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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Sugababes Song "Freedom" (And Barbie Doll Boobs) Teased In Nokia Ad

"Nokia are celebrating the launch of the Pink Nokia N8, with a music video for the Sugababes new track 'Freedom', starring a very talented dancing doll."

Sure, why not?


Rihanna Looks Like That Wet Broad From 'The Ring' In Her "Man Down" Video

I'm all for artistic expression, and the fact that Rihanna shoots some dude who find out is physically abusing her in her "Man Down" music video — her fifth so far from current album Loud — doesn't really bother me at all. It's the fact that the song itself is an utter snooze that cheeses me off.

Girl, did the red hair dye sink into your noggin too far? When the hell is the rad "Fading" getting a single release?

I get that she's had three consecutive #1 hits off Loud, but passing off the snoozy "California King Bed" and challenging "Man Down" at this point is a gamble.

Surely "Fading" would have been another Hot 100 chart topper in RiRi's cap?




Coldplay Tease New Single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," Which Is Out This Friday

Over the past 11 years, I went from really digging Coldplay (Parachutes), being disappointed by them (A Rush Of Blood To The Head), to warming up to some of their music again (X&Y) to having a love affair all through Summer 2008 with them (Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends).

That 2010 holiday single "Christmas Lights" got some airplay on the stereo D'luv in December, too.

So consider my curiosity piqued for just-announced new single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall":
"We're about to play a bunch of summer festivals so it's as good a time as any to put out a new song.'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' will be available digitally on Friday 3rd June at 12pm (BST), except in the UK where it'll come out on the stroke of midnight between Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June."
Here's a tease of the song and its lyrics:


Listen To Kylie Minogue's "Put Your Hands Up" B-Side "Silence"

The original press release for Kylie Minogue's US tour from a month ago mentioned that fourth Aphrodite single "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)" would be getting its official release — complete with Pete Hammond remix and edit —  at the end of May. Alas, it's yet to appear on iTunes, and Amazon UK now has it down for a June 5 release.

At any rate, there's a B-side called "Silence" which is kind of good in the context of not having heard any actual new Kylie material since last year, but somewhat lackluster when compared to the rest of Aphrodite and even the album's bonus tracks like "Mighty Rivers."

P.S. Can you believe we first heard that Pete Hammond mix waaaay back in March? How is this year flying by so fast?

P.S.S. It was one year ago today when the video for "All The Lovers" — the first single off Aphrodite — premiered.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: The Saturdays Sound More Like The Mondays, Lady Gaga Is #1

I'm not quite sure what it is that happened to The Saturdays over time to make them so utterly bland — too many cooks in the kitchen, perhaps, following their initial success with rad debut album Chasing Lights — but whatever it is, it started when the ho brigade released their hodge podge of a second album Wordshaker two years ago. Last year's EP Headlines! was even more abysmal.

So now we have "Notorious," the lead single from the broad squad's upcoming third album. There's been much squawking about the song being so different from anything they've done before, but really it just sounds like it could be any pop tart's latest "boink me on the dancefloor, luv" track.

Sorry, Sats — it's dime a dozen tripe, I'm afraid.

Nevertheless, "Notorious" debuts at #8 on this week's UK chart on the strength of downloads alone (the CD single version doesn't arrive for another month), and becomes their ninth single (out of 10) to land in the Top 10 in their home country. Personally, I just wish they'd return to the fun sound of "If This Is Love" and "Up," rather than marauding through Britney/Rihanna-lite territory.

Over on the UK album chart, Lady Gaga is the one to finally unseat Adele (following the latter's 16-week reign with 21) from the top, as Born This Way posts the biggest first week sales for an LP this year. The Official Charts Company reports that Gaga's third release has sold just over 215,000 copies. (Adele's sophomore album debuted with 208,000.) Here in the States, the album is expected to wind up with over a million copies sold when the Top 200 chart is tallied up this week.

So far, Born This Way has also topped the Australian, Irish and Swedish album charts.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer 2 weeks*
2. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
3. "I Need A Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
4. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
5. "Mr. Saxobeat" - Alexandra Stan
6. "Beautiful People" - Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi
7. "Sweat" - Snoop Dogg
8. "Notorious" - The Saturdays *new*
9. "Judas" - Lady Gaga
10. "Save The World" - Swedish House Mafia

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pet Shop Boys & Take That Reveal Tour Set Lists, Chris Lowe Covers New Order's "Subculture"

Today both Take That and Pet Shop Boys revealed their tour set lists on their respective websites, as their first live date together was last night at Sunderland's Stadium Of Light. I don't mind slightly spoiling it for myself, because I won't remember by the time the gig I'm going to rolls around in mid-July. But I'm not reading the full description of the entire show on the That's site.

