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LTYH keeps climbing

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on August 11, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - This week the D.H.T. hit single “Listen To Your Heart” climbs two more spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 to #8, still with a gold tinted bullet. This means it’s spent 12 weeks on the chart with two weeks on top 10, and counting.

  The album stays at #3 on the Electronic Albums chart, the single stays at #3 on the Dance Radio Airplay chart and climbs to #4 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, also with a bullet.

“Fading Like a Flower” also charting in Finland

Written by animalkingdom on August 8, 2005 to .

HELSINKI - Dancing DJs’ remake of “Fading Like a Flower” has risen to number #13 on the official Finnish singles chart this week. Meanwhile in the UK the single slips, as anticipated, four spots to #22.

LTYH enters the US top 10!

Written by Roxette-atic on August 4, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - It’s a considerable feat – a combination of talent, luck and marketing muscle – for a song to do so well as to break into the Top 10 of the main Billboard magazine chart. But it’s a rare occurance indeed when it happens more than once.

  This week, the Per Gessle/MP Persson song “Listen to Your Heart” does just that! D.H.T.’s cover version enters the US top 10 at #10! After eleven weeks it takes the big step – and it’s still gold tinted – meaning it’s expected to rise further. “It makes me really pleased,” Per comments.

  It stays at #5 on the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream chart, and it also stays at #2 on the Electronic Albums chart. On the Dance Radio Airplay chart the single falls to #3 from last week’s #2, after 25 weeks on the chart.

Roxryder-V2002 and Lars-Erik Olson contributed to this article.

Dancing DJs vs Roxette - New entry at #18

Written by ncurran on July 31, 2005 to .

The Dancing DJs remix of “Fading like a Flower” is a new entry in the UK at #18 this week. The hype has been building for months, and many people were expecting a much higher entry. Unlike the American chart, singles are much less likely to climb after their initial entry, so it seems likely that this will be the single’s peak position. The song has been doing well on the UK video channel “The Box” for several weeks, with a new video featuring dancers with the original Roxette video in the background.

  However, as well as a distinct lack of promotion and radio airplay, the main problem that the release faced is that the UK’s largest single retailer, Woolworths, decided not to stock the single, which has seriously hampered its potential success.

LTYH cover moves up another few notches

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on July 28, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - On its 9th week on the Billboard Hot 100, “Listen To Your Heart” by D.H.T. climbs a couple of places to #12 from last week’s #14. On the Dance Radio Airplay chart it falls to #2, while it stays at #5 on the Top 40 Mainstream.

  D.H.T.’s brand new album, also named “Listen To Your Heart”, zooms straight into #2 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.

  A quick analysis of the chart by The Daily Roxette seems to indicate that the song has enough momentum (taking into consideration the songs in higher positions that are dropping down) to break into the Top 10 next week.

“Listen To Your Heart” takes another step up

Written by rox4ever on July 21, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - On its eighth week on the U.S. Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart, D.H.T.’s “Listen To Your Heart” climbs again after a week staying at the same position (#19) to the #14 spot. It is still expected to climb even more due to the golden bullet. Just four spots away from the Top 10.

  The single also stays at #1 for the fourth week in a row on the Dance Radio Airplay chart.

  D.H.T. are spending a considerable amount of time in the United States, doing promotion for the song and album. They appeared yesterday on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” a popular nationally-syndicated morning television talk show that originates here in New York.

D.H.T. remains at #1 and #19

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on July 14, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - In the last seven weeks D.H.T.’s “Listen To Your Heart” only climbed. But in its 8th week on the chart the song stays put on #19. Although it’s not moving, the golden bullet represents more airplay than last week. So it still may move upward.

  On the Dance Radio Airplay the song remains at #1 for the third week in a row. It has been on the DRA chart for 22 weeks.

“Listen To Your Heart” goes Top 20

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on July 7, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - On its seventh week on the U.S. Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart, D.H.T.’s “Listen To Your Heart” makes a leap of eleven spots to #19. This puts the song into the Top 20… and the song is still gold tinted and thus, expected to rise further.

  It stays at #1 on the Dance Radio Airplay chart.

“Listen To Your Heart” hits #1 on Dance Radio Airplay chart

Written by Roxryder-V2002 on June 30, 2005 to .

NEW YORK (UPDATED) - On Billboard’s Dance Radio Airplay chart, the cover version of “Listen To Your Heart” by D.H.T. reached the #1 position this week, leaving behind acts like Gwen Stefani with “Hollaback Girl” and Kelly Osbourne with her latest single, “One Word.”

  Meanwhile, the song rises another six places up to #30 on its sixth week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single is still highlighted with a gold tint, meaning that it is still expected to climb more.

  “I think their version is totally OK,” Per says to The Daily Roxette when asked what he thinks of D.H.T.’s covers. “There’s an ’unplugged’ version that is ummm, sort of good. It feels like they like the original because they are very true to our version, except for the techno part of course! But it’s sort of the same vocals… nice and open,” Per tells TDR. “So, go D.H.T.!, Per cheers. “Let’s hope it goes to #1 on the ’big chart’ as well!”

  Robbins Entertainment, the duo’s US record label, continues to invest money in promotion. An industry publicist was hired last Friday and a new music video was shot in a studio here in New York on Tuesday.

Additional reporting by Thomas Evensson, William Navarro and Lars-Erik Olson.

Hit cover of “Listen to Your Heart” breaks into the Billboard Top 40

Written by Lars-Erik_Olson on June 23, 2005 to .

NEW YORK - Sixteen years after Roxette climbed all the way to the top of the charts with “Listen to Your Heart,” the song has made a spectacular return and – this week – broke into a coveted Top 40 position on the the Billboard “Hot 100” chart.

  The Belgian duo D.H.T.’s dance remake of LTYH climbs a dramatic 19 places up to #36 this week, raising the question of just how much higher it can go.

  “It’s reacted very well on radio,” a spokeswoman at Robbins Entertainment, the group’s U.S. record label, told The Daily Roxette.

  Their Roxette cover was previously released in Europe, and appeared on various compilation albums there as well. Robbins, primarily a dance label, is a joint-venture with BMG North America. Here in the States, it’s available as a Maxi-CD, on 12” vinyl, and as a legitimate download. These sales numbers are factored into this Billboard chart. A spot check yesterday showed that Virgin Megastore in NYC’s Times Square (where Roxette performed the song live in 2000) had a dozen copies on display.

  So far, there hasn’t been a music video to help promote the single. “We didn’t like the one they already had,” she said, implying that it wouldn’t be of much help here. That will soon change, as the label – excited about the success they’ve had so far and preparing for a July 19 release of a full CD (see cover art above) – is flying D.H.T. back to New York to shoot a brand new one this weekend.

  “Anytime I spin ’Listen To Your Heart,’ the club goes wild,” says “DJ Eric” on the Robbins site’s message board. As previously reported on TDR, the song is getting heavy airplay on major U.S. radio stations.

   This is the first cover version of a Roxette song to appear on the Billboard chart, and the first entry credited to Per Gessle since Roxette’s “Sleeping in My Car” went to #50 in July 1994.

  Roxette’s original recording of “Listen to Your Heart” reached the #1 slot the week of November 4, 1989.

Roxryder-V2002 contributed to this article.

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