Tuesday, October 30, 2007
1 ... 12 ... Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (1 week @ #1)
2 .... 1 .... Valerie - Mark Ronson Featuring Amy Winehouse (1 wk @ #1)
3 .... 3 .... Apologize - Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
4 .... 8 .... 2 Hearts - Kylie Minogue
5 ... 13 ... Rule the World - Take That
6 .... 4 .... The Way I Are - Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson & DOE
7 .... 2 .... About You Now - Sugababes (2 wks @ #1)
8 .... 9 .... Wake Up Call - Maroon 5
9 .... 7 .... Hate That I Love You - Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
10 .. 6 .... Can't Get Along (Without You) - Hard-Fi
Kylie's little sister is back with this new single "Touch Me Like That," produced by Jason Nevins. Dannii's actually got a lot going on these days. She's joined The X Factor as a judge, along with Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, and Louis Walsh. She also has a remix album, Unleashed, out next week, although this single isn't on it, so I'm not sure why this is being released.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Leona Lewis claimed #1 on the UK singles chart this week in magnificent style with her second single, "Bleeding Love," the first release from her forthcoming debut album, Spirit. Not since Will Young has a British reality TV act emerged with such potential to actually make it big.
While many X-Factor and other reality TV winning acts have been able to transform their TV fame into an initial #1 hit, prospects after that often fall quickly. Take Michelle McManus, winner of Pop Idol's second season, who hit #1 with her first single "All This Time," but was dropped by her record label after her second, "The Meaning of Love," failed to hit the top 10. Lewis, who last year won the third season of X-Factor, is in fact the show's first alum to score a second #1. I'm hopeful that her album, which attracted the assistance of Clive Davis as co-executive producer (with Simon Cowell).
Lewis didn't just top the chart though, she did it with by far the best sales figure of the year, moving over 218,000 copies of "Bleeding Love," more than double the year's previous best sales week for a single, the nearly 86,000 copies The Proclaimers featuring Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin moved of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" in its first week in March.
In any other week this year then, the single at #2 this week, Take That's "Rule the World," would have been the single with the biggest one-week sales total, for it moved almost 98,000 copies. Still, although it was kept from #1 by a monster hit, the single is a vast improvement over the #17 performance of their last single, "I'd Wait for Life," which ended their run of six consecutive #1 hits.
Another act kept from #1 that is likely accustomed to be there by now is McFly, who lands at #3 with their 13th single, "The Heart Never Lies." Seven of the band's singles have hit the top spot, including their last, "Baby's Coming Back," with 9000 sales fewer than their latest hit. I'll say it again: It was an amazing sales week for the UK singles chart.
Oasis debuts at #10 with their latest, "Lord Don't Slow Me Down," ending their run of 18 consecutive top 5 hits. Not since "Live Forever," their classic 1994 release, have they charted so low.
While next week can't possibly be as grand as this, it's shaping up to be pretty exciting too, as Westlife will go head-to-head with Leona with their latest, a remake of Michael Buble's "Home," which they are hoping will be their 15th #1 hit. Also out are new singles from Timbaland, Samim, Robyn, Keane, Avril Lavigne, Akon and Celine Dion.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
# .. Peak ... Title - Artist
1 .... 1(1) ... Glamorous - Fergie
2 .... 1(6) ... Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie
3 .... 1(3) ... The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani Featuring Akon
4 .... 1(1) ... Say It Right - Nelly Furtado
5 .... 1(1) ... What Goes Around...Comes Around - Justin Timberlake
6 .... 1(2) ... U + Ur Hand - Pink
7 .... 1(3) ... Umbrella - Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
8 .... 1(1) ... Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs
9 .... 1(1) ... Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
10 .. 1(2) .. Shine - Take That
My listing of key album releases over the next few weeks. With the runup to Christmas now fully loaded there are lots of hits collections and big-name releases. This year's annoying trend would seem to be that if you don't have a new product to release, just put out your last one and call it a "deluxe" edition. Dates reflect UK release dates:
- Britney Spears - Blackout. See my review.
- Freemasons - Unmixed. Not sure what's on this.
- Backstreet Boys - Unbreakable. Kevin's gone now, but the other four are still at it, releasing their 6th album. While their last album, the 2005 comeback Never Gone, gave them a decent-sized hit in "Incomplete," the first single from this album, "Inconsolable," is a flop.
