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Friday, September 30, 2005

Worth The Wait In Gold

Mucho Gracias to Mr. Brady who posted the following track info for the Stock Aitken Waterman box set over at his PopDance message board.

Disc 3 is the one to get jazzed about, although the official PWL site has posted this disclaimer:

It has come to PWL's attention that a few sites have published track-listings for the forthcoming Stock Aitken Waterman 'Gold' release. PWL would like to state that there are serious errors on the track-listings advertised, particularly those listed for CD3.We can confirm that this release is now going to be spread over 3 CDs, but this decision was only made on Wednesday, hence the delay in publishing the compilation's contents on our site. www.pwl-empire.com is the only place where you will receive the OFFICIAL and CONFIRMED track-listings for S/A/W 'Gold' and it is anitcipated that this will appear here on Monday 3/10/2005 at 1pm GMT, several hours before this information is released to retailers.

The set is released on Sony in the UK on November 7th. Here is the "rumoured" track listing.

1. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
2. Bananarama – Venus
3. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
4. Mel & Kim – Respectable
5. Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts
6. Hazell Dean – Who’s Leaving Who
7. Sinitta – Cross My Broken Heart
8. Big fun – Blame It On The Boogie
9. Donna Summer – This Time I Know It’s For Real
10. West End Feat. Sybil – The Love I Lost
11. Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
12. Sonia – You’ll Never Stop Loving Me Loving You
13. Cliff Richard – I Just Don’t Have The Heart
14. Samantha Fox – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now
15. Stock, Aitkin & Waterman – Roadblock
16. Kylie & Jason – Especially For You
17. Brilliant – It’s a Mans, Mans, Mans World
1. Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Around (Like A Record)
2. Kylie Minogue – Better The Devil You Know
3. Lonnie Gordon – Happening All Over Again
4. Bananarama – Love In The First Degree
5. Rick Astley – Together Forever
6. Donna Summer – I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt
7. Mel & Kim – Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)
8. Sybil – When I’m Good And Ready
9. Sinitta – Toy Boy
10. Divine – You Think You’re A Man
11. Hazell Dean – Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)
12. Jason Donovan – Everyday (I Love You More)
13. Princess – Say I’m Your Number One
14. Boy Krazy – That’s What Love Can Do
15. Reynolds Girls – I’d Rather Jack
16. Mandy - I Just Cant Wait (Extended Version)
1. Rick Astley – Nothing Can Divide Us
2. Bananarama - This time I Know Its for Real
3. Elton John / George Michael - Wrap Her Up
4. Debbie Harry – Mind Over Matter
5. Mr Sleaze - Number 1
6. Laura Branighan - Shattered Glass
7. Mandy – Got To Be Certain
8. Haywoode - Getting Closer
9. Danse Society - Say It Again
10. Agents Aren’t Aeroplanes - The Upstroke
11. Girl Talk - Can The Rhythm
12. Carol Hitchcock - Get Ready
13. Morgan McVey - Looking Good Diving
14. Sinitta – How Can This Be Real Love
15. Brilliant – Love Is War

Lindsay Lohan Puts Out.... (A New Album)

Yes, pop pickers, teen minx Lindsay Lohan (pictured here looking like she just snorted 8 lines of crushed TrimSpa) is about to unleash more of her heavenly vocal talent on the masses -- in the form of her sophomore (slump) album, Confessions Of A Broken Heart.

Somehow this broad managed to move 1 million copies of her first album, and Universal execs have decided to strike while the hooker is hot and zip the new one out on November 22nd. The first single will be the title track.

But wait! That's not all! Linz is directing the video for "Confessions...," and younger sister Ali will play Lindsday as a young girl. You'll be able to tell the difference. Lindsay's the one who looks like she stuffed her bra with the Millenium Dome.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie!

Literally half a year (26 weeks) after debuting on the U.S. Hot 100 Singles chart, Weezer's "Beverly Hills" finally dents the Top 10 this week, moving up one notch to #10. The single has been certified at gold status after 500,000 paid downloads.

Other eyebrow-raising certifications are Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," which has had 4 million paid downloads! The single is at #36 this week in its 43rd week on the chart. Also, Natasha Bedingfield's "These Words" - at #39 - is certified with 1 million paid downloads.

Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx remains #1 for the 4th week in a row. As we predicted, Nickelback leap up 19 spots to #4 with "Photograph," after a week where dumb kids must have gotten their allowance and gotten online.

The U.S. Top 10 Singles:

1. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
2. "Shake It Off" - Mariah Carey
3. "Like You" - Bow Wow ft. Ciara
4. "Photograph" - Nickelback
5. ""My Humps" - The Blackeyed Peas
6. "We Belong Together" - Mariah Carey
7. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" - Green Day
8. "Play" - David Banner
9. "Don't Cha" - The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes
10. "Beverly Hills" - Weezer

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Nickelback... WHY?

Get out your noisemakers and confetti! Nickelback are back! The lead singer now looks like Bettie Davis in Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, and they have a shitty new single called "Photograph" that's atop the digital download chart. And you know what that means - look for a big jump for the band on this week's singles chart.

Besides mindblown, vapid mallrat teens in Kansas smoking Kools behind the dumpster outside Target, who the hell is buying this trash? It's as if the music gods lopped off the head of Creed, and this shite band popped up in their place.

Le sigh.

Give Rick A Listen

You can hear clips of "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" and "Cry Me A River" (NOT a Justin Timberlake cover!) off Rick Astley's new album of standards by clicking here.

Pretty much every other day, the Rick news team has been uploading 30 second clips of his new material onto the site. Tomorrow there's set to be a new one.

Now, I'm not into covers albums myself - but when has anyone ever known Chart Rigger to judge? Portraits is out on Sony in the UK on October 17th. Rick will be doing a tour of the United Kingdom to promote it.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Hangin' With The Veronicas

J'ason's got lots of bills to pay, so during the day, he's zipping around to record labels and interviewing pop stars like The Veronicas (pictured here at Warner Bros. Records artist's lounge) for other publications.

Now, when I got the promo for The Veronicas' CD a few months back, I flipped at how great a lot of the songs were! My two faves, of course, are the Max Martin penned and produced "4 ever" (which is available for download at iTunes) and "Everything I'm Not." Lisa and Jess were more than happy to rave about how great Max was, etc.

Just when I tried to leave to give them some alone time, they insisted I stay and eat lunch with them - - which is when we snapped this picture. Their album will be available on iTunes in November, and then in CD stores in January.

Check out the November issue of Instinct to read the interview.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Our Apologies To The U.K.

The Pussycat Dolls remain at #1 on the UK singles chart for a third week. We're quite sure they're getting sick of "Don't Cha" by this point.

But as if that wasn't bad enough, our own current #1 single, "Gold Digger" by Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx, debuts at #2 in the UK. Ugh. That ones a drag, too.

At least Franz Ferdinand's awesome new single "Do You Want To" enters the UK chart at #4. It's the band's highest-charting single since their very first one, "Take Me Out," went to #3 in January of 2004.

And then debuting at #9 is good ol' Kelly Clarkson with "Behind These Hazel Eyes." Be warned, England - - that's her last good single. The rest of the album is dreck.

The UK Top 10:

1. Pussycat Dolls Ft Busta Rhymes – "Don't Cha"
2. Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx - "Gold Digger"
3. Sean Paul - "We Be Burnin"
4. Franz Ferdinand – "Do You Want To"
5. Katie Melua – "Nine Million Bicycles"
6. Daniel Powter – "Bad Day"
7. Mylo Vs Miami Sound Machine – "Doctor Pressure"
8. Gorillaz – "Dare"
9. Kelly Clarkson – "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
10.Rihanna – "Pon De Replay"

Pop! Stars

Less than a week after our write-up lamenting the demise of Pop!, news has surfaced on former Pop!-ster Hannah Joy Lewis' official site that she's layed down vocals for a dance track.

There's no label deal yet, apparently. Who knows if there ever will be? Rumor has it that Jamie (i.e., the blonde gay one) is also working on material that, according to the gossip-mongers in the official Pop! forum - and no I don't make a habit of visiting it everyday!!!!!! - he's set to have something released in early 2006.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Custodians To The Dance Floor

My hard-earned degree from MoogaBoo School of the Arts has apparently failed me, as I just don't get the hubbub over the cover of Madonna's forthcoming Confessions On A Dance Floor.

