dispatches from the pop scene...minus the corn syrup.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Katy Perry's "E.T." Video Is Pretty Awesome

I've had my misgivings with Katy Perry and her seeming lack of sincerity with her whipped-cream-tits career in the past, but with the visually-stunning video for her single "E.T."—which is #1 on the Hot 100 this week—the teenage dreamer appears to have finally given in to the idea of making some classy art for once!

I will say one last time that Kanye West is so unnecessary on "E.T." (he does not feature on the original album version). Still, director Floria Sigismondi does a good job of relegating him to the background.

Anyway, there's something altogether creepy about Katy here, particularly the scene where she's floating toward the fallen robot and her head lurches forward. Then there's the bit where she kisses the robot, her deer legs are revealed and the alien boy's butt is shown.

Pretty rad video for one of the standout songs from Teenage Dream.

I imagine there will be numerous comparison's to Lady Gaga's equally-spacey "Born This Way" video. But I'm Team Katy in this case. "E.T." is far more colorful, and much less depressing.


U.S. Chart Roundup: Katy Perry Has Had More #1 Singles Now Than Britney Spears

Katy Perry's "E.T." jumps to #1 on the Hot 100 this week, thus becoming her fourth consecutive chart-topping single off Teenage Dream, and fifth song to reach the peak on the chart overall. (Yes, folks, Katy Perry has had more #1s than Lady Gaga. And Pink. And Britney Spears.)

"E.T." also gives Swedish songwriter/producer Max Martin an 11th chart-topping hit in the U.S., and his first since Weaveney's "Hold It Against Me" debuted at #1 in January. Katy's latest addictive slice of trash was co-produced by Dr. Luke and Ammo, and one can't help but wonder if Max and Luke have reached the point of complete over-saturation in the pop market at this point? You really can't throw a wadded up gum wrapper at the chart without hitting a "Raise Your Glass" here, a "Dynamite" there or a "Price Tag" up Jessie J's thong.

Oh, well, speaking of Wigney, Dr. Luke and Max Martin, "Till The World Ends" makes a slight rebound and moves up one position to #22 in its third week on the Hot 100. And outside the Top 40, soul legend Rebecca Black climbs from #72 to #58 with her instant funk classic "Friday."

Over on the Top 200 album chart, Duran Duran's All You Need Is Now re-enters at #29 after the release of the physical CD, and marks the British band's highest-charting album since Astronaut reached #17 in 2004.

A bit further down, Ke$ha's I Am The Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance: The Remix Album sticks a dollar bill between its teeth, bends over and debuts at #36.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West *1 week*
2. "S&M" - Rihanna
3. "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
4. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
5. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
6. "No Sleep" - Wiz Khalifa *new*
7. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
8. "Fuckin' Perfect" - Pink
9. "Down On Me" - Jeremih feat. 50 Cent
10. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Relive The Highs, Lows And Total WTFs Of Britney Spears' Bumpy Past Week

In just one week, Britney Spears has drawn a line in the proverbial pop sand and divided her followers—all by being just, well, Britney Spears. After a period of seclusion over the past two months, this broad was suddenly all over the place.

Let's recap:

1. On Friday, Wigney performed at Rain nightclub in the Palms resort in Las Vegas. Lip syncing, lazy dancing, lack of on-stage banter with audience? Check, check, check!

2. Two days later the Weaved One hauled her big fat bass to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (rain caused her to head indoors and protect her wig, rather than go forward with a planned outdoor gig in The Castro). Same set as Vegas.

3. Rugney's seventh studio album (and best, most cohesive so far) Femme Fatale hit U.S. iTunes at midnight on Monday night, and by morning overtook Songs For Japan as the top download.

4. Mimeney's San Fran performance aired Tuesday on Good Morning America, during which she told host Robin Roberts she'd be heading out on a North American tour with Enrique Iglesias this summer. Haters and fans alike called the entire half-assed appearance a career low.

