A UK No.2 hit is the biggest selling single of 2010 – so far. Eminem’s duet with Rihanna only made it to the runner-up spot and falls to No.11 in its 15th week. Trailing Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup’s “We No Speak Americano” this summer, the rapper never managed to reach the top. But in the long run, “Love the Way You Lie” has grown to become the biggest selling hit of the year.
This is the UK year to date singles chart per 04/10/2010
1. Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie (2/1)
2. Owl City – Fireflies (1/1)
3. Usher feat. will.i.am – OMG (1/1)
4. Helping Haiti – Everybody Hurts (1/-)
5. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (1/1)
The chart positions in brackets denotes UK and US peak positions.
Robyn holds forte on the Swedish singles chart for a second week running with “Dancing on My Own.” The track has spent nine weeks on the chart and removed Ola from pole position last week. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP holds at No.2, trailed by Shakira who moves 5-3 with her Soccer World Cup Song. Eminem/Rihanna reach a new peak as “Love the Way You Lie” climbs to No.4. The chart is slow, apart from the fact that Ola quickly loses ground on the chart. His “Overdrive” was No.1 two weeks ago, fell to No.9 last week and ends up at No.54 this week.
Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” is the highest new entry at No.54, which also welcomes new entries from Katy Perry (No.33), The Lab Wizard (No.42) and Alexandra Burke (No.57).
- Listen to Usher’s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” here.
- Listen to Alexandra Burke’s “All Night Long” (feat. Pitbull) here.
- Listen to Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” here.
- Listen to Ola’s “Overdrive” here.
CHARTS SPOTLIGHT. Who said boy bands were out of fashion? The British boy band The Wanted debuted atop the UK singles chart on Sunday with the help of producer Steve Mac, who certainly knows the genre. The debut hit “All Time Low” has already been a Top 20 airplay hit in the UK and reached No.19 in Ireland upon its release. In true boy band style, the group was formed through massive auditioning.
The physical CD single features a rendition of Cheryl Cole’s “Fight for this Love.” This means that The Wanted knocks Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP off the No.1 spot. Expect the track “Heart Vacancy” as the follow-up single.
Steve Mac debuted as a producer in the early ‘90s, producing artists such as Chad Jackson, Nomad, Undercover and Lindy Layton. His boy band list of merits began with the German group Caught In The Act, whom Mac produced a string of hits from 1993-1996. Come 1996 and the introduction of Boyzone, with lead vocalist Ronan Keating.
In 1999, Steve Mac launched another Irish boy band together with Ronan Keating – Westlife. Throughout the ‘00s, Mac produced a string of hits for both bands – including No.1 hits such as “Flying without Wings” and “Queen of My Heart.”
CHART SPOTLIGHT. Née Agnes Emilia Carlsson in 1988, this 23-year old singer got her breakthrough in the Swedish edition of Idol back in 2005. Her international breakthrough came with “Release Me,” which made the UK top three as well as topping the Billboard dance chart.
Agnes latest studio album Dance Love Pop was originally released in 2008 and resulted in no less than five singles. “I Need You Know” was the second single off the set in the UK and was released in a remix. The song premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Floorfillers with Scott Mills back in September 2009. The track finally peaked at No.40 in the UK.
In June 2010, Agnes recorded a duet with Swedish singer Björn Skifs. The track – “When You Tell the World You’re Mine” – was written and produced by Jörgen Elofsson (of Britney Spears fame). The song was originally performed at the wedding ceremony of Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.
The track peaked at No.1 in Sweden, even charting on the European Hot 100 Singles chart. It also peaked at No.19 in Finland.
“When You Tell the World You’re Mine” was succeeded by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP’s “We Speak No Americano” in July 2010.