Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Personal Chart, 7/28/2007

TW LW Title - Artist
1 .... 2 .... Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Mutya Buena & Groove Armada (1 week @ #1)
2 .... 1 .... Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (3 wks @ #1)
3 .... 5 .... When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne
4 .... 3 .... Umbrella - Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z (3 wks @ #1)
5 ... 12 ... Oh My God - Mark Ronson Featuring Lily Allen
6 ... 15 ... Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
7 .... 6 .... Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
8 .... 10 .... 4 in the Morning - Gwen Stefani
9 ... 11 ... Like This - Kelly Rowland Featuring Eve
10 .. 4 .... Never Again - Kelly Clarkson

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Vacation Hiatus

My blog is going on vacation hiatus until after July 29th. While I'm gone I will be listening to the new Editors album and Bat for Lashes, and of course, reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Best Albums of the 1990s (61-70)

Okay, these are backwards and I don't want to take the time to fix it, so just enjoy.

61. Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You (1998). Robbie's second album was another winner, and I liked that he played up the James Bond angle (captured by the "You Only Live Twice" sample on "Millennium") for the album photos. "She's the One" won the Brit Award for best single of 1999. His collaboration with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, "No Regrets," is really fantastic too. Essential track: Millennium

62. R.E.M (1994). - Monster. The Monster tour was the first rock concert I ever went to. I bought the most obnoxious lime green ("Violent Green" like the lyric) T-shirt. Essential track: What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

63. Chantal Kreviazuk - Colour Moving and Still (1999). I bought this album because the song "Eve" was featured on Dawson's Creek and I really liked it. Thankfully, the rest of the album turned out to be pretty good too. Doesn't she look like Evangeline Lilly? Must be a Canadian thing. Essential track: Blue

64. Ace of Base -The Sign (1994). Ace of Base was the big breakout of 1994, scoring several big hits, most notably the year's biggest, "The Sign." Their Swedish dance pop really cleared the way for the whole Britney/Boyband thing, which was really just Swedish pop with an American face. Essential track: The Sign

65. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992). Tori Amos was a dorm staple my freshman year in college, which was 3 years after this album, but it still got a lot of play. Essential track: Crucify

66. Erasure - Cowboy (1997). The '90s were weird for Erasure, as they did a couple of great albums and a couple of duds. This followed the overlong Erasure with a great set of fun dance songs. Essential track: Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me

67. Texas - White on Blonde (1997). "Say What You Want" was such a big hit in Britain that it was still frequently on the radio when I was there, months after this single had been released. The album has other good tracks from the Scottish group (whom, I heard say they'd never even visited Texas, but felt their music matched the mood of its landscape). Essential track: Say What You Want

68. Enrique Iglesias - Enrique (1999). Enrique Iglesias had a great debut album, which had two #1 hits, "Bailamos" and a clone of Cher's "Believe," "Be With You" (same producers). Essential track: Rhythm Divine

69. Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time (1999). Before she had two kids, two marriages, and a shaved head she had this--a bona fide smash debut. "...Baby One More Time" was a massive hit and is still credited as a classic pop song of the '90s. The album had other good cuts too, such as the UK #1 "Born to Make You Happy" and "Sometimes." Essential track: ...Baby One More Time

70. Weezer - Weezer (1994). Another staple of my senior year high school alternative phase. "Buddy Holly" was my favorite then, but now I prefer... Essential track: Undone (The Sweater Song)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Emmy Predictions

The Emmy Awards nominations come out tomorrow. My prediction (made pretty easy this year, since the longlist 10 finalists were leaked):

  • Friday Night Lights
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • House
  • Lost
  • The Sopranos
  • Desperate Houswives
  • Entourage
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Ugly Betty

Personal Chart, 7/21/2007

TW LW Title - Artist
1 .... 1 .... Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (3 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 3 .... Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Mutya Buena & Groove Armada
3 .... 2 .... Umbrella - Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z (3 wks @ #1)
4 .... 4 .... Never Again - Kelly Clarkson
5 ... 11 ... When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne
6 ... 14 ... Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
7 .... 6 .... Soulmate - Natasha Bedingfield
8 .... 5 .... Icky Thump - The White Stripes
9 ... 10 ... Selfish Jean - Travis
10 .. 12 .. 4 in the Morning - Gwen Stefani

