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

Sunday, July 31, 2005

10 Years Ago This Week

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was most likely pining away in vain over a certain dumb boy I went to college with, and working my boring summer job as a cashier at a Hills department store - counting down the weeks 'til school started back up for the fall semester.

At any rate, the #1 song this week in 1995 was "Waterfalls" by TLC. It actually went to the top of the chart on July 8th, 1995 and stayed there for 7 weeks.

Now, is it me, or was this song inescapable that summer? It was always either this or "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" by Bryan Adams on the radio, right? I can clearly remember driving into Pittsburgh to visit friends one hot summer day and stopping at a gas station as "Waterfalls" was playing on the radio. I was thinking about how over that song I was, but then "Can I Touch You...There?" by Michael Bolton came on when I got back in my car, and suddenly "Waterfalls" didn't seem so bad.

The Chart Don't Lie: U.S. Singles Roundup

It's the ninth non-consecutive week at #1 for comeback strumpet Mariah Carey, with her single "We Belong Together." Carrie Underwood, who knocked Mimi off for a week earlier in the summer, has already dropped out of the top 25.

Every so often, the Robbins dance music label manages to eek out a surprise hit. This summer it's D.H.T.'s cover of Roxette's 1989 ballad "Listen To Your Heart." After 10 weeks on the charts, the song is at #12. One thing's for sure - "Listen To Your Heart" is no "It Must Have Been Love."

Another climber is "Feel Good Inc." by the Damon Albarn-led Gorillaz. This week it's up to #16. Who knew this summer would have some surprise hits?

Perhaps most surprising is the initial success Natasha Bedingfield is having here in the U.S.
"These Words," her debut single here and a former UK #1, jumps 18 spots to #30 this week. While her brother Daniel is seeing his career take a nosedive in the UK, Natasha is duplicating the success he had here two years ago. Natasha's debut American gig will be in L.A. on Thursday night.


"Cool," the 4th single off Gwen Stefani's solo album, moves up to #35. It's another '80s-tinged tune, this time with a dash of The Cars. This is the first real non-R&B, pop single she's released from the album.

UK Singles Chart Roundup

Well, the verdict is finally in on the new Bananarama single, "Move In My Direction." Today it debuted on the official UK singles chart at #14. Not bad for a group that hasn't seen a hit in their home country since their cover of "More, More More" went to #24 in March of 1993.

The girls even manage to chart one notch above Uniting Nations, whose "You And Me" goes in at #15. This was our Song Of The Week way back in early May, and it seems like it took forever to get an official single release. "You And Me" is also surprisingly available on the US iTunes store, with various remixes and an extended version.

Down at #23 on the UK singles chart is Natalie Imbruglia with the 2nd single off her latest album, the title track "Counting Down The Days." Love the poptastic bells at the end of this tune!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Today I Downloaded...

My parents just left town after a week-long visit. I spent the morning cleaning, then unwinded while hitting up the iTunes music store and downloading a couple songs. The first is Tegan & Sara's "Walking With A Ghost," which I heard for the first time on KROQ this past week while driving home from work. I realize I might be a bit behind with this one, since the album's been out since September...

At any rate, it's a great sing-along song that falls somewhere between having a dance beat and being chord-driven rock.

The other song I downloaded is Billy Idol, "Eyes Without A Face." I can'teven remember what made me think to look this one up, but it was always my favorite song by him (and probably his only one I ever liked). It reminds me of the summer of 1983, being 9-years old and riding my bike to the store to buy comic books - and also going to the beach at the lake and swimming.

Meanwhile, on the sleeve of this Japanese version of the single, doesn't he look kinda hot?

Friday, July 29, 2005

Chart Rigger Turns 6! (Well, Months, That Is)

We just realized today that last Friday was the 6-month anniversary of Chart Rigger being online.

In celebration, we'll be popping open a bottle of Fuji spring water and chugging it on the ride home from work.... we are, after all, on the wagon this week.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by this past half-year!

xx

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Get Ready For The Veronicas

No, they're not cheese-bag, wince-inducing schlock pop hookerz resembling the likes Hilary Duff or Britney. The Veronicas, whose debut CD comes out this fall on Sire Records, are 20-year old identical twins Jess and Lisa Origliasso from Brisbane, Australia. The disc is chock-full of songs with great harmonies and guitar-driven power pop.

The first single, "4ever," is written and produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, who were behind Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." The two producers also do up "Everything I'm Not" on the album.

