Lifford singer Mickey Joe Harte has held off challenges from global superstars including Shania Twain and Taylor Swift to secure top spot on the iTunes Irish download charts.
His single ‘For The Broken Hearted’ thundered to the pinnacle of the charts after being released on Thursday.
While the song itself was recorded in Germany with producer Dieter Kirchenbauer, the video was recorded in Donegal around the Downings and Mevagh area with Logue’s Pub in Carrigart used as the backdrop for the crowd scenes.
Hard to believe as it may seem, it is 14 years since Mickey Joe Harte captured the nation’s heart when he
represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Latvia.
His song ‘We’ve Got the World Tonight’ went on to achieve in excess of six times platinum status and remains a jukebox favourite to this day.
Speaking after capturing the number one position on the download charts, the Lifford man said it had
been a busy few days.
“I’ve had the song for a few years now and it has always got a good reaction anytime I’ve played it live.
“I’ve been gigging a lot in Germany and I’ve always noticed how well it went down with audiences there.
“So we decided to put it out there as a single and it has gone in at number one which is brilliant. You just
never know what is going to happen when you release a single but thankfully it has done well for us so far.”
For The Broken Hearted is by far 44-year-old Mickey Joe’s biggest hit since We’ve Got the World back in
2003. And being back at the top feels very good indeed, the musician admitted.
“It’s good to know that I am still putting music out there that people want to hear,” Mickey Joe said.
“A lot of work has gone into what we have been doing and we have a strategy this time which we have never had before. We have also brought in a PR company to help us promote the recordings we have
been doing in Germany.
“The plan now is to do as much PR as possible for the new single up until the end of October and then head back to Germany for November. After that we are hoping to do a tour here in Ireland in 2018.
“It has been a good few days since the single was released and I think the difference with my music these
days compared to a few years ago is that there is less pressure. I have my own label now, I have the support of my team around me and I’m having fun again.
“There is a bit of travelling involved but I’m enjoying the music and enjoying gigging which is great.
“It has been a great weekend and hopefully that continues.”
Posted: 7:00 pm October 15, 2017