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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Adele Seems Like A Nice Broad, But Then There's The Whole Singing Thing

XO did a nice post about Adele, the ho with the new #2 U.K. single. I'm using the pic he used, because I like that coat (she probably shoplifted).

There seems to be some brouhaha because music fans are taking sides in an Adele vs. Duffy drama. I don't see why. Duffy sounds like a Kate Nash knock-off who spent too many years riding her thumb with the lights out to old Dusty Springfield records, and Adele perfectly apes Norah Jones. She probably dreams of the day they can slam vadge.

Speaking of which -- Robyn! "Be Mine!" climbs to #10! Her second U.K. Top 10 single in five months! I remember predicting "Be Mine!" would do well, as there typically ain't much competition as far as new singles in the market in January. But that's not to take away from the radness of the song. It peaked at #3 in Sweden in '05, and, having played it to death myself back then, it's funny to see the song have a whole new life in England. Funny... but sexy.

Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat" is still hanging in there at #39, as well. Plus, her full self-titled LP moves up to a new peak of #15 on the album chart. Topping it all off, my new jam, "Some Kinda Rush" by Booty Luv, holds steady at #19 for a second week.

On a final note, it's worth mentioning that, 14 months after its release, Take That's Beautiful World album is at #3. It's gotta be because of either the fact that it was re-released a month or so ago with "Rule The World" now attached, or folks who initially held out from buying it are giving in and using their Christmas cash/iTunes gift cards to get it.

Either way, Take That seem to be the U.K. equivalent of Nickelback, who you can't chase away with a broom 'round these parts. Maybe a sharp stick, though. That might work.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Now You're Gone" - Basshunter *2 weeks*
2. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele *new*
3. "Piece Of Me" - Britney Spears
4. "Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
5. "Don't Stop The Music" - Rihanna
6. "Rockstar" - Nickelback
7. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy Tell'em
8. "Elvis Ain't Dead" - Scouting For Girls
9. "Homecoming" - Kanye West feat. Chris Martin
10. "Be Mine!" - Robyn

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  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I will not take the Adele/Duffy bait, you Take That Whore!

  • At 5:46 PM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    Hmm.. Take That's album success could be down to the fact that the album is on sale in every big record store for £4 at the moment!

  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    Take That are fine, purlease... Scouting for Girls are the 'roaches you just can't squish at the mo. Every song the same and they're shitting all over the radio day after day.

    Yay Robyn!

  • At 6:53 PM, Blogger John said…

    I FINALLY got the Robyn CD (at Amoeba in the Haight), and I am loving myself SICK over it! "Bum Like You" is the song I can't get out of my head, but I just love her whole approach to it. Even the skit at the beginning is the hotness. Glad to see the Brits have figured it out, and let's see if Interscope can do it in the States without effing it up.

  • At 3:26 AM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    So much stuff to comment on! I love Adele, not as enamoured with Duffy. Take That did rerelease the album with Rule The World on but that was a limited edition and no new copies of it were shipped after Christmas eve. Mr Brady is right - it's down to £4 in the sales. Which is why Amy Macdonald and Scouting For Girls are doing so well with incredibly mediocre albums. They are both £5 in the major stores.

    Robyn - i do like Be Mine, yet still her success doesn't seem to match the hype. Her album has only spent 5 weeks in the charts and is at a new peak this week, and with every heartbeat was one of the lower selling number one singles of last year. And you're right - this is a low selling month. This isn't my usual robyn bashing btw - i just think her sales should be much higher considering the universal adulation heaped on her.

    And yay for Leon Jackson dropping faster than a hot potato with the worst x-idol single since Steve Brookstein. Clearly the mulled wine hangovers are disappating...

  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Robpop said…

    Paul...sigh! You were saying she'd be a one hit wonder a few months ago (Sandi Thom springs to mind).....I think its the fact shes on her own label. She's doing it herself. The music industry is changing so much and she seems to be a part of that. She's managed to get her music out there and its getting airplay. Theres no Timberland involvement. Initially there was very little print media back-up (until very late)...and radio took it up very late too. I think the chart position of Robyn are a huge achievement..yes the sales are low (but arnt they low generally?-in Sweden she didnt release the physical CD of her singles). Paul, the "universal adulation" never equates to album/single sales these days and especially with an album thats been released three times (And eventually a fourth when it gets a release in the US).

    Scratch a bit deeper into the hype..Put it into some context ...Robyn produced the album nearly 3 years ago and yet people are still finding it groundbreaking/cute. That must say something about the record. Put it into another context, how did the singles by James Blunt, Sugababes and Mutya do? Despite all on majors... Blunts latest went to no.57, Mutya featuring Amy Winehouse went to no.73 and the last Sugababe single didnt even crack the top 100. Robyn seems to be doing very well in that light.

    Another aspect of seeing Robyn do so well is the fact that its just really exciting to see/watch an act start with very little and do so well with music....it feels very much like a piece of DIY/pop justice. A few months ago The Guardian had a great article on Robyn or rather the significance of her no.1 single for the music industry in that it suggests a new way of deploying pop music to the consumers. It is highly symbolic that a number of major record companies refused by Robyn are now facing job losses.

  • At 1:28 AM, Blogger paul @ www.thezapping.com said…

    blimey! I was actually paying her a compliment! I think she DESERVES higher sales...

  • At 4:21 AM, Blogger Robpop said…

    Oh my look how geeky i got. Big apologies. Ha!

  • At 3:03 AM, Blogger Lin Shijun said…

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