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

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Chart Rigger's Top 15 Songs Of '05 (Sorta)

As it pours down rain on this New Year's Eve in Los Angeles, there's no better time to get to the inevitable year-end lists. 2005 was certainly a turning point for pop, namely for two reasons: 1) the inclusion of digital downloads in the tallying of U.S. and UK pop charts, and 2) the creation of Chart Rigger, hookers!

Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" became the first single to top 1 million downloads this year, ushering in a whole new rebirth of (an interest in) the single format. And while the list here isn't entirely made up of actual songs released in single format, they're what J'ason D'Luv listened to the most this year.

The method for compiling the list was simple -- it's the top 15 most-played songs on my iPod. And so, let's get to it!

1. Kelly Clarkson - "Since U Been Gone" (90 plays)

My favorite memory of this song is walking around Dallas last April and hearing it blasting out of cars, buildings and stores across the city. The morning I packed to fly back to L.A., I had it on repeat for an hour in my hotel room. It went to #2 for a zillion weeks in the U.S., and heralded the return of pop maestro Max Martin.

2. Kelly Osbourne - "One Word" (76 plays)

I really think this is one of the best pop songs to come out of 2005. Forget who's singing it, it's just a great, mesmerizing tune (yeah, yeah, it rips off Visage's "Fade To Grey," too). I downloaded this at some point in early spring and must have taken at least a dozen walks around UCLA playing it on my headphones then.

3. B-Boys International feat. Paul M. - "One Step Closer" (67 plays)

I found an MP3 of this on some other music blog early in the year, and was blown away by how blantantly poppy it was! It's a typical boy band concoction -- some guy rapping the verses and then an uplifting chorus with modulated vocals -- straight out of Sweden. The "band" competed in some Eurovision-esque competition (may even have been the actual Eurovision). At any rate, I never get tired of hearing this one.

4. Kelly Clarkson - "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (52 plays)

Somehow, this just wasn't as good as "Since U Been Gone." But, it was the next best thing. Another great Max Martin-produced track, and a #6 chart hit in the U.S.

5. Mariah Carey. - "We Belong Together" (51 plays)

Oh, Mimi. For only the second time in your treacherous history, you managed to craft a song that I actually like. Apparently, I wasn't the only one, since it spent 14 weeks at #1, easily capturing listeners for the entire summer. When I visited my parents back in Pennsylvania in May, even my mom, who once referred to MC as a "slut," said she loved this song.

6. The Killers - "Smile Like You Mean It" (47 plays)

This was always my favorite song off The Killers' Hot Fuss album. And even though I discovered them in 2004 when they opened for Morrissey here in L.A., their album didn't really fully grow on me until this year. I played up my obsession for the band a lot on this site, much to the amusement of some and the frustration of certain others. A highlight was suprising Moogaboo with tickets to see them in Cleveland the day of the concert last May. "Smile Like You Mean It" reached #11 in the UK in May. It was never actually released as a single in the States.

7. Gwen Stefani - "The Real Thing" (45 plays)

Initially, this was the only song I liked off Gwen's album when it came out last November. It's got New Order's Bernard Sumner singing backing vocals on the chorus and Peter Hook playing bass, and it's just a fun dance-pop tune! As "Hollaback Girl" hit #1 in the spring, I decided to give the album a second chance (I'd actually forgotten I even had it), and put a few of the songs on my iPod. Had I done this when I first got the album, "The Real Thing" might actually have gotten a higher ranking here. It was never released as a single.

8. Paris Hilton - "Screwed" (40 plays)

This is actually some sort of remix of the original version that's been doing the rounds on the internet since late 2004 (if anyone knows the name of this mix -- I think it's the only one out there -- lemme know!). At first I was totally like, "Whatever!" But then I took a second listen earlier this year and totally fell in love with "Screwed." Who knew the broad could actually sort of sing? Word is that her album is finally getting released this coming May, and there was a brief stir a month ago when it was rumored that the newly reformed Stock Aitken Waterman were to be involved.

