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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Brits Like Sam Sparro

Congrats to 24-year-old blue-eyed-soul crooner Sam Sparro, whose electro number "Black And Gold" jumps up from #23 to #4 on the official U.K. singles chart. I discussed Sam the other day in my weekly Towleroad music column, and in the process went off on one of my pop conspiracy theories -- this time about how the "Black And Gold" video resembles the original "Opportunities" video by Pet Shop Boys. Check it out yourself and see if I'm onto something or just hittin' the paint thinner again. (Likely the latter.)

Madonna's "4 Minutes" inches up a bit this week to #5, but in the U.K., the CD5 is still a somewhat major determinant in a single's ultimate peak position. So far "4 Minutes" is charting impressively on paid downloads alone, and the CD single isn't scheduled to be released till April 21.

Speaking of which, kudos should be given to Kylie Minogue, whose single "Wow" -- this week at #25 -- has managed to hang around within the Top 30 since late December. A long stretch of that was due to strong early download sales prior to the official release of "Wow." As mentioned yesterday, we in the States will finally see Kylie do some promotional TV appearances to coincide with the release of X this week.

On a final note, Britney Spears' "Break The Ice" modestly slips into the Top 40 at #36.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "American Boy" - Estelle Feat. Kanye West *2 weeks*
2. "Low" - Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
3. "Mercy" - Duffy
4. "Black And Gold" - Sam Sparro
5. "4 Minutes" - Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake
6. "Better In Time/Footprints In The Sand" - Leona Lewis
7. "Rockstar" - Nickelback
8. "With You" - Chris Brown
9. "Stop And Stare" - OneRepublic
10. "Fascination" - Alphabeat

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  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger John said…

    I take back my prior comment about "Black and Gold" being a waste of bandwidth, as it has become lodged in my head over the past couple of days. However, the video is still freakin' bizarre. And if you want to talk about ripping off video concepts, check out the Private video for "We've Got Some Breaking Up To Do", and tell me if he might have been borrowing from that one, too.

    And Alphabeat pushes back into the Top 10? There is justice in the world, even if "Rockstar" is still huge in the UK.

  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    That Sam has been busy! I bet the hooker's knees are sore this week!

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger Jump! said…

    Sam can bounce me until I'm black and blue.

  • At 3:53 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    ooo there is a lot of good inside the top twenty this week - i like half the songs which i don't think has happened for quite a long time... i found out yesterday as well that the song i despised which i thought was by taio cruz, was in fact not the taio cruz song which i actually quite like.

    Nice to see the Panic At The Disco (No "!") debuting so high on the album charts. it's a decent second album with some great catchy pop tunes. Hurrah, etc.

  • At 9:20 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, I was with you on "Black And Gold," but it really wore me down, too. Now I like it. Had never heard that particular Private choon, but me likez it.

    Yoo-ree, how are your own knees, champ?

    Jump!, well aren't you the provocative little minx!

    Paul, I was taken aback when I heard the new Panic! single on the radio Friday and tolerated it the whole way through. I'm glad they've ditched emo for Beatles.

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