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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Katy B's Eyes Are Wide Shut In Her "5 AM" Video

I remember standing in a long line outside Mann's Chinese Theater to see Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut right when I first moved to Los Angeles, and falling asleep in my seat for about 45 minutes of the movie. (Don't worry — there was still at least another five hours or so of it that I did catch.) And so it's not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I think of films pop stars would want to reference, but hey — it's from the '90s, and Katy B is all about said decade these days.

UPDATE: I made Katy LOL:

"5 AM," sound-wise, picks up where "Aaliyah" and "What Love Is Made Of" left off. Visually, Ms. B winds up at some fancy mansion where men and women in party masks give her creepy stares like they want to put their faces up her lady funnel while squeezing her boobs.

Nothing wrong with that, really.


It's Pet Shop Boys' "Thursday" Video

Not a bad Monday — first we get "Walking On Air," the best song off Katy Perry's upcoming album Prism, and now we have the music video for "Thursday," the best single from Pet Shop Boys' most recent album Electric. Nice to see that somewhat of a budget was put behind the visual (though you've seen that clip of Example both in the pre-album-release teaser and as a projection on the Electric Tour, if you attended).

If ever there was a Pet Shop Boys single in the new millennium that deserved to be a hit, "Thursday" would be it.

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Katy Perry's "Walking On Air": Have A Listen To The Good Song From 'Prism'

You may recall me attending the Katy Perry Prism album listening session in New York earlier this month, then coming home and describing "Walking On Air" like this:
One of the big songs that's going to get a lot of gays clutching their candy is "Walking On Air," which she did with Klas [Ahlund] and sounds like an early-'90s house throwback. Katy said she wanted something that sounded like an old CeCe Peniston jam.
 I also tweeted the following:
Anyway, "Walking On Air" follows "Dark Horse" as a buzz single in the lead-up to Prism's October 22 release. Have at it below!

 I told you it was good.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

UK Chart Roundup: Jason Derulo, Still Happening

Jason Derulo continues to have international success with "Talk Dirty," which has been #1 in the UK for two weeks and also managed to top the German and Australian charts. If the same thing somehow happens here in the States, well, you can finally rest assured that God has released Satan after 1000 years.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz *2 weeks*
2. "Roar" - Katy Perry
3. "Counting Stars" - OneRepublic
4. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake
5. "You Make Me" - Avicii *new*
6. "Same Love" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
7. "What I Might Do" - Ben Pearce
8. "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
9. "It's My Party" - Jessie J
10. "Burn" - Ellie Goulding

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Killers' "Shot At The Night" Video Shows Max Minghella & Bella Heathcote Taking A Ride

Most of the band members from The Killers, save for Brandon Flowers, are absent in the video for new M83-produced single "Shot At The Night," and even B-Flo is featured only here and there, as a mere reflection in a dark Las Vegas hotel room window.

The main action focuses on actors Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Max Minghella (The Social Network), as they meet-cute in Sin City and spend a romantic night running through the town.

I have to say, this track (taken from the upcoming Direct Hits collection by The Killers) has grown on me considerably over the past week. At first I thought it was tad weak, given the combined talents of M83 and Flowers & Co., but after a few listens it seems fine as a greatest hits add-on — and it's a definite improvement over anything from Battle Born.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Pet Shop Boys' Benchmark Album 'Very' At 20: I've Been A Teenager Since Before You Were Born

Once upon a time, I wrote a piece here on Chart Rigger called Pet Shop Boys 'Very' At 15: How Can I Even Try To Explain? I remember sitting in Starbucks in the Westwood area of Los Angeles and writing it on my laptop that September, on a Sunday evening, like it was yesterday.

It was a more personal writeup, dealing with my thoughts on having come of age with the Pet Shop Boys' fifth album upon its release in 1993. "In so many ways, that fall was a new beginning for me," I wrote, "and Very soundtracked my life then and still resonates with who I am today."

And so consider me utterly shocked that five years have gone by since I typed those words. Today, September 27, officially marks the 20th anniversary of Very's release.