It does seem annoying that there's what looks to be a full-on Robbie Williams mini-concert tucked into the middle of the show. Guess that was in his contract?

Take That opening with "Rule The World"

Take That's Progress Live 2011 set list:

Rule The World
Greatest Day
Hold Up A Light
Sgt. Pepper's VT
Let Me Entertain You
Rock DJ
Come Undone (Take A Walk On The Wild Side)
The Flood
Underground Machine
Pretty Things
Million Love Songs/Babe/Everything Changes/Back For Good (piano medley)
Love Love
Never Forget
No Regrets
Relight My Fire
Eight Letters

Pet Shop Boys' Progress Live 2011 set list:

Love etc.
Go West
Always on my mind
Left to my own devices
Se a vida é
It's a sin
West End girls

Anyway, total side note: I've been meaning to post this for the past three weeks... it's Pet Shop Boys' Chris Lowe doing guest vocals on Stop Modernists' cover of New Order's "Subculture." (More info here.) Single out June 14.

Gosh, he actually sound good. Auto Tune is amazing, isn't it?

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Robyn And Katy Perry Get Cute In 'Entertainment Weekly,' But Jason Bateman Is The Real Winner

There's a cute four-page piece in the new Entertainment Weekly where Katy Perry and Robyn banter back and forth ahead of their upcoming summer tour together. They cover numerous topics, but by far, the best quote comes from Robyn: "May I got to the toilet now?"

But let's get serious: the best thing about the new issue is this:

He sure wasn't pulling this type of trash when he was on The Hogan Family.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

US Chart Roundup: "Hair" Blows

I can't believe Lady Gaga's "Hair" debuted at #12. iTunes countdown/promo single are obnoxious, and that song is taco snatch.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele *3 weeks*
2. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
3. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
4. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
5. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
6. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
7. "Till The World Ends" - Britney Spears
8. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
9. "The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco
10. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

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Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol', But What The Hell Was Up With TLC?

I haven't mentioned American Idol much around these parts this season because, quite frankly, I've been recapping it for Idolator for the past two years and am pretty American Idoled out when the day is done. But I will say that, like a lot of people, I had this year pegged as being a Scotty McCreery-James Durbin finale.

Lauren Alaina is sweet and obviously talented, and I guess that's what got her to the runner-up position. But the real question is this: is she boinking Scotty on the side? It never crossed my mind until last night's final episode, when McCreery was crowned the winner and he mumbled something about the two of them sticking together. Then she kissed him (on the cheek) a bunch of times. Hmmm.

Anyway, as for all the guest performances, that medley by TLC was kind of a train wreck, no? Why were they lip syncing? T-Boz clearly looked disappointed when it was all over. She also looked out of breath and out of shape, the poor doll. Had no idea about her health issues in the past few years. Very surprised they did the performance.

Oh, well, "No Scrubs" and "Creep" are still my jams.

TLC, "No Scrubs/Waterfalls" on American Idol

Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory" on American Idol

Beyonce's new single "1 + 1" (so boring, it's destined to flop harder than "Run The World (Girls)") on American Idol

Reeve Carney feat. Bono & The Edge, "Rise Above 1" (I like this jam)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Projected To Sell 750K-To-900K Copies In First Week

Lady Gaga's über-hyped third album Born This Way arrived yesterday (I bought a copy - did you?), and while Billboard has been mum so far on first-week projections for number of copies the LP will sell, Hits Daily Double has coughed up its own guesstimate: 900,000.

If that number proves to be true, that'll be quite impressive. (Keep in mind Adele's 21, which, by comparison, has sold "only" about 1.7 million copies, despite being #1 for eight weeks.). And several factors go into that high number: Walmart violating yesterday's street date and putting the album on sale over the weekend, ridiculously low first-day sale price of 99¢ at the Amazon MP3 store, Gaga's relentless promo grind, etc.

