Dance with Me Tonight Unexpected UK No.1

Olly Murs
Olly Murs

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.

‘Dance with Me Tonight’ is co-written by Murs, Claude Kelly (of Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Kelly Clarkson fame) and Steve Robson (who co-wrote Take That’s ‘Shine’).

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.

On a final note, I’ve re-visited an old blog post. Last November, Olly Murs struggled with his career and fell out with his brother. Times change!

Listen to ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ via Spotify!

Why Dana International Missed the Final

Dana International
Dana International

CHART REFLECTION. Unfortunately, Dana International missed out on tonight’s final as “Ding Dong” was eliminated from Thursday’s semi-final. Looking back at Dana International’s 1998 winner “Diva,” WelcheMusic’s research reveals just how the points were allotted back then. The singer got her highest scores (10’s or 12’s) from countries that either competed in this year’s first semi-final or qualified directly. Therefore, none of those fans were allowed to vote on Thursday.

Another pattern in 1998 was that the farther east the countries were located, the less points were awarded Dana International. The majority of voters came from the Eastern bloc. So, with that in mind it might not have been a surprise that “Ding Dong” didn’t score so many points – most of her fans couldn’t even vote for her on Thursday!

“Diva” Second Schlager Entry for Dana International

Née Yaron Cohn in 1972, the 39-year old singer Dana International (in Hebrew: אינטרנשיונל) got her international breakthrough back in 1998 when she won the ESC final with “Diva.” The single peaked at No.3 in Sweden, one of the most successful chart runs in any country.  Haven tried a few years earlier, Dana Internaional came second in the Israeli contest with “Layla Tov, Eropa” (1995).

WelcheMusic thinks the performance on Thursday was smashing – not least because of the Gaultier dress worn! Watch the new video via Wiwiblog!


Whitney Houston Satire Breakthrough Single

Recently Dana International was the judge of Israeli Idol, Kokhav Nolad. Few might now that her debut single was a satirical version of Whitney Houston’s “My Name Is Not Susan” titled “My Name Is Not Saida.”

The Jerusalem Post simply says that Isreal missed out on the chance of winning, while Jewish Cronical Online highlights that Jewish singer Anthony Costa will perform as part of Blue tonight.

Keri Hilson Does Not Allow Boys

WelcheMusic looks forward to the upcoming Keri Hilson album “No Boys Allowed” to bow on Dec.21 via Mosley Music and Zone 4 Records. The set features tracks produced by names such as Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Danja (Nelly Furtado, Whitney Houston) and Jerry Duplessis (Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys).  Two tracks have already surfaced ahead of the release.  This September, Hilson issued “Breaking Point” which re-united her with Timbaland. The single was issued as a digital download peaking at the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No.44.

“Breaking Point” was followed by “Pretty Girl Rock,” which peaked at No.72 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also made the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at No.40. An official remix is available with contributions from Kanye West. “Pretty Girl Rock” was produced by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony.

Hopefully, the album release will spark some fire into Keri Hilson’s career. Her last album In a Perfect World… was preceded by no less than three Billboard Hot 100 hits, including the No.3 hit “Knock You Down” (featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo). Last year, Keri Hilson recorded “I Like” as part of the soundtrack to the German movie Zweiohrküken (Chicken with Two Ears). The song became her biggest hit ever in Germany, reaching No.1 in December last year. The song also reached the UK Top 40 following the TV adverts for 90210 in April this year.

Despite not being officially released as a single, a video was made for “Make Love” featuring Kanye West as Hilson’s love interest.  According to Last.FM, the most popular tune from Keri Hilson is “Knock You Down” followed by “Energy” and “I Like.”

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Flashback: The Story Behind C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat”

CHART REWIND. WelcheMusic takes a trip down memory lane and honors C+C Music Factory in this blog post. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was initially released back in 1990, but didn’t break until 1991. It eventually became a Billboard Hot 100 No.1, and reached the top spot in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The track peaked at No.5 in Sweden.


The men behind the C’s were actually producers David Cole and Robert Clivillés. Little did they know about the controversy that they were going to cause. Vocalist Martha Wash was replaced in the video by Zelma Davis. Let’s just say that one looks like a supermodel, the other doesn’t. Wash was one of the members of The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”) and this wasn’t the first time she was replaced by a model. Back in 1989, Italian Katherine Quinol fronted Black Box on hits such as “Everybody Everybody” and “I Don’t Know Anybody Else.” It’s important to stress that she did not sing the vocals on “Ride on Time,” which was based on Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation.”


“Gonna Make you Sweat” did not only launched the career of C+C Music Factory, it also made the producers the talk of the town. In 1992, the team produced Whitney Houston’s Chaka Khan cover “I’m Every Woman” from The Bodyguard and they also produced Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need a Friend” and “Now that I Know.” Throughout their career they produced artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Deborah Cooper.

The track was followed by “Here We Go (Let’s Rock’N’Roll)” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Sadly, David Cole passed away in 1995, only 32 years old. Cole’s death inspired Mariah Carey to record “One Sweet Day” with soul group Boyz II Men.

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