Yesterday I wrote a less personal but more all-encompassing anniversary piece on Very for Idolator, which was published today. You can check it out here.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

US Chart Roundup: "Chain Between My Snatch" Is Still #1, Britney's "Work Bitch" Tanks

With Miley Cyrus currently straddling the Hot 100 with "Chain Between My Snatch" yet again, we look to the Top 10 debut of Britney Spears' terrible new single "Work Bitch"...except that it didn't debut in the Top 10. Alas, it only squeaked its way to #12.

According to Billboard, "Flop Bitch" sold 174,000 digital downloads in its first week — a far cry from vastly superior lead Femme Fatale single "Hold It Against Me," which moved 411,000 paid downloads out of the gate in early 2011 and entered the Hot 100 at #1.

Chalk it up to the involvement of toxic demon will.i.am in the song. The good news is that Britney's got a whole album of new material on the way, and surely there's something better lying in wait, right? Oh, wait — will.i.am executive-produced the entire thing.

Better luck next album, Britney.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus *2 weeks*
2. "Roar" - Katy Perry
3. "Royals" - Lorde
4. "Wake Me Up!" - Avicii
5. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
6. "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
7. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
8. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
9. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais
10. "Safe And Sound" - Capital Cities

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Paris Hilton's "Good Time" Video: Watch A Preview & Hand Her A Grammy Already

Royal Music Legend Paris Hilton will stun the globe on October 1 with the first taste of her Cash Money material, "Good Time," and since that seems like it's still years away (it's not, though, pop friends — it's only five days from now!), the pop icon has given us a tease of the music video for the soon-to-be new National Anthem.

This clip has everything you ever dreamed for in a Paris Hilton song, too: the heiress' natural, god-given vocal talent on full display, Lil Wayne and wet boobs.

Hang it up, Katy and Gaga — you both just got tit-slapped by the Queen Of Everything.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

John Newman's US 'Love Me Again' Out In October

Amazing artist! <3

I'm pretty much obsessed with John Newman, and so when news came of his debut album Tribute's arrival (on October 14) in the UK next month, I was pretty jazzed. Now add to that the announcement of his four-track stateside Love Me Again EP (out October 15), plus the samples of all 11 songs on Tribute, and it's pretty much John Newman overload.

Have at it. Easily the best stuff I've heard in months.


Miley Cyrus Gets Her Tits Out For The Cover Of 'Rolling Stone'

Here's chart-topping "Chain Between My Snatch" superstar Miley Cyrus on her conservative Rolling Stone cover. As part of the classy extravaganza, Miley went skydiving with the mag and said the word "fuck" a lot in the ensuing video. Enjoy?


Sunday, September 22, 2013

UK Chart Roundup: Jessie J & Jason Derulo Should Put Their Heads Up Each Other's Asses

Jason Derulo...da FUCK? And who told Domino Twat Jessie J that face was okay to walk out in public with?

Super ratchetry.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz *new* *1 week*
2. "Roar" - Katy Perry
3. "It's My Party" - Jessie J *new*
4. "Counting Stars" - OneRepublic
5. "You Make Me" - Avicii *new*
6. "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
7. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake
8. "Burn" - Ellie Goulding
9. "Same Love" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
10. "Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)" - Klankarussell feat. Will Heard

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

US Chart Roundup: Miley Cyrus Lands First #1 Single With "Chain Between My Snatch"!

It's a relatively slow week on the Hot 100, save for the fact that MILEY CYRUS NOW HAS HER FIRST #1 SINGLE. And, Jesus – thank god she achieved it with "Chain Between My Snatch."

"Chain Between My Snatch" does one better than Miley's previous high-charting singles "Party In The U.S.A." (2009) and "Don't Tell Coke Whore What To Do" (2013), which each made it to #2.

Miley can now tell her dad to go fuck off, because Billy Ray certainly never achieved having a #1 single on the Hot 100. So he should just be happy and hope that at least the scraps of the "Chain Between My Snatch" royalties go toward his old-age home rent in about 30 years.

