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

Friday, March 30, 2012

98 Degrees To Cash In On Nostalgia By Reuniting?

Boy band 98 Degrees, who, let's face it, were always a subpar version of *NSYNC, but at least far superior to, say, O-Town, have the Internet in a whirl over the fact that their website was updated on Wednesday for the first time since 2004.

This caused the site RumorFix to report the following:
"Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre are set to go on a fifteen city tour this summer between July and August, a source close to the band tells RumorFix. Rumors of a reunion tour began Wednesday night when the band’s website –revealing a new design and logo — was updated for the first time in a decade — and our source says it’s because of the tour."
First things first: 98 Degrees landed a handful of utterly forgettable Top 10 hits between 1998 and 2000, the biggest of which were "Because Of You"(#3 on the Hot 100), "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" (#2) and the Mariah Carey team-up "Thank God I Found You" (#1). I vaguely remember the first one (only because I have the CD single buried somewhere in the closet), and have zero idea how "Give Me Just One Night" goes.

But their best song was "The Hardest Thing" (#5), which was a TRL staple in spring 1999, right around the time I moved to Los Angeles. Good memories.

Longtime Chart Rigger readers may recall that I stanned hard for Nick Lachey's 2006 solo hit "What's Left Of Me." But as for the band reuniting for a tour, better cash would be spent/made if they just joined Jeff Timmons as a member of Chippendales.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

US Chart Roundup: Fun. Have The Best Selling Single Of The Year To Date

Fun. and Janelle Monae's "We Are Young" is tops on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, thus giving the song the longest run at #1 so far this year. It's no surprise that the publication notes "We Are Young" is the best-selling single of 2012 to date, based on sales of 2.39 million paid downloads. Right behind it is Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," which previously spent three weeks at #1 and stands at 2.25 million in sales so far. 

Looking at the rest of the Top 10 this week, it's snooze village, as no new songs make a dent in the upper tier of the chart. Just outside it, however, Billboard cover boys One Direction climb to #11 with "What Makes You Beautiful." Their album Up All Night gets bumped off the throne of the Top 200 by the arrival of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games, however, and slides down to #4.

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" moves up three positions to #15 and Carly Rae Jepsen's addictive jam "Call Me Maybe" jumps to #18.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae *4 weeks*
2. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
3. "Glad you Came" - The Wanted
4. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra
5. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
6. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
7. "Wild Ones" - Flo Rida feat. Sia
8. "Part Of Me" - Katy Perry
9. "Take Care" - Drake feat. Rihanna
10. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Wanted & One Direction Cover 'Billboard'

With The Wanted's "Glad You Came" currently at #3 on the Hot 100 and One Direction's Up All Night topping last week's Top 200 album chart, Billboard has inevitably slapped the UK boy band's on dueling covers of the publication. (The Wanted's debut US LP is out on April 24.)

It's been over 10 years since boy bands had the charts looking like a total sausage fest, and wise old sage Simon Cowell piped up on the resurgence of pop in Billboard's cover story:
"It's a track-oriented chart at the moment. When we used to put records out years ago, two singles was the norm, three singles was a lot. And you have these solo artists now who could be, with collaborations, putting out seven or eight singles a year. [Even if] you go back to the Motown days, every time, it always comes back to 12 o'clock. It felt like that time again."
Cowell, of course, manages One Direction, while Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun is in charge of The Wanted. (What happened to Jayne Collins?)

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blake Want To Be Your Favorite Man Band With "Start Over"

UK quartet Blake, who found success by performing songs in the pop-classical fusion vein, are aiming to fill the gap created by Take That's current hiatus. They're even going a step further by working on straight-up pop jams with Diane Warren on music for their first US release.

Here's the album's first single, a fairly inoffensive, Take That-esque tune called "Start Over".


Madonna's 12 Studio Album Covers, Ranked From Worst To Best

I've assessed Ye Olde Vampyre's 12 studio album covers over at Idolator. Particular fun was had by riffing on Hard Candy.


