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

Friday, March 31, 2006


Okay, not to be one of those they should have used the art for the single cover for the album instead-type people, but...


What's A Friday Without Seeing The Cover Art For The New Mariah Carey Single?

Thank you, Lord.


Gratuitous Pet Shop Boys Update

The following message was posted on the Pet Shop Boys' official website yesterday:

We would like to inform American Petheads that the USA release of "Fundamental" is under advanced discussion at the moment. We're hoping that it will be released in the USA on the same date as the rest of the world. It is planned that Pet Shop Boys' world tour will begin in North America (Canada/USA/Mexico) in October.

And speaking of being with stupid, Neil Tennant recently dined out with Robbie Williams.

They were rumored to be discussing a cover Robbie would sing at a Radio 2 show honoring the duo's 21-year history next month.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

America Crowns Daniel Powter With a #1

He may be ugly, but Daniel Powter has become the 8th chart-topper of 2006 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his single "Bad Day."

"Bad Day" looked set to go by unnoticed on these shores until American Idol began playing the tune in various montages this year. It sent people in droves to start downloading the song. Now Daniel joins James Blunt in the ranks of Boring Foreign Dorks Easily Cashing In On Dumb Americans. Oh, wait. I actually downloaded "Bad Day" myself. Dammit!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter *1 week*
2. "Temperature" - Sean Paul
3. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo
4. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
5. "Be Without You" - Mary J. Blige
6. "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
7. "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" - Dem Franchize Boys
8. "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" - T-Pain feat. Mike Jones
9. "Ms. New Booty" - Bubba Sparxxx
10. "Yo (Excuse Me, Miss)" - Chris Brown

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Brits Go Crazy For Gnarls Barkley

Forget Arctic Monkeys...here's something that's actually worth the hype!

Gnarls Barkley, (aka mixer/producer Danger Mouse and L.A. rapper Cee-Lo) are set to make chart history this week by debuting at #1 in the U.K. with single "Crazy" based on downloads alone. The feat was made possible by the recent adjustment of U.K. chart rules -- a digital single can now enter the U.K. charts provided a physical single be released the following week. The Gnarls Barkley single has been the top download in the U.K. for the past two weeks, and the CD single is released on Monday. Heading to #1 would prove to be an upset for Morrissey, whose appropriately-titled "You Have Killed Me" was expected to be the chart-topper this week.

As for the song itself, "Crazy" sounds like an old Al Green song with a modern Gorillaz-type twist. That's no surprise, as Danger Mouse produced Gorillaz' latest album. And just like Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley are all about disguises, riddles and myths as to what they're really all about.

You can listen to "Crazy" at Gnarls Barkley's official site.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My Last FM Top 10

If you haven't yet joined Last FM, what you waiting for? Here's my top 10 played tracks from last week (the right column being the number of plays).

Come join me, Mr. Brady and that special guy who likes to post inflammatory comments anonymously from time to time in one happy, monitored, lack-of-privacy music familly!


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Pop Art

From PopJustice today:



Monday, March 27, 2006

Shaggy Brandon Flowers At Ultra Music Festival

The Killers took a break from recording their new album and headlined the Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Saturday. Here are some pics.

NME referred to Brandon Flowers as having "cropped studio beard."

The band did not preview any new material, as they were expected to do.

Aww, doesn't La Fleur look so delicate?

The new album is expected to be released this fall.


Mariah Carey Blows...

...out her candles today. It's her 36th birthday! Happy B-Day, hooker.

To celebrate, it looks like Snoop Dogg made Xerox copies of her ass to fax his homies. Oh, just kidding. That's the two of them on the set of her "Say Somethin'" video shoot in Beverly Hills.

Is it me or are they goin' all out on the locations for this video?


