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Sunday, March 07, 2010

For Alphabeat In The UK, The Beat Was...

Props to Tinie Tempah for nabbing the #1 position on the UK singles chart this week with "Pass Out." But while there's certainly room in the market for another London MC—albeit one who name-drops Heidi Montag and Audrina Patridge in their jam—I say eff that; Alphabeat should really have been the ones on top.

Alas, after debuting at a highly lackluster #29 last week with the exceptionally-underrated "Hole In My Heart," Danish pop maestros Alphabeat plunge another 10 spots to #39 this week. Ironically, that's the same position on the album chart that the band's full LP The Beat Is... has debuted at. Oh, England—where did you hide away your pop heart?

Note to Alphabeat: please release "DJ" as your next UK single and hold a gun to every major radio programmer's head till they A-list that shit.

Elsewhere, Boyzone's sad Mika-written "Gave It All Away"—the video for which is a tribute to late member Stephen Gately—debuts at #9, giving the Irish boy band their second UK Top 10 single since reuniting. (The single hit #1 in Ireland.)

Elsewhere, Daisy Dares You enters at #13 with her Chipmunk'd up "Number One Enemy," and Ellie Goulding, who's "Starry Eyed" hangs in at #4 for a second week, lands her Lights LP at the top of the album chart.

And I'm still glum over Alphabeat....

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Pass Out" - Tinie Tempah *new* *1 week*
2. "Rude Boy" - Rihanna
3. "In My Head" - Jason Derulo
4. "Starry Eyed" - Ellie Goulding
5. "You Got The Dirtee Love" - Florence And The Machine/Dizzee Rascal
6. "Empire State Of Mind (Part II)" - Alicia Keys
7. "If We Ever Meet Again" - Timbaland feat. Katy Perry
8. "Never Be Your Woman" - Naught Boy/Wiley feat. Emile Sande *new*
9. "Gave It All Away" - Boyzone *new*
10. "Parachute" - Cheryl Cole

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  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger duanemoody.com said…

    Agreed about DJ; that song is AMAZING, and anyone that ignores that is shit.

  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger Edward O said…

    "DJ" is fine, I mean the whole album's great - much more consistent than the first one (if lacking anything as joyously transcendent as "Fascination" and the original mix of "What Is Happening?"). But the correct single is "The Right Thing", not that this is going to happen.

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger Jump! said…


    when you a future blog I predict you will think otherwise on Alphabeat. Their 2nd album is a lot of fun but you quickly forget about it.

  • At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Am I the only one a bit disappointed in the second album? I like the music, but it's a very different sound than the first (and maybe it's not what people expected, thus lower chart perfomance). And lyrically, where the first album was full of interesting turns of phrases, these songs are so repetitive. The first verses are often just repeated as the second. And why is Anders absent on vocals on so many songs?

  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger countpopula said…

    I have to say Alphabeat deserved better, and hopefully this is a slow burn situation. Maybe the problem lies in the fact that the album leaked so long ago and many people forgot, but as someone who just heard it for the first time this week, it baffles me how it has underperformed. There are catchy songs galore, and the recent single was much better than anybody seems to be giving it credit for. You are right that DJ should set the album alight again. The Right Thing, Heat Wave, Always Up With You--all great. Personal fave that won't be a single--Chess. I also felt their first album was weak after the midpoint--no problem like that here.

  • At 7:55 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    I'd be quite happy for DJ to be the next single - surely Hole should have done much better :( It's a really consistently good album and I'm sad at it's lack of success :(

  • At 11:23 PM, Blogger Scooter said…

    No love for Sharleen Spiteri's debuts this week? WTSF! (Why the sad face!)

  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Alphabeat are lame. I hope they're flushed down pop's stinking dumpster faster than you can say Appleton.


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