Monday, March 26, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Katy Perry's Worst Single Yet Is #1 In Another Country

Katy Perry earns her third UK #1 this week with "Part Of Me," a song that I'm annoyingly finding is growing on me. To be quite honest, the song is utter shit, and Max Martin, Dr Luke, etc. were smart to leave it off Teenage Dream that first time around. But, you know how it goes — hear something enough times and your ears start to give in. It's Katy Perry's trashy snatch, and we're all just traveling through it.

Perry's previous #1s over yonder were "I Kissed A Girl" and "California Gurls".

Meanwhile, JLS' sell-by date must have finally arrived. Their new single "Proud", off their upcoming fourth album, squeaks in at #6.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Part Of Me" - Katy Perry *new* *1 week*
2. "She Doesn't Mind" - Sean Paul *new*
3. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra
4. "Last Time" - Labrinth *new*
5. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
6. "Proud" - JLS *new*
7. "Titanium" - David Guetta feat. Sia
8. "Wild Ones" - Flo Rida feat. Sia
9. "Next To Me" - Emeli Sande
10. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Steps Promote Hit Factory Live Concert At PWL Studios With Pete Waterman

Steps update #1: That Hit Factory Live concert featuring all the PWL acts you can shake a stick is going full-steam ahead. Here's a video of Steps and Pete Waterman doing a press conference and various promo about it:

Steps update #2: To tie in with the band's tour next month, Sky Living will air a whole new series of Steps Reunion titled, aptly enough Steps Reunion: The Ultimate Tour. This will later be followed by Steps Reunion: The Next Step.

Steps update #3: Still no word on new music from the band. And I'll no longer be going to their gig in London on April 19, due to a scheduling conflict. Sigh. But I will be going to Paris in June, so there is that.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

13 Iconic Pet Shop Boys Images By Eric Watson, Who Has Died

Eric Watson, photographer of Pet Shop Boys from the very beginning (and former pre-PSB Neil Tennant colleague at Smash Hits), died of a heart attack on Sunday at age 56.

There are so many iconic photographs Eric took of the Boys and videos he directed — images that were imprinted on my mind from a pre-teen age and on — and this roundup really doesn't do it justice. But they're some of my favorites. (For a complete look at Watson's work with the Boys up through 2005, pick up the coffee table read Catalogue.)

From the Guardian's obituary:
Eric Watson, who has died of a heart attack aged 56, was an important shaper of 1980s pop photography. His work for Smash Hits during a key era in British pop helped create the glossy image of the age. In particular, Watson's collaboration with Pet Shop Boys – Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – defined the notion of image-making as a vital part of the way the post-punk generation took control of its own marketing.

Writing in the Guardian in 1993, Dave Rimmer noted: "Everything one now thinks of as the Pet Shop Boys – silent Chris walking two steps behind singing Neil, and so on – stems from discussions the group had with photographer/videomaker Eric Watson at the very beginning of their career."

"His aesthetic and our aesthetic pretty much coincided," Tennant says now. "We had endless discussions about the way we wanted to look. We didn't want to be smiley pop stars. We spent lots of EMI's money on endless photo sessions."

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

US Chart Roundup: I Stan For Carly Rae Jepsen

Sia cracks the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the first time via her feature on Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" this week. It's a shame this accomplishment didn't occur through something far classier, i.e. one of her own songs.

That said, with his rotating lineup of divas singing the chorus on his songs, Flo Rida really has become the modern day equivalent of the anonymous German rapper on some '90s Eurodance tune, a la this hot trash I just stumbled upon over the weekend by 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor:

Seriously, how have I never heard that derivative 1994 jam until now? It's like a Snap!/U.S.U.R.A/Real McCoy sandwich.

Elsewhere, The Wanted move up one position to #3 with "Glad you Came" while two notable singles crash into the Top 20: Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" at #18 and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" at #19. Meanwhile, the latter becomes the first UK act to enter at #1 on the Top 200 album chart with a debut LP. One Direction's Up All Night sold 176,000 copies out of the gate to take the top spot.

Back on the Hot 100, One Direction's "One Thing" debuts at #90.

