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

Thursday, December 29, 2011

US Chart Roundup: LMFAO Suck, But At Least There's "Love You Like A Love Song"

Wow. It finally happened. LMFAO got their latest mindless piece of trash, "Sexy And I Know It," to #1 after being stuck behind Rihanna's "We Found Love" for seven weeks.

Technically the dynamic, dumbed-down duo now have the first chart-topping single of 2012 on the Hot 100, since Billboard has the new charts dated January 7. How have they not gone the way of Right Said Fred yet?

Oh, well — at least it's nice to see Adele landing her third Top 10 hit with "Set Fire To The Rain" (#7). That was always my favorite track off 21. Now we just need for it to become as overplayed as "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You," and we'll be set!

I guess this is probably a good time to warn everyone that Selena Gomez's "Love You Like A Love Song" (#27) is totally my new jam. (You know — six months after the fact.) This happened nearly two years ago with "Naturally," and I really feel like this is that little hooker's first great single since then.



Alright, I'm still in vacation mode, so I'm out.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO *1 week*
2. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
3. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry
4. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
5. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
6. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
7. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
8. "Someone Like You" - Adele
9. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
10. "Dance (A$$)" - Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj 

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jessie J Has Another "Domino" Video

Jessie J's fans must have been extra nice this year — and the rest of the world's population, extremely naughty — because Santa has gifted us all with another video for "Domino." So, why two clips, you ask?

It's looking like "Domino" might become a hit here in the US, where the Dr. Luke-produced song has been steadily climbing up the chart with the same strength that Jessie's voice has when it inches up my tolerance levels. And, quite frankly, that live, behind-the-scenes thing she chucked out awhile back just isn't the stuff that stars are made of.

Then again, how The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011 honoree Jessie ever became a star in the first place is as perplexing to me as calculus.



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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

DJ Earworm Makes The "World Go Boom"

UK Chart Roundup: Military Wives Are #1

Basically, a bunch of people tried to pull a bunch of shit to get various songs to the #1 position for Christmas in the UK, hence "Dominick The Donkey" going in at #3 and the reappearance of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at #11. Alas, the winner is Paul Mealor and Gareth Malone's "Wherever You Are," as performed by the Military Wives choir, which debuts at #1 and knocks ho brigade Little Mix down to #2. The single sold 556,000 copies over the past week. Go suck it, X Factor.



The final UK album chart of the year has Michael Buble's Christmas at #1, just like here in the States.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Wherever You Are" - Military Wives *new* *1 week*
2. "Cannonball" - Little Mix
3. "Dominick The Donkey" - Lou Monte *new*
4. "Forever Yours" - Alex Day *new*
5. "Paradise" - Coldplay
6. "Dance With Me Tonight" - Olly Murs
7. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
8. "Dedication To My Ex" - Lloyd feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
9. "Levels" - Avicii
10. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Rihanna's Stylish "You Da One" Video Is A Snatch-Grabbing Good Time

Now here, folks, is how you do it. When you've got a throwaway pop song like "You Da One" that, quite frankly, isn't really that good (even though a mint was probably paid to Dr. Luke for the production) — especially when compared to your previous single, the year's longest-running #1 hit and top tune on Chart Rigger's 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011 list — you simply must produce a music video like this.

Crotches are grabbed numerous times. Femininity goes out the window. Smoke is blown. Bling is flashed. And Rihanna looks completely stunning.



I can see this being one of those ho-hum songs that actually gets a boost up the charts thanks to the decent video. (By comparison, quite the opposite happened with the Lady Gaga's excellent "Marry The Night" and its self-indulgent 13-minute WTF fest of a clip.)

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

U.S. Chart Roundup: Rihanna Has The Longest-Running #1 Of 2011

"We Found Love," the top pick on Chart Rigger's 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011 list, has racked up an eighth week at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, thus giving Rihanna her longest ever stretch at the top of the chart. It also marks the longest run at the top for a single in 2011. And given that this chart is dated December 31, RiRi's in no danger of losing the title.

Let's just thank Christ that Rihanna has mercifully kept LMFAO from having another #1 for the past two months. I was driving home from having a dinner with a friend in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh last night, and I had "We Found Love"playing on repeat. That classy trash still sounds as good as it did the first day we all heard it, exactly three months ago today. Too bad the the bulk of the rest of Talk That Talk blows.