Sunday, March 26, 2006

Ne-Yo Sickens The U.K. As Well

Well, at least "So Sick" -- the recent U.S. #1 by Ne-Yo that has topped the British singles chart this week -- isn't that bad of a pop tune. But that's really just in comparison with all the other garbage blocking up radio. It really is surprising that the Brits have become complacent enough to let American R&B infiltrate their market on this level. I guess their revenge on us is James Blunt. That said, I finally gave in and downloaded the tune today. Sigh.

Meanwhile, looking at the music press here lately, it looks as if the "next big thing" from England isn't going to be the Arctic Monkeys -- but rather, it could be Corinne Bailey Rae, who recently wowed audiences at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Her self-titled debut album is released in domestically June 6 on Capitol Records.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo *new* *1 week*
2. "Nature's Law" - Embrace *new*
3. "No Tomorrow" - Orson
4. "Stupid Girls" - Pink *new*
5. "Put Your Records On" - Corinne Bailey Rae
6. "Beep" - Pussycat Dolls feat. will.i.am
7. "Pump It" - Blackeyed Peas
8. "It's Chico Time" - Chico
9. "Touch The Sky" - Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco
10. "Red Dress" - Sugababes

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Editors Release Album In U.S., Single In Britain

My favorite band of 2006, Editors, finally released their album The Back Room in the U.S. this past Tuesday, and are currently touring the States in support of it. Additionally, the hands-down best song off the album, "All Sparks," is being released in the U.K. on Monday as their fourth official single. You can listen to "All Sparks" and other tunes off the album over at the band's official site, under "Music." On iTunes (U.S.), the album contains the bonus track "No Disco." It's currently the 16th most-downloaded album on the site.

Here are Editors' U.K. singles and chart positions:

1. "Munich," #22 (April '05)
2. "Blood," #18 (July '05)
3. "Bullets," #27 (Oct. '05)
4. "Munich" (re-release), #10 (Jan. '06)


Friday, March 24, 2006

Music Junkie Digest

Americans "had by the Brit music machine once again."

Kylie's playing around with new lyrics!

Pussycat Dolls to turn TV into a litterbox.

Keane, much better than Coldplay, have a new album out in June!

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Happy Friday!

Hey, it's Friday, so let's watch the new video by Infernal, "A To The B."


What Ever Happened To Jesse Camp?

Remember that irritating bag of bones Jesse Camp who used to be an MTV VJ after winning a contest in the late '90s? He was probably the reason you stopped watching MTV in the first place. Well, if you were ever mildly curious about what became of him (or Willa Ford), than click here. It's actually pretty tragic. And if you never wondered about what happened to him, then click here. And if you want to see the only existing fan site dedicated to Jesse -- so old that it's hosted by Angelfire! -- than go here. Now, if you ever wondered whether I have too much time on my hands, keep reading.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Chart Don't Lie: Sean Paul Is #1

I really expected Daniel Powter, who's been the biggest sales gainer for three weeks in a row on the Billboard Hot 100, to jump to #1 this week. Instead, he has to settle for the #2 position, as Sean Paul hits climbs atop the chart with "Temperature." At any rate, it's nice to see that we're back to the days of songs only spending a week or two at the top, since all of them this year have sucked so far. If Natasha Bedingfield went to #1, that'd be kinda cool. Right now she's at #6 with "Unwritten," which matches the chart position the song made it to in the U.K. in December of 2004.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Temperature" - Sean Paul *1 week*
2. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter
3. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo
4. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
5. "Be Without You" - Mary J. Blige
6. "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
7. "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" - Dem Franchize Boys
8. "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" - T-Pain feat. Mike Jones
9. "Yo (Excuse Me, Miss)" - Chris Brown
10. "Check On It" - Beyonce feat. Slim Thug

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Where The Boys Are Pretty

Woah, the U.S. and U.K. iTunes stores actually have ATC's (aka A Touch Of Class) 2003 album, Touch The Sky, available for download! And here's the video for the album's 3rd (and ATC's final) single, "New York City."


The Killers Headline Dance Festival While Finishing New Album

As they finish up their 6-week recording session for their sophomore album, it was announced today that The Killers would be headlining the Ultra Music Festival in Miami during the Winter Music Conference on Saturday.

