dispatches from the pop scene...minus the corn syrup.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Blast From The Past

Okay, I've been on a non-stop PWL Radio kick lately at work - we're talking from 9 to 5 - and yesterday I heard "Last Train To Trancentral" by The KLF.

I had completely forgotten about this song, which is odd since So Pretty recently downloaded "Justified And Ancient" and "3 A.M. Eternal" and was playing them constantly.

Anyway, "Last Train..." is such a classic rave/dance tune! The KLF were so ahead of their time and underappreciated. Here's a really cool KLF fan page that a German fan has done up.

Hilary's Still On Top!

...and that means we get to run another totally ridiculous photo of her this week. Hilary Duff remains at #1 on the U.S. albums chart for a 2nd week with her greatest hits set, Most Wanted. Granted, album releases have been pretty dismal lately, and there's not much competition.

That said, Crazy Frog makes a respectable debut on the chart with Crazy Hits, which bounces in at #19. The set sold 40,000 copies in the last week. Why? We have no idea. Have you all actually heard these songs? If anyone over the age of 6 has bought this album, they should have their cell-phone shoved in their ear as "Axel F" rings away.

Monday, August 29, 2005

MTV Video Music Awards

The VMAs went down last night in Miami. We weren't invited, but we're chalking it up to the invite probably getting lost in the mail due to the hurricane.

Anyway, Green Day were the big winners of the night. In what could (hopefully?) be a sea change in the noticeable shift in pop music this year, rock and pop seem to be edging hip-hop out of fashion, as represented by the award winners last night.

Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" won Video Of The Year. The California punks also won the Viewer's Choice Award, Best Group Video, Best Rock Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Elsewhere at the VMAs, The Killers won the Best New Artist category...

Ricky Martin looked really gay...

Kelly Clarkson won for Best Pop Video and Best Female Video for "Since U Been Gone"...

The Black Eyed Peas took time out from promoting the 47 singles they have out right now to show up...

Jessica Simpson looked like a turbo-slut...

Hilary Duff and boyfriend Joel Madden surprisingly looked really cute together, and finally...

Somebody clearly lied to Gwen Stefani when they said that dress looked good. It didn't matter, though, as she went on to win the Best Choreography and Best Art Direction categories.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Lee From Steps Has A New Band

Former Steps member Lee Latchford Evans is, was and will always be hot as f*** in this blogger's opinion!

Case in point, this photo!

Anyway, after spending the weekend listening to Steps - which always reminds me of 1999 when I first moved to Los Angeles, and Steps were in their heyday - I thought I'd surf around and find what Lee's been up to.

I was happy to find that he's got a website, which has his monthly diary, photos and audio files of songs by his new band The Latch. Steps fans beware, as Lee's new music is more in the rock vein. It's actually not too bad!

You have to register with the site to access most of the stuff on there.

At any rate, it's good to see that Lee, now age 30, still manages to quicken the pulse.

Great News!

Our buddy O-Jay, founder of Real McCoy, has been adding all kinds of cool stuff to his blog - the latest of which are photos from publicity shoots, the "Automatic Lover" video shoot and now, the actual videos for "It's On You," "Another Night" (both the European and U.S. versions) and "Automatic Lover."

Just watching the U.S video for "Another Night" has me all nostalgic for my first semester away at college. The first time I ever heard the song was on a Saturday in October 1994 when Lady Stardust and I were listening to the radio while driving in my car to see Pulp Fiction at the movie theater. I ran right out and bought the single!

Special thanks to O-Jay for making the photo available for usage, and for also linking up Chart Rigger to his blog.

The Novelty Has Worn Off

...at least in the UK. In this week's singles chart, Crazy Frog's new one, "Popcorn," failed to get eaten up by the public. The single debuted at #12, which is a far cry from the 4-week reign at #1 that the little guy's "Axel F" had.

Crazy Frog is, however, hopping up the U.S. charts. Expect a decent debut for the full-length set Crazy Hits, as it's currently the 8th most downloaded album at the US iTunes store.

Though the "Axel F" single is taking its time climbing the US Hot 100 Singles chart, the song is the 17th most downloaded song this week.

