This is the Christmas issue of the German charts. Well – and it brings a really romantic and blue touch. Lana Del Rey sits a third week pretty at number 1 with her Video Games – Blue Jeans single. The only one coming close to her position is Australian Gotye whose Somebody That I Used To Know rises 6–2 and matches the mood of the number 1 hit.
The main gainers of the week come due to recently aired casting shows on TV. Most popular is Jar Of Hearts by Christina Perri. The track gots its boost from a performance of 13year old Lukas Mattioli within the semi final of the Supertalent. The audience of the show voted him off the stage – the track he performed jumps 22–13.
Second winner of the semi final is piano player Jörg Berreten from Switzerland. He played Comptine d’une autre été, l’après midi from the French movie Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (english title: Amélie). The track – which is available as an digital album track only – re-enters the list for a 7th week.
The other big show actually on TV is The Voice of Germany. Here the biggest winner is Nur in meinem Kopf (Only In My Head) by Andreas Bourani. It is back in the list due to the performance of Stefan Zielasko. The track already had a 28 weeks long chart career, two weeks ago it was listed last time – now it jumps back to number 31. Stefan Zielasko is not a new one for casting show watchers. He competed at the fourth season of Popstars in 2004. Back than he missed being part of final band cast for Nu Pagadi. Right after the show there was a small media turbulence about that fact – in the show Stefan Zielasko pretended to never performed before on stage.
Another contestant caused the re-entry of Halt dich an mir fest in the version of Revolverheld feat. Marta Jandová from Die Happy. It was Berlin Hermann Muralev who got at first a ticket for the next round at December 9th show. Almost exactly a year ago the track started at number 8 which was the highest place it ever reached – 45 weeks it was listed, now it adds a week more.
A jumper back into the Top 20 is Paradise by Coldplay. It takes a 27–14 leap in its 13th chart week – me actually don’t know why. Probably it fits very well to the romantic pre-Christmas feeling.
Best German new entry and best new entry but far and away from the best sold German track is Casper’s new single Auf und davon (Up and away). It lands at number 42 – going back to the best sold German track: it is still Cello by Udo Lindenberg feat. Clueso at number 9.
A second new German track with a strong link to the Voice of Germany show comes in at number 76. A half of the jury – The BossHoss & Nena – recorded a version of Nat King Coles famous L.O.V.E.. The track is part of BossHoss’ album Liberty Of Action and actually is used for the soundtrack of the new Matthias Schweighöfer movie Rubbeldiekatz (Rubthecat) . The track is available as a single a week before the movie started in theatres. So number 76 probably is not the end of the story.
Although L-O-V-E is a very famous tune covered by a lot of artists and used for commercials as well (last time around 2008) it never was a chart hit nor in Germany neither in Switzerland or Austria. A version by Joss Stone entered the Swiss charts in 2007. The recording by The BossHoss & Nena is the first time the track is listed. – Nena with this new entry matches the amount of the chart hits The Beatles had in Germany.
The original Jazz version by Nat King Cole
Latest German new entry is brought by Söhne Mannheims. Für dich is the third lift from their latest album Barrikaden von Eden (Barricades Of Eden). It is a very weak appearance the single shows, matching the result of 2001 single Power Of The Sound. Probably the audience is facing the complexity of the reality and doesn’t believe in the promises of a simplier society anymore.
More new or re-entries related to media/TV appearances:
Australian band Gypsy & The Cat became popular in German speaking countries after their Jona Vark was used as background tune for VIVA’s own spots. Now they signed the next TV commercial deal. Time To Wander is used for a Vodafone commercial. Now they are more popular in Germany than in their home country Australia.
The full song
Finally Die ultimative Chartshow was celebrating its 100th show. Host Oliver Geißen invited to homage the most loved songs of the Germans at December 9th. The most loved (and voted) song was Earth Song by Michael Jackson, number 2 – with a live performance in the show – UNHEILIG and Geboren um zu leben (Born For Living). After the airing the song is back in the sales list although it was already listed for 94 consecutive weeks. Only Heavy Cross by Gossip had two weeks more. Now the track adds a week more – probably it will left the list soon – making him the 4th longest runner of all times behind Heavy Cross (96 weeks), Last Christmas (97 weeks and actually number 30) and Ein Stern (der deinen Namen trägt) (A Star (Named After You) (106 chart weeks). In March 2012 the new album of UNHEILIG will be spreaded – it will be hard work continuing the huge success of the predecessor.
Number 24 at the TV show’s list is a longtime seller again: Run made popular by Leona Lewis. Exactly three years ago the song was listed for the first time. The big boost came in October/November 2010, when the song made number 3 after a performance by a contestant at the Popstars show. Since than it was listed 62 consecutive weeks – popping up the charts several time after further performances in casting shows. Last week it finally dropped out the list and now re-enters at number 85 after Leona Lewis appeared on TV again. It is the 93rd week for the female version. The original offered by Snow Patrol only one week appeared in the list.