That brings us to Carly Rae Jepsen. It's inevitable that every spring some young ho will grab my ear with an irresistible pop offering. Most notably, this happened two years ago with Selena Gomez and "Naturally." And now, cue up "Call Me Maybe" (#23 on the chart), which I seriously can not stop playing.

Damn you, Carly Rae Jepsen! And, gotta love how the object of her affection turns out to be a gayer in the vid.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae *3 weeks*
2. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
3. "Glad you Came" - The Wanted
4. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
5. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra
6. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
7. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
8. "Take Care" - Drake feat. Rihanna
9. "Wild Ones" - Flo Rida feat. Sia
10. "Part Of Me" - Katy Perry

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Katy Perry Joins The Marines In Her "Part Of Me" Video

Katy Perry joins the few and the proud in the video for her recent chart-topping single "Part Of Me". The plot it simple: she sees her man getting flirty with some blond broad, dumps him and joins the Marines.

We get it, Katy — it's your tell-off video for Russell Brand. But why not turn lemons into lemonade (or at least cash)? Maybe the military can license this boot camp epic and use it as their next recruitment ad?

This song is slightly growing on me. Only slightly.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" Video

Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" video, her second from MDNA, was directed by photographers Mert and Marcus, and very much has the feel of a fashion spread.

Madge is clearly feeling iconic again, or at least aiming to assert her queenly status in this era of pop wannabes gone wild. And when Her Madgesty is feeling iconic, Her Madgesty goes black and white and straight to the sex (see: "Vogue,""Justify My Love," "Erotica," etc.).

Not a bad addition to Ye Olde Vampyre's catalog of visuals, overall, and the song — a lesser trifle compared to some of the other superb tracks lying in wait on MDNA — is not nearly as entertaining on its own.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hit Factory Live To Bring Steps, Jason Donovan, Bananarama To London's Hyde Park In July

Bloody hell! PopJustice posted the official press release this morning for Pete Waterman's Hit Factory Live event at Hyde Park in London on July 11.

On the roster:
Rick Astley
Jason Donovan
Dead Or Alive
Pepsi &Shirley (!!)
Princess (!!!)
Hazell Dean
Sybil (!!!!)
2 Unlimited (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Lonnie Gordon
Brother Beyond

Jesus. That kind of makes the Stock Aitken Waterman Gold night at G-A-Y (Sonia, Sinitta, Jason Donovan) I flew to see back in November  of 2005 look like dinner theater in Leeds.

There is also mention of a "very special duet 23 years in the making." Hmmmm. Kylie Minogue and Jason's "Especially For You" was released 23 years ago, were it not?

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Throwback: Everything Went From Wrong To Right (My 'Instinct' Anniversary)

Ten years ago today I began working at Instinct Magazine. I kind of took the long way around with a writing career, and even when I began at the mag, I took the non-editorial position of business manager, working directly with the publisher. That classy pic above is me (with my eyes closed) in my old office there, circa 2003, when the publication was based in Sherman Oaks in the Valley.

Of course, I wanted to be in editorial, and when you put your mind to something, it eventually all works out. Here's basically how I went about getting the job: I had been working at the E! channel for over a year (so I was broke as shit), was dating a guy who had a subscription to Instinct (a publication I'd never heard of), picked a copy of the latest issue up off his bedroom floor one morning in January 2002 and thought, well, I could surely write for this.
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UK Chart Roundup: Alexandra Burke's Auto-Tuned Thong Is A Drag

The UK chart continues its trend of being an utter snooze for another week as "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye and Kimbra racks up a fifth stint at #1. That's not to say that the song itself is a bore — quite the contrary, I love that offbeat breakup jam! It's just that all the subsequent positions need a jolt of something new.

And sorry, Alexandra Burke's semi-shit "Elephant," which lumbers in at #3, ain't that jolt. Broad, there's an elephant standing in the room, and it's the fact that this trash sounds like a Rihanna knockoff.


