Rihanna to Peace and Love

Rihanna to perform at Peace and Love
Rihanna currently climbs the charts with Birthday Cake

Currently climbing the charts with Chris Brown on the remix version of ‘Birthday Cake,’ Rihanna will perform at the annual Peace and Love festival in Borlänge this summer. According to DN, this will be her only concert in Sweden this summer. The festival will be held between 26-30 June. Skrillex, Kent, Bloc Party, Turbonegro, Veronica Maggio and Lars Winnerbäck are other confirmed acts. A year ago, I wrote about Jay-Z’s participation at the festival at Peace and Love 2011.

Rihanna returned last year with “Talk That Talk,” which was preceded by the worldwide chart topper ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris). The follow-up ‘You Da One’ just missed the Hot 100 Top 10, while the title track is yet to reach the Top 30. ‘Talk That Talk’ will be released as a single in the UK mid-March.

In other news, Rihanna premiered a remix version of ‘Birthday Cake’ at the end of February. The track features Chris Brown and coincided with Rihanna’s 24th birthday. The original version was a 1:18 length interlude and was actually recorded at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in Denmark. I haven’t covered Rihanna properly since her collaboration with Nicki Minaj on ‘Fly’ last September.

Heated Sex Debate Divides Sweden

CHART REFLECTION. A heated debate has sparked in Sweden, following the most recent addition of the popular program Allsång på Skansen. With approximately 1.6 million viewers, the music program which is hosted by pop singer Måns Zelmerlöw featured two of this year’s most popular Swedish artists Eric Amarillo and Veronica Maggio.

Sex Controversy

So, what’s the fuss all about? Sex. Sex. And a little bit more sex. Eric Amarillo spent six wix atop the singles tally in May-June with his infectious “Om sanningen ska fram.” In English, the song says “Seriously, would you lay with me” exemplifying all kinds of sacrifices a man can do for sex. Veronica Maggio’s “Jag kommer” (I’m coming) entered the singles chart in February, yet it didn’t reach the summit until May.  It sits at No.4 on last week’s chart and covers where and how a woman can reach her climax.

Both songs have been frequently played on radio and while the lyrics might be daring, this heated debate was only heated when these artists appeared on Allsång på Skansen. According to an online poll made by leading news daily Aftonbladet, Sweden is divided. 50 percent voted against the two artists’ participation, while the other 50 percent voted for.

Ricky Martin Set the Record

As children were singing to these tunes in the audience, many viewers feared that this was far from prudent. Eric Amarillo admits that he is used to a mature audience having performed on night clubs and discos. While Veronica Maggio doesn’t really touch on the subject, only hints.

25,000 people had joined the show at Skansen which is situated at central Stockholm. The record is 32,000 people set by Ricky Martin in 2001.

Lopez Tops Swedish Singles Tally as Melodifestivalen Fever Fades

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Following the Melodifestivalen frenzy, the Swedish singles tally slowly comes back “to normal.” Eric Saade’s “Popular” is replaced by Jennifer Lopez’ “On the Floor,” her first ever No.1 in this country.

Lady Gaga moves 6-3 with “Born this Way” in its eighth week, at close distance of beating her No.2 debut. A WelcheMusic favorite, Swedish singer Veronica Maggio matches her No.4 peak of “Jag kommer” which continues to climb after falling out of the top ten a few weeks ago.

Following the debut of her new music video, Britney Spears takes a leap from 28-13 with “Till the World Ends.” Her former hit “Hold It Against Me” spends a 12th week on the tally, moving 40-33. Her new set Femme Fatale unfortunately makes a 5-7 drop in its second week on the album chart.

A year ago, Eric Saade topped the singles chart with “Manboy” while Rolandz topped the album chart with Jajamen.


Lady Gaga Most Shared on Facebook

CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to the new music service Viral Music List, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is the most shared Spotify track during the last 24hrs. Viral Music List’s search engine keeps track of which artists, albums and tracks that people are sharing on Facebook. It’s a really cool service, which is automatically updated. Veronica Maggio’s latest single “Jag kommer” actually beats Gaga in becoming the most shared track the past 7 days, but does still not appear on the time tally where Eminem and Rihanna is atop with “Love the Way You Lie.” WelcheMusic likes :).

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