Granted, when I say "hubbub" I mean "hysterical babbling of thirty-year-old guys with more time on their hands than common sense, over at the Popjustice message forum," and when I say "Madonna" I of course mean "bewigged matron in prairie-styled day glo jumper." So maybe all of this should be taken with a gram of coke.

But honestly, am I missing something here? When I look at that cover, all I can see is the contorted pose of an anonymous yoga instructor, flanked by some dots, a thoroughly lame logo, and not much else that catches the eye. It all seems very pasted together and, even if that's the point, I have to say it doesn't exactly set les loins afire. If anyone out there can school me on what I am missing, I am genuinely open to your comments.*

*Fanboy rants will be exterminated and mocked upon discovery.

** "The dots will be 3-D" has already been taken into consideration.

Ciao, Ladies

It's really the end of an era now that the broads from Destiny's Child are splitting up and putting out a greatest hits CD, #1s on October 25th.

But really, that last album? Eh! Not so great. DC have always been a great singles pop group, but the albums have been a tad yawn-inducing.

#1s (why such an unoriginal title?) will include the new songs "Stand Up for Love" and "Feel the Same Way I Do," plus a Beyoncé /Slim Thug track, "Check on It," from the upcoming Pink Panther movie remake. But as Billboard reports, the only No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 the group have had are "Independent Women Part 1," "Say My Name," "Bootylicious" and "Bills, Bills, Bills." So who knows how they're justifying calling the album by that title.

Looks like the days of watching Michelle fall on stage and say really ridiculously stupid things during interviews if ovah.

The Chart Don't Lie: But It Does Bore

At the top of this weeks U.S. singles chart, Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx is beginning to overstay the welcome with a "Gold Digger" - a third week at #1. This keeps Mariah Carey at bay at #2 for another week, as she desperately tries to claw her way to the top before her single "Shake It Off" loses momentum.

The rest of the Top 10 is a snooze, except for Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends," which moves up 2 notches to #8. This is their biggest hit since "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" spent several weeks at #2 earlier this year.

Kelly Clarkson is managing to slowly sneak up the chart with the most boring single of her career, "Because Of You." This week it's up 11 spots to #23.

Ashlee Simpson scores the greatest sales gainer this week with "Boyfriend," which zips up a whole 47 places to #24. Sometimes life is perplexing, cold and unfair.

Colplay had a solid week of sales at the iTunes music store for their charity EP "Fix You," and the result is a #77 debut for the song. All the proceeds from the download of the EP - which also includes a few live tracks and a b-side - go to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Sales picked up later in the week, moving the set up to the top of the download chart, so look for "Fix You" to jump up higher next week on the Billboard chart.

The Top 10:

1. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
2. "Shake It Off" - Mariah Carey
3. "Like You" - Bow Wow ft. Ciara
4. "My Humps" - The Blackeyed Peas
5. "We Belong Together" - Mariah Carey
6. "Outta Control (Remix)" - 50 Cent ft. Mobb Deep
7. "Don't Cha" - The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes
8. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" - Green Day
9. "Lose Control" - Missy Elliott ft. Ciara & Fatman Scoop
10. "Play" - David Banner

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Interpol At The Greek

Concert season has kicked off. Last night I saw Interpol at The Greek Theater, which was the first of 5 shows I'll be going to in the next 2 weeks. It was the second time I've seen Interpol this year.

They were pretty good this time, but you can kind of tell that they're ready to wrap up this tour, which they'll do in 12 more days. The band was much more energetic the first time I saw them, back in February.

Last month Matador Records released Antics: The Special Edition. Here's the extra stuff included:

Bonus CD with "Song Seven" and one remix by each band member:

• Song Seven

• NARC (Paul Banks remix)
Engineered by Julian Plenti.

• Not Even Jail (Daniel Kessler remix)
Engineered by Datach'i.

• Fog. vs. Mould for the Length of Love
Remixed by Sam Fog. and Bob Mould at Bennett Studios
Additional Engineering by Brian Dozoretz.

• Public Pervert (Carlos D remix)
Engineered by James Mullen.

Plus the 3 Antics videos as QuickTime files

• Slow Hands - Directed by Daniel Levi
• Evil - Directed by Charlie White
• C'Mere - Directed by Associates in Science

Smarkpak in O-card with title sticker

Monday, September 19, 2005

In Memoriam: Pop!

