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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Kid Rock White-Trashes His Way To England And Kylie Breaks Her Streak

See that? It's Kid Rock jet-propelling his nasty carcass over the the U.K. to smoke a stogie in celebration for claiming this week's #1 single in the country, with "All Summer Long." Geez, just because this trash samples Warren Zevon's "Werewolf Of London" doesn't mean you people have to take it to heart!

Here in the States we're pretty much safe. "All Summer Long" has peaked so far at #38 and likely won't get too high since The Kid doesn't allow his music to be put on iTunes.

Meanwhile, one welcome entry into the Top 10 is The Saturdays' "If This Is Love"* at #8. Granted, the last thing we need is another low-rent five-piece girl group, but this one comes with a solid tune and Frankie Sanford and Rochelle Wiseman, formerly of S Club 8/Juniors, to boot. Be sure to also check out Chart Rigger's posthumous dissection of S Club 8 from two years ago.

Here are the vids for "If This Is Love" and S Club Juniors' 2002 jam, "New Direction":

Finally, painful though it may be, pop hookers, it's worth noting that this week's #36 chart placing for Kylie Minogue's "The One" breaks her run of 16 consecutive U.K. Top 10 singles (including Robbie Williams' "Kids"). The streak began in 2000 with "Spinning Around" and officially has now ended with May's #10 peak of "In My Arms." It truly is a shame, as "The One" is arguably the crown jewel of X, and the two old-school extended mixes of the track are rather epic.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "All Summer Long" - Kid Rock *1 week*
2. "Dance Wiv Me" - Dizzee Rascal/Calvin Harris/Chrome
3. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" - Script *new*
4. "I Kissed A Girl" - Katy Perry *new*
5. "No Air" - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
6. "Closer" - Ne-Yo
7. "All I Ever Wanted" - Basshunter
8. "If This Is Love" - The Saturdays *new*
9. "Shut Up And Let Me Go" - The Ting Tings
10. "5 Years Time" - Noah & The Whale

Thanks, Ray!

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  • At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Steve said…

    The One won't officially end Kylie's top ten streak, because it wasn't a full release. If all releases were counted it would have ended 2 years ago with her digital-only release of Somewhere Over The Rainbow (live). There was no physical single, no video and no promotion, so it really was just an extra download, and her record will likely keep going, with an asterisk noting that the streak doesn't include several songs that charted on downloads such as The One (36), Santa Baby (72) and Somewhere Over The Rainbow (somwehere around 110).

  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Now that is some spin-ing around!

  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    But of course, Steve, the real tragedy is that The One DIDN'T get a decent and proper release :(

    I almost - almost - feel better that Kid Crock is number one over Skanky Perry. We so need someone like Simon Curtis though to do a word for word cover of I Kissed A Girl and i liked it - now THAT would make the song interesting :)

    Nice to see The Script so high - lovely guys and the Irish One Republic with marginally boffable lead singer. Ditto Saturdays though it just makes me sad for the loss of SCLub8 songs like Don't Tell me You;re Sorry :( Now they were ace.

    Oh no! I'm starting to like marginally highbrow stuff like Ida Maria and Noah & The Whale. Luckily all that is wiped out by my same diff post and the lovely stiff dylans charging in at 41...

  • At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Steve said…

    Yeah it might be a bit of a spin, but that seems to be how the trend is going - because any song can chart if it's downloaded enough, I think people are a bit wary of counting every charting song as a full-blown single. I think the benchmark of a "real" single release will be a physical product for some time just for that reason. I may be wrong, but it'll be interesting to see how the chart history books play it... as I said though, if they count this one then her streak actually ended at 13, because Somewhere Over The Rainbow was a digital-only single as well. It just seems the only way to have any consistency for records, streaks, etc. would be to only count full releases, otherwise anyone with an album track charting or a promo-only single would have a blemish on their chart career. Long story short, 2 remixes available on iTunes and one on 7Digital does not a single release make. It wasn't even available from other outlets - hardly fair to count it.

  • At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Steve said…

    One more thing to add to the above: I would class this with limited releases, such as Arctic Monkeys etc. have done. Though the amount of downloads is obviously unlimited, it isn't available from any outlet other than iTunes or 7Digital. Limited edition and special edition/limited release singles are uniformly not counted in chart histories for the purposes of records and streaks etc. PS I might love Kylie a little too much.....

  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger John said…

    Kylie gets by on a technicality, and I'm sure that's not the first time that's happened in her career, but it really is a shame. It's easily the best of all the singles that have been released, and the Freemasons just take it to the next level.

    On behalf of the US, I would like to extend my apologies for Kid Rock. I will withhold this apology, though, until the UK apologizes for, uh, um, well. Okay, the UK doesn't have anything to apologize for, with the Ting Tings, Estelle, Duffy, Adele, Coldplay and Natasha Bedingfield all doing well here. Although someone needs to explain Leona Lewis.

  • At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Steve said…

    I second that, John... with all the nice things the UK has done for us, we have no business foisting Kid Rock on them. You'd think if they were going to finally let a "country" song hit the top over there they'd at least make it decent.

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