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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Leighton Meester: Bad Girl Done 'Good'

Oh, Leighton Meester—it was last August when I fell hard for Gossip Girl, having watched the entire Season 1 DVD in three days. That was just some good television, no? Season 2, not nearly as superb, I gotta admit. It picked up about seven episodes in, but was just overall kind of blah.

That said, Leighton warbles on Cobra Starship's pop hit "Good Girls Go Bad," which this week enters the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles at #10. Might this be a precursor to Leighton's supposed singing career? Maybe it's a good sign that she'll succeed, where so many other of TV's aspiring ho's (Heidi Montag, Hayden Panettiere, Joey Lawrence, etc.) have flizz-opped!

Elsewhere, kudos to Mariah Carey for breathing new life into "Obsessed" like a lifeguard performing CPR on a waterlogged hooker. This week, the singles rises three positions to #14. Maybe "Obsessed" will be like Chris Brown's "Forever," which initially debuted high last spring, then fell for awhile until radio caught on and helped to elevate it all the way up to #2.

Another jam that dropped then flew back up is Shakira's "She Wolf," which scurries like a rabid Twilight tween at the sight of Taylor Lautner up from #41 to #21.

Meanwhile, poor Ting Tings. They had one brief week in the Top 40 when they inched up to #39 on the previous chart, and have now dropped to #41. What were those immortal words Ace Of Base taught us, kids? That's right—life is demanding without understanding.

On a final note, David Guetta and Akon's classy "Sexy Bitch" debuts at #56 (while, Guetta and Kelly Rowland's "When Love Takes Over" languishes at #82), and Michelle Branchawww, good memories from '02 of her first album—pops in at #93 with new single "Sooner Or Later."
Goodbye to you, goodbye to everything that I knew...

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas *6 weeks*
2. "Best I Ever Had" - Drake
3. "You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift
4. "Knock You Down" - Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo
5. "Use Somebody" - Kings Of Leon
6. "Down" - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
7. "Fire Burning" - Sean Kingston
8. "Boom Boom Pow" - The Black Eyed Peas
9. "LoveGame”" - Lady Gaga
10. "Good Girls Go Bad" - Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester

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