DJ Ella does well in Canadian dance music chart

Looks like it’s time for a DJ Ella update. The Latvian singer, who back in February slipped into the French dance music charts with the video for her song “DJ Take Me,” has now done even better in Canada.

Otherwise known as Elīna Fūrmane, the Rīga-based DJ Ella this week is at No. 8 on the Toronto-based dance music cable TV channel BPM:TV. She peaked last week at No. 6.

Recording company MICREC also announced June 4 that her album Welcome to the Club is seeing increased demand outside of Latvia. It now is available for sale in both compact disc and MP3 formats through online store CD Baby. also supposedly carries the album, although when we checked the CD version was “temporarily out of stock,” which often seems to be code for “it’s in our catalog, but we don’t really sell it.” Surprisingly, iTunes does have the album (the link is to the U.S. store, but other iTunes stores have it, too).

Fans of her music—including U.S. blogger Poster Girl—can still get as free MP3 remix of “Shine Like a Superstar.” The remix is by Electricano (Vladimir Ivanoff), a DJ from Jelgava. Another version of the song, this time a collaboration with German pop punk and rock group Audiosmog, was just released June 12 and should soon by heard on Baltic radio stations, reports MICREC. (Audiosmog, by the way, is among bands playing during the July 25-26 Baltic Beach Party in Liepāja.)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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