You can download "4ever" at The Veronicas' official website. Their CD, The Secret World Of The Veronicas, is released on October 3rd.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Lots Of New Pet Shop Boys Material In The Works!

Last year, the Pet Shop Boys scored a free screening of the classic Russian film Battleship Potempkin in London's Trafalgar Square. This might seem odd, but given singer Neil Tennant's penchant for Russian history - references to which are sprinkled throughout the lyrics to many of their hits - it makes the band a perfect fit for the project.

On September 5th, EMI Classics and Parlophone will release the score on disc in Europe, with a Japanese release to follow shortly after. The rumored single off the album will be "No Time For Tears," which is to supposedly going to see an August release in the UK.

According to the duo's official website, Pet Shop Boys and the Dresdner Sinfoniker will be performing "Battleship Potemkin" ("Panzerkreuzer Potemkin") at four concerts in Germany in September.

In the meantime, Neil and Chris are working on four new songs with Trevor Horn in London for their forthcoming studio album, to be released in Spring '06. This makes nine songs they've recorded with Horn. These four songs are described as more "electro-pop" than the first "epic" five they did with the producer.

The new album will also include the Diane Warren(!)-written track, "Numb."

Scam!

Some 23-year old Jersey broad managed to scam about $12,000 in products and merchandise by posing as pop bimbotron Jessica Simpson's personal assistant, CaCee Cobb.

Let's just have a moment to take in the name... CaCee Cobb.

So, La Cobb apparently contact numerous companies by phone and fax - often using record-label stationary - asking for the goods. But then the dumbass instructed the businesses to send them to her home address.... in Jersey! We're guessing this caused lots of raised eyebrows.

E! Online had this comical report:

Acting on a tip from the security department at Sony, Simpson's record label, police arrived at Handel's residence on Friday and discovered a treasure trove of lingerie, jewelry and designer clothing.

While authorities were still at the home, UPS pulled up with another slew of deliveries intended for the singer.

"We turned to each other and said, 'If only all our cases could be this easy,' " Detective Sergeant Jeff Yannaconi told the New York Daily News.


Among the items Handel collected were PH Advantage cosmetics, Pagliei jewelry, Ted Rossi handbags, Peter Thomas Roth skin care and Fake Bake Tanning Products. Frye sent seven pairs of boots.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Legal Download

Billboard reports that The Killers will headline the first U.S. Download Festival, to be held on October 8th in Mountain View, CA. The Arcade Fire, The Doves and Modest Mouse will also be performing.

Last year, the UK Download Festival drew 150,000 to London's Dorrington Park. In addition to band performances, the festival offers "cutting-edge technology and media experiences."

This show will bring The Killers to the end of their year-and-a-half world tour in support of debut album Hot Fuss, which has sold 2.2 million copies to date.

I'll be catching them two days earlier in Long Beach, while I'll be seeing Green Day the night of the Download Festival, here in L.A.

Singled Out: Franz Ferdinand

"Do You Want To" will be the lead single off Franz Ferdinand's second album. Like the debut one from the band, this album will be self-titled, as well.

The single will be released as a commercial CD single in the UK on September 19th, a day before the band kicks off a North American tour. The album is released October 4th in the States, and a day earlier internationally.

This should be the album that breaks Franz Ferdinand wide open here in the U.S.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Hey, What Happened To Crazy Frog's Whiz-Wack?

Looks like Next Plateau/Universal, the American record company releasing the Crazy Frog album on August 30th, decided to delete his, uh, tadpole. At least that's what it looks like in this image in the story in USA Today.

The article talks about pretty much the same mix of irritation and fondness being hoisted upon US radio programmers by listeners as the tune gains airplay momentum.

At any rate, we're sure that "Who Let The Frogs Out," off the US version of the album, will get the people a-hummin'.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bananarama's TOTP Interview!

Gearing up for their big comeback, Bananarama appeared on England's Top Of The Pops show this past weekend, performing their new single "Move In My Direction."

Cick here to read a really hot interview the girls did with TOTP, wherein Sarah reveals the following:

TOTP: I heard a rumour that work on 1992's 'Please Yourself' album was halted after a heavily pregnant Sarah became too large to sing.
Sarah: Darling, I was probably too lazy to sing, but certainly not too pregnant. I just couldn't be bothered.

We Heart Bratz!

This is so wrong it's right! Bratz are true starlets... well, minus the fact that they're a cartoon - or a line of toy dolls -- or something.