Mercury Prize Nominees 2007

The Nationwide Mercury Prize nominees were announced yesterday. The Mercury Prize is an annual music award given in Britain and is generally regarded as the critics favorite award in contrast to the more mainstream Brit Awards, although certainly mainstream acts have won the Mercury, notably last year's winner The Arctic Monkeys, who are up again this year for their sophomore album, Favourite Worst Nightmare. Also competing are Amy Winehouse, who's a second-time nominee for her fabulous Back to Black, rapper Dizzie Rascal, who won the 2003 prize with his first album, Boy in Da Corner, and The View with their debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers. My money's on Winehouse. Here's my rundown:

1. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare. You can read my review of the album here. I gave it a 3.5. "Fluorescent Adolescent" is the current single, which I've actually grown to rather like, but overall this isn't setting the world on fire like their first album, so don't expect a repeat win.

2. Basquiat Strings - Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford. Every year there's a really "out there" nominee, and this appears to be it. It's a non-conventional jazz quintet. I've listened to "Lonely Woman," "Double Dares," and "Junk." My first reaction was that while it's interesting, it's not particularly enjoyable; however, it grows on you, and I find it strangely intriguing. Creepy really--like something that would score some obnoxiously pretentious film. Actually, "Double Dares" gets better as you go, so maybe this isn't so bad.

3. Bat for Lashes - Fur and Gold. Bat for Lashes is the stage name for Natasha Khan, and this is her debut album. This sounds interesting. I like the drama of "What's a Girl to Do," and "Prescilla" sounds good too, as does "Tahiti," which includes piano. This might be worth getting.

4. Dizzie Rascal - Maths and English. Not my thing, but I kind of like "Pussyole (Old Skool)" just because it samples Rob Base's "It Takes Two."

5. Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future. Klaxons emerged early this year with "Golden Skans," which I thought was pretty good. They followed it with "Gravity's Rainbow," which was okay, and then a remake of the '90s dance hit "It's Not Over," which was just so-so, but a strange choice.

6. Maps - We Can Create. Again, it sounds like a band, but it's just one guy, James Chapman. He does electronica, and I'm not really into the nerdy boys do electronica thing (Junior Boys, Postal Service, Tiga--no thanks), but "It Will Find You" sounds like a haunting track.

7. New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom. They get the award for most creative name. They've got a great '80s sound, sort of dance-ish. I like it. "The Get Go" and "Ice Cream" in particular sound like good songs.

8. Fionn Regan - The End of History. I typed this in as "Fiona Regan" until I saw his picture, and I thought "oops." This is the troubadour of the bunch. Just a guy and his guitar. He's Irish, but out of Ireland right now. Reminds me of the movie "Once." "Be Good or Be Gone" is a nice song. "Snowy Atlas Mountains" adds some cello for a haunting sound and "Black Water Child" is more upbeat. Nice.

9. Jamie T - Panic Prevention. His first top 10 single "Calm Down Dearest" was a good song, but I haven't heard anything from him since. "Sheila" is not bad. Doesn't set me on fire though.

10. The View - Hats Off to the Buskers. I have this album, but I haven't listened to it much; something I plan to quickly rectify. "Same Jeans" and "Superstar Tradesman" are great.

11. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black. This I absolutely adore--best album of the year. Read my review. Vote with your wallet. I hope this wins.

12. The Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Men. Never heard of them, but don't sound too bad. Their Web site says their known for their "tasteful tweed outfits."

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Best Albums of the 1990s (71-80)

80. Jewel - Pieces of You (1994). 1994 you say? Yes, this album was out for two years before it broke out with "Who Will Save Your Soul," and its two major hits, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games" followed a year later. Too bad the versions that were popular aren't included here though. Essential track: You Were Meant for Me.

