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

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Guess Who's Single?

Wait, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were still together?



Apparently so, but now the two adults have decided to separate - the two being Nick and Joe Simpson, that is.

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The Chart Don't Lie: Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving! Today I'll be eating my turkey that we pre-ordered from Ralphs and possibly going ice skating downtown. It'd all be so winter-cozy, were it not 72 degrees outside!

Today on this sacred holiday, we're giving thanks that "Gold Digger" is no longer #1 on the U.S. singles chart. Now if only "Run It!" would go away, too.

Madonna's "Hung Up" gains momentum after being the top downloaded song this past week, and jumps into the Top 10, becoming this weeks greatest sales gainer. Meanwhile, despite not being available for download on iTunes, Mariah Carey's latest single "Don't Forget About Us" - only available on the Emancipation Of Mimi re-release - gains the most airplay this week, and moves up to #11.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
2. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
3. "My Humps" - Blackeyed Peas
4. "Soul Survivor" - Young Jeezy Ft. Akon
5. "Photograph" - Nickelback
6. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L
7. "Hung Up" - Madonna
8. "We Be Burnin'" - Sean Paul
9. "Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson
10. "Stickwitu" - The Pussycat Dolls

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Madge Drop Kicks Carrie And Carey

Madonna tops this week's Billboard album chart with 350,000 copies sold...




American Idol scamp Carrie Underwood's gotta settle for #2 with 265,000 copies sold.



And a re-release of The Emancipation Of Mimi will only get you to #4, new single or not.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

American Music Awards, aka The Mariah Show

The American Music Awards were tonight, and can we just tell you how happy we are that Mariah Carey is completely crazy?



Not only that, but how fun is she now that she wears outfits that are soooo inapporopriate for a broad her size?



That's right, bitches... you wish you had these curves!



Do the voices in Mimi's head bother you?



My ass is #1 y'all!



Gwen Stefani: "God, Pharrell, our song really sucks."
Pharrell: "Shut up and gimme some loooove, 'ho."



Annie Lennox: "Hey, Dave, I don't think we're American. What are we doing here?"
Dave Stewart: "Shut up and look like a man, bitch!"



I'll beat the shit out of all these skank-ass skinny bitches!!!



Missy Elliot: "Daaaamn! That Annie Lennox lookin' fiiiiine, yo!"



Ashanti: "Remember when we had careers, too, Nick?"
Nick Lachey: "......."



Lindsay Lohan, channelling Stevie Nicks.



I guess it's kinda obvious I'm singing over a backing track, huh?



Kelly Rowland: "All that Destiny's Child cash, and I still ain't bought a new set o' titties, y'all!"



Hmmmm... it sure sounds like La Duff is lip-synching...



...but who cares when she's got Clark Kent for a boyfriend?



Cyndi Lauper: "You want some o' this, mother-f***ers?"



Cyndi Lauper: "Don't try to out-sing me, bitch!"
Sarah McLachlan: "F*** you, slut! I'll smack your ass across the stage!"
Cyndi Lauper: "It's on, bitch! See your ass backstage!"



Watch me punch this Canadian whore's ass!



And finally, the Pulitzer goes to....

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Yes, Coldplay Are Boring, But...

...they're about to release their best song ever as the 3rd single off X & Y! Plus, the guy on the far left in the picture below is, like, hot!



It's true - "Talk" will officially be released as a single on December 19th, accompanied by a video directed by Anton Corbijn (how cool is that?). You'll recall that "Talk" is their song that uses the melody of Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" as it's main hook.



The video is premiering on Coldplay's website tonight, and will also be available for paid download on December 19th.

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Madge Spanks The UK Charts

We still like Madonna this week, and so do a lot of other people. She's got the #1 single and album in the UK.


Meanwhile, Will Young's latest somehow managed to debut at a chart position lower than the 4-weeks-old single by Shelf-Life, which is still holding on at #2.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Hung Up" - Madonna
2. "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife
3. "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas *new*
4. "Biology" - Girls Aloud *new*
5. "Switch It On" - Will Young *new*
7. "No Worries" - Simon Webbe
8. "One Way Ticket" - The Darkness *new*
9. "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - Arctic Monkeys
10."The Denial Twist" - White Stripes *new*

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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie: No More "Gold Digger"

Sorry, Kanye, but the 10-week reign of "Gold Digger" is over after this past week's chart was published. And it's successor is another boring R&B/hip-hop single; "Run It!" by Chris Brown.



Meanwhile, The Pussycat Dolls achieve their 2nd U.S. Top 10 single this week as "Stickwitu" moves up 9 spots to #9, and Madonna rebounds after a ton of downloads, and "Hung Up" jumps 13 places to #14. "Hung Up" has been the #1 downloaded song since Wednesday, so expect it to go Top 10 on next week's chart.

The US Top 10:

1. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
2. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
3. "My Humps" - Blackeyed Peas
4. "Soul Survivor" - Young Jeezy Ft. Akon
5. "Photograph" - Nickelback
6. "We Be Burnin'" - Sean Paul
7. "Laffy Taffy" - D4L
8. "Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson
9. "Stickwitu" - The Pussycat Dolls
10. "I'm Sprung" - T-Pain

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Shove Your Non-Stop Mix!