Elsewhere, Adele's third 21 single "Set Fire To The Rain" jumps up to #13, Selena Gomez's "I Will Survive" "Love You Like A Love Song" climbs to #26 and Jessie J's "Domino" leaps 10 positions to #28.

And then there's Lady Gaga's struggling "Marry The Night," which flops down from its peak position (so far) of #29 to #33. Think she'll learn her lesson and ditch the self-indulgent 13-minute music videos now? Probably not.

Ke$ha's total non-event, the "Sleazy 2.0 Remix" featuring a bunch of rappers whose names I can't be bothered to type out, goes into the chart at #38. Just put some new music out already, broad.

And I love how radio is finally throwing Avril Lavigne a bone by playing "Wish You Were Here" (#80), after completely snubbing the far superior "Smile" over the summer.

On a final note, Michael Buble's Christmas is the #1 album on the Top 200 for a fourth week. As I said back in November, it's pleasant holiday trash, as long as Buble keeps his clothes on.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris *8 weeks*
2. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
3. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
4. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
5. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry
6. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
7. "Someone Like You" - Adele
8. "Without You" - David Guetta feat. Usher
9. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
10. "5 O'Clock" - T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen 

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Emeli Sande's 'Our Version Of Events' Set For US Release In June 2012

UK minx Emeli Sande, whose stunning jam "Heaven" landed on Chart Rigger's 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011, is finally heading our way in the coming year. It was recently announced that her debut LP Our Version Of Events will get a release on Capitol Records in June. Ahead of that, the singer's album will be out in her home country on February 6, and she'll receive the BRIT Critics' Choice Award on February 21 (following wins in previous years by Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machine and Adele).


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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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It's Adam Lambert's Full "Better Than I Know Myself"

I traveled back to Pennsylvania late last week, so I didn't get a chance to comment on the full version of Adam Lambert's new single "Better Than I Know Myself," which is available on iTunes as of today. Yeah, I can get behind this synthy Dr. Luke jam.



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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

UK Chart: Eight-legged 'X Factor' Ho Machine Little Mix Fire "Cannonball" Up The Chart

Having not watched the UK version of The X Factor at all this year — nor the US one, for that matter (sorry, kids —still burnt out after American Idol and The Voice) — imagine my disappointment upon finding out Little Mix's "Cannonball" isn't a cover of The Breeders' jam.



Oh, well — their rendition of this 2002 Damien Rice dirge is #1, and it's looking like their home country will be spared having this mind-numbing trash be the top single when the new chart arrives on Christmas Day.

Another X Factor alum, Leona Lewis, pops in at #8 with her cover of Johnny Cash's version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" from Leona's The Hurt EP. Can you believe it's now been five years since Leona won that dog and pony act The X Factor and subsequently topped the chart in 2006 at Christmas with her winner's song "A Moment Like This"? Time flies when your floppin'.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Cannonball" - Little Mix *new* *1 week*
2. "Paradise" - Coldplay
3. "Dance With Me Tonight" - Olly Murs
4. "Dedication To My Ex" - Lloyd feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
5. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
6. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
7. "Levels" - Avicii
8. "Hurt" - Leona Lewis *new*
9. "Lego House" - Ed Sheeran
10. "5 O'Clock" - T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Madonna Earns Golden Globe Nomination As Album, Single Details Confirmed

As mentioned yesterday, Madonna has signed a three-album label deal with Interscope. New details emerged today, via a press release, about The Walking Tradge's upcoming music — the gist being that the LP will be out at some point in March, while her single "Gimme All Your Luvin" arrives in late January, just ahead of Madge's Super Bowl performance (on February 5).

The timeless songvulture songbird also landed a Best Original Song Golden Globe nomination today, for her W.E. ballad "Masterpiece."



The film, which was directed by the screen legend Madge, also earned another nod for Best Original Score.

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Adam Lambert's "Better Than I Know Myself": Hear 26 Seconds Of The New Single

Adam Lambert posted a 26-second SoundCloud on Twitter for his new single "Better Than I Know Myself," which was produced by Dr. Luke and will be made available on iTunes this coming Tuesday, December 20.

It doesn't sound too shabby for being a ballad. The song is the lead offering from Adam's upcoming LP Trespassing, which was announced today as having a March 20 release date, and which will feature collaborators like Bruno Mars and Nile Rodgers (!!!).