Well, unless Miley blows through the cash in like two years, which — let's face it — is probably a strong possibility. Actually, I just looked up the "Chain Between My Snatch" credits, and Miley didn't write it.

Best unstraddle that chain, gurl, and wrap it around your agent's neck.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus *1 week*
2. "Roar" - Katy Perry
3. "Royals" - Lorde
4. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
5. "Wake Me Up!" - Avicii
6. "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
7. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
8. "Berzerk" - Eminem
9. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
10. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Katy Perry's 'Prism' Track "Dark Horse" Is Completely Unapologetic

In case you were hopeful that things might improve post-"Roar" with regards to Katy Perry's upcoming third album Prism, one need only check out her Juicy J-featuring "Dark Horse," which hit iTunes yesterday. It basically sounds like something Rihanna shat out between doing lines and sucking Chris Brown's fist during the Unapologetic sessions.

As I said before, the one song to get worked up over with this whole thing is "Walking On Air."

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Gary Barlow Solo Album Out In November, Take That Hitting Studio In January

Gary Barlow's first solo album since 1999's Twelve Months, Eleven Days is set for a November 25 release in the UK. So far there's no album title or single info, but chances are, Gary will have better luck this time than he did 14 years ago, when his previous solo effort tanked and sent him into a career tailspin until the Take That reunion in 2005. (Interestingly, Robbie Williams' duets album Swings Both Ways is out the week prior, on November 18.)

Meanwhile, Gary told the Daily Mirror last week that Take That will be hitting the studio, with or without Williams, in January: “If Rob’s around he’ll be with us, if not it’ll be a four. It can go either way. It keeps us guessing as well. I think it’ll probably be a four. It’ll be next year – definitely.”

Now, let's all look flash back to Gary's pretty fantastic Max Martin- and Kristian Lundin-produced single that was released in 1998 or 1999 and called "Superhero" or "For All That You Want," depending on which country you live in.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Killers Announce 'Direct Hits' Collection & Release M83 Collaboration "Shot At The Night"

Not really giving Lady Gaga's ARTPOP any run for the money, November 11 with also bring the release of the singles collection Direct Hits from The Killers. Next June will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Las Vegas band's debut LP Hot Fuss, and this month makes a decade since their first gig in the UK (which they're using as the reasoning for chucking out this hits set).

A plus: All of the singles included here are in chronological order. And who even does that anymore? Good stuff. The downside: It's not quite a complete collection. In addition to the RED campaign holiday singles The Killers have released over the years ("A Great Big Sled" still makes all my Christmas playlists, seven years later), missing are Sam’s Town‘s “Bones,” Sawdust‘s “Shadowplay,” Day & Age‘s “The World We Live In” (one of their best songs ever) and Battle Born's "Here With Me."

Perhaps to make up for that, there are two new tracks, in the form of just-released single "Shot At The Night" (produced by M83's Anthony Gonzales) and "Just Another Girl" (produced by Stuart Price).

Full tracklist:

1. Mr Brightside
2. Somebody Told Me
3. Smile Like You Mean It
4. All These Things That I’ve Done
5. When You Were Young
6. Read My Mind
7. For Reasons Unknown
8. Human
9. Spaceman
10. A Dustland Fairytale
11. Runaways
12. Miss Atomic Bomb
13. The Way It Was
14. Shot At The Night
15. Just Another Girl
Deluxe Version Also Includes…
16. Mr. Brightside (Original Demo)
17. When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix)
18. Be Still
**Plus a never-before-seen Killers Documentary DVD**

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

So, Britney Spears' New Single "Work Bitch" Sucks

This shit is almost as basic and utterly terrible as Katy Perry's "Roar," but at least that one has a chorus. Not surprising, given the role of will.i.am as executive producer for Britney's upcoming eighth album. ("Work Bitch" was co-written by him, one of the guys from Swedish House Mafia and a couple other flops. UPDATE: after hearing this atrocity, SHM's Sebastian Ingrosso denied any involvement.)