Anyway, iTunes has Bratz first single and video, "So Good," available for download. You can catch it here on their website. It was only a matter of time before someone would think of a cheap-o teen
pop answer to the more, uh, credible Gorillaz.

But, hey, Brian Littrel likes Bratz -- And so does Fergie from Black Eyed Peas.

Bratz are girls with "a passion for fashion." They even sound like Avril Lavigne on the single, and we all know what a fashion maven she is.

Sell It, Ladies!

Some gem wrote in to Billboard asking who the top-selling female artists of all time are in the United States, so we're taking this opportunity to run a couple of our fave pictures of said superstarlets!

Billboard notes that they can't use Nielsen SoundScan info to tabulate the list as that method of tracking sales only went in effect in 1991. So, these figures are based off of RIAA data.

1. Barbra Streisand (70.5 million)

2. Madonna (60 million)

3. Mariah Carey (58.5 million)

4. Whitney Houston (54 million)

5. (tie) Celine Dion (47 million)
(tie) Shania Twain (47 million)

7. Reba McEntire (36.5 million)

8. Britney Spears (31 million)

9. Linda Ronstadt (30 million)

10. Janet Jackson (25 million)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Don't Panic!

Dolls, I've been working feverishly and feel like Whitney Houston might after a marathon crack bender (if she were on crack, but we all know La Whitzy thinks crack iz wack!).

But, never fear! I'm here, I'm back, and I'm ready to get the pop sass on!

Speaking of which, I wanted to care about this Whitney and Bobby show on Bravo enough to watch and rip on it here, but, a.) it stars Whitney and Bobby, so forget it, and 3.) I don't have Bravo.

Next!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Shanaynay Sez: Kim, You A Hoodrat, Girl!

My homegirl Lil Kim has lost it, for real yo. Check out her recorded message on her website. She STILL be talkin bout B. I. G. for life. Bitch, you lucky you only doing a year and not life! Leave Biggie to sprout daisies in peace, girl! And Kim be tellin us 'bout some surprises she got? Girl, them Hos in the slammer that you 'bout to be in got even bigger surprises for you - theys can't WAIT to show YOU how they gonna make a sprite can AND a shank disapeer in U.

p.s. prison food sux, speaking from experience.

Clay Aiken Wants To Shove His Package In Your Back Door

Hard times must have set in at the Clay Aiken camp. Go here to watch a really creepy clip of Clay, who's now hand-delivering copies of his flop book to Claymates who order it off Amazon. You really have to watch it to believe it, especially the part where he, the girl and her mom all start singing "Invisible" on the front porch. The girl then tells the camera that it was a bit surreal and how she "didn't know where to put her hands." Hot.

In addition, the lesbian-looking limp carrot is now hitting the road again on a snooze-inducing covers tour, "returning to his roots" by doing songs from the '50s through the '90s. Wonder if he'll do a cover of "Dude Looks Like A Lady?"

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Hilary Duff's Greatest Hits... They're Kidding, Right?

Why is there a greatest hits collection coming out by Hilary Duff, when she only had one and a half hits to begin with? Actually, if we're gonna get technical, "So Yesterday" never official made it into the Top 40, and "Come Clean" only went to, like, #35.

Anyway, I forced myself to listen to her new single, "Wake Up," this morning. Hilary chirps over some backing track that sounds like it could have been lifted from any teen pop album in the Avril Lavigne-era. She warbles something about people not knowing her and "give me a DJ." Sigh. Oh, and "give me Hollywood and Vine" is in there, too!

Go here to listen to "Wake Up."

Crazy In Love

Dolls, Crazy Frog isn't going anywhere! In fact, the little mofo has his amphibian eyes set on America! Billboard reports today that Crazy Frogs album, Crazy Hits will be released in the UK on July 25th, following a successful 4-week run at the top of the charts there with the single "Axel F."

Then... dun dun dun... the album gets a U.S. release in September via Universal. The disc will feature covers of Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is," Technotronic's "Pump Up The Jam" and Human League's"Don't You Want Me."

Crazy Frog began life as a ringtone. Then, the character was inserted into a dance mix of "Axel F" being produced by Wolfgang Boss. "We deliberately tried to produce a product with every intention to make it a hit for ring tone companies, and, at the same time, the music could benefit from the additional promotion provided by the technology," he tells Billboard. Crazy Frog has earned $18 million for its' owner, The Jamster Company.