Some people seem up in arms over the choice of bands (The Prodigy are co-headliners) to play at the traditionally dance-oriented music festival. It's expected that the The Killers will preview some of their new material at the show.

In the meantime, they posted this message on their website last week:

"Keep your chins up children. The chariots are charging. And in the church of the cherubim and the chatty, the chants that chime are kept in a case."


The Power Of Kiddies

#1 album in the U.S. again, y'all, after nine straight weeks of sales increases.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Jessica Simpson "Huge Fan" Of George Bush

Jessica Simpson has denied she snubbed President Bush last week at a Republican fundraiser while in town lobbying for a chairty project, claims Fametastic. Now the broad is back on the shitlist.

Her dad/manager "Papa" Joe Simpson weighed in on the issue: "We went back and forth and we could never get the details worked out."

"We are huge fans of him and of his family, his girls."

"Jessica loves the heck out of him."

As for Jessica, who's reportedly visited the White House four times, here are her own pearls of wisdom: “He’s a very personable guy, he’s a Texas guy." Amazing!

"His ranch is four doors down from my aunt and uncle’s ranch."

"We have lots of Texas stuff to talk about."

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Back In Black

Here's a picture posted on PopJustice today from the Pet Shop Boys new album campaign. It looks like gone are the days of two graying English damsels kicking up leaves in the twilight. Now it's back to shimmering vinyl in a dark alley!

Last week the Boys' official site announced that Fundamental's first single, "I'm With Stupid," will be released in the U.K. on May 8. The song did the rounds after being leaked on the internet last week. It sounds extremely '80s, but not in a '00s-trying-to-sound-'80s way (i.e., it's great!)

Fundamental, out May 22, will also be released in a limited two-CD special edition with a bonus CD (Fundamentalism) of dance tracks and mixes.


iTunes Cashes In On High School Musical

Like a pack of wild, shrieking minxes with a penchant for violent fury, Ashley Tisdale and the rest of her High School Musical co-stars have begun a digital invasion across America. Last week, iTunes offered up the Disney Channel original movie as the first feature film available for download from the online music store. The price? $9.99. It's shrewd marketing, as the DVD of the movie won't be available in stores until May 23, pretty much guaranteeing that kiddies will be bitching up a storm until daddy gives up the credit card in the interim. After 5 days, it's the fourth most downloaded video. The soundtrack became certified platinum (1 million copies sold) last week. If you wanna catch it one more time for free, the movie re-airs on the Disney Channel this Thursday.


Monday, March 20, 2006

Give Back My Goddamn Blog!

Bitches! Where did my blog go?

Today Chart Rigger literally disappeared. Well, okay, that's a bit dramatic. Rather, the page wouldn't load. It was just a white screen for most of the afternoon.

I'd heard horror stories of how bloggers had their sites hacked and hijacked, and were never able to recover them due to their login info being changed by the new occupant. After hitting up some blogger help groups on Google, this is the info I found, posted on Blogger's own status page:

Saturday, March 18, 2006

A clarification about the filer we restored yesterday: This machine is indeed up and functioning again, so the affected blogs are no longer entirely inaccessible. However, it is still not in great shape and we are in the process of moving all the data off of it and on to better machines. So over the next few days there may still be lingering and intermittent problems for some blogs. This includes the "forbidden" errors we're all getting tired of, as well as occasional publishing errors, or incompletely published pages. If you get an error viewing a blog, refreshing the page once or twice should clear it. For publishing problems, simply wait a few minutes and republish, and that should take care of it. Thanks for your patience while we work on clearing all this up.

Finally, I pulled a trick that I'd like to pass on to any and all bloggers experiencing the same problems. I was able to log in to Blogger, though I couldn't see the homepage of my blog except for a blank white page. Once in Blogger, I republished the template, and that succeeded in bringing Chart Rigger back to visibility... at least for now.

