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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2014

Good god, there's only a day and a half left in this year, so it's high time Moogaboo and I got our butts and gear and presented you with our 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2014 list. And don't even get me started on the fact that this is the tenth such list I've typed up here on Chart Rigger! I can remember so clearly sitting on my couch in Los Angeles back on rainy New Year's Eve in 2005 and doing up the very first roundup, the songs on which I ranked by their amount of plays on my iPod Mini.

Back then I wrote the following: "2005 was certainly a turning point for pop, namely for two reasons: 1) the inclusion of digital downloads in the tallying of U.S. and UK pop charts, and 2) the creation of Chart Rigger, hookers!"

So classy. By the following year, my longtime pal Moogaboo had joined the mix, and so here we are all these years later still doing this trash.

Anyway, let's get to it. Embedded just below is a Spotify playlist of our 10 picks from this year, in ascending order. And below that is our writeup on each single. Have at it, pop kyddos!

10. Sky Ferreira, "I Blame Myself"
D'luv says: "Sky Ferreira's Night Time, My Time album is one of the best things to happen to pop in the past 10 years, and if her next one doesn't sound at all like 'I Blame Myself' or any of the other great tracks on her debut, I'm going to cry. So, basically, I'm heading for heartbreak, right?"
Moogaboo says: "Oh babe, we're both riding that train of hope headlong into a ravine. In the meantime, let's enjoy the gentle synths and brutal sarcasm of Sky's most poignant moment, shall we?"

9. Hercules & Love Affair, "My Offence"
D'luv says: "Moogaboo was the one who introduced me to 'My Offence', because he clearly knows my predispositions toward early '90s dance music and cunt."
Moogaboo says: "When I first heard this, I thought, Does Chart Rigger need a theme song? By the way, Feast Of The Broken Heart is such a good album, and compelling evidence that music is usually better when it's as inclusive as possible."

8. Gorgon City feat. MNEK, "Ready For Your Love"
D'luv says: "2014 was definitely the year of house music's return, and 'Ready For Your Love' was was one of the first singles to knock it out of the park as far as I'm concerned."
Moogaboo says: "MNEK makes house music that evokes the spirit of the '90s without any help from derivative samples or familiar riffs. Here's hoping his latest collaborateur, Le Vampyre, left some marrow in him."
Charts: UK #4

7. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"
Moogaboo says: "I love when a downbeat song can commit to keeping a catchy melody, and this one pays off over and over again. Extra love for an on-point, 180-degree remix."
D'luv says: "Tove Lo has the whole amazing chorus thing on lock, doesn't she? I'm also a sucker for any song about emotionally tail-spinning into Hell after a breakup."
Charts: US #3, AUS #3, UK #6 

6. Katy B, "Crying For No Reason"
D'luv says: "This was pretty much the first great single released this year, no? Katy B's Little Red album was woefully overlooked, the poor doll."
Moogaboo says: "This really is a great jam — all drama and heartache and pop perfection. I somehow hadn't heard it since February, and yet, Katy Perry's last batch of tuneless wonders continue to clog the airwaves day and night. Not that I want Katy Perry to go away forever and be replaced by Katy B. or anything. By the by, just out of curiosity, how much do you think a record label would have to pay to make that happen?"
Charts: UK #5

5. Kiesza, "Hideaway"

D'luv says: "Those living on the East Coast know how brutal the Polar Vortex was last winter. 'Hideaway' was a shiny throwback house gem that made the cold months way more bearable when its music video went viral in February."
Moogaboo says: "Like most people, I saw that video first — its cheap, novelty sheen kind of turned me off. It wasn't until I heard 'Hideaway' blasting through speakers at 3 a.m. that I truly got it, and now I can totally forgive Kiesza those jeans."
Charts: UK #1, ITALY #1, GER #5, CAN #5, US #51

4. Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne, "My Love"

D'luv says: "There's something so hypnotic and sexy about 'My Love', which I believe are the exact feelings good house music should stir up in a listener. I've personally had this one on heavy rotation since January and still haven't grown tired of it."
Moogaboo says: "So this song, with its snappy handbag beat and hypnotic vocal sample, was my JAM all summer, yet I only just now realized it was Route 94 and not Duke Dumont. OOPS. That's what I get for trying to read D'luv tracklistings while driving."
Charts: UK #1, GER #6

3. Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong"
D'luv says: "I absolutely love this jam. I first heard it while on a two-week vacation in Italy in May, and it will forever remind of that trip...and hot Italians."
Moogaboo says: "Summery and wistful and sounds even better now that my world is covered in frost. I might need to hear it in Italy, though, so let's see about making that happen."
Charts: UK #1, AUS #2, GER #3, US #4

