CHART SPOTLIGHT. The US songwriting team The Smeezingtons hardly pass for lazy as it beat Adele on Music Week’s tally of the top Q1 songwriters in the UK. Following “Grenade,” the latest production for Bruno Mars is titled “The Lazy Song.”
Bruno Mars Takes Doo Wops & Hooligans to the Top
Taken off the set Doo-Wops & Hooligans, it’s the latest string of hits from Mars. The Smeezingtons also produce Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” and Mars’ “Just the Way You Are (Amazing).”
Cee-Lo Green Reaches New Peak with “F**k You”
The track will be released as a single on May 9 in the UK, but has already peaked at No.15 based on downloads. The hit peaked at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
CHART REFLECTION. The L.A. based Asian American electro hop quartet Far East Movement is set follow-up the UK No.4 hit “Like a G6.” Featuring Ryan Tedder as guest vocalist, “Rocketeer” has already managed to peak at No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The track is lifted off the debut set Free Wired (which peaked at No.24 in the US) and is produced by the two teams The Smeezingtons and Stereotypes. It so happens that the track was later sampled by Justin Bieber on “Somebody to Love” which was also produced by Stereotypes.
Although Bruno Mars actually co-wrote the track, it’s Ryan Tedder who sings the vocals. He’s the frontman of OneRepublic (most famous for “Apologize” w/Timbaland), but also a prolific songwriter. In 2008, he wrote “Bleeding Love” for Leona Lewis.
Far East Movement has also burnt the dancefloors in the UK with Roger Sanchez with “2Gether.” Sampling B-52s “Love Shack,” the track is also set for digital release later this spring.
In Sweden, Far East Movement peaked at No.7 with “Like a G6.” The track featured DEV and The Cataracs. “Rocketeer” is currently sitting at No.14 in the US. According to Last.FM, one of the most popular tracks is “Girls on the Dance Floor” (featuring the Stereotypes). WelcheMusic wouldn’t be surprised if this will be the next single.
Update 02-21: Far East Movement’s “Rocketeer” bowed at No.14 on Sunday’s UK singles tally.