5. Oopsney! Hours later, news came that Enrique had pulled out of the joint tour. Word on the street was that the Latin heartthrob felt he wouldn't be getting enough cash/equal billing. And just why would she need him anyway? Didn't the Circus Tour rake it in two years ago? Has Lethargicney really become so lazy that she needs someone else to entertain her audience?

6. Next the world was thrown into utter chaos when Rivalney was tweeted at in a well-meaning manner by Christina Aguilera: "Hey @BritneySpears Congrats on Femme Fatale release! Can't wait to see what you bring in the next video. xo" [Careful, Wigwamney—that ho probably wants to borrow money or a yacht or something.]

7. Tweetney later wrote back to Xtina: "Thanks @TheRealXtina. Can't wait to watch you on your new show. Hope we get to hear that voice on The Voice." [I'm chalking that up as a slam!]

8. Tuesday night, ABCney did a funny skit with the dorks from Jackass on Jimmy Kimmel Live, wherein she gets bungie-launced into the air while inside a port-o-potty. She also did a half-funny skit with Kimmel. Redemption for GMA!

9. More chaos! Did Braveney actually flip her mic on while singing "Hold It Against Me" for the  Kimmel crowd?

10. On Wednesday afternoon, Hits Daily Double projected that Femme Fatale will indeed become Cashney's sixth #1 album next week, after guesstimated sales of about 275,000 to 300,000 copies. That's a far cry from the 505,000 Spears' last LP Circus sold out of the gate, and more on par with the first-week numbers Blackout—her only album to not reach #1—did in fall 2007. (Of course, the damn thing did leak two-and-a-half weeks early.) We shall wait and see.

Anyway, here's "Scary," a Fraser T. Smith-produced bonus track on the Japanese version of Femme Fatale that clearly should have been on the album proper:


Jennifer Lopez's New Single "I'm Into You" Doesn't Exactly Suck, Either

First Jennifer Lopez's surprise comeback hit "On The Floor" didn't suck (though, don't get me started on the video). And then that "Invading My Mind" song Lady Gaga and RedOne generously worked on together for the American Idol judge showed even more promise with regards to J.Lo's upcoming Love? album.

And now we have "I'm Into You," which, despite the lyrically uninspired rap from Lil Wayne, somehow doesn't exactly make me want to force a rusty railroad tie into the front of my skull either.

Below is the official 30-second tease of the song. I'd post the full thing, but it's been getting yanked down left and right all day.

"I'm Into You" will be tossed onto iTunes next week (April 5). A press release issued today notes that Love? (out May 3) features production work by RedOne, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Danja, D-Mile and Radio.

In addition to "Invading My Mind, Lady Gaga co-wrote the song "Hypnotico" for the album.

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Robyn Covers The Music Issue Of 'Elle'

Nice to see Robyn getting some decent exposure! The Swede-pop pixie, who topped Chart Rigger's year-end 10 Best Pop Singles lists in both 2007 and 2010 graces the cover of fashion mag Elle's upcoming "music issue," which will also highlight Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Willow Smith and Florence Welch, among others, inside.

The music edition of Elle hits newsstands on April 11.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Katy Perry's "E.T." Video Coming This Thursday

The music video for Katy Perry's seventh Top 10 U.S. single "E.T." is set to premiere this Thursday evening at 7:53 p.m. on MTV, after a "first look" at the clip will be given the night before on Entertainment Tonight. (Hey! Entertainment Tonight, "E.T."—I get it!)

Floria Sigismond (Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole," Christina Aguilera's "Fighter") directed the clip for the Max Martin/Dr. Luke-produced jam. Shame about the whole Kanye West inclusion on the single version of the song.


Miguel Covers Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," Sings Live For Some Odd Reason

Smooth R&B/pop/rock stud Miguel performed a cover of his Jive labelmate Britney Spears' hit "Hold It Against Me" for Billboard's Mashup Mondays series. But, silly Miguel—first of all, he was singing live. Can you imagine? And then he didn't even use Auto Tune or a backing track under his real voice.

Nice try, Miguel, but honestly...

