Monthly Archives: April 2013

One Crazy Party: Taking A Trip To The Country

Since I started to break up my usual Radio Report into small posts over the last few weeks, I haven’t done nearly enough entries about Country music as I should. Just as in the Pop world, there are a lot of big releases coming now that the second quarter has started in the business. Two of these big singles are being introduced on Sunday night and you’ll be hearing a lot about them in the next few days. They are from two solo males that have been burning up on the format recently. Will they go back to #1 with their newest Country confections? Let’s find out together.

He wants what he wants.

He wants what he wants.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”

21-year-old Hayes has found his groove at country radio with two number-one singles in a row: “Wanted”, and this week, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”. He’s the youngest solo male to hit the top spot on that chart. Hayes is also opening for Carrie Underwood on her tour, which continues through mid-May. In the meantime, his label will be releasing a deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album, subtitled (Encore), to be released on June 18. It will feature seven new and/or re-recorded tracks. The first single from it is a song called “I Want Crazy”, which was announced on Monday. Hayes will debut the song live in a performance at the ACM Awards at 8PM Eastern on Sunday night on CBS. The song will be available at digital retailers immediately afterwards and it will be serviced to radio on the following morning. I haven’t heard any sort of clip of it, so I can’t give any hints as to what the song may or may not sound like. However, I’m sure it will be just as great as the rest of the stuff. Looks like we are getting a preview of some of the lyrics in the single, however. In the top left corner of the single, which I’ve posted a portion of above, are the following lines: “Who cares if you’re all I think about?/I’ve searched the world and I know now/It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind/I don’t want easy, I want crazy/You with me baby, let’s be crazy.” Could be the chorus. It might be an uptempo one at that. Who knows? Find out on Sunday night when he performs it!

DOWNLOAD “I Want Crazy” on iTunes. / PRE-ORDER Hunter Hayes: Encore.

We like to "Party".

We like to “Party”.

LUKE BRYAN – “Crash My Party”

Georgia native Bryan has been kicking up dirt on the charts since 2007 when his debut single, “All My Friends Say”, talked its way into the top 5. He’s become a darling at the format with five number-one songs to his credit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, including his last three singles from Tailgates & Tanlines: “I Don’t Want This Night To End”, “Drunk On You” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”. He recently released Spring Break… Here to Party just in time for those crazy college kids, a compilation of several digital EPs and a few new tracks, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 without any active single at radio. He’s that hot. (“Buzzkill” did get a video release.) So, following that impressive effort, he’s finished the work on his latest studio album with Capitol Nashville and it will be out during the summer. The first single from it, “Party”, like the Hayes song above, will be performed by the singer at the ACM Awards, go to AmazonMP3 and iTunes immediately following the performance, and then go for adds the next day. Judging by the title, it sounds like it’s going to be a real summer anthem: twangy guitars, drums and more. It’s the perfect time of the year. I’m sure the video will be one rockin’ clip. Knowing it’s a leadoff single from an album, I’m sure it could go to the top fairly easily, yet, something like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” just missed the spot. We’ll have to wait and see to hear what it actually sounds like very soon.

DOWNLOAD “Crash My Party” on iTunes.

Look out for new singles by Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, as well as the Pistol Annies coming to a radio near you soon. Meanwhile, are you looking forward to either one of these releases from Hayes or Bryan? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Michael Franti & Spearhead – “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” (+ Lyrics)

"Say hey" to this returning group.

“Say hey” to this returning group.

Download “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” on iTunes.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, best known for their 2009 hit single, “Say Hey (I Love You)”, have returned with a new single from their forthcoming album. It’ll be their first in three years since The Sound Of Sunshine back in 2010. The title track from that also garnered a bit of airplay. You can download the song by joining the band’s mailing list on their official website. The song is decidedly mainstream-sounding, with references to famous couples like John Lennon and Yoko Ono and even Train‘s hit “Hey, Soul Sister”. There’s lots of whistling too. I really like it. It’s definitely different sounding from their usual stuff, but it’s great to sing along too and it’ll especially be great on the radio during those hot summer days. Lyrics are below. Enjoy!

