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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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  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    ooo i've been refreshing your page waiting for todays chart commentary. I really thought the Spice Girls song might nudge the top ten more than it has, considering a) about 20p of it is for charity and b) their greatest hits hasn't really set the album charts alight either. It's really interesting that a 2 month + old song by Sugababes outsells it. Also, I was secretly concerned about Girls Aloud strategy of releasing the album a week before the single came out, but it seems to have given them a top ten placing which may go higher when cd single is released on Monday... it's far from my fave GA song, but i tolerate it :)

    Shayne at 6 reflects the mediocrity of the song (and sadly the album) but he's still the most boffable pop star in the top ten.

    I think it's quite admirable for Robyn to be still hanging around. Considering it peaked at 17 (?) its having quite a long shelf life...

    And i'm finally getting into Valerie (or Veronica as a drunk dave {darren aaron vernon eric) calls it) and Apologise about 4 months behind everyone else!!

  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger ww_adh said…

    You really don't like Girls Aloud? I think their new album is quite good, as is "Call the Shots." I was surprised to see Spice Girls at #11. It had been in the top 10 all week according to midweek results. Shame. Not that it's that great, but it spoils their nice run of 10 top 2 hits.

  • At 7:51 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    It's Mel C! She knew it was all a bit rubbish and convinced the girls it was a bona fide hit!

    Hey ho, every band has their dud. This is the Spicies' first one. Mind you, it couldn't have been more significant.

  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Wow, I'd forgotten the Spice song was the Children In Need single--and when you compare it to how well (not amazing) Emma's song last year did, I'm extra surprised it didn't do better.

  • At 3:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ouch. You always have it in for Girls Aloud. The new album is the best pop release this year. Maybe put the hate aside and give it a listen.

  • At 9:00 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Anonymous, I say No-no! Never will I give in to the witchery of Girls Aloud! Bah, humbug!

    PG, WW, & Phil, I think it's all chalked up to the single being out after the album, and this not being the '90s, when all their better-charting singles weren't so readily available illegally online, etc., etc.

    Paul, how refreshing! Shayne is indeed the most boffable star in the Top 10. I'm glad that term is finally happening for me. I read your story of how you and DazPasta got into Amy Winehouse the one weekend. Kudos for finally giving in to "Apologize." It's one of my faves of the year. Ryan Tedder, though waaaay less boffable than Shayne Ward, is still good for a bounce.

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Serves the silly Spice cunts right for serving up that shit!

    And I totally agree about Sluts Aloud. Utter garbage.

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Some of GA is really good and some of it is like... cream-coloured wallpaper. ?

    Methinks there will not be a Spice Girls reunion album in the future - maybe Mel C sabotaged it on purpose!?

  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I JUST recently finally gave Bleeding Love a proper listen (!!! - I thought it was going to be le lame after hearing her cover of A Moment Like This) but I am in COMPLETE Bleeding Love with that song. Bloody bleeding hell!

  • At 11:25 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    I really like "Call the Shots," and I did try to get D'Luvvy to like it, but one can only dodge so many flying staplers before one must simply give up.

  • At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Ev said…

    It's anonymous up there again. Bah humbug? So you won't be giving their fantastic Christmas album a listen? "I Wanna Kiss You So" is the best thing since "Christmas Wrapping". Is there anything they've done that you like? Are you GA comments simply there to get a rise out of saps like me?

  • At 8:18 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Ev, I believe I actually have their Xmas choons somewhere. Like in my recycle bin. Look, GA seem like they probably have some redeeming qualities.... for instance, the rash you get after boffing them probably really only lasts for a week or two.

    Moog, what'd I tell you about ever bringing that song?!? Don't make me get the hose again...

    Joshua, well, my ears bled a little after hearing it.

  • At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…



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