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

Friday, June 29, 2007

Cyndi Lauper Debunks Britneygate #274

While it was a thrill keeping up with all the Cyndi Lauper-smacking-down- Britney rumors this week, Cyn's now pulled the rug out from all that.

It all started a few days ago with gossip that Britney was to appear at the final True Colors Tour show in L.A. on Saturday. Then word had it Cyndi nixed the Protools Poster Girl by stating there'd be no lip-syncing allowed.

But yesterday, Cyndi took to her blog with the not-so-wicked truth:

"...Which made me look at a page six article written about Britney Spears and me and the tour. So the real story is: Britney was invited to perform in Las Vegas with us. No one representing Britney ever responded. But here is the deal, Britt?? If ya hear this; you are welcome to come to the Greek [Theatre in L.A.]. This is a good cause and I am grateful that the spirit moved ya doll. And if ya are coming, can you contact us..???? Though I don’t know you, you seem like a good kid. You are welcome. X Cyn"

Well...that's no fun. A more exciting scenario would be if Britney were to actually show up, walk on stage with Cyndi and...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Die Wahrheit Ist Heraus Dort

After much enthusiastic word-spillage regarding Sophie Ellis-Bextor's new album Trip The Light Fantastic on a lot of pop blogs recently, I finally took the D'luvvly plunge and ordered up the CD, which arrived this week.

I feel I owe it to Lady Bextor to recant my crowning of Rihanna's latest as the second great pop release of '07 (meaning, in order of its street date), as Trip The Light... actually came out the month before. That said, imagine the excitement on this end when initially stumbling upon writer "DS's" review of the CD in The Redditch Advertiser, mostly for comparing the record to an episode of one of the greatest pieces of entertainment to grace the small screen -- The X-Files!

Surely this must be a glowing, fantastic review, no?

Well, not exactly. Here's what they wrote:

"This album reminded me of a paranormal phenomenon I once watched on the X-Files."

"In the relevant episode, Mulder and Scully were driving in a car and saw a bright light in the sky."

"The next thing they know, they are standing outside the car with a dazed look on their faces, no memory of what just happened and about half an hour had elapsed."

"I put this CD into my stereo, pressed the play button and laid down on my bed.The next thing I know, I'm outside my house with a dazed look on my face, no memory of what just happened and about half an hour had elapsed. It's mostly the kind of generic dance/pop you would expect from Sophie but there are a few ballads here and you can see how she has progressed as an artist over the years. The track 'Catch You' is worth downloading if you can."

First off, the X-Files episode DS is referring to is the pilot episode...perhaps the only one he/she ever watched, thereby missing out on great moments in the series such as "Humbug," "War Of The Coprophages," "The Postmodern Prometheus" and "Bad Blood." This would be consistent with his/her sociopathic reference to "Catch You," which is the first song on the CD (and the only one they admitted listening to, in a round about way).

Also, this reviewer makes reference to "about half an hour" elapsing while listening, when, at 14 songs, Trip The Light Fantastic quite clearly has a runtime upwards of a full hour.

It's my belief that DS is a very dangerous individual; a person who covers up the fact that they review albums without ever actually playing them, and perpetuates the hoax that he/she's a clever journalist...probably one who can squeeze through air ducts and attacks his victims by eating their liver.

But as we know, all lies lead to the truth. The evidence from a sampling of reviews by noted music bloggers overwhelmingly leans toward the fact that Trip The Light Fantastic is possibly one of the best pop albums of the year:

From The Zapping: "...highlights being the effortlessly amazing 'New York City Lights', and the intricate melodies and sophisticated lyrics of the Dan Gillespie-Sells contributions 'Only Love' and 'Love Is Here'... Just a stunning, cohesive piece of work."

From I'm Always Right: "...'Love Is Here' could very well be hailed as Soph's most gorgeous musical piece to date. Even the guitar solo is as cute as a button. As a very big fan of a key change towards the end of a song, you can only imagine my surprise when I was struck over the head with not just the one, but two of them in the last 45 seconds of this... This is how music should make you feel all the time."