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Rihanna's Ass And Rihanna Cover 'Rolling Stone'

If you tore a single back pocket off a pair of jeans and then tried to slap it across your naked butt, you'd already have way more clothes on than Rihanna does on the cover of the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.

But I get it. Her ass is her weapon. It's a political statement. Viva la revolution.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: Adele And Susan Boyle Wish They Had Half The Vocal Talent Of Steps

Status quo on the UK chart this week, save for the crap Comic Relief version of "I Know Him So Well" (in at #11) by Peter Kay and Susan Boyle. Sorry, though — the only version worth listening to is still the one by soul icons Steps.

Adele's 21 is the #1 UK album for the ninth week in a row, as her ballad "Someone Like You" returns to the top of the single chart for a fifth non-consecutive run.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Someone Like You" - Adele *5 weeks*
2. "Don't Hold Your Breath" - Nicole Scherzinger
3. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
4. "Gold Forever" - The Wanted
5. "Price Tag" - Jessie J feat. B.o.B
6. "S&M (Come On)" - Rihanna
7. "Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa
8. "I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey
9. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
10. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Watch Britney Spears' "Live" Performance At Rain Nighclub In Las Vegas

Weaveney Spears generously performed an exhausting set of three whole songs at Rain nightclub in Las Vegas' Palms casino and resort last night—Femme Fatale's "Hold It Against Me," "Big Fat Bass" and "Till The World Ends."

But let's just answer the question on everyone's minds: Oops!...They Forgot To Turn On Lipsyncney's Mic Again. At least it was a lot more actual dancing than we got to see in the HIAM video. (Of course, Britney getting up and making a sandwich would have been more movement than we saw from her in that clip...)

Marvel at Her Wigship below. The performance was taped for MTV for a special set to coincide with next week's release of Femme Fatale, so expect classier clips this week.

"Big Fat Bass"

"Hold It Against Me"

"Till The World Ends"


Friday, March 25, 2011

Lady Gaga Offers Up Honky Tonk "Country Road Version" Of "Born This Way"

Today Lady Gaga served up the "Country Road Version" of her smash "Born This Way." Maybe she's trying to appeal to the demo that still pays for music (though she really needn't bother — the single has been #1 for six weeks running).

Really, this sounds more blues than country to me, but whatev. In addition to a new version, there are also some new lyrics. "If I wanna make it country, baby, that's okay, 'cause I was born, I was born, I was born this way," Gaga sings. Next she adds, "From London, Paris, Japan, back to USA, yeah I was born on the road, I was born to be brave."

I think I like this.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Duran Duran Wrangle Kelis, Beth Ditto And David Lynch For VEVO "Unstaged" Gig

Duran Duran, whose All You Need Is Now was released on CD this week (compact iTunes version came out in December), staged a gig at L.A.'s Mayan Theater yesterday, which was shot by David Lynch and featured guests like Kelis and Beth Ditto. Trippy clips below.

"Notorious" (feat. Beth Ditto)

"The Man Who Stole A Leopard" (feat. Kelis)

"Come Undone" (feat. Kelis)

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U.S. Chart Roundup: Lady Gaga #1 For A Sixth Week, Britney Spears Plummets

While Lady Gaga notches a sixth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Born This Way," poor Weaveney Spears sees her single "Till The World Ends" drop from #9 to #23 in only its third week on the chart, following the leak of her album Femme Fatale.

Said album will finally have its official release this coming Tuesday, and it will be interesting to see how many Britney stans actually cough up the cash to buy (remember that word, chyldren?) the record, rather than just settle for their illegally-downloaded version.

"Loser Like Me," a Max Martin-co-written original song from Glee, enters the Hot 100 at #6. Pretty impressive this week, but like The Wig's jam, it'll drop faster than a three-dollar hooker in the presence of an oil tycoon with a bulging wallet and a loose zipper at a bachelor party in Vegas.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown weasels his way into the Top 10 for the first time in three years with "Look At Me Now" (#8). And speaking of stans, I remember stanning hard for "Forever," Breezy's last big hit. Too bad his latest antics (a violent offstage freak-out Tuesday at Good Morning America) further cement his douchebag status. And is anyone else irked to no end that his just-released album F.A.M.E. is going to be #1 next week (with possibly over 250,000 copies sold), according to Billboard?