The UK Top 10:

1. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra *5 weeks*
2. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
3. "Elephant" - Alexandra Burke *new*
4. "Next To Me" - Emeli Sande
5. "Wild Ones" - Flo Rida feat. Sia
6. "Titanium" - David Guetta feat. Sia
7. "Hot Right Now" - DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora
8. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
9. "Love Me" - Stooshe feat. Travie McCoy
10. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

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Kylie Minogue's Anti Tour Clips From Melbourne Are Effing Amazing

Two years ago I interviewed Kylie Minogue for Instinct, and she told me this: "I can totally see the day when I do a performance of all my unreleased songs in a very small club for a limited run, and perhaps that would be recorded."

Well, lo and behold, that day has come. Kylie kicked off her Anti Tour in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, today, and the setlist looks absolutely amazing. I'm re-posting it below, courtesy of ONTD.

Here's a clip of Kylie, who looks absolutely stunning in her cute jean shorts and Marilyn Monroe tee, doing the old-school Stock Aitken Waterman jams "Made In Heaven" and "Always Find The Time" (I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DID THESE!!!), plus B-sides "Cherry Bomb" and "BPM," and the unreleased '90s tune "You're The One".

I'm also not over the fact that, according to the setlist below, she does "Things Can Only Get Better"!

Anti Tour Setlist

1. Magnetic Electric (X bonus track)
2. Made in Heaven ("Je Ne Se Pourqois" b-side)
3. Cherry Bomb ("Wow" b-side)
4. BPM ("I Believe in You" b-side)
5. Mighty Rivers (Aphrodite bonus track)
6. Over Dreaming (Over You) (Enjoy Yourself album track)
7. Always Find the Time (Rhythm of Love album track)
8. You're The One (unreleased track from Impossible Princess)
9. Tightrope ("In Your Eyes" b-side)
10. Paper Dolls ("Spinning Around" b-side)
11. Stars (X album track)
12. Drunk (Impossible Princess album track)
13. Say Hey (Impossible Princess album track)
14. Too Much (Aphrodite album track)
15. Bittersweet Goodbye (Light Years album track)
16. Disco Down (Light Years album track)
17. I Don't Need Anyone (Impossible Princess album track)
18. Got to Be Certain (Kylie single)
19. Things Can Only Get Better (Rhythm of Love album track)
20. That's Why They Write Love Songs (KylieX2008 track)
21. Tears On My Pillow (Enjoy Yourself single)
22. Enjoy Yourself (Enjoy Yourself title track)

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Madonna 'MDNA' Previews: "Best Friend", "I Fucked Up", "Beautiful Killer" & "Superstar"

Trying to keep up with Madonna's MDNA song leaks is like trying to contain a ant invasion. (Sorry, I'm having a problem at home with the pesky little pests — ants, I mean. Not Madonna songs.) But as I sit here, post-SXSW, finally wading through the new clips from Ye Olde Vampyre, I'm pretty much like what I hear.

Last week we took a listen to "I'm Addicted,""Love Spent" and "Gang Bang." Below is the latest crop, ahead of the March 26 release of MDNA.

"Best Friend": Love the synthy, staccato production here from the Benassis and Demolition Crew. The lyrics aren't even that bad! Another stab at Guy Ritchie?

"Superstar": "I'll give you a massage when you get home"?"You're Abe Lincoln, 'cause you fight for what's right"??? Okay, okay — cheeseball lyrics aside, it's nice to hear Madge doing a straight-up happy pop song.

"Falling Free": Thank Christ this broad is working with William Orbit again. Beautiful ballad that annihilates her last album, the two Celebration singles and "Give Me All Your Luvin'".

"I Don't Give A": Take that, Guy. Not to sound like a broken record, but imagine if this had been the first MDNA single? I guess you could say that about any of these tracks. Another one that features Nicki Minaj, as well as a defiant Madge and production by Martin Solveig. I'm officially going to love this album.

"Beautiful Killer": More Martin Solveig, more allusions to praying and shooting, more awesomeness. Something about this song sounds very '90s to me. The lush production is great.