It's been over a year now since UK act Pop! first attempted their bid to be the new Steps - and I finally got around to buying the import CD of their first single, "Heaven And Earth" (UK #14, June 2004) this past weekend.

Poor Pop! They hardly sounded original - following in a long line of Steps knock-offs (Scooch, Fast Food Rockers, etc.) - and barely stood a chance. Their second single, "Can't Say Goodbye" didn't do much to set them apart from their predecessors, either, and in fact charted even lower (UK #26, October 2004). It's a wonder they got a 3rd single release.

Now, the real crime is that this 3rd single - "Serious" - was the first truly good song they did, yet was the one that killed their career. A slower-paced '80s R&B-tinged chugger, "Serious" boasted the awesome "WIP-Shala-WAP" remix, which sounded like the best song Mel And Kim never recorded. The single failed to go Top 10 - charting at UK #16 in January of this year - and their fate was pretty much sealed. (It should be noted that dark-haired hottie Glenn went on to be a dancer in Kylie Minogue's Showgirl tour.)

Pop! recorded a cover of "Xanadu" under the pseudonym Northern Dance Society, which did the rounds in the clubs this past winter (you can download their version here). The song (with re-recorded vocals by Lauren Waterworth) was set to get a single release this past July, but was pulled at the last minute. There was even a video made to accompany the single, with a gaggle of buxom models in various states of undress.

The same models from that scrapped video now look set to appear in the forthcoming video for Cents Of Entitlement's "Who Do You Love," due out as a single in October. Listen to a clip here.

At any rate, in retrospect, Pop!, though short-lived, put out 3 tunes worth checking out. "Can't Say Goodbye" is actually available for download from the U.S. iTunes store, along with remixes and b-side "Precious."

Their official website is still up and running.


Bananarama's New Album Details

As reported by their official site, Bananarama will release their new album, Drama, on October 24th in the UK (and on October 19th in Japan). The album boasts co-writing and production credits from the likes of Brian Higgins (Sugababes, Girls Aloud), Ian Masterson (Dannii Minogue) and Korpi and BlackCell from the Murlyn Camp.

The 2nd single off the album will be "Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)," released November 7th. You can hear a mix of it on the site. There will be remixes of the single by Angel City, Yomanda, Soul Seekerz and Solasso. "Look On The Floor" will follow up "Move In My Direction," which went to UK #14 in July.

Here is the track listing for Drama:

1. Move In My Direction
2. Look On The Floor ( Hypnotic Tango )
3. Waterfall
4. Frequency
5. Feel For You
6. Don't Step On My Groove
7. Middle Of Nowhere
8. I Love The Way
9. Lovebite
10. Rules Of Attraction
11. Your Love Is Like A Drug
12. Venus (Marc Almonds Hi Nrg Showgirls Mix)
13. Really Saying Something (Solasso Mix)

Who Knew Frances Bean Was Such A Label Whore

I picked up the October issue of Teen Vogue, curious about the first-ever interview with Frances Bean Cobain. Well, I should have expected it was gonna be a let-down.

The article is 4 pages, only one of which is text. One of the captions has the cheesy title "Reaching Nirvana." And the interview must have lasted all of 3 seconds, because here are the limited amount of quotes they ran from her (mostly about clothes):

* "I'm a different person," Frances emphasizes. "I don't want to be titled as Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter. I want to be thought of as Frances Cobain."

* "I love feminine pieces," she says. "My favorite color is light pink. I also like baby blue because it brings out my eyes."

* "My favorite jeans are True Religion; they're comfy, clue, and just fit right."

* On movie premieres: "My favorite was Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. I wore this white silk Betsy Johnson gown with roses sewn across the top."

* On her mom's "style": "I prefer when she's more 'classy starlet.' I don't really like her hard-metal stuff, or when she doesn't brush her hair."

* On a Rolling Stones t-shirt she's wearing when she arrives at the photo shoot: "More rock and roll than I usually dress."

* On mom's advice: "She tells me to 'live free and be free, but listen to other people's advice.' I listen, but I don't always follow it."

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dolls On Top Again In UK

For the 2nd week, The Pussycat Dolls are at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Don't Cha" (their album pictured here).

