31-12: Mallorca Sound And TV Made Hits

Here is another very calm week as we see an almost static Top 20. Nothing new at the Top. It is the fourth week for LYKKE LI that she spends at the Top with I Follow Rivers. It is the fourth single in 2012 that can do so at least a full month. Last female artist having four weeks at number 1 was Rihanna back in autumn 2011 when her We Found Love heavily supported by Calvin Harris was the most sold single in Germany. The last female solo artist spending more then 4 weeks at the Top was summer queen 2011 Alexandra Stan who had her Mr. Saxobeat seven consecutive weeks leading the survey. So one can truly call I Follow Rivers a real summer hit.

Strong competition arrives at number 2 where Asaf Avidan stops with the Wankelmut Remix of his Reckoning Song which is much better known under the name One Day. The Israeli singer songwriter now is in Germany the most successful act from his country since Ofra Haza topped the charts in summer 1988 with Im Nin’Alu. In between only Yael Naim made it into the Top 5 in Germany. You all for sure remember her 2008 hit New Song which was heavily supported by an advertisement of Apple. A last word ‘bout Asaf Avidan: He is only the third Israeli act that can reach Top 3 status in Germany. Before Ofra Haza only Esther & Abi Ofarim had a number 2 hit in 1968 with Morning Of My Life.

Worth noting the rise of Triggerfinger that can bring its cover of I Follow Rivers to Top 10 status. It is more than a year ago that Milow as the last Belgian artist hit the German Top 10.

Another Belgian artist is entering the list for the first time further down. DJ Netsky is a hot thing adored in the underground for about a year. Now TV channel Pro7 used his track Come Alive for its summer self ads and brings the track into the charts. Number 75 might be a start that will lead to more stardom soon.

Highly anticipated in the yellow press Bobby Brown can turn gossip into real attention making his single Don’t Wake Me Up rising into the Top 20 which now is the highest rank for him since last year’s Yeah 3x climbed to number 7.

The more impressive mover is Taio Cruz. His World In Our Hands–still one week before the official CD single release–takes a 40 places leap to number 30. Seems that in next weeks time that song becomes his fifth Top 10 hit in a row. Right now it is heavily supported as one of the signature songs for the official broadcasting of the Olympics.

There are some new German productions entering the list. Most of them fit perfectly to holiday feeling–in words: Mallorca sound. The so called Schlager or Discofox is very popular on the island as well as in Bulgaria and similar sea holiday paradises.

Highest new German production is Nur noch Schuhe an! (Only Wearing Shoes) by Mickie Krause. Once again it is a covered hit coming from the Netherlands and originally performed by Gebroeders Ko. Alleen maar schoenen aan was last year number 6 in the Dutch singles Top 100. Mickie Krause–always looking for new material to record in same sounding style–took the party song and transfered it into German. The result ... is senseless as always. Probably the original had some power and som straightness–the cover is only for drunken idiots. Germans love that–the single is entering at number 32. It is the 17th chart hit for Mickie Krause. By never reaching the Top 10 he is one of the most active medium hit producers.

Mickie Krause Snippet and the original by Gebroeders Ko

Also Michael Wendler brings a new single into shelves. Was wäre wenn (What If) is his eighth chart single. It starts at number 40 which is more or less a weak entry.

Anna-Maria Zimmermann duets with Olaf Henning who hardly tries having a new hit after his Cowboy & Indianer hit in 2008. Both together recorded Freundschaftsring which can enter the list after its release on CD at number 73. Whether this will be the big success… ? The last singles of Anna-Maria Zimmermann only spent one week each inside the charts.

Most awkward Mallorca singer Ina Colada is back too with another cover version. This time she took Seven Tears originally an international hit for the Goombay dance Band and released in a German version in 1981 by Severine. The English recording made it in Germany only to number 13, in Britain it got a three weeks number 1 and was the biggest hit for the Goombay Dance Band outside Germany. The new version takes the tune and the lyrics, speeds up the whole thing and turns the romantic story into a senseless singalong cover. That is bold enough for entering at number 81.

The version of the Goombay Dance Band & Severine

Der Checker is sort of a B-class star. In 2010 he was one of the candidates of the Superstar casting show. He released a rap single three months after which became popular achieving number 18. Now he is turning his style into party Atzen sound and releases Unf***ingfassbar!. Don’t know what is more awkward: he himself or seeing Harald Glööckler appearing in the video. This is pop for really poor people.

Groove Coverage lifts Riot On The Dancefloor as the fourth single from the same titled album. And lands with number 91 the worst chart position ever reached with a single release (except the two very first singles).

The one and only serious German new entry comes from Tim Bendzko who releases a fourth single from his album Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären (If Words Would Be My Language). Sag einfach JA (Just Say YES) was chosen as the background sound for the Sat.1 trailer announcing the movie programme on Tuesday evening in July. So the newcomer of 2011 had strong support and sees his new single landing at number 42 in its first week on sale. Sound and lyrics are directly connected to his three hits before. It will get much more interesting seeing him continuing in releasing new material.

Party music is the thing searched the most these days. So Swiss project Remady & MANU-L Feat. J-Son benefits from that mood. Single Ladies already released three months ago really catches fire and jumps right in the upper half of the German list. It sits now pretty at number 41in its eighth chart week and marks the highest position Remady so far achieved in Germany. The number 1 success it had in Switzerland is yet a long way to go.

A week before the official releasing British boy group The Wanted still rising. Chasing The Sun enters position 50 and is on the way of becoming the biggest success for the band. Supported by RTL Nitro also project b. Feat. Kelly Rowland can get raising attention. Summer Dreaming 2012 slowly rises after it is used for self ads of the TV channel.

And finally just another TV campaign : Pro7 features its comedy programme on Tuesday with a spot backgrounded by Rayos de sol from Jose de Rico & Henry Mendez. The track should have been a summer hit by itself. It is available since end of May and can enter the list now after its use on TV.

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