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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Keeping Up With The Ting Tings

Is it just me or is 2008 shaping up to be the first exciting year of new pop/rock talent we've seen since 2004, when The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol broke through into the mainstream? Acts like Sam Sparro and Alphabeat scored big U.K. hits and started the early winter months off with something to look forward to, kicking down the door for this week's new #1, "That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings.

Of course, I'm still just catching up with the erratic singles flying all over the place at the moment by the Brit girl/boy duo! Here in the States, my jam for the past month has been "Great DJ," which is in heavy rotation on alt rock radio (at least in L.A.), while "Shut Up And Let Me Go" recently charted at #55 on Billboard's Hot 100 after its inclusion in an Apple commercial.

Nonetheless, it's "That's Not My Name" which takes over the U.K. chart this week, keeping Rihanna's current U.S. #1, "Take A Bow," stuck at #2. Meanwhile, with all this new activity, poor Kylie, who debuted at #10 with "In My Arms" last week is knocked down to #17.

But I'm down with The Ting Tings. A little digging reveals that singer Katie White was in some teen pop act called TKO who once supported Steps and Five. And to think, she probably could have died happy back then...

Well, if she was lucky, Lee Steps hit it. And maybe H did her nails.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings *1 week*
2. "Take A Bow" - Rihanna *new*
3. "4 Minutes" - Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake
4. "Heartbreaker" - Will.I.Am Feat. Cheryl Cole
5. "Wearing My Rolex" - Wiley
6. "Black And Gold" - Sam Sparro
7. "Love In This Club" - Usher Feat. Young Jeezy
8. "Violet Hill" - Coldplay
"American Boy" - Estelle Feat. Kanye West
"Cry For You" - September

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  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Ah the tings. Tingers. I do like all 3 singles quite a lot so the album was a bit of a let down but still listenable. I'm happy to see them at number one. Sad for David Jordan who does a "feeling" with his second single from his album and totally bombs while his album re-enters the top 40.... boo you non david jordan buying whores. Duffy is doing better than adele with her next single though :) I'm kinda bored of both of them though...

  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger John said…

    For the first time in quite a while, I pretty much approve of this Top 10.

    That is all.

  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Paul, which one was David Jordan again? Seriously, I have no clue!

    John, well, the official UK chart company thanks you, sir.

  • At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Oranuting said…

    ooh and according to James Masterton the guy from Ting Tings was in Babakoto who had a PWL remix for their single!



    Jules has an even longer musical CV, starting out way back in 1987 as a member of teen band Babakoto (their single 'Just To Get By' the very definition of a turntable hit, clocking up hours of Radio One airplay at the time but never once endangering the singles charts despite three separate releases).

  • At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Quite outstanding, The Ting Tings once again put on the chopping block another offering of utter dire garbage, quite something that they can keep the consistency of audial sewage, I can only begin to imagine what they can do next, perhaps some sort of musician self destruction, one can only hold out and hope. Meanwhile Radio stations are pumping this out on their playlists to the masses of the tasteless.

  • At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just what the world needs - another boy/girl bad drums and bad guitar outfit. Talk about monotony...they just went on an' on an' on an' awww...GIVE UP! YOU SUCK!

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