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Alex's Weekly Music Mash-Up!0
By - Posted 4th July, 2015 at 9:35 pm
Hello everyone! Welcome to the massive 7th week of the Mash-Up! Hasn’t it been sooooooo long in such a short time? A friendly reminder for you: to advertise us more! I myself always ask my friends to read, and I’d love it if you did too! Of course, if you’re a new reader and have some ideas for this Weekly, post them in the comments! Nothing’s going to get done if you don’t tell anyone!

To start, as always, is the Billboard Hot 100:

1.) We Are Young – fun. ft. Janelle Monae

2.) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
3.) Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
4.) Glad You Came – The Wanted
5.) Part Of Me – Katy Perry
6.) Starships – Nicki Minaj
7.) Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars
8.) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
9.) Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
10.) We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
 
Adele is still holding out on a 61st week with ‘Rolling In The Deep’, with Selena Gomez & The Scene (a very… 
surprising… entry to this chart) on their 37th week for ‘Love You Like A Love Song’. ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” by 
Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj &  M.I.A unfortunately fell the most places, 28. This was very closely followed by the #1 
artist fun. with Some Nights having dropped 27.
It was a relatively quiet week for high risers, the highest at #21 was ‘Live My Life’ by Far*East Movement ft. 
Justin Bieber.
 
 
Second will be the Billboard Top 200 Albums:
 
1.) 21 – Adele
2.) Whitney: The Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston
3.) WZRD – WZRD
4.) NOW 41 – Various Artists
5.) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
6.) Careless World: Rise Of The Last King – Tyga
7.) 19 – Adele
8.) Take Care – Drake
9.) Talk That Talk – Rihanna
10.) Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
 
Congrats again to Whitney Houston, still with 3 albums in the top 10, if dangling off the edge slightly. Adele, 
when she inevitably releases 23, the logical answer to her next album, she may just reach Whitney. But by that 
time, Ms Houston will probably have fallen back out of the charts…
WZRD debuting at #3 is the highest this week, with ‘Black Radio’ for Robert Glasper Experiment next at #15. 
The story for falls was much more morose, with Snow Patrol dipping 118 with ‘Fallen Empires’. Michael 
Jackson was behind him, which is certainly better than being in front of him!
 
An excruciating 799 weeks is in the hands of Pink Floyd for ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It’s not hard to see that 
this album is just 1 week away from 800. Can you imagine 800 weeks? That’s… Urm… Darn it I need my 
calculator: 5,600 days! 134,400 hours! That’s really, really, really long! Guns N’ Roses are still trailing behind at 
229 weeks, a feat also impressive.
 
 
Next up on the list is the Official UK Top 100:
 
1.) Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
2.) Next To Me – Emeli Sande
3.) Starships – Nicki Minaj
4.) Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
5.) Love Me – Stooshe ft. Travie McCoy
6.) Hot Right Now – DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora
7.) Bright Lights – Tiny Stryder ft. Pixie Lott
8.) Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
9.) Seven Nation Army – Marcus Collins
10.) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
 
Both Nicki Minaj and Sia are in the top 10 this week, and Marcus Collins, runner-up of The X Factor 2011 has 
released his new song just in time to greet them. The original of his track, ‘7 Nation Army’ by the White Stripes 
has also re-entered, although quite low down. ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls has gone back into the chart at dead 
100, on its 237th week. Shakira is the highest riser, climbing 101 spots with ‘Waka Waka (This Time For 
Africa)’. Although this chart only displays the top 100, a further 100 songs are also measured, for instances 
like this. The 2nd longest stayer ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ was also the biggest drop at #89, 40 places.
 
 
Finally we have the ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles:
 
1.) We Are Young – fun. ft. Janelle Monae
2.) Ass Back Home – Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch
3.) Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
4.) Starships – Nicki Minaj
5.) Boys Like You – 360 ft. Gossling
6.) Throw Your Hands Up – Qwote ft. Pitbull
7.) Fight For You – Jason Derulo
8.) One Thing – One Direction
9.) Bangarang – Skrillex
10.) Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown
 
#11 by Taio Cruz ended last week on #38, a rise of 27 places with ‘Troublemaker’. However, the drops weren’t 
as bad, with the largest of 9 for Taio Cruz ft. Flo-Rida, slightly peculiar for ‘Hangover’. ‘Party Rock Anthem’ by 
LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock is still standing strong on its 53rd week, if slipping a little.
 
 
For this week’s Special Artist Feature, it was once again slightly difficult. I had to think of an artist that hasn’t 
been represented yet. We had a couple of female soloists earlier, Eminem last week as a male soloist, and 
finally Take That for male bands. That leaves female bands, and the first one that always pops into my head is 
the Sugababes. But they didn’t feel right this week, and I was racking my brains to find the band which had 
Beyonce Knowles in. And it hit me: Destiny’s Child! With that thought, here is this issue’s Special Artist 
Feature!
 
In early 1990, Beyonce Knowles, now solo superstar, met LaTavia Robertson, both auditioning for a girlband. 
Kelly Rowland moved into her home the next year, and joined the group, then-called Girl’s Tyme. The original lineup consisted of 3 other members, including two sisters. Arne Frager, a producer of the time, entered the group in Star Search, but their failure led to the 3 additional members being removed, and another introduced.
Columbia Records signed the new Destiny’s Child (which in between went from Something Fresh to Cliché and the Dolls) in 1997, and they released ‘No, No, No’ in November 1997.
 
Their first eponymous (self-titled) album hit #67 on the Billboard Top 200, eventually selling 1 million and the main single (and their first, nonetheless) hit #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. ‘Say My Name’, certainly the first single I have heard from them, was released in 2000 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 entirely for 3 weeks, boosting album sales. However, two of the members sued Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s father) for taking too much money from sales and felt unfairly treated, so left the band. Michelle Williams joined the pair, to make the lineup as it is today.
 
‘Survivor’, the third album, was released in 2001, going straight to number one and selling 663,000 copies in just one week! All three of the first singles hit the top 3, which led them to swiftly release a Christmas album: ‘8 Days of Christmas‘.  Beyonce’s sister Solange used the group as backing singers on The Proud Family’s theme tune. The three all motioned to release solo albums and work alone for some time, and Rowland was featured on Nelly’s ‘Dilemma’, earning her a Grammy award! Her solo album was pulled forward and Knowles’ pushed back, although it was still the best performing of the three releases. Worldwide, ‘Dangerously in Love‘ sold 11 million copies, and earned her 5 Grammy awards in one night, matching Alicia Keys’, Lauryn Hill’s and Norah Jones’ record.
 
After their 3-year hiatus, the trio returned to bring out a final fourth album, ‘Destiny Fulfilled‘. Every member here got equal time writing and producing songs. The album did not perform amazingly, but still provided ample hits, selling 8 million copies in the year after it was released, 2005. The group announced a split on their final tour in front of 16,000 people, but still performed multiple times later. They were even awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2,035th to receive one. 

But what do you think? Did your favourite song hit #1? Or did it not do too well? Did you like the Special Artist Feature? Or you would you have preferred the likes of Bon Jovi? Leave your thoughts below!

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