Here's the tracklisting for Crazy Hits:


"Intro"
"Axel F"
"Popcorn"
"Whoomp! (There It Is)"
"1001 Nights"
"Bailando"
"Don't You Want Me"
"Dirty Frog"
"Magic Melody"
"Pump Up the Jam"
"In The 80s"
"Pinocchio"
"Wonderland"
"Dallas (Theme)"
"The Pink Panther"
"Crazy Sounds" (a cappella)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Oh No She Did Not Just!

Here's a funny history of the Mariah Carey / Madonna rivalry, as reported by the fourfour blog. Madonna refused to be anywhere near Mariah at London's Live 8 concert a week and a half ago, and here's why:

It stretches back to '95, when Mariah was nothing if not a hit-making robot and Madonna was struggling to move units (regardless of enjoying the longest running No. 1 of her career earlier that year) ["Take A Bow"}. Supposedly, Madonna revealed during an interview that she'd kill herself if she were Mariah (paraphrasing here), a sour-grapes comment on Mariah's work-horsiness.

Click here to watch Mariah's pissy soundbite retort against Madonna!

Live From Moscow, It's...

...Pet Shop Boys!

Click here to watch "Go West," from the Pet Shop Boys' July 2nd Live 8 concert in Moscow's Red Square.

Originally off their 4th studio album Very, "Go West" went to #2 in the UK in September 1993, becoming the duo's 20th of their 36 Top 40 hits in England.

Money Changes Everything

Ouch! A month after Michael Jackson was acquitted of shoving his hand down kids' pants, a financial group called Prescient Acquisition Group Inc. is suing his butt for $48 million.

Now, we've all heard about Jacko's $270 million debt. Prescient claims that last month they helped him acquire investors to pay off a $272.5 million debt to Bank Of America. They also say they helped Jackson buy complete control of MJ Publishing Trust -- also known as Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC -- an entity that owns and administers copyrights to thousands of songs, including the Beatles library.

Prescient also charges it helped secure an additional $265 million for Jackson that would help him exercise his option to purchase the 50 percent interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing that he did not own.

Precient's lawyer Steven Altman says the company's contract with Jackson means it is entitled to a fee of nine percent of the total funds. "The reality is, we have helped Michael Jackson acquire a magnificent asset and he'll be able to fund his exotic lifestyle for the rest of his life," Altman said. "He was in desperate straits before. ... We just want to get paid."

Geez. If this is true, there go any of Michael's money worries, like, FOREVER. He should just buy Prescient and turn it into a giant daycare.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Cha-Ching!

In case anyone was wondering, here is the list of the top 10-selling albums in the U.S. for the first half of the year (What? No Clay Aiken?!?). 50 Cent starts it off with sales of 4 million copies.

1. 'The Massacre' - 50 Cent
2. 'The Emancipation of Mimi'- Mariah Carey
3. 'Documentary' - The Game
4. 'American Idiot' - Green Day
5. 'Breakaway' - Kelly Clarkson
6. 'Love.Angel.Music.Baby' - Gwen Stefani
7. 'X&Y' - Coldplay
8. 'Hot Fuss' - The Killers
9.' Now 18' - Various Artists
10. 'Encore' - Eminem

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Singled Out: Madison Park

Madison Park have covered Roxy Music's "More Than This" for a compilation of dance versions of the seminal Bryan Ferry-led band's songs.

The compilation, Roxy Re-Modeled, is available on BasicLux Records. In fact, "More Than This" is one of 3 songs Madison Park have on there - this one actually being credited as Madison Park vs. Lenny B.

You can watch the video for "More Than This" here.

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Jessica Simpson: I'll Take A Top 40 Hit, Dad Will Have The Botox

The really necessary cover of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Jessica Simpson became her highest-charting debut in the States this week, going in at #33. That's just swell. No, really. There just aren't enough vapid, silocone-riddled starlets prancing around in ho shorts and half-shirts these days, belting out inane crap pop.

This is a real creative streak for Jessica. Her last single was yet another cover, "Take My Breath Away." She did a really interesting re-working of that one (didn't she?).

Of course, her only Top 10 single to date remains her debut one, "I Wanna Love You Forever." It's been almost 6 years since that useless ballad came out. It's as if she was destined to be a one-hit wonder, but somehow her plastic corpse keeps floating back up to the surface.

With all this success allows Jessica to get classy gifts for her stage father, Joe, like botox injections for Father's Day. So thoughtful.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

Mariah To The U.S.: I'm #1 And My Sister's A Hooker

Yes, Mariah Carey has posted a 6th non-consecutive week at #1 with "We Belong Together." In celebration of Mimi's recent comeback, Mariah's sister, a hooker, got busted recently for trying to sell here wares on a boat in Long Island (classy).