2. Nick Jonas "Jealous"
D'luv says: "I said this in a writeup on 'Jealous' elsewhere, but it bears repeating: Everybody wanted to fuck Nick Jonas this year. That said, if only he had gone the extra step and done full frontal, he'd be at #1 on this list. All joking aside, 'Jealous' is just a really great pop song."
Moogaboo says: "Nick's cakes have worked wonders in promoting himself/this single, and I can't say that I blame him for going there. Have you seen what the other Jonases are up to? Not much. Besides that, it's always refreshing to see a star find new and innovative ways of scoring a hit without having to roll over for Max Martin."
Charts: US #8, CAN #11

1. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"
D'luv says: "What an odd little group Clean Bandit are, and what an unlikely global hit 'Rather Be' is. Still, here we are, nearly 12 months after its release, and this song led the way for all of the other house-pop crossover acts in 2014 — and earned a Grammy nomination, to boot. Again, I was torn between this and 'Jealous' for #1, but in the absence of Nick Jonas' dick..."
Moogaboo says: "Upbeat techno-pop that manages to be sweet but not saccharine, and my faith in dance music is restored. Because let's face it, the chances of this going Top 10 in America were slim, but the odds of us ever actually seeing Nick Jonas's peen are even slimmer."
Charts: UK #1, GER #1, SWE #1, ITALY #2, FRA #2, AUS #2, US #10

* The 10 Worst Singles Of 2014
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2013
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2012 
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2011
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2010
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2009
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2008
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2007
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2006
* The Best Pop Singles Of 2005
* The Top 40 Pop Singles Of The '00s

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Alesso Is Kind Of A Piece

Am I bastard for not giving a flying fuck about "Uptown Funk"? I mean, I have zero feelings on this song. Am I missing something? I'm just going to choose to believe I'm not.

Moving on, Bowie-ripping "Heroes (We Could Be)", Alesso's pair-up with Tove Lo, gives the former a third Top 10 hit in the UK and the latter a second. The song goes into the chart at #6, the same position the Hippie Sabotage remix of Tove Lo's "Habits" peaked at earlier this year.

Fun fact: Alesso is 23 years old, while Tove Lo is 27. I guess that's not so fun, but it felt fun to type out while I'm drunk.

Happy holidays!

The UK Top 10:

1. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars *2 weeks*
2. "Something I Need" - Ben Haenow
3. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
4. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
5. "Up" - Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato
6. "Heroes (We Could Be)" - Alesso feat. Tove Lo *new*
7. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
8. "These Days" - Take That
9. "Wrapped Up" - Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy
10. "Outside" - Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

US Chart Roundup: Nick Jonas' Penis Is Back In The Top 10, But Everything Else Just Sucks

As is typical with the Hot 100 (or probably any chart in the world) at the tail-end of the year/first month of the year, things are staying pretty much the same week after week. The only exception of note is that Nick Jonas' "Jealous" thankfully jumps back into the Top 10, at #8.

As for the rest...

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift *6 weeks*
2. "Take Me To Church" - Hozier
3. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
4. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
5. "Lips Are Movin" - Meghan Trainor
6. "I'm Not The Only One" - Sam Smith
7. "Love Me Harder" - Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd
8. "Jealous" - Nick Jonas
9. "Animals" - Maroon 5
10. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The 10 Worst Singles Of 2014: You Could Have Been Getting Down To This Sick Beat

Wow, did 2014 ever suck with regards to music — so much so, that Moogaboo and I had a hell of a time narrowing down our annual worst of the worst list to just 10 songs. Still, we managed, and below you'll find those two handfuls of complete musical trash!

Enjoy our blistering commentary, and, as usual, if you disagree, feel free to let us know...then go slam your dick in an oven door. Ciao!

10. Pitbull, "Fireball"
Moogaboo: "Pitbull's career is an illustration in making very little go a very long way and, as time goes on, he somehow continues to give less and less. Bravo, Pitbull."
D'luv: "He's the human equivalent of a vacant strip mall; the kind that, back in the day, you used to pull behind on the way home from the bar so you could vomit your guts into the parking lot."
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: Pitbull, often mistaken for a penis with feet, sailed to #5 on our 2013 Worst list with "Feel This Moment."

9. Gwen Stefani, "Spark The Fire"
Moogaboo: "Gwen's clueless co-opting of Miley's shameless co-opting of Tumblr-esque art memes is embarrassing, but 'Spark the Fire' lacks anything musically noteworthy so I guess she had to do something."
D'luv: "I, like a bulk of the world, was so on board for Gwen's big 2014 solo-artist comeback. But the whole affair — from her stint on The Voice to 'Baby Don't Lie' to 'Spark The Fire' — seriously had to be the biggest anticlimax since..."