“I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” goes for AAA adds on April 29. It should go to the Hot AC format shortly after that.

“I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE)”

[Intro]
1 2
1 2
Here we go

[Verse 1]
Everybody wants me to be who they want me to be except you
All I wanna do is be with you
They all tell me that there’s something strange
I don’t wanna be with nobody new
All I wanna do is be with you

[Chorus]
Life sounds like
I’m alive (x6)
(This is what it sounds like)
Whoa-oh-oh, I’m alive

[Verse 2]
How could every day something jumps in the way
Gets complicated, I feel devestated
But when I’m feeling down, I only wanna be with you
I can’t afford the rent or remember checks I sent
To pay off all my taxes and feed the president
But there’s one thing I remember, I only wanna be with you

[Chorus x2]
Life sounds like
I’m alive (x6)
(This is what it sounds like)
Whoa-oh-oh, I’m alive

[Rap]
(Break it down right here now)
You be Bonnie, I’ll be your Clyde
Hop into my car and drive like
Fireworks, we will ignite
Through the San Francisco night
Like John and Yoko
Like Ice-T and Coco
Like Jay-Z, Beyonce
Come be my fiance

Hey soul sister, I’ll be your mister
Don’t wanna be no one-night stand
How many things can I say to make you understand
That I only wanna be your man

Life sounds like
Whoa-oh-oh
This is what it sounds like
Whoa-oh-oh
And it sounds like

[Chorus]
I’m alive (x6)
(This is what it sounds like)
Whoa-oh-oh, I’m alive

(Bring it back one more time)

[Verse 1 – half]
Everybody wants me to be who they want me to be except you
All I wanna do is be with you

Life sounds like
Whoa-oh-oh
(This is what it sounds like)
Whoa-oh-oh
Life sounds like, like, like…

[Chorus x2]
Life sounds like
I’m alive (x6)
(This is what it sounds like)
Whoa-oh-oh, I’m alive

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SONG PREMIERE: Beyoncé – “Grown Woman” (+ Lyrics)

Living for now.

Living for now.

Listen to the full version of “Grown Woman”.

After performing at the Super Bowl and reuniting with her old bandmates in Destiny’s Child, our favorite leading lady is back. She just released a promotional mashup, “Bow Down/I Been On”, on her SoundCloud account recently and it garnered some unsolicited airplay. “Grown Woman” is an track from Beyoncé‘s forthcoming studio album, rumored to be titled Mrs. Carter, which coincides with the name of her world tour. It will also be featured in an advertisement for Pepsi, which you can see above by clicking the link. The song was produced by Timbaland, who recently made a huge comeback as the producer of Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience. “Woman” was earlier reported to be the first single from the album, but her representatives have now stated the song is not.

“Grown Woman” combines both a pop sound with a tribal beat and lyrics about female empowerment and strength. Even if it’s not the single, it’s sure to be an anthem for the females.

(It’s of note that Child member and longtime friend Kelly Rowland had a solo track entitled “Grown Woman” out in 2010.)

“GROWN WOMAN”

[Verse 1]
I remember being young and talking back
I knew what I needed
I was spending all my nights and days laid back day dreaming (day dreaming, now)
But baby I’ma big girl now, so come do something
Told the world I would paint this town
Now, bitches I run this

[Bridge]
‘Cause I put it (down like that, down like that)
And I’m making (all these racks, all these racks)
And I’m moving (’round like that, ’round like that)
When I do it
I don’t look back (don’t look back)

[Chorus]
I’m a grown woman
I can do whatever I want
I’m a grown woman
Do whatever I want
I can be bad if I want
I can do wrong if I want
I can live fast if I want
I can go slow all night long
I’m a grown woman (Why, of course!)
I can do whatever I want

[Verse 2]
They love the way I walk
‘Cause I walk with a vengeance
And they listen to me when I talk ’cause I ain’t pretending
It took a while, now I understand just where I’m going
I know the world and I know who I am
‘Bout time I show it

[Bridge]
‘Cause I put it (down like that, down like that)
And I’m making (all these racks, all these racks)
And I’m moving (’round like that, ’round like that)
When I do it
I don’t look back (don’t look back)

[Chorus]
I’m a grown woman
I can do whatever I want
I’m a grown woman
Do whatever I want (Why, of course!)
I can be bad if I want
I can say what I want
I can live fast if I want
I can go slow all night long
I’m a grown woman (Why, of course!)
I can do whatever I want (Whatever it is!)

