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Sunday, May 20, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Scissor Sisters Have A So-So Week With "Only The Horses"

The quality of The Saturdays' music output pretty much nose-dived to shit levels and has stayed that way after their promising first album, so it's disheartening to see that "30 Days," the lead single off the stripper pack's upcoming fourth album, charted higher this week in the UK (#7) than new Scissor Sisters jam "Only The Horses" (#12).

Yeah, I know — the Internet has collectively torn the Calvin Harris-produced "Only The Horses" to pieces. But you can all just kiss my classy butt. This is the Scissters' best single in ages, if you ask me, and it's far better than "Fire With Fire", that horrific lead single off their last album.

Alas, the band's chart fortunes seem to have faded, as "Only The Horses" is (so far) their highest placing single in the UK since "Fire With Fire" made it to #11 in 2010. And they haven't landed a song in the Top 10 since "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" topped the chart nearly six years ago.

Over on the album chart, Keane remain at #1 with Strangeland for a second week, while Garbage's self-released Not Your Kind Of People — their first LP in seven years — debuts at #10. Meanwhile, A-ha member Morten Harket enters at #37 with his latest solo album Out Of My Hands, which contains the Pet Shop Boys composition "Listening".

"Listening" might grow on me. (To be honest, I've only listened to it once or twice since it surfaced last month.) Sounds a bit like PSBs' "I Get Along" on the chorus, no?

The UK Top 10:

1. "R.I.P." - Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah *2 weeks*
2. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae
3. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
4. "Too Close" - Alex Clare
5. "Young" - Tulisa
6. "Where Have You Been" - Rihanna
7. "30 Days" - The Saturdays *new*
8. "Drive By" - Train
9. "Oliver Twist" - D'banji *new*
10. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra

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  • At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    It is a shame "Only the horses" did not debut higher on the UK charts. I am not even a Scissor Sisters fan but I think "Only the horses" is a pretty good song and is definitely better than some of the other stuff out there. I am thrilled that Keane is still at #1 on the album charts with "Strangeland". As far as Morten Harket is concerned, his new album has some great moments - the best of which are the songs "Scared of heights" and "Undecided". It is a shame the album didn't debut as high as the last a-ha album "Foot of the mountain". That one peaked at #2. Many say that if wasn't for the fact that the album was released in the same week that Michael Jackson met his end, "Foot of the mountain" would have gone to #1 in the UK. That being said, it is nice to see artists like Scissor Sisters, Keane and Morten Harket chart in the UK. At least that country has some element of taste in their mainstream. What a contrast to the crap that dominates charts stateside.

  • At 6:50 AM, Blogger Sean said…

    I think that "Fire with Fire" is far superior to the new track. It is like they were on cruise control when they recorded it. Nothing exciting, nothing great, just good. I like it, but can't say that either track I have heard from their new album compares on anything on the last one and I have been a fan since the beginning when they were turning in remixes of Pet Shop Boys and Blondie. I have already bought the their new single and will buy the album, but so far it seems kind of like they are phoning it in. And yes, better than most of the shit on the radio - I'll admit that one.

  • At 6:51 AM, Blogger Sean said…

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