"I Fucked Up": Madge lays it on the line and owns up to her mistakes. Solveig's production here is sort of reminding me of "Nothing Fails" a bit. Really sweet track.


Friday, March 16, 2012

The Wanted's US Album Cover Looks Familiar

With The Wanted's self-titled US debut album out on April 24, the band have unveiled the cover art. It's got that worn-photo look — kind of old-timey, and (speaking of old timers), let's face it, very reminiscent of the cover for Backstreet Boys' 2001 collection The Hits - Chapter One.

As mentioned before, The Wanted are set to head back to the States in a couple weeks for a March 20 performance on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, April 2 gig on the mtvU Spring Break Las Vegas stage, performance on the Today Show on April 24 (day of the album's release) and then a cougar-rattling appearance on The View on April 25.

Anyway, guess the naked pics of Max George must be tucked inside the CD booklet?

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

US Chart Roundup: The "I Was Trapped At SXSW" Edition

First of all, I'm writing this actually on Friday and back-dating it for Thursday, because on Thursday I was winding down my marathon 24-hours Austin South By Southwest cameo. I rolled down that way for the Idolator Pray For Pop Party, where we had Cher Lloyd, Penguin Prison and Wallpaper. perform (starting at midnight on Wednesday). You can see pics and then read my review of the showcase.

Here's Penguin Prison at the Idolator shindig. Isn't he cute?

Here's Cher Lloyd at the Idolator bash. Isn't she cute? I should mention that I also met Cher's manager, Craig Logan — i.e. former Bros member Craig Logan. And previous Dannii Minogue fiance Craig Logan. Super sweet guy.

It was rad. But I got no sleep. And I'm still recovering.

So anyway, I step away for two days and Billboard has gone and changed their Hot 100 chart rules again. The gist is that on-demand services such as Spotify and Rhapsody now factor in.

Says Billboard:
"As previously announced, the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart undergoes a major renovation this week with the addition of a host of streaming services to its formula, including those that contribute to the newly-launched On-Demand Songs chart.

"On-Demand Songs measures every on-demand play request and plays from unlimited listener-controlled radio channels on subscription services MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker and Spotify. The plays tracked for On-Demand Songs include streams and tethered downloads by both paying and free/trial tier users.

"The Hot 100 will also include non-demand radio streams from Rhapsody and Slacke, audio on-demand streams from MySpace and Guvera and plays on video request service Akoo. Yahoo! radio streams and Yahoo! on-demand video plays, which were previously part of the Hot 100 formula, will continue to contribute to the chart's rankings.

"Additionally, the Hot 100's sales/airplay ratio has been adjusted to both accommodate the influx of additional streaming services to the chart's data pool and to slightly lessen the influence of sales, as the volume of digital downloads had increased exponentially since the chart's last formula modification in 2007.

"The chart's new methodology continues to place the greatest weight on sales, with radio the next most influential component, followed by streaming. (Under the chart's new recipe, on-demand streams will be weighted twice as much as passive/online radio streaming)."
So there you have it. 

Couple things of note on the chart this week: Rihanna and Calvin Harris' "We Found Love" drops out of the Top 10 (to #11) after nearly six months, while the latter's "Feel So Close" climbs 12 positions to #22.

Meanwhile, Drake and Rihanna's "Take Care" hops in the Top 10, at #7, while RiRi's "Talk That Talk" climbs into the Top 40 at #36. I'd care more if I wasn't completely effing burnt out on her.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae *2 weeks*
2. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
3. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
4. "Glad you Came" - The Wanted
5. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra
6. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
7. "Take Care" - Drake feat. Rihanna
8. "Young, Wild & Free" - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
9. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
10. "Part Of Me" - Katy Perry

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Madonna's New 'MDNA' Promo Pics

Madonna got her tits out for new album MDNA. Hoo-ray.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Goldfrapp Interview

I love Goldfrapp, and I think Alison Goldfrapp is one of the most intelligent songstresses I've ever had the privilege of interviewing. I talked to her in 2010 for Idolator, just before Head First came out, and once again a few weeks ago, as a tie-in with the release of The Singles. You can read the latter, which was posted today, here on Idolator.