79. Spice Girls - Spice (1996). The late '90s and Spice Girls go together like grunge and coffeehouses. These girls were everywhere, especially in Britain, where they scored 6 consecutive #1 hits, sending a total of 10 singles into the top 10. Essential track: Wannabe

78. Hootie & the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View (1994). This album was a major phenomenon, selling 16 million copies. It became the blue print for late-90s mainstream rock. Essential track: Let Her Cry

77. Travis - The Man Who (1999). Before Coldplay there was Travis, who scored a major hit in Britain with their second album, The Man Who, which won a Brit Award in 2000 for album of the year. Essential track: Why Does it Always Rain on Me?

76. Jennifer Lopez - On the 6 (1999). Actress Jennifer Lopez was flying high after successes from Selena and Out of Sight, and like many before her, attempted a crossover to music in 1999. The move was the beginning of a successful pop career, and the first album gave Jennifer her first #1 hit ("If You Had My Love") and her first #1 dance hit ("Waiting for Tonight"). There's also two duets with Marc Anthony, who five years and two husbands later she would marry. Essential track: Waiting for Tonight

75. Celine Dion - The Colour of My Love (1993). Celine's third English album provided her first #1 hit ("The Power of Love"), which became another of those '90s wedding anthems. It also scored her first #1 hit in Britain, "Think Twice," which spent 7 weeks at #1 there but was her least sucessful U.S. single, peaking at #98. Essential track: The Power of Love

74. Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998). After providing everyone and their mother with a copy of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis returned 3 years later with an excessive but still decent follow-up. Too many lyrics, but still some good songs. Essential track: Thank U

73. Everything But the Girl - Temperamental (1999). After going electronic with 1996's Walking Wounded, EBTG took another step away from their previous adult rock roots with this almost purely house dance album. Still sounds great a swanky parties. Essential track: Low Tide of the Night

72. Cher - Believe (1998). Never count out Cher. Just when you think she's over, she snaps back with something amazing. Single "Believe" became her biggest hit ever, the #1 single of 1999. With massive crossover appeal, the dance track was a tremendous international hit, and became the blueprint for a mini dance revival around that time, followed by Enrique Iglesias's "Be With You" and all those Whitney Houston remixes. Essential track: Believe

71. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998). At once soul and hip-hop, old and new school, Fugees singer Lauryn Hill's solo debut was a critical and commercial smash--one she would never replicate. Essential track: Doo Wop (That Thing)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Album Review: The White Stripes - Icky Thump (4/5)

Time to review the latest from The White Stripes. They're the "indie" band that's managed to maintain their cool through a remarkable ascent to fame, peaking with their award-winning fourth album Elephant (2003), that spawned their most notable hit "Seven Nation Army." The band, which had been notable for its austere reliance on just drums, guitar, and vocals (no bass and rarely any other instruments) departed from that minimalism for fifth album Get Behind Me Satan (2005), which featured all sorts of instruments, most notably piano on many tracks. The results were interesting, but a letdown from the cool soul of Elephant, which remains by far my favorite of their albums.

Musically, Icky Thump's closest kin of recent Whites Stripes albums is White Blood Cells (2001), their last release before achieving widespread acclaim. The extra instruments have been shed again, save for a few key guest spots, such as the bagpipes on the Scottish-flavored "Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn" and the trumpet on the manic Spanish-themed "Conquest." By and large though, Jack and Meg are back to their loud musical minimalism that has served them well, expressing their desire to experiment this time stylistically rather than instrumentally.

Take "Icky Thump," the fantastic opening track and first single that plays like a '70s progressive rock throwback, moving through segments and transitions of alternating vocal and instrumental sections. The song even dips a little into current national politics: "White Americans, what? Nothing better to do? Why don't you throw yourself out, you're an immigrant too."

The tense insistence of the first track is shed for breezy second track (and second single) "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)." The keyboard's back for this one, but it mostly stays in the back, poking its head out when the rest of the music rests. "300 M.P.H.Torrential Outpour Blues" is one of the songs that most reminds me of White Blood Cells, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" in particular. It has a similar mellow late-night lounge quality to it, punctuated by mad bursts of Meg's drumming. It's a good song, although it does go on a bit long.
"Conquest" is a wonderful song that I love because it is so over the top goofy, and it's nice to know a band can retain a good sense of humor after having had its reputation so inflated by the critics. Jack doesn't just howl the word Conquest, but manages to stretch it into four syllables "CO-O-ON-QUEST!!" If the last song wears out its welcome, at under 3 minutes, this one leaves before you're ready for it to end.

