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Sunday, July 27, 2008


Wow! Looks like McFly have entered their "Pet Shop Boys phase," wherein they debut relatively high on the U.K. chart with a new single, then it plummets down the following week.

In this case, the song in question is "One For The Radio," which looks more like one for the dustbin after debuting at #2 then dropping this week to #21.

And let's not forget McFlop's own "Transylvania/Baby Come Back" set the record for the farthest drop for a single (to #20) from #1 in its second week.

It's also interesting to see American Idol Jordin Sparks making inroads over yonder, both at #3 with her first U.K. hit "No Air" and also debuting at #18 on the album chart.

Of course, you can't help wondering if it's something to do with "No Air" being a duet with Chris Brown, who, unlike McFly, seems to be enjoying his "imperial phase," whereby any single he releases becomes a worldwide hit.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Dance Wiv Me" - Dizzee Rascal/Calvin Harris/Chrome *4 weeks*
2. "All Summer Long" - Kid Rock
3. "No Air" - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
4. "Closer" - Ne-Yo
5. "All I Ever Wanted" - Basshunter
6. "Shut Up And Let Me Go" - The Ting Tings
7. "Sweet About Me" - Gabriella Cilmi
8. "Stay With Me" - Ironik
9. "Take A Bow" - Rihanna
10. "Give It 2 Me" - Madonna

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  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Now you know i will have to defend my beloved McFlop, er I mean McFly, even though I will be stretching it to defend them even a little bit. I wish i could say that "oh it's because they gave the album away free, it was bound to drop so far on the singles chart" but of course it's not like they don't have form for this!! Boo the british record buying public. What with McFly falling faster than Paris to her knees whenever she hears a digicam click on, and Feeling barely registering top 75 with their latest single, I am in despair. Oh. At least No Air and Forever are doing bonza business

  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger John said…

    I'm a little more interested in what's going on down below the Top 10. Sam Sparro rebounds back up to #11 with Black and Gold, and "Hometown Glory" is a Top 20 hit for Adele. Also wondering what "The One" will do next week in it's first week as a commercial single.

    As for McFly, maybe people think they're just a tad too overexposed.

  • At 6:54 AM, Blogger JT said…

    it is well-known that the Flyboys had always been making big impact on its first week of release then plummet down like waterfall, mostly because they had a loyal fan base that keep them into the top 10 in first week but the base is not big enough to keep them there. Similarly with Pet Shop Boys that over the years, the PSB became niche and only appeal to its loyal fans.
    Perhaps the interesting bit is Kid Rock second week at #2.

  • At 12:10 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    JT, Kid Rock...interesting? I guess if you're into Z-grade rat-trash.

    John, you always have to go down below, don't you....

    Paul, every week I ask and yet you never respond...why'd you Brits turn on The Feeling? Fickle sods.

  • At 3:09 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    I don't respond because every time i think of it, tears fall down my cheeks and plop noisily onto Dan's naked body as he massages my.... uh, let's say feet :P Even though he knows my affections have transferred to Richard Jones.

    I have no idea why we Brits have cruelly abandoned the feeling. I still love them. their concerts still sell out (though they are back in small venues) yet they can't catch a chart break. I blame Gordon "i'll lick the EU arse until my tongue is" Brown. He's fucked everything else up. Bring on sexy david milliband. I

    I also think the record label messed up big time. I Thought It Was Over wasn't the best first single (Join With Us would have been much better), and they totally fucked up releasing Turn It Up while Join With Us was being played regularly in a car commercial... *shakes head in bitter bitter disappointment*


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