9. Interpol - "Evil" (39 plays)

I bought Interpol's Antics CD in New York City last November, and it really became the soundtrack to the dark feelings I had in the weeks following the '04 presidential election. In 2005, I saw the band twice in concert, and they really are one of the greatest acts to come out of this decade. This isn't my favorite song of theirs, but since I often played the Antics album from the start and "Evil" is the second track, it probably got played more than the others. It hit #18 in the UK in January.

10. Real McCoy - "Another Night" (38 plays)

Certain songs will always be intertwined with key events in my life, and "Another Night" is always going to remind of my first semester away at college (fall 1994 - I did two years at community college prior to this), discovering the love that dare not speak its name and going to my first gay club! Since the disappearance of Real McCoy after their 1997 album One More Time, I'd occassionally look around online for any signs of life from the group's former members. In March, I happened upon founding member O-Jay's (aka Olaf Jeglitza) blog, and we struck up a correspondence for a few months. He even commented here on Chart Rigger once! At any rate, he hasn't updated his blog in a couple months, but there are some great videos and live performance clips on there worth checking out if you were ever a fan of '90s Eurodance music. "Another Night" hit #3 in the U.S. charts, and spent an entire year in the Hot 100. I just read last week that it's the #1 song by a German act in the U.S. in rock history.

11-12. Bananarama - "Move In My Direction (Angel City Remix Edit)" (37 plays)

The return of Bananarama was long overdue! Too bad there seemed to be some sketchy stuff going on with the release of their album, Drama, in the UK (i.e., it being pulled from certain stores at the last minute the first week it was out for some reason). Anyway, this certainly wasn't my favorite song off the album, but the Angel City mix is quite good! "Move In My Direction" went to #14 in the UK in August, becoming their first hit in 12 and a half years there.


Darren Hayes - "So Beautiful (Spike's Radio Edit)" (37 plays)

I flew over to London (I did a lot of flying this year!) in early November and ran around town with Mr. Brady for 4 days. I heard this song repeatedly over the course of my trip, as it was released as a single that week. I've always liked Darren Hayes more as a solo artist than I liked Savage Garden, though this song was a return to the sound of that band (hence its inclusion on SG's greatest hits). Nevertheless, as far as ballads go, you can't beat this one! It hit #15 in the UK, which I thought was kind of disappointing. A slightly different edit of the song is available at the U.S. iTunes store.

13-14. Bananarama - "Look On The Floor [Hypnotic Tango] (Angel City Remix Edit)" (34 plays)

In my opinion, this is a much superior pop song to "Move In My Direction," though it disappointingly only charted at #26 in the UK. Angel City, who also put out their own amazing album (also in the UK) this year, did a great job remixing this one.


Darin - "Stand By Me" (34 plays)

Darin won some sort of Swedish Pop Idol contest earlier this year, and I believe this was his first single, written and produced by Max Martin. Again, I found this one on some MP3 blog in the summer. Unlike the Kelly Clarkson songs Max did, this was a return to the more traditional, late-90s sound Max was famous for (i.e., "I Want It That Way.") Though it's not immediately that catchy, it eventually grew on me. If you wait for it, the chorus is lush and way over-produced... so in other words, it's perfect!

15. Backstreet Boys - "Just Want You To Know" (33 plays)

I was pretty excited when I heard that Backstreet Boys had a new album coming out earlier this year. After all, they were working with Max Martin again, and, hell, I got a rush of nostalgia thinking about what it would all sound like. As it turned out, this was really the best song on the album -- which was pretty sparse of actual good songs to begin with. "Just Want You To Know" was the 2nd single off the set, and it sounds just like "Since U Been Gone." It got close, but didn't quite chart in the U.S. Top 40, though it went to #8 in the UK in November. In the end, times have certainly changed since the boy band's heyday -- Backstreet Boys had the #1 album of 2000 with Black And Blue according to Billboard, with sales of 8 million copies to date. This year, Never Gone scraped in at #98 on the year-end chart on sales of 1 million copies.

