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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kelly Clarkson Tops The U.S. Chart, And, Geez, Photoshop Has She's Come A Long Way

Clive Davis, put on your party dress. (Yes, you can wear the little black one, you old slut.)

Kelly Clarkson has topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with her new single "My Life Would Suck Without You" after only its first week of availability at digital retailers. It's her first #1 in the States since her 2002 debut single, "A Moment Like This," which was released upon her winning American Idol that September.

Yes, folks, the economy may suck, but with Lady GaGa and Kelly Clarkson topping the chart back-to-back, at least 2009 is shaping up to be the year that pop makes a comeback. (Of course, the trend started last year.)

"My Life Would Suck Without You" now gives writer/producer Max Martin his third #1 single in less than a year—including Pink's "So What" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl"—and his fourth U.S. chart topper overall (Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time").

It also gives Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald his third, after Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and Perry's "I Kissed A Girl."

"Suck" made a significant leap from its debut position of #97 to #1, which makes it the highest jump to the top of the main Billboard singles chart ever. In this digital day and age, though, anything goes, and that record is constantly being broken. There are still three more times an artist—or even Kelly herself—will be able to outdo this feat.

"My Life Would Suck Without You" sold upwards of 280,000 downloads last week. And in case you're wondering what Kelly herself is thinking, why, here's what she wrote on her blog:
OTHER GROOVES: Pink's "Sober," The Veronicas' "Untouched" and Ne-Yo's "Mad" all leap into the Top 20, at #16, #17 and #19, respectively.

Beyonce's "Diva" is #28, and my personal favorite jam of the moment, Lady GaGa's "Poker Face," is up to #32. Someone told me they don't like her glitter ball face mask she wears at the beginning of the video (pictured above), but screw that—here's the clip, anyway!

On a final note, U2's "Get On Your Boots" is the Hot Shot Debut at #37. I think it's time to fill those boots with concrete and toss that shit into the River Shannon.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "My Life Would Suck Without You" - Kelly Clarkson *1 week*
2. "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa feat. Colby O'Donis
3. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - Beyoncé
4. "Heartless" - Kanye West *airplay gainer*
5. "Love Story" - Taylor Swift
6. "Gives You Hell" - The All-American Rejects
7. "Live Your Life" - T.I. feat. Rihanna
8. "You Found Me" - The Fray *sales gainer*
9. "Circus" - Britney Spears
10. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz

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  • At 3:01 PM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    IMHO "Poker Face" is possibly the best pop record of the last couple of years, have had it on heavy rotation since the end of last year.

  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    not related to this post... but have you seen The Saturdays performing acoustic versions of their songs? I saw a bunch today on youtube - TALENTED SLAGS, THEM! They sound pretty good and one of them even plays the guitar OMG! A+ girl group!

  • At 9:23 PM, Blogger Brad said…

    Good on you, Kelly!

    I'm so proud of her...She'll always be my true Idol.

  • At 10:27 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Factoid: Lady Gaga claims to be 22. Younger than Clarkson.

    PULEEZ. If THAT is 22, then I am 17.

  • At 12:31 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Mr. B, it's become "my jam." It's neck and neck with "My Life Would Suck..." and Saint Etienne's "Method Of Modern Love," but it could just win.

    Joshua, no, but I expect your Xtube video (the one with the tire iron and can of wedding soup) to be broadcast live in Times Square soon, hooker.

    Brad, don't you wanna just give her a tickle?

    XO, now, now, we realize you're still bitter because Madonna turned 60 recently, but, you know, let that hag drop into the grave and just embrace the new.

  • At 12:51 AM, Blogger John said…

    Dance music rules, and Lady Gaga rides the wave all the way to the bank. The regular song is good, but the remixes are downright brilliant.

  • At 8:57 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    Well kudos to kelly. it's rather ace. God that first single cover looks so thrown together last minute and fresh faced. No effing way is lady gashgash 22?!?! Eff me :)

  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Mr Kranky said…

    I could not agree with you more over the new U2 single.

    However, "Poker Face" is shaping up to be my favorite song of the moment, scary video notwithstanding.


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