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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

How Jesus Made Natasha Bedingfield A Big Star

As a struggling up and comer, she may have once appeared on the albums Shout God's Fame and Jesus Is My Superhero, but these days Natasha Bedingfield's pop prayers have been answered, and she's become a bona fide star in the U.S.

Billboard reports this week that Natasha's new album, Pocketful Of Sunshine, has debuted at #3 on the Top 200 Albums chart, thereby trumping the #26 peak of her debut, Unwritten.

Of course, this all could have less to do with Bedingfield being a Jesus nut and more to do with her selling her soul and dueting with Sean Kingston on first Pocketful single, "Love Like This," which has already become a gold- certified Top 20 hit. And perhaps there actually is no God, because Billboard also notes the Juno soundtrack has gone to #1.

What likely won't get much attention is the fact that the Juno and Natasha Bedingfield records sold 65,000 and 50,000 copies, respectively. By comparison, when the Dreamgirls soundtrack topped the chart last January in a week where it moved 90,000 copies, it was the lowest-selling U.S. #1 of the SoundScan era at that point.

There just may have been a bit of divine intervention, though; the only other major release this month that would've posed any competition came from Radiohead, and that album dropped four weeks ago. Additionally, after title track "Pocketful Of Sunshine" got some love in an episode of The Hills, it's now surpassed "Love Like This" on the iTunes download chart. Also selling well on iTunes are "Soulmate" and oldie "Unwritten."

But there's a moral to this story, and it's a lesson that's as old as time: drop to your knees and open wide, children -- for the microphone, that is -- and one day you, too, can pull the rug out from under your brother's recording career and become a major international pop ho.

Let's Go To Bedingfield
Sorry, Bandwagon, But Juno Can Kiss My Butt

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  • At 5:44 PM, Blogger John said…

    I have nothing sarcastic to say. Natasha comes across as one of the more genuine people in the business, and I don't really see her as a sellout for "Love Like This". I have an acoustic version of the song, and it sounds much more genuine, but you can't blame someone for reacting to what's selling in the marketplace, as long as it's good material. Seems to me that if she can get a foot in the door with that so people can hear the stronger stuff ("Soulmate" is the monster hit just waiting for the right moment), then more power to her.

    And not to be a skipping record, but if that strategy works with releases for Natasha and Leona (two new US-geared tracks), can our boy Shayne be far behind?

  • At 6:53 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I just can't believe how well "Pocketful of Sunshine" is doing on iTunes--I mean, do that many people watch The Hills? Is it that obviously the standout (I would've said yes, but come on, surely there are loads of albums that come out with great so-far-album tracks that don't end up passing the current single and rising all the way up to #16 or whatever on iTunes)? I mean, it's not even really getting radio play or anything, is it? I can't remember, maybe (or maybe not) "Piece Of Me" did something like that, but it can't be common.

  • At 10:16 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    That unwritten ho is enjoying some free blog-publicity today! I was surprised at how high Pocketful placed. I do like the title track, and I did NOT see it on The Hills, lol. Who watches The Hills anymore?? (ditto to what PPG said)

  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Carlbob said…

    Pocketful of Dreams... lol lots.. now that was a good album!

    cp x

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Carlbob, LOL -- Oops! -- I guess it's true when boys are always telling me I've got Big Fun on the brain.

    Yuri, yeah, not I. Just read it somewhere :P Watching the presidential debates is the most TV I've caught in years (outside of shows on DVD)...

    PG, The Hills is pretty popular -- those chicklets are always in all the gossip rags like In Touch and People and OK and US Weekly and... but, you know, I only read Newsweek and The Drudge Report.

    John, I can tell you were biting your tongue, but you should know by now D'luv likes a few jabs now and then. And, continuing with your Shayne pondering, while last month I heard Brother Beyond playing in Pinkberry, this week I heard Saint Etienne playing at the mall. Perhaps it's a sign of Shayne to come.

  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger yipeng said…

    This might b interesting :)



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