The last album to sell such an enormous number of copies in its first week on sale was Taylor Swift's Speak Now, which debuted at #1 last November on the strength of 1,047,000 copies moved. Prior to that, Eminem's Recovery shifted 741,000 out of the gate last June.

However many copies Born This Way winds selling, there's no doubt it'll be Lady Gaga's long overdue first #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Unless like, you know, the general public gets the sudden urge to ram the Hangover II soundtrack up their candy box.


My Secret Life As A Rihanna Stan

I won't lie, I'm pretty jazzed about seeing Rihanna on her Loud Tour this summer (28 North American dates, and thankfully I'll be able to catch the broad this time, since I was unable to hit up her show with Ke$ha last year).

I've actually been kind of picky about which shows I've taken in this year — Robyn (February), Cut Copy/Holy Ghost! (April), Kylie Minogue (last week) and, of course, the upcoming Take That/Pet Shop Boys gig in Milan.

But I've quietly been stanning for RiRi since her very first chart-topping Hot 100 hit, "SOS." I even got to interview her just before that jam climbed to #1 exactly five years ago, for the May 2006 issue of Instinct. This was pre-Chris Brown, pre-"Umbrella" and pre-majorly-sexed-up public persona Rihanna — a much younger, more naive Rihanna than the sex toys-prone one we read about in her recent Rolling Stone cover story.

From the D'luv archive, if you fancy a read (click to enlarge):

Side note: I've been toying with the idea of maybe creating a separate blog with all of my "day job" interviews from over the years. Does that sound like anything of interest, from a reader perspective?


Monday, May 23, 2011

Even Chris Crocker Wants Britney Spears To Get The Hell Off The Stage

First of all, when did Chris Crocker ditch the androgy-drag and get kind of cute? Second of all, PREACH, boyfriend. Looks like I'm not the only one who things Wigney needs to hang it up and get weaned off the prescription meds.

Here's the original "Leave Britney Alone" YouTube star stating the sad truth.

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I Coughed Up Cash For 'Born This Way' Today

I'll be the first to voice up if Lady Gaga ever turns the corner and makes a shit album. But, sorry, haters — Born This Way isn't it. I'm not saying it's the silk-lined vagina of rock and roll. Just that, upon several listens, it's a pretty solid album.

I plunked down 15 bucks this afternoon at Starbucks for the "special edition." I know the regular version was going for 99 cents at the Amazon MP3 store (today only).

Did you buy a copy?


Here's What I Have To Say About Beyonce And Britney Spears At The Billboard Music Awards

It's pretty much taken me 24 hours to muster up the energy to comment on Beyonce and Britney Spears' performances on last night's Billboard Music Awards because of the following reasons:

1. Beyonce's well-timed Millennium Award has caused her disaster flop single to climb to #15 on iTunes, and for that I might have to Travis Bickle (see above video, Pop Chyldryn) the next person I hear playing the shit track.

2. Britney is a dead-in-the-eyes zombie twat. I actually lied about waiting to comment on this — I typed up a whole post at Idolator today about her phoned-in "live performances."  WASTED. Max Martin and Dr. Luke, in the future, please give all insanely rad tracks to Kelly Clarkson, Pink or even Katy Pussy instead.

3. I was too busy Barbie Doll-legging myself all day to Lady Gaga's fucking fantastic new album.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: Have Jedward Gone Down On Each Other Yet?

It's a pretty garbage UK chart week when I'm wishing Jedward's Eurovision trash "Lipstick," which fumbles at #40, somehow livened up the Top 10. And then there's Take That's poor "Love Love," which drops from #15 to #39.

On the album chart, Adele's 21 is #1 for a 16th non-consecutive week. Expect Lady Gaga to finally kick this broad down next Sunday.


The UK Top 10:

1. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer *1 week*
2. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
3. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
4. "I Need A Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
5. "Beautiful People" - Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi
6. "The Edge Of Glory" - Lady Gaga
7. "Where Dem Girls At" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
8. "Judas" - Lady Gaga
9. "Sweat" - Snoop Dogg
10. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

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Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake & Andy Samberg Have A "3-Way" On 'SNL'

Lady Gaga served up both a medley of "The Edge Of Glory" and  "Judas," and then an over-the-top, yack-inducing performance of "Born This Way" (where, at the end, she shoots goo out of her pregnant Monster taco) on Saturday Night Live last night...

