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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea's Colorful, Career-Making "Problem" Video

These broads are going to take over the planet, aren't they? Iggy is currently #1 on the Hot 100 with "Fancy" — which really surprises me, because I thought this sax trash would have been at the top of the charts by now.

But you can just tell Ariana is on that irreversible trajectory toward superstardom. I don't quite get it, but at least this particular song is good.

Anyway, the "Problem" video is nothing we haven't already seen from Grande's various live performances of the track, so I'm not quite sure what took so long with getting it out there.

Oh well. Enjoy.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

O-Town Return With New Single "Skydive"

So O-Town are sort of the cheap boy band you didn't want the first time around, and now they've staged a comeback (minus Ashley Parker Angel, who actually put out a few good Max Martin-produced songs in 2006) nobody was asking for.

But anyway, as far as these things go, their first single in 11 years is a dramatic piano ballad called "Skydive."

It's the first song released from the quartet's upcoming album Lines & Circles (out August 3), and it doesn't sound too different from Backstreet Boys' own 2005 comeback single "Incomplete."


Danity Kane's "Lemonade" Lyric Video Mixes Cuteness With Sass

Aw, look. It's toddlers with lollipops strutting to Caterpussy's song about stuntin', partying, getting intoxicated and turning up. Super!


Nicole Scherzinger's "Your Love" Is Her Best Song Since "Don't Hold Your Breath"

Sometimes there are pop flops who are so chart-deterrent that you wonder how they still continue to attract flashy, big-name producers after all this time. But enough about JLo...

Here we have Nicole Scherzinger's lyric video for new single "Your Love," a '90s house throwback that was produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. It's the type of song that will likely shoot straight to #1 in the UK, where Scherzy still has some semblance of a following, and who knows — it might even get as high as #82 here on the US chart.

The first time I listened to "Your Love," I was a bit underwhelmed by the cheap vocal production on the verses. But the whole thing's a bit of a grower, no?


Thursday, May 29, 2014

US Chart Roundup: Iggy Azalea Fancifully Matches A Record Set By The Beatles...Naturally

Iggy Azalea...yes, IGGY AZALEA...has now matched a record set by The Beatles. Granted, it's a bit of a stretch as far as newsworthiness goes, but, hey — this is 2014. Billboard points out that with "Fancy" now replacing John Legend's "All Of Me" at #1 and Ariana Grande and Iggy's "Problem" moving up to #2, Azalea and the Fab Four are the only acts in the Hot 100's history to simultaneously be in the top two positions with their first chart entries. Yippee-hoo-ha.

"Fancy" also gives Charli XCX her first #1 single in the US. She previously went as high as #7 via her feature on Icona Pop's "I Love It."

Additionally, "Fancy" is now only the sixth song to top the Hot 100 in 2014, and it's the first to actually have been released this year and not in 2013.

Elsewhere, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" drops from #9 to #16 after a lone week in the Top 10, while Coldplay fare even worse by plummeting from #10 to #28 with "A Sky Full Of Stars." The band is having better luck on the Billboard 200 album chart, at least, where Ghost Stories posts the year's largest debut by going in at #1 with 383,000 copies sold.

Meanwhile, Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz bust into the Top 10 at #8 with their debut single "Am I Wrong."

All of this has been leading up to one important question, however: How the HELL has Jason Derulo managed to have such a big comeback?

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX *1 week*
2. "Problem" - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
3. "All Of Me" - John Legend
4. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
5. "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
6. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
7. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
8. "Am I Wrong" - Nico & Vinz
9. "Not A Bad Thing" - Justin Timberlake
10. "Wiggle" - Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Clean Bandit Interview For 'Instinct'

I interviewed Clean Bandit member Neil Amin-Smith in late April, and you can pick up that classy read in the June/July issue of Instinct (out this week, ahead of the June 17 release of the band's debut album New Eyes).

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It's La Roux's "Uptight Downtown"

This is more like it. La Roux's official lead Trouble In Paradise single ("Let Me Down Gently" was just a buzz track) is "Uptight Downtown," and it's an absolute pop stunner. Elly's got a bit of her old "In For The Kill" voice happening here, and the music sounds like English Beat meets Bruno Mars meets something else fresh we somehow haven't quite heard before.

Good shit.


WTF News Of The Week: Erasure's New Album 'The Violet Flame' Is Produced By Richard X

Richard X is one of the Top 5 producers of our time, pop kids, and news that he's produced the upcoming Erasure album, The Violet Flame (out September 23), is altogether unexpected, fantastic and completely WTF?!?