From XOLondon: "Sophie Ellis-Bextor has brought it. Let’s just hope the UK/Euro public is sharp enough to pick up on this fact... If the difficult third album is indicative of the longevity of an artist, Sophie should be making records when I am long since arthritic and 'arm dancing' via a wheelchair."

From Dirrrty Pop: "I was looking foward to hearing her new album, but I never expected to be heralding it the best album of 2007 so far... There are the two songs written by Dan from The Feeling, 'Only One' and 'Love Is Here,' which are both completely poptastic."

From Tremble Clef: "Almost every song on Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Trip The Light Fantastic achieves a seamless marriage between lyrical subject matter on the one hand, and melody and arrangement on the other. 'Catch You'...logically features aggressively crunchy guitars for its tale of stalking, while 'New York City Lights' encourages us to run away with Sophie to a city that the song represents via a 70s disco beat. 'Love Is Here' bathes its slightly banal Carpenterish sentiments in a 70s AM radio sound ..."

And so it seems the only paranormal phenomenon happening in DS's review is that they're submitting this slipshod type of work for public consumption (and getting paid for it, no doubt!) in the first place.

Chart Rigger is hereby exiling DS to Tunguska for ignoring the cold, hard fact that, had he or she listened to Trip The Light Fantastic sans prejudice -- or even bothered investigate at least three or four songs other than the single -- it could have produced a dramatically different review.

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Sorry, Kelly Clarkson...December Belongs To The Spice Girls

Accompanied by what appeared to be Joan Rivers and a Union Jack-waving transvestite they picked up outside McDonald's, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie B, announced during a press conference today at London's former Millenium Dome, the o2 Arena, that they'd gladly take 5 million apiece for a 12-date world tour starting in December.

Richard E. Grant, (different transvestite than the above-mentioned), presented the five Spice Girls at the half-hour press event, saying they'd “bring some colour back to your lives.” The broads promised the concerts would contain “five girls, lights, dancing, the dark side of the Spice Girls, and topless dancing”

Here are 11 of the 12 dates, as posted by NME this morning (glad they're being so considerate and kicking it all off in D'luv's neck of the woods):

Los Angeles (December 7)
Las Vegas (December 8)
New York (December 11)
London (December 15)
Köln [Cologne] (December 20)
Madrid (December 23)
Beijing (January 10)
Hong Kong (January 12)
Sydney (January 17)
Cape Town (January 20)
Buenos Aires (January 24)

As the Girls say in this EPK, check out SpiceGirls.com to register for tickets:

The tour will be preceded by a greatest hits album in November, which will also contain new material.

Oh, and here's this week's boring ol' U.S. Top 10:

1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z *5 weeks*
2. "Party Like A Rockstar" - Shop Boyz
3. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - Fergie
4. "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's
5. "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" - T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
6. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
7. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne
8. "Summer Love" - Justin Timberlake
9. "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse
10. "Make Me Feel Better" - Fabolous feat. Ne-Yo *airplay gainer*

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Scissoring

Forget Kelly's "Shoes"...this summer's viral video hit is all about naughty lipstick lesbians doing secret touch at the mansion when daddy's asleep!

"Girl I Told Ya" by Valeria featuring Aria (Aria being the hulking blonde glamazon) is officially licensed to Interscope Records, but there's no release date yet, g.d. it! Gotta love the hooker synths.

Meanwhile, after digging around a bit, it seems Valeria had a part in the Ashton Kutcher movie Just Married, and a not-as-leztastic song on the Legally Blonde soundtrack called "Ooh La La." Here's her MySpace.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

If My December's Not Your Cup Of Tea...

Kelly Clarkson's My December is out today, and one zip through the clips on iTunes prove it is indeed an angry affair.