...but who cares about those tired jingles when the more entertaining skit came in the form of Andy Samberg and host Justin Timberlake reprising their cheesy '90s blue-eyed R&B "Dick In A Box" act for a new song, "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," wherein they hooked up with Gaga, and then each other.

Kinda lame. But worth a laugh or two.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo From The Kylie Minogue Concert

Here's a nice pic of Dan of This Man's World, Heidi of The Amazon Iowan and yours D'luvvly at the Kylie Minogue concert in Dallas the other night.

Well, nice for them. I look like I have heroin eyes. But that's okay — Kylie did "Better The Devil You Know," "What Do I Have To Do," "Confide In Me" and "On A Night Like This," so all was good.

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Nicole Scherzinger Warbles On 'American Idol'

You know, I was almost on board with Nicole Scherzinger's 17th attempt at having a solo career. "Poison" was kind of alright, and "Don't Hold Your Breath" was an absolute jam. So, yeah — pretty cool that they became big hits overseas.

But things took a turn for the tragic when she was paired up with 50 Cent for their stab at the American market (naturally), "Right There." What, is this 2003?

The video for this trash was somewhat entertaining. But Nicole's performance of the song — which, you could tell me is an old Jennifer Lopez B-side and I'd believe you — was so bland, she made Jordin Sparks sound like Maria Callas.

Last week at this time, following Enrique Iglesias' own performance on Idol, "Dirty Dancer" was in the iTunes Top 10. Nicole's single is at #39.

Keep practicing those stripper moves, baby.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Take That Offering Up Mini Album 'Progressed'

Take That announced today that they're pulling a Lady Gaga/Ke$ha/Usher and releasing eight-song mini album Progressed — which will include their current UK Top 20 single "Love Love" from the X-Men: First Class soundtrack — to be packaged with their multi-million-selling 2010 studio album Progress.

The new release is out June 13, and contains the following tracks on the first disc (the second disc is Progress):

"When We Were Young"
"Love Love"
"The Day The Work Is Done"
"Don't Say Goodbye"
"Wonderful World"

Pretty cool, no? I'm assuming neither "Beautiful" or "Wonderful World" are sequels to Take That's 2006 jam "Beautiful World."

But please, Jesus, let "Don't Say Goodbye" be a cover of Rick Astley's same-titled Whenever You Need Somebody track!

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U.S. Chart Roundup: Lady Gaga Redeems Herself After "Judas" With "The Edge Of Glory"

It's a second week for Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and an eighth week at #1 for her sophomore album 21 on the Top 200 chart. Not only is 21 the only album to cross the million mark as far as copies of an LP sold this year, it's also getting closer to 2 million (right now it stands at 1.7 million since its late February release).

Elsewhere, Lady Gaga's "Judas" looks to be officially dead in the water. The song drops from #19 to #27 on this week's chart, while previous single  "Born This Way" slides still hangs in the Top 20 at #19. Of course, the good news is that "The Edge Of Glory" debuts at #3 and becomes her eighth single to crack the Top 5. Only "Paparazzi" (#6) and "Judas" (#10) charted lower.

And let's face it — while I liked "Judas" at first, it's kind of a dud when compared to some of the hotter tracks from Born This Way (like "Marry The Night" and "Electric Chapel"). That broad needs to step away from the bong and start making better single choices.

Enrique Iglesias' new single "Dirty Dancer" debuts one notch above "Born This Way," at #18 (credit his performance on last week's American Idol results show).

Meanwhile, the True Talent From Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland cracks the Top 30 with her Lil Wayne-assisted single "Motivation." It's at #26, while Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" continues its disastrous plummet, this week from #65 to #76.

Jordin Sparks also performed on Idol last week, and her new single "I Am Woman" debuts at #82. Enjoy it, darlin', because it's pretty much off to the stripper pole in Victorville once you're dropped from the label by Christmas.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele *2 weeks*
2. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
3. "The Edge Of Glory" - Lady Gaga *new*
4. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
5. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
6. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
7. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
8. "Till The World Ends" - Britney Spears
9. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
10. "Down On Me" - Jeremih feat. 50 Cent

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It's Beyonce's '4' Album Cover And Super-Flop "Run The World (Girls)" Video

Nice of House Of Dereon's Main Wig Beyonce to be promoting the slaughter of animals on her 4 album cover. And why she gotta jack Shakira's swag? More like 4lop. This trash is out June 28.

