Posts Tagged ‘Ultratop’

Charley says WEEK! 2010.24

June 20, 2010

Emmène-Moi‘ is one of those songs that I must have listened to so much as a kid, that today I can still sing along to every word of it. And to be honest, I still think it is completely amazing.

Allan Théo is a French singer who hit it big in 1998 with this Frenglish song. He had another French top 10 hit from his debut album with ‘Lola‘. There’s a bit of a depressing tale on Wikipedia of self-financed follow-up projects which had him sell his house, only for it all to go wrong. However, all’s well that ends well, as these days Allan is said to be a banker who is still doing music on the side. His website promises a new album very soon.

Charley says ARTIST! Daphné
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Charley says GUEST VIDEO BLOG! Kyrah says POP!
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Charley says VIDEO! Kat DeLuna ft. Akon – Push Push
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Charley says VIDEO! Jaap – Don’t Stop Believin’
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Charley says SONG! Huu – Crawl
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Charley says VIDEO! Lasgo – Tonight
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Charley says CHARTS! Ultratop 2010.24
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Charley says CHARTS! Ultratop 2010.24

June 19, 2010

Would you guys want to see the Flemish charts on Charley says POP?

In Belgium the charts are called the Ultratop. There’s a very useful and complete website online, which I can absolutely recommend. It exists in both a Flemish and a Walloon version, as each of these regions of Belgium has their own charts.

Be sure to check out the official Ultratop site for the full thing, but here I’ll be pointing out each week’s top 10, all Belgian songs that have charted in the top 50 and all Belgian entries on the Ultratip, which is our equivalent of the Bubbling Under chart.

The Belgian charts are excruciatingly slow, so we’ll see how these posts work out over some time and evaluate.

For now, you’ll find this week’s Flemish chart information, after the jump!

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Charley says WEEK! 2010.19

May 16, 2010

Move over, Jasper Erkens and Freaky Age. Here’s Breathe The Sound! Above is lead singer Simon Nuytten. Below is their song ‘Dance‘. Over here is a live cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Man In The Mirror‘. And this is the band’s MySpace profile. This isn’t usually my kind of music, but I find myself liking this quite a bit.

Charley says ARTIST! Tom Dice
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Charley says COVER ART! Monrose – Like A Lady
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Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel
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Charley says ARTIST! Axeela
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Charley says VIDEO! Lio – Le Banana Split
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Charley says LIST! 3 Unlikely Yet Rather Amazing Samples
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Charley says LIST! 3 Small Updates
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Charley says VIDEO! Petra – Angel

May 12, 2010

 

Petra De Steur is a Flemish singer who is probably best known for her wacky hair styles (Eat your heart out, Lady Gaga) and putting a couple of children’s songs to dance music.

One of her best known singles is ‘Laat Je Gaan‘, of which an English version called ‘Just Let Go‘ exists as well. The song fits perfectly into the New Beat craze that was emerging from Belgium at the time, taking cues from the likes of The Confetti’s.

Petra is also a Eurosong regular. She appeared on the Belgian National Final in both 1993 and 1999, but it wasn’t until her 2006 participation under the moniker La Sakhra that she did well in the competition. In fact, was it not for Kate Ryan’s Eurovision stomper ‘Je T’Adore‘ it would have been ‘Wonderland‘ that represented Belgium in Athens.


Just Let Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_isV8q8i4U

However, today I wanted to tell you about ‘Angel‘, the song Petra hoped to shake off her old image with back in 2001.

I was surprised to find out that none other than Pole Folder was involved in the making of this song. This Belgian DJ, real name Benoit Franquet, is a brilliant trance producer who has had his music featured on shows as ‘Nip/Tuck’. My favourite song of his is ‘Faith In Me‘. It’s an incredible song that features the unbelievably chillingly gorgeous vocals of trance queen Kirsty Hawkshaw whom you may know as the voice on Tiësto’s ‘Just Be‘.

Unfortunately, just the involvement of this producer wasn’t enough to guarantee the success of this breathy tune. The single promos had to be sent out without a mention of who was singing on it for the “credible” radio stations to playlist it. If I remember correctly the song was pulled from certain channels when it was revealed that this was actually Petra’s latest effort. In the end, even a video featuring the singer only covered in a towel and her long hair fondling an almost naked black guy didn’t help.

Angel‘ spent one week in the Ultratop at number 50.