Head of Music at Muzo continues his 2011 Hot Hits retrospective with The Guys and the Groups (Yes this blog has accidentally become structured a bit like X Factor, but it’s kind of relevant for this bit).
“Next up is an artist who has been making music for over a decade, but became an overnight success this year with a song that was everywhere, Aloe Blacc with ‘I Need a Dollar’. Usually a song will enter the chart at its highest position and then fall down. Not this song. It took seven weeks to climb to number two in June.
One Direction finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010 and proved to be more successful than the actual winner Matt Cardle. Everywhere they went they mobbed by 1D fans. The debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was the fastest selling single of the year when it was released in September.
Speaking of X Factor losers, Olly Murs had mixed fortunes with his first releases, two top 5 singles, then one that peaked at number 20, and one that didn’t make the top 40 at all. He enlisted the help of chaps from London called the Rizzle Kicks and released ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ in September and all seemed rosy in the Murs garden again.
Which brings us to one of the surprise hits of the year. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ saw Maroon 5 team up with Christina Aguilera. Neither act could be described as consistent chart performers in recent years, but boy did this grab people’s attention! And it still is, 19 weeks after release and it’s still not dropped out of the top 20, although never topping the UK chart.
So while we’re on the subject of duets, let’s have pair of them. Superstar DJ and producer David Guetta teamed up with Usher for the rather splendid ‘Without You’ and went on an extended stay in the Top 10. Whilst never far from the headlines, Rihanna teamed up with the ‘never-really-near-the-headlines’, Calvin Harris for the massive dance floor filler ‘We Found Love’, a song that yo-yo’d around the top three for weeks spending a total of 6 weeks in two different spells.
So there you have it, 11 Hot Hits from 2011. See I told you it had been a good year. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings.”