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Thursday, January 19, 2012

US Chart Roundup: In Defense Of Lana Del Rey

Rihanna's "We Found Love" is #1 for a 10th week on the Billboard Hot 100, which means she and Calvin Harris have now had the longest run at the top of the chart since The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" spent 13 weeks in the peak position in 2009. RiRi is also the first female solo artist to rack up 10 weeks at #1 since Beyonce did so with "Irreplaceable" five years ago.

Let's move on to another controversial lady of pop. Lana Del Rey, in case you've been on a coke bender for the past week, gave a performance on Saturday Night Live that has pretty much divided the Internet into two camps: those who hated it and those who think all the resulting chatter will only help boost sales of her debut LP Born To Die once it arrives.

Lana Del Rey — "Video Games" on SNL

Lana Del Rey — "Blue Jeans" on SNL

The haters really need to get over it. Vocally, I found her performance to be just fine. People are up in arms over her seemingly odd, guttural delivery, but it's like, look, that's how the broad sings. This ain't no Britney Spears tit fest designed to have some lip-syncing ho with a robot snatch pry kiddies' cash out of their hands so they can sit on mom's Rabbit and one day hit the pole at 14.

NO! This is Lana Del Rey, hookers. True, she needs to work on the whole stage presence thing. And she could have benefited from some sort of prop to give her fidgety hands something to do — possibly a scarf to twirl around, or perhaps a microphone stand or a riding crop?

But, come on. The chick was probably nerved up and out of her mind from doing her first big TV performance (in the States). She's got The Ellen DeGeneres Show coming up on February 2, and the Late Show With David Letterman at some point after that. She'll get there, Brian Williams, you smug, ugly douche. Her performances on The Jonathan Ross Show and at London's Corinthia Hotel the week prior were just fine.

Try this: hit play on one of the videos above then go make a sandwich while listening and not watching. There really is nothing wrong with her vocals.

At any rate, Del Rey's four-song EP rose to #2 on iTunes immediately after SNL aired, and is still hanging in at #7 on the digital stores album roundup nearly a week later. On the Billboard Top 200, Del Rey's EP debuts at #20, while "Video Games" cracks the Hot 100 at #91.

On a finale note, The Wanted's debut US single "Glad You Came" enters the Hot 100 at #85 following their performance on Ellen last week.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris *10 weeks*
2. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
3. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
4. "It Will Rain" - Bruno Mars
5. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
6. "The One That Got Away" - Katy Perry
7. "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
8. "Rack City" - Tyga
9. "Young, Wild & Free" - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
10. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

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  • At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Fuck off I think we all got over the Lana Del Rey HYPE...... yawn

  • At 10:05 AM, Anonymous shaun said…

    Do you really think Brian Williams is ugly? I kind of have me a thang for him...

  • At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Quicker Than A Del Rey of Light said…

    Agreed!! LDR and her EP are amazing! All the haters need to take D'Luv's advice and plop down on Mom's Rabbit!

  • At 2:40 AM, Blogger Jump! said…

    I'd wanna fuck Brian Williams even more.

  • At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Chuck said…

    I'll take the Rabbit. This is what it'd sound like if the zombies from "Walking Dead" would sing.

  • At 11:55 PM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    I Gotta Feeling was actually #1 for 14 wks in 2009, not 13.

    This week the top 3 were all within a hair of each other, so it looks probable that Ri's reign at #1 will end next week.


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