8. Fergie feat. YG, "L.A. Love (La La)"
Moogbaoo: "It's heartening to know that, no matter how long she's been away from the pop scene, Fergie remains devoted to being completely and utterly cliche."
D'luv: "I bet her 1-year-old took a single listen to this song, reached out of the crib and punched her in the snatch."
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: A beloved veteran of our Worst lists, Fergie topped the 2006 roundup all on her own with "London Bridge," then made appearances with the Black Eyed Peas at #5 in 2009 with "Boom Boom Pow" and #3 in 2010 with "The Time (Dirty Bit)".

7. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Moogaboo: "She's continuing a long tradition of rich pop stars becoming obsessed with their haters, because nothing improves music like self-pity, bitterness and paranoia. Her 'My Sharona' beat is interesting, but I still say Echosmith's 'Cool Kids' was the better Taylor Swift song of this year (even though she had nothing to do with it)."
D'luv: "Taylor Swift's target audience: C#@*s."

6. Robin Thicke, "Still Madly Crazy"
D'luv: "I forgot the whole Paula project existed until this song came up for consideration on our Worst list...and then I promptly force-forgot again." 
Moogaboo: "Looking back now, it's obvious that the death of Robin Thicke's career was no accident. Compounding a treacly plea for love with a video starring a bunch of cutesy kids says to me, 'I hate music, I hate my career, I hate my wife and I want this all to end'."
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: This is the second year in a row that Robin Thicke has graced our Worst list. Last year he date-raped the #4 spot with "Blurred Lines."

5. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"
D'luv: "It's mind-boggling that 'Bang Bang' is the best this hydra of hoes and Max Martin could collectively puke onto radio."
Moogaboo: "I ought to love this but Ariana Grande's baby face and voice annoy the living hell out of me. Can we just ponder for a moment how annoying one actually has to be to overpower the established annoyingness of Jessie J?"
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: Everyone's fave songbird Jessie is a repeat performer when it comes to our Worst list! She shined at #4 in 2011 with "Price Tag."

4. Jennifer Lopez, "I Luh Ya Papi"
Moogaboo: "Jen looks smashing but all the male bunz in the world couldn't save this dreck from tanking. Also, I love that the video goes on for a minute and a half before we get any hot bunz, because audiences give a shit about J.Lo's sycophantic gal pals and dead-inside art director."
D'luv: "You're so right. And, gosh — remember when JLo used to make songs with a message, like...like...oh, you know...that one...hmmm..."
PREVIOUS TRIUMPH: Good ol' JHole slid into the #9 spot on our 2011 Worst list with "On The Floor."

3. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
D'luv: "This seems like the type of thing that will make white girls at weddings hoist up from a beleaguered chair and dance for at least the next 17 years, right?"
Moogaboo: "I like Nicki and think she's better than this, but 'Pills n' Potions' came out of the gate dead so I can see why she'd attach herself to a '90s classic that never really went away. Sir Mixx-a-Lott must be booking shows left and right now, so there's a positive."

2. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
Moogaboo: "Three-and-a-half minutes of I CAN'T."
D'luv: "I'm just going to put this out there and then walk away: 'Turn Down For What' has a Grammy nomination."

1. RaeLynn, "God Made Girls"
Moogaboo: "Retrograde kitsch that probably went straight to number one on the Family Research Council's club play chart. Extra marketing points for her Frozen braid."
D'luv: "Where's Gloria Steinem when you need her to kick this dumb THOT in the pussy?"

* The Worst Singles Of 2013
* The Worst Singles Of 2012
* The Worst Singles Of 2011
* The Worst Singles Of 2010
* The Worst Singles Of 2009
* The Worst Singles Of 2008
* The Worst Singles Of 2007
* The Worst Singles Of 2006

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Monday, December 22, 2014

When Blow-Up Dolls Collide: Mariah Carey Meets Lady Gaga

Last Monday I went to the first night of Mariah Carey's six Christmas shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York. It was a gloriously festive camp-fest (which I wrote a bit more about here), and it looks like Lady Gaga had the same idea.

These two broads look like two sex dolls ready to pop upon the next insertion. God and Santa bless Mimi's tits.