- Ministry of Sound (Various Artists) - The Annual 2008. The annual 3-CD release of current dance hits.
- The Libertines - Time for Heroes: The Best Of. Greatest hits set from Pete Doherty's infamous defunct group. Includes tracks such as "Can't Stand Me Now" and "Up the Bracket."
- Westlife - Home Again. Their 9th studio album, which, judging from the tracklist contains a number of remakes such as first single "Home" (Michael Buble), "Have You Ever" (Brandy), and "I'm Already There" (Lonestar).
- McFly - Greatest Hits/All the Greatest Hits. Greatest Hits contains only #1 hits, "That Girl," and three new tracks, while the longer All the Greatest Hits includes all that plus other singles that weren't #1s.
- Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (Deluxe Edition). Includes a bonus disc with some new songs plus "Valerie."
- Dannii Minogue - Unleashed. A remix disc.
- Spice Girls - Greatest Hits. Finally finally finally the Spice Girls release their greatest hits collection. And they even reformed for it, are touring, and have a new single, "Headlines (Friendship Forever)."
- Leona Lewis - Spirit. This may be the first album worth buying from an X-Factor winner, Britain's current answer to American Idol. Leona is set to hit #1 this afternoon with her second single, "Bleeding Love."
- Celine Dion - Taking Chances. This is a return of sorts for Celine, who hasn't released a hit-seeking English language album since 2003's One Heart (Miracles, her 2004 Anne Geddes tie-in looked like a one-off). First single "Taking Chances" is actually pretty decent.
- Killers - Sawdust. The Killers B-sides, rarities, and remixes set is thankfully heavy on B-sides and rarities, so unless you're a collector, it may feel like a new album. Includes singles "Shadowplay" (US release) and "Tranquilize" (UK release).
- Craig David - Trust Me. British Pop/R&B singer Craig David releases his fouth album, featuring first single "Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)," which features a liberal David Bowie sample.
- Seal - System. Mr. Heidi Klum puts out his fifth album, only his second not to be named just "Seal." Includes a duet with his wife, "Wedding Night," (cringe) and first single "Amazing," which isn't bad. Rumour is that it will be more dance-oriented like his first album.
- David Gray - Greatest Hits. Predictable collection that includes new single "The World to Me."
- Garth Brooks - Ultimate Hits. Two-disc collection of Garth Brooks' singles, which gets an earlier (Nov. 6) release in the US.
- Take That - Beautiful World (Deluxe). Another re-release, presumably to also include current hit "Rule the World"
- Groove Armada - GA10 (Greatest Hits). Celebrates 10 years of the band with a 2-CD set of hits, such as "I See You Baby" and last summer's Mutya Buena collaboration, "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)"
- Alicia Keys - As I Am. Her third album, released too late in the year to qualify for a Grammy nomination. Maybe next year. Features first single "No One."
- Girls Aloud - Tangled Up. Their fourth album, to include recent single "Sexy! No No No..."
- Now 68. The latest hit collection.
- Kylie Minogue - X.If I said earlier this year that Kelly Clarkson's My December was the album I was most anticipating this year, I was lying. It's this one, Kylie's first album in 4 years, featuring first single "2 Hearts."
- Shayne Ward - Breathless. The former X-Factor winner puts out his second album.
- Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds (Deluxe). Another re-issue, to include the new duet version of "Until the End of Time" with Beyonce.
- Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains. Her 8th album.
- Nelly - Brass Knuckles. His 5th album, which gets a November 13 release in the US.
- Natasha Bedingfield - N.B. (US version). Natasha Bedingfield's second album succumbed to a serious sophomore slump--its third single, "Say It Again (feat. Adam Levine)," didn't even chart in the top 75 when it released. Ouch! She's having better luck in the US so far though, with "Love Like This (feat. Sean Kingston)" charting strongly on the top 40 airplay chart.
Not on the list:
- Mariah Carey. Her 10th studio album has been pushed back to February 2008.
- Dido. Current estimated date is March 2008, four and a half years after Life for Rent. According to Q Magazine the album will be more acoustic than her first two.
- The Feeling. Second album, The Moon, is expected in early 2008.
- Goldfrapp. Their fourth album, titled Seventh Tree, is due in February.
