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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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  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger Greg said…

    "See You Again" is your new favorite jam? SOME of us have been on that bandwagon since the song was released last summer!

    The charts have been incredibly boring lately. I remember 2 years ago, when the songs moved around. Of course, I also remember 6 years ago when the songs moved around even less than they do now.

  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger John said…

    I have to say I caught myself reacting to someone trashing Sean Kingston a few weeks ago by saying "yeah...but his new song's kinda good". And I'm glad that there's some actual dance-pop on the charts. They say this stuff comes around every 10 years or so, which means we're probably due.

    On a side note, is anyone else surprised that the Cascada remake of "What Hurts the Most" didn't hit? I figured that was a no-brainer, for some reason, but I also thought that Miley Cyrus would never have an actual pop hit. Go figure...

  • At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    vanessa and zac are doing it, just not with each other. they don't fool me.

  • At 7:06 AM, Blogger Robpop said…

    That video is hilarious! And I'm not quite sure why.

  • At 12:23 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Greg, yes, but Miley really didn't matter to anyone till she started lesbian-ing in hotel rooms and taking naps during her concerts and sending out a body double to do the grunt work. And, yeah, at least now there's a handful (maybe half a handful) of decent songs on there, compared to the Nelly/J.Lo/Ja Rule/Usher days.

    John, so true...funny how it seems... And Cascada -- one hit wonder as far as the States are concerned. And that doesn't bother me -- every song on their two albums has the same beat and synth hook. That's what hurts the most...

    RobP, I think it's because Sean Kingston would never be able to bag that hot piece of trim.


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