The rest of the UK Top 10:

1. Pussycat Dolls Ft Busta Rhymes – "Don't Cha"
2. Sean Paul - "We Be Burnin"
3. Gorillaz – "Dare"
4. Mylo Vs Miami Sound Machine – "Doctor Pressure"
5. Daniel Powter – "Bad Day"
6. Bon Jovi – "Have A Nice Day"
7. 50 Cent Ft Mobb Deep – "Outta Control"
8. Rihanna – "Pon De Replay"
9. Coldplay – "Fix You"
10. HIM – "Wings Of A Butterfly"

Saturday, September 17, 2005

I Went CD Shopping Today!

Today was one of those perfect autumn days - sunny but cool fall afternoon and me hitting Tower Records, shopping for CDs. I felt like a teenager again!

I won't bore you with everything I bought, but the main thing I got that I cannot stop playing is the CD single for Kate Ryan's "The Promise You Made" - it's amazingly awesome, and has what I've always said is the perfect formula for a pop song:

Hi-NRG + cheezy electric guitar = HIT!!!

Well, at least in my book. Kate's a 25-year-old singer from Belgium, and I first heard this tune on PWL Radio yesterday. I just happened to stumble on the single - domestic if you can believe it - for only $3.99! There's even an awesome Extended Mix!

"The Promise You Made" is written & composed by Peter Kingsbury, produced & conducted by Phil Wilde & AJ Duncan. You can download almost all of Kate's tunes off iTunes.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Hey, Courtney! Say "Hi" To Lil' Kim For Us!

In what has to be a surprise to no one, skagtastic rocker vixen Courtney Love was sentenced by a Los Angeles judge today to 180 days in a county jail for drug use in breach of a parole order. However, she'll able to serve the time at a live-in chemical dependency program, Superior Court Judge Rand Rubin ruled.

Poor Court-ney. Why, just last month she told Spin magazine she was working on the follow-up to her dismal-selling 2004 solo album. "I love LCD Soundsystem," she revealed to the mag. "I want [James Murphy] to produce my next album."

At this point, she's more likely to get some big dyke in cell block 6 named Joanie.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie!

A surge in paid downloads of Ashlee Simpson's "Boyfriend" finds the pop train wreck debuting on the Billboard singles chart at #71 this week. Money well spent, people. That gives Trashlee the top debut on the chart.

Trashlee's only other hit was last summer's "Pieces Of Me," which stuck around in the top 10 for awhile before we all caught on to what a little trickster she was. And don't even get me started on "La La," because that trash never went top 40.

Anyway, the rest of the chart blows this week. Here's the top 10:

1. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West w/Jamie Foxx
2. "Shake It Off" - Mariah Carey
3. "We Belong Together" - Mariah Carey
4. "Like You" - Bow Wow w/Ciara
5. "Lose Control" - Missy Elliott w/Ciara & Fatman Scoop
6. "Don't Cha" - Pussycat Dolls
7. "My Humps" - The Blackeyed Peas
8. "Pon de Replay" - Rihanna
9. "Outta Control (Remix)" - 50 Cent w/Mobb Deep
10. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" - Green Day

Gold Rush

Well, it's about time they got around to this! The definitive Stock Aitken Waterman collection, Gold, will be released on November 7th in the UK via Sony/BMG. The 2-disc set comes just in time for the holidays.

The track-listing has yet to be finalized, but a message on Pete Waterman's site says it could be done as early as next week.

All SAW fans should make a note to pick up the January issue of Instinct magazine, too.

Singled Out: Dannii Minogue & Soul Seekerz

Okay, absolutely can not get enough of this song! Dannii Minogue & Soul Seekerz "Perfection" has had a lot of varying release dates posted, but now it looks like October 10th (in the UK) is the official one.

How is it that this hookertastic popstrel manages to consistently crank out awesome dance tunes? There hasn't been a disappointing one in over a decade! "Perfection" is so good, you even overlook the tired "Turn The Beat Around" sample.

Her new British label, All Around The World, is putting together her album, which will inlcude "Perfection" and most likely Dannii's 2004 hit with Flower Power, "You Won't Forget About Me."

Will Young's Ass Wins An Award

Gay UK megastar and Pop Idol winner Will Young has won the popular "Rear Of The Year" award in England, along with some model broad named Nell McAndrew. It's the 23rd year for the contest.