- Whitney Houston. Clive Davis promised us an amazing album by the end of the year, but it's not in the cards. Frankly if this ever gets released it will be a miracle. No word yet on a date
- Madonna. Her 12th studio album is expected in March 2008, with a greatest hits package to follow sometime after she's done promoting singles from it. This will finish out her Warner Bros. contract so she can begin her Live Earth era.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Enjoy Yourself (1989). (3/5) Kylie’s second album was essentially more of the same SAW fluffy pop. This album falls down a bit though when Kylie tries on a few slow songs, which have never been (and probably never will be) her strong suit. Aside from that though, it’s pretty good. Essential: Hand on Your Heart
Rhythm of Love (1990). (4/5) Things get a little more interesting with Kylie’s third album. Still a SAW production, but with a concerted effort to update Kylie’s sound for the ‘90s, the album wisely avoided the balladry that weakened her last album. The results are not unlike what Cathy Dennis—a future critical collaborator—was doing at the time. “Better the Devil You Know,” the album’s first track, remains one of Kylie’s strongest early singles. Essential: Better the Devil You Know
Let’s Get to It (1991). This is the only Kylie album I don’t own, so I can’t say much about it, but the fact that I don’t have it says something about my lack of interest in it. This was the first albeit tentative step into more adult territory for Kylie, who was becoming increasingly interested in asserting herself in her music and not being just a dance pop producers’ plaything. The singles from the album, if they are indicative of the rest, are just average though. Essential: Finer Feelings
Kylie Minogue (1994). (4/5) After taking a 3-year break and emerging on a new record label, Kylie Minogue was a forceful statement that Kylie was taking a new, more mature direction with her music. Freed completely from the Stock Aitken Waterman production house that made her a household name, Kylie was free to experiment. Nowhere is this more evident than with “Confide in Me,” the haunting, vaguely Middle Eastern first single that is markedly different than anything else Kylie has ever done. Dance pop is still the emphasis, but the flavor is much more adult than teen oriented. Essential: Confide in Me
Impossible Princess (1997). (3/5). Here’s where things got really weird. This is the furthest from dance pop that Kylie ever ventured, and the results are interesting but mixed. The disc spans from the dark trip-hop of “Jump” to the soulful and upbeat “Some Kind of Bliss.” Essential: Some Kind of Bliss
Light Years (2000) (4.5/5). Another long break and Kylie emerged once again into a new musical era, this time embracing the frothy dance pop that made her famous, updated for the new millennium and injected with a heady dose of ‘70s disco influence. Light Years is confident, joyous fun, particularly her campy collaborations with Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams on “Loveboat,” “Kids,” and “Your Disco Needs You.” But the more contemporary tracks, “Spinning Around,” “On a Night Like This,” and “Please Stay,” were good too, and returned Kylie to the top of the charts after the relative drought of her experimental period. Essential: Spinning Around
Fever (2001). (5/5) Fever is the best dance pop album ever made and one of my favorite albums. Every track is a winner and the thoroughly modern sound fits Kylie like a glove. While the camp and retro elements of Light Years were fun, I don’t miss them here at all. This time the inspiration came from the best of current dance music, such as the obvious Daft Punk influence on “Love at First Sight.” Cathy Dennis’ remarkable work on “Come Into My World” and the classic “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” is also notable. Essential: Can’t Get You Out of My Head
Body Language (2003). (4/5) Kylie shifted her emphasis again for Body Language away from house dance pop toward a more electro sound with ‘80s influence. The results aren’t as enjoyable as her last two albums, but this is still solid, particularly on the sexy, breathy “Slow” or “Chocolate.” Upbeat tracks like “Secret (Take You Home)” and “Still Standing” are great too, as is the Justin Timberlake-influenced “Red Blooded Woman.” Essential: Slow
That Blackout isn't a complete disaster could come as a surprise, until you remind yourself that Britney's albums have always been producer-driven affairs, with her contribution coming in the form of image, packaging and desirability. So what we have here is basically a bunch of really hot producers offering up ready-made sleek pop songs not unlike what they've produced recently for other artists. Britney showed up (more or less) to do the vocal and voila: slick, electronic, beat-heavy pop with lots of vocal processing and a good dose of attitude. I like a good futuristic electro-pop romp as much as the next guy, but the results here are disappointing, with Blackout being the weakest of Britney's five albums.