Here's a blurb from today's bruising Washington Post review:

"...just this month, Clarkson canceled her summer tour, citing lousy ticket sales. She also fired her manager. Given that Clarkson is a lonely, heartbroken gal these days (assuming "My December's" anguished confessionals are as real as advertised, anyway), one wonders who will help her through these tough times. Surely not all of the fans she has acquired over the past five years are going to stick with her during her blue period, as the material simply isn't strong or accessible enough."

I can't help but still like Kelly, despite the fact that, being one of the biggest pop stars, she didn't make the most commercial album. It's reasonably fair to think that hits like "Since U Been Gone," "Breakaway" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes" earned her enough credit for us to eventually look past this latest detour. And "Don't Waste Your Time" and "Be Still" off the new album seem like nice songs. Hopefully those are both future single contenders. So anyway, why not revisit our Kelly Clarkson banterview, where we lightly kick the bitch while she's down!

The Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack is also out today. Subtitled Meet Miley Cyrus, it's a double-sided album by Miley and her TV show alter ego.

And does each 10-song set sound different from the other, reflecting Hannah and Miley's differing personalities? Well, Disney's goal with this release doesn't exactly come across as being about crafting a savvy, well-thought-out concept record. Cha-ching! But don't pass it by without giving dark, new wave-y-sounding "See You Again" a listen.

Otherwise, just screw all these broads and download the EP for the new Editors single, "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors," [video] which was also added to iTunes today.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Any Dross Will Do

Rihanna's "Umbrella" has captured the summer 2007 Zeitgeist much as Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" did two years ago, and the bob-weaved minx is #1 in England for a sixth week. She's now surprassed Mika for having spent the most weeks at the top of the British chart year. Rihanna is also featured in a saucy 4-page article in the new Entertainment Weekly, where she talks about good-girl-gone- bad things: "When I first got signed...they said, 'Oh, she must've slept with Jay-Z to get her deal."

To this blatant hatery, Jay-Z offers some classy, wise-old-sage advice: "But if she has the proper friends, she won't get caught up in the wild-child lifestyle. They will bring her back and be like, 'You might wanna pull your skirt down.'"

Which brings us to #2 on the U.K. chart this week...

Just this morning as I scooped Miss Pussy's litterbox, I realized, you know, there really aren't enough reality show-generated singles foisted upon the public. Wouldn't it be nice if at least three or four amateur-hour covers of "Unchained Melody" with Z-grade production were released each year? But, lo! Along comes Lee Mead, as dashing as Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, with his Any Dream Will Do-winning rendition of "Any Dream Will Do."

Lee will go on next month to reprise Jason Donovan's role in the revival of the 1991 production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Only Al Gore could be more pleased with this much recycling.

But enough about this yo-yo -- we have a Take That emergency on our hands!

The trick-knee and liver-spotted boy band has sadly hobbled into the chart at #17 with rickety ol' "I'd Wait For Life." Guess radio and the Universal promo deptartment only waited for two singles.

It could always be worse, though, as Gareth Gates and Simon Webbe can attest to. "Angel On My Shoulder," Gareth's second single from his forthcoming third album, makes a stuttering entry at #22. His last single, "Changes," reached #14 in April. Maybe he should go back to the boffing C-list strippers to generate some interest in his comeback. Even worse, former Blue member Webbe is at #36 with "Grace/Ride The Storm." Sorry, indeed, seems to be the hardest word.

The U.K. Top 10

1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z *6 weeks*
2. "Any Dream Will Do" - Lee Mead
3. "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" - Enrique Iglesias
4. "The Girls" - Calvin Harris
5. "Like This" - Kelly Rowland feat. Eve
6. "Icky Thump" - The White Stripes
7. "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors" - Editors
8. "Beautiful Liar" - Beyoncé & Shakira
9. "Cupid's Chokehold" - Gym Class Heroes feat. Patrick Stump
10. "Never Again" - Kelly Clarkson

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Darren Hayes' L.A. Show "The Best On The Tour"

Muchos gracias to Darren for posting this review on his MySpace blog!

