Well – after a few months break I am back again with some very subjective words about what's going on in Germany's music market.
First of all: Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole is still on top with his version of Over The Rainbow. Well – it's his 7th week on top and he is now joining Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP as the track most noted at the very top in 2010. The question now is: will IZ be the track with the highest sales performance next week too? Or will the strongly rising Empire Of The Sun overtake him with We Are The People newly discovered by a lot of people cause of its use in a commercial spot for a mobile company and jumping 22 – 3 this recent week. Rihanna's Only Girl In The World seems to be the everlasting runner's up position track.
Best CD Starts
This week's (sales start at Friday 5th of november) winner is Raise Your Glass by P!NK. The track is taken from her upcoming Best Of-Album and serves the crowd with well known sing-along pop rock. It immediately starts its chart run at nr.5 - highest position since Sober invaded the list almost exactly two years ago and the first top 10 hit after one and a half year.
With only a few sold units less the new Shakira Loca enters the market and the charts. The track was taken from her new album Sale El Sol which entered the album charts a few weeks before. As P!NK the Columbian star is one of the most successfull artists in Germany. The actual battle of their recent tracks mirrors the stand of their commercial success. Well Shakira has four Nr.1 singles under her belt but P!NK leads the statistic with 13 Top 10 hits (three more than Lady Shakira).
The real winner of Loca is small credited British grime star Dizzee Rascal. Accompanying already with Armand Van Helden or Calvin Harris he did not manage it to become a proper music star in Germany. Let's take a look into the British charts. There Dizzee Rascal is one of the hottest artist in the moment counting six(!) Nr.1 hits on his merits, two of them plus a proper nr.2 hit alone in 2010. Finally he gots here some more attention and you could cross your fingers that Loca could be the start for a coming carreer as a main artist here too.
"Looser" of the week are - hmmm - Take That. The 90s super boy group are reunited! But nobody really cares. The collaboration between Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow already failed a few weeks before entering the top 10. Now the proper first single of the group in their original cast miss the top 10 also. The Flood only manages to enter the charts at 12. Even worse - in their home country the United Kingdom they miss the nr.1 slot. British chart commentator James Masterton resumed in a very good way the rise (and fall) of the reunited superstars.
Well - in Germany Take That never made such an astonishing impact. They only had two nr.1 singles and three others entering the German top 10. Complained with that The Flood performs not that bad. It is indeed the best selling track of the band since they reappeared (without Robbie) in 2006.
Robbie Williams alone is much more beloved in Germany. Three nr.1 tracks and nine other tracks entering the top 10 is a clear statement. So maybe he should as soon as possible leave his mates again and release some new solo stuff.
OK - these are the very new CDs in this week. Not bad. We had a very long time in which only a few tracks made it new to the top 20 or higher. Maybe this new occupation means that we can expect some more movement the next few weeks until shortly before Christmas which is in Germany usually a very quiet time - even in music business.