Selene Gomez debuts down at #24 on the Hot 100 with new single "Who Says," which ties with "Round & Round" for her peak chart position. Still, neither of those so-so offerings stack up to her ultimate jam, "Naturally," in my book.

On a final note, soul goddess Rebecca Black (who Lady Gaga calls a "genius") debuts at #72 with her touching ode to the best day of the week, "Friday." Although, that's not true—Saturday's pretty good, too. Rebecca Black...YOU WHORE!!!!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga *6 weeks*
2. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
3. "S&M" - Rihanna
4. "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
5. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
6. "Loser Like Me" - Glee Cast *new*
7. "Fuckin' Perfect" - Pink
8. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown featt. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
9. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars
10. "Down On Me" - Jeremih feat. 50 Cent

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lady Gaga Gives "Judas" Single Details During Hour-Long Google Chat

Lady Gaga went to Google headquarters in Oakland, California yesterday and sat down—in a chair much higher than she had probably hoped for, hence her awkward posture and attempts to cover her Gaga bits the whole time—for a chat that covered various fan questions for over an hour.

I've posted the whole video below. Some of it's mundane, but a lot of what she covers is interesting—particularly when she discusses next Born This Way single "Judas" (which, apparently, 643 fans asked about when submitting questions).

"Actually, I can exclusively reveal here at Google that I will be making my directorial debut with [her choreographer] Laurieann Gibson, and directing this video with her ourselves," Gaga said. "It's no surprise, I'm sure, to many of you that Judas is a man of the Biblical senses. So expect to see some symbolism in this video."

She then revealed several lyrics to the song:

When he comes to me I am ready
I'll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times he betrays me
I'll bring him down
A king with no crown

Another hot quote dealt with newly-minted viral video star Rebecca Black, whose much-debated song "Friday" you can read about at Pop Trash Addicts.

"I think it's fantastic," Gaga, who hasn't seen the video, said about Black finding fame via YouTube. "I say Rebecca Black is a genius, and anyone that's telling her she's cheesy is full of shit!"

And there you have it.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Absolute Ear Candy: Pete Hammond Mix Of Kylie Minogue's "Put Your Hands Up"

No sooner did I go and mention the 2009 Pete Hammond mix of City Girls' "Make Up Your Mind" here the other day, did Kylie Minogue go and throw a lyrics video on YouTube for "Put Your Hands Up" which features...a Pete Hammond mix!

This is no doubt the closest we'll ever get to hearing Kylie produced by her original '80s/early '90s musical handlers Stock Aitken Waterman. So live it up!

As I noted on Idolator this afternoon, from the squiggly synths and the chugging NRG bass to the disco violins and retro font used for the lyrics, everything about this video has me reaching to dig out my Bananarama (and, of course, old-school Kylie) CDs!

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Aqua's Single "How R U Doin?" Now On U.S. iTunes

Aqua's new single "How R U Doin?" off their upcoming third album is now available for download at the U.S. iTunes store after initially being released across Europe last week.


A1 Release First Music Video In Nine Years: "Waiting For Daylight"

Aw, remember when A1 were releasing smash UK hit singles like "Be The First To Believe" and "Caught In The Middle"? Well, the late '90s and early '00s are over, and now the grown-up boy band (minus Paul Marazzi, who you might recall had formed his own band Snagsby) have an album out in Norway (home country of member Christian Ingebrigtsen) called Waiting For Daylight.

There have already been a few singles tossed out from the trio's latest LP, but the title track is apparently the first to have a music video produced for it. Sounds like the guys have gone all Elbow/Coldplay/Doves.