Darren Hayes' sold-out show at The Roxy on the Sunset strip here in L.A. was last night. There were some truly (madly) crazy Darren fans there!

photo by J'ason D'luv, property of Chart Rigger

But even the most rabid Darren Hayes fan would likely be able to work a camera setting better than D'luv. (Though these turned out kinda cool.)

photo by J'ason D'luv, property of Chart Rigger

Anyway, the night started with the audience loudly chanting Hayes' name several times before he took to the stage. Here's what he wrote about it on his MySpace blog this morning:

"At first, the chanting of my name and the screaming I honestly thought must have been for something else. I did not expect such a vibe and it fueled a show that the band and crew were calling the best on the tour."

photo by J'ason D'luv, property of Chart Rigger

When he finally bounded out, he tore through a set that covered Savage Garden's output ("I Want You," "Carry On Dancing"), Spin ("Insatiable"), The Tension And The Spark ("Pop!ular," "Void," "Unloveable," "I Like The Way") and new songs from the upcoming album ("On The Verge Of Something Wonderful," "How To Build A Time Machine," "Who Would Have Thought," "Step Into The Light").

Highlights included the retooled version of "Unloveable" that sounded so much like Fergie's "Glamorous," you could swear he was about to break into "We're flying first class..." at any moment. Also, when he did the Savage Garden ballad "I Don't Know You Anymore," the crowd was almost drowning him out by singing along. He stopped at one point while everyone sang four of the lines themselves. He looked truly taken aback.

Darren's between-song banter was quite comical. He explained the reason that he hadn't played in America in seven years: "I got Kelly Clarksoned. I put out two albums that I really believed in which got buried by a big, bad record label."

He also said he'd spent some time finding himself. "I got married to my boyfriend. You can do that in England!" It drew an enormous cheer from the club -- just one of the many throughout the night.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Spice Girls Announce They'll Be Making An Announcement

It was the day the earth stood still...

19 Entertainment, which manages the once-defunct Spice Girls, issued this statement today:

"Following weeks of speculation, the Spice Girls are set to make an official announcement to the world regarding future plans on Thursday, June 28. Details regarding the announcement will be released in the coming days."

The Daily Mail reported on it. The Washington Post reported on it. Traffic stopped. Summer was postponed till next Thursday. Frogs fell from the sky. Babies being born were hastily shoved back up their mothers by breathless doctors, and kangaroos fell over dead mid-hop.

Viva forever.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Enrique's Big Week, Rihanna's Beckham Weave

Enrique Iglesias has certainly had worse chart weeks in the U.S. In fact, after languishing in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40 for the past four weeks, the sexy mo-fo's single "Do You Know" does the cha-cha up nine positions to #21. And although Enrique's album Insomniac debuts at a so-so #17, it's still better than the #31 peak of his last one, 2003's 7. Let's hope Interscope moves quickly to promote "Tired Of Being Sorry" as the second single, since it's the crown achievement on Insomniac.

Elsewhere, while Rihanna is still #1, her video for new single "Shut Up And Drive" has premiered. Love the "Uptown Girl"/Mad Max motif, but can we at least get a moratorium on celebrity broads copping Posh's wig?

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z *4 weeks*
2. "Party Like A Rockstar" - Shop Boyz *airplay gainer*
3. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - Fergie
4. "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" - T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
5. "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's *sales gainer*
6. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
7. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne
8. "Summer Love" - Justin Timberlake
9. "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse
10. "Lip Gloss" - Lil Mama

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

After Releasing A Million Love Songs, How Deep Is Your Love Still For Take That?

Take That have a new single out this week in Britain, but its chances of matching the success of their previous two hits is unlikely.

