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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Estelle And Sam Sparro Take Madonna From Both Ends On Easter Sunday

An new U.K. #1 single this week!

I've thought Estelle's "American Boy" is a hot jam since it was made available on U.S. iTunes at the end of January. Kanye West's rap at the beginning is suprisingly not that annoying, but then he kind of overtakes the song halfway through -- and even spits out the word "rubbish" -- and it's time to tune out.

Regardless, off the strength of downloads ahead of a physical CD single release, "American Boy" has ended the five-week reign of Duffy's "Mercy" at the top of the U.K. singles chart this week.

Madonna and Justin Timberlake's horn-riddled toetapper "4 Minutes" also enters the Top 10 based on downloads, at #7. This is just a solid, much-needed pop song for the times, and I gotta admit, Madge did right by letting go of the reigns for her comeback. And by that I mean she only used the strap-on with Justin until he cried.

Elsewhere, Girls Aloud's "Can't Speak French" only scrapes up to #9, but I'm not gonna say anything bad about that pack of transvestites -- I actually like them this album.

And speaking of transvestites, that Sam Sparro character everyone's crowing about makes a cameo at #23 with "Black & Gold." Sam's video made with Universal's money is classy, but let's hope for his sake that the crap-trash clips like this one that he made before the major label disappear quietly soon.


The U.K. Top 10:

1. "American Boy" - Estelle Feat. Kanye West *1 week*
2. "Mercy" - Duffy
3. "Better In Time/Footprints In The Sand" - Leona Lewis
4. "Stop And Stare" - OneRepublic
5. "Rockstar" - Nickelback
6. "Low" - Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
7. "4 Minutes" - Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake *new*
8. "Something Good '08" - Utah Saints
9. "Can't Speak French" - Girls Aloud
10. "What's It Gonna Be" - H Two O feat. Platinum

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