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Holiday Round-up

It's New Year's Eve, and that means it's time to get back into the swing of chart rigging! D'Luv spent a week back in Pennsylvania visiting the fam and friends for the holidays. Now, first of all, D'Luv's better half got this contraption for me for Christmas...

...yes, that's a Numark iDJ system there, which is usable with iPods, turntables, disc players, video screens and computers. Most importantly, it's going to be used for the Chart Rigger Podcast, coming in 2006 from DJ D'Luv. Details soon!

And, to put everyone's mind to rest -- a big thanks to Lady Stardust for getting me this:

A million copies sold in 3 weeks can't be wrong!


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Podcast Justice

Just a friendly little tip that if you've got iTunes, you can actually download the first Pop Justice podcast for free! And yes, we're talking about the U.S. iTunes store! The Sugababes host it and play "West End Girls" by, uh, West End Girls and the new single by Black Box Recorder's Sarah Nixey.

Also, the Pop Justicers got ahold of a promo of the new Pet Shop Boys CD and posted a fun review of it.

Charts! Lies!

Happy 5 days post-Xmas! Typing out the full UK and U.S. charts from this week seems like a daunting task at this point. So, instead, here are the #1 singles from each country...

Can you figure out which one goes with which land mass?

It's actually a trick question, since they both belong in an elevator, not atop a chart.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone's having a great holiday...


... even the people who don't read this blog, I guess.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie: Mariah's Tied With Elvis

Get excited! Mimi's done nothing short of the following this week:

* Become the only artist to have two #1 singles in 2005

* Tied with Elvis Presley for having 17 #1 singles (trailing only behind The Beatles, who have 20)

* Managed to have the final #1 of the year (the new chart is technically for the week ending December 31st) with "Don't Forget About Us"

And, really, who could forget the bulging, stretched-to-the-brink diva after this year? She was everywhere: Oprah, Live 8, The American Music Awards, the looney bin... and let's not forget at #1 for a grand total of 15 weeks between this week and the 14 "We Belong Together" had at the top all summer.

You've officially had your comeback, Mimi. Now hit the road.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Don't Forget About Us" - Mariah Carey
2. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
3. "Grillz" - Nelly ft. Paul Wall, Ali & Gripp
4. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L
5. "Stickwitu" - Pussycat Dolls
6. "Photograph" - Nickelback
7. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
8. "Check On It" - Beyonce ft. Slim Thug
9. "Because Of You'" - Kelly Clarkson
10. "There It Go! (The Whistle Song)'" - Juelz Santana

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

One Less Babe

I gotta admit, I didn't pay that much attention to UK girl group Sugababes till their single "Push The Button" was released this fall. Then I got all into their new album. So it figures that now, after 7 years (and me finally liking them), member Mutya Buena has left the group to take care of her kid she had in March.

There's already been a replacement for her announced. Here's an interesting article detailing the history of the group. The Babes have been down this road before, but history has kinda proven that once the lineup of a girl group starts getting shady (with the exception of maybe Destiny's Child), the fans get cranky.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Surely You're Not Sick Of This Broad Yet...

Only two more days... Is Mimi gonna have time to score her second #1 of 2005? "Don't Forget About Us" is now the top-downloaded song of the week, followed closely by the shrieking, wide-assed song vulture's Christmas ditty, "All I Want For Christmas."

And, as reported, La MC already has the top U.S. single of the year with "We Belong Together." It's been a real comeback year for that hooker.

Can she shove two #1s up her repetoire before the end of the year? Well, I'd sit here and contemplate it more, but I've got a ton of Christmas shopping to do.


Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sorry, Westlife

Sneaky geeks Nizlopi (who?) have struck out of nowhere to steal away the #1 slot in England from the likes of Westlife and Robbie Williams.