The That's comeback album, Beautiful World, is creeping up toward an astounding 2 million copies sold in England alone, ahead of its rumored North American release later this year. (Here in the U.S. -- a country with a much larger population of consumers -- recent hit albums by Akon, Norah Jones, The Fray and Daughtry have also sold 2 million copies.)

The first two single offerings from the set, "Patience" and "Shine," recently gave the foursome their ninth and tenth U.K. #1s.

So why the lack of love for "I'd Wait For Life"?

Photo by Jolene/Take That Appreciation Pages

11-year-old fansite The Take That Appreciate Pages began lamenting the new single's lack of airplay two weeks ago, and "I'd Wait For Life" is nowhere to be found on U.K. iTunes' daily download chart. On Amazon, the physical single is ranked at #342 for music sales.

One could argue that while "Patience" was the first single, it was guaranteed to get attention, and "Shine" was an irresistibly upbeat pick, whereas "I'd Wait For Life" is a plodding ballad with anguished vocals mainly by Gary Barlow. But that could pretty much sum up Take That's entire back catalogue.

Maybe at this point, everyone that would care has already bought the album. It probably doesn't help that the only thing to entice wary buyers is one lone B-side ("We All Fall Down").

At the very least, it'll be interesting to see how "I'd Wait For Life" plays out on Sunday's new chart. It failed to register in the Top 75 off digital sales, ahead of its CD single release yesterday -- something "Patience" and "Shine" did effortlessly.


Monday, June 18, 2007

This Just Can't Be Another Summer Single By Justin Timberlake

For those keeping track, promotion has officially started for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows," the fifth Justin Timberlake single in the past year.

It's a catchy song, but like "What Goes Around...Comes Around," it's saved from repetitiveness by the interlude into a second song -- in this case, "I Think She Knows," which comes in about three-and-a-half minutes in.

It makes for a nice break in the rather dull first part of the video, too.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

How Is Kelly Clarkson Still Scraping Into The Charts With Her Horrendous New Single?

Kelly Clarkson's worst single (to date, that is -- for sure there is much worse lying in wait like a coiled-up rattler on My December) somehow manages to register high on the British chart this week, despite all the bad press out there. "Never Again" debuts at #9, but at least that travesty has bumped up Enrique Iglesias' "Do You Know" to #3, leaving Kelly Rowland to lay underneath him breathlessly at #4 with whatever that song is that completely flopped here in America.

My favorite new band from last year, Editors, are back with "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors," the first single off their forthcoming second album. The band members have all gotten about 10 times cuter now that they let their hair grow out.

"Smokers Outside..." debuts at #30 this week, ahead of its CD single release. Some may recall D'luv's botched-yet-still-quite-fun attempt to see Editors live in San Francisco last spring.

At #33, we find another disappointing chart placement for Erasure, who are currently trekking around the U.S. on the True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper. "Sunday Girl" is the second case in a row where the B-side -- in this case, the fantastic "Take Me On A Highway" -- far outshines the ho-hum A-side. Why this and the B-Side off previous single "I Could Fall In Love With You" never actually made it onto Light At The End Of The World is anyone's guess. Nevertheless, "Sunday Girl" manages to become the duo's 34th U.K. Top 40 hit over the course of the past 20-and-a-half years, albeit their lowest-charting one to date.

The U.K. Top 10

1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z *5 weeks*
2. "Icky Thump" - The White Stripes
3. "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" - Enrique Iglesias
4. "Like This" - Kelly Rowland feat. Eve
5. "Real Girl" - Mutya Buena
6. "The Girls" - Calvin Harris
7. "Cupid's Chokehold" - Gym Class Heroes feat. Patrick Stump
8. "Beautiful Liar" - Beyoncé & Shakira
9. "Never Again" - Kelly Clarkson *new*
10. "Here (In Your Arms)" - Hellogoodbye

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Jason Donovan's New Song Doesn't Suck

In fact, "Share My World" is quite the catchy little jam! Here's Jason Donovan performing it on British talk show Loose Women:

I'd like to point out that it takes great talent, years of practice and a doctorate in ventriloquism to be able to sing both the chorus and the back-up like Jase the face does at the end there.