Rick Astley's New Album

Rick Astley has a new album (yay!) of cover versions (sigh.) coming out in the UK on October 17th, called Portraits. We're guessing Sony/BMG wants to play it safe with this type of album since Rick's last album of original material - 2001's Keep It Turned On - failed to garner any hits (although first single "Sleeping" got some attention in Germany and in U.S. import bins).

At any rate, we love The Rickster, and his voice alone is enough to probably make us grab this new CD.

Here is the track listing for Portraits, as reported on Rick's official website:

"Vincent" – originally by Don Mclean
"And I Love You So" – originally by Perry Como
"Portrait of My Love" – originally by Matt Monro
"Where Do I Begin" – originally by Andy Williams
"These Foolish Things" – originally by Frank Sinatra
‘‘Cry Me A River" – originally by Julie London
"Nature Boy" – originally by Nat "King" Cole
"Close To You" –originally by The Carpenters
"You Belong To Me" – originally by Dean Martin
"Make It Easy On Yourself" – originally by The Walker Brothers
"Somewhere" – originally from ‘West Side Story’
"I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You" – originally by Elvis Presley
"What The World Needs Now" – originally by Dionne Warwick

Saturday, August 27, 2005

No Strangers To Love

Meet Ashley, Josh and Elle - aka T-Zar - a sickeningly sweet new UK pop group who have done covers of 2 of Chart Rigger's all-time fave tunes:

1. "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Rick Astley)
2. "Another Night" (Real McCoy)

They tracks were crafted by the hands of Dave Ford and Ian Curnow, from the old Stock/Aitken/Waterman stable. You can listen to clips of both and watch part of the video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" at T-Zar's official website.

Oh, and the group's name is pronounced like "teaser."

Kelly Clarkson Chooses Next Single

"Because Of You" will be the next single off Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway album. Here's where it starts to get dreary since - despite the first three singles - there weren't too many good songs left on the album.

"You Found Me" seemed to be the next obvious choice, but alas...

"Because Of You" is a ballad co-written with Ben Moody, the guitarist from Evanescence. As you can imagine, it's in the vein of that band's "My Immortal." After the upbeat charge of her last two Max Martin-produced singles, this one is a total let-down.

Bottom line: boooooorrring.

Nice Suspenders

Here's a random photo we found online of Pet Shop Boys crooner Neil Tennant at an early age. He hardly appeared to be the teen queen on the scene in the '70s,eh?

One of Neil's early jobs before he was famous was acting as an editor for Marvel Comics in the UK - taking any American slang and Anglicizing it up (or should we say Anglicising?).

From editor to pop star... hey, maybe there's hope for J'ason D'Luv!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Rob Thomas Covers Madge's "Borderline"

In a live performance for Stripped - an exclusive in-studio performance series created for artists who thrive on performing without the typical studio and video embellishments - Rob Thomas did a mellow performance of Madonna's "Borderline," which you can watch here.

Rob's still promoting his solo album, which started off with a bang when the first single "Lonely No More" became a big hit. His follow-up, "This Is How A Heart Breaks," hasn't been as lucky, and it's failed to crack the U.S. top 40 so far.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Just When You Thought Classy People Don't Do Duets Together Anymore...

Remember when Bryan Adams had hits? It didn't seem too long ago. He did really lame guitar-pop, but it was still good enough that his first greatest hits compilation So Far, So Good was a guilty pleasure for, like, everyone.

Then he got ultra-lame, and did that awful song with Sting and Rod Stewart from the even worse Three Musketeers movie in '94. And don't forget the duet with Babs Streisand from The Mirror Has Two Faces, which was pretty much the last nail in the coffin.

It should be noted that he did sing on that cool "Don't Give Up" dance tune by Chicane 5 years ago.

ANYWAY, according to MTV, Bryan's teamed up with fellow Canadian Pamela Anderson (!!!) to record "When You're Gone" - a duet he originally did with Mel C. of the Spice Girls. The new version will appear on Adams' upcoming hits compilation Anthology.

Hey, at least he's got a sense of humor.

Mariah To Duff: Kiss My Chart-Topping Butt!

Like a stubborn cat that refuses to get off the couch even after you swat it's ample rump with a flyswatter, Mariah Carey not only remains at #1 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart with "We Belong Together," but her new single - "Shake It Off" - bounds up to #4. Mariah may well succeed herself at the top in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, as noted yesterday, Hilary Duff's greatest hits set, Most Wanted, easily debuts at the top of the album chart. The disc's single "Wake Up" is the top debut on the Hot 100 - at #29 - after a massive week of downloads.

