While free ‘streams’ meant all of nothing this time last year, the inclusion of these streams when awarding US chart positions has seen the stock of many newcomers soar substantially.
One of these newcomers, being Hip Hop freshman Elijah Blake- housed by Roc Nation and enlisted to pen and produce material for Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Kylie Minogue, Usher, Ciara and Rihanna.
It’s the latter two that have seen him join producer Mike Will Made It dominate the UK’s Urban tally!
Chart check below…
One year after penning ‘No Love Allowed‘ for Rihanna‘s ‘Unapologetic’ and ‘DUI’ for Ciara‘s self titled new album, Elijah has seen both albums land coveted spots on the UK’s Urban Top 40, with each sat #18 and #29 respectively.
Meanwhile, in joining Elijah’s unique way of reaching British music lovers, Mike Will enjoys the very same feat- responsible for ‘Unapologetic’s smash hit ‘Pour It Up‘ and ‘Ciara‘s Hot 100 sensation ‘Body Party’!
Elsewhere, Lady GaGa fans made their voices heard on the overall chart this week, watching her new single ‘Applause‘ rocket to #5 less than a week after its release!
As if that wasn’t enough, the Pop Queen also celebrates a new chart record broken by 2009’s ‘Bad Romance’. For, in staking its claim as one of the highest selling singles of all time, the number stormed the 1 million sales mark barrier, one week after Robin Thicke‘s ‘Blurred Lines’ danced its way to the same milestone!
Then, as sleeper hit sister ‘Va Va Voom‘ makes its way to worldwide sales of 2 million units, Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Starships‘ spends its 79th week in the Top 40, soaring to #39 as its sales continue to flourish in the competitive market.
Thus far, the euphoric Dance number has sold 7.2 million units worldwide!