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Sunday, November 08, 2009

When Did Snow Patrol Suddenly Become Infinitely More Exciting Than JLS?

Former X Factor snooze boy band JLS land their second #1 on the U.K. singles chart this week with "Everybody In Love"—a boring-to-the-point-of-being-offensive affair that makes their previous derivative single, "Beat Again," sound like Debussy by comparison.

The only thing remotely interesting about this all is that now producer J.R. Rotem has the distinction of having the #1 single in both Britain and the U.S. (with Jason DeRulo's "Whatcha Say.")

Moving on, Snow Patrol's "Just Say Yes" debuts at #15. The surprisingly synthy number is one of three new songs included on the band's upcoming hits collection—though the track was originally written for Gwen Stefani, who apparently rejected it, a few years back. (It was next offered to Nicole Scherzinger for her eventually-scrapped album.)

I haven't liked Snow Patrol for two albums now, but "Just Say Yes" is undeniable shimmery pop goodness! See what you think:

Moving on, Calvin Harris' "Flashback"—a truly hit-worthy single—suffers the fate of only scraping up to #18 in the week of its official release. Oh, well, Calvin. You'll always have "I'm Not Alone."

Meanwhile, what ever happened to The Saturdays' Wordshaker? Strippers, you gotta stay on the pole if you want the cash! Last week Wordshaker slid from #40 to #57 on the album chart in only its third week on shelves. And this week? C-YA!

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Everybody In Love" - JLS *new* *1 week*
2. "Fight For This Love" - Cheryl Cole
3. "Meet Me Halfway" - The Black Eyed Peas
4. "Down" - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
5. "Bad Boys" - Alexandra Burke feat. Flo Rida
6. "TiK ToK" - Kesha *new*
7. "Haven't Met You Yet" - Michael Buble
8. "What About Now" - Westlife
9. "End Credits" - Chase & Status *new*
10. Bad Romance" - Lady GaGa

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  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    I haven't listened to Snow Patrol yet, but i will now. I like JLS well enough and have a lot of good will for them from supporting them through x factor last year and fancying Marvin. But the album is horribly cheesy in parts and they need to watch that. It's very NKOTB "girl" fixation circa 1989. The big news is that the best track on Paolo's album vaults up to 17. Hurrah!

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    I love Snow Patrol previous two album, esp Eyes Open. Hm.. Just Say Yes is definitely a different type of song from their usual stuff. Not necessary a bad thing. =)
    Go Gaga!

  • At 11:57 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I've heard "Just Say Yes" on actual American radio three times so far, which I NEVER thought would happen. It's always a nice surprise, though.

    "Ego" is a solid second single choice for the Saturdays, but they're in a tough position--releasing in the next few weeks would mean competing with a bunch of big releases, but the longer you wait the more you'll struggle to reclaim some sort of momentum.

  • At 3:41 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Poor Nicole Pussyflap. She must be raging right now that she did not get to release Say Yes as a single. Stupid label suits.

  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger Courtney C said…

    Snow Patrol Package Giveaway from LP33.tv!



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