Here's what Contact Music had to say:

MARIAH CAREY's hooker sister ALISON claims police are trying to stop her from selling sex in her native Suffolk County, New York after setting her up on a houseboat and arresting her for prostitution.

The 44-year-old, who has been diagnosed HIV-positive, was arrested last month (JUN05) after agreeing to meet a client on his boat at a Long Island marina.

The prostitute was busted after she advertised her services on an Internet call girl site, using the name APRIL. She was arrested and charged with a penal violation. Alison tells US tabloid National Enquirer, "I got a call to meet a guy on a boat that was docked in a marina. I went onto the boat and told them I needed to use the bathroom."The man said, 'Don't use that room,' and he tried to stop me from opening the door but when I did I saw a policeman with radio equipment, and that's when they busted me for prostitution."The police have it in for me in Suffolk County."

Bananarama Vs. Pete Waterman

July 25th will see the release of two pop dance tracks in the UK. Bananarama are looking at a comeback with the release of their new single, "Move In My Direction." The duo's last charting single in the UK was a cover of "More More More," which peaked at #24 in March of 1993. It's crazy how they had to wait another 10 years to become retro enough to have a proper release. That said, it seems to be a trend that other '80s bands are coming out of the woodwork and are starting up their comeback bids.

In the meantime, Pete Waterman's in-house production/remix team W.I.P. - or Works In Progress - are releasing a souped-up, Eric Prydz-esque version of Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You" the same day as the Bananarama single. Pete is credited for transforming Bananarama from has-beens to superstars in the late '80s, with songs like "Venus" and "I Heard A Rumour."

Bananarama seems likely to go Top 20. W.I.P. singles may well be used to set coffee mugs on in the back rooms of HMV across the UK, despite sassy Dita von Teese being on the sleeve and in the video.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

London

Our thoughts today are with the people of Great Britain.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Lost In Transmission

Didn't get the chance to jet over to London to catch The Killers at Live 8? Apparently during the live telecast on MTV over the weekend, they cut to Philadelphia's show for Dave Matthews Band just as Brandon and Co. were about to go on. Click here to watch The Killers perform "All These Things That I've Done" at London's Live 8 concert this past Saturday.

Love the white suits!

Monday, July 04, 2005

Live 8 Stuff

Within one hour of Paul McCartney and U2 performing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on Saturday at London's Hyde Park Live 8 concert, the live track became available at the iTunes music store for download. It's thought to be heading for being the fastest downloaded tune ever. It's already the top downloaded song from the UK store, after one day only. Also up for download is "The Long And Winding Road," which Paul performed as well on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Madonna said naughty words during her performance, which aired on the BBC in the UK without
time delay. This prompted the BBC to receive about 400 complaints. Who wants to see an old whore swearing on their television, anyway? Snoop Dogg swore, too, but he's not as old a whore as Madge, so it doesn't matter.

Over in Moscow, a city that was added less than two weeks before the set Live 8 concert date, the Pet Shop Boys were left stunned at the reaction they got from the crowd. Says the Moscow Times:


The Pet Shop Boys received a rapturous welcome when they came on stage last. After a rousing set, the band finished off with "Go West," a song that echoes the Russian national anthem.

The crowd, however, refused to leave, and the Pet Shop Boys were called back for an encore. It was clearly unexpected because there was a slight delay as organizers turned the group's computer back on again.


The PSBs set list was:


It’s a sin
Suburbia
Opportunities
Domino dancing
New York City boy
Always on my mind
Where the streets have no name (I can’t take my eyes of you)
West End girls
Left to my own devices
Go West

As their official website reports, "After the final song, everyone left the stage assuming the show was over but most of the audience refused to leave so Pet Shop Boys returned and performed “It’s a sin” for a second time."

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Even J'ason Gets The Blues

Sometimes all it takes to make a person smile is downloading They Might Be Giants' "Birdhouse In Your Soul" at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

I probably haven't heard this song in 14 years, but still recall every single note. I can remember clearly the day I bought TMBG's Flood on cassette (!) in January 1990 (!!) when I was 15 (!!!!!!!!!!). My friend Mandy and I used to play this album over and over and over in her bedroom, and we'd always try to mimic the "Whistling In The Dark" voice while dancing around. Her mom would constantly scream up the stairs that we were making the plaster fall out of the ceilling with all the jumping around.

