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Thursday, March 04, 2010

I Can't Believe Rihanna Managed Three Top 10 Singles Off Joyless Dirgefest 'Rated R'

Really, the title of this post says it all. "Rude Boy" climbs up from #23 to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Not surprising, since everytime I turn on the damn radio, that Rihanna jam is playing.

And, really, I'm not complaining—it's actually the first single choice off the cheerless Rated R that I like. Releasing "Russian Roulette" first was the equivalent of throwing a wet towel on a dead hooker on fire. And "Hard" was a depressing four minutes in search of a melody.

Yes, "Rude Boy" I can get behind. But let's speed up the inevitable album re-release with a "Please Don't Stop The Music" or two tacked on, baby. 'Cause Ke$ha is stealing your party thunder.

Taio Cruz lands his first American hit as "Break Your Heart" debuts at #52 (no doubt aided by the inclusion of Ludacris on the song). And, yeah—I'm calling this single a hit already, because it was added to iTunes two days ago and is already #1 there. Looks like following the Jay Sean/"Down" formula of tacking a rapper onto a Brit singer's U.S. debut = smasheroo!

The Usual Suspects: A quick rundown of some of of pop's current slow pokes finds Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone" up from #14 to #12 (video premiering Monday!), The Script cracking the Top 20 at #19 with "Breakeven," Adam Lambert up four notches to #24 with "Whataya Want From Me" and OneRepublic clawing their way to #25 with "All The Right Moves" in the song's 21st week on the Hot 100.

Over on the album chart, Sade's Soldier Of Love is #1 for a third week, bringing its sales total to over 800,000 copies.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Imma Be" - The Black Eyed Peas *2 weeks*
2. "Bedrock" - Young Money feat. Lloyd
3. "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum
4. "TiK ToK" - Ke$ha
5. "Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
6. "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train
7. "How Low" - Ludacris
8. "Rude Boy" - Rihanna
9. "Say Aah" - Trey Songz feat. Fabolous
10. "In My Head" - Jason Derulo

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  • At 6:14 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    "The equivalent of throwing a wet towel on a dead hooker on fire" -- I think the NY Times said the exact same thing about that one.

  • At 6:34 AM, Blogger rcLoy said…

    I feel the exact same way about Rihanna's stuff. Can we get back the party Rihanna back? Someone gotta stop Ke-dollasign-ha.


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