The album has been preceded by MEGA-flop single "Run The World (Girls)," which, even after the video premiered on American Idol last night, has only managed to inch its way up to #58 on iTunes.

That looks like one expensive video. It really should have arrived about a month-and-a-half ago. But then again, even this Mad Max-esque farce directed by Francis Lawrence wouldn't have been able to change the fact that this complete abortion of a song sounds like aural road kill.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Interview With Holy Ghost!

My "Popping Up" feature/interview with broody electro-pop duo Holy Ghost!, who I'm totally stanning for, is up now over at Idolator.

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Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" Single Cover Is Even Better Than The Remix One

By the time the fifth single off an album rolls around, artists are usually chucking out a by-the-numbers ballad or some subpar track (see Britney's first three albums). But oddly enough, Katy Perry has gone and saved the second-best track for last (?) — "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."

I say second-best, because we all know that the title track off Teenage Dream was a defining moment not just for this raven-haired hooker, but for pop in 2010 in general.

Anyway, the '80s geek cover art for the regular single goes along great with the one for the remixes, though this one's a bit more elaborate. And kudos to Katy putting decent added touches on the artwork for each cover.

"Last Friday Night" is produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin. My guess is that this will be Perry's fifth #1 single in a row off the so-so Teenage Dream.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Aqua's "How R U Doin?" Video Is Low Rent... Thank God!

Despite the members of Aqua driving around all fast and furious, the video for new single "How R U Doin?" doesn't really go anywhere. Instead it's a lot of cheesy car chase scenes in the night that look like they were shot for some Japanese Gozilla flick from the '60s.

But who cares? The song rocks, singer Lene Nystrøm looks flawless and, above all, the old Aqua camp factor is ever-present in the clip.

I'd almost forgotten about this song, so I'm glad that the video came along to remind me to give it another listen.

This hot trash is on iTunes worldwide.


Three Words On Lady Gaga's "Hair"

Spice Girls B-side.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: I'll Be Back Soon

Just a quick note to apologize for having been a bit absent this past week. There's a personal issue I've  deal with, and so blogging hasn't been at the top of the priority list. That said, I still have no idea what happened to Thursday's U.S. chart post. It was there, there were even comments on it and then it was gone. Oh well. Things will return to normal here on Tuesday.

But really quickly, not the most exciting Top 10 ever, is it? Congrats to Lady Gaga, at least, for landing "The Edge Of Glory" at #6 in the UK, since "Judas" kind of tanked at #9 and dropped quickly. It will be interesting to see if this week's promo single "Hair" does as well...or sounds as good.

And while I'm a little disappointed Take That's "Love Love" only managed a #15 debut, it's still miles ahead of their previous singles "Happy Now" and "Kidz," which charted at #52 and #28, respectively.

Over on the album chart it's a 15th non-consecutive week for Adele's 21 at the top.

Okay, back as normal tomorrow. Promise!

The UK Top 10:

1. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars *1 week*
2. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO
3. "Where Dem Girls At" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
4. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
5. "Beautiful People" - Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi
6. "The Edge Of Glory" - Lady Gaga *new*
7. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
8. "Sweat" - Snoop Dogg
9. "I Need A Dollar" - Aloe Blacc
10. "Nobody's Perfect" - Jessie J

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

U.S. Chart Roundup: Adele Is #1, And Kelly Rowland Has A Bigger Hit Than Beyonce

All seems right in the world now that Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" has finally topped the Billboard Hot 100. I'm not saying I'm a massive Adele stan or that I don't have my moments where I'm completely sick of hearing "Rolling In The Deep." But it just feels like a song that should be a #1 hit. And given that it was released back in December, it sure took its time getting there.

Believe it or not, "Rolling In The Deep" actually only peaked at #2 in the UK, despite the fact that the song's parent album 21 has been #1 for 14 of its 15 weeks on the chart in Adele's home country. Here in the U.S., 21 is the top album for a seventh non-consecutive week.

Further down, Lady Antebellum's "Just A Kiss" debuts at #7. I have a total weak spot for Lady A these days, I'm afraid. I think I played their new single about 15 times in a row the day it came out. Call me a sucker for a good old-fashioned, well-structured ballad.

