German music companies against the web

After last week’s somehow calm and static list music business comes back to life again. 8 new entries plus two tracks re-entering the list – that’s not bad. Indeed it is the same level as we’ve witnessed two weeks before. The times when we had 20+ new tracks in the chart seem long ago.

The most impressive rise was made by DiddyDirtyMoney. The trio sees ist single Coming Home vaulting 10 – 4 after its use in a TV commercial for the next Stargate-season which starts in March. Heavy airing could cause much more interest in the single. On February 4th the new album Last Train To Paris came in stores whiche usually gives singles an extra boost. Would be no surprise seeing Coming Home next week within the German top 3. Even without stepping higher Coming Home is the highest rank Diddy made since I Don’t Wanna Know saw him topping the German charts as featured artist in 2004. The last top hit as main artist is way back in 1999 when Satisfy You (feat. R. Kelly made no.2.

Next surprise comes with the look of best selling German productions. DJ duo Milk&Sugar still leading the list rising one place to no.8 with its take on Vaya Con DiosHey (Nah Neh Nah). The track is still catchy and attracts a lot of music consumers. So that’s not the big news. But let’s have a look at best sold track in German. It comes once again from Revolverheld feat. Marta Jandová. Their Halt dich an mir fest (Hold on me) climbs back into the top 10 in its 11th chart week which is the highest position since beginning of December. All the weeks in between the song crept around this position never falling deeper down than no.14 mid-January. I don’t know really what caused the new rising interest. Maybe it’s a result of weak competition?

Weak competition – that’s the word for the CD single start of culcha candela’s Berlin City Girl. The track charted two weeks before on download sales only rising up last week to no.21 and now misses narrowly the top 10 on combined sales. It is a surprise indeed. If one sees the advertising machinery working around the track one should assume that this is the biggest new track of the winter. Versions for Austria and Switzerland were pushed separately – a lot of interviews and video snippets sneaking around but – and maybe that’s the main reason for the relatively low interest – the track itself or the video is available only at the band’s homepage. Additionally embedding function is disabled. Maybe the band and especially the company now have to learn what the culture of embedding, linking and liking really means … btw: If you wanna watch the video visit the band’s homepage

Let’s go back to good news! There is a song cruising around the charts since November last year but never had that big impact. It started at no.44 soon falling out of the upper half of the list down to no.70 in late December. Then it became a hit in more or less whole Europe: no.1 in Austria, Belgium and Ireland, top 5 in France and finally rising up the UK charts as well. Even the U.S. dance charts saw the track passing a no.1. The song I’m talking about is simply called Hello and it’s an offering of Canadian band Dragonette remixed by French Martin Solveig. Slowly the track catches fire in Germany also rising since beginning of the year continously and finally entering the top 20 this week. It’s the 14th week the song spent within the list and I wouldn’t be surprised seeing it climbing further.

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