I'm digging what we're able to hear so far from Glambo's new jam. Sounds like he's sticking with the "don't worry, I may be a bit aloof, but I'm still into you, kiddo" subject matter (see: "Whataya Want From Me").

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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US Chart Roundup: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lily Allen & ...Take That?...Have A Good Week

Rihanna manages a seventh week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," tying her with Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" for the most weeks at the top in 2011 and tying RiRi's own personal record amount of time spent atop the chart with a single. (She previously had seven-week stints with both "Umbrella" in 2007 and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" in 2010.)

But as for RiRi's Talk That Talk, well, that flops out of the Top 10 on the album chart after only two weeks. It's down five positions to #12.

Calvin Harris, who essentially crafted "We Found Love," isn't the only UK artist with a featured credit in the Top 10 this week. Lily Allen sneaks in at #10 as part of T-Pain's "5 O'Clock," which not only is built around a sample of Allen's 2009 jam "Who'd Have Known," it also gives the five members of Take That a writing credit on a US Top 10 single, as "Who'd Have Known" knicks its melody from the British man band's 2007 UK hit "Shine." So, basically, this is Gary Barlow's first credit on an American Top 10 hit since 1995's "Back For Good."



Meanwhile, Katy Perry's scam of slashing the iTunes price of "The One That Got Away" down to 69 cents (appropriate number, eh?) is working, as this week the song jumps up to #4, thus making Teenage Dream only the third album ever to produce six Top 5 hits (the other's being George Michael's Faith and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814).

Elsewhere, nutso blog The Lady Gaga Project has its work cut out for it, as Mother Monster's fifth Born This Way single "Marry The Night" creaks up a mere three positions to #29. This gives Gaga a 12th consecutive Top 30 hit, but it's looking more and more like this single will be her first to miss the Top 10.

On a final note, 10 Worst Singles Of 2011 honoree Jessie J moves up to #38 with her Dr. Luke jam "Domino" — which essentially sounds like a Katy Perry leftover, albeit a decent one — and she now has a second US Top 40 single up her skirt.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris *7 weeks*
2. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
3. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
4. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry
5. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
6. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
7. "Someone Like You" - Adele
8. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
9. "Without You" - David Guetta feat. Usher
10. "5 O'Clock" - T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen 

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Madonna Signs Three-Album Deal With Lady Gaga's Home, Interscope

Ye Olde Vampyre Madonna has found a new dwelling to store her sarcophagus in — Interscope Records! Yes, Madge will be joining the ranks that include Lady Gaga, Eminem, U2 and Robyn at Interscope-Geffen-A&M, which has no doubt sent the crazy five-year-old who runs The Lady Gaga Project into a knickers-wetting frenzy.

So, does this mean Jimmy Iovine is going to drag Madonnapyre onto American Idol to mentor the lame contestants at some point in the spring? Or will there be a Madonna Week on Idol? Christ, I hope so. And I hope she makes those fuckers sing the following: "Hanky Panky," "Justify My Love," "Erotica" and "Where All Life Begins."

Madonna is said to be getting a million bucks per album as part of the deal. Wonder what Lady Gaga gets after Akon skims his probably-hefty percentage off the top?

Whatever — bring on The Walking Madge's new music, already, so we can watch Little Monsters start filling up the Internet with rants until they pop six blood vessels in each of their foreheads and combust into a pile of black glitter.

Alright, I'm off to get Chinese. Later.


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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" Video: She Dances

Woah. Kelly Clarkson actually dances in the video for her second Stronger single, "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)". Okay, so it's flash mob dancing. But it's still dancing.



Nice song. Too bad it wasn't the lead single off this album.

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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The Lady Gaga Project Blog: When Monsters Drink Too Much Kool-Aid

If there's any doubt that Lady Gaga's Monster Kingdom has (probably more than) a few raving lunatics running around in skag drag, check out fan blog The Lady Gaga Project, where you can catch the below pearls of wisdom from the site's creator, Monster Stephanie.

(NOTE: Gaga's fans are up in arms over the fact that, as I mentioned last week, "Marry The Night" is looking to become the singer's first single to miss out on the Top 10 on the Hot 100.)