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Another Madonna Song Leaked: Listen To "Inside Out," The Latest Demo To Surface

Someone's got it out for Madonna, and they continue to leak tracks from the pop matron's Rebel Heart sessions. The latest song to spring up is "Inside Out," a slow burner of an electro-pop number. It's a bit of a grower, to be honest — not quite as immediate as some of the other demos and finished versions that we've all gotten our hands on in the past week.

The chorus is pretty solid, but as a whole, this one feels unfinished. At any rate, here you go...


Sunday, December 21, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Ben Haenow Is The Umpteenth 'X Factor' Winner To Have A Christmas #1

No surprise here: Ben Haenow, winner of the 11th season of The X Factor, goes straight to #1 with his completely riveting cover of OneRepublic's "Something I Need"! Just kidding — the song is shit. But hey, here's a big of a flashback: Remember when Leona Lewis won X Factor in 2006 and topped the UK chart eight years ago this week with her blasé as fuck cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This"? She then went on to record her first proper single "Bleeding Love" later in 2007...so you see, it all comes back to Ryan Tedder.

Elsewhere, Gorgon City debut at #14 with their Jennifer Hudson-featuring Sirens highlight, "Go All Night." It marks the house duo's fourth Top 20 hit in the UK, after "Ready For You Love" (#4), "Here For You" (#7) and "Unmissable" (#19).

"Go All Night" is quite a jam, no?

The UK Top 10:

1. "Something I Need" - Ben Haenow *new* *1 week*
2. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
3. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
4. "Up" - Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato
5. "Got No Fans" - Wealdstone Raider *new*
6. "These Days" - Take That
7. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
8. "Night Changes" - One Direction
9. "Outside" - Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
10. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainior

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Madonna's 6 'Rebel Heart' Tracks Now Available: How They Compare To The Demos That Leaked

After Internet terrorists artisically-raped Madonna by leaking 13 demos from her upcoming album online, Ye Olde Vampyre went ahead at midnight last night and Beyonced 1/3 of the official thing on iTunes months ahead of its March 10 release date.

When you pre-ordere Rebel Heart on iTunes, you get the following tracks:

1. "Living For Love": one of the shinier demo tracks, sounds more punched up now, has MNEK on backing vocals, was to be the lead single off the album. Love the '90s house sound. Quality single choice.

2. "Devil Pray": also one of the demo tracks, the EDM-iness has been stripped out and replaced with murky, distorted vocal effects.

3. "Ghosttown": very nice "classic Madge" ballad that wasn't with the demos, should be slapped on a movie soundtrack if you ask me.

4. "Unapologetic Bitch": sounds exactly like the demo version. Reggae-pop brattiness, but Jesus, does this get stuck in your head. 

5. "Illuminati": I much preferred the demo version of this. Sounds like someone got their hands on it and mixed it into a dark dirge. Still, the synths now found under the "it's the enlightenment that started it all" part are a nice touch.

6. "Bitch I'm Madonna": this was terrible in demo form, and now Nicki Minaj is attached to it. Lyrically, it pisses all over what otherwise sounds like a mature, strong effort from Madge. Musically, it's the equivalent of a cheesegrater sliding down a chalkboard.

Here's what Vampyre herself had to say, via a press release:

"I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift," commented Madonna. 

Well, thanks, Santdonna.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

US Chart Roundup: A Look Back At The Year In #1 Singles

It's officially the final chart week of 2014, with Taylor Swift ruling yet again on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space." The music industry publication dates this thing as December 27, so that's what we'll go by then.

Now, how about a stroll down memory lane? Altogether, here's how the year went as far as chart-topping singles:

* Eminem feat. Rihanna, "The Monster" (2 weeks at #1 in 2014, 2 in 2013)
* Pitbull feat. Kesha, "Timber" (3 weeks)
* Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" (4 weeks)
* Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (10 weeks)
* John Legend, "All Of Me" (3 weeks)
* Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" (7 weeks)
* MAGIC!, "Rude" (6 weeks)
* Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off (4 weeks)
* Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (8 weeks)
* Taylor Swift, "Blank Space" (5 weeks)

Gosh, what a fantastic year for music.

Okay, that was sarcasm. What would have been nice to see is, say, "Rather Be," "Habits," "Hideaway" and "Jealous" up there on that list somewhere. But that's me, always rooting for the underdogs of pop. I will say, hats off go to Max Martin, who, as a producer, spent 13 weeks at #1 thanks to "Dark Horse," "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space." Who ought to be clocked in the head, though, for the latter two.

I think if I had to pick my personal favorites from that motley crew above — i.e. the songs that don't make me want to push my face through a closed window at this point — they would be "Timber" (face it — it's a fucking jam) and "Dark Horse." The rest can all go fuck themselves.