D'luv is back from another half a week being away, hence the lack of posts the past 7 days. But now it's back to business!


First off, how irritating was it to go to the Virgin Megastore on Tuesday, and give Madonna a chance by purchasing the first album of hers since Music (which put me off her for 5 years) - and then end up with the non-stop mix version? I even asked the manager which was which... and the guy told me the one I had wasn't the mixed one. Damn you, Madge!

Anyway, the album - "Sorry" is pretty much the only song I play from it. The other ones? Eh!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Becoming A Star In The U.S.? Let Me Pencil That In

Intensive Care, Robbie Williams' latest album, has apparently sold 3.5 million copies worldwide since it's October release. But after several flop albums in the States, EMI has only made Robbie's new one available for digital download. In three weeks, the album has only racked up 4,000 sales so far from places like the U.S. iTunes store.

EMI chairman Alan Leivy spoke today at a press conference with reporters and said things like "In order to crack the U.S. market [with Robbie], we probably would need six months to a year to do it. It simply isn't in his schedule now. I don't think it's in the cards. I don't think it's necessary."

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Madge Tops The UK

Yes, indeed, she has taken "Hung Up" to the top in England, ending Shelf-life's 2 week reign with whatever that vile dirge was. And while we've come up with a slew of fun new nicknames for Madonna, we'll hold off 'til she releases a song we don't like. It's also worth noting that while "Hung Up" has fallen a bit in the charts stateside, today it climbs to a new high of #2 for the daily Top Downloads at the U.S. iTunes store.

Not much else new to report here. As noted earlier, Bananarama's new single didn't fare so well, charting at #26.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Hung Up" - Madonna
2. "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife
3. "Ticket Outta Loserville" - Son Of Dork
4. "No Worries" - Simon Webbe
5. "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - Arctic Monkeys
6. "Don't Love You No More" - Craig David
7. "Can I Have It Like That" - Pharrell Ft. Gwen Stefani
8. "Don't Cha" - Pussycat Dolls Ft. Busta Rhymes
9. "Push The Button" - Sugababes
10."Tripping" - Robbie Williams

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:-( and :-)

It's been (naughtily) reported on Bananarama's official site that their new single, "Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)" went into the charts at #26 today in the UK, after looking like it would chart inside the Top 20 for a large part of the week. :-(

However, this is still good (right?) considering the song had little to no radio airplay there (okay, that's bad). :-I But there's good news, too!


Tomorrow, the full album Drama is out, and can be ordered here! Even better, there's a great interview with them in the December issue of U.S. rag Instinct :-) :-) :-)

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Aussie Chart Goof

Interestingly, last week in Darren Hayes's home country of Australia, an error in data received from the ARIA chart association had placed Dazza's single "So Beautiful" at a #12 debut. However, once the chart was recalculated, his single went in at...

...#7! Congrats! Now, if only we could get a release date for Savage Garden's greatest hits here in the States. After all, they had two #1s here. Hell, Hilary Duff didn't even have a single Top 25 hit.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

She Only Looks Like A Hooker

It's been announced on Dannii Minogue's official site that her new single, "I Can't Sleep At Night," will be released on February 6, 2006. Hey! That's a day before D'Luv's 18th birthday! Email me and I'll let you know where to send checks and money orders to.

Now, Dannii's latest single, "Perfection," just missed entering the Top 10 in the UK last month, peaking at #11. However, last week the single re-entered the chart at #29. This is most likely due to the fact that D'Luv flew to England and bought a copy of it at Virgin. You're welcome, Dannii - and again, just send a check. I'm sure you're good for it, doll.

La Dann has had a total of 9 Top 10 hits in the UK, often appearing as a guest on other DJ or producer's records:

1. "Love And Kisses" (#8, March 1991)
2. "Jump To The Beat (#8, July 1991)
3. "This Is It" (#10, July 1993)
4. "All I Wanna Do" (#4, August 1997)
5. "Who Do You Love Now" (#3, December 2001)
6. "Put The Needle On It" (#7, November 2002)
7. "I Begin To Wonder" (#2, March 2003)
8. "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling" (#5, June 2003)
9. "You Won't Forget About Me" (#7, November 2004)

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Oh, Jesus...

Like a rowdy, out-of-control mare that's just been swatted with a bullwhip on it's hind quarters, un-slutty American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has come charging back into the charts with "Jesus, Take The Wheel."

That's right, Jesus... take the wheel and steer our Carrie straight into the Top 10, would ya?

And while Jesus gets name-dropped by sweet-as-pie Carrie on her new single, he might be a bit surprised to find that another song on her forthcoming album, Some Hearts, discusses taking a baseball bat to a cheating boyfriend's car. So, as long as Carrie can invoke religion to have a hit and also promote violence, why can't we? How very American.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Chart Don't Lie

It's another week, and another chart to report. And while I wasn't able to post the chart positions last week, it doesn't really matter since it's pretty much looked the same the past month.