"Share My World" is out Monday digitally from several mainly U.K.-based retailers. Details are at Jason's MySpace.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Succeeding Where Lily Allen Failed Miserably, Amy Winehouse Scores A U.S. Hit

Amy Winehouse's single "Rehab" has been around for so long that its entry into the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 (let alone the Top 40) feels somewhat anti-climactic. "Rehab" peaked at #7 in the U.K. way back in October last year. Nevertheless, she's proven to be England's breakout star this year here in the States, trouncing peers like that one-trick rat Lily Allen and wishy-washy Mika. Anyway, kudos to Amy. Let's hope she's knocking back an aquarium full of gin somewhere in celebration. Or at least buying a new wig.

That brings us to little cherub Miley Cyrus, who as her title character on Disney's Hannah Montana has the Hot Shot Debut on the Hot 100 this week at #28 with "Nobody's Perfect." This is one of those cases where the song will probably drop like an anvil next week after getting no airplay, but "Nobody's Perfect" is likely one of the most over-produced guilty pleasure pop singles you'll happen upon this year. And, hey, at the very least, it's just another broad who did better than Lily Allen. That alone should at least warrant a listen.

The last single worth noting this week is Enrique Iglesias' "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)", which breaks out of it's three-week holding pattern at #33 and finally moves up a bit, albeit to #30.

Over on the Top 200 Albums, T-Pain, Rihanna and Paul McCartney debut respectively in the top three positions.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z *3 weeks* *airplay gainer*
2. "Party Like A Rockstar" - Shop Boyz
3. "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" - T-Pain feat. Yung Joc
4. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - Fergie
5. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
6. "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's
7. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne
8. "Summer Love" - Justin Timberlake
9. "Pop, Lock & Drop It" - Huey
10. "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse *sales gainer*

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Victoria Beckham's American Small-Screen Debut Gets Smaller

According to The Hollywood Reporter, what was once a six-part reality show series for NBC about Victoria Beckham and her husband David moving to Los Angeles from London has now been minimized to a one-hour special. Victoria Beckham: Coming To America is set to air at 8 p.m. on July 16. David Beckham had been recalled to England to play football last month (his contract with L.A.'s Galaxy team doesn't begin till June 30), and Victoria decided to go with him -- which no doubt killed any hope for shooting the full six episodes of the show.

"Victoria had great fun filming and she had to make a decision about family or TV," her spokeswoman had told People earlier this month. "It is up to the network what happens next."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Year In Pop So Far

Here's a sobering thought: 2007 is halfway over as of Friday, which means we'll all be skidding toward Christmas by the weekend.

But let's concentrate on happy thoughts, such as the diverse range of pop music that we all illegally downloaded during the first half of the year. January and February actually seemed pretty bleak, especially when Mika and Dreamgirls were the only broads making headlines.

On the heels of Take That's major British comeback -- the resulting album from which is still selling by the bucketload after seven months -- the Spice Girls reunion went from rumor to... really strong rumor. Meanwhile, hopefully that won't all go the way of the All Saints reunion, which imploded within three months during the winter.

In late March I touted Hilary Duff's Dignity as being the first great pop album of 2007. Proving the level of influence D'luv weilds over the masses, Dignity is currently resting at the soaring heights of #82 on the Billboard album chart in its ninth week of release.

And so far, out of Mika, Lily Allen, Corinne Bailey Rae and The Feeling, the clear leader of the British Invasion this year is Amy Winehouse, who's managed a breakout single with "Rehab," a Top 10 album and a cover story in Rolling Stone. James Blunt will be handing over the crown in a BBC-televised ceremony.

Let's also not forget these following singles, some of which no doubt made an impression on all our impulsive, downloading ways this year.