* "Hello Little Monsters everywhere. This blog will be dedicated to warshipping Lady Gaga and making lighthearted fun of her competition and her haters. However, the Marry The Night project is most important right now. We must help this song go top ten!! The song takes a huge leap into the top 30 this week, but is slowing down in sales and airplay. It will be a huge blow for Mother Monster if this doesn't make the top ten."

* "Get your wheelchairs ready, Monsters! Madonna will be performing at the Superbowl this coming February. They will release her from the Shady Homes Nursing Center so she can girate her 80 year old thighs and her talentless bubblegum songs."

* "I will give Madonna credit for something—she worked very hard to become a big star. Rihanna—on the other hand—is a product of Affirmative Action in the music industry (and I say this as someone who is half Hispanic)."

* "For the past fifteen years, the music industry has pushed such talentless acts as TLC, Beyonce, Nelly, and Mary J. Blidge in our faces just to make it look like Black people can succeed in the industry."

* "Okay, Little Monsters! Take this with a slice of pizza, a strawberry shake, a chocolate bar, and everything else that has to do with Adele."

* "Besides helping Mother Monster, there is someone else we need to take care of—Perez Hilton. There are rumors saying that his blog is losing page views. He is our biggest Mother Monster advocate. In fact, Perez Hilton was very much responsible for bringing Christina Aguilera down."

And, perhaps, the most shady of them all:

* "Furthermore, we at The Lady Gaga Project have a way of bypassing the [iTunes] one sale [of "Marry The Night"] per account rule, but we must do it at our account. Please make a donation..."

Ah. Now I see where this is going.

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* The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The 10 Worst Pop Singles Of 2011

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2011

At the onset of 2011, the pop landscape might have seemed like a bleak, barren hooker den. And, yes — there were more than enough culprits for trusty Chart Rigger sidekick Moogaboo and I to work up our 10 Worst Singles Of 2011 list last week. But there were also several shining musical moments throughout the past 12 months — yellow diamonds in the light, if you will.

Below you'll find what we consider to be the 10 Best Pop Singles of 2011, along with fairly colorful descriptions on just why these jams got our attention. As usual, the singles listed need only have reached their peak chart position within 2011, even if they were technically released the year prior.

10. Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks"
D'luv says: "I haven't gotten into a new band in years, but Foster The People proved to be worthy candidates. Yes, there are far better songs on Torches than this, but let's give 'Pumped Up Kicks' props for finding its place despite not sounding like anything else on radio this year. Plus, I'd totally bang Cubbie Fink."
Moogaboo says: "I first heard this song on SNL (because I’m 50), and the initial thing I noticed was… CUTE keyboard player. When the song was still in my head three days later, and peripherally reminded me of the theme from Petticoat Junction, I knew it was my 2011 jam."
Charts: US #3, CAN #1, AUS #7
 
9. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory"
D'luv says: "Born This Way seemed like a big, overblown mess at first. But now, as the dust settles all these months after its release, I'm finally revisiting it (on vinyl!) and picking out the gems. 'The Edge Of Glory,' like 'Poker Face' and 'Bad Romance,' is simply quality pop. Too bad the video's a drag."
Moogaboo says: "I do like this number, in all of its overwrought, god-this-is-an-important-statement ridiculousness. It finally delivers on all the disco anthemry she’s constantly promising. I only wish Laura Branigan had lived to record a dodgy cover of it for the ZYX label!"
Charts: US #3, AUS #2, UK #6

8. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep"
D'luv says: "Annoyingly, this song was overplayed to the point where I had to stop listening to it. But there's no denying that this was Adele's year, and, when all is said and done, 'Rolling In The Deep' is a classic jam."
Moogaboo says: "This song didn’t really hit my spot until I heard it at Goodfellas, one of the scarier bars in New Castle, PA. It really seemed to fit how I was feeling at the time: a little down, a little up, a little scared of being knifed. Adele is that rare animal, someone who gets a LOT of airplay that I actually like."
Charts: US #1, CAN #1, GER #1, UK #2

7. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, "Starlight" 
D'luv says: "Poor Sophie. "Starlight" charted nowhere, and that is indeed a crime. (But at least the album went Gold…in Russia!) The lyrics are perfect, the Richard X production is spectacular and the mood the song creates — love at first sight fueld by ecstasy and chilly desperation — is everything you want from pop."
Moogaboo says: "You summed it up perfectly, and I’d add a certain melancholy, early-'80s-sparkleness to the that description. Russia lucked out this year."
Charts: Sigh. Didn't chart anywhere.

