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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pop Music Requires A Democrat In Office, And My Classy All-American Rejects Story

Wow, pop really is back, even if it is in the form of pop-rock, somewhat.

That Taylor Swift "Love Story" song? I don't even consider that country. You hear it on the radio and you're like, "Oooh, a beat. Now here's a girl who puts out!"

And Lady GaGa? She took her leather thong, tied it around a flagpole and has firmly shoved it into the Rock Of Sexy. And she's not budging. Goodbye, Bush era!

See, this is why you need a Democrat in the White House:

John F. Kennedy/Lyndon Johnson = The Beatles, British Invasion, Motown's peak

Jimmy Carter = ABBA hitting #1 in America, disco, "Everybody talk about...pop music!"

Bill Clinton = Ace Of Base, Real McCoy, NSync, Spice Girls, Take That, Backstreet Boys, Britney, Robyn

That's right—just used The Beatles and Ace Of Base in a similar context. Maybe I should hire a security detail?

Down at #10, the All-American Rejects score their third Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100. So here's my AAR story: In November 2003, I was waiting in line to get into London's G-A-Y club. AAR had just finished performing at the Astoria, the venue where G-A-Y was held, and the band's equipment was being unloaded by some pulley system out a back loading dock in an alleyway.

Then the group all walked out and people were like, "Who's that?" Then someone said, "It's All-American Rejects."

Then, Mr. Brady, who was with me, went to take a leak in some weird outdoor port-a-potty thing that didn't have any doors—you just stand there and pee in it. So I took a picture of him. And that's my All-American Rejects Story.

Other shit going on: Britney Spears' "Circus" hovers at #11 for a third non-consecutive week after initially spending two weeks in the Top 10, Pussycat Dolls' "I Hate This Part" is #18, The Fray sucks, Veronicas are #21 with "Untouched," Pink is up seven to #25 with "Sober" and Ne-Yo's got a new Top 40 hit with "Mad," at #33.

On the album chart, Lady GaGa's The Fame climbs from #26 to a new high of #14. Just dance, Barack Obama.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa feat. Colby O'Donis *2 weeks*
2. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - Beyoncé
3. "Heartless" - Kanye West *airplay gainer*
4. "Live Your Life" - T.I. feat. Rihanna
5. "Love Story" - Taylor Swift
6. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
7. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
8. "Let It Rock" - Kevin Rudolf
9. "Womanizer" - Britney Spears
10. "Gives You Hell" - The All-American Rejects *sales gainer*

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