Outside of the Top 10, David Guetta, Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj's "Where Dem Girls At" debuts at #14 while Lady Gaga's "Judas" rebounds (thanks to the video's premiere) and moves up one position to #19. She's set to perform that hot trash on American Idol tonight.

Meanwhile, Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" climbs up to #31, i.e. two notches higher on the chart than Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" made it to. Once again, Kelendria proves who the REAL talent in Destiny's Child was.

In it's third week on the Hot 100, Beyonce's MEGA-FLOP single is down to #65.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele *1 week*
2. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
3. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
4. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
5. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
6. "Till The World Ends" - Britney Spears
7. "Just A Kiss" - Lady Antebellum *new*
8. "Give Me Everything" - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer
9. "S&M" - Rihanna feat. Britney Spears
10. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Take That Perform "Love Love" Live At National Movie Awards

Take That's "Love Love" single was released today in the UK, and the DILFs hit up the National Movie Awards at London's Wembley Arena this evening to perform the X-Men: First Class soundtrack jam live.

As I said earlier today in the link above, I can't help feeling this is just a "Kidz" retread. Still, I'm liking "Love Love" more with each listen.

Dig that intricate butterfly-arm choreography the quintet does during the chorus.

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Take That's "Love Love" Sounds Like Take That's "Kidz"

I heart Take That — so much so that I'm off to see them perform in Milan in two months (from tomorrow). So I was highly curious to hear how the full version of the band's X-Men: First Class jam "Love Love" would sound.

The single was released in the UK today, and basically it comes off as a retread of their previous Progress offering "Kidz." (No, I don't get what happened to the marketing of the album's singles post-"The Flood," either.)

That said, there's a bit more of a hook here than "Kidz" had, at least. I'd say this, with its dueling Gary Barlow/Robbie Williams vocals, is an improvement over that one.

The band is set to perform "Love Love" tonight for the UK's National Movie Awards. The single is currently #6 on iTunes in Take That's home country.

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Beyonce Names New Album '4'

House Of Dereon's Main Wig Beyonce is Billboard's next cover story, and in the mag's interview with the "Run The World (Girls)" singer, her upcoming fourth solo album's title is revealed to be 4. (Hey — numbers seem to be working for Adele these days, right?)

Weavonce tells the publication:
"We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It's the day I was born. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends' birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.

"I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it. I started off being inspired by [Afrobeat music pioneer] Fela Kuti. I actually worked with the band from Fela! [the hit Broadway musical based on his life] for a couple of days, just to get the feel for the soul and heart of his music; it's so sexy, and has a great groove you get lost in. I loved his drums, all the horns, how everything was on the one. What I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom: he just felt the spirit. I also found a lot of inspiration in '90s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie... I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence + the Machine, and Prince."
Later she offered up this diva-like statement: "At this point, I really know who I am, and don't feel like I have to put myself in a box. I'm not afraid of taking risks - no one can define me."

This may be true. Also hard to define: why it's taking so damn long for the "Run The World" video to premiere. Here's the third teaser:

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The Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Stop The Party" Video Looks Like It Was Fan-Made

The Black Eyed Peas are coming off what I'd argue is their best singles ever, the stirring "Just Can't Get Enough" (which, as we know, saved their careers in this era of The Beginning). So now they've opted for "Don't Stop The Party" as the follow-up.

Unfortunately, as the title unintentionally implies, this particular party feels like the same one the Peas started with "Boom Boom Pow" then carried on in hits like "I Gotta Feeling" and "Imma Be." No, it doesn't sound exactly like those songs — just maybe a blend of all of them. In other words, if you consider stale trance riffs from 1999 and will.i.am and Fergie's heavily-Auto-Tuned robot hooker vocals to be your idea of a tickle up the skirt, then have at it.

For me, the icing on this flattened cake is the video, which is basically compiled of concert and backstage footage of the band. Lame.

Maybe it's time for Will to hang it up for a couple years, until he can come up with a sound that isn't completely played out?

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Lady Gaga's "Edge Of Glory": Better Than "Judas" + "Born This Way" Combined

Suddenly, despite the wobbly chart performance of "Judas," all is forgiven, Lady Gaga! The sax solo is sexy.


It's Rihanna's Sleepy "California King Bed" Video

In the age of the slick, over-produced pop jam, let's all give a round of applause to Rihanna for releasing a good old-fashioned ballad as the fourth single off her Loud album.

