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Thursday, June 03, 2010

La Roux Go Top 10, Lee DeWyze Has A Chart Fail And It's Weird To See Will Young On The Hot 100

It's better late than never with La Roux. I joked on April Fool's Day that the British duo managed to climb to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their single "Bulletproof"—thinking then such a feat seemed like a long shot. But two months later, the former 2009 UK #1 is a bona fide U.S. Top 10 hit, as it now finds itself parked at #8. Never thought it would happen.

But at least La Roux aren't as Johnny-come-lately as Will Young, whose 2003 UK #1 "Leave Right Now" debuts at #81, after his live performance of the ballad during American Idol's finale week.

And speaking of Idol, this year's winner Lee DeWyze has posted the worst debut ever for a lead single from a reigning contestant. His lackluster of "Beautiful Day" sounded dreary when he performed it on the show, and so it's no surprise that the recorded version of it has gone in at #24

Yesterday Billboard reported the following:
Last year, winner Kris Allen sold 134,000 downloads of the original tune "No Boundaries" in its first week, entering at No. 4. Runner-up Adam Lambert's best-seller was his redux of Tears for Fears' "Mad World" with 115,000 (No. 7). Each of the two gents posted five debuts on the Digital Songs chart.

Two years ago, champion David Cook moved 236,000 of "The Time of My Life" (No. 1) while second-placer David Archuleta's biggest single during finale week was his cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" (71,000; No. 16). Cook wowed the list with 14 individual debuts, while Archuleta managed three.
So maybe it's the fact that Lee was given a cover for the first time in the show's history, as opposed to the usual abominable dirge ballad that's crafted each your for the winner? Runner-up Crystal Bowersox is probably screaming into her dreads right now too, since her cover of "Up To The Mountain" debuted outside the Top 40 at #57.

Time, perhaps, to put the show out of its misery?

Speaking of which, in the song's seventh week on the Hot 100, Christina Aguilera's "Not Myself Tonight" finds itself at a rather un-hookertastic #95.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "OMG" - Usher feat. will.i.am *4 weeks*
2. "California Gurls" - Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg 
3. "Airplanes" - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
4. "Your Love Is My Drug" - Ke$ha
5. "Break Your Heart" - Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
6. "Alejandro" - Lady Gaga
7. "Nothin' On You" - B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
8. "Bulletproof" - La Roux
9. "Hey Soul Sister" - Train
10. "Not Afraid" - Eminem

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  • At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Poor Christina. Her comebacks are always a bit lackluster. SMFH. Maybe if she didn't go away every five years she would actually chart well.

    YAY FOR LA ROUX. But that's completely unexpected, like WTF.

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Stipe said…

    Flopping like crazy? Actually, Xtina, pet, you're EXACTLY yourself tonight!

  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger Fritz Liess said…

    Maybe Paula Abdul knew something about American pop music afterall. Just a thought.

  • At 12:16 AM, Anonymous shaun said…

    So awesome re La Roux...if you are pure of heart and you ask the Great Spaghetti Monster for something selflessly, incomprehensible acts of wonder can happen!

    Oh, Pontiff of Pasta, please whisk Ke$ha away to an alternate dimension...anoint her a hell hound charged with torturing those who commit the most egregious of sins -- wearing acid washed denim, watching the Transformers movies on purpose, talking in theaters. Thy will be done al dente!

    Yes, I had wine...

  • At 1:01 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    I'll have three of what Shaun's having!

  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    yay for Will :) And did you know that a tiny little tween boyband covered No Boundaries on Britain's Got Talent. It was all sorts of cute mixed with all sorts of awful. Google them. Think they were called Connected... It made me want to do Kris Allen.

  • At 3:38 PM, Blogger Mel said…

    La Roux. Top Ten.

    ::passes out::

    Oh, I need some lemonade. First a free birthday gift at Sephora, then tickets to see Robyn/Kelis and now this. Such an amazing weekend.

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    After a month of rejection, Not Myself Tonight has finally hooked itself into my brain and I can't stop singing the chorus.

    I hate that La Roux is now breaking into top 10 months after I am sick of that song!

    Oh US of America, you are retarded.


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