Weak German tracks

An almost static Top 5 except No.5 which is occupied now by the steadily rising Hello by Martin Solveig + Dragonette. The track reaches its peak so far in the 20th chart week. Peaking inside the really top of the charts after 20 weeks or more is a feat not gained very often. The last two years saw ittwice happens. In last November Leona Lewis shot with her Run straight to No.2 after a performance of the track by a contestant in a casting show. It was the 35th chart week. Last track peaking in its origin chart run inside the top 5 that late was Gossip’s Heavy Cross which gained No.2 a year before in November 2009.

8 weeks inside the list – finally shooting to Top 10 status – that’s Flo Rida who can jump up 16 places right to No. 8 after his performance at Stefan Raab’s Wok WM aired on 12th March. It is the third time the US American rapper can invade the German Top 10. In his home country he had hit the top spot twice, in the UK three times and in Ireland already four times. Producing DJ Frank E hits the top 10 for a second time. Predecessor Airplanes performed by B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams rose to No.8 also five months ago. His most recent production Tonight (I’m Loving You) on which he is credited properly alongside Enrique Iglesias holds firm at No.12 waiting for its rise to the Top 10. Seems we’re just facing a new super producer …

Hard times for German productions. The highest German track sits at position 15 in the face of Lena and her Taken by a Stranger (falling 8 – 15 ... oops).

Best new German track and probably soon the most successfull German one enters the list at No.20 by Die Atzen mit NENA celebrating Strobo Pop. (I talked about the track in the midweek’s chart flash). The track narrowly outsells tumbling Milk&Sugar vs. Vaya Con Dios’ Hey (Nah Neh Nah) which probably disappears out of the list.

Bad times for German offerings does not mean there aint no … Not at all. Right now some releases of German artists are in shops. Let’s have a look:

CLUESO has made his way becoming a solid artist selling albums in respectable amounts, having a few medium hits played often in radio programmes and staying acceptable and upright for his fans. His sixth album An und für sich (Actually / In and of itself) is scheduled for 25th March. Following the classic release plan the first single is available two weeks ahead. Zu schnell vorbei (Over to fast) is a soft ballad talking bout precious moments and the search for the ability enjoying them. The single is the successor of Gewinner (Winner) which spent a whole 32 weeks in the charts. Listening to the track I guess it could become a similar slow burner. No.38 in the first week could lead much higher.

Do you know SpongeBob? Probably you’re not the main target group of that comic character but you might recognized the popularity the character has between children. Nine TV seasons plus ten movies were produced since 1999. It is aired almost all over the world, computer games exist and a whole merchandise industry is working around the character. Well – time to have a CD with hits as well. In 2009 there was a CD released including the original score of the serial. I can’t remember this had a huge impact. Now sonymusic decided to release a CD full with cover version of well known pop hits for the German speaking area especially. The album named BOB Musik – Das Gelbe Album (The Yellow Album) enters the album list straight at position 17. That’s not all. Lecker Lecker (Yummy Yummy) – a cover of Shakira’s hit Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) – charted as an digital album cut in the singles’ list also. No. 43 on downloads only. Is that caused by kids only?

Bad timing for DJ Ötzi. His company Polydor decided releasing the new single Lieb ich dich right after the big run of Après Ski and Discofox hits. I really would love to know why. It is the second single off his album Du und ich. It is completely the style of all its predecessors. It should have a huge support for becoming a hit. Why do they release it after the carneval season? What was the secret plan behind that schedule?

As always Lieb ich dich (Love you) is a song about the never ending love. It’s a frank confession as one would say in emotional situations. Maybe at Oktoberfest after 3 beers. Or while dancing in stupid costumes around a truck rolling slowly through the streets plus hammering discofox beat against the crowd. Well – a few people like the song as well. Maybe they are just in love. Lieb ich dich enters the chart at a very low No.79. – And please, don’t call me a cynic.

Finally a short look at recent European Connections within the chart:

Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation offers a new album. The Unforgiving is the first new material since four years. Leading single Faster was available as CD two weeks earlier. The track enters the chart right at No.48. It is the first time in four years that the band could reach the upper half of the German list.The last track doing so was leading single of predeceding albumWhat Have You Done which rose up to position 32.

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