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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Lady Gaga Boots "Alejandro" Up The Chart, Performs On 'American Idol'

This week "OMG" becomes Usher's ninth #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, its steady climb thanks in no small part to him belting it out on American Idol recently. And while it's a marginally better song than Usher's last chart-topper "Love In This Club," it's still falls into that category of weak R&B/dance that includes hollow tunes like Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart," Jay Sean's "Down" and anything by Jason Derulo. It's kind of like there's a cake in front of us, but it's all icing with nothing underneath.

Moving on to sexier jams, Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" jumps up four positions to #16. And like Usher, last night Gaga performed the Ace Of Base-esque jam on American Idol. Now, maybe it's just me, but it didn't really seem to work in that setting. Something about the whole performance was a bit off.

It is good to see Gaga scandalizing the Idol set with such an arty display.

Moving on, La Roux slide up to #29 with "Bulletproof." Now here's a group that needs to go onto American Idol, so they can finally kick this single into hit territory.

And speaking of singles that could use a boost, Christina Aguilera's video premiere last week for "Not Myself Tonight" bumps the song up a mere three positions on the Hot 100 to #46. That said, I still like it. Let's just hope she's got a killer ballad waiting in the wings for single number two.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "OMG" - Usher feat. will.i.am *1 week*
2. "Nothin' On You" - B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
3. "Rude Boy" - Rihanna
4. "Break Your Heart" - Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
5. "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum
6. "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train
7. "Airplanes" - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
8. "Your Love Is My Drug" - Ke$ha
9. "In My Head" - Jason Derulo
10. "Young Forever" - Jay-Z feat. Mr Hudson

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