In its first week after its release, Mena’s hit single “You’re the only one” hit the Billboard charts at no. 88. It has since climbed to no. 86, and is expected to continue its upwards progression. In the May edition of Entertainment Weekly, key producer Kanye West predicted that the big US summer hit of 2004 would be Maria Mena’s “You’re the only one”. Said the acclaimed producer:”I like her style. Maria is my favourite.” Time Magazine singled out Mena in its June issue declaring her one of twelve acts that were likely to become the summer’s hitmakers.
A central spot on her promotion agenda is due on July 20 when the happening Oslo songstress is to sing live on the David Letterman show aired on CBS. The show is viewed by an audience of app. 4.5 million. The Letterman appearance comes in the midst of an extensive US tour that includes support slots for Hanson in a series of East Coast concerts in July.
As of writing, Mena occupies the 27th spot on the national CHR Pop-list and she has climbed to no. 34 on the “Hot Adult Contemporary”-list. On the American Radio Chart’s weekly Top-40 list, Mena maintains a 26th spot while she has climbed to the 23rd on the CHR Pop-list at the Jones Radio Network. While the single has not been shifted in huge numbers in record stores, “You’re the only one” is aired around the clock on US radio.
The playlists published by Radio & Records show that Maria Mena’s “You’re the only one” is being picked up by radio stations all over the US. Mena’ hit performs equally well in both the Pop and Hot Adult Contemporary formats. Up to 15 million Americans can now hear Mena on the radio.
Wrote Billboard on the Norwegian pop-phenomenon: “Norwegian artist Maria Mena struck platinum in her homeland with her 2002 debut, "Another Phase." She also received three Spellemannpriser Award nominations (the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys). With "You're the Only One," it is America's turn to discover this talented 18-year-old. As the lead track from her U.S. full-length debut ("White Turns Blue," due July 20), it is an immediate attention-getter. Situated somewhere between Michelle Branch and Alanis Morissette, Mena deftly delivers the goods. She comes armed with poetic lyrics—"Well I saw you with your hands above your head/Spinning around trying not to look down/ But you did and you fell/Hard/On the ground"—and vibrant pop/rock edges. This is a great modern-day love song. MP”
Maria Mena’s second album “White Turns Blue” is scheduled for US release on July 20 on Columbia.
Read more on Maria Mena at her web-site.
Listen to Mena’s “What’s another day” here. sd
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