[Middle 8]
I’m a grown woman, so I know how to ride it
I’m a grown woman, and I’m so erotic
I’m a grown woman, now I got you so excited
I’m a grown woman, look at my body
It ain’t no fun if a girl can’t have one
You really wanna know how I got it like that
‘Cause I got a cute face and my booty so fat

Go girl (go girl) ’cause you got that bum, that bum
Go girl (go girl) you can get whatever she wants
Go girl (go girl) ’cause she got that tight, that tight
Them boys (them boys) they can do whatever she likes

[End, with musician in foreign language]
Grown woman
I’m a grown woman
I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want (I can do whatever I want)
I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want (Bitch, I’m grown)
I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want…

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Three, Four, Five: These New Hits And Members Keep Stacking Up

It’s boy bandemonium on the pop survey these days. We’ve had comeback singles just since the start of the year for 98 Degrees, Hanson, Jonas Brothers and New Kids On The Block. Don’t forget that One Direction‘s also put out a few more singles. Well, here are three more songs to add to the list, both Stateside and international releases. Be very afraid. They’re here to stay, at least through this year. Check out the newbies:

Looking for Number "One".

Looking for Number “One”.

EMBLEM3 – “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”
Release Date: April 16 (CHR radio, iTunes)

You saw them on the second season of the American version of The X Factor, mentored by Simon Cowell, and the young girls were swooning away. The trio of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg, as well as friend Drew Chadwick, came in fourth place in the competition in the fall. Shortly after the show wrapped up, the group signed with by Syco Music and Columbia Records, and since then, they’ve been going across the country on a mini-tour. They also have a few promotional concerts lined up for summer events from radio stations in cities like Boston and New York City. On the heels of those forthcoming events, the group will be releasing their very first single on iTunes on April 16, a song called “Chloe (You’re The One I Want)”. It will also be going to radio on that same date, though it’s been registered to be monitored for airplay for some time now. They’ve been performing live now on virtually all of their tour dates and it seems to be getting a good reaction from their fan base. You can see a live lyric video from one of those concerts above. It’s part rapped and part sung, and it seems to be heavily influenced from the fields of both pop and reggae. Not a bad combination. It’s a catchy, summer-sounding song, so let’s hope for the best when the full studio version comes out in less than two weeks. (P.S. A note for all of you chart geeks like me. This “Chloe” isn’t the same one that Elton John took to #34 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1981.)

They'll fight for this "Love".

Going, Going, “Gone”.

LAWSON – “Gone”
Release Date: May 13 (U.K.)

I wrote a single review on these guys a few months back, so I’m happy to feature the quartet out of the United Kingdom again for their newest release. This is now the fifth single from their debut album, Chapman Square, released in the fall of last year. Last time around, they just missed the top ten in their native country with “Learn To Love Again”, but with three prior singles to that solidly made the top ten there, they’ve not had a bad track record at all. They travelled to America several months ago to perform a few smaller dates in the U.S. and in Canada, but since then, nothing has come up in terms of a crossover to this side of the world. Now, it looks like they’re touring in Asia, where the album seems to be doing OK, according to HMV.  Then, they’ll be back in the U.K. for the summer. So, I guess they’ll make do with one more single in Europe, as I’m sure they’ll be going back to the studio to record their second album relatively soon. “Gone” is a change in direction from their last dance-oriented single, going back to their pop/rock roots which made them successful in the first place. It’s not my favorite song from the record, but it’s a solid one from a really great album. Being so far down the line in terms of single releases, it probably won’t do extremely well, but some sort of top 40 placing for it should be in order come May. No word if a CD single will be available for it like the four other singles; I’ll update this when I know.

Sweet and "Low".

Sweet and “Low”.

