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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Script Have A Song Just Boring Enough To Crack The American Chart

We're well into the time of year now where the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 chart remain as flat as a tomboy hooker through about mid-January, so let's instead turn our attention outside the Top 10.

Kelly Clarkson
's highly controversial "Already Gone" crawls up one more position this week to #13. Yesterday I drove to my eye doctor in Santa Monica after work to pick up my contact lenses and played this song about four times in a row, finally giving the lyrics and the melody a good, hard listen. My new contacts are super, by the way.

Way down at #96, Irish trio The Script crack the chart with "Breakeven," a single that was initially released last year overseas.

I really wanted to like this band way back, but they're just so...Fray-ish.

Over on the Top 200 Albums chart, Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream spends a second week at #1, and has now sold 1.23 million copies in just 14 days. Billboard says that makes her set of warble-ready standards the tenth best-selling album of the year so far.

Lady Gaga drops from #5 to #13 with The Fame Monster, while The Fame—some copies of which have The Fame Monster packaged with it—replaces the former at #5. Rihanna, who doesn't have any double-packaged album excuses, falls from #3 to #16 with Rated R.

And finally, without a smash hit single yet to either of their names, Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment drops from #3 to #21 in its second week, while Kris Allen's self-titled album is faring even worse at #52.

Sorry, boys. Looks like you should've F'd Susan Boyle for tracks.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Empire State Of Mind" - Jay-Z feat. Alica Keys *4 weeks*
2. "Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
3. "TiK ToK" - Kesha
4. "Replay" - Iyaz
5. "Fireflies" - Owl City
6. "Whatcha Say" - Jason DeRulo
7. "Sexy Chick" - David Guetta feat. Akon
8. "Meet Me Halfway" - The Black Eyed Peas
9. "3" - Britney Spears
10. "Down" - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne

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  • At 11:21 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Poor Script. I actually think they're brilliant but can become very generic at times. I've lost my appetite for their music now but 'Breakeven' is really a good song.

    SuBo, she's the cutest thing around isn't she? Well,as much as I think she's not meant for this kind of popularity, her album sales are doing so well that she just might buy a mansion in Cali-- if she can handle being away from her Blackburn buddies. (connection?)

    Anyways, I'm not surprised with Rihanna's position. 'Rated R' isn't definitely Rihanna's finest but sounds like some demon catching up to her and making her look like a transvestite from the 80's. I want the old Riri back.

  • At 11:23 AM, Anonymous shaun said…

    So, D'Luv, have you come around to being okay with the glacially rising "Already Gone"...or, are we to take it that you hate it even more after listening to the lyrics? ;o) As I've made clear in prior comments, I'm a fan -- certainly like it better that the trite "Halo"...

  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    I really like The Script song, definitely sounds better than the Fray for me :D

    Halo suxs, Already Gone is way better. Nuff said.

  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger undisco_me said…

    There is such a distinction between the local and international perception of Susan Boyle - when we hear stories about her singing in local chip shops we think 'crazy' but everyone else thinks 'awww'. I can't deny I don't love it when her true colours show - when she lifted her skirt on the Britain's Got Talent final it was gawd-awful amazing.

    Oh and I totally have it bad for The Script's lead singer. The man is beautiful.

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    the american idol boys album sales show that people who vote on these shows (and x factor) have no care about what happens once someone wins. The majority are swept up in the moment of the show and then move on. Which is why dull Joe will win in the UK this year (and probably have me eating my words by having a massive selling album next year with the exact same tracklisting as SuBo Wrestler). Yes I know Alexandra has done ok, and Leona too but they also seem to have had a LOT more money invested in them than the idol boys.

  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger HIP HOP said…





  • At 8:25 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    Oh, I have to admit, I LIKE the Script! I think I even had them on some of my lists last year.

    I don't think Dluv has come around to liking Already Gone!

  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Hey Ken, I really wanted to like the Script, but just kinda found them a bit too watered down. That said, I've haven't given their whole album a full listen.

    Shaun & rcLoy, I'm pretty much indifferent to 'Halo' and 'AG'. They're okay when they come on in the background, but I don't seek them out to play. 'My Life Would Suck Without You'is more my speed.

    Undisco Me, wait...she lifted her skirt on BGT? [*reaches for YouTube and a towel*]

    Paul, good point. But, really, Kris Allen should just start doing porn already. It'd be much more lucrative for him at this point.

    XO, did you? I don't recall. You have so many lists, it's hard (really hard) to get a tight grip on you.

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