Don't get too feisty, though, Hilary. Mimi's straddled the summer with her giant hit, and she can straddle your face and break your boney neck, too!

Elsewhere on the singles chart, Gwen Stefani's "Cool" moves up to #13, and Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" leaps from #49 to #21, becoming the week's greatest gainer in sales.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Dumbing Down Of America

Gee-willikers! Like a savage barbarian princess unleashed from her chains of flop-dom, tween starlet Hilary Duff assaulated the U.S. album chart this week with her Most Wanted hits set, which debuted at #1. The disc sold 208,000 copies last week to land at the top. Let us again take a moment to mention that this "best of" comes after only releasing 2 albums.

Also watch for the chirping minx's new single "Wake Up" to warble its way into the Hot 100 Singles chart tomorrow.

It looks as if Hilary's surfed her giant lollipop into the hearts of America. Get our your credit card and download her pink skirt at will.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Franz Ferdinand's New Album Cover

As stated in the post below, Franz Ferdinand's new single, "Do You Want To," is now available for download at the U.S. and UK iTunes store. This is the artwork for the new album being released in October, You Could Have It So Much Better... With Franz Ferdinand.

Here is the album's tracklisting:

1. The Fallen
2. Do You Want To
3. This Boy
4. I'm Your Villian
5. Evil And A Heathen
6. You're The Reason I'm Leaving
7. Well That Was Easy
8. Eleanor Put Your Boots On
9. What You Meant
10. Walk Away
11. You Could Have It So Much Better
12. Fade Together
13. Outsiders

Now Available On iTunes

It's been awhile since anything decent has been released worth downloading, but today feels like those halcyon teenage days when you'd get excited to go to the record store and buy the latest singles. Depeche Mode's new single "Precious," along with Franz Ferdinand's "Do You Want To," makes for a worthwile trip over to the iTunes music store.

"Precious" will actually not be available on the UK iTunes store until October 3rd, the day of it's commercial CD single release. A CD single will be released a day later for the song in the U.S.

In the meantime, a man was arrested in Poland yesterday for making the single and video available illegally for download ahead of its release. Mute Records, the Depeche Mode's label, was able to track down the man's location and determine that he obtained the files from a supposedly secure copy.

Illegal downloading is BAD, BAD, BAD!

Gwen Stefani's New Single Cover

Looks like Gwen Stefani's going all retro - ala Emma Bunton - with the sleeve artwork for her new single "Cool." The single will be released commercially in the UK on August 29th.

Gwen's playin' it all Marilyn Monroe in the photo (though looking a tad bit more like Anna Nicole Smith), while the graphics and font are pure Bacharach '60s. Swingin'!

Here in the U.S., "Cool" is currently sitting at #19 on the Hot 100 Singles chart, while "Hollaback Girl" is at #11.

Monday, August 22, 2005

We Just Wanted An Excuse To Run These Photos

Robbie Williams, the Colin Farrell of pop, is releasing a new album this October titled Intensive Care. According to some UK gossip, Robbie is eager to record his best album ever now that his former writing and producing partner Guy Chambers is no longer working with him.

Apparently Robbie has partaken in secret recording sessions with the Pet Shop Boys, who were behind his 1998 hit "No Regrets." The Boys have been quite busy recording their own new album with producer Trevor Horn in London, and also readying the release of their Battleship Potempkin score for a September 5th release.

At any rate, Robbie hasn't really been that exciting, music-wise, in recent years. Maybe working with those two queens will jazz up his act a bit.

And, irregardless, hopefully he'll keep acting rude and baring his arse.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

24 Hour Party People's Steve Coogan Knocks Up Courtney Love?

We usually try to steer clear of the "celebrity gossip" stuff, but sometimes certain train wrecks are hard to avoid. That said, according to this, Courtney Love - who was just ordered into (yet another) 28-day drug rehabilitation program - is pregnant via British actor Steve Coogan (currently starring in Happy Endings).

According to the News Of The World, Love discovered she was pregnant 3 days ago after using a home pregnancy test kit.