THE WANTED – “All Time Low”
Release Date: April 30 (CHR radio)

Alright, alright, I know what you’re going to say. “Puh-lease, Adam, this song isn’t new.” Yes, it’s true. “All Time Low” went to #1 in the United Kingdom… in the summer of 2010. Cue the sad trombone. On top of that, the song was actually released here in a remixed form during the summer of 2011, but it was only about to become a minor hit on the Dance/Club Play survey. (“Glad You Came” was issued shortly afterwards, though it didn’t take off right away.) However, the boys have moved to Los Angeles and are filming a Ryan Seacrest-produced reality series entitled The Wanted Life. It premieres in June, and “Low” will be used as the theme song for the show. So, in preparation for that, Def Jam is sending the song to radio. Unfortunately for them, they’ve been pretty indecisive about an adds date for the song. It was originally supposed to be out February 26, then it was moved to March 19, then to April 2, and now, April 30. I mean, really, if that doesn’t spell flop already, then I don’t know what does. The song itself is good and was a great debut single for the guys, but their core fans have known the song for verging on three years now. I just don’t think it’s going to work, but alas, someone thinks they know what they’re doing and is carrying on with re-repromoting their single. A live video was recently released for it, which you can see above. Their series, airing on E!, will debut sometime in June. We’ll see if radio actually wants it soon.

So many boy bands, so little time. Do you have a favorite one that’s highlighted in this post or one I should cover in the future? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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PROFILE: James Arthur’s Nearly “Impossible” Trek To America

He's got the hit Factor.

He’s got the hit Factor.

James Arthur‘s life has changed significantly in the past few months. The 25-year-old born in Middlesbrough, England was in and out of bands and projects for most of his teens before deciding to tryout for the U.K. version of The X Factor. He was picked up by mentor Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of Eden’s Crush and the Pussycat Dolls, and he won the competition, beating another member of Scherzinger’s team, Jahméne Douglas. This was back on December 9 of last year. It was only just the beginning.

As in any singing competition, Arthur had a winning single to record, which for that season of the show was a remake of Shontelle‘s “Impossible”, which made her a hit in the U.S. for a hot minute before disappearing off the radar. It just missed the top ten on the Hot 100, though it crept in there on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, so it was already recognizable to most people before this new cover came out. Arthur’s version of the song was made for download almost immediately after his win on the show. No surprise there. It shot straight to #1 in countries like Ireland and Scotland, and spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the United Kingdom with first week sales of 490,000 copies. It has since become the largest-selling winner’s single in the history of the show, with download sales over 1.3 million copies in that country alone. “Impossible” is also currently a Platinum-certified hit in Australia, where it recently peaked at #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart. (It’s top 5 on iTunes there currently.) It’s been great for the franchise, but it’s also been great for the singer himself. He’ll be putting out a followup single in Europe in May, no title determined yet. However, he’s not quite done with his first smash… yet.

There are now signs that James Arthur‘s hit overseas may be impacting North America this summer. The song is already being pushed to adult contemporary radio in Canada. It’s been added to four stations in Montreal and one in Ottawa in the past few weeks. Weekly detections currently put it just below the top 50 on Canada’s AC format chart with about 40 spins in the past seven days. This is small compared to the dozens of other current songs that are played on radio there every week. However, it’s a start, and an important one at that. A lot of Canadian releases that originate from overseas tend to make their way into the United States at some point or another. What I’m saying is, prepare yourselves. We may have another round of “Impossible” playing on our airwaves here in the next few months.

Should he successfully make it over here, he would only be the third X Factor winner to break the American market. We had Leona Lewis several years ago of “Bleeding Love” fame, a number-one hit back in 2008, but she’s been long gone from our shores after her second album was a dud. We now have Little Mix‘s “Wings” at our CHR format and it’s picking up a bit of steam, so perhaps they’ll be able to go ever higher. These two are, of course, in addition to the many finalists from that show who have come the United States. Some became big, like Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs and One Direction. Others faltered, like JLS and Rebecca Ferguson. Point is, it can go either way with these kinds of artists, but with the hype he currently has from the U.K., I’m guessing his label thinks that he could do pretty well here. I agree.

