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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Westlife Actually Record A Brilliant Single But Naturally Only Release It In Asia

A promo of Duffy's Rockferry album arrived on my desk on Monday, as she's getting a U.S. release in April, and I dare say she's growing on me in a way that Amy Winehouse never did. Of course, it might be unfair to compare the two, but I promise to take it back when Amy releases her next album of high-octane Eurodance floorfillers.

A trio of singles appear in the Top 40 this week ahead of their physical CD single availability, starting with Girls Aloud's "Can't Speak French" at #35.

Now, this sleeve art is just some downright classy shit, I must admit.

On the flip side, Leona Lewis' "Better In Time" (at #38) is a snooze. Where's a giant flesh-eating squid when you need it?

And then there's Westlife (#40)...

The biggest blunder here is that the U.K. gets "Us Against The World" from Westlife, while the surprisingly fantastic (and appropriately titled) "Something Right" is only being serviced to Asia for the time being. Both of these tracks were composed by the Swede trio behind Shayne Ward's latest album, but "Something Right" is by far the best song the aging boy band have ever recorded. Why it wasn't the lead single off their latest pile of lifeless cack album is beyond me.

Here are the infinitely talented lads lip-syncing "Something Right":

On the album chart, after debuting at #1 last week, The Feeling's Join With Us takes a plunge to #11 and is replaced at the top by the "deluxe edition" of Amy Winehouse's Back To Black.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Mercy" - Duffy *3 weeks*
2. "What's It Gonna Be" - H Two O feat. Platinum
3. "Rockstar" - Nickelback
4. "Now You're Gone" - Basshunter
5. "Wow" - Kylie Minogue
6. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele
7. "Don't Stop The Music" - Rihanna
8. "Stop And Stare" - OneRepublic
9. "Sun Goes Down" - David Jordan
10. "Work" - Kelly Rowland

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