6. Penguin Prison, "Don't Fuck With My Money"
D'luv says: "I'm glad to see this guy, Chris Glover, finally getting some recognition, because 'Don't Fuck With My Money' is a great song that does retro-'80s the right way — it's like he extracted the best sensibilities of Wham!, Michael Jackson and Thomas Dolby and put them to good use. Plus, he has a really nice mouth."
Moogaboo says: "I agree. Penguin Prison achieved the hat-trick of being culturally relevant, musically catchy and mouth-boffable."
Charts: Sigh. Didn't chart anywhere.

5. Will Young, "Jealousy"
D'luv says: "The Richard X renaissance continues! And here I thought he had peaked with Foxbase Beta two years ago. Will Young's Echoes is one of the best albums of the year, and "Jealousy" was a hell of an excellent choice for lead single.
Moogaboo says: "Remember when Will Young won that 'Best Butt' contest a few years ago? This is even better than that, further solidifying my opinion that he is the new Annie Lennox."
Charts: UK #5

4. Beth Ditto, "I Wrote the Book"
D'luv says: "I'd almost forgotten about Beth Ditto's Simian Mobile Disco-produced EP from earlier this year until I went on a road trip in the fall and played a mix CD with 'I Wrote The Book' on it. This was so my jam back in late February and March. I wish that, rather than a too-short experimentation, Beth would continue to make music like this. Sigh. But I know she won't."
Moogaboo says: "She’s art noveau, she’s acid house, she’s a big, bounding bassline and Todd Terry synth riffs with a side of meticulously-executed 'Justify My Love' spoof. I want to live inside this record — and for most of the year, I did."
Charts: BEL #14, UK #76

3. Emeli Sande, "Heaven"
D'luv says: "It was a no-brainer that this would end up here on this list. It's just a brilliant debut single. 'Heaven' sounds like early-'90s house/trip hop. And is it just me, or is it musically very similar to Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy'?"
Moogaboo says: "I totally got the Massive Attack vibe from this, not to mention The Family Stand, Caron Wheeler and a ton of other '90s soul records that incorporated a tough beat and ecstatic string sections. Emeli raised the bar this year."
Charts: UK #2, BEL #2

2. Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me"
D'luv says: "Years from now, when pop historians look back on this broad's career, 'Hold It Against Me' will be singled out as a watershed moment for her. Whether Britney herself was interested in recording a commercial single that would usher dubstep into the mainstream in America or she simply showed up to the studio for 20 minutes and warbled whatever lyrics were handed to her doesn't interest me. 'Hold It Against Me' is a near-four-minute sugar rush that's best heard booming through your car speakers while speeding through the night."
Moogaboo says: "Oh doll, one of the things I d’luv about you is that you’ll always have space in your heart, and our chart, for the Thirsty Weave. And let’s face it, she could sing the the label off a bottle of Lexapro and it would get me dancing in some grimy hipster bar on a Friday night in the middle of July."
Charts: US #1, CAN #1, AUS #4, UK #6

1. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love"
D'luv says: "I'm quoted on Wikipedia saying that 'we found love in a hopeless place' is possibly the best lyric in pop music so far in 2011'. And now that it's December, I still maintain that sentiment. Essentially, 'We Found Love' should be billed as Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna. But no matter — Calvin is suddenly (and finally) a name in America. And Rihanna now has one of the most uplifting musical moments of her career in her canon of hits."
Moogaboo says: "This is just everything a modern pop record should be, equal parts drama, excitement, 'choon' and doom. 'Yellow diamonds in the light' is such a pretty pop line, I nearly melted when a friend texted it to me a few weeks ago. Rihanna is the new queen of disco and I couldn’t be happier."
Charts: US #1, CAN #1, UK #1, GER #1, FRANCE #1




Do you agree with D'luv and Moog's picks for the best jams of the year? Or are these pop lunatics completely out of their minds? Give us a shout below and let us know!

ALSO SEE:
* The 10 Worst Singles Of 2011
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2010
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2009
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2008
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2007
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2006
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2005
* The Top 40 Pop Singles Of The '00s

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saint Etienne Announce Album 'Words And Music', Preview Single "I've Got Your Music"

Hoo-ray! After a way-too-long dry spell with regards to new music from Saint Etienne, the UK trio have announced their follow-up to 2005 album Tales From Turnpike Place via a Christmas greeting on their official site.

