Sunday, October 4, 2009


Looking up information on worldwide chart positions of songs that I love, it is always a buzz to see that some songs charted the highest in Ireland. In 1991 Martika's Love...Thy Will Be Done got to number 8 here. It was a number 10 hit in the US and number 9 in the UK. Ireland was the song's second highest chart position as it was also a number one in Australia which is v lovely. Love...Thy Will Be Done followed great Martika's singles like Toy Soldiers and I Feel The Earth Move. The album it came from was called Martika's Kitchen and it's title track was v poppy and crazy. It was written by Prince and also by Martika so I assume that is why it is still on Youtube. I have always liked her name. If I ever had children (not!) I would name them Martika and Solange Minogue. They would stand out in the telephone directory. Incidentally, Sandra Bernhard had a very funny Martika moment in her glorious Without You I'm Nothing performance movie. Does anyone remember it! Here's the video for Love...Thy Will Be Done.

In 1989 Duran Duran released this beautiful song

Duran Duran will always be one of my favourite pop groups. You all know I love their singles and also The Chauffeur very much. Here's a song that was on the Big Thing album in 1989. It got to number 30 in the UK. The video is hypnotic and beautiful and features just John, Nick and Simon as the other Taylors; Andy and Roger, were elsewhere in the world of pop at the time. I think Nick Rhodes looks amazing in it. This is Do You Believe In Shame.

Going Down The Irish Indie Pop Road Yet Again!

2009 continues to be a good year for Paulo Nutini here in Ireland, he is the highest new entry in the IRMA chart charting at number 10 with Last Request. One place ahead at 9 is Ian Carey Project's Get Shaky, which i still like a lot. The top six remains exactly the same as last week. 1(1): I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas 2(2): She Wolf - Shakira 3(3): Sexy Chick - David Guetta featuring Akon 4(4): Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz 5(5): Empire State Of Mind - Jay Z featuring Alicia Keys 6(6): Run This Town - Jay Z featuring Rihanna & Kanye West 7(8): Hotel Room Service - Pitbull 8(7): Boys & Girls - Pixie Lott 9(14): Get Shaky - Ian Carey Project 10(-): Last Request -Paulo Nutini Basshunter is the only song to climb more than one or two places as Every Morning moves up to 17 from 24 last week. There are 7 new entries on the rest of the top 50 which is pretty ok I think. At 13 is the second highest new entry, Lover by Heirs To Nothing. This is a song I liked a few moments into hearing it for the first time this evening. The band, pictured above, have a very handsome lead singer and they are from Offaly, here in Ireland. With so few Irish artists on the national chart it's v positive to see new music chart. As long as there are good solid songs like it in the Irish chart I will always highlight them here. Following Coronas Listen Dear, a new entry last week, that's two good irish indie pop songs charting at the moment. The other new entries on the IRMA chart this week include: Paloma Faith's New York charts at 19 which is at number 15 in the UK. Veronicas finally follow up their massive hit Untouched with 4ever charting at 20. The American hit Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship is new at 33. Naturi Naughton's Fame charts at 37 and it was also the number one movie in Ireland last week. Dance music always charts in Ireland so no surprises to see Tiesto & Sneaky Sound System at 42 with I Will Be There. Not so good for Jordin Sparks who charts very low at 47 with SOS (Let The Music Play). Here's Heirs To Nothing and Lover, brand new at 13.