"The JCB Song" by the relatively unknown duo, which gained momentum via word of mouth on the internet, is about childhood bullying and stuff. Awww. Wonder if they'll hang on for next week's Christmas Day #1?

The UK Top 10:

1. "The JCB Song" - Nizlopi *new*
2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" - Westlife ft. Diana Ross *new*
3. "Stickwitu" - Pussycat Dolls
4. "Hung Up" - Madonna
5. "Jingle Bells/U Can't Touch This" - Crazy Frog *new*
6. "Ugly" - Sugababes
7. "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas
8. "Advertising Space" - Robbie Williams *new*
9. "Ultraviolet/The Ballad Of Paul K" - McFly *new*
10."You Raise Me Up" - Westlife

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The Shame Of Ireland

Those thieving bastards! Looks like Westlife ain't so angelic after all. According to this article, "You Shove It Up," the boy band's giant UK hit from this past fall, may have been plagiarized from two brothers in Finland, who claim they wrote the song for the Eurovision contest 10 years ago. I hope everyone who wasted their hard-earned cash on this single now feels the shame that the whole of Ireland does at the mere mention of the four hooligans!

Anyway, this is the cover of Shelf Life's crappy new single, a cover of some Diana Ross ballad that she recorded in the period when she was completely irrelevant (i.e., the past 481 years). The band were hoping to have the Christmas #1 in the UK with this dreck, but looks like two dorks singing about a ditch digger are gonna beat them to it.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie

Well, it looks as if the latest British export to cross over on the American charts is James Blunt. James comes off sounding like he's trying to make early-era Elton John tunes. Either that or songs that may have fit nicely on a late '90s WB television show. But in 2005, it just sounds totally bland.

At any rate, he's signed to Linda Perry's Custard label. Maybe she went down on whomever's doing programming at Clear Channel, because "You're Beatiful" jumps into the Top 40 this week at #22.

In other distressing news, Mimi's totally inane piece of shite ballad "Don't Forget About Us" moves up to #2, ensuring that she'll be taking many more champagne bubble baths into the new year.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
2. "Don't Forget About Us" - Mariah Carey
3. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L
4. "Grillz" - Nelly Feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gripp
5. "Photograph" - Nickelback
6. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
7. "Stickwitu" - Pussycat Dolls
8. "When I'm Gone" - Eminem
9. "My Humps" - The Blackeyed Peas
10. "Because Of You'" - Kelly Clarkson

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

And George Michael Sucks, too

And lest anyone forget what a f*cking bitter, nasty old troll George Michael is....

..here's a trashy interview with him where he reveals the following:

"I'm very much what gay people call vanilla, but I am filthy in that I want it a lot!" (Vomit!)

"I'm not interested in pretending a lot of people don't dislike me on some level. Because they do, and that's interesting." (Boring!)

"Modern pop music has been corporate shit for 15 years, since the advent of Stock Aitken Waterman..." (Yeah, tell us that part again about how deep and indie "Last Christmas" is again, grannie.)


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Over Mariah

Mimi can officially go f*ck off.

Not only is her new single "Don't Forget About Us" totally useless and boring, but as of today it's available on iTunes for download. And that means, expect big things for a song really not deserving.

It's good to hate the bitch again.


Sunday, December 11, 2005

The UK Top 10

Can someone in the UK tell me who the hell is still buying that crappy Shelf-Life single, "You Raise Me Up?" Crikey! Hasn't the country suffered enough already?

Anyway, I quite like the Sugababes' new one. It's my fave off their album. Unfortunately, England is also enduring DHT's bland cover of "Listen To Your Heart," which somehow proved to be just as successful in the U.S. over the summer - somehow managing to enter the Top 10 here. Nevertheless, Robbins - the label that released it here - seems to be having another breakout dance success with Cascada.

