'Destination' for Ronan
Ronan Keating is to release a new album this month. But Ronan is
worried it could fail as he has left Boyzone. His new album 'Destination',
is a follow up to his debut solo album 'Ronan'.
As he prepares
to release 'If Tomorrow Never Comes', the debut single from the
new album, Ronan is keen to see the new album match the success
of his previous one.
It was on the success of Boyzone that Ronan Keating launched his
solo career. Unlike other members of the group who failed as solo
stars Ronan succeeded because most of the songs on the album were
rated better than any of the Boyzone songs.
of two songs together has generated the new No:1 song in the UK
this week. 'Freak Like Me' is a combination of 'Are Friends Electric'
by Gary Numan/Tubeway Army and 'Freak Like Me' by Adina Howard.
The two songs were put together as a track towards the latter part
of last year. A bootleg of the track called 'We Don't Give A Damn
About Friends' credited to Girls On Top began to circulate on the
net and club DJ's. It was basically the synthesiser line of Gary
Numan's track with Adina Howard's vocals from her song.
Richard X failed in his attempts to release it on a major label
commercially. This was mainly due to people connected to Howard
refusing to permit the use of her vocals.
time the all girl group the Sugababes were also having problems.
They had switched over to Island Records, who offered the girls
the song so that it could be recorded afresh.
With the hurdles
cleared the Sugababes were relaunched with 'Freak Like Me'. Within
a week the song had sold enough copies to beat off a challenge from
'One Step Closer' by S Club Junior and oust 'The Hindu Times' by
Oasis from the No:1 position on the singles chart.
are a trio who debuted on the scene in September 2000 with 'Overload'.
As the track peaked at No:6 much was expected from the group since
they performed good dancefloor soul music. But it was not to be
as the follow up releases 'New Year' at the end of 2000 'Soul Sound'
and 'Run For Cover' failed to dent the chart.
quit the group on tour last year. In her place came Heidi Range.
The rest is now history for the Sugababes. Adina Howard's version
of 'Freak Like Me' was a flop in the UK when it was released in
On the other
hand Gary Numan's 'Are Friends Electric' has been a very successful
song. It reached the No:1 spot in 1979 and subsequently appeared
on the 'Live EP' No:27 in 1985 and as a double A side track with
'Cars' - a remix in 1987 making it to No:16 with the re-issue in
1996 peaking at No:17.
S Club Juniors
entered the chart at No:2 with 'One Step Closer'. The outfit is
the junior wing of S Club 7. The juniors are aged 11-14. They were
selected following extensive auditions from schools. Though another
manufactured group S Club Juniors launched themselves with a disco
inspired pop track.
The old nursery
rhyme 'The Wheels On The Bus' hit the chart at No:17 this week.
The performing credit is given to MadDonna (no connection we understand
to Mrs. Ritchie). This nursery rhyme is on one of the three CDs
produced by the US educational firm - Mother Goose Rocks. Since
the animation to the song became a hit on the web last year a record
label All Around The World licensed and released it commercially
with the same animation. 'The Wheels On The Bus' is sung by a Madonna
soundalike to the tune of 'Ray of Light'.
There are many
more nursery rhymes and songs made to the tune of contemporary songs.
Another is 'Three Blind Mice' to the style of Shania Twain's 'That
Don't Impress Me Much'.
the pop scene again on Friday April 26 , when Lisa "Left Eye"
Lopes of the successful R&B trio TLC, was killed in a car accident
a post-mortem Lisa suffered a fractured skull and serious chest
injuries in the crash. Nine people were in the vehicle. Lopes was
the only person who died. The others were seriously injured.
Lopes was returning
from a health centre for treatment of those with chronic illnesses
at the time. The 30-year-old Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes had
just signed on a solo record deal with Death Row Records. She had
also recorded several songs.
"Chilli" Thomas, a surviving member of TLC said the group
will continue without Lopes as she can never be replaced.
who was very lucky to get a full page coverage in a recent issue
of Time was pictured last weekend performing with a throat band.
It followed a throat infection the singer suffered which nearly
threatened her current UK tour.
As Kylie flew
in a voice specialist from the US after a viral infection affected
her voice, she was advised to rest her vocal chords. Kylie opened
her UK tour at the International Arena, Cardiff on Friday 26 April
Reports by Monday
added the Australian singer was nearly 100% recovered.
1 - Freak Like Me - Sugababes
2 - One Step Closer - S Club Juniors
3 2 Girlfriend - NSYNC
4 1 The Hindu Times - Oasis
5 7 How You Remind Me - Nickelback
6 6 Whenever Wherever - Shakira
7 5 Lazy - X - Press 2
8 4 Unchained Melody - Gareth Gates
9 - You Held The World In Your Arms - Idlewild
10 8 4 My People - Missy Elliott
11 9 I'm Not a Girl Not Yet A Woman - Britney Spears
12 12 Insatiable - Darren Hayes
13 - Hungry - Kosheen
14 - Come With US - The Chemical Brothers
15 11 My Culture-1 Giant Leap Feat: Maxi Jazz & Robbie Williams
16 10 Me Julie - Shaggy And Alig
17 - The Wheels On The Bus - Mad Donna
18 16 Aint It Funny - Jennifer Lopez
19 14 Something - Lasgo
20 19 Anything Is Possible/Evergreen - Will Young