While it’s odd to hear an already popular and commercial song switch perspectives from female to male, Arthur has a good take on the song. His raspy and rough vocal make it an emotional experience, which is dramatized just enough without being too sappy. The arrangement itself is also augmented into a pop/rock feel, which does well against Arthur’s more soulful tone. It’s not dated in any particular way, it’s just pleasant. There will likely better songs on his album, but Arthur does all he can with his version of the song to turn it into a full-fledged power ballad that is honest and pure to the core. With slower songs doing well at the moment, it’s best to strike when the iron’s hot, and James Arthur is still boiling at the moment. Hopefully that’s the one thing that will make this trip to America a little less “impossible” and a lot more plausible.

Buy the music video for “Impossible”. (U.S. only – only the video is available here.)

Who will be the next X Factor finalist or winner from the United Kingdom to make it across the pond? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Plain White T’s – “Should’ve Gone To Bed” (+ Lyrics)

The days of Delilah are long "Gone".

The days of Delilah are long “Gone”.

Same shirt, different day. Well, maybe not. However, the Plain White T’s are back! The quintet from Illinois haven’t released a new album is nearly two-and-a-half years, but we’re getting a taste of it now with a brand new song that just premiered on SiriusXM this morning.

“Should’ve Gone To Bed” is the latest single from the band, the first release from their seventh overall disc, title TBD, and their fourth for Hollywood Records. It’s also the title track of a new EP, four songs in total, which will be available at digital retailers on April 9. This coincides with the premiere of the NBC dating series Ready For Love, which features guitarist/vocalist Tim Lopez. (He sang lead on their 2011 single, “Rhythm Of Love”.) Will he find love as well as a hit song? I’m sure we’ll find out in several months. Think positive, people.

You can find the handwritten lyrics here, as originally posted on MetroLyrics. The song goes to radio today (April 2), so look out for it to be added to a radio station near you soon.

Listen to “Should’ve Gone To Bed”.

“SHOULD’VE GONE TO BED”

[Verse 1]
I only miss you at midnight
But when that lonely clock strikes
That’s when I wish you were here
The angel knows it’s not right
But the devil’s in my heart tonight
Whispering things in my ear

[Bridge]
So I down my cup
And then I hit you up
Saying stupid stuff, oh

[Chorus]
I should’ve just gone to bed
I should’ve never called you
I should’ve listened to my head
When it said leave it alone
No, a few drinks in
Here I go missing you again
God only knows what I said
I should’ve just gone to bed

Yeah (x6)
I should’ve just gone to bed

[Verse 2]
All day long I’m over you
Never ever think of you
I keep you out of my head
But some nights when I’m striking out
You’re all I can think about
Just gotta have you again

[Bridge]
So I down my cup
And then I hit you up
Saying way too much, oh

[Chorus]
I should’ve just gone to bed
I should’ve never called you
I should’ve listened to my head
When it said leave it alone
No, a few drinks in
Here I go missing you again
God only knows what I said
I should’ve just gone to bed

[Middle 8]
I should’ve turned the lights out
I should’ve called it a night
You should’ve never picked up my phone call
If you’re not sleeping here tonight

[Chorus]
I should’ve just gone to bed
I should’ve never called you
I should’ve listened to my head
When it said leave it alone
No, a few drinks in
Here I go missing you again
God only knows what I said
I should’ve just gone to bed

Yeah (x6)
I should’ve just gone to bed
Yeah (x6)
I should’ve gone to bed

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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (April 2)

Can you "Dig" it?

They’re not “Done” yet.

