New Year's Eve Parties

Usually the start of the year is a quiet week. Nobody is really surprised that we don’t have any new entry that week. But we have a lot of re-entering tracks. 15 hits of the past months appear again in the survey – that’s a lot. It is in fact the biggest amount since two years. January the 8th 2010 we saw 23 tracks coming back. But now let’s leave the long tail of the list and go straight to the top.

Gotye (feat. Kimbra) is a third week there in Germany and now equals the feat of Lana del Rey who did so right before he took over the Number 1. The former number 1 star still holds firm at the runner’s up position meaning we do have another very static Top in Germany.

Having two number 1 singles each topping the charts at least three continous weeks is a feat last seen from April to June last year when On The Floor by JLO feat. Pitbull spent five weeks at the top directly followed by Call My Name in the version of last year’s superstar Pietro Lombardi.

The big climber this week comes from Brasilia. Michel Teló jumps up 12 places to number 5 with his soccer related latino hit Nooosssaa! Ai Se Eu Te Pego!. Although right now the Bundesliga has its winter break till January 20th a lot of people love the song and related videos about goal celebrations of soccer players all over Europe. The track does have good prospects of climbing higher next week.

The second big gainer comes in the figure of Taio Cruz whos Troublemaker takes a 19 places leap to number 13. As I can find no other obvious reason I assume the strong interest is caused by people who searched for the right party tracks to celebrate new years eve. Lower down the list there are a lot of other gainers for probably the same reason as they are Animal by r.i.o. Feat. U-JEAN rising 62–48 and reaching a new peak, Mr Saxobeat the summer hit by Alexandra Stan bouncing back 63–49 in its 35th chart week and even I sing a Liad für di by Austrian Andreas Gabalier rises 78–50. Taio Cruz at this moment leads the party kings as he sees his Higher (in companion with Kylie Minogue) re-entering also – at number 78.

German duo Glasperlenspiel profits directly of an performance at a New Year’s Eve party. They staged at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin which was broadcasted live in public TV. Their hit ECHT returns afterwards to number 20 – it is now the second most sold German track behind Cello recorded unplugged by Udo Lindenberg feat. Clueso. Number three in the survey of best sold German tracks is still Tim Bendzko with his song Nur noch kurz die Welt retten.

Also Frida Gold gets a boost after performing at the Berlin party. Wovon sollen wir träumen rises again 76–55 in its 40th chart week.

Third artist finding a lot of new fans in Berlin was – unbelievably – DJ Ötzi. The singer re-enters with both his performed songs. I sing a Liad für Dich comes in at 72 – it is by the way the highest entering track – and his huge hit Ein Stern (der deinen Namen trägt) appears for a 107th week at 85.

DJ Ötzi also had a TV appearance at the New Year’s Eve party of channel RTL2 presenting après ski hits. Probably this event was the second best watched that night. Even Mickie Krause is back with his Mallorca hit Schatzi, schenk mir ein Foto (Darlin’, Give Me A Photo). It is already the 30rd chart week of the track. Mickie Krause never had a hit longer appearing inside the German charts. Probably we will have the track all the next weeks in the list as the après ski and carnival season just starts. Also Jürgen Drews can re-enter the list with Wenn die Wunderkerzen brennen ... I really hope you’re not afraid of the closer future.

Every year at the first chart issue one track appears for a single week. It is ABBA’s seasonal hit Happy New Year. First released as a single in Germany in 1999 it collected three chart weeks. Since 2009 the song re-appears continously reaching very instable success. In 2009 it overtook the peak from its original chart run by one position and stopped at number 77. This year the track re-enters at 75 giving ABBA the highest place since 1992 when Dancing Queen had a revival. In the Netherlands the song stopped last year at number 8 – this year it can reach again number 11. The recent success might be explained by the fact that the start of the year 2012 was in the middle of the chart week – so really all purchases count in this single week. Other years the sales started a few days before New Year’s Eve and peaked right at January 1st which probably dated in two different weeks. – Die hard fans had the chance of purchasing a precious collector’s item at ABBA’s official homepage at the end of November. UNIVERSAL released a silver sparkling vinyl edition of Happy New Year limited to 500 copies – unfortunatly a lot of commercial sellers grabbed several copies for selling these at platforms like eBay for about 200 Euros. Once again a music label did not really care about the real music fans – it’s a pity and probably the reason why a lot of people doesn’t mind about the problems the music industry always attests.

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