Friday, June 29, 2012

Clouds - Newton Faulkner

Here's a song that I can see doing well here in Ireland and in other international charts. It's Clouds by Newton Faulkner. He has only had one UK singles top 40 chart hit when Dream Catch Me got to number 7 in 2007. His last single Write It On Your Skin got to number 54 in the UK charts earlier this year so it would be great to see Clouds being his second top 40 hit.

Here is the video for Clouds and it is the second single from his album Write In On Your Skin.

Curtain Call - Aiden Grimshaw

Aiden Grimshaw releases his second single Curtain Call on August 10th in Ireland and on the 12th in the UK. His previous single Is This Love was one of many recent quality high profile single releases which only spent one week at the lower part of the UK charts. It would be great to see Curtain Call chart better than Is This Love. The singles chart has always been at it's best when there is a wide mix of songs featured throughout the Top 40.
Curtain Call also features guest vocals by ShezAr who is the sister of singer Labrinth, according to the website


'Lights' by Ellie Goulding is finally a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart

This week Lights by Ellie Goulding climbed 6 places to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It is now 27 weeks on the chart which is also one of the slowest climbs to the top 10 in American chart history. 
Lights has now sold 1.9 million downloads in the US alone making it one of the biggest hits ever by a British music artist that wasn't a big hit in the UK. It was first recorded in 2008 and it only got to number 49 on the UK charts when it was released in March 2011. It never featured on the original edition of her debut album but was one of two extra songs that were included on the re-release of Lights or Bright Lights as that re-release album was known as. The other song on Bright Lights was her cover version of Elton John's Your Song which was a huge Christmas hit in 2010 when it got to number 2 in the UK singles chart and number 5 here in Ireland. 

The video for Lights was directed by Sophie Muller whose first video was for Beethoven (I Love to listen To) by Eurythmics in 1987. She has directed dozens of videos for some of the world's most successful music artists since then including No Doubt, Sade and Beyonce.

With the top ten success of Lights in the US it would be interesting to see how well it would do in the UK and Irish charts if it was re-released with a proper marketing campaign.

White Light - George Michael

George Michael premièred his new single White Light today on radio in England. There has also been a lyric video released in advance of it's download release date which will be on August 12th. It will mark the 30 year anniversary of his career in the music industry which began with Andrew in Wham!.

All four of George's previous singles charted within the top 30 in the UK including his cover of New Order's True Faith which got to number 27 in 2011. Incidentally, the last time that George had a top ten hit in the UK was with Flawless (Go to the City) which got to number 8 in 2004. That song brilliantly sampled the dance track Flawless by The Ones.  As pop bloggers such as Nick Bassett on his website The Re-View pointed out White Light is a 'definite return to form' and is most similar to the dance tracks on George's  2004 album Patience. That album also included Amazing which was the album's biggest hit and got to number 4 in the UK charts. Shoot the Dog was one of my favourite singles from that album and it got to number 12, it so deserved to be a top ten hit.

Here is the lyric video to White Light.