Yes, and it's another week at the top for Kanye West with "Gold Digger" - his 10th to be exact. "Gold Digger" is now the single with the second-longest run at the top in 2005, only trailing behind...

...good ol' Mariah Carey. You'll recall that Mimi straddled the top position with "We Belong Together," and rode the entire summer like it was a wild pony in need of a good thrashing! She's currently got 3 songs in the Top 30, what with "Shake It Off" at #9, "Don't Forget About Us" (available next week on the reissued version of her latest album) at #20 and "We Belong Together" hanging in there at #26.

Elsewhere, Madonna continues a slow fall with "Hung Up" after debuting high two weeks ago at #20. The progression of the single so far is 20-21-27, due most likely to lack of widespread airplay (though it's been in the Top 5 for downloads since the week it was released).

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Gold Digger" - Kanye West Ft. Jamie Foxx
2. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
3. "My Humps" - Blackeyed Peas
4. "Soul Survivor" - Young Jeezy Ft. Akon
5. "Photograph" - Nickelback
6. "We Be Burnin'" - Sean Paul
7. "Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson
8. "I'm Sprung" - T-Pain
9. "Shake It Off" - Mariah Carey
10. "Sugar, We're Goin' Down'" - Fall Out Boy

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Gold Digger

While at the airport in London on Monday, waiting to fly back to L.A., I picked up the Stock Aitken Waterman Gold 3-disc set. Launch the ecard advertisement for it here, where you can play a game shooting gold discs at Kylie in the tub, popping her bubbles!



It has to be said that the remastering on the tracks is amazing. Also, a lot of the 7" and radio edits of the songs I had never heard - such as "You Think You're A Man," "Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)," "I Don't Wanna Get Hurt" and "That's What Love Can Do." It's almost like discovering brand new tracks by SAW!

Click here to listen to a 21-minute interview BBC radio did with all three producers the other day, where they discuss getting past their court case and the difficulty of working with Pete Burns, as well as the making of "Roadblock," "I Should Be So Lucky" and "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

So Beautiful

The theme song for the trip to London was definitely "So Beautiful" by Darren Hayes, as I heard it EVERYWHERE the 4 days I was there.



It was #1 on the Captial FM radio playlist, even topping Will Young (ahem!). Thursday night, I bought the single, which has an awesome radio mix that's a lot punchier than the one available on iTunes.

Unfortunately, the official UK charts came out Sunday, and "So Beautiful" only entered at #15. Ah well....



The single is the precursor to next Monday's release of Savage Garden's greatest hits in the UK. "So Beautiful" is one of two new Darren Hayes songs on the album.

G-A-Y!

Mr. Brady and I hit G-A-Y on both Friday and Saturday night. We did the G-A-Y bar each night before hitting the club down the street. The bar had a nifty video jukebox which was stocked up with Stock Aitken Waterman tunes, as well as a plethora of other pop gems.



Friday night at the club, we danced for 3 hours nonstop, and DJ Andy Elvers did a full half hour set of SAW tunes.

Saturday night at G-A-Y (the club) was, of course, the big SAW Gold launch party. Every time a SAW song was played, balloons dropped from the ceiling.

At around 1:30 a.m., the performers went on. First up was Jason Donovan, who looked rather bored with being there.



He did "Any Dream Will Do" as his first song - which, incidentally, is NOT a SAW-produced song - and then followed with "Everyday (I Love You More)" and "Too Many Broken Hearts."

Next up was Sonia...



Good ol' Sonia sounded great and seemed genuinely happy to be there. She did a cover of "Hopelessly Devoted To You" (again, WTF??), and also "Listen To Your Heart" and an extended version of "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You."

But, the one who stole the show was Sinitta!



That minx did "Cross My Broken Heart," "So Macho" (not SAW) and "Toy Boy." She rocked! In one funny moment, she announced that G-A-Y promoter Jeremy Joseph didn't allow her to do a costume change backstage, so she just basically stipped off there on the stage in front of everyone and put on the, uh, outfit you see in the photo above.

Oh, and forgive the pics. They're not the best, but hey, I tried!

London Calling!

Whew! I'm back from my 4-day whirlwind trip to London!



The trip was, for the most part, a personal vacation, though I did a few things for work there, too. After flying overnight from L.A. on Wednesday, I got into Heathrow on Thursday afternoon and took the Tube to the swanky Mayfair district, where the hotel was. Then, Mr. Brady showed up, and it was party time (i.e., I made him drag me all over town for the next 4 days)....




Now, the hotel supplied me with a medieval-looking transformer box (pictured above) so I could plug in all my American gear that I brought. Incidentally, the internet service was either ghetto or down the whole time I was there - not sure which - so I wasn't able to update the blog at all like I wanted to.



All in all, I saw a lot of sites (and even got to ride a double-decker bus, shortly after I took the photo of the one up top in Notting Hill), but mostly Mr. Brady and I shopped for CDs 'til we dropped. And then, of course, there were the nights out at G-A-Y...