Anyway, just know that if the blogs you frequent are acting kinda wacky, it's hopefully only temporary.


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Orson Sees A Bright Tomorrow In The U.K.

Three weeks after California-based Orson debuted in the Top 10 with "No Tomorrow," the single has made it's way to the top, knocking down lame Chico. Hopefully now he disappears forever up the stripper pole of obscurity.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "No Tomorrow" - Orson *1 week*
2. "It's Chico Time" - Chico
3. "Pump It" - Blackeyed Peas
4. "Beep" - Pussycat Dolls feat. will.i.am
5. "Put Your Records On" - Corinne Bailey Rae
6. "Whole Lotta History" - Girls Aloud *new*
7. "Red Dress" - Sugababes
8. "Touch The Sky" - Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco
9. "Sorry" - Madonna
10."Thunder In My Heart Again" - Meck feat. Leo Sayer

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Do, Do, Do, Do, Do -- Always Coca Cola

In 1995, MoogaBoo and I used to love this song "Always Coca Cola" by Un Disco In Lattina. When you're 21 and gay and spending a lot of time at the dance club, even a Eurotrash version of a corporate jingle can make everything in the world seem right.

After a couple years had gone by, one of us mentioned the song in conversation, and it hit us that we should finally try to track it down. Of course, this was the days before peer-to-peer file sharing networks on the internet, etc., and finding a song that was only ever available in CD format in the U.S. on one of the rare Eurotracks compilations proved to be extremely challenging. I think we finally gave up after a whole hour-long phone conversation where we each searched around for it.

Fast-forward to 2002, when I was hellbent on finding the damn song on CD. I posted a desperate plea on some DJ message board online, and some guy in California finally came to my rescue. He had the Eurotracks 5 compilation, and sold it to me for $40.

Anyway, today I got an email from someone in the Czech Republic who stumbled on my post from 4 years ago on the DJ message board. He said he'd also been searching for the song, and so I was happy to share it with him.

And since there's probably no one in the world who owns the rights to this song anymore, as it's not available ANYWHERE now, I'm sharing it with you. Download it, close your eyes, and pretend you're a 21-year-old living in very different times.

Download "Always Coca Cola" here.

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Losing Capitol To Capital?

Capitol Records, a division of EMI and the American home of The Beatles, Kylie Minogue and Coldplay, has reportedly received several serious proposals from interested buyers for the iconic Hollywood tower that houses the label. The rumor going around Los Angeles is that a developer is trying to buy it to convert the building into high-priced condos. What a fucking shame. Anyone who's ever visited or lived in the city doesn't soon forget the image of the structure, which looks like a stack of vinyl records. "We have a responsibility to look at anything serious," EMI spokeswoman Jeanne Murphy says of the offers. In the meantime, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is attempting to work with EMI to stop the sale of the building. Preservationists are trying to have the 13-story tower registered as an historical landmark.


Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Get your green on with Snow Patrol, the best band out of Ireland. (Sorry, U2, and F.U., Westlife) The drummer is a hottie!

Buy Snow Patrol's music here.


Sound Bites

People are sounding off about the Pete Wentz fall out pictures.

Natasha Bedingfield works out a nice deal for her box.

Morrissey and co. turn down $5 million for a Smiths reunion. Something about it "not being about the money."

Darren Hayes is releasing a concert film; "The unusually private artist lets his guard down and cameras capture his personality off stage like no one has ever seen." Hmmmm.

Jessica Simpson snubs the president. Suddenly she's become more likeable.

The Killers file with the U.S. District Court for a dismissal of the $16 million lawsuit against them by former manager Braden Merrick.

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Daniel Powter Is The New James Blunt

This song went from being mildly annoying to pleasantly catchy, at least in my book. Daniel Powter's single "Bad Day" has been the most-downloaded song for the past week, which is enough to push it from #14 on last week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to #5 this week.

