The Clock Strikes ‘Won’ For Robbie Williams



Having landed himself a record twelfth successive chart topping solo album, it looks like the British music buying public have well and truly taken up Robbie William’s 1997 ‘Let Me Entertain You’ battle-cry.

Not only has hitting the top spot with ‘THES’ landed him his latest gong, it has also positioned him just behind the Beatles (at 11) on the leader-board for most number1 studio albums in UK chart history.

This latest record breaking milestone marks the end of a triumphant week which saw Williams joining David Bowie and Elton John to become only the third person ever to be honoured with a Brits Icon Award.

On hearing the news that The Heavy Entertainment Show, his first album on Sony Music UK, had hit the top spot Robbie said: “I’m chuffed that this album is No 1 and I’m humbled by these amazing statistics and facts. Thank you to the wonderful, wonderful team at Sony. I’m as proud of this album as much as any other, and hope that the fans enjoy it as much as I loved making it…this is for the friendlies. I’m very excited to be taking The Heavy Entertainment show on tour next year.”

On June 2nd 2017 Robbie William will embark upon a European Arena tour, kicking off in Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.  So far, there are 31 confirmed dates up to the middle of September which will see the singer take in 18 countries including Russia.

Just how Putin will react to Robbie’s devil-may-care charm & mock Russian partying is anyone’s guess. Expect the next album to contain some references to oligarchs closer to home #Trumpton.

There are still some tickets left for Robbie William’s Irish date at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium 17th June 2017, tickets from Ticketmaster starting at Euro 69.50 excluding handling charges.  ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ is available through iTunes, Amazon etc and in physical format via your local record shop.


Why the USA will ‘Never Forget’ Zara Larsson


Swedish hip-popstrel, Zara Larsson, is riding high on the crest of a musical wave, having taken American television chat show hosts and their audiences by storm.  Fresh from kicking it on The Ellen Show, where along with UK producer/singer-songwriter MNEK, the gold-lame adorned 18 year old gave a wow-tastically confident live performance of her smash hit ‘Never Forget You’, the dazzling singer can be found blazing a trail through the US Billboard charts.

Currently clocking in at 200million+ streams, ‘Never Forget You’ has already hit number 1 in the US Billboard Digital Dance Chart and is also striding its way up the Billboard Hot 100, where it’s sitting at No.15.
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Within minutes of Larsson appearing on the Jimmy Fallon hosted, ‘The Tonight Show‘, social media again lit up with praiseful comments about yet another dynamic live TV performance.

‘Never Forget You’, a dance-pop duet which Larsson recorded with MNEK, was originally released last year.  The Swede has recently released an acoustic version of Grammis nominated ‘Lush Life‘.

It would seem that Larsson is now clearly beyond One to Watch status … This butterfly has most certainly emerged from the chrysalis.

Norwegian or NorwEnglish – The Battle for the Norwegian Charts


Today I decided to go a bit random and check out what it is exactly that floats the musical boat of the Norwegian music buying public.  Amidst endless entries from the likes of Justin Bieber, Adele and Ed Sheeran, there are some but not many indigenous acts dotted here and there across the charts.  What is most interesting but yet not surprising, is the fact that those that do feature, are predominantly Norwegian speaking.

Bit of a conundrum that when you dwell upon it.  Most of the successful acts in the Norwegian charts are English speaking International acts, yet the domestic acts that seem to be charting are those that perform in Norwegian.  One wonders how that must sit with the NorwEnglish bands!  The facts surely beg the question – why are Norwegian speaking acts more successful than their English speaking fellow countrymen, in a chart that is dominated by non-Norwegian speaking international artists?

Some of the local Norwegian acts currently filling the Nordic airwaves are Sondre Justad, Anders Jektvik, OnklP & De Fjerne Slektningene and Norwegian Baby Biebers (in stereo) – cue huge cutesy factor  – Marcus and Martinus.  So just who are these domestice acts currently riding the tide of Norwegian chart success??

Sondre Justad

Sondre Justad is a young Norwegian singer hailing from Lofoten, who is currently doing a promotional tour of Norway on foot of the launch of his debut album, ‘Riv I Hjertet’, released via Petroleum records.  The title track, which means Torn Heart, is currently the most played song on Norwegian radio, and if it rings your bell, you can stream it here on Spotify or buy it via iTunes.

Thirty something Anders Jektvik, is a musician, singer and songwriter originally from Hitra, an island in Sor-Trondelag, in the upper reaches of Northern Norway.  Previously a member of the band Tefeilles, he went solo in 2012 when he came runner up in the X Factor type competition, Norske Talenter.  He released his debut album, ‘Aill kjeinne aill’, in Febuary 2013, and is currently sitting at number 13 in the album charts with this latest album, ‘Sei det igjæn’.

OnklP & De Fjerne Slektningene are an urban-rap-rock group formed by OnklP and Oslo Ess.  Their songs lean towards the usual urban-rap themes of love, drugs, death etc and have been nominated for several prizes/awards.  They are currently just one slot under Mr Jektvik, at number 14 in the album charts, with their third release, ‘Slekta III‘.

Which just leaves mini-music-wonders, identical twins Marcus and Martinus, currently presiding over the number 2 spot in the album charts, whilst also lurking at number 31 in the singles charts.  Their album ‘Hei‘ has been sitting in the Norwegian album charts for an impressive 35 weeks!  Not bad for two thirteen year olds is it?

Having won the Melodi Grand Prix Junior  in 2012, they built a successful mini-pop career, got themselves signed by Sony Music Ent Norway, and went on to release their debut album in February 2015.

I’ll leave you with their latest, festive single, only just released, ‘Alt jeg onsker meg’ which means ‘All I wish for’ … take it away boys!