A Mute Records press release notes that a yet-to-be-revealed single will be out in July, while Andy and Vince are heading out on tour through North America and Europe in the fall. (Attention NYC: they're playing Terminal 5 on December 30 and 31st.)

Here's a tease of the album:

Time to dig out the fucking brilliant Richard X Presents His X-Factor for the second time in the past year.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kylie Minogue Schools A Kylie Wannabe In Her Video For "Crystallize"

There's a bit of an influx of Kylie visuals lately, between the recently-premiered "I Was Gonna Cancel" and now this one for "Crystallize." And I'm glad all involved took my advice and stopped hiding Kylie behind smoke and mirrors tactics. Thanks for listening!

Overall, it's a pretty cute clip that finds Minogue watching over a young girl with pop diva aspirations. Fantasy, stardust, glitter and twirly-whirl. The song itself was crafted with Dev Hynes and Babydaddy, and it sounds a bit like X's "The One" and Aphrodite's "All The Lovers," no?

At any rate, "Crystallize" is a charity song for the One Note For Cancer campaign (so you won't find this one on Kiss Me Once), and each donor is given credit at the end of the video.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Sam Smith & Clean Bandit Continue Their Sexy Streak

Below is what you would call a pretty swell Top 10. It's not perfect, but it's near-perfect. Classy highlights this week include Sam Smith racking up his third UK #1 with the dramatic "Stay With Me" (I didn't realize until now that this wasn't released in England a million years ago like it was here in the States) and Clean Bandit landing their second Top 5 hit with the gorgeous "Rather Be" follow-up, "Extraordinary."

I interviewed Clean Bandit member Neil Amin-Smith at the end of April, and you can pick that gem up in the June/July issue of Instinct, which is out this week.

On a final UK chart-related note, I picked up Paloma Faith's new CD while in Rome last week, because why not? I'm a bit new to the Paloma Faith train, but she fills a certain modern-day Motown void for me.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Stay With Me" - Sam Smith *new* *1 week*
2. "Waves (Robin Shulz Remix)" - Mr Probz
3. "Dangerous Love" - Fuse ODG feat. Sean Paul *new*
4. "I Will Never Let You Down" - Rita Ora
5. "Extraordinary" - Clean Bandit *new*
6. "All Of Me" - John Legend
7. "Summer" - Calvin Harris
8. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" - Paloma Faith
9. "Hideaway" - Kiesza
10. "Love Never Felt So Good" - Michael Jackson

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

US Chart Roundup: Michael Jackson, Coldplay & Nico & Vinz Give A Good Spring-Jam Jolt

I'm astonished that, in this month with so many great singles — the pick of the pack being Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good"John Legend's shit piano snoozer "All Of Me" is #1 for a third week on the Billboard Hot 100. But anyway, here we are...

As for "Love Never Felt So Good," the song jumps up to #9, marking MJ's 29th Top 10 single in the States and Timberlake's 16th (including his *NSYNC entries). Billboard also points out that Jackson has the third most Top 10 singles in the US, following Madonna (38 total) and The Beatles (34).

On a personal note, I've fallen in amore with "Love Never Felt So Good" quite hard while on vacation in Italy these past two weeks. I get that Xscape — which debuts at #2 this week on the Billboard 200 — is a big Sony cash-grab. But something about that song just clicked with me. Maybe it's the buckets of booze I've downed in the past 12 days?

Anyway, Coldplay finally land a hit off their just-released sixth album Ghost Stories with "A Sky Full Of Stars." The song jumps to #10, marking their third Top 10 single in the US, and their first since 2008's "Viva La Vida" reached the peak position on the Hot 100.

Just outside of the Top 10, Calvin Harris' "Summer" inches up to #11 and becomes his second-highest charting single here, after "Sweet Nothing" peaked at #10. Coldplay reach a new high of #14 with "Midnight," while Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz move up one spot to #17 with the undeniably catch "Am I Wrong."

That's all I have time for, pop kiddies. Time to soak up the Italian sun in these last 36 hours of my trip. Ciao for now!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "All Of Me" - John Legend *3 weeks*
2. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
3. "Problem" - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
4. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
5. "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
6. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
7. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chain
8. "Not A Bad Thing" - Justin Timberlake
9. "Love Never Felt So Good" - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
10. "A Sky Full Of Stars" - Coldplay

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It's La Roux's "Let Me Down Gently" Video

A funny thing happened during this two-week jaunt to Italy that I'm on, which is that La Roux returned with brand new music and news of a new album, Trouble In Paradise. According to PopJustice, La Roux now consists of Elly Jackson alone, as "silent" partner Ben Langenmaid has apparently taken a hike...or maybe not? (The post has now been deleted.)

