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Thursday, November 20, 2008

What Do O-Zone, Guns N' Roses And Christina Aguilera Have In Common?

Everywhere I go, it's this damn "Live Your Life" song—the radio, in stores, the girl in front of me at the ATM waving an Oh, heeeeelll no! finger in the air while humming Rihanna's bit in it.

I don't even remember if I like it or don't like it anymore. It's just kind of a part of everything now, like the air and the sunlight.

That said, for the past few days I've been dying to dig out the CD single for Moldovan boyband O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei (Ma Ha Yi)"—i.e., the melody sampled for Rihanna's vocals in "Live Your Life". But then I always think a.) it's shoved under my bed somewhere with a bunch of other singles that aren't alphabetized anymore, and 5.) CD....single?

So, screw that noise. Here's the video:

Great, now that that's out of my system and I don't want to hear that trash again for another five years, here's some other jazz going on on the Billboard Hot 100 this week: 18-year-old country crooner Taylor Swift has six songs debut on the chart. Yeah, six. Like, at one point, almost every track from her new album was in the iTunes Top 100 downloads.

Who knew that many people wanted to screw her in a barn cherished her lyrical prose? The leader of Taylor's pack is "White Horse," which is the Hot Shot Debut at #13.

Meanwhile Guns N' Roses are back in the U.S. Top 40 for the first time in 16 years with "Chinese Democracy," the title track from their upcoming album being released through Best Buy stores on Sunday. "Chinese Democracy" debuts at #34.

On that note, check out my Towleroad column up today, which covers the various reactions to Chinese Democracy after it debuted on MySpace last night.

Over on the Top 200 Albums chart, Taylor Swift's Fearless debuts at #1 with nearly 600,000 copies sold. David Archuleta's self-titled debut is just behind her at #2.

And down at #9 is Christina Aguilera's Keeps Gettin' Better—A Decade Of Hits, which enters the chart after being available through Target last week. The American version of this sucks, though, as it leaves off "Lady Marmalade" and her Ricky Martin duet, "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" (i.e., the only reason to buy it in the first place).

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Live Your Life" - T.I. feat. Rihanna *4 weeks*
2. "Whatever You Like" - T.I.
3. "If I Were A Boy" - Beyoncé *sales gainer*
4. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
5. "So What" - Pink
6. "Let It Rock'" - Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
7. "Womanizer" - Britney Spears
8. "Right Now (Na Na Na)" - Akon
9. "Love Lockdown" - Kanye West
10. "I'm Yours'" - Jason Mraz

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  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger John said…

    Eyeliner! Did I get it right?

  • At 8:40 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    "Dragostea Din Tei" is unqualified brilliance. As almost is the video.

    Speaking of "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely," I listened to the copy I had of it after you posted it a little while ago and realized my version--from Ricky Martin's album--had no Christina on it, so I bought the duet version from Amazon. They owe you a commission.

  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, very good! Actually, I had no answer, but you just made one up for me! Perfect!

    PG, it really is ("DDT"). Wait, the Amazon here has NWTBL on it? And why am I abbreviating song titles today?

    Oh, right...I'm lazy.

  • At 11:02 PM, Blogger will said…

    i'm shocked that xtina's compilation didn't fare better than it did this week, but i suppose that's still not bad considering it's a limited release.

    i have a feeling they have a trick or two up their sleeve still with regards to additional versions of it to come; i was hoping for a version with a remixes disc. i can dream can't i?? :(



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