Or maybe that was just me.

2007 U.S. #1 Singles so far:

1. "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé (10 weeks*)
2. "Say It Right" - Nelly Furtado (1 week)
3. "What Goes Around...Comes Around" - Justin Timberlake (1 week)
4. "This Is Why I'm Hot" - Mims (2 weeks)
5. "Glamorous" - Fergie feat. Ludacris (2 weeks)
6. "Don't Matter" - Akon (3 weeks)
7. "Give It To Me" - Timbaland feat. J. Timberlake/N. Furtado (2 weeks)
8. "Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne (1 week)
9. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5 (3 weeks)
10. "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" - T-Pain feat. Yung Joc (1 week)
11. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z (2 weeks)

2007 U.K. #1 Singles so far:

1. "A Moment Like This" - Leona Lewis (4 weeks*)
2. "Grace Kelly" - Mika (5 weeks)
3. "Ruby" - Kaiser Chiefs (1 week)
4. "Shine" - Take That (2 weeks)
5. "Walk This Way" - Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud (1 week)
6. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers (3 weeks)
7. "Give It To Me" - Timbaland feat. J. Timberlake/N. Furtado (2 weeks)
8. "Beautiful Liar" - Beyoncé & Shakira (3 weeks)
9. "Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania" - McFly (1 week)
10. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z (4 weeks)

*originally hit #1 in December 2006 and carried into this year

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Music Junkie Digest: Shayne Ward Goes To Sweden, Posh Spices Up Her Mic

IKEA had better make room on the shelves: X Factor's Shayne Ward has apparently ditched ballads for the Swede treatment on his new album.

In a message on his official site's forum, Shayne said his new single will be out August 13:

"The first single has been chosen and will be released on 13th August (I wanted you guys to know first!). It's written by Max Martin who is a huge producer around the world...he wrote most of Kelly Clarkson's last album, the list of his hits is endless! He loves the song and is very excited which is great. I'm also working really closely with Rami, Anthor + Savan who have worked on the whole album with me. The music is different from the first album, taking a more cooler, urban/pop edge. I'm really proud of the album and hopefully you guys will love it! It's got a real mixture of uptempo's, mid tempo's and a beautiful ballad."

Silly, Shayne. Max Martin didn't write most of Kelly's last album. He wrote two of her singles. But you gotta give it to the slim Mancunian for knowing his fans are dimwits who'll believe whatever he says.

Meanwhile, only one ballad and the rest is Swede pop? Can't wait to buy that trash! After all, if Shayne said it on his own website, it must be true!

On a side note, the Max Martin tracks that were reported to appear on the new Enrique Iglesias album didn't make the final cut.


Gossip column Page Six reported yesterday that dork fans of Clay Aiken (who appears to have finally transitioned into a lesbian) have broken out into a "civil war" of sorts at ClayOnline.com. News last year of Clay straying from woman-on-woman love with several men apparently caused half of his 62-year-old fan base's panties to fly off in anguish, and the Claymates began bickering amongst themselves, leading to the closure of his message board and the posting of this statement:

"Due to reports of extensive unrest and disrespect amongst members that has been carrying on for several weeks, the Official Fan Club Message Board will be shut down until further notice. Please note that should tensions continue on other areas of the fan club, severe consequences may occur."

Members of the Red Cross who were sent in for relief aid have since been abducted and blugeoned with orthopedic shoes shoplifted from Target.


Meanwhile, judging by this photo, it looks like Posh jumped the gun and bought into that Robyn-comeback hype a tad bit too early.

Victoria Beckham and the rest of the Spice Girls will be staging their own comeback by year's end, with a greatest hits CD and tour. "The new songs are a progression of the old Spice stuff," she told the Daily Mirror recently about new tracks on the hits disc. "Nothing radical and still poppy but a bit different. We are all impressed with them."

