20th of March 15: Best British Female Solo Since 50 Years

Ellie Goulding and nothing else. That's what counts in German pop business. Love Me Like You Do stands still at number 1 a fifth consecutive week. In general such a feat ain't that unusual. As a British act Ellie Goulding writes chart history. The last British number 1 for five weeks came from Passenger in March/April 2013. Let Her Go was the song in question. To find a British female solo artist who occupied the German charts we have to go back as far as to the 60's. From mid-May to mid-July 1967 it was Sandie Shaw with Puppet On A String that held eight weeks firm at the top. One have to add: It was the time when the list was compiled only every fortnight. So Ellie Goulding is according to weeks at number 1 the most successful British female since almost 50 years. What a feat!

Of course there were some incidents over these decades that came really close to the actual fact. In May 2001 it was British all female band Atomic Kitten that blocked the number 1 slot for six weeks with it international breakthrough Whole Again.
In December 1996 Sarah Brightman started her astonishing 13 weeks run at number on with Time To Say Goodbye. Of course she was duetting with Italian Andreas Bocelli on that recording.
And in September and October 1990 Suzanne Vega appeared at number 1 for seven weeks with Tom's Diner. Her success came due to a remix of dance project DNA–so this wasn't a real solo project neither.


New inside the Top10
Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies launches the next deep house hit. Are You With Me goes 15–5 and is now the most successfull Belgian production since MILOW's You And Me in April 2011 that peaked at number 3.
Highest new entry comes in at number 9 and it is Hoodie Allen Feat. Ed Sheeran with All About It. For the US-American rapper it is the debut hit. Ed Sheeran already has 11 Top10 hits under his belt since late 2011–an impressive chart career.

This current issue of the charts provides a Top10 completely recorded with European attendance. We had this situation last in May past year. Although 10 months ago European productions were a bit more successful featuring the first 14 ranks with European help. This week it is "only" the Top 12 that is recorded this way.

Exactly at number 12 the winner of the German preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest Andreas Kümmert lands. Although Heart Of Stone was and is far and away the most loved song of the show it won't be staged in Vienna in May as the singer gave off his ticket to the runner's up Ann Sophie who sees her entry Black Smoke enter at number 29. So a second year the winner of the wild card chosen in club concerts around Germany will participate for Germany on the contest. Last year's Elaiza landed on the 18th place.

The abandonment of Andreas Kümmert was treated as a scandal by German press. It is far and away the first time a winning title can't participate. In 1999 Corinna May had to stand back after her title Hör' den Kindern einfach zu was detected a rip-off.