Oops–there is an almost completely new Top 3 listed in Germany’s sales charts. The big surprise is the six places leap taken by Swedish LYKKE LI which makes her a pretty Number act. I Follow Rivers had a million audience by being performed on the opening of the fight Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tony Thompson on 7th of June. Belgian band Triggerfinger were live on stage in Berne. The original version by Lykke Li obviously can benefit of that performance much more than the cover. Probably the announced re-edition of her 2011 album Wounded Rhymes also raised interest in the single. Triggerfinger itself see its version sliding 41–46.
LYKKE LI is already the second Swedish act this year topping the German charts. A month before it was Eurovision winner Loreen who did so. Having two Swedish productions at the Top in one year is a feat we’ve last seen in 1995. Back than it was Rednex that occupied the top spot with Cotton Eye Joe for a whole 10 weeks at the end of 1994 till mid January 1995. Five months later the project again hold the most sold single for six weeks with Wish You Were Here.
Number 2 is new German rap star CRO. His second official single DU (You) storms up the list and only narrowly misses the Top spot.
For promoting his album release on July the 6th CRO released two further tracks. King Of Roap–the intro song of the album Raop–was available from 30th June on and enters the list at number 24. A day later Meine Zeit (My Time) followed. It starts chart life at number 33.
CRO this current week has five tracks invading the charts. After the performance of Linkin Park last issue with seven tracks it is the next weekly superstar. Alongside Flo Rida he is the artist with the most simultanous hits in this week. Considering the fact that all five songs are pre-releases of the album which is still not available one might know what we should expect for the nearest future.
Rising in big leaps Asaf Avidan’s Reckoning Song mixed by Wankelmut and newly named One Day is reaching number 17. Finally a video is available and the official release of the track was set on July the 6th–so watch out for the position next issue. Probably that track is one of the big summer tunes.
Further summer hits rise up the list. After her first performances in Germany Rita Ora accompanied by DJ Fresh now enters the Top 50. Hot Right Now ranks at number 38 in its third chart week. Also Move In The Right Direction by gossip rises continously and Silhouettes by AVICII reenters the list.
Beside these really upcoming hits also some well known tunes can gain attention again. David Guetta Feat Nicki Minaj bounce back to number 64 with their Turn Me On and One Direction see their What Makes You Beautiful rising again 97–69. Flo Rida can boost his two last singles Wild Ones and Good Feeling for once again by releasing Let It Roll online. The elder tracks are turning back to number 70 respectively number 86, the new one is entering 59. Also the release of Chris Brown’s latest album Fortune raises new interest in the first single off it. Turn Up The Music is back in the list at number 82–the album starts chart life at number 13.
Newcomer Alexander Knappe is the latest of a whole bunch of German singer songwriter who can gain attention. Weil ich wieder zuhause bin (Cause I’m Home Again) ranks on a level with songs by Tim Bendzko, Andreas Bourani, Philip Poisel or Mark Forster. The song is about the feeling of coming home and feeling secure. Sound and lyrics are fully packed with nostalgy and romantic.
Another German newcomer in the singles list is BAKKUSHAN. The band coming from Mannheim is popular amongst youngsters and teens for already two years. Its second album will be released right now–as a teaser the single Nur die Nacht (Only The Night) can made it into the sales charts. It is a powerful indie rock song about a split. Nothing will be like it was before–that’s the bottom line of the song. All in all the new sound is much more radio friendly and singalong like than the songs from the first album.
The latest story is a kind of an oddity again. Supported by a TV campaign of Kabel Eins for its summer comedy programme Diese Tage by KRIS Feat. Dante Thomas is something like a medium hit. This current week it slides softly down 56–63. Additionally a cover version by a no name project is entering the list at number 100. It is almost an identical version credited to Ich liebe diese Tage released by a company called Nasty Orange Records. In its catalogue there are only cheap copies of well known hits. By changing the rules of chart eligibility a few weeks ago such versions are automatically counted for the charts also. Probably we will see much more of such copies entering the charts in the next future.
And for all fans of statistics an additional information. This week Pitbull took another step of becoming the most visible artist inside the German charts for the current decade. Last week he overtook David Guetta as the artist spending the most weeks inside the list in 2012. This current week he leaves Rihanna behind in the survey counting all weeks from January 2010 on. Only David Guetta collected more single rankings in the last two and a half year. – Cheers!