"In the fitness-conscious 21st century, a well-toned, firm, athletic rear is very much in style and seems destined to remain so for a while to come," said contest organizer Tony Edwards.

Will said he was "absolutely thrilled" by the award. "I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me."

Annoyingly, a search on the internet found pretty much no pictures of his prize butt.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Britney Had Her Damn Kid Today

Like a giant garbage truck overturning and spilling forth it's vile contents into the street, Britney Spears finally shot out her brat this afternoon in L.A., a boy. This makes her a mother for the first time, though it's the 3rd time husband Kevin Federline has blessed the planet with his seed.

UK's Sky News reports that Brixxxney is considering naming the little cherub London, as that's the city she gave it up to Kevin in (although Us Weekly is betting on Preston Michael Spears Federline).

Of all the reports on the birth, though, this is my favorite, from Yahoo:

The arrival of Spears' baby nearly coincides with Thursday's launch of Spears' new fragrance. In a note to fans, the singer described Fantasy Britney Spears as a "completely magical" blend of "enchanting scents and flavors," with "a hint of cupcakes."

Rappers Keep Rock's Geezers From #1

For the second week, Kanye West tops the U.S. albums chart with Late Registration. 50 Cent's The Massacre rebounds up to the runner-up position, keeping the old bastards of rock, The Rolling Stones at bay with the debut of A Bigger Bang at #3. This might be pretty cool if Kanye or 50 Cent actually made decent music.

Driving home from work yesterday, I heard some critic on NPR going on about how this is the first relevant Stones album in decades. Riiiiiigggght.


Shanaynay On Lewis Taylor: Nice Voice...For A Whitey!

Shanaynay jus' loves when people send her free shit – like records – and I recently gotz a CD from some British white boy who called Lewis Taylor. He be like some kinda cult hit in the UK (like a Ben Folds, whose last album BIT). Anyhow, I put this shit on and this white boy sound like a badass Stevie Wonder muthafukkah wit' some kronik smokin' jams. Holy jesus – to see him, he ugly – but when da voice this good, Shanaynay will %#%$ him anyhow. So in white people speak, dat mean buy this fukkin cd. Now.

Check him out at his website.

Monday, September 12, 2005

And You Thought The Sister Was Talentless

If you're like me, then you've been strangely perplexed at the fact that Ashlee Simpson's new single, "Boyfriend," is the 7th most downloaded song at the iTunes music store today. How do things like this happen? Well, keep in mind, this is the same country that re-elected Bush, dolls.

There's probably not much to worry about. Last month, Hilary Duff topped the download chart, only to find her single debut at #29 on the Billboard singles chart, then drop like an anvil the next week.

It's probably safe to assume that staying power is just one of the many talents Ashlee doesn't possess. I just can't figure out why she sounds like she smoked 8 packs of Kools and washed them down with gravel (if that's her actually singing the track).

Groovy Box Set!

Okay, there an awesome box set you need to get jazzed about. Girl Group Sounds: One Kiss Can Lead to Another is a 4-disc extravaganza that Rhino is releasing on October 4th. We got a promo in at work recently, and the entire editorial staff has been playing it nonstop ever since.

It's basically 5 hours of female-driven pop from the early to mid-'60s, covering the U.S. and the UK and including The Ronnettes, The Cookies, The Toys, Dusty Springfield, Twinkle, Twiggy and even Cher! The best is that the song choices are all little-heard or obscure. My fave so far is a great song by Dolly Parton called "Don't Drop Out," which is kind of a "Leader Of The Pack" knock-off.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pussycat Dolls Top UK Chart

This week the Pussycat Dolls achieve in the UK what they could not in the U.S., which is going to #1 with "Don't Cha." The single spent a few weeks at #2 here in the States, held back by Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together." Finally, it was Mariah's follow-up single, "Shake It Off," that bumped the Dolls from the runner-up spot. But, the single resurfaces in the UK at the top this week.

Coldplay have to settle for a #4 position with "Fix You" in their home country, though it's still not as embarrassing as when "Speed Of Sound" was beat to #1 a few months back by Crazy Frog.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Savage Garden's Greatest Hits

A hits compilation of Savage Garden songs is set to be released sometime in November, titled Truly Madly Completely. Included on the album will be a brand new track by former Garden singer Darren Hayes, called "So Beautiful" - which you can listen to here.

