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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sean Kingston's Free To Sound Like Rozalla

Okay, I'm just sayin'...



Yes, there've been some soundalike conspiracy theories flying 'round here lately, particularly dealing with Janet Jackson, but I really think I'm onto something with this whole Sean Kingston "Take You There"/Rozalla "Everybody's Free" thing -- especially the intros to both. Anyone? Hello?

"Take You There," #10 this week on Billboard's Hot 100, is a pretty good jam, though. It's a strange mix of '80s pop, '90s Euro and just plain ghetto that I first heard on the radio last fall. I like that today's new crop of artists are getting things back to melody and catchy hooks. And ghetto.

Other decent pop singles on the move are Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music" (up from #26 to #13), Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Kingston's "Love Like This" (certified gold, at #19) and Britney Spears' "Piece Of Me" (up five positions to #23).

I'm slightly proud to say my new fave jam, Miley Cyrus' "See You Again," lands in the Top 40 at #35 this sweek. She's a firecracker, that broad.

A bit of a flashback: Two years ago tomorrow a movie called High School Musical first aired on the Disney Channel. I first noted the odd phenomenon that was happening, particularly with the massive downloads on iTunes, in the following week's chart post in late January 2006. Now Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are household names. And they're doing sex.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Low" - Flo Rida feat. T-Pain *4 weeks*
2. "No One" - Alicia Keys
3. "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
4. "Kiss Kiss" - Chris Brown feat. T-Pain
5. "Clumsy" - Fergie
6. "With You" - Chris Brown *airplay gainer*
7. "Paralyzer" - Finger Eleven
8. "Bubbly" - Colbie Caillat
9. "Tattoo" - Jordin Sparks
10. "Take You There" - Sean Kingston *sales gainer*

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