This week’s crop of new releases is looking perry, perry nice, if you know what I mean. Here they are for the week of April 2:

  • This week’s biggest new release comes from the trio of siblings called The Band Perry. Their sophomore album, Pioneer, is chock full of more hit singles, like the former #1 Country song “Better Dig Two” and second release “Done.” Look for it to have a good shot of being next week’s top debut. (iTunes)
  • Like the Red Sox and baked beans, these guys just scream Boston. Former boy band, now man band New Kids On The Block are out with 10, featuring the single “Remix (I Like The)”. (iTunes)
  • Controversial rapper Tyler, The Creator puts out his third album today, Wolf. (iTunes)
  • A special tribute album to the late John Denver, entitled The Music Is You, rolls into stores today, featuring remakes by Dave Matthews, Train and more.  (iTunes)
  • The fifth studio album from Country singer Gretchen Wilson is released this week, Right On Time. She’s still independent, releasing on her own Redneck Records. (iTunes)
  • Metal band Killswitch Engage put out their first album since 2009, Disarm The Descent. First single “In Due Time” is at Active Rock radio now. (iTunes)
  • The #1 song on Christian CHR radio right now belongs to trio Hawk Nelson. “Words” comes from their new studio album Made. (iTunes)
  • 80-year-old (!) Petula Clark, best known for hits like “Downtown” and “My Love” in the 1960’s, is out with Lost In You. It recently hit the top 40 on the album chart in the United Kingdom. (iTunes)
  • Rockers Alkaline Trio proclaim that My Shame Is True, their first album in two years. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

It’s Paisley vs. Paramore next week — the Bradster goes up against the band, but who will triumph? A preview is coming in seven!

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How Swede It Is: The Icon(a)ic Hit Parade

I like it, "I Love It".

I like it, “I Love It”.

Whether it’s on the radio or in an advertisement, you know the sounds of Icona Pop and their hit song called “I Love It”. It’s currently #33 on the Hot 100 and #21 on mainstream radio. The all-female duo of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt represents the 20th act from Sweden to hit the airplay chart (Radio & Records/Mediabase 24/7) since it began in 1973, though most of these artists also made the Hot 100 in one form or another. (I’ll be listing the peaks from both charts in some cases.) How swede it is to be loved by our American audience. From ABBA to Roxette to Swedish House Mafia, here’s the full list of acts who have charted with the times.

ABBA / AGNETHA FÄLTSKOG / FRIDA
By far the most successful act on the list, the quartet formed in Stockholm amassed twenty hits on the Hot 100 from 1974 to 1982, fourteen of them becoming top-40 entries. Of those, four made the top ten like “Waterloo” (1974) and “Take A Chance On Me” (1978), with “Dancing Queen” rising to #1 in 1977, their only chart-topper. After the group disbanded, the two female singers in the band each had one top-40 solo hit. Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad) went to #13 in the spring of 1983 with “I Know There’s Something Going On” (co-produced by Phil Collins) and Agentha Fältskog managed a #29 peak for “Can’t Shake Loose” during the fall of that same year. Fältskog has a new solo album due later this spring. The group has never performed together since they parted.

ACE OF BASE / YAKI-DA
Four performers from Gothenberg were all over the radio in 1993 and 1994 with songs like “All That She Wants”, “Don’t Turn Around” and “The Sign”. Five of their singles went top ten at CHR radio, but “Sign” was the only one to top the Hot 100, holding there for six weeks. Eight of their songs made the big chart, the final two coming in 1998. They’re currently together, but the two female singers were replaced during their most recent album in 2010. In 1995, member Jonas “Joker” Berggren put together the duo Yaki-Da, also from Gothenberg. Their lone hit, “I Saw You Dancing”, went to #52 on the Hot 100 and #20 on the CHR chart.

AVICII
The 23-year-old DJ from Stockholm has been mixing it up for several years now. Last year, his “Levels (ID)”, sampled in the arrangement of Flo Rida‘s “Good Feeling”, only reached #60 on the Hot 100 and #34 on CHR radio, largely overshadowed by the rapper’s hit. His current single, “I Could Be The One” (credited to Avicii vs. Nicky Romero), is top 40 at the radio format, but has yet to make Billboard’s list.

BLUE SWEDE
Ooga chaka, ooga ooga. The band from Stockholm led by Björn Skifs took their version of “Hooked On A Feeling” to #1 for a week in 1974. Four of their singles charted on the Hot 100, the last of them a medley of “Hush” by Deep Purple and “I’m Alive” by Tommy James & The Shondells, which went to #61 in 1975. They haven’t appeared together since then.

