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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Spice Girls' Chart Placing Nothing To Holler About

Well, "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" is sure to make some headlines for the Spice Girls, but for all the wrong reasons.

Despite the sold out concert dates and decent sales of the Greatest Hits, the majority of the U.K. public have decided not to spice up their lives by buying the single. It landed at #11 on the official U.K. chart this week after physical sales were factored in. But really, why pay for it when it's already on the hits collection? Perhaps if the CD version included more than one B-side (and one more enticing than a 2007 remix of "Wannabe")...

"Headlines" was the official 2007 BBC Children In Need single, and by far it was the worst-charting one since songs became associated with the charity in 1997. Spice Girl Emma Bunton fared much better last year when her Children In Need-sponsored cover of "Downtown" hit #3. At any rate, Martine McCutcheon and Liberty X can now breathe a sigh of relief, as their respective singles, which both ended up at #6, were previously the lowest-charting ones for the cause.

"Headlines" does see some love in other parts of Europe, though; it's reached #2 in Italy, #3 in Sweden and #7 in the Czech Republic.

Ah, well, the U.K. Top 10 still manages to see some girl group action as - heavy sigh - prostitute troupe Girls Aloud debut at #9 with whatever mediocre trill they're shilling this week. As well, Sugababes are still hanging in there at #10 with "About You Now," which by this point one would imagine has to be one of the best-selling British singles of the year.

And putting up a good fight for barely making it into the Top 20, Robyn's "Handle Me" slips from #26 to #35 in its fourth week on the chart.

On a final note, I have to say I'm a tad disappointed that Take That weren't able to nudge Leona Lewis from #1, if only for a week. It now appears as if "Rule The World" has begun its descent after being held for a month in the runner-up position.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis *5 weeks*
2. "Heartbroken" - T2 feat. Jodie Aysha
3. "Rule The World" - Take That
4. "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
5. "Valerie" - Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse
6. "Breathless" - Shayne Ward *new*
7. "No One" - Alicia Keys
8. "2 Hearts" - Kylie Minogue
9. "Call The Shots" - Girls Aloud *new*
10. "About You Now" - Sugababes

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