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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Music Junkie Digest: The Brits, The Slip-Sliding U.S. Album Sales & Jake Does Dreamgirls

Nominations for The Brit Awards -- England's version of The Grammys -- were announced this week. Proving that The Brits can be as big a pile of sha-dazzle as our awards shows, X-Factor-winner Leona Lewis got a nod for Best Single for "A Moment Like This," a song that's almost five years old. Never underestimate the vast depths of Simon Cowell's wallet.

That's not to mention the four nominations this overrated windbag got...

There's always the hope that when Lily Allen slinks up to the stage in a drunken stupor, cigarette in hand and tongue barbed to let loose some nonsensical insult once she reaches the mic, she'll trip and impale herself with the award. Dare to dream, pop children.

Fresh off its three Golden Globe wins on Monday, Dreamgirls' soundtrack is the top-selling U.S. album for a second week. However, last week it became the lowest-selling #1 of the SoundScan era (i.e., since 1991) on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, moving only 66,000 copies. This week the set beats that record by selling only 60,000.

But while album sales are down a staggering 17.5 million copies compared to this time last year, here are three tracks you can grab from U.S. iTunes that are currently on heavy rotation in the House D'luv:

In fact, the Eric Prydz and David Guetta songs, already Top 10 hits in the U.K., are available on the import compilation Anual 2007, from the Blanco Y Negro label. "Rain Down Love" by Freemasons is currently #12 on the official U.K. singles chart.

Meanwhile, it recently became news that Morrissey piped up about possibly writing a song for the Eurovision contest...

...but now Jarvis Cocker is putting the option out there as well. That's swell, but we're still holding out for Ned's Atomic Dustbin.

Finally, even though it's a couple days late, Chart Rigger would like to honor Martin Luther King Day by revisiting this clip of Jake Gyllenhaal in drag as Jennifer Hudson playing Effie White in Dreamgirls, from last weekend's Saturday Night Live:

Get jazzed, because tomorrow we'll announce the winner of the Take That shagging contest. Wah-hoo!

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  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Brian said…

    Should i sign D'luv up for a support group? I got my Lily Allen promo today and apparently EMI are prepping a massive ad campaign. With the success of Corinne Bailey Rae EMI are hoping Brit artists are the thing- guess they overlooked the whole talen and good music department. Ive had lots of buzz on Lily so we all may be frowning if "SMile" clogs the US airwaves. It will be August til they play something new.

  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Robpop said…

    Am I pathetic to be excited about the climax of this TakeThat competition? I will Never Forget this moment. It would only Take A Minute to win this huge huge prize. I Pray the stars Shine on me tomorrow. Of course, D'Luv Do What You Like and be Sure of the rightful winner. I have Patience, Babe!

  • At 2:17 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Brian, a support group for Dreamgirls? Gosh no.... I actually put on the soundtrack (not mine) once after seeing the movie, was about a minute into the first song and was like, "Yeah, I'm over it." As for EMI, I'm sure they're all Brit crazy... other than being a Brit-based company, they've also got Coldplay, and also that recent Beatles redux went platinum after only a couple weeks, as well. Let's hope their enthusiasm spills over for marketing Kylie's next U.S. release, too...

    RobP, you darn well should be excited... but I may have to prolong your agony and trumpet the winner Friday.

  • At 6:50 PM, Anonymous One Oranutan Only said…

    no! we must know tomorrow who gets to take that "Take That" CD!

  • At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Lucky Bucky In Orangutan said…

    Goodness I sound demanding there. You see, it all goes back to this conversation I read in "Lucky Bucky In Oz" a couple of weeks ago where basically every response is an exclamation.

    And with that obscure reference out of the way, I meant to say 'we must know tomorrow who gets to take that "Take That" CD please!'

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Settle down, monkey boy!


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