A "friend" of Courtney's said the baby was conceived during a 2-week fling (classy) at the Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood. Now, why the hell do these stars always stay in hotels in the cities they live in? Maybe Court-ney didn't want daughter Frances Bean to see mommy mid-air?

Anyway, Steve Coogan was pretty good in 24 Hour Party People, playing Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson. Who knew he had such dire taste in women?

Friday, August 19, 2005

Westlife's Mark Feehily Comes Out

When it comes to boy bands, there's always gotta be the gay one, right? UK pop group Westlife's now got an official one - singer Mark Feehily (come on, just look at those perfect eyebrows!).

Mark told England's The Sun newspaper: "I am gay and I'm very proud of who I am. I'm not asking for any sympathy, or to be a role model to anyone else," adding it was "the right time" to let people know the truth."

Mark is apparently in a relationship with singer Kevin McDaid, 21, formerly of the UK boy band V. The two of them met a few months ago.

Westlife have racked up 12 UK #1 singles, while they only managed to eke out one hit in the States, 2000's "Swear It Again."

Download Snafu 2: Duff Attacks!

Like a wild, untamed vulture flying out the depths of fiery hell, Hilary Duff - who has only ever had 1 U.S. Top 40 hit (last year's "Come Clean") - has seen her latest single "Wake Up" fly to #3 on the digital download chart. This is a pretty amazing feat, since that song, along with her Most Wanted "hits" set (again, only 1 friggin' official Top 40 hit), was just released three days ago.

Unfortunately, this most likely means La Duff will see a big debut on the Hot 100 chart next week. Sigh. At least maybe she'll knock Rihanna down a few notches.

Download Snafu: The Killers Cannibalize Their Latest Single

Here's a picture of Brandon Flowers kissing some guy - just one of the many things he does when doing radio promotion.

Anyway, the latest single by The Killers had been climbing the digital downloads chart steadily enough in the past week to debut at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100 yesterday.

However, with the release of the "limited edition" of their album Hot Fuss on Tuesday, all 3 bonus tracks have leapt over "All These Things That I've Done" so much that "Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll" - the first of the 3 "new" songs - is now in the digital download Top 20, while "All These Things..." has slid down to the bottom.

Going by that, we should see the 3 tracks debut on the Hot 100 next week, although technically they're not official singles, so who knows. Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" was the 9th most downloaded song two weeks ago, and it never made an entry on the official Hot 100.

Weezer Minces Words

If you're like me and you picked up Weezer's platinum-selling album Make Believe in the first week or two of it's release, you may have a collector's item on your hands. The band recently revealed that during the mixing process of the album, a lyric to the bridge of their new single "We Are All On Drugs" accidentally got added to the album from an earlier version of the tune.

A CD single of the song was released in the UK this past Monday, containing the corrected version of the song. Recent pressings of Make Believe have also included the corrected version.

The band joked during a radio special that early pressing of the album "will be worth a little money in the future."

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Where Do His Intentions Lay?

In a short, rather cryptic blurb on NME's website today, it was announced that Morrissey will begin work on his new album in Rome next month. No further details were available.

That said, I found a used copy of The Smiths Complete Story DVD last Friday at Aron's Records in Hollywood. Never having seen any early performances by the band - least of all their Top Of The Pops gigs - I was shocked and mesmerized at how flamboyant Le Moz was in those days on the stage. The mincing, flailing white boy dance moves are hysterical, and definitely make it a worthwile purchase!

Mimi Straddles The Summer, Green Day Brings Up The Rear

For the 12th week, Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" sits at the top of the U.S. singles chart. The August 27th issue of Billboard somewhat signals the unofficial end of summer, meaning Mimi's single has stretched itself from the end of May 'til this week at the top - knocked down for only one week when Carrie Underwood attempted a stab at success and her single briefly landed at the top.

Like a wild, hellish kitten sent into a frenzy, there seems to be no stopping Mariah, as her new single "Shake It Off" jumps into the Top 10 and sits at #6 this week, becoming the charts greatest gainer in airplay.

The past week has seen a surge in downloads for Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends," which pushes the single from last week's position of #86 to #49. This makes the band's 4th single off American Idiot the greatest gainer in sales this week.