At any rate, "Let Me Down Gently" now has a music video. Not sure that this song is taking the world by the cock, exactly. Has it even charted anywhere since first premiering nearly two weeks ago?

No matter. Elly is the Tilda Swinton of pop, which means she'll be eternally cool, eternally androgynous and fuckable on at least 8 different levels.


Jess Glynne Strikes Out Solo With "Right Here"

This is a pretty good jam. You know this broad as the singer of Route 94's  "My Love" and Clean Bandit's  "Rather Be." I'll be fucked if 2014 isn't the first year that's gotten me excited for new pop since 2006.


Nicki Minaj's "Pills N Potions" Isn't Terrible

I can recall the days when Nicki Minaj wasn't an atrocity of colossal proportions to the ear. No, wait — I'm just drunk off a bottle of Prosecco; who the FUCK could possibly remember back that far?

Anyway, this broad's new single "Pills N Potions" isn't as godawful as you would imagine. It's like if you backed a 16-wheeler over Kim Kardashian's giant taco bag, and she shrieked into a megaphone while simultaneously jogging in place so fast that her ass clapped at the rate of 120 bpm. That's what it would sound like.

In other words, it's not the worst sound in the world, but still enough to make you roll your eyes and pray for a quick death to happen to either Nicki or yourself. NEXT.


Robyn & Royksopp's "Sayit" Video Is A Chic Foray Into Black & White H&Mism

Robyn is one crazy bitch, and even though "Sayit" isn't exactly the catchiest song off this whole Röyksopp EP, how can you not be mesmerized by every move she makes in the video?

Badass for 17 years and counting...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kylie Minogue's "I Was Gonna Cancel Video" Video: Enough With Hiding Her, Already

This week I'm on the Amalfi Coast here in Italy — aka the Land Of Barely There Internet — and so I'm finally just getting around to the video for Kylie's second Kiss Me Once single, "I Was Gonna Cancel."

All in all, it's kind of whatever. I wish whoever was in charge of all things Minogue these days would stop doing the smoke and mirrors treatment with her face. She looks fine. She's turning 46 next week. Get the fuck over it.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: *&#@("%!!!!!

Oh, nice — two weeks after Calvin Harris topped the UK chart with "Summer," the song he produced for his girlfriend Rita Ora, "I Will Never Let You Down," has gone to #1. Perhaps they $%^%&%* each other's ^@@! with a big, banana-shaped *%&^% after using butter and Kayro syrup to slide a &&^%@ up his (*&^ and then her %%$}) as a celebration?


The UK Top 10:

1. "I Will Never Let You Down" - Rita Ora *new* *1 week*
2. "Waves (Robin Shulz Remix)" - Mr Probz
3. "All Of Me" - John Legend
4. "Summer" - Calvin Harris
5. "Hideaway" - Kiesza
6. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" - Paloma Faith
7. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma
8. "Love Never Felt So Good" - Michael Jackson
9. "Calm After The Storm" - The Common Linnets
10. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

US Chart Roundup: It's Chart Rigger In Italia, Vol. III

So I'm smack in the middle of a two-week vacation in Italy — the third trip I've made here since 2008 — and I'm typing this from a rented apartment in Rome.

By the way, it randomly turns out that the apartment is owned by some Italian pop star named FrancescoIV. Googling him turned up his Facebook, which turned up these...

So there you go. I'm off to die now on a 6-hour bike ride around the city. Ciao!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "All Of Me" - John Legend *2 weeks*
2. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
3. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
4. "Problem" - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
5. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
6. "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
7. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chain
8. "Not A Bad Thing" - Justin Timberlake
9. "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel
10. "Ain't It Fun" - Paramore


It's Michael Jackson And Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" Music Video

Now that we're either well into this particular era of Justin Timberlake's music career at the tail end of it, the thing that strikes me the  most is that he finally hooked up with a good hair stylist and he's really grown into his looks. I always felt like he got the short end of the stick compared to, oh, I don't know...JC Chasez? But Justin's got a good handle on that mane these days.

Anyway, bravo to "Love Never Felt So Good," the lead single off posthumous Michael Jackson album Xscape. I thought this whole project was going to be a royal shit show, but the single is still hanging out in the Top 10 on iTunes two weeks after it was first released. Usually these things will debut high then fall like a hooker's thong at business convention in Denver.

Below is the video for this trash, which is basically JT mugging mixed with vintage clips of MJ.