There are a few good songs, but "good" is relative. Nothing here stands up to "...Baby One More Time," "Toxic," or even "Stronger." The album's best track is "Heaven on Earth," which 0pens with a pulsing synth bass line and has a faster tempo than most of the other songs. The melodic song embodies an ‘80s sound, reminiscent of the work Gwen Stefani’s been doing lately. First single, "Gimme More," also manages to be pretty good when stacked up against the rest of what she's done here.
I also like both of the songs produced by Bloodshy and Avant, the duo that made Britney's second-biggest hit, "Toxic," a few years ago. "Piece of Me" is Britney's chance to take on her detractors, and the highly processed track makes her sound pretty good, even if it lacks enough melody to really hold together. "Toy Soldier" has a better beat and an interesting sound, but the producer/songwriter who boasts in the opening, "hear a smash on the radio, bet I penned it,” may be waiting to hear this on airwaves anytime soon.
The rest is unfortunate, uninteresting, and in a few cases just unlistenable. Nate "Danja" Hills, who crafted the awesome "Say It Right" for Nelly Furtado, tries to work similar magic for Britney with "Break the Ice," "Hot as Ice," "Get Naked (I Got a Plan), " and "Perfect Lover." "Break the Ice" is the best of this pack, and comes closest to emulating "Say It Right," but emulation isn't a very high bar for a producer, are fine, but nothing special.
Of the rest, "Radar" is electronic, attitude-filled, and bland. "Freakshow" is just bad--a lean track of bleeps, hand claps, and vocals. By the time the end of the album rolls around with "Ooh Ooh Baby" and Pharrell Williams' "Why Should I Be So Sad," I'm too bored to really care.
Anyone who thinks Britney miraculously took a break from her headline-bating ways over the last few months to sit down and pour herself into crafting a fine pop album is kidding themselves. Critics have been surprisingly generous with this; Entertainment Weekly, for example, gave it a B+, but I'm not buying it (literally--I listened to it on MTV's the Leak, which is all I'd recommend doing).
When she doesn't get drowned out by the beats and bleeps, Britney's vocal delivery sounds like it was phoned in. She’s not the greatest singer, and these songs don’t need her to be, which is why a few songs do work, but too often she gets lost in the production. But hey, she likely wasn’t very involved in it in the first place.
Best: Heaven on Earth, Gimme More, Piece of Me, Toy Soldier, Break the Ice
Friday, October 26, 2007
"2 Hearts" - The single we already know and love.
"Like a Drug" - Sounds cool. Electronic dance music reminiscent of "Can't Get You Out of My Head."
"The One" - This is produced by the preeminent dance group the Freemasons, and it sounds like it's a standout.
"In My Arms" - At first I thought this was the Calvin Harris track, "Heart Beat Rock," but it's clearly "In My Arms," and it sounds good.
Based on this, it sounds like X will be a good blend of the electronic sound of Body Language, but with a stronger melodic emphasis like that of Fever. Could be really great.
- The Sugababes spend a fourth week at #1 on the UK singles chart this week, making "About You Now" their longest-running #1 hit, besting the 3 weeks spent at the top by "Push the Button."
- Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse move into pole position with "Valerie," which also spends a second week at #1 on the UK airplay chart. The move ties Mark Ronson's current single with his previous biggest hit, "Stop Me" featuring Daniel Merriweather, which hit #2 earlier this year.
- Britney Spears returns to the UK top 10 after a two-year absence with "Gimme More," which makes its debut on download sales at #3, giving Britney her 10th top 3 hit, the last being "My Prerogative," which hit #3 just under 3 years ago. In total, she now has 18 top 10 hits in the UK.
- Timbaland makes a big splash at #6 with "Apologize (featuring OneRepublic)," whose official release is still over a week away. Both of Timbaland's last two singles, "The Way I Are" and "Give It to Me" were #1 hits.
- The Freemasons land their biggest hit yet at #8 with "Uninvited (featuring Bailey Tzuke)," their dance remake of Alanis Morissette's 1998 hit, which was not released in the UK. The dance act's previous best was the #11 hit from 2 years ago, "Love on My Mind."
- The Killers make a splash at #13 with "Tranquilize," the first single from their forthcoming B-sides/rarities/remixes collection, Sawdust. At #13, the single performs better than all of the Sam's Town singles except its first, "When You Were Young," which hit #2, making it the Killer's highest-charting UK single.