The band has been working with Richard X and Nick Coler on eighth (and final?) album Words And Music By Saint Etienne, which will be preceded by the single "I've Got Your Music" (out in February, says Sarah Cracknell)!

Listen to a short clip of the upbeat pop jam via the link above. Sounds like it's in the same vein as their 2009 single "Method Of Modern Love" — which is a good thing!

Relive the horror: check out the Worst Singles Of 2011 roundup.

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Robyn-Watch, Post-'SNL'

Robyn performed on Saturday Night Live — the episode hosted by Katy Perry that really only had one funny skit, the Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve schlock movie spoof trailer for The Apocalypse — and she was stunning, as usual.

For those hoping the Grammy-nominated Swedish minx gets an Adele-esque boost following her appearance, here's the latest:

* LP Body Talk jumped back onto the iTunes Top Albums chart after God-knows-how-long, and is currently #53

* Single "Call Your Girlfriend" is #107 on iTunes

Robyn — "Call Your Girlfriend" on SNL



Robyn — "Dancing On My Own" on SNL



Relive the horror: check out the Worst Singles Of 2011 roundup.

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UK Chart Roundup: Unfortunately, Nobody Bought Spector's "Grey Shirt & Tie" This Week"

2010 X Factor loser Olly Murs lands his third UK chart-topper as "Dance With Me Tonight" moves up to #1 in its third week. But unfortunately, while this blond-but-bland piece of ass was racking up all the downloads, the amazing "Grey Shirt & Tie" by London quintet Spector , which was released a week ago, was sadly overlooked.

Here's what you ignored, you mean Brits:



Front dude Fred Macpherson is kind of Jarvis Cocker-esque, no? Or, maybe they're a bit more like how Moogaboo described them to me in an email: "Kind of Hurts-y, but not as dreeeary as so much of their album was."

Luckily the band has been nominated for the BBC's Sound Of 2012 poll, the longlist for which also contains such acts as Skrillex, Dot Rotten and Frank Ocean. And thanks to my brother from another mother Real Sugar for turning me on to these guys recently.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Dance With Me Tonight" - Olly Murs *1 week*
2. "Wishing On A Star" - The X Factor Finalists 2011
3. "Dedication To My Ex" - Lloyd feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne *new*
4. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
5. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
6. "5 O'Clock" - T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen *new*
7. "Paradise" - Coldplay
8. "Levels" - Avicii 
9. "Who You Are" - Jessie J
10. "Lego House" - Ed Sheeran


Relive the horror: check out the Worst Singles Of 2011 roundup.

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Friday, December 09, 2011

My James Morrison Interview

I have interviewed UK singer-songwriter James Morrison for Idolator. You can read this spectacular journalistic achievement right here. Also check my recent interviews with JoJo and Willow Smith.

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Goldfrapp 'The Singles' US Release Date & Tracklist

Hoo-ray — Goldfrapp's The Singles, which contains the two new songs "Yellow Halo" and "Melancholy Sky" — will get a US release via Astralwerks on February 7. Not only is that my birthday (I'll be turning 23, thanks), it's also the same week Pet Shop Boys' B-sides collection Format comes out (in the UK).

A big boooooo to "Alive" not being included on the 'frapp's hits collection, though.

Goldfrapp, The Singles Tracklist
 
Ooh La La
Number 1
Strict Machine (Single Mix)
Lovely Head
Utopia (Genetically Enriched)
A&E
Happiness (Single Version)
Train
Ride A White Horse (Single Version)
Rocket
Believer
Black Cherry
Yellow Halo
Melancholy Sky

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Hotties From Foster The People Get Homo-Sexy In Their "Don't Stop" Video

Pretty decent video. And "Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)" is my absolute fave song on Foster The People's Torches.

Basically, that broad who played Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) picks up Mark Foster, thinking he's her driving instructor. Turns out he's a thief with a bag full of cash. The two hot backup guys from FTP play the cops on their tail. Precious runs into the blond dude (Mark Pontius) with her car, and the other fine piece of ass (Cubbie Fink) cuddles with him in the dirt.

Here's the vid:



Sex. In my mind, the next scene has those two going home and playing my favorite childhood game: jail shower rape.