And if you include Madge's "Hung Up," that makes 3 dance tracks that have performed well in the U.S. in 2005. Perhaps the charts they-are-a-changin'.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Stickwitu" - Pussycat Dolls
2. "Hung Up" - Madonna
3. "Ugly" - Sugababes *new*
4. "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife
5. "Juicebox" - The Strokes *new*
6. "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas
7. "Listen To Your Heart" - DHT feat. Edmee *new*
8. "No Worries" - Simon Webbe
9. "Let There Be Love" - Oasis
10."Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Download This Now!

I'm not a huge fan of club songs, but once in awhile, a gem comes along that's poppy enough for D'Luv to prick up his ears and take notice.

Case in point is "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada. I was checking out the iTunes Top 100 downloaded songs for the day, and this one's sitting at #25! How the hell did that happen? Like DHT earlier this year - who went on to have a U.S. Top 10 single - Cascada is slowly creeping up on becoming a crossover hit.

The chorus is pure sing-along cheese, ala ATC's "All Around The World." In fact, the little keyboard melody in the background even sounds like that song, but this is so much better. The only downside is the tired, trancy "instrumental" bit that's reminiscent of DJ Sammy - i.e., sooooooo 4 years ago.

Check out all the details (and remixes) here.


Kylie And New Order Nominated For Grammy's

I raved about this song all spring when New Order's last album came out, and now it's nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion," co-written and co-produced by Stuart Price, sounds almost exactly like "Sorry," off Madonna's new album (also, of course, by Stuart Price).

And Kylie's awesome single "I Believe In You" is also nominated in the same category! If I'm not mistaken, it's the 3rd year in a row that she's been nominated in this category (which she won the first time around).

They're up against LCD Soundsystem, Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Cry Baby Cry

I'm always surprised when I meet folks my age who didn't grow up in a household engulfed in real, true Beatlemania, like mine was. My parents to this day are Beatles fanatics. They lived it. My dad was 13 and my mom was 12 when the Beatles hit the shores of America, so I guess they were both quite impressionable at that point in their lives.

Now, as a young kid in the '70s and '80s, that's all I grew up listening to. I mean, there was other shit they were into (Motown, Eric Clapton, Beach Boys), but The Beatles were the main thing I heard played over and over and over. 5 years old, 7 years old, 9 years old, Beatles. 11, 12, 13, Beatles. In high school, when friends were just discovering the Beatles during their own drug phases... and in college when cool kids thought they were so hip by playing Beatles at parties... I had already known the words to all the songs they were just learning.

But, it wasn't til college when I really appreciated them. See, when I got off the school bus and walked in the door on December 8, 1980, and my mom and dad were crying, I had no idea what was going on. John Lennon died? They explained it to me that it would be like if Curious George (my hero at the time) had died. Still didn't get it.

I heard the Beatles a lot when I was in college, around this time in 1995. That's when those specials aired on TV, and those box sets were released with those two new songs - "Real Love" and "Free As A Bird." I remember being at a party in some dingey apartment complex in Indiana, Pennsylvania just before Christmas break and hearing the White Album - and when I had the urge to uncontrollably and unexpectantly start bawlking right there in front of everyone, I knew that this music was deeply ingrained in me more than I had ever realized. I think it was when I really felt, if only for a fleeting moment, what my parents must have felt their whole lives while listening to The Beatles.


I had been seeing a bad news guy from Pittsburgh in November 1995 who was a bartender, a cokehead and supposedly tied to the mob. We really only hung out for about a week, but it was one of those situations where you're 21 and totally fall for the guy. He was 22. Anyway, we were at his apartment and getting smashed one night by doing shots of Rumpleminz Peppermint Schnapps. We were completely wasted. He was playing John Lennon, and he put the headphones up to my ears and "Mind Games" was playing, and he was like, "Listen to this song. You need to listen to it. Pay attention to the words." He thought I wouldn't even know who John Lennon was. Poor guy.