It's like every fear the most diehard Britney fans have had regarding the involvement of the Black Eyed Peas' horrible ringleader has been realized. Oh, well — at least Brit's Sin City ostrich feather tit suit looks nice on the single art.


UK Chart Roundup: You Can Just Go Suck Ryan Tedder's Dick

Here's the thing about OneRepublic...they're always going to come out of the blue, way after the fact, and eke out a hit from an album that was released months, maybe years, prior. Just when you think the band is over or have forgotten they ever existed, they'll spring up from ashes like Train or Matchbox Twenty or Nickelback and be all like, "No, fuckers — we're not going anywhere, and here's another hit you can suck on."

Somebody out there is buying this stuff. "Counting Stars" is #2 now in the UK. Think about that each and every day of your lives.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Roar" - Katy Perry *2 weeks*
2. "Counting Stars" - OneRepublic
3. "Burn" - Ellie Goulding
4. "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
5. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake
6. "Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)" - Klankarussell feat. Will Heard
7. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais
8. "We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus
9. "Same Love" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
10. "Applause" - Lady Gaga

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

US Chart Roundup: Here Comes The Neighbourhood

I'm glad that Lorde's "Royals" (#3 — crazy!) and Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" (#6) are continuing to climb, and Capital Cities are back in the Top 10 with "Safe And Sound" (up to #9). I'm also a bit over the fact that Lady Gaga's "Applause" has dipped to #7, a new low for the song, in its fourth week.

Oh, well — that brings me to The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather," which I've tucked into a few playlists since the early summer. On one hand, the vaguely-freshman-irritating lyrics on the Los Angeles band's album I Love You can sometimes be grating. Still, the music is haunting and unique enough to override that. There's something there, and I really feel like fall is the season when these guys are going to take off.

Case in point: the rather rad "Sweater Weather" is up to a new high of #64 this week.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Roar" - Katy Perry *2 weeks*
2. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
3. "Royals" - Lorde
4. "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
5. "Wake Me Up!" - Avicii
6. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais
7. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
8. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
9. "Safe And Sound" - Capital Cities 
10. "Berzerk" - Eminem

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

John Newman's Debut Album 'Tribute' To Get UK Release In October

I've really grown to love 23-year-old Brit John Newman's voice, and not just because he possesses the same hair and soulful crooning qualities of a young Rick Astley (although, come on...).

Since June of 2012, John has topped the UK chart twice — first as a featured vocalist on Rudimental's ravey throwback "Feel The Love"...

...and then earlier this year with his debut single as a main artist, "Love Me Again."

It was announced today that John's debut album Tribute will be released in the UK on October 14. So it's known that Newman co-produced the album (presumably with several other producers?), and that there are 11 tracks. I interviewed Rudimental recently for Idolator and they told me that John will be getting a full launch stateside in the near future.

Below is a trailer for the LP.

And here's new single "Cheating":

And finally, the tracklist for Tribute.

1. Tribute
2. Love Me Again
3. Losing Sleep
4. Easy
5. Try
6. Out Of My Head
7. Cheating
8. Running
9. Gold Dust
10. Goodnight Goodbye
11. All I Need Is You

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My Goldrapp Interview

I've had the good fortune to interview Alison Goldfrapp three times since 2010 — the most times I've talked to any one artist. Goldfrapp's Tales Of Us is out today, and tonight will mark their lone US show (so far) in support of the album, at New York's Beacon Theatre (which happens to only be three blocks from my place).

You can check out my latest conversation with Alison over at Idolator.


The Wanted Cough Up 'Word Of Mouth' Album Cover, Premiere New Single "Show Me Love"

In January, it will be two years since The Wanted cracked the American charts. And yet, the UK band have yet to release an album on these shores, something that probably comes down to the fact that One Direction swooped in and capsized their boat, and likely explains why they've yet to mirror the early success of "Glad You Came."

Anyway, here we are five singles in — below you can hear "Show Me Love" (or "Show Me Love (America)" — whichever it may be) — and the guys have finally unveiled the completely terrible cover art for their third UK album/first US album, Word Of Mouth.