R.I.P. Loleatta Holloway

One of the most soulful, sampled voices in '80s and '90s dance music, Loleatta Holloway, died last night at the age of 64 following what the site Spinning Soul calls "a brief illness."

Loleatta had R&B/disco hits in the '70s with "Love Sensation" and "Hit And Run," but she was unwillingly sampled on Black Box's global 1989 hit "Right On Time" (a major musical influence on yours D'luvvly). She (hopefully) successfully sued their Italian asses and hopefully got tons of cash as a result.

Of course, here in the States we know Holloway best as the powerhouse voice featured on Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch's chart-topping 1991 single "Good Vibrations."

I'll just pretend it was those vocals that I used to get a jolt in my denim shorts over as a confused teen while watching that video.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: Now Nicole Scherzinger Can Afford To Buy More Leather And Thongs

I had to die laughing when I looked up Nicole Scherzinger's single "Don't Hold Your Breath" recently on Wikipedia and saw that I was quoted in the "Critical Response" section:
Robbie Daw from Idolator praised the song, based just on its demo. He said "Well, okay—we will allow that this song already sounds better than every Pussycat Dolls single combined."
Hot. And true! What I didn't know at the time is that "Don't Hold Your Breath" is co-produced by Rami Yacoub ("...Baby One More Time," "Oops!...I Did It Again," etc. etc.). No wonder it's such a top-notch jam. At any rate, the song has debuted at #1 on the UK singles chart today, thereby ending Adele's four-week reign with "Someone Like You." I really feel that "Don't Hold Your Breath" is like "Hold It Against Me" and "Born This Way," i.e. one of the first pop songs released in 2011 to make a pleasant impact.

That brings us to the latest pack of British strippers posing as pop stars, Parade. The quintet enter the chart this week at #10 with their debut single "Louder," which isn't entirely awful—it's just nowhere near as good as "Make Up Your Mind" (particularly the Pete Hammond Mix) by member Sian Charlesworth's former ho brigade City Girls.

Compare, pop chyldren:

Over on the UK album chart Adele is #1 again with 21 for an eighth week.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Don't Hold Your Breath" - Nicole Scherzinger *new* *1 week*
2. "Someone Like You" - Adele
3. "Gold Forever" - The Wanted *new*
4. "Price Tag" - Jessie J feat. B.o.B
5. "S&M (Come On)" - Rihanna
6. "Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa
7. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
8. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
9. "I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey
10. "Louder" - Parade *new*

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Listen To "Invading My Mind," Jennifer Lopez's Collab With RedOne And Lady Gaga

I have to admit, now that J.Lo has been washed up for about the past seven years, I'm actually liking her a lot better. She's a surprisingly able and tolerable judge on American Idol, her vapid dance hit "On The Floor" isn't as mind-numbingly annoying as some of her past hits and "Invading My Mind," her new collaboration with Lady Gaga and RedOne, is kind of a jam.

Who knew Her Thin-Voiceness could turn out something this semi-hot? This is apparently one of two songs Gaga and RedOne worked on together for Lopez's upcoming album Love?

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It's Take That's "Happy Now" Video

Take That's "Happy Now" music vid premiered last night, and this should have absolutely been the band's second (if not first) single release off Progress rather than the third. (The actual second single, "Kidz," peaked at a woeful #28 last month—their lowest chart placing for a UK single since "Once You've Tasted Love" scraped in at #47 20 years ago.)

At any rate, the video, a tie-in with the Red Nose Day, premiered last night after the Comic Relief charity's telethon, and it features comedians like that queen Alan Carr (who I love), David Walliams and Catherine Tate decked out like the That from past videos such as "Pray," "The Flood," "Love Ain't Here Anymore" and "Back For Good."

But most importantly, Howard Donald looks utterly bangable, once again.

Three-and-a-half more months till I see these hot pieces live in Italy!


Britney Spears Looks Like A Four-Dollar Hooker At Her "Till The World Ends" Video Shoot

And here you thought Lady Gaga looked bad on the cover of I-D magazine...

