Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in March 2001.
As mentioned amongst today’s birthdays, it is a happy 34th to Dublin-born Samantha Mumba. Signed by Louis Walsh to Polydor records after being discovered on Irish channel RTÉ’s talent show ‘Let Me Entertain You’ in 1998, her first single release in 2000 – “Gotta Tell You” – was unsurprisingly an Irish chart topper, a UK number two hit, and perhaps more surprisingly got to number four on the American Billboard charts. It also peaked at number one in New Zealand.
She had six hits in all, all making the top six in the UK. She switched from music to acting, including 2002 film “The Time Machine”. In 2007 she appeared in her own Channel 4 reality show (designed to showcase her comeback) entitled ‘Get Your Act Together’, and in 2008 was one of the celebrities taking part in ITV show ‘Dancing On Ice’. She announced her retirement from music in late 2010, only to reverse that decision just over two years later.
“Always Come Back To Your Love” was her third hit single, and second Irish number one. It was produced by Norwegian production team Stargate, who have worked with artists ranging from S Club 7 and Blue, to Rihanna and Ne-Yo, as well as – most recently – Coldplay. Here it is, performed on Top of the Pops on March 2nd 2001, a show that included David Gray, Melanie B, Outkast, and Atomic Kitten.