After the disappointing lack of success with Darren's 2nd solo album, last year's The Tension And The Spark, it sounds as if he's getting back to the more Savage Garden-style balladry. While the last album was a foray into experimenting with darker electronic music, "So Beautiful" sounds like it could have been pulled from one of the band's '90s albums.

According to his web site, Darren's next solo album will be out next year some time.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Mike Stock's New Girl Group

Girl band Redd have a single coming out in the UK called "Here Come All The Boys." Though there's not much known on the group, here's what we've gathered:

* Mike Stock of the Stock/Aitken/Waterman production team is "behind" them, as well as "a wealthy investor from Cookham."

* The group is made up of Julie Brocklehurst, 21, Danni Norman, 19, Bobbi Anie, 22 and Charlie McDonagh, 20.

* They've used the same songwriters as Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield.

* They recently shot the video for "Here Come All The Boys" in a dress shop called Jolliffe's.

* They have a web site which is up an running, but still under construction.

We'll be redd-y and waiting for the girls to bring it.

Summer's Over; Kanye Unseats Mariah

Like a dirty old man shoving a crowbar under a fat woman's ass and prying her away from the feeding trough, Kanye West is the one to finally knock Mariah Carey from the top of the Hot 100 Singles chart with his song "Gold Digger."

Mariah's "We Belong Together" spent 14 of the past 15 weeks at the top - interrupted for one week by that Carrie Underwood song we already forgot the name of. And while it looked as if Mariah would replace herself at #1 with her new single, "Shake It Off," West's single jumps up from #19 last week to the top this week thanks to a major increase in radio airplay. "Shake It Off" remains at #2

This, of course, gives Kanye West the #1 single and album for the week.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Not The Cover Of Madonna's New Album

Wow, Madonna's new single is previewed over at Motorola's web site. No, for real!

Uh-Oh! Madonna's samplilng Abba's "Gimme Gimme Gimme" and the track sounds like Eric Prydz licked it up and down...

Now, back in the day when Madge used to rip off Europop and club music that never saw the light of day in American top 40, the public was none the wiser when she'd unleash her sparkling singles. But at this day in age, when you can unzip every single in the top 10 from every European country and slap it on your iPod in less than 10 seconds, the Material Girl is sounding more and more like the Aging Old Hooker Who Stuck Around An Hour Too Long At The Bachelor Party.

On a lighter note, the Aging Old Hooker Who Stuck Around An Hour Too Long At The Bachelor Party's entire back catalog was put onto the iTunes online music store today! See, there's good to balance the bad.


Not to be outdone by Teen Vogue's scoop with Frances Bean Cobain in October, Britney Spears is appearing on the front Elle in what looks like Courtney Love drag.

Britney talks about Kaballah and Kevin and blah-ble-de-da-diddly... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,


Will The Real Brandon Flowers Please Stand Up?

Trent over at Pink Is The New Blog posted this photo yesterday, asking "Is this really Brandon Flowers?" One would be prompted to say "no," although it led us on our own hunt to see if this really is indeed an old photo of the frontman of The Killers, perhaps in his more "sporty" days.

Now, when we typed "Brandon Flowers" into Google, this is one of the many images that came up, which, as you can tell by the team shirt, is pretty much the same guy as the first one. But also, this photo has the guy looking more like the real Brandon Flowers.

Considering Brandon Flowers, the singer, never attended Lynchburg College in Waynesboro, West Virginia, it's safe to say this is either a different guy entirely, or a major conspiracy to move us to realize that we do, after all, really need to start the process of getting a life.

Kanye West Speaks Out, Debuts At #1

A week after outspoken rapper Kanye West told it like it is and spoke out against President Bush's handling of post-Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, he finds his new album Late Registration debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

With sales of 860,000, Kanye stomps all over last week's chart-topper, Hilary Duff, whose Most Wanted plummets like a shamed whore fleeing the po' po' down to #8.

During Friday night's A Concert for Hurricane Relief on NBC, Kanye ignored the teleprompter and said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people... I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."

Jay-Z, head of West's Def Jam label, told Billboard yesterday that he backs West's comments 100%. "It's really numbing," he says. "You can't believe it's happening in America. You wonder, what's going on? Why were people so slow to react? I don't understand it."