The Wig tweeted this photo of herself on the set of her "Till The World Ends" video shoot the other night, and she looks like she's channeling two different people right here: '80s slut-pop icon Samantha Fox, and the tranny hooker who tried to shank Moogaboo and I outside Pegasus back in '96.

Good times.

UPDATE: Some Weaveney stand tweeted at me after reading this, "And yet she still looks classier than you!" As if that takes much...


Alien Lady Gaga Lands On 'I-D' Magazine Cover

Lady Gaga, who's had the #1 single in the country for the past five weeks, is on the upcoming cover of Brit mag I-D's "Exhibitionist Issue." Mariano Vivanco shot the images, and Gaga was styled by Nicola Formichetti.

I'm not really crazy about the whole "alien/new life form" era of Gaga, but, hey—guys will stick it in anything, right?


Thursday, March 17, 2011

U.S. Chart Roundup: Britney Spears Lands Her Tenth Top 10 Single

Soulful vocal powerhouse Weaveney Spears is probably taking her wig off and hoisting it up on a pole in celebration today, as her latest single "Till The World Ends" has jumped from #20 to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and become her tenth Top 10 jam in the States.

That said, "Till The World Ends" has slid down the iTunes chart since her album Femme Fatale leaked last Friday, so The Wig had better enjoy her stay in the upper reaches of the chart while she can. Spearsney's singles that have peaked at #9 include "Oops!...I Did It Again" and "Toxic."

Have to cut it short there. I'm in Austin for SXSW, to do up the Idolator Pray For Pop party. Catch you tomorrow.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga *5 weeks*
2. "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
3. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
4. "S&M" - Rihanna
5. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
6. "Fuckin' Perfect" - Pink
7. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars
8. "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" - Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
9. "Till The World Ends" - Britney Spears
10. "Blow" - Ke$ha

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" Video

I seem to go in waves with the Black Eyed Peas. Sometimes, I want to strap them all to the front of an 18-wheeler and steer it off the nearest cliff. Other times, I find myself totally on board with their cheesy jams. And "Just Can't Get Enough" is one of those latter times.

The Peas shot the music video for their second single off The Beginning in Japan a week before last Friday's earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast coast of the island nation, and they've therefore dedicated the clip to "all the people of Japan."

Here 'tis:

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Robyn Joins The Teddybears For New Single "Cardiac Arrest"

Sometimes a song doesn't have to stand for something, mean anything, top a previous release or even stand apart from music by other artists. It just has to subtly-but-surely kick ass. And that's what Teddybears and Robyn's electro-pop jam "Cardiac Arrest" does.

Robyn's frequent collaborator Klas Åhlund ("Hang With Me") is a member of Teddybears. "Cardiac Arrest" is on iTunes. And this song is rad.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Rihanna Covers 'Vogue,' Lady Gaga Hits Up The Classiest Gay Bars In The Country

The April issue of Vogue featuring Rihanna is pretty stunning, and the mag seems to be on a total pop roll after featuring Lady Gaga on its March issue.

Speaking of which, Gaga hit up Dallas gay cowboy bar the Round-Up Saloon last night for the third time in the past three years, where she gave a surprise performance of "Born This Way"—aka the #1 single in the country for the fourth week in a row—ahead of her gig at the American Airlines Center tonight.

On Saturday night she performed alongside this classy drag queen at Louisville, Kentucky gay club Connections.

Why didn't this damn broad hit any of the Pittsburgh dives when I was back home two weeks ago to see her in concert?


Sunday, March 13, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: McFly McFlops

Adele maintains her stranglehold on the UK charts, as 21 is #1 on the album round-up for a seventh week and "Someone Like You" racks up its fourth week as the top single. Elsewhere, Her Wigship Britney Spears has a #21 debut with her Femme Fatale jam "Till The World Ends," which is one position lower than it debuted here in the States.

And McFly can't seem to catch a break with their Above The Noise album—the latest single off it, "That's The Truth," has a dismal showing at #35. Gosh, remember the days when these guys would chart at #1 with whatever trash single they threw out there? Oh, well—lemons to lemonade: maybe one day the laddies will be able to look back and say, "Hey, remember when we used to get all the way to #35 with whatever trash single we threw out there?"


