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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Competition Stiffs Cliff On The U.K. Chart

Good ol' Cliff Richard. Tomorrow sees the U.K. release of the eight-disc box set And They Said It Wouldn't Last (My 50 Years In Music), celebrating the career of the now 68-year-old (!!) Sir Cliff.

Coinciding with this is the celebratory (and ultimately cheesy) single "Thank You For A Lifetime," which Cliff and Co. probably didn't anticipate would get beat to #1 on the U.K. chart by American southern rock outfit Kings Of Leon.

And while "Sex" ultimately proves to be more popular than Richards' "Lifetime," the latter still charts respectably at #3, giving the pop legend his fourth British Top 10 hit of the new millenium.

Of course, this new trash pales in comparison to these schmaltz classics:

Otherwise, it's a relatively slow week on the chart, thought it feels like a calm before a glut of new releases come charging down the horizon.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Sex On Fire" - Kings Of Leon *new* *1 week*
2. "I Kissed A Girl" - Katy Perry
3. "Thank You For A Lifetime" - Cliff Richard *new*
4. "When I Grow Up" - Pussycat Dolls
5. "Disturbia" - Rihanna
6. "Pjanoo" - Eric Prydz
7. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" - The Script
8. "Beggin'" - Madcon
9. "All Summer Long" - Kid Rock
10. "Mountains" - Biffy Clyro

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  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger John said…

    I do still like the majority of the top 10 this week, with Katy and Kid being the weakest links. The Cliff song is shmaltz, but those old bitties get a new release once a year or so, and they do love their little Cliffy! Sadly, I do like some of his 70s music that crossed over here. "We Don't Talk Anymore" is probably my favorite. You wanna talk about shame?

  • At 3:02 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    My fave Cliffy song (apart from the Christmas - or Cliffmas - ones [saviours day; mistletoe and wine]) is Just Don't Have The Heart. Stirling.

    Anyway, I'm just glad that Katy whore isn't number one anymore. I dislike her even more after she committed the cardinal sin (in my book) of saying she is bored with I Kissed A Girl. Of course she is right to be bored with it, but it is her job to cling to it until she is way way forgotten (hopefully about 6 months from now).

    McFly at 23? Please tell me this was downloads alone. And Miley at 11? Still better than Aly and AJ did last year...

  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Aww, and I was just listening to "Just Don't Have The Heart" (which I believe you sent me, D'luv?) the other day!

    Presumably this song placed because of pre-existing fan base for Cliff and not because of radioplay or anything, right? He should've just released something like "Just Don't Have The Heart" again anyway if that's the case. I'm now going to always think of that side to side movement with hand swing and hip shake when I listen to it now.


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