She went on to say that singing in a studio for the first time in years knocked her spice rack for a loop: "It's been so many years since I've done any singing it freaked me out. This mic was put in front of me and I was like 'woah'. It was surreal being back in there. I always said I wasn't ever going to sing again and I really didn't expect to. But once I got going it was fun."

Clearly, she's transposing the word "working" with "singing" here. At any rate, the new songs will reportedly be finished once Mel B lays down her vocals in Los Angeles next week.


And finally, the BBC Theatre commemorated it's re-opening on Saturday with an hour-long concert by the Pet Shop Boys. [Listen here]

The songs they played didn't stray far from what they're doing on their current tour, though if you saw one of the shows last year, you may want to tune in to hear "Being Boring."

Here's the set list from the BBC Theatre show:

"Being Boring"
"King's Cross"
"Opportunities [Let's Make Lots Of Money]"
"Se A Vida E/Discoteca/Domino Dancing"
"West End Girls"
"Always On My Mind"
"So Hard"
"It's A Sin"

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Reverend And The Makers Top Enrique Iglesias As They Penetrate The British Chart

Well, dig Reverend And The Makers! Their new single, "Heavyweight Champion Of The World" -- which to these D'luvvly ears contains heavy shades of Duran Duran's "Planet Earth" -- is the coolest thing to happen to the U.K. Top 10 in months. And, yeah, they're touring around England with the Arctic Monkeys, but Reverend deserves way more hype than those chimps ever got.

Here's the video for "Heavyweight Champion..."

You'd do well to check out their MySpace to hear a clip of the b-side, "18-30."

The majority of the Top 10 contains the usual suspects this week, and while Mutya Buena steadily hangs in at #2 it's annoying that she hasn't trounced Rihanna from the top. The only other new entry in the upper tier is Enrique Iglesias with what's shaping up to be one of the best pop songs of the year. "Do You Know," at #9, is Enrique's highest charting British single since "Escape" peaked at #3 a little over five years ago. It's still worth noting what a crime it is that his greatest song -- the 2000 U.S. chart-topper "Be With You" -- was never released as a U.K. single.

Another misfortune lies way down the chart, as Ghosts' second single, "The World Is Outside," only manages to land itself at a lowly #35. The band's same-titled album is released a week from tomorrow.

The U.K. Top 10

1. "Umbrella" - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z *4 weeks*
2. "Real Girl" - Mutya Buena
3. "The Girls" - Calvin Harris
4. "Cupid's Chokehold" - Gym Class Heroes feat. Patrick Stump
5. "Beautiful Liar" - Beyoncé & Shakira
6. "Here (In Your Arms)" - Hellogoodbye
7. "Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
8. "Heavyweight Champion Of The World" - Reverend And The Makers
9. "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" - Enrique Iglesias
10. "Give It To Me" - Timbaland feat. J. Timberlake & N. Furtado

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

"Tired Of Being Sorry" Would Have Been A Hit If Ringside Had Slept With Each Other

Poster Girl discusses the new Enrique Iglesias album Insomniac in her post today, on which he covers Ringside's sadly overlooked 2004 single, "Tired Of Being Sorry" (originally titled "Spanishfaster"). If you don't know Ringside, they're a duo that consists of undescribably hot Scott Thomas and Balthazar Getty (and, yes, it's the same Balthazar Getty that's now on Brothers & Sisters).

Here's a pic of Scott Thomas:

And this is the video for their version of "Tired Of Being Sorry":

Clearly, the downfall for the song's success was that Scott ends up with a woman by the end, despite Balt begging him to marry him at the beginning of the video. Granted, it was late 2004, and gay marriage had already sunk the Democrats in the presidential election, so Scott probably thought he was making a wise, tactical political decision.

Alas, now Balthazar has gone on to find TV stardom alongside Ally McBeal and that old broad that was the mom in Mrs. Doubtfire, and Scott is left all alone...likely tired of being sorry.

Check out Ringside's MySpace.

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