The band gets down to business on "Bone Broke," which has a harder feel the preceding songs--rough around the edges like a good jam session. You know you're getting classic White Stripes when Jack turns up the feedback and Meg just bangs the crap out of her drums (how many skins must she go through?). On then to "Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn," the bagpipe-driven folksy jig that marches through the center of the album. It even gets a high-energy postlude, "St. Andrew (This Battle Is in the Air)." How great would these be live?

That's actually one of their great strengths, that even with a studio product, the band retains its rough-hewn feel as if they sat down to play and didn't notice that someone with an old tape player hit "record." "Little Cream Soda" opens with a count and a strong extended opening sequence. The charged quality of the instrumental section falls away for the swaggering vocal sections, chanted by Jack, but then pick up again, comprising the bulk of the song. Quirky "Rag and Bone" is another goofy gem, featuring cute banter between Jack and Meg and tight, energetic playing. This is fast, fun stuff.

The last few tracks are good, but not as strong. "I'm slowly Turning Into You" starts as a musical reprieve from the frenetic energy of the last few tracks. Feedback guitar, organ, and slower drumming let the song swagger in like entering some Western saloon. It takes off getting bigger and louder by the end. The real break comes then in dark and forlorn "A Martyr for My Love for You." "Catch Hell Blues" would be almost nondescript, but then it surprises with a fantastic electric guitar riff. "Effect and Cause" closes the album on an upbeat note, but is otherwise not a standout.
While I'm not a White Stripes fanatic, I certainly have an appreciation for them (and I truly do love Elephant). Icky Thump is brash, loud and fun, a great summer rocker.

Best: Icky Thump, You Don't Know What Love Is, Conquest, Rag and Bone, Prickly Thorn But Sweetly Worn, Little Cream Soda

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Personal Chart, 7/14/2007

TW LW Title - Artist
1 .... 1 .... Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (2 weeks @ #1)
2 .... 2 .... Umbrella - Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z (3 wks @ #1)
3 .... 5 .... Song 4 Mutya - Mutya Buena & Groove Armada
4 .... 4 .... Never Again - Kelly Clarkson
5 .... 3 .... Icky Thump - The White Stripes
6 .... 9 .... Soulmate - Natasha Bedingfield
7 .... 7 .... Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors - The Editors
8 .... 6 .... Summer Love - Justin Timberlake
9 .... 8 .... People Help the People - Cherry Ghost
10 .. 15 .. Selfish Jean - Travis

Monday, July 09, 2007

Best Albums of the 1990s (90-81)

90. Live - Throwing Copper (1994). In high school the lyric "her placenta falls to the floor" was more than enough to make teenage boys snicker. Great song though. Essential track: Lightning Crashes

89. Enya - Shepherd Moons (1991). New age queen Enya's third album, followed the massive success of her second album, sounding pretty much the same. Essential track: Book of Days

88. Pearl Jam - Ten (1991). This, along with Nirvana's Nevermind, launched the '90s most important musical movement: grunge. Coming as it did from Seattle (and the northwest generally), it was everywhere, particularly by senior year in high school, where at the end of the year we actually had a "prep to grunge" award for those who had made the best transition. Essential track: Jeremy

87. Radiohead - The Bends (1995). This ranks low mostly because I didn't start listening to Radiohead until this decade, so I can't really justify ranking this very high. This was the band's conventional high point. Essential track: Bend and Break.