- Orson makes a disappointing #21 upon the physical release of "Ain't No Party," the first single from their second album. The band's first single, "No Tommrow," was a #1 hit last year, and even their second single, "Bright Idea," hit #11.
- This weekend's chart is shaping up to be a major chart battle, with a good number of notable releases: Take That's "Rule the World," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," McFly's "The Heart Never Lies," Britney's physical release of "Gimme More," Freemasons' physical release of "Uninvited," Newton Faulkner's "All I Got," and Mutya Buena's "Just a Little Bit." Any of the first four tracks on this list could easily hit #1: the new Take That single (its airplay is massive and "Patience" and "Shine" were huge #1 hits), the new Leona Lewis single (the first "real" single from a former reality show winner), McFly's new single (they've had seven #1 hits, always hitting #1 with the first two singles from a new album, and this is the first from their greatest hits), and Britney (who debuted very high at #3 last week on downloads alone).
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
1 .... 2 .... Valerie - Mark Ronson Featuring Amy Winehouse (1 week @ #1)
2 .... 1 .... About You Now - Sugababes (2 wks @ #1)
3 .... 4 .... Apologize - Timbaland Featuring One Republic
4 .... 3 .... The Way I Are - Timbaland Featuring Keri Hilson & DOE
5 ... 11 ... Happy Ending - Mika
6 .... 8 .... Can't Get Along (Without You) - Hard-Fi
7 .... 9 .... Hate That I Love You - Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
8 ... 17 ... 2 Hearts - Kylie Minogue
9 ... 10 ... Wake Up Call - Maroon 5
10 .. 12 .. Ain't No Party - Orson
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
- Sugababes spend a third week at #1 with "About You Now," matching the 3-week run at the top from about 2 years ago this time of year for "Push the Button." The track is up to #2 on the airplay chart.
- Amy Winehouse has her biggest UK hit this week thanks to her producer Mark Ronson's single "Valerie," featuring vocals from Winehouse. The single rises four spots to #3 this week, beating the #7 peak of her previous best, "Rehab." "Valerie" also climbs to #1 this week on the UK airplay chart, her second #1 after the summer's big airplay hit "Tears Dry on Their Own."
- The Hoosiers debuts at #5 with "Goodbye Mr. A," matching the peak of their last single, "Worried About Ray." This was last week's airplay #1 (there's been a good deal of turnover on the airplay chart of late).
- Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" is up to #14, a new recent high for the single, originally a #2 hit in 1981. This single is perhaps the best example of the potential for the revised UK chart rules, which allow any commercially available track to chart, no matter how old or whether its an official "single" release.
- After only four days of airplay, Kylie Minogue's new single "2 Hearts" managed to debut on the airplay chart all the way up at #17. The single release won't come until November 12. "2 Hearts" is her first single since 2005's "Giving You Up," the second single from her 2004 greatest hits collection.
- Timbaland's "Apologize" moves up a notch to #3, matching the peak of his last single, "The Way I Are." Given that it's this week's sales gainer, the chances of it moving higher--even #1--look good.
- Alicia Keys scored her fifth top 5 hit this week with "No One," the first single from her forthcoming third album. Her last top 5 hit was as 1/2 of 2004 #1 hit "My Boo"with Usher.
- Kanye West (featuring T-Pain) holds at #10 with "The Good Life," his second Graduation single. The track matches the peak of the Michael Jackson track it samples, "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)."