Like most things come out of the Wanted pipeline, "Show Me Love" is pleasant enough. But there's just something missing that keeps it from being over-the-top amazing. Maybe it's the desperation in their song titles lately?

Word Of Mouth is now scheduled to be out on November 4. One would assume that means this year, and not next.


Miley Cyrus Goes Nude In 'Wrecking Ball' Video, Reveals 'Bangerz' Tracklist

Miley Cyrus has a really nice body, but someone needs to take the wrecking ball in this video and slam it into her face at this point. One shot of her naked ass straddling the thing would have been okay. One. But an entire video? Your tits ain't that special, hooker.

Anyway, here's the tracklist for Bangerz which also features Britney Spears, Nelly and some other flops.

1. Adore You
2. We Can't Stop
3. SMS (featuring Britney Spears)
4. 4X4 (featuring Nelly)
5. My Darlin' (featuring Future)
6. Wrecking Ball
7. Love Money Party (featuring Big Sean)
8. Get It Right'
9. Drive
10. FU (featuring French Montana)
11. Do My Thang
12. Maybe You're Right
13. Someone Else


Monday, September 09, 2013

Lady Gaga Runs Through 'Wizard Of Oz'-Themed Performance Of "Applause" On 'GMA'

Lady Gaga continued to make every pop hag out there irrelevant (though this will all come to and end when The Empress Of Rock And Roll Paris Hilton arrives with new music next month) with her Wizard Of Oz-themed performance of "Applause" on Good Morning America today.

Like at the MTV VMAs last month, Gaga tore through costumes and wigs while singing, but the performance and set seemed much more inspired this time around.

This entire ARTPOP era is resonating with me way more than Born This Way two years ago. That album was like a convoluted, pretentious pile of cack in which only every other song on the album was decent. But now we know there's a reason for that.

Gaga said the following during her GMA interview:
"I think every person in their life goes through so many different things. I was actually going through a hard time during Born This Way. I was kind of insecure. I became a star really quickly and I didn't have time to really put my feet in the ground and have a sense of myself through it all."
Here's her full interview:

So there you go.


Sunday, September 08, 2013

UK Chart Roundup: Katy Perry's Zebra Print Jugs Have Gone Global

Oh, good. Just like in the US, Australia, South Korea and Hell, Katy Perry's "Roar" is now #1 in the UK. Unlike in America, however, where the song is the slag's eighth to top the chart, it's her fourth in the English neck of the woods, following "I Kissed A Girl," "California Gurls" and "Part Of Me."


The UK Top 10:

1. "Roar" - Katy Perry *new* *1 week*
2. "Burn" - Ellie Goulding
3. "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
4. "Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)" - Klankarussell feat. Will Heard
5. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais
6. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake
7. "We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus
8. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
9. "Lost Generation" - Rizzle Kicks
10. "Earthquake" - DJ Fresh feat. Diplo & Dominique

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Katy Perry's 'Prism' Album Cover & My Thoughts On The Album After Hearing It Last Night

Last night I went to the album listening event in New York for Katy Perry's Prism, where Katy played about 10 new tracks. She worked with several Swedes on the album, including Bloodshy and Klas Åhlund, and those were really the standout tracks. (Sorry, when it comes to ballads, Katy isn't my go-to, though some may dig "Double Rainbow.")

One of the big songs that's going to get a lot of gays clutching their candy is "Walking On Air," which she did with Klas and sounds like an early-'90s house throwback. Katy said she wanted something that sounded like an old CeCe Peniston jam.

Or, as I described it on Twitter last night:
Everything else played last night was okay musically, but overall it felt like the choruses just didn't go anywhere like I really wanted them to. There's a track called "This Is How We Do" that was recorded in Stockholm with Bloodshy, and I was really hoping the chorus would just blow up. Mind you, it was a decent track, but by album number three, I feel like Katy she be knocking catchy vocal arrangements out of the park, and it just wasn't happening with this one. Who knows — maybe it's a grower.

