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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Chris Brown Is On Top, While Britney Spears' Blackout Is Headed In The Same Direction

There's nary a new song in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart this week, but there is, however, a new #1. Soulja Boy's taxing seven-week run appears to have finally ended thanks to the ascent of Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss." It's been two years since Chris' far superior pop/hip hop (Hip pop? Pop hop?) single, "Run It!" -- which at some point I recall deeming "a jam" (lucky guy) -- climbed to the peak of the Hot 100.

In case you missed it, Chris had a pretty classy acting turn in Stomp The Yard earlier this year, even though he does get bumped off in the first 15 minutes or so. Still, he died with such technique.

The rest of the chart is about as sexy as watching Clay Aiken paint his nails, so let's instead turn to Britney Spears, who Billboard has rather unsurprisingly predicted to have the #1 album next week. Blackout sold 124,000 copies on Tuesday alone. By comparison, Carrie Underwood's Ride Me Up And Down At The Carnival, Big Clown Daddy!, currently atop the Top 200 Albums chart, sold 49,000 copies in its first day.

Yesterday morning, I caught what is likely to be the only promotion in the near future Britney will do for Blackout: a sort-of phone interview with Ryan Seacrest for KIIS-FM's morning show. It was pretty hot, considering the dumb broad was face down in a pillow (and not in the good way!) when they called her up, and Ryan got stuck talking with Britney's ho friend/assistant, Alli Simms, most of the time.

You can read the Associated Press' account of the interview here. These are some of the highlights:

Spears' Blackout, her first studio album in four years, was released Tuesday. Besides a video for "Gimme More" and a widely panned performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, she hasn't promoted the record.

Spears said she didn't do anything special to celebrate the release — "we watched movies ... had fried chicken."

She said her favorite Blackout song is "Heaven on Earth": "It's a cool track. It's like, I love the producers who did that and it's kind of different from all the other songs."

As for rumors that she was dating Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Spears said: "Who?"

Spears was unclear when Seacrest asked how often she would see [her] boys. "That's, like, all in the court," she said. "Stuff like that, my lawyers know all that stuff."

The interview ended abruptly when Sims took the phone, saying Spears had left to take a shower.
My favorite is "Heaven On Earth," too, Britney! Hmmm....maybe the bulb isn't that dim, after all.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Kiss Kiss" - Chris Brown feat. T-Pain *1 week* *sales/airplay gainer*
2. "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
3. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy
4. "No One" - Alicia Keys
5. "Bubbly" - Colbie Caillat
6. "Stronger" - Kanye West
7. "Good Life" - Kanye West feat. T-Pain
8. "Cyclone" - Baby Bash feat. T-Pain
9. "Hate That I Love You" - Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo
10. "The Way I Are" - Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.

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  • At 2:04 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    everytime i start warming to the britney album (it does have a few good tunes) she pisses me off by showing no interest in promoting in whatsoever, which makes me think meh, why should i bother?! I know that it shouldn't affect the music, but for some reason with a media whore like Brittles it does!

  • At 1:20 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I swear as I was scrolling past those Britney heads one of them flipped the direction it was looking in. Spooky.

    I still wish--lovely as it is--that "Apologize" video had the band in it a little bit. As long as the song is doing well, though, I guess that's all that matters.

  • At 8:30 AM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    I took a listen on iTunes to see what the album was like. I didn't think it was that bad. Thing is, this is definitely something that has to do with production. Anyone could have been behind the mic on these songs. I personally don't think Britney adds any personality to her vocals (she sounds like a child with a stuffy nose).

    From her interview here and her lack of promotion, you can tell she really didn't have anything to do with this record. She just showed up to sing (if that) on songs that were probably picked-out for her.

  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Adem IAR said…

    Oh her answers make me love her more.

    Is the CD super-discounted in the US? It's $13.00 here EVERYWHERE - Albums usually always retail for $20 - $25 - $30 on average here in Oz.

  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    OMG! Britney looks like Posh! And Posh looks like one of Britney's gay dancers from her BOMT days!

    Also, Chris Brown is such a Bop-worthy R&B soulstar!

    I can't wait for the #1 Blackout! I'm so excited! It'll be like heaven on earth!!!

  • At 7:19 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Wow. This whole Britters thing is something I will never get. Like everyone else found God but me!

    I doubt Britney could even tell you the songs on her own record.

  • At 11:42 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Pablo, yeah, she's a lazy ho. It's more about the music for me.

    PG, that "Apologize" video was shot before the song was even officially a single. I think it was just a promo thing for the album. But, yeah, why didn't they do a second one by now? There's an old one of the song with Ryan Tedder, before it was remixed by Timbaland...

    El Marv, the "Child with a stuffy nose" comment is so right on!

    Adem, well, the cheapest I've seen it is $14.99, at Virgin. That's pretty on par with the usual pricing here. Keep in mind our dollar value is way low compared to everyone else's, since this country is currently, well, FUCKED.

    Joshua, I hear ya... I like Chris Brown, and Britney being #1. Viva la Bop!

    XO, Britney is indeed God. Get on the love train.

  • At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Generic Soft Tabs said…

    britney is a great singer, I always thought it would be a hit with any pace, not just pop, it's great

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