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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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  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    Yay, Kylie's still hanging on at #5! Woo-hoo!

    GA's cover? Klassy hookers, those gals.

  • At 7:54 AM, Blogger Digital Technique said…

    How on earth are H2O still at #2 this week....it is even worse than Basshunter! :( Yay for Duffy tho - world domination beckons!

    While I do like Us Against The World, it really isn't a patch on Something Right. Am slightly worried it will never be released in Europe, as Westlife have developed a habit of releasing a maximun of 2 singles from each album.

  • At 8:33 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I really don't have anything to add to your thoughts about that Westlife decision--silly Westlife. At least Greece and Sweden (apparently) get to hear it on the radio.

    Good to know about the Asia release--I think that means I can officially count it as a 2008 single.

  • At 6:17 AM, Anonymous Arlen said…

    I stumbled across 'Something Right' when I was checking the Swedish singles chart a couple of weeks ago. I youtubed that performance you've put up and found I was very surprised at what a good song it was!
    I read that it will be the next UK single and will be the last off the current album as well :)

  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    My friend sent me an advanced copy of the Duffy too, seeing if he could get me into her. I'm just not a fan. I do like the feel of the album, but her voice is just all over the place. You can tell she's been singing "Mercy" for a while now because her delivery in that song is so different from the rest.

  • At 9:44 PM, Blogger JT said…

    While I do agree with you that Us Against The World is not much a single material (more of an album track), I believed there are also a few better songs that is as good as Something Right which are worth to be released as single. Besides Something Right, 3 of my other favorite from that album:
    It's You
    The Easy Way
    You Must Have Had A Broken Heart.

  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger ZedEmPee said…

    I lolled at your Westlife comments. I whole-heartedly agree. Why the f-nuts was "Us Against The World" chosen over the superior "Something Right"? And what kind of cheap tacky hentai-resembling video they filmed for it! If "Something Right" hadn't been shafted for "Us Against The World", it could have been that 15th #01 that Westshite desperately wanted before they could finally retire. Just think, what a better Westlife-less world it would have been had that actually happened. Now they have to record another album to try again!!


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