The video for the song arrived today, and while it may seem as sleepy as the title (unintentionally) implies, it's still at least a colorful homage to none other than the crimson-weaved singer behind the tribute.

Rihanna is one hot broad, and it's never been more obvious than this dreamy clip. Do we expect it to become her fourth #1 hit in a row from her latest album? Probably not. Even the dance-infused "S&M" needed the Britney Spears remix to achieve a brief appearance at the top of the Hot 100.

Still, if it's not RiRi you're celebrating with "California King Bed," then at least give snaps to the return of the guitar solo in pop songs!


Sunday, May 08, 2011

UK Chart Roundup: At Least Blue Didn't Flop As Hard As Josh Dubovie Did

Aging/reunited boy band Blue see their Eurovision 2011 pop jam "I Can" soar to the amazing heights of #16 on the UK chart this week. Of course, that's not exactly a stellar debut position to aspire to reach, but when you compare it with the crash-and-burn flop-a-thon that was last year's UK Eurovision entry, Josh Dubovie's "That Sounds Good To Me" — which made it to #179 on the chart — well, #16 probably sounds good to Blue.

Other than that, it's pretty stagnant as far as singles go. It should really come as no surprise that Adele is #1 on the album chart with 21 for a 14th week.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO *4 weeks*
2. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
3. "Where Dem Girls At" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
4. "Beautiful People" - Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi
5. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
6. "Sweat" - Snoop Dogg
7. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
8. "Unorthadox" - Wretch 32 feat. Example
9. "Nobody's Perfect" - Jessie J
10. "I Need A Dollar" - Aloe Blacc

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It's 30 Seconds Of Take That's New 'X-Men: First Class' Single "Love Love"

There had been some yammering (Xolondon is good for that) last week about new Take That single "Love Love," which was announced on the band's official site as the "official single" from the upcoming X-Men: First Class film. And now a snippet of the song has been added to Amazon UK (the single is out May 11).

Here 'tis:

I won't say Progress is an album I have played very much at all this year, though that could be because I overdosed on it in the tail end of 2010. From what we can hear, "Love Love" seems very much of the same cloth as the tunes from that record. I guess I like it enough so far.

Matthew Vaughn directed both the new X-Men movie and Stardust, which spawned Take That's "Rule The World." Wonder if this single is getting some sort of U.S. release? ("Rule The World" did not.)

Two more months till I see these DILFs with Pet Shop Boys in Milan.


Friday, May 06, 2011

Robyn Dub-Steps Up Her "Call Your Girlfriend" Single Cover And Remix

I'm glad the most killingest pop star on the planet, Robyn, has decided to push ahead with a proper single release for Body Talk jam "Call Your Girlfriend." The cover art offers a proper feel-good summer vibe (though the lyrical content of the song is somewhat boo-hoo sad).

And yesterday, the Swedish pixie produced this dubstep-addled "Feed Me Remix" of her tune. How rad is that, you ask? Pretty rad.

Is anyone going to see her play with Katy Perry this summer?


Thursday, May 05, 2011

It's Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" Video

This is some fun, hot trash. Nicki Minaj's cartoon-esque "Super Bass" video is just as good as Lady Gaga's "Judas" video, which also premiered today.

Okay, okay — it's probably better than "Judas" (I mean, there's a Pepto-Bismol party - c'mon!). But I'm still all turned on by Norman Reedus in Gaga's trash, so I can't put Nicki above her just yet.

Meanwhile, full disclosure: I've had Minaj's Pink Friday since November, and never even knew this song was on it...mostly because I never listen to the album.

Full disclosure #2: I swear I've seen at least one of those guys in porn before.


It's Lady Gaga's "Judas" Video (The Short Version)

Lady Gaga's new single "Judas" may be tumbling down the chart after an initial Top 10 debut three weeks ago, but the video has finally appeared. Well, let's say it leaked ahead of its scheduled premiere tonight on American Idol. (A lengthier, seven-minute version is set to debut on E! News this evening, as well.)

I kept reading that actor Norman Reedus plays Judas in the biker/biblical video, but I had no idea he was the dude who plays the hot baddie bastard on my new favorite show The Walking Dead. I'm totally stanning for him from here on out.

Watch him get all bi-sexy with Mary Magdalene and Jesus in "Judas" before the vid gets yanked!


