For a record setting third straight week, the top 7 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are exactly the same and in the same positions. That has never happened in the more than fifty year history of the chart. One song that may soon break up the log jam is Ed Sheeran's new song "Sing" which debuts at #15 this week. Read more details in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.
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25 year old Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza is a trained ballerina and also a former reservist with the Royal Canadian Navy. Now it is looking like Kiesza is one of the world's newest pop stars. Her debut single "Hideaway" with the independent label Lokal Legend looks set to hit #1 on this week's UK pop singles chart.
Kiesza is part of an increasingly long line of pop stars that have attended Boston's prestigious Berklee College Of Music. One of her professors at the school put her in touch with another graduate Rami Samir Afuni, owner of Lokal Legend, in New York City. He helped Kiesza evolve from folkish songs to her current dance pop style. Her music is strongly influenced by such 90s dance divas as Martha Wash, CeCe Peniston, and Robin S.
Since the initial North American release of "Hideway" in January of this year, Kiesza has relocated to London. The accompanying music video was filmed on the streets of Brooklyn before Kiesza's move across the Atlantic. Check out the star in the making below in the music video for "Hideaway."
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On the heels of the release of his hot new single "Sing," Ed Sheeran has announced his first North American headlining arena tour. In the past he has typically performed solo onstage live, but his recent Saturday Night Live appearance included a full band. Ed Sheeran's "Sing" has already soared into the top 30 at mainstream pop radio and has been hanging out in the top 10 on the iTunes chart since its release. The song will receive a strong top 40 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 later this week. "Sing" is already #3 on the Canadian pop singles chart. His next album x is expected in stores June 23, 2014. Check out the concert dates below.
- Aug. 22 - Seattle, WA (Wamu Theater)
- Aug. 23 - Vancouver, BC (Ambleside Live)
- Aug. 29 - Las Vegas, NV (The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan)
- Aug. 30 - Las Vegas, NV (The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan)
- Aug. 31 - Glendale, AZ (Jobing.com Arena)
- Sept. 2 - Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
- Sept. 4 - Cleveland, OH (Wolstein Center)
- Sept. 8 - Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
- Sept. 9 - Boston, MA (Xfinity Center)
- Sept. 11 - Charlotte, NC (Time Warner Cable Arena)
- Sept. 12 - Atlanta, GA (The Arena at Gwinnett Center)
- Sept. 13 - Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
- Sept. 15 - Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
- Sept. 16 - Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena)
- Sept. 18 - Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
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It looks like Lana Del Rey's star is continuing to rise in the pop music mainstream. Her new single "West Coast" was released just yesterday, and it has already soared to #2 on the iTunes digital sales chart. It remains to be seen whether mainstream pop radio will jump on the "West Coast" bandwagon, but it is almost certain to have a strong opening at alternative radio. Lana Del Rey had two platinum certified top 25 pop hits last year with "Summertime Sadness" climbing all the way to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Check out more details on the new song in the review of "West Coast."
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