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Sunday, March 22, 2009

'Love etc.' Becomes The Pet Shop Boys' 40th U.K. Top 20 Single, Lady GaGa Tops Chart

After an aggravating week of not being able to find the Pet Shop Boys' two-track CD single for "Love etc." (featuring B-side "Gin & Jag") in stock at British online retailers, wouldn't you know it—I happened upon it here in L.A. yesterday, on import for $5.98 at Amoeba Records. That's D'luv grabbing the only copy the store had, above.

And so "Love etc." has today become the Pets' 40th Top 20 single in their home country, debuting at #14. I'm including the 1994 "Absolutely Fabulous" comic relief single and Robbie Williams' "She's Madonna" (technically billed as Robbie Williams & Pet Shop Boys) in there.

Of course, it would have been nicer to be writing about the Pet Shop Boys 22nd Top 10 single. Alas, said distribution problems probably didn't help matters, and so the duo's May 2006 release "I'm With Stupid" remains their last Top 10 to date.

Other singles from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe that have charted at #14 in England over the past 15 years include "Liberation" (1994), "Single-Bilingual" (1996), "New York City Boy" (1999) and "Home And Dry" (2002).

On a side note, there's Xenomania honcho Brian Higgins, who co-wrote and produced "Love etc.", to the right. Quite easy on the eyes, no?

Elsewhere, Lady GaGa achieves her second British #1 this week with "Poker Face," and Boyzone wonk Ronan Keating tops the album chart with his snoozy Mother's Day tie-in, Songs For My Mother.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Poker Face" - Lady GaGa *1 week*
2. "Right Round" - Flo Rida feat. Kesha
3. "Islands In The Stream" - Rob Brydon & Ruth Jones
4. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Saturdays
5. "Love Story'" - Taylor Swift
6. "Dead And Gone" - T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake
7. "My Life Would Suck Without You" - Kelly Clarkson
8. "Beautiful" - Akon feat. Kardinal Offishall & Colby O'Donis
9. "Halo" - Beyonce
10. "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon

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  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    A better result would have been nice, for sure (and it says a lot about those distribution problems that you had an easier time finding the single in L.A. than in the UK), but at least it's an OK one. Is it completely unrealistic to hope for an even better position for their next single?

  • At 7:39 PM, Blogger AcerBen said…

    I'm not a particular PSB fan but I'm quite disappointed Love etc. hasn't done better. It's only really made it as high as 14 due to their fanbase. I thought it was going to be their first genuine hit in years.

    BTW if you wouldn't mind removing your link for Pop Unlimited and replacing it for one for my new blog Throw The Groove Down http://throwthegroovedown.blogspot.com I'd be grateful :) thanks

  • At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Johnny D said…

    It's disappointing but not entirely unexpected - the sound was a real departure. I think they would have released a real stomper up first.

    Although I think they've slowly morphed into an albuyms band - I think Yes will do well for them.

    Just so you know the distribution problems aren't just uk-based. I don't think Love etc even got a physical release in Australia, and HMV was out of stock of Yes, and had no idea of the Limited Edition.

  • At 4:43 AM, Anonymous rcloy said…

    Love the fact the Gaga is reigning the top at the UK chart. *feel so sick with Right Round*.
    Yup that guy is kinda hot.

  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger John said…

    For them being so far along in their career, a #14 debut is a pretty amazing feat. Disappointing I know, but folks like the Human League would kill for that type of chart placement at this point in their career.

  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    Christ on a bike, Higgins is fucking hot.

  • At 11:31 AM, Anonymous don albert said…

    Their record company, like Kylie's on her last album, has a lot to answer for. Tragic. Its a great song. Their best in a decade at least.

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