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Sia's '1000 Forms Of Fear' Album Cover Is Basically Just Her Wig Floating In The Nothing

So this puts Sia and La Roux's new albums out the same week (July 8), and Morrissey's the week after (July 15). Looks like the Decent New Release Drought may finally end once the year's halfway over.

1. "Chandelier"
2. "Big Girls Cry"
3. "Burn The Pages"
4. "Eye Of The Needle"
5. "Hostage"
6. "Straight For The Knife"
7. "Fair Game"
8. "Elastic Heart" featuring The Weeknd & Diplo
9. "Free The Animal"
10. "Fire Meet Gasoline"
11. "Cellophane"
12. "Dressed In Black"


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' Album Cover, Tracklist & Title Track

It's been a big week, these past seven days, in the Land Of Morrissey. First, above you'll find the album cover for the legendary crooner's 14th album World Peace Is None Of Your Business. The single itself is now available on iTunes when you pre-order the LP, and there's a music video...except that Moz speaks the lyrics rather than singing them. And Nancy Sinatra's in it.

Meanwhile, last week the upcoming Morrissey biopic Steven was announced. Shooting begins in the fall in England, and the movie will focus on the poetic grump's early, pre-Smiths days.

As for World Peace Is None Of Your Business, the album is out July 15, and below is the tracklist for both the standard and deluxe editions.

01 World Peace is None of Your Business
02 Neal Cassady Drops Dead
03 Istanbul
04 I'm Not a Man
05 Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
06 Staircase at the University
07 The Bullfighter Dies
08 Kiss Me a Lot
09 Smiler With Knife
10 Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
11 Mountjoy
12 Oboe Concerto
13 Scandinavia
14 One of Our Own
15 Drag the River
16 Forgive Someone
17 Julie in the Weeds
18 Art-Hounds


La Roux Return With "Let Me Down Gently" Single, 'Trouble In Paradise' Album Announcement

It seems like a 80 years ago when La Roux first arrived with "In For The Kill" and "Bulletproof" and all that jazz, but really it was only five. After a molto lungo resto, Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid (possibly?) are back with "Let Me Down Gently," the lead single off her/their sophomore album Trouble In Paradise.

The album is out July 7. The single, in all it's Katy B "Crying For No Reason"-esque synth power ballad glory, is available now.


Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Album Cover & "West Coast" Video

Both of these things are boring and don't really do justice to the amazing 2014 single that is "West Coast."

The tracklist, really, is the best thing about this shebang. Let's hope at least two of these other tracks are jams.

1. "Cruel World"
2. "Ultraviolence"
3. "Shades of Cool"
4. "Brooklyn Baby"
5. "West Coast"
6. "Sad Girl"
7. "Pretty When You Cry"
8. "Money Power Glory"
9. "Fucked My Way Up to the Top"
10. "Old Money"
11. "The Other Woman"
12. "Black Beauty"
13. "Guns and Roses"
14. "Florida Kilos"


Sunday, May 11, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Lily Allen & Mr Probz Are Thanking Sheezus Right About Now

Lily Allen's third album Sheezus has become her second to reach #1 in the UK, which is thrilling stuff if you're Lily Allen...

And if you're Mr Probz and/or Robin Shulz, life is pretty good too, as "Waves" returns to #1 on the singles chart for a second non-consecutive week. The song is the ninth so far to go to the top in 2014.


The UK Top 10:

1. "Waves (Robin Shulz Remix)" - Mr Probz *2 weeks*
2. "Summer" - Calvin Harris
3. "Hideaway" - Kiesza
4. "All Of Me" - John Legend
5. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma
6. "Wild Wild Love" - Pitbull feat. G.R.L. *new*
7. "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" - Paloma Faith
8. "Stay High (Habits Remix)" - Tove Lo feat. Hippie Sabotage
9. "Take Me Home" - Cash Cash feat. Bebe Rexha
10. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX

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Friday, May 09, 2014

It's Sia's "Chandelier" Video

"Chandelier," the lead single off Sia's upcoming fourth album, wasn't the most immediately catchy pop song to come down the pipeline in recent memory. The touching music video, however — which features twirling Dance Moms dynamo Maddie Ziegler — gives enough incentive to revisit the track.


Thursday, May 08, 2014

US Chart Roundup: "Happy" Days Are Over

I can't even believe John Legend's boring piano trash "All Of Me" is the song that dethrones Pharrell's "Happy" after 10 weeks. Hopefully that particular sleep aid fucks off by next week in the wake of the rapid rise of Ariana Grande's saxy "Problem," which has to settle for a #3 debut. Still, "Problem" goes in with 438,000 downloads sold — the eighth largest debut for a digital single.