EAGLE-EYE CHERRY / NENEH CHERRY
The half-siblings of the Cherry family saw their biggest success in different decades. Neneh Cherry is best remembered for her 1989 hit “Buffalo Stance”, which climbed to #3 on the Hot 100. Five of her songs made the chart, four as a main credited artist. Eagle-Eye Cherry‘s biggest single was “Save Tonight”, which went to #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on CHR radio in 1999. Two more of his songs garnered some airplay, the latter one peaking in 2002, but neither is remembered today. Neneh now performs with a band called The Thing; Eagle-Eye still records as a solo artist.

EMILIA
Emilia Rydberg, who recorded as Emilia, scored a huge hit in Europe with 1998’s “Big Big World”, which impacted the United States at end of the year. It barely cracked the Hot 100 at a peak of #92, though it rose to #19 on CHR radio before falling quickly falling out. She performs today as Emilia Mitiku.

EUROPE
How can you deny the epic synthesizer line in “The Final Countdown”? A classic in the world of pop, it reached a high of #8 on the Hot 100 in 1987 for the quintet from Upplands Väsby. Power ballad “Carrie” went to #3 later that year. A total of five of their songs reached the Hot 100, the last of them coming in the fall of 1988. The band is still active today with a different lineup.

LEGACY OF SOUND / MEJA
Dancing onto the scene in 1993, the group had only one song hit the U.S. market, “Happy”. It managed a lowly #68 on the Hot 100 and a #25 peak on CHR radio. Vocalist Meja cracked the CHR chart twice as a solo artist with “All ‘Bout The Money” (#36, 1999) and a duet with Ricky Martin, “Private Emotion” (#29, 2000). “Money” failed to make the Hot 100; “Emotion” rose to #67. She still sings today.

REDNEX
What the folk is going on? Marrying bluegrass with a eurodance beat, the novelty hit “Cotton Eye Joe”, based on the nineteenth-century southern song, went to #25 on the Hot 100 in 1995. It was certified Gold. They never charted again here, but they’ve hit the top ten in Sweden as recently as 2008. The group remains together.

ROBYN
The sweet pop sounds of Robyn were all over the U.S. by 1997 including “Do You Know (What It Takes?)” and “Show Me Love”, both going top ten. An additional airplay-only single, “Do You Really Want Me?”, made the top ten at CHR radio in 1998. She made a triumphant return with a dance sound in the 2000’s, scoring a handful of hits across Europe, but nothing charted nationally here. She last put out a series of EPs in 2010 and no new material has been announced as of yet.

ROXETTE
The duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle out of Halmstad took the U.S. by storm in 1989 with their #1 hit “The Look”, followed by two other #1’s: “It Must Have Been Love” in 1990 (featured in the movie Pretty Woman) and “Joyride” in 1991. Six of their songs made the top 2 in a two-year span, which gives the largest amount of top ten singles for a Swedish act. In total, twelve of their singles hit the Hot 100 through 1994, with a few additional releases receiving Adult Contemporary airplay in the years since then. The two continue to record, both solo and together, last putting out original material as a duo in 2012.

SEPTEMBER
Petra Marklund, who took the stage name September, started her career in Sweden in 2003, but the performer from Stockholm didn’t reach the Hot 100 until 2008 when “Cry For You” peaked at #74. It also spent three weeks at #29 on CHR radio, two of them dated on September charts. She hasn’t hit nationally since, but continues to make the top ten in her native country under her given name.

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
The trio of DJs Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have been together since 2008. They first made the the CHR chart in 2011 with “Save The World” (#37), but it failed to make the Hot 100 by just a few positions. Last year, “Don’t You Worry Child” became their biggest hit ever in almost every territory, including a #6 peak on the Hot 100 and a better #2 at CHR earlier this year. They’ve broken up for the time being.

THE CARDIGANS
From the city of Jönköping, this quintet led by Nina Persson scored an international hit with “Lovefool”. It wasn’t eligible for the Hot 100 at the time due to a rule barring airplay-only singles from charting, but it did climb to #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay survey and spent six weeks at #1 on CHR radio during the spring of 1997. They had several other hits in Europe, but broke up in 2006 before reuniting last year.

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