U.S. Chart Roundup: Britney And Kelly Rowland Soar While Beyonce Flops Hard

Exactly two months after the single first arrived, Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends" gets a major push up the Billboard Hot 100 (to #3) thanks to the new remix featuring Wigney's upcoming tourmate Nicki Minaj and the song's co-writer Ke$ha. The last Britney single to peak at #3 on the chart was "Circus." This now gives her three Top 5 hits in a row, following "Hold It Against Me" and "3."

Don't expect The Wig's latest to stick around too long, though — the novelty of the remix appears to have been fleeting, as it's already dropped to #20 on iTunes. The original version of "Till The World Ends" is at #36 on the digital store's chart.

Likewise, it's odd that Billboard even credits Britney this week on Rihanna's "S&M" (#6), since that remix has plummeted to #152 on iTunes. (RiRi's Loud version is hanging in there at #18).

But let's focus on the two high profile singles that have dropped faster than an 17-year-old hooker's panties at R. Kelly's mansion: Lady Gaga's "Judas" and Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)." Gaga's latest has steadily tumbled, from #10 to #12 to, now, #20. At least she has this week's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the premiere of the music video tonight to rely on (not to mention upcoming performances on the American Idol and Saturday Night Live finales).

Meanwhile, House Of Dereon's Main Wig has yet to premiere her video for "Run The World." But let's face it — that song sucks dry weave dust, hence its plunge from #33 to #48.

On the flip side, Kelly Rowland, the TRUE talent from Destiny's Child, climbs 11 positions to #43 with "Motivation." Finally, a little justice comes along to put Beyonce in her place.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "E.T." - Katy Perry feat. Kanye West *5 weeks*
2. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele
3. "Till The World Ends" - Britney Spears feat. Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha
4. "Just Can't Get Enough" - The Black Eyed Peas
5. "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
6. "S&M" - Rihanna feat. Britney Spears
7. "On The Floor" - Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
8. "Blow" -Ke$ha
9. "Down On Me" - Jeremih feat. 50 Cent
10. "Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

It's Nicole Scherzinger's Video For Somewhat Okay Single "Right There"

So here we've got the video for "Right There," the official first U.S. single from Nicole Scherzinger's four-years-delayed solo album Love Killer.

The song is nowhere near as rad as her recent international single "Don't Hold Your Breath." But it's alright. Even though 50 Cent mumbles something about "another number one" in the intro, which — let's face it — is nothing either of these two have been acquainted with in the last half-decade on these shores.

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Another Teaser For The Sonic Abortion That Is Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" Video

What the hell? Hasn't anyone informed House Of Dereon's Main Wig that "Run The World (Girls)" flopped into the Hot 100 at #33 last week like a still-born mackerel shooting out of a giant grouper's mouth in a spray of vomit? Or that it's set to sink lower than a Thai lady-boy's head into the lap of an Amex black card-waving AARP member on this week's chart?

Guess not. Here's more garbage from the yet-to-be-released video for the shit track.

Beyonce, girl, do yourself a favor and pull the plug on this tripe. We can all pretend it never happened if you can.


Been Wondering Where Sophie Ellis-Bextor's 'Make A Scene' Landed On The Russian Chart?

If you're like me, then I feel sorry for you, poor bastard. Also, if you're like me, then you've been curious as to how Sophie Ellis-Bextor's surprisingly defining Make A Scene album fared in Russia — i.e. the only territory it's been released in so far.

Well, wonder no longer, chyldryn, because there it is at #22 on the Russian album chart, right underneath the latest releases from your favorites and mine, Михаил и Ирина Круг (#20) and Стас Михайлов (#21).

I really don't know how to gauge this because who the hell knows what level of visibility Lady Bex even has in the Russian Federation? (Her Russian fans, probably.)

Just clutch your thong straps and pray this placing isn't so scandalous that Universal gets cold feet about the upcoming June 6 release of Make A Scene in the UK.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (TGIF)" Remix Single Cover Kind Of Makes Me Like Her Better

And, finally, right? I mean, this is like the best song off Teenage Dream (next to, of course, "Teenage Dream").

It's Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Tracklist

You've already seen the cover of Lady Gaga's upcoming album Born This Way. Now here's the tracklist —first the regular version (above) and the expanded edition (below).

I don't know why I'd ever want to listen to any of those remixes on the second disc of the expanded version. So eff that.