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