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It's Goldfrapp's "Yellow Halo" Video

Goldfrapp's collection The Singles is being released in the UK on February 6, and one of the two new songs on it is "Yellow Halo" (while the other is "Melancholy Sky"). The video premiered today, and it's composed entirely of footage shot on an iPhone. (Cheap, but compelling.)

As for the song, it's a bit more Seventh Tree than Head First for my tastes, but overall it's pretty, shimmery and Goldfrappy enough.



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US Chart Roundup: Will Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night" Miss The Top 10?

Rihanna and Calvin Harris' "We Found Love" racks up a sixth week atop Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and ties with Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" for the second-longest amount of time spent at #1 in 2011 (behind Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," which was #1 for seven weeks).

The only new addition to the Top 10 is Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as In Paris" (#8), which 1.) sees a boost following their performance on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and 2.) could use a melody.

Elsewhere, Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night" jumps up from #59 to #32 in the wake of the video premiere. The song is kind of floundering on iTunes, though. It's currently #34 on the digital store's Top Songs chart. Could this be the first Lady Gaga single to miss the Top 10?

At five single into Born This Way — the most released off any Gaga album to date — perhaps everyone who's going to splash down cash for her music already has the LP.

Adele's third 21 single "Set Fire To The Rain" cracks the Top 40 at #37. Best song on the album, if you want my classy opinion.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris *6 weeks*
2. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
3. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
4. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
5. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
6. "Someone Like You" - Adele
7. "Without You" - David Guetta feat. Usher
8. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
9. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry
10. "Stereo Hearts" - Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

My Willow Smith Interview + Her & Nicki MInaj's "Fireball" Video

I interviewed Willow Smith for Idolator (read here) where, among other things, the pop munchkin gives it up for Goldfrapp's "Horse Tears"!

Meanwhile, the 11-year-old hair-whipper's "Fireball" video premiered today on 106 & Park. Below is a shoddy video someone shot of their TV screen while the clip played. Willow's alien-like dance moves are kind of hypnotic.



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My JoJo Interview In 'Instinct'

So, you may recall that I interviewed pop minx JoJo, who turns the ripe old age of 21 in two weeks, for Idolator. Lo and behold, I interviewed her again for Instinct. You can read this fine piece of sure-to-be-award-winning journalism by picking up a copy of the December/January issue...or you can just check it right here.

Of course, if you pick up a copy of the mag, you'll be able to rub your face and whatever other bits and pieces all over my contributor photo (which you've actually already seen) and bio.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Gary Barlow & Lulu Relight Their Fire At Royal Albert Hall Prince's Trust Show

A familiar old woman was hauled onto the stage at last night's Prince's Trust gig at London's Royal Albert Hall for a performance of "Relight My Fire." Also, joining Gary Barlow was Lulu.

The pair turned out a spirited duet of the version of the disco tune that Take That took to #1 in the UK in 1993. Funny how, 18 years later, Lulu still has better moves than Gary.



I'd have thrown up Jason Donovan doing "Too Many Broken Hearts" with Gary accompanying him on piano from the event, but I can't find video anywhere. So just watch Lulu again.

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"Fireball" Video Preview: Willow Smith Hangs Out With Old Lady Nicki Minaj

Only Twirl Chylde Willow Smith could make Nicki Minaj look like someone's stiff-acting, ancient grandmother. Here's 30 seconds of the pair from their "Fireball" video, which is set to premiere tomorrow during BET's 106 & Park:



Let's hope "Fireball" fares better than "21st Century Girl."

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Monday, December 05, 2011

The 10 Worst Singles Of 2011: It Sucks To Be You Right Now

Perhaps no one flopped as spectacularly in 2011 as Beyonce. She couldn't land a hit off 4 to save her life, but this was music to the ears of trusty Chart Rigger sidekick Moogaboo and I as we sat down to sift through the year's-worth of aural atrocities. Bey-lieve it or not, the prego diva pulled off a first when it came time for our annual Worst list — a hat trick of trash! And so, without further delay, here's our Worst Singles Of 2011 roundup.

