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Lana Del Rey Storms Into the Top 20 Of the Billboard Hot 100 With "West Coast"

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Lana Del Rey at Coachella 2014

Despite a lack of radio airplay, Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" is set to debut at #17 when the Billboard Hot 100 chart is officially released tomorrow morning. She has the wind of her top 10 hit "Summertime Sadness" at her back as well as two well received Coachella Music Festival performances. "West Coast" sold 118,000 digital copies last week and it leapt on to the Streaming Songs chart at #16. It instantly becomes Lana Del Rey's second highest Hot 100 charting single and her third top 40 hit. Nearly a year ago Grammy Award nominated "Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby became her first top 40 hit peaking at #22. "West Coast" is the first single from the upcoming album Ultraviolence which is expected later this year. Lana Del Rey's previous studio album Born To Die has been certified platinum and sold over five million copies worldwide.

Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Disco Pioneer Giorgio Moroder Remixes Coldplay's "Midnight"

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Giorgio Moroder

Daft Punk brought legendary disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, age 73, back to the spotlight last year with his contributions to the Grammy Award winning Album Of the Year Random Access Memories. Now Coldplay are introducing the dance music master to their fans through an epic eight minute reworking of their chilly sounding song "Midnight" which was revealed back in February. The new track helps publicize Coldplay's upcoming sixth studio album Ghost Stories which is due for release May 16, 2014.

Giorgio Moroder is given credit for helping create disco in the mid 1970s with his groundbreaking work with Donna Summer. The pair's single "I Feel Love" is still considered to be one of the most influential electronic dance songs of all time. In addition to producing multiple hits by Donna Summer, Blondie's #1 smash "Call Me," and Berlin's #1 ballad hit "You Take My Breath Away," Giorgio Moroder also won a Best Original Score Academy Award for his work on the soundtrack to the film Midnight Express. Giorgio Moroder is reportedly at work on a new album of his own. Check out the Coldplay remix below.

Photo by Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Top 7 Are the Same For a Record Setting Third Week In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday April 17, 2014
Pharrell Williams - Happy

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.

Single cover courtesy Back Lot

Introducing Kiesza

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Kiesza

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."

Photo courtesy Lokal Legend

Ed Sheeran Heading Out On Arena Headlining Tour

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Ed Sheeran

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.

Concert Dates:

  • 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)

Photo by Cindy Ord / Getty Images

Lana Del Rey's Single "West Coast" Soars In Sales

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Lana Del Rey - West Coast

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."

Single cover courtesy Interscope

Dance Music Continues To Reign In This Week's UK Pop Music Charts

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Sigma - "Nobody To Love"

It's a ninth straight week of new number ones on the UK pop singles chart, and most of them have been dance records. This week the drum and bass duo soar to the top with "Nobody To Love," a song which originated as a bootleg remix of Kanye West's "Bound 2." Over on the album chart the Kaiser Chiefs continue to rule. Read more about these and other stories in this week's coverage of the UK pop music charts.

Single cover courtesy 3Beat

Ed Sheeran Storming the US Pop Charts With "Sing"

Thursday April 10, 2014
Ed Sheeran - Sing

Ed Sheeran's first US hit "The A Team" took many months to climb into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, his latest is likely to accomplish the same feat in mere weeks. "Sing," the first single from Ed Sheeran's upcoming sophomore album x is exploding in both sales and pop radio airplay. Just three days after its initial release, the song is sitting comfortably in the top 5 on the iTunes digital sales chart and has already climbed inside the top 50 at mainstream pop radio. There is no doubt its rise is boosted by the presence of Pharrell Williams as producer. However, Ed Sheeran is one of the strongest young male singer-songwriters in pop music today. Read more in the review of his new smash hit single "Sing."

Single cover courtesy Atlantic

Frozen Steps Close To a Landmark In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday April 10, 2014
Soundtrack - Frozen

This week the movie soundtrack Frozen spends its ninth week on top of the US album chart. That leaves it one short of the all-time record for animated film soundtracks. The Lion King held on to the top spot for a record setting 10 weeks back in 1994. It spun off the two Elton John hit singles "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Circle Of Life." Read more about this and other top stories in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.

Album cover courtesy Walt Disney

Frozen Is Longest Reigning #1 Album Since Adele's 21 In This Week's US Pop Music Charts

Thursday April 3, 2014
Soundtrack - Frozen

It is an eighth big week at the top of the album chart for Walt Disney's Frozen soundtrack. That makes it the longest reigning #1 hit album since Adele's massive hit 21 spent 24 weeks at the top. Meanwhile Pharrell Williams continues to rule pop singles. Read the details in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.

Album cover courtesy Walt Disney

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