- Justin Timberlake's "Until the End of Time," now a duet with Beyoncé, moves up four spots to #24. The track is the sixth top 40 hit from Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, which is the most top 40 singles to come from one album since Michael Jackson had seven with 1991's Dangerous.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Best: Dark Road, Love Is Blind, Smithereens, Lost, Sing, Ghost in My Machine, Coloured Bedspread, Fingernail Moon
1 .... 1 .... About You Now - Sugababes (2 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 5 .... Valerie - Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse
3 .... 4 .... The Way I Are - Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson & DOE
4 .... 8 .... Apologize - Timbaland Feat. OneRepublic
5 .... 3 .... Stronger - Kanye West (3 wks @ #1)
6 .... 2 .... Who Knew - Pink
7 .... 7 .... Ayo Technology - 50 Cent Feat. Justin Timberlake
8 ... 11 ... Can't Get Along (Without You) - Hard-Fi
9 ... 13 ... Hate That I Love You - Rihanna Feat. Ne-Yo
10 .. 10 .. Wake Up Call - Maroon 5
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1 .... 4 .... About You Now - Sugababes (1 week @ #1)
2 .... 3 .... Who Knew - Pink
3 .... 1 .... Stronger - Kanye West (3 wks @ #1)
4 .... 2 .... The Way I Are - Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson & DOE
5 .... 9 .... Valerie - Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse
6 .... 5 .... LoveStoned - Justin Timberlake
7 .... 7 ... Ayo Technology - 50 Cent Feat. Justin Timberlake
8 ... 14 ... Apologize - Timbaland Feat. OneRepublic
9 .... 6 .... 1973 - James Blunt
10 . 12 .. Wake Up Call - Maroon 5
Thursday, October 04, 2007
- Annie Lennox's new album, Songs of Mass Destruction
- Hard-Fi "Can't Get Along (Without You)"
- Sugababes "About You Now"
- Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic "Apologize"
- Robyn "Handle Me"
- Fergie "Clumsy"
- Kanye West Featuring T-Pain "The Good Life"
- Mark Ronson Featuring Amy Winehouse "Valerie"
- Arctic Monkeys "Teddy Picker"
- Orson "Ain't a Party"
- Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo "Hate That I Love You"
- Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grande "Let Me Think About It"
- Travis "My Eyes"
1. Pushing Daisies (ABC). I think they've invented the new genre of "cheery noir" and I love it. The pilot was bold, colorful, funny, yet also dark and sinister. The leads really make the show--Neurotic Ned and his perky undead girlfriend. Best so far. A
2. Cane (CBS). A sweeping prime time soap. Powerful families. Lovely people. It's all a cliche, but it's well done and so far manages to be interesting. B
3. Back to You (Fox). Just as NBC's Thursday night, the pantheon of sitcoms, has done away with any vestiges of canned laughter and 4-camera cinematography, here comes a good ol' fashioned sitcom with veteran actors (Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton) that actually is funny. B
4. Bionic Woman (NBC). The pilot was disappointing. Way too much attitude. I get tired of characters that are just mean to each other, like they're just looking for the next opportunity to unspool a pithy comeback. The second episode was much better though, so I'm still holding out hope this will be good. B-
5. Dirty Sexy Money (ABC). I love Peter Krause, and he's the best thing about this silly, soapy drama, and frankly the only actor worth watching among the ensemble, most of whom make up an obscenely wealthy family, none of whom are at all likable. Who wants to watch a show where are the characters are unlikeable unless it's reality TV? D
- Britney Spears' "Gimme More" surges up the Billboard Hot 100 this week, advancing 65 spots to land at #3, making the single her second highest charting ever after her 1999 #1 hit "...Baby One More Time." This is Britney's fifth top 10 hit, following "...Baby...," "(You Drive Me) Crazy," "Oops!...I Did It Again," and "Toxic." The big surge is undoubtedly attributed to the single going on sale last week at iTunes, as its airplay has plateaued of late. Over on the R&R Top 40, for example, the song holds at #18 despite having climbed rather rapidly over the previous weeks.
- Two other singles make big jumps into the top 10. Up 16 at #6 is the third recent top 10 for Timbaland, this time featuring OneRepublic on the ballad "Apologize." His last single, the upbeat "The Way I Are" with Keri Hilson and DOE is still in the top 10, down one place this week at #4. Timbaland hit #1 earlier this year with "Give It To Me (feat. Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado)." The other big climber is Feist with "1,2,3,4," which moves up 20 places to #8. The single has been getting VH1 play for awhile, but got a big boost with the prominent feature of the song in the new Apple iPod Nano ad campaign.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
1 .... 1 .... Stronger - Kanye West (3 wks @ #1)
2 .... 2 .... The Way I Are - Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson & DOE
3 .... 4 .... Who Knew - Pink
4 ... 15 ... About You Now - Sugababes
5 .... 5 .... Lovestoned - Justin Timberlake
6 .... 3 .... 1973 - James Blunt
7 ... 12 ... Ayo Technology - 50 Cent Feat. Justin Timberlake
8 .... 8 .... Young Folks - Peter Bjorn & John Feat. Victoria Bergsman
9 ... 18 ... Valerie - Mark Ronson Featuring Amy Winehouse
10 .. 6 .... Suburban Knights - Hard-Fi