10. Beyonce, "Best Thing I Never Had"

D'luv says: "The best thing Bey never had was a hit off this album — and rightly so! If this officially signals the end of big-name hoes chucking out lazy, mediocre garbage that sounds like their last seven singles, best take a long last look at Beyonce, folks!"
Moogaboo says: "It's a good thing I never had to hear this song on the radio more than twice."
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: Bey soared to #8 on our Worst Singles Of 2008 list thanks to her since-forgotten ballad "If I Were A Boy," and made an excellent showing on our Worst Singles Of 2007 list with the Shakira-assisted "Beautiful Liar," at #2.

9. Jennifer Lopez, "On The Floor"

Moogaboo says: "This song was like a modernized 'Dancing in the Streets'...for idiots."
D'luv says: "I'll give J.Lo props for being personable and charming on American Idol. But as far as entertaining the masses at large, just stick to the ass pics, baby, because you make Janet sound like Etta James. PS Let's all pray 2012 is the year RedOne is tarred, feathered and run out of the biz on a pack mule."

8. Lady Gaga, "Judas"

D'luv says: "'Judas' — or when Lady Gaga finally realized that no one's really into the overdone combo of Jesus and her pussy that much. Another limp RedOne production, only mildly entertaining for the fact that, musically, it sounds like something ABBA — or, at the very least, Steps — would have turned out back in the day."
Moogaboo says: "I like that she proceeded directly to the self-indulgent, un-enjoyable phase of her career, which usually takes an artist five or ten years to reach. Bring on the spoken word jazz album and appearances in terrible movies!"

7. Nicola Roberts, "Beat Of My Drum"

D'luv says: "Remember when the Internet — except for us — collectively pulled out its dick and ejaculated all over Twitter about how great this song is? Yeah, the Internet is stupid." 
Moogaboo says: "Oh, darlin', blog love doesn't equal sales, and this trash has even less charm than Girls Aloud's worst single. (We don't have time to narrow them all down to just one, so let's just say 'Jump'.)"

6. Cher Lloyd, "Swagger Jagger"

Moogaboo says: "As long as US customs continues to screen animal cargo for rabies, our charts should be safe from Cher Lloyd for another few years."
D'luv says: "Has someone cut this broad's vocal chords yet?"

5. Beyonce, "1+1"

D'luv says: "In this case, 1+1 = 0. Gotta love how when this tuneless dirge bombed, it was brushed under the carpet and simply labeled as a 'promo single'. So, how'd that promotion turn out, then?"
Moogaboo says: "'I don't know why this flopped -- my hair looked great in the video!'"

4. Jessie J feat. B.o.B, "Price Tag"

D'luv says: "When you stop for a minute and ponder the fact that Adele's voice has been sidelined for months by injury and surgery while Jessie J is free to go on assaulting the eardrums of the world with her speaking-in-tongues trilling, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that life really sucks."
Moogaboo says: "It restores some of my faith in pop-manity that Jessie J is almost universally reviled for being a terrible singer and not very interesting."

3. Justin Bieber, "Mistletoe"

D'luv says: "Using 'shorty' in a Christmas song? Bad lesbian!"
Moogaboo says: "This has already ruined two holiday shopping excursions at TJ Maxx for me. How am I supposed to believe in Christmas again?"
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: Being the very first vocalist you hear on "We Are The World 25 For Haiti," Bieber received the ultimate compliment when we chose the charity jam as our top pick on the Worst Singles Of 2010 roundup.

2. Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song"

D'luv says: "'Chilling in my Snuggie'"? I despise this obnoxious waste of three minutes so much that when it comes on the radio, I like to imagine I'm about to drive over Bruno's skull and skid on it, preferably when he's having 'some really nice sex'."
Moogaboo says: "At least he's upfront about how much effort he didn't put into this anthem for morons."
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: Bruno easily landed at #2 on our Worst Singles Of 2010 list after lending his golden pipes to Travie McCoy's "Billionaire."

1. Beyonce, "Girls (Who Run The World)"

D'luv says: "Aw, poor Beyonce. She thought she could glue on a blonde weave, slip into a feathered vest, walk a couple of hyenas on chains and get her Tina Turner circa Thunderdome on and no one would pay attention to the fact that this song blows. Oopsie!" 
Moogaboo says: "Every time Beyonce flops, an angel gets its wings. Merry Christmas, everybody!"

ALSO SEE:
* The Worst Singles Of 2010
* The Worst Singles Of 2009
* The Worst Singles Of 2008
* The Worst Singles Of 2007
* The Worst Singles Of 2006

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