Debuting on the chart is The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" at #95.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Old Ho Gets A Throw

Damn! I know she ain’t had a real hit in a while, but when Madge really tried to jump back in the old saddle she did about as good a job as she did on “Hollywood” – or on any of her acting jobs.

Apparently England’s #1 Slag was trying to ride her new horse – a present from husband Guy Ritchie – when she got the Christopher Reeve treatment and landed in the nearest ER with a broken collar bone, ribs and a hand. Methinks instead of trying to ride Sidesaddle like ladies do she tried to ride Catherine The Great-style like royal sluts do and the horse didn’t wanna be messin with no gash the size of Wales. Either that or the Horse was still smartin’ over wasting $18 on American Life.

Well, looks like we all owe that horse some cheddar, since Madge has had to delay her press tour, possibly her lip synch tour, and with her children’s bookwriting hand broken, we won’t have to suffer any more literary disasters – unless she dick-tates the book, which is one thing Madge know all too much about, mmmmkay!!!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Fuss Budget

If you missed out on The Killers' debut album Hot Fuss the first time around, don't forget that a "limited edition" of the disc is released tomorrow - containing 3 songs previously unreleased in the U.S..

Here is the tracklisting for Hot Fuss - Limited Edition:

1. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
2. Mr. Brightside
3. Smile Like You Mean It
4. Somebody Told Me
5. All These Things That I've Done
6. Andy, You're a Star
7. On Top
8. Change Your Mind
9. Believe Me Natalie
10. Midnight Show
11. Everything Will Be Alright
12. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll *
13. The Ballad of Michael Valentine*
14. Under the Gun*

* previously unreleased

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Franz Ferdinand's New Single Cover

Here's the cover of Franz Ferdinand's upcoming single, "Do You Want To," off the new album You Could Have It So Much Better... With Franz Ferdinand. Awesome artwork! It almost looks like Kelly Osbourne, after seeing the sales figures for Sleeping In The Nothing.

The single is released on a disc in the UK on September 19th, and around the same time on the U.S. iTunes store.

The album is out in early October.

How The Hell Did Lifehouse Manage To Have A Comeback?

Lifehouse... Lifehouse... Oh, right, they did that "Hanging By A Moment" song back in 2000, which went on to become the biggest hit of that year, according Billboard. Lead singer Jason Wade - aping a vocal style somewhere between Eddie Vedder and that freak from Creed - was kinda cute.

Now, 5 years later, Lifehouse by all rights should have seen their latest disc land in the bargain bin after a few months of release. But not so! The band's latest single, "You And Me," has not only found itself at #6 on the charts this week, but it's scored over 500,000 paid downloads!

The comeback can most likely be attributed to the fact that downloads now figure into chart placings, giving Lifehouse's fans a way to propel the band back to former glory - radio programmers be damned.

One thing's for sure - half a decade later, Jason Wade ain't that cute anymore.

Paula Gets Probed

To little fanfare, it was announced this past week that ultra-washed-up-has-been pop singer turned embattled American Idol judge Paula Abdul [read: not a single hit in over a decade] ain't goin' anywhere.

FOX did their investigation of the lucky-to-have-any-job-at-all mini minx following totally-worthless-Season-2 contestant Corey Clark's allegations that the two were hittin' the high notes in private. The network said an "enhanced non-fraternization policy" will be in place when Abdul and her fellow judges return next season.

"I'm grateful this ordeal is over, and I'm so looking forward to getting back to the job I love," Abdul said in a statement. "Once again, I thank my fans from throughout the world for their undying love and support."

In case you blinked (or have any ounce of taste), you may have missed Corey's self-titled album being released at the end of June. It's currently at #32, 491 on the Amazon.com music sales rankings.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Cool Survey

Here's a link to a fun survey. It's some guy taking a poll of everyone's 3 biggest "guilty pleasure" songs.

You have the option of giving your email address to him for when the results are finally tallied.

For the record, mine (at the moment) are:

1. "Next Time I Fall" by Peter Cetera/Amy Grant

2. "Said I Loved You... But I Lied" by Michael Bolton

3. "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" by Air Supply

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bananarama's New Album Almost Recorded

This info comes from Bananarama's official website:

"Bananarama have been in the studio this week working on the final two tracks for their forthcoming album with producers Ian Masterson and Terry Ronald. Sara and Keren will also be doing a new photo shoot this weekend for their next single and album covers..."