He picked up the shot glasses and smashed them together, being all drunk and stupid, then passed out on his bed. He slept that night on the pieces of glass that flew all over the place. I snuck out of his place and never saw him again. I also never drank Rumpleminz again.


That story always sticks out in my mind. I think it's when I finally said, "Okay, this is more than music.. it's something that moves people to act on their own emotions - sometimes stupidly, but still.." And I include myself in that.

I always get kind of stupid about The Beatles. There's no other way to describe it. I guess I had no choice but to grow up intimately knowing their music. And now I realize I wouldn't have it any other way.


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Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie

It seems like Mariah Carey has scored more Top 10 hits this year than she has in the past five years combined. This week, her latest single, "Don't Forget About Us," rebounds and jumps up the singles chart to land at #7, knocking Madge's "Hung Up" out of the Top 10.

"Don't Forget About Us" still isn't available on iTunes, most likely because the label is trying to boost sales of the special "re-released" verison of The Emancipation Of Mimi - which the track appears on. However, the song is this week's greatest gainer with airplay, which is enough to push it up the chart.

The song itself is a complete waste of time. It sounds more like Mariah throwaway than Pussycat Dolls' latest, which is a way better tune than this one.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
2. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L
3. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
4. "Photograph" - Nickelback
5. "Soul Survivor" - Young Jeezy Ft. Akon
6. "My Humps" - The Blackeyed Peas
7. "Don't Forget About Us" - Mariah Carey
8. "When I'm Gone" - Eminem
9. "Stickwitu" - The Pussycat Dolls
10. "We Be Burnin'" - Sean Paul

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wha-Wha-Wha-WHAT? Pete Waterman And Paris Hilton?

Okay, this has got to be a joke, right?

This little tidbit is all over newsbytes online as of yesterday:

"Paris Hilton is reportedly set to launch a pop career. The sexy socialite is in talks with British music mogul Pete Waterman about moving into the music industry.A source is quoted in Britain's News of the World newspaper saying, 'Paris has approached Pete and they are discussing things. She knows what a genius he is and is desperate for him to get her project off the ground.'"

First of all, Britain's News Of The World is about as reliable as... as... OMG! Imagine for one nano-second that it's true! Paris could be the next Rick Astley! Imagine her pompadour!

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Monday, December 05, 2005

The Boys Are Back

Yay! My all-time fave pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys, announced on their official site today that their new album Fundamental will be released on April 17th next year. A single called "Minimal" will be out sometime before that.

The 12-track album was written by the Boys, save for the song "Numb," written for them by Diane Warren. It was produced by Trevor Horn, the producer-extraordinaire behind Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Seal and - of course - LeAnn Rimes' "Can't Fight The Moonlight." Trevor also produced the Pet Shop Boys' classics "It's Alright" and "Left To My Own Devices." I seem to recall Neil Tennant saying they'd never work with him again because he took months to do just those two songs. Guess their tune changed.

This will be their first full studio album since 2002's Release. Their 2003 greatest hits compilation PopArt included two new singles - "Miracles" (UK #10) and "Flamboyant" (UK #12).

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Pussycat Dolls Claw Their Way To The Top

Yay! My favorite new Mariah Carey-throwaway-sounding ballad - "Stickwitu" by the Pussycat Dolls - has topped the UK singles chart this week. Sorry, Oasis! Like a sneaky little kitten hellbent on wreaking havoc on a Christmas tree while its owners are sleeping, this song really crept up on me.

Oddly enough, I had actually pegged the Dolls at being destined to be a one-hit-wonder. Who knew they'd pull this trick out of their fur-lined purses? Hmmm... wonder if their remake of Siobhan Fahey's "Bitter Pill" (retitled "Hot Stuff" on the album) could be next for a single release?