The UK Top 10:

1. "Someone Like You" - Adele *4 weeks*
2. "Price Tag" - Jessie J feat. B.o.B
3. "S&M (Come On)" - Rihanna
4. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
5. "Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa *new*
6. "Yeah 3X" - Chris Brown
7. "Good Girl" - Alexis Jordan
8. "Champion" - Chipmunk feat. Chris Brown
9. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
10. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

About This New Aqua Single "How R U Doin?"...

Danish soul legends Aqua have a new pop-dance trash single coming out in Europe on Monday called "How R U Doin?" (Is it getting a U.S. release, as well?)

My ass finally got around to playing it, and at first it just sounds like a knockoff of Far East Movement and Dev's "Like A G6," but if Max Martin had produced it along with the Cataracs. It's also got shades of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite." Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. In fact the song become kind of an earworm after the third listen—if you give it that much of a chance.

Here's Lene and the gang in the studio recording "How R U Doin?"

At least it's better than "Back To The 80s," which landed (rightly so) on Chart Rigger's 10 Worst Singles Of 2009 list. Still, it's no "Spin Me A Christmas."


Friday, March 11, 2011

Heard Any Good Albums Lately?

Her Wigship Britney Jean Spears' seventh album Femme Fatale spilled across the Internet today like a bottle of naughty lotion people use to pour on things they want to shove up their hee-haw. At first I was like, that sucks for her—it's not being released for almost three more weeks!

But then I listened, and my weekend is looking a whole lot brighter. Sorry, Blackout purists—Femme Fatale just ripped off all your wigs with steak tongs and tossed them in the microwave.

Entertainment Weekly has posted where online you can hear each of the tracks. Because surely none of you are going to illegally download it! And if you are, at least buy a copy on March 29 when it comes out. The Wig needs to feed her babies, too, you cheap broads.

Full assessment later...I'm off to give this bitch my full attention.


41 Seconds Of New Britney Spears Song "Gasoline"

The latest snippet to pop up from The Wig's Femme Fatale is "Gasoline," and it's said to be produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. Total album filler. Not bad, but just sort of...there.

This now makes 10 of the 12 songs on the regular release of the LP that we've heard in some form or other.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ellie Goulding: The Chart Rigger Interview

After racking up four hit singles in the UK last year—including the smashes "Starry Eyed" and "Your Song"—24-year-old Ellie Goulding, recipient of the 2010 BRITs Critics' Choice Award, finally saw her debut LP Lights get a U.S. release this week. I nabbed a copy of the dreamy set of pop jams on import last spring and its been in heavy rotation on the stereo D'luv ever since.

And so the London chanteuse set aside her guns and horses long enough to chat with me about her upcoming North American tour and her early ideas for her follow-up album to Lights. Head below to read the Chart Rigger interview with Ellie Goulding!

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US Chart Roundup: Ke$ha Is A Legend

This week The Voice (aka Ke$ha) climbs to #7 with "Blow," a song that, as pointed out before, took six people to write and four to produce. Yes, it's that intricate. This now gives K-dolla her sixth Top 10 hit in a row (not counting that "My First Kiss" trash she did with 3OH!3).

But lest you think that's Ke$ha's only triumph on the chart this week, think again! Yes, the Classy Empress Of Pop also had the honor of co-writing Britney Spears' second Femme Fatale single "Till The World Ends," which debuts at #20 on the strength of 117,000 paid downloads over three days (and becomes her 15th Top 20 hit). Meanwhile, Weaveney's "Hold It Against Me" is still hanging in their at #16 in its eighth week. Those two songs were my jams when I was back in Pennsylvania last week.

Elsewhere, Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" falls from its peak position (so far) of #13 to #18, while her sophomore LP 21 is #1 for a second week on the Top 200 album chart.

