Tuesday, 9 October 2012
An international year for UK #1's!
Swedish House Mafia are looking increasingly likely to score their first UK No.1 single at the weekend, with their final release, the euphoric dance anthem Don't You Worry Child, which features fellow Swede John Martin on vocals. Should they achieve the feat it will be yet another country to add to the list of acts that have had No.1 singles in the UK during 2012. In a singles chart that has been dominated by US and homegrown acts atop the listings over the past few years, the biggest selling single of the year is from Belgian born Australian Gotye's duet with with New Zealand's Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know, whilst the second biggest seller is from Canadaian Carly Rae Jepsen and in third place it's French DJ David Guetta's collaboration with Australian singer Sia, Titanium.
Aside from these three international number one hits, and outside of the usual haul coming from the UK and the US, there have been chart toppers from Barbados (Cover Drive and Rihanna), Ireland (The Script), Holland (Eva Simons) and even South Korea thanks to PSY's mammoth worldwide K-pop smash Gangnam Style! Europe's biggest hit of the summer was arguably of course Swedish singer Loreen's Eurovision winning Euphoria, which even went top three in the UK! Hopefully this is proof that radio and TV will start to become more open to supporting music from countries other than the two big hitters, because there are hundreds of domestic hits going unheard outside their native territory each year that deserve the mass exposure!