The UK Top 10:

1. "Stickwitu" - Pussycat Dolls *new*
2. "Let There Be Love" - Oasis *new*
3. "Hung Up" - Madonna
4. "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife
5. "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas
6. "No Worries" - Simon Webbe
7. "Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson *new*
8. "Albion" - Babyshambles *new*
9. "Biology" - Girls Aloud
10."Dirty Harry" - Gorillaz

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Far And Away

I really want this...

..because I'm cheesy. But, I was told not to buy any more music because Christmas is coming.

But I want it now!


Madge Swats Elvis Aside

Since "Hung Up" entered the top tier of the U.S. charts last week, Madonna is now tied with Elvis Presley for being the artist with the most Top 10 hits of the rock era. Each of them have now scored 36 total.

However, now she needs to grab Mariah Carey by her weave and knock her out of place from being the broad with the most #1 hits.

It's doubtful there's any danger of Mimi hitting #1 with "Don't Forget About Us," as it's not available on iTunes and has already begun falling down the chart without even cracking the Top 10. Plus, the song simultaneously sucks and blows. The Madge is at #7 for a second week with "Hung Up."

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Two Charts, No Lies

Okay, gotta say that I was a bit dubious about the Pussycat Dolls at first. "Don't Cha" didn't really strike a chord with me - well, okay, maybe for like a day or so back in the summer it did.

But their new single, "Stickwitu," is becoming one of my favorite songs at the moment. I wish all ballads could be this un-sucky! Mr. Brady likens it to a Mimi throw-away, which I can totally see. But there's something pop-tastic about it that just gets under your skin.

Anyway, it's cool to see it doing well and rescuing the Dolls from one-hit wonder status here in the States. It was released this week as a single in the UK, too. The top debut on the Billboard Hot 100 is Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten," at #77.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
2. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
3. "My Humps" - Blackeyed Peas
4. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L
5. "Soul Survivor" - Young Jeezy Ft. Akon
6. "Photograph" - Nickelback
7. "Hung Up" - Madonna
8. "Stickwitu" - The Pussycat Dolls
9. "We Be Burnin'" - Sean Paul
10. "Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson

The UK Top 10:

1. "Hung Up" - Madonna
2. "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife
3. "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas
4. "No Worries" - Simon Webbe
5. "Biology" - Girls Aloud
6. "Dirty Harry" - Gorillaz *new*
7. "A Night To Remember" - Liberty X
8. "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - Arctic Monkeys
9. "Don't Love You No More" - Craig David
10."Your Body" - Tom Novy Ft. Michael Marshall *new*

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Stood Up, Messed Around And Taken For A Fool

It's been a fuck-all week (and month, for that matter), but D'Luv's back in business. The past 4 months or so have been kind of hectic with a lot of traveling and working and, well, unnecessary drama.

Anyway, a few random things going on lately...

Aron's Records, a local independent record store that's been in L.A. for more than 30 years, is closing down. Most likely, they've been run out of business by the giant Amoeba Records store, which opened here 4 years ago about a mile away from Aron's. I remember visiting Aron's before I even moved to L.A., when I was in town vacationing with an ex back in Summer '96. I found the Mel & Kim F.L.M. CD there on that trip. Years later, after moving here, I found the CD single for Alex Party, "Don't Give Me Your Life," in Spring '01. I hadn't heard that song in years, and it brought back a lot of memories of of clubbing with Moogaboo in 1995. I got the single for 99 cents that day.

The other night I attended the Brokeback Mountain premiere without realizing it was actually gonna be the pemiere. I was so out of it from having a bad day, that I thought I had RSVP'd to a regular press screening... I had no idea it was the actual premiere! (Actually reading the invite might have been helpful.) Anyway, the movie is probably the best damn gay-themed movie ever. And, yes, Jake Gyllenhaal is just as freaking hot in person!

And, finally, a few things that have really struck me as disturbing...

...first off, what the F is goin' on with Geri Halliwell lately?

And, anyone that knows me well knows I was always a huge Felicity fan. But seeing Keri Russell paired up with La Cruise in MI:3 is just kinda creepy.