Good times.

Friday, July 01, 2005

How To Watch Your Live 8 Faves Tomorrow

Click here for a great article from New York Daily News on how to view your fave Live 8 artists tomorrow.

At press time, Live 8 hadn't released a precise running order, but below are the expected highlights - among many other artists - from each participating city:

Tokyo: Bjork & Good Charlotte

Rome: Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Laura Pausini & Zucchero

Toronto: Bare Naked Ladies & Jann Arden

London: Pink Floyd's first reunion of its "Dark Side"-era players in more than 20 years. Also, Scissor Sisters, Keane, Madonna, Ms. Dynamite, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, U2 and Travis

Cornwall, England: Thomas Mapfumo, Angelique Kidjo, Daara J & Siyaya

Philadelphia: Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band & Black-Eyed Peas

Johannesburg: Lucky Dube, Mahotella Queens, Oumou Sangare and Zola

Berlin: Green Day, Lauryn Hill, Audioslave, Roxy Music & Brian Wilson

Moscow: Pet Shop Boys

Paris: Shakira, The Cure, Craig David, Johnny Hallyday, Placebo & Youssou N'Dour

Watch Live 8!

Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof's Live 8 concerts happen tomorrow across the globe, in an attempt to fight poverty and influence leaders of Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States to act when they meet July 6-8 in Perthshire, Scotland, at the annual G8 summit.

Billboard reports today that AOL Music will offer the most music from the shows, with live feeds from six of the 10 concerts. The first will come from Berlin Brandenburg Gate beginning at 8 a.m. ET, followed by events in London's Hyde Park (9 a.m. ET), Rome's Circus Maximus (9:30 a.m. ET), Toronto's Molson Park (11 a.m. ET), Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (12 p.m. ET) and Paris' Palais de Versailles (1 p.m. ET).

AOL Music will offer viewing of all six complete concerts on demand for six weeks after the event. In addition, AOL Music will also provide a "global" feed with highlights from all of the shows, presumably including the remaining Live 8 events in Johannesburg's Mary Fitzgerald Square, Moscow's Red Square, Cornwall, England's Eden Project Arena and Tokyo's Makuhari Messe. (An additional July 6 show will be held in Scotland's Murrayfield Stadium to coincide with the opening of the G8 summit.)

On television, MTV and VH1 will start their live broadcast at noon ET, coinciding with the beginning of the Philadelphia concert, with coverage running through to 8 p.m. ET. ABC will air a two-hour highlights show, "Live 8: A Worldwide Concert Event Presented by Nokia," beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here is the Philadelphia broadcast rundown (times are approximate):

12:04 p.m. ET - Paul McCartney and U2 live from London
12:14 - Black Eyed Peas
12:33 - Bon Jovi
12:54 - Madonna live from London
1:00 - Destiny's Child
1:16 - Kanye West
1:30 - Will Smith
1:50 - Coldplay live from London
1:56 - Toby Keith
2:13 - Dave Matthews Band
2:40 - Alicia Keys
2:52 - Def Leppard
3:10 - Linkin Park and Jay-Z
3:50 - Tim McGraw live from Rome
3:56 - Sarah McLachlan
4:11 - Maroon5
4:28 - Green Day live from Berlin
4:34 - Keith Urban
4:48 - Jars of Clay
4:56 - Pink Floyd live from London
5:00 - Rob Thomas
5:21 - Stevie Wonder

Mimi Kicks Carrie To The Curb / Bo Bice Gets Married

Sorry, Carrie Underwood, but Mariah Carey was only gonna sit around and let you have the #1 single in the U.S. for a week. After Carrie's "Inside Your Heaven" ended Mimi's 4-week reign at the top, "We Belong Together" rebounded this week for another run in the pole position.

Meanwhile, Bo Bice's own version of "Inside Your Heaven" has to settle for debuting at #2, between the two battling broads. While still not a bad showing, Bo is definitely no Carrie in the public's eye.


In other Bo news, he married his hometown sweetheart two week ago. Here's what he had to say to MTV about it:

"I'm ready to be the five-minute warrior just like I am in the bedroom," Bice joked. "I gave my wife the best three seconds of her life."

Whatever that means, it sounds real classy. Bo apparently trotted out his done-to-death rendition of "Vehicle" last night on The Tonight Show, with Richie Sambora accompanying him. We missed it, and can't begin to convey the emptiness we feel.