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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Forget The Saturdays, Sugababes Seem To Be The Ones With Real 'Issues'

Tomorrow sees the U.K. release of the Saturdays' third single, "Issues," complete with remixes from Yaz(oo) and Erasure's Vince Clarke and Digital Dog. (The gal group's first single, "If This Is Love," sampled Yaz's "Situation.")

But while "Issues" is enjoying a comfy stay at #27 this week on the U.K. Singles chart ahead of its official release tomorrow, a veteran British girl band seems to be floundering.

Sugababes released a lackluster album in the fall, and their second single off it, "No Can Do," appears to have failed to connect with the public. It's sitting at a dismal #23. Perhaps someone oughtta tell the 'babes that four releases in three years is really pushing it as far as oversaturation.

A bit lower, at #39, Girls Aloud's Pet Shop Boys/Xenomania collaboration "The Loving Kind" rears its head before its official release on January 12.

If that's not enough girlie action for you, there's always the debut of Lady GaGa at #3 with "Just Dance." Hey, at least no one's sick of that one yet, right?

On the Brit album chart, Take That's The Circus is at the top for a fifth week in a row, with nearly 1.5 million copies sold.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Hallelujah" - Alexandra Burke *3 weeks*
2. "Run" - Leona Lewis
3. "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa feat. Colby Adonis *new*
4. "If I Were A Boy" - Beyoncé
5. "Broken Strings" - James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado
6. "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon
7. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
8. "Human'" - The Killers
9. "Womanizer" - Britney Spears
10. "Greatest Day" - Take That

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  • At 7:44 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    i am sad for the sugababes with their poorly placed single. It's not their best in the world but it's not the worst. Still having read interviews with them, they seem to have given up on the album so why shouldn't the public?! Hopefully Loving Kind will rocket over the next two weeks.... their album (GA) has sold more than they usually do so I am tentatively worried about final chart position!!

    on the upside, same difference are clinging to the album chart with every last fibre of their being!

  • At 7:52 AM, Blogger Robpop said…

    This is a lame track and it deserves to flop big time. They should have swapped the album version with the vastly superior WAWA mix of No Can Do. Its dripping sex. The nice kind of sex.

    Its nice to see The Satudays stabilize themselves.

    Red Blooded Women might just be the ones to replace the S'babes. Going by music alone, they're certainly superior at the moment.

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Issues! I was sick of Up about 8 times after listening to it - but Issues is AMAZING! A throw back to the beautiful soul-less yet soulful pop ballads of the late 90s/early 00s!!!!

  • At 8:22 PM, Blogger countpopula said…

    I actually really like Catfights & Spotlights. It is more mature than some of their other material, but You On a Good Day, Sunday Rain, Every Heart Broken, Beware, and Sound of Goodbye are all great songs. Even Hanging on a Star is good fun. It's really sad to see this backlash as they have proven themselves to be willing to try new things and perform well live (especially recently).

    Guess I should give that Saturdays another chance. I initially thought they were a cheap imitation of Girls Aloud, but if Vince Clarke can appreciate them...

  • At 12:57 AM, Blogger John said…

    Agreed about the 'babes needing a rest. Love the fact that Vince is remixing Issues, though. It's such a boring song that he probably could mold it into a dance classic.

  • At 8:18 PM, Blogger will said…

    "Issues" is the worst song ever recorded. "Work" would have been the logical choice. No, I'm not bitter! hahahahaha

    "Just Dance", please just go away. You were soooo June 2008.



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