Just A Girl

Modern rock's most famous daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, will be interviewed for the very first time in the October issue of Teen Vogue - out on September 13th.

While I can only remember her as the doe-eyed baby toted around in public by her parents in the early '90s, Frances is indeed now a 13-year-old entering the 7th grade.

In her interview, Frances discusses her love of fashion and also manages to subtly trash her mom in the process. "I prefer when she's more 'classy starlet'," she said. "I don't really like her hard metal stuff, or when she doesn't brush her hair." (Uh, doll, "classy" and "starlet" are two words hardly thought of when your mom comes up.)

Like most children of stars, she would also like to publicly distance herself from her famous parents: "I'm a different person," she said. "I don't want to be titled as Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter. I want to be thought of as Frances Cobain."

Here's hoping this kid manages to escape all the trappings that felled her parents.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Rick's New Portrait

According to Rick Astley's official site, this artwork may be what ends up on the sleeve of his forthcoming album of covers, Portrait.

This image is currently being used on posters and fliers to promote his tour of the UK. The Rickster looks pretty good at age 39 - lazy eye and all - or at least the photo has been touched up by a really talented graphics person!

Watch The Gorillaz "Dare" Video

Shaun Ryder, who does vocals on the new Gorillaz song "Dare," is so fugly we can't stand it.

It is, however, a great video - what with Shaun's disembodied head jerking around and singing with tubes sticking out of it.

It looks as if he hasn't been to the dentist's office in about 15 years, alas.

You can catch the disco-tastic video for "Dare" here.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Song Of The Week

Check out "Alone" by Robert La Mar over at the Phears site. You can preview and download the track for free.

Phears is set up to allow a listener 3 free downloads by an artist, provided you hopefully leave feedback about the music. Once the feedback is analyzed and taken into consideration for future recordings, the artist's next releases will be released at more commercial sites, such as iTunes.

"Alone" is a breezy end-of-summer Eurodance tune that thankfully doesn't sound like the multitude of dance tracks out now. It's simple and fun.

Also available at Phears is Project Sanbreeze, "I'm Still Waiting."

The Duff Just Went Up A Few Notches

Last week, teen vamp Hilary Duff, currently at the top of the U.S. albums chart with her hits set Most Wanted, announced that she will donate $200,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to USA Harvest to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the gulf coast states stricken by this disaster.

Hilary chirped, "It's heartbreaking to see the devastation on TV. People are missing family members, and they have absolutely nothing left, not even food or water. I want to do everything I can to help those who have survived to help rebuild their lives."

Like, wow! The Duff has just proven herself to be worthy of D'Luv's praise - which may have seemed impossible up to this point. Nevertheless, La Duff's charity enables us to run yet another ridiculous image of her.

New Bananarama Compilation

Cashing in on the recent comeback of Bananarama in the UK, Warner Bros. is releasing a new compilation there of the girl group's old hits. The compilation Really Sayin' Something is released a week from today, on September 12th.

Here is the track listing:

-Really Saying Something
-Young At Heart
-What A Shambles
-Robert De Niro's Waiting
-State I'm In
-Rough Justice
-Do Not Disturb
-A Cut Above The Rest
-I Can't Help It
-Once In A Lifetime
-I Want You Back
-Love, Truth & Honesty
-Cruel Summer '89
-Only Your Love
-Is Your Love Strong Enough
-More More More

Gorillaz At #1 In UK

Rather wisely, Gorillaz chose the disco-tinged "Dare" as the second single from their Demon Days album. "Dare" debuted at #1 yesterday on the UK singles chart.

The song features Shaun Ryder, formerly of Happy Mondays, on lead vocals - and by that we mean he mumbles and talks over the track.

It's also worth noting that Gorillaz features Blur frontman Damon Albarn, and "Dare" this week knocks Oasis from the top of the chart - somewhat recalling the halcyon days of the Blur vs. Oasis craze in the '90s.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Welcome To America...

Where the "richest nation in the world" doesn't consider poor, low-income African-Americans enough of a priority to provide free transportation for them out of the path of a Category 4 hurricane - and waits 5 days before sending relief to the ones who lived... as they die from hunger, heat exhaustion and general neglect.

While the U.S. is on its way to becoming a Third World Country, you can still help with the relief of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina by donating to the American Red Cross Relief Fund.