At any rate, even though Sam Smith didn't make it to the top of the chart this year with "Stay With Me" or "Latch," he does manage to squeeze in his second Top 5 single here in the States at the very end of 2014, as "I'm Not The Only One" climbs up to #5 this week.

On that note, I'll sign off with all these chart shenanigans for now. I've got a bit of a break from work coming up, so expect this place to actually get filled up with posts sometime very soon (tonight, even)...what a novel concept!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift *5 weeks*
2. "Take Me To Church" - Hozier
3. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
4. "Lips Are Movin" - Meghan Trainor
5. "I'm Not The Only One" - Sam Smith
6. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
7. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
8. "Animals" - Maroon 5
9. "Love Me Harder" - Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd
10. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Funk Each Other

Mark Ronson came close to topping the UK chart twice before, with 2007 singles "Stop Me" (featuring Daniel Merriweather...what ever happened to him and his nice mouth?) and "Valerie" (featuring Amy Winehouse), which each landed at #2. But here we are at the tail-end of 2014, and the 39-year-old producer has finally hit the top of the chart in his home country.

Ronson does so with his latest Bruno Mars collaboration, "Uptown Funk." Catchy little tune, this one. Of course, it's currently in the Top 5 here in the States, and by February I'll want to shoot my face every time I hear it.

Oh well, for a bit of nice counter-programming, Oliver Heldens and KStewart's new version of "Koala" (now with the added "Last All Night" in the title) goes into the chart at #5.


The UK Top 10:

1. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars *new* *1 week*
2. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
3. "Do They Know It's Christmas" - Band Aid 30
4. "These Days" - Take That
5. "Last All Night (Koala)" - Oliver Heldens feat. KStewart *new*
6. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
7. "Night Changes" - One Direction
8. "Wrapped Up" - Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy
9. "Outside" - Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
10. "Real Love" - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

US Chart Roundup: Here Are A Bunch Of Asses

We've now reached the point in time where Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor are tied for female with the most weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Can you think of two more worthy artistes? Can you?

Meghan has the slight edge since she racked up all eight of those weeks with one song, "All About That Bass." Honestly, I think I'd rather nail my tongue to a piece of plywood and drill my eyeballs out of my head than ever hear that song again, so my goal is to at least make it to 2015 without doing so.

Taylor, whose "Blank Space" has been #1 for four weeks now, also had a four-week run with "Shake It Off."

Have a super depressing day!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift *4 weeks*
2. "Take Me To Church" - Hozier
3. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
4. "Animals" - Maroon 5
5. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
6. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
7. "I'm Not The Only One" - Sam Smith
8. "Lips Are Movin" - Meghan Trainor
9. "Jealous" - Nick Jonas
10. "Love Me Harder" - Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Take That's 'III' Is #1

With Ed Sheeran's snoozefest "Thinking Out Loud" returning to the top of the UK chart five weeks after it initially went to #1, Take That's "These Days" gets pushed down to #3.

Meanwhile, the That's seventh album III becomes their sixth to hit the top the album chart after selling 145,000 copies. That's a far cry from the 520,000 the band's last album, Progress, racked up in its first week back in 2010 (250,000 of which was done in the first day alone), but they had the benefit of people jamming Barbie Doll legs up themselves back then over the return of Robbie Williams.

Plus, Howard Donald is still a super sexy piece of hot tail, so whatever.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran *2 weeks*
2. "You Got It All" - Union J *new*
3. "These Days" - Take That
4. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
5. "Wrapped Up" - Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy
6. "Real Love" - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
7. "I Loved You" - Blonde feat. Melissa Steel *new*
8. "Steal My Girl" - One Direction
9. "Dangerous" - David Guetta feat. Sam Martin
10. "Outside" - Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

US Chart Roundup: "Hanging Tree" Chanteuse Jennifer Lawrence Is The Pop Star You've Been Waiting For

There are some new chart rules or something where album streams are going to now count toward Billboard 200 chart positions in addition to sales, but, honestly, the real news is that Jennifer Lawrence is now a pop music superstar with a hit single at #12 on the Hot 100.

JLaw's hot jam comes courtesy of the latest Hunger Games flick, and it's just a matter of time before this broad does the inevitable and gets in the studio with Pharrell to cut an album.

And look — there's even a dance remix.


The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift *3 weeks*
2. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
3. "Take Me To Church" - Hozier
4. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
5. "Animals" - Maroon 5
6. "The Heart Wants What It Wants" - Selena Gomez
7. "I'm Not The Only One" - Sam Smith
8. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
9. "Habits (Stay High)" - Tove Lo
10. "Love Me Harder" - Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd

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