Elsewhere, Calvin Harris' "Summer" stays at #18 for a second week while Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" goes in at #20 after only three days on sale, and 80,000 downloads sold.

Everything feels like Satan's kisses right now.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "All Of Me" - John Legend *1 week*
2. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
3. "Problem" - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea *new*
4. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
5. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
6. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chain
7. "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
8. "Not A Bad Thing" - Justin Timberlake
9. "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel
10. "Pompeii" - Bastille

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Calvin Harris Shirtless Stuff

Unsurprisingly, Calvin Harris' latest single "Summer" hops straight in at the top of the UK chart. It's his sixth #1 there altogether. It's Harris' 10th consecutive Top 10 hit, and also his second consecutive #1, following "Under Control."

But, really — the important thing...

The UK Top 10:

1. "Summer" - Calvin Harris *new* *1 week*
2. "Waves (Robin Shulz Remix)" - Mr Probz
3. "Hideaway" - Kiesza
4. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma
5. "All Of Me" - John Legend
6. "Take Me Home" - Cash Cash feat. Bebe Rexha
7. "Stay High (Habits Remix)" - Tove Lo feat. Hippie Sabotage
8. "Touch" - Shift K3Y
9. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
10. "Loyal" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Mariah Carey Announces Game-Changing Album Title 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse'

Ladies and gentlemen, today we wake up knowing that Mariah Carey's oft-delayed first album in five years will be called Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse — which, if you really stop and think about it, is no more of a ridiculous title than The Emancipation Of Mimi or Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel or Butterfly or Music Box or...

Anyway, this treat is out May 27, and comes with packed with equally mind-blowing song titles like "Thirsty" and "Cry." — yes, with a period — and "Money ($ * / …)". The full tracklist is below, as is a video of Mariah explaining a few v. important things about the release — mind you, with her voice double-tracked, so she can talk and whisper in harmony.

1. Cry.
2. Faded
3. Dedicated [feat. Nas]
4. #Beautiful
5. Thirsty
6. Make It Look Good
7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
8. You Don’t Know What to Do [feat. Wale]
9. Supernatural [With Special Guest Stars “Dembabies” a.k.a. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan Scott Cannon a.k.a. Roc 'N Roe]
10. Meteorite
11. Camouflage
12. Money ($ * / …) [feat. Fabolous]
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
Deluxe edition:
15. It’s a Wrap [feat. Mary J. Blige]
16. Betcha Gon Know [feat. R. Kelly]
17. The Art of Letting Go
18. Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse


US Chart Roundup: Calvin Harris Has Another Top 40 Hit In America

Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's sassy broad-pop trash "Fancy" flies up to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, giving Iggy her first US Top 10 hit and Charli her second (following her feature on Icona Pop's "I Love It"). Over on the album chart, Azalea's The New Classic fared so-so, coming in behind the Frozen soundtrack, now in its 12th week at #1, and Future's Honest at #2.

Back on the Hot 100, Calvin Harris lands his fifth Top 40 single with "Summer," which climbs to #26. Crazy stuff when you take the time to think that seven years ago right around this time, Calvin was most famous for being plucked off MySpace to work on Kylie Minogue's then-upcoming 10th album X.

At any rate, Harris' UK dance-pop contemporary Naughty Boy does one better by jumping from #26 to #19 with "La La La."

And that, folks, is how it goes.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams *10 weeks*
2. "All Of Me" - John Legend
3. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
4. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
5. "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
6. "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel
7. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
8. "Pompeii" - Bastille
9. "Not A Bad Thing" - Justin Timberlake
10. "Loyal" - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & French Montana

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Katy Perry's Flimsy "Birthday" Video

So, basically this broad got high and watched Bad Grandpa and was all, "This is exactly what I want!" Right?


It's Robyn & Royksopp's "Do It Again"

Robyn and Royksopp's Do It Again EP is on iTunes to pre-order, and with it you get the title track, which is the lead single. All wise and classy pop fans will rush to grab it. And everyone else will keep downloading "Happy."

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Ariana Grande's "Problem" Is Just Okay

Last year I had a big moment with Ariana Grande's breezy summer jam "Baby I," a single that worked its way onto playlists of mine through the fall. And since her Iggy Azalea-assisted "Problem" debuted on Sunday, I've been going back and forth on whether this sax trash is up to scratch or not.

Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, usually good barons of pop-making, are behind "Problem," so I'm inclined to swing toward "like" on the the fucks-to-give meter. And, naturally, it's been #1 on iTunes since like the second it was released.

I just can't shake the feeling, though, that "Problem" is going to wear out its welcome in about one more week.

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