Very cool. The new tune from the girls, "Love Bite," has been making the rounds on the internet. And no, it's in no way related to "Love Bites" by Def Leppard.

Natasha Bedingfield Hits The U.S., Live And On The Charts

Natasha Bedingfield's debut performance in the States was last Thursday, at The Roxy here in L.A. I was surprised at how packed the club was, though a lot in the audience were from the press.

I was kind of imagining she'd come out and sing over a backing track for some reason. But, she had a full band and two backup singers. She danced and bounced around all over the place, and really got the audience goin' as she did about 8 of the songs off her album, Unwritten. She even managed to get people to sing along to songs they were probably hearing for the first time.

She did an extended version of "These Words" as her final number.

Today Billboard reports that Natasha debuts at No. 26 with the U.S. release of her Epic debut album. Propelled by the single, "These Words,” which is rising on Billboard's Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts, the U.K. artist saw first-week sales of 34,000.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Married And Back On The Road

Brandon Flowers was married early last week (sigh) in a private ceremony kept quiet from the media in Hawaii. Only a few family members, friends and the rest of The Killers were present.

Flowers wife, Tana Munblowsky, is a retail manager at a Las Vegas Urban Outfitters store. The band is back on the road tonight in St. Paul, and will wrap up their year-and-a-half-long world tour in October.

They've just been added to the MTV VMA's lineup, to be aired on August 28th.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Frodo's Record Label

Elijah Wood has announced his plans to launch his own record label. E. Wo recentely told Q Magazine: "Since I was 13, I've been utterly obsessed with music. There's a wealth of amazing bands out there who have nowhere to go. I want to have the chance to release things that might not necessarily get released otherwise. My taste is pretty eclectic, so my label won't have a specific sound. Though if Radiohead are ever looking for a deal, I'd sign them any time."

So what about E. Wo's own album? "Me prancing around onstage? That's not going to happen."

Too bad. The world really needs another pint-sized, sexually-ambivalent pop star.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Mimi's Long Ride On Top

"We Belong Together" is #1 in the U.S. for a 10th week, making the Mariah Carey song the longest run atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005.

D.H.T.'s lousy cover of "Listen To Your Heart" jumps up to #10, while Natasha Bedingfield moves up from #30 to #23 with "These Words."

The 4th single off Gwen Stefani's solo album, "Cool," is at #26.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Singled Out: Backstreet Boys

Here's a huggy-kissy review of the new Backstreet Boys single, "Just Want You To Know," from the new issue of Billboard:

Who would have expected the Backstreet Boys to score a full-blown comeback with "Incomplete"—not just a polite return, but a second swipe at world domination. And with a ballad, at that. "Just Want You to Know," the second single from the wholly satisfying platinum set "Never Gone," only tops the sundae with a cherry. It is an uptempo song in much the same vein as Kelly Clarkson's pop/rock anthem "Since U Been Gone," with flypaper hooks from enduring musical maestro Max Martin. This guitar-octane perspirer proves that BSB has plenty of ammunition left in its arsenal. In a word: hit. In two words: global smash!

Geez. Quit your blathering, Billboard, because the rest of the album is &$^#^%@! Go here to hear "Just Want You To Know" on the BSB jukebox.

Hot And Fussy

OMG, first off, click here to totally see a picture of Brandon Flowers' blonde fiance, Tana. Yikes. I'm a lot prettier, Brando!

Anyway, The Killers' Top 10 hit "Mr. Brightside" is up for 4 MTV Video Music Awards. Between this and wrapping up their year-and-a-half-long world tour, the band (or rather, the record label) will strike while the iron is hot and release Hot Fuss - Limited Edition on August 16th.

The re-tooled version of their debut album will feature 3 bonus tracks previously unavailable on CD in the States - "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll (which was on the European version of the album), "Under The Gun" (formerly available on iTunes) and "The Ballad Of Michael Valentine" (also formerly available on iTunes - great song!).

Hot Fuss is the 8th best-selling album of the year, and has remained the longest-running rock album in the Top 50 Billboard albums chart for all of 2005. It's sold 2.2 million copies in the U.S., and 4 million worldwide.