U.S. stars are big – Germans try to party

Ten new entries – three of them inside the Top 20. There is some life in the charts. Some older tracks finally see decreasing sales giving way for newer ones which rising up the list like On The Floor by JLO feat. Pitbull and Yeah 3x by Chris Brown. Both tracks reach new peaks with No.6 resp. 7.

U.S. American artists are successful especially. 12 of the Top 20 tracks are from or in collaboration with US American artists. Europe only sees 8 artists at the upper end of the chart. The highest rank occupied by a German track is only No.15. Die Atzen mit NENA climb five places after a performance at Die ultimative Chartshow (The ultimate chart show) on Friday 18th March. Topic of the episode was „Themost successful party hits of the new millenium“. Well, Strobo Pop is one of the newer party hits but right now it can also be named as the most sold production coming from Germany of the moment.
Second best German track is Taken by a Stranger by Lena tumbling 15 – 23 … bad signs for her participation at the Eurovision contest. Third place goes to Berlin project culcha candela and their Berlin City Girl sitting pretty at No.28.

After a year of having some German tracks always somewhere in the Top 20 or even Top 10 it seems right now that German artists does not find the right mood for the audience in their home country … or is it just a short break in releasing mass compatible music? We’ll watch it. Meanwhile the well promoted comeback of German band Guano Apes might not convince. Oh What A night is the first original release since six years. The band splitted up in 2006 but met again in 2009 giving some concerts and finally decided to record new material. The band had within the last two years a lot of live performances for testing that new material. The new album Bel Air is in stores right now. I assume it will have the huge impact as announced. The three predecessors with complete original material all went Top 5 within the album charts, two of them topped the list. In singles terms The Guano Apes were not that mainstream. They had five Top 10 hits between 1997 and 2004 peaking No.3 with their take on Kumba Yo! in 2001. With Oh What A Night charting at a low No.46 the Apes miss so far what one could call a big come back. Indeed the track sounds very similar to their earlier work. The complete album features some different sounds also –that might probably be more convincing.

A complete newcomer to the German hit list is the producer team Plastik Funk. Located in Dusseldorf the duo is active since 2003. They did a lot of remixes and released a handful of own tracks more or less successful at the dance floor. Their first ever mainstream chart entry is a rework of a track they released in 2006 first. Everybody Dance Now! (sometimes credited as Everybody Dance Now! 2011) is as one easily recognises a new version of the old classic Gonna Make You Sweat brought to a worldwide smash hit in 1990/91 by C&C Music Factory in names Robert Clivillés and David B. Cole. In Germany they held five weeks at the top becoming No.8 in the year’s end list. The „chorus“ yell „Everybody Dance Now“ became popular and was used in hundreds of dance productions since then. In 2006 French DJ Bob Sinclar made a rework featuring Cutee B, Dollarman and some other artists. The version was a Top 20 hit in whole Europe reaching the top in a few countries. That was the time Plastik Funk did a first cover of the classic too. It was played in clubs but never became a mainstream hit – maybe the Bob Sinclar version was too strong. Now the two DJs newly took the track and released it in a completely new version. Chart entry at No.59 in the week of its release – well not that bad for a dance production.

Version of 2011

Version of 2006

The original from 1990

And here is another chart debutant. Probably this actual placing will be the one and only ever for Andrea Renzullo. Well, he is no more than 15 years old. In November last year he performed Leona Lewis’ Run at Das Supertalent (Germany’s Got Talent) – the video of the performance on youtube had almost one million views – Leona Lewis shot back to the charts reaching with No.3 its highest peak ever. Since that time the track is in the list clinging on this week on No.90. – Now the young man who made the song famous again offers his own single. Heal is a very soft and very unspecific pop song. He might be a favourite of the TV show – he won’t be a star alone. Sorry.

As mentioned above – Die ultimative Chartshow generated some re-appearances. Most significant the re-entry of the Guru Josh Project and their Infinity 2008. A performance at the show (the track is listed in the show as No.18) brought the track back to No.64 – it is the 72nd chart week and the highest rank since June2009.

By the way: No.1 of the Chart Show list is Gossip with Heavy Cross. The track now spends 93 consecutive weeks within the German charts. It is by doing so the second longest running hit in Germany accompanied by Last Christmas and For You. Only DJ Ötzi & Nik P. collected 13 more weeks with Ein Stern (der deinen Namen trägt).

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