I think if you dig "Roar," you'll be into Prism as a whole. The album wasn't cohesive enough for my taste, so I'm just going to hold out for Paris Hilton to bring the true game changing record of this decade.


Katy Perry & Her Tits Hit The Jungle In "Roar" Video

The music video for Katy Perry's "Roar" is a lot like the song itself — safe, kid-friendly fare with Katy's boobs on display that should play well in Middle America. And there's a monkey.

She's gotten less and less edgy since the days of "I Kissed A Girl" and her whipped cream can tits, and it's safe to say now that Katy's like a human shopping mall. There's a little of something for everyone who's into mainstream USA.



Thursday, September 05, 2013

Paris Hilton's New Single "Good Time" (Featuring Lil Wayne) Has A Release Date

Every single other pop ho with a pulse and/or a battery pack in their thong might as well just toss themselves into a vat of acid tits-first, because Paris Hilton is officially back. Above you'll see the bitch on the set of her video for new single "Good Time," and now the Lil Wayne-featuring trash track has a release date.

Yes, October 1: a date that will go down in infamy. As longtime Chart Rigger readers may recall, Hilton is considered a revered rock icon around these here, and she warranted not one, but TWO banterviews in her time, upon the release of Paris in 2006.

You should seriously go back and read those legendary gems.


US Chart Roundup: Katy Perry's "Roar" Knocks Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Off The Top

So, the very first time Katy Perry topped the Billboard Hot 100, back in June of 2008, I asked, "Can she finger her way to a lasting career?" Five years and three months later, here's the broad with her eighth #1 single, "Roar." It's also only the eighth song to make it to the top of the chart in 2013. Let's just be happy that "Blurred Lines" is now on the decline.

Some interesting facts in looking back at the week Katy Pussy first went to #1 with "I Kissed A Girl":
* Katy & Miley are the only two in the Top 10 now who were also in the Top 10 then. (Remember Miley's way less-slutty "7 Things"?)

* Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis had Top 10 hits then — their last.

* Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" was a TERRIBLE song.

* Who the hell is Plies?
This all brings us to the rest of this week's Top 10, wherein Eminem debuts at #3 with new single "Berzerk," Lady Gaga's "Applause" dips two positions to #6 in its third week on the chart and New Zealand diva Lorde hops up to #8 with "Royals." I like that song. Sure, it sounds like she rammed Barbie Doll legs up herself to Lana Del Rey's Born To Die album far too many times, but, hey — everyone wants doom pussy these days, right?

Everything else is stupid.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Roar" - Katy Perry *1 week*
2. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
3. "Berzerk" - Eminem *new*
4. "We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus
5. "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
6. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
7. "Wake Me Up!" - Avicii
8. "Royals" - Lorde
9. "Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons 
10. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais

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Sunday, September 01, 2013

UK Chart Roundup: Shane Filan Put Something Or Other Out, But OMG — Remember Pop!?

Back in 2011, Floplife announced their split after 148 years of being the most boring boy band on the planet. What happened next: Shane Filan, one of the indistinguishable gents from the outfit, hopped over to America to record some songs, and the first official solo release from him is "Everything To Me," which debuts at #14 on this week's UK chart.

So, #14 —quite a thankless position that has claimed many-a-single in its time. Last week Matt Cardle and Melanie C's duet "Loving You" wound up debuting there. (This week that one dropped to #37.) It's where Take That's second single off The Circus, "Up All Night," ended up in 2009, much like Pet Shop Boys' "Love etc." the same year and, let's not forget the most important one of all: Pop!'s 2004 debut single "Heaven And Earth."

Sigh. You can check out this postmortem I did on Pop! eight years (!!!!!!) ago.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Burn" - Ellie Goulding *3 weeks*
2. "Wake Me Up" - Avicii
3. "Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine)" - Klankarussell feat. Will Heard
4. "Summertime Sadness" - Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais
5. "We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus
6. "Lost Generation" - Rizzle Kicks *new*
7. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
8. "Earthquake" - DJ Fresh feat. Diplo & Dominique
9. "Hold On, We're Going Home" - Drake
10. "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell

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