Also, Kelly Clarkson achieves having her 5th Top 20 single off her Breakaway album as "Walk Away" moves up to #19, and Rihanna's "S.O.S." moves up two notches to #44 on airplay alone, as the single has yet to be made available for digital download.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo *2 weeks*
2. "Temperature" - Sean Paul
3. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
4. "Be Without You" - Mary J. Blige
5. "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter
6. "I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)" - T-Pain feat. Mike Jones
7. "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
8. "Check On It" - Beyonce feat. Slim Thug
9. "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" - Dem Franchize Boyz
10. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" - Chris Brown

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

How Much Do We Heart Kylie Minogue?

Darn it, seeing Kylie riding around with these kids in Sri Lanka, after almost a year of undergoing treatment for breast cancer, just brings a tear to the eye :*) !!!

Kylie has been resting with her family in Melbourne for the past few months. She stopped in Sri Lanka to visit the kids, who are a part of the "Children Of The Sea" theater troupe, on her way back to Europe. Kylie is one of the sponsors of the troupe, formed in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that struck the region. You can read more about Kylie's visit on her website.


"S.O.S." By Rihanna Isn't Boring Yet!

Did we like that "Pon de Replay" song by Rihanna? Eh. Do we like her new one, "S.O.S.", despite it samplling the most over-played '80s song ever? Yup. Are the rest of the songs on her new album Girl Like Me (out April 25th) as good as "S.O.S"? Eh.

Buy Rihanna's music here


Sunday, March 12, 2006

It's Chico Crime

Despite being outed by U.K. indie rock band Delays as actually being a cockney, lame X-Factor stripper Chico stays atop the British singles chart for a second week, keeping the more-deserving "Red Dress" by Sugababes safely at bay at #4. The rest of the Top 10 has relatively the same songs as last week, save for the new Kaney West single. The true crime of Chico is that he managed to keep the Pussycat Dolls from obtaining their third #1 in a row with "Beep." Oh well. Hope he enjoys it while it lasts.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "It's Chico Time" - Chico *2 weeks*
2. "No Tomorrow" - Orson
3. "Beep" - Pussycat Dolls feat. will.i.am
4. "Red Dress" - Sugababes *new*
5. "Put Your Records On" - Corinne Bailey Rae
6. "Touch The Sky" - Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco *new*
7. "Sorry" - Madonna
8. "Thunder In My Heart Again" - Meck feat. Leo Sayer
9. "Sewn" - The Feeling
10."Nasty Girl" - Notorious B.I.G. feat. P. Diddy & Nelly

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Sugababes Talk Trash (i.e., Britney Spears)

On the promotional trail for their new U.K. single "Red Dress" this week (which, unfortunately, looks to be held back from #1 by that loser Chico), the Sugababes guest-edited the British paper Daily Mirror's showbiz column yesterday. Someone needs to get these three a reality show ASAP, because they don't pull any punches. Let's just skip over them gushing about how great Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera are, and jump right into what they had to say about Britney Spears and Nicole Ritchie.

Keisha On Meeting Britney: "Britney was a disappointment. She was doing this fake smile but at the same time saying, 'It's so nice to meet you'."

"Well, Kevin gave me a 'look' [Chart Rigger just threw up a little in its mouth] and Britney just grabbed his arm and pulled him in close to her."

"He is probably all over loads of girls and if we can see it why can't she? You know when someone is trying hard to be something they're not. I don't think she's naturally very happy."

Amelle Comparing Christina To Britney: "With Christina Aguilera, you can tell she's being herself. But Britney was trying to be cool. And look who's the winner now. Not Brit."

Heidi On Britney's "Style": "Why does she dress like that? She's really let herself go since she met Kevin. Maybe she was made to go to the gym loads when she was performing, so she's fed up with it now."

Keisha On Nicole Richie: "I feel sorry for her, she might have a bit of a problem because she is so skinny. It's a life and death thing. It's not even funny."

Amelle Summing It All Up: "I mean, what man would want to grab on to a tiny ass? They want a real woman."

Suddenly, Amelle is the best Sugababe ever!

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