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Sunday, July 19, 2009

JLS...Where Have We Heard That Beat, Again?

Last month we reviewed new boy band JLS' debut single "Beat Again" over on the Pop Trash Addicts Pop Panel. Here's what I had to say about it then:
"This follows the perfect boy band formula—minimal melody but one brief, catchy hook tucked away in the chorus (in this case, the 'won't beat again, it's killing me' bit). I'd dock it a point for so blatantly ripping off Kardinal Offishall's 'Dangerous,' but...what a great song to cop from! 4/5"
Anyway, this week the 2008 X Factor runner-ups top the U.K. chart with "Beat Again." Here's the official vid:

Elsewhere, at #7 comes Chicane's rather groovy reworking of Sigur Rós' "Hoppipolla," called "Poppihola." It's the Brit musician's first Top 10 hit since his 2006 single "Stoned In Love"—both of which are tied for his highest entry since 2000's U.K. chart-topper "Don't Give Up." Now that song makes me feel old.

On a final note, the Saturdays slip two positions to #37 with "Work." I'm eagerly awaiting their new material. Hopefully it won't sound like five alley cats moaning into an AutoTune mic atop overproduced R&B horseshit.

I mean, that's what we have JLS for...

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Beat Again" - JLS *1 week*
2. "Evacuate The Dancefloor" - Cascada
3. "Bulletproof" - La Roux
4. "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
5. "Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga
6. "When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
7. "Poppiholla" - Chicane
8. "Man In The Mirror" - Michael Jackson
9. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - Pitbull
10. "Diamond Rings" - Chipmunk feat. Emeli Sande

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  • At 10:26 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Your description of "Work" is so spot on. It's dull and boring and only ten instead of 20 times better than Girls Aloud.

    That JLS track is so WRONG. But you, Paul and CC Martini (LOL) have been proved correct! I think the message here is - don't fuck with CC!

  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    JLS has some hot black menz in it

  • At 3:51 AM, Anonymous site said…

    The guy is definitely right, and there's no question.


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