Peak UK Chart Position: #15 in November 2003.
Sampling Diana Ross’ 1971 number ten hit “Surrender”, this was London-born Javine Hylton’s second top twenty hit in the UK. She had previously reached number four earlier that year with debut single “Real Things”, a track that sampled M.O.P.’s “Ante Up”.
As was well catalogued at the time, she was a contender on ITV’s “Popstars: The Rivals”, eventually coming in sixth place – which sounds a reasonable achievement until you consider that the five voted above her became Girls Aloud. Thus, Javine went on to forge a solo career, with her first five singles all making the top twenty. After “Surrender (Your Love)”, she also scored with “Best Of My Love” (not a cover) which got to number 18, then covered Jade’s 1993 hit “Don’t Walk Away” and took it to number 16.
She unsuccessfully represented the UK at Eurovision in 2005, with the track “Touch My Fire”. It not only managed to be a number 18 hit in the UK, but achieved only 18th place in Kiev, where the contest was held that year. It was reported that she was suffering from a throat infection, affecting her live performance.
“Surrender (Your Love)” entered the charts at number 15 on this day in 2003 – although the big news of the week was much further up, as it was “Me Against The Music” making the headlines, the Britney Spears and Madonna duet. As is so often the case with big name duets, it failed to reach the top, entering at number two behind a brand new number one from Busted with “Crashed The Wedding”.