And waaaaay down at #99 comes the debut of Willow Smith's "21st Century Girl." Cute video, but I'm having a hard time believing radio is going to warm to this song.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga *4 weeks*
2. "Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
3. "S&M" - Rihanna
4. "Fuckin' Perfect" - Pink
5. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
6. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars
7. "Blow" - Ke$ha
8. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
9. "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" - Enrique Iglesias ft. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
10. ""Firework" - Katy Perry

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Britney Spears' Hottest Quote In 'OUT'

“All of my songs are fucking amazing.” (Clearly she hasn't listened to "Dear Diary" in awhile. Or "E-mail My Heart." Or "Do Somethin'." Still, great quote.)



The "I'm Sick As Hell" Music Roundup: Britney, Avril, Ke$ha, Willow, Lil Kim & Rihanna

I've been sick as a dog since I returned from a trip back to Pennsylvania this past weekend, so sorry for things been quiet around here this week so far. Nevertheless, this morning I dragged myself to the computer to bang out a few thoughts on what's been going down on Planet Pop over the past three days. Read' 'em below.
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Sunday, March 06, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: It's An Adele World + Jessie J & Alexis Jordan Are Just Hookin' Through It

With two albums in the Top 5 of both the UK album and single charts—not to mention the #1 album on both sides of the pond—it's definitely shaping up to be Adele's year. 21 has been the top LP in her home country for six weeks running now (having sold about 1.02 million copies so far there). In fact, It Girl Jessie J has to settle for debuting in the #2 position with Who You Are this week.

All else is quiet, save for the #9 entry of Alexis Jordan's self-titled LP. Here's her somewhat OK Stargate/Sandy Vee-co-produced jam "Good Girl."

The UK Top 10:

1. "Someone Like You" - Adele *3 weeks*
2. "Price Tag" - Jessie J feat. B.o.B
3. "S&M (Come On)" - Rihanna
4. "Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
5. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele 
6. "Champion" - Chipmunk feat. Chris Brown
7. "Good Girl" - Alexis Jordan
8. "Yeah 3X" - Chris Brown
9. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars
10. "Do It Like A Dude" - Jessie J

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Listen To Ryan Seacrest's Britney Spears Interview

Weaveney rolled into the studio to do a sitdown with Ryan Seacrest for his KIIS-FM L.A. show this morning, where they played the "full version" of new Ke$ha-co-written single "Till The World Ends" (which has now been added to iTunes) and had an mind-blowing exchange.

And when I say mind-blowing, I mean it was off the chizzle. Witness these revelations, Brit Pack:
Seacrest: I heard you got a new place? You moved?
Wigney: Yes.

Seacrest: And how is that?
Rugney: It's fun.

Seacrest: What happens when you're in your car and you hear one of your songs on the radio?
Extensionney: I change it immediately.

Seacrest: Tell us about the track ["Till The World Ends"].
Talkativeney: It's fun. I like it. It's just good energy. I like it.
Okay, okay—to be fair, Brit sounded like she was in great spirits. She laughed a lot and talked a bit about working with Max Martin over the years. She also says she's going on tour early this summer.

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It's Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor" Video

What more can I add to the Jennifer Lopez "On The Floor" dialogue than was already said yesterday, when I recounted the epic myth of her evil menace? Not much. So just sit there and suffer through her insanely boring video for the song—which has now jumped to #2 on iTunes.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Britney Spears Didn't Want "Till The World Ends" To Leak So Soon, But Here You Go...

Here's Weaveney's next single "Till The End Of The World," which Entertainment Weekly notes is said to be produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke and co-written by Ke$ha, and sounds, well, like a Ke$ha song...

...only with a bit more warmth. And isn't it funny when, by comparison, Robotney sounds more warm than Ke$ha?

"I'll be visiting @RyanSeacrest & @1027KIISFM tmw morning to play the FINAL version of Till The World Ends for everyone," The Wig tweeted a few minutes ago.

See the sunlight? We ain't stoppin'! Not bad, Brit$ha. Not bad at all.

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