I used the majority of the quotes, and there were just a tiny bit of leftover bits from our recent interview, which I'm posting just below:

Do you think the day will ever come when Will will join you on stage for a tour? 
AG: No. He does do occasional gigs with us. When we’ve done acoustic things he’s been there. But, no — he’s never really been into that side of things. I sometimes think that’s probably why we’re still working together. [Laughs]

Before you go, I have one request: please tweet more photos of your cat. 
AG: [Laughs] I’d better start taking more, because I’ve completely run out of pictures! And I forget which ones I’ve tweeted and which ones I haven’t. Yes, I will

As always, it’s lovely to speak with you. I really enjoyed our conversation two years ago and I enjoyed this one. 
AG: Aww, you’re very welcome. I hope we get to speak again next time.

I'll make sure of it.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Alphabeat's "Vacation": Have A Listen

Hmmm. Alphabeat's new single "Vacation" is supposed to be on US iTunes — and on iTunes in general, worldwide — though a quick search doesn't turn it up here.

At any rate, here's the song in all its retro-'80s glory:

Very short and sweet. As last week's tease of the track indicated, "Vacation" is more This Is Alphabeat than The Spell/The Beat Is... If there are at least a few songs on the next album like "The Right Thing,", "DJ" and "Hole In My Heart," I'll be happy.

Here's what the band says on their official site:
"As we write we’re finishing our next album. It will (fingers crossed!) be in the shops at some point late Summer 2012 and for what has been going on in the studio it’s gonna be fun fun fun, 'something you can dance to' and 100% pure Alphabeat pop!"


Sunday, March 11, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Marcus Collins Has A Seven-Nation-Army-Sized Disaster

Former X Factor contestant Marcus Collins covered the White Stripes' 2003 Grammy-winning jam "Seven Nation Army" and it flopped (this is the UK we're talking about, kids) into the chart at #9 this week.

It seems no one cares, Marcus. There's always the dream of being a male escort?

The UK Top 10:

1. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra *4 weeks*
2. "Next To Me" - Emeli Sande
3. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj
4. "Wild Ones" - Flo Rida feat. Sia
5. "Love Me" - Stooshe feat. Travie McCoy *new*
6. "Hot Right Now" - DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora
7. "Bright Lights" - Tinchie Stryder feat. Pixie Lott *new*
8. "Titanium" - David Guetta feat. Sia
9. "Seven Nation Army" - Marcus Collins *new*
10. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" Video Preview Reminds Me Of "Erotica"


Madonna's 'MDNA' Previews So Far: "I'm Addicted," "Love Spent" & "Gang Bang"

The world at large continues to be perplexed by Madonna's MDNA. While many of Ye Olde Vampyre's fans lamented the choices of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and "Girl Gone Wild" as the first two singles off the album, track-by-track reviews from such outlets at the Telegraph and PopJustice seem to indicate that we'll be jamming Barbie Doll legs up ourselves over this record for quite some time.

So, for us peons who've missed out on being invited to some swank London listening party for the album, let's rate the clips we've heard so far over the past week.

"I'm Addicted": This trash didn't impress me the first few times I played it. It's not really easy to guage based on this minute-long snippet alone, but, I've since changed my mind, I have a feeling it might turn out to be quite a jam. Still, that "M, D, N, A! M, D, N, A!" is someone annoying, no?

"Love Spent": Finally, the first song from this whole shebang that sounds like it has a catchy pop melody! This short clip alone has made me forgive the broad for Hard Candy and Music.

"Gang Bang": Oooh, Madge is getting dark. This is what I picture plays in her mind when she's soaring through the air like the Vampyre that she is, in search you young blood. Seriously, though, it's nice to finally hear her going in a different direction. Those first two so-so singles appeared to signal that Madge and all involved had run out of ideas. But "Gang Bang" has her getting all Lil' Kim on a bitch, which could well be just how we like her now.