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Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Editors Are Not Beyonce

I was all prepared to write a scathing post about the fact that Beyonce is still #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but I realized that a.) The last three posts were way too bitchy, and b.) Beyonce ain't gettin' any more mentions here. Instead, it should be noted that The Editors are probably the best band to come out of England in years. They recently had a Top 10 single in the U.K. with "Munich" (after it was re-released) - which you can download from the U.S. iTunes store. I picked up the Australian copy of their album The Back Room last night, and I've probably played it about six times now. A lot of comparisons to Interpol have been thrown at the band, but after listening to the whole album, those comparisons all fade away. The Back Room won't be released here 'til March 21st. They're also mounting a North American tour this spring. Check out The Editors' official site for more info. And watch the video for "Munich" here:

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Check On It" - Beyonce feat. Slim Thug *5 weeks*
2. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
3. "Grillz" - Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gripp
4. "Temperature" - Sean Paul
5. "Be Without You" - Mary J. Blige
6. "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" - T-Pain feat. Mike Jones
7. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" - Chris Brown
8. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo
9. "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
10. "Shake That" - Eminem feat. Nate Dogg

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  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What do you think about the other top 10 songs? I've heard "Be Without You" by MJB repeatedly in the last two days and I'm starting to like it. I'm a fan of Mary J. But what does D'Luv think of the other top 10 besides She Who Will Not Be Mentioned?

  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Tonight at le gym I heard I'm N Luv Wit Da Strippa. Was expecting it to be trashy and funny, but instead it's a deadly serious lurve ballad.... it kind of made me wish Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton would kidnap the top ten, strap it to the ceiling, and torture it until it promised to be good.

  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    [Sums Up Any Semblence Of Earnestness For The Top 10]

    Although I'm not into "You're Beautiful," I do appreciate the fact that it's a unique pop song. It really should have it's day at #1 here. It's been the top download for the past two weeks, which clearly shows what the public thinks.

    And that's my problem with the Beyonce song. If it wasn't for radio force-feeding that song and pretty much EVERY thing on Top 40 radio to the listener, I believe it wouldn't be #1.

    I've long been championing the Natasha Bedingfield single (#9 this week), but I'm a bit dubious about how she actually crossed over here in the U.S. Her label has had way too many hip hop songs lodged high up in the charts for years, which, that said, makes it odd that someone like her would cross over without a little "help" *cough*.

    It's interesting that Ne-Yo's song has been held from iTunes by the label, supposedly because of the archaic idea that singles cannibalize album sales. (hence the death of the U.S. CD single in the mid '90s). But this is just another case of the labels having heads up their posteriors and underestimating the record-buying public. Put out a good album and we'll buy it. Put out a piece of shit with one or two good songs, and damn straight we'll rape your worthless product and take the good parts.

    The rest of the Top 10 can kiss my ass... and, yeah, what Moogaboo said, too.

  • At 2:11 AM, Blogger daavid said…

    Good song! (Munich). I've read quite a few criticisms about how The Editors are just another Interpol-like Joy Division revivalist band, etc. But I think when the music sounds this good it doesn't really matter what your influences are or whether you are being original.


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