86. Paula Abdul - Spellbound (1991). Paula's second album, not as good as the first. In an unusual twist, despite building her career as a dance-pop artist, it's the ballads that shine here, notably "Rush Rush," which was her biggest hit. Essential track: Rush Rush

85. Mariah Carey - Butterfly (1997). Mariah Carey's fifth album was born during the troubled time near the end of her marriage to Sony records exec Tommy Mottola. It furthers the transition of her sound from being mostly pop/adult to being more rhythmic. A drop from her last two albums, but still decent, especially when she's not singing through her nose. Essential track: Honey

84. Prince - (The Love Symbol Album)(1992). Diamonds and Pearls was Prince's last big commercial album, but this one that followed was actually better, despite not scoring as many hits. And it's credited as being the source of the coolest symbol of the decade. Essential track: 7

83. Pet Shop Boys - Nightlife (1999). Lots of great stuff on this album, in fact, all of the Pet Shop Boys' albums of the '90s were fantastic (two more forthcoming). Several of these songs were part of a Pet Shop Boys musical, there's a duet with Kylie ("In Denial") and some great dance tracks. Great opening track too "For Your Own Good." Essential track: New York City Boy

82. R.E.M. - Out of Time (1991). Uneven compared to their next album, but a worthy effort, if only because it gave the band their biggest hit ever. Essential track: Losing My Religion

81. U2 - Zooropa (1993). Achtung Baby was U2's second career highpoint, so the follow-up was inevitably less impressive, but there's still some great songs here. Essential track: Numb

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Best Albums of the 1990s (100-91)

100. Westlife - Westlife (1999). Eight years later this Irish boyband is still going strong, hitting #1 in the UK most recently with "The Rose" last year. This was where they got their start. Essential track: "Swear It Again"

99. Eric Clapton - Unplugged (1992). 1993's Grammy Winner for Album of the Year. Essential track: "Tears in Heaven"

98. Boyz II Men - II (1994). Boyz II Men's second album gave them three major hits, including "I'll Make Love to You," which spent 14 weeks at #1. Essential track: "On Bended Knee"

97. Babyface - For the Cool in You (1993). Babyface was one of the decade's hottest producers, although he never managed to turn his own songs into as big of hits. This was his best solo effort. Essential track: "When Can I See You"

96. Savage Garden (1997). The Australian duo caught fire in '97 with "I Want You," but had their bigest hit a year later in "Truly Madly Deeply," which stayed on the charts forever and became the definitive wedding song of the late '90s (under the band's next big hit, "I Knew I Loved You"). Cool at one point, but now strictly adult contemporary.

95. Wilson Phillips (1990). Wilson Phillips was the big breakout group of 1990. They scored three #1 hits with this album, including the biggest hit of the year, "Hold On." Success was fleeting though, and their follow-up album wasn't nearly as popular. Essential track: "Hold On"

94. Amber (1999). Amber's second album was one of the best of the decade's dance-pop efforts that leaned more toward the club than the radio. Essential track: "Sexual (Li Da Di) (Thunderpuss 2000 Remix)"

93. Michael Jackson - HIStory (1995). His star was fading pretty quickly by this point, but the album portion of HIStory--a 2-disc set with a greatest hits disc and a new album--is still pretty good, despite its excesses (there's a whole song where all Michael does is rail against Don Sheldon, who I believe was a prosecutor in one of Jackson's molestation cases). Essential track: Stranger in Moscow

92. Sheryl Crow (1996). Sheryl Crow's grittier second album (you can tell it's gritter just by the cover!) was another big success for her. Essential track: If It Makes You Happy

91. *N Sync (1998). Backstreet Boys were the reigning boyband until N Sync came along to challenge them for the crown. To this day, raging arguments ensue as to which band was the bigger. This album gave the world the first taste of Justin Timberlake. Essential track: God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Album Review: Kelly Clarkson - My December (4.5 / 5)

How do you follow mega-success? That's the question many pop artists have faced after scoring a career-defining achievement of commercial, if not also critical, acclaim. Kelly Clarkson's first album, 2003's Thankful, landed with high expectations, and mostly lived up to them. But it was her second album, Breakaway, that cemented her status as a legitimate pop artist beyond that reality show she once did (what was it called?). Breakaway arrived slowly, its first single, the title track, slowly becoming a #1 hit late in 2004. It was the second single, "Since U Been Gone," that sealed the deal, ensuring Kelly Clarkson would forever be remembered as one of the '00s top pop artists. Three other major hits followed, as well as international success, and two Grammy Awards.

If an artist's second album is that "difficult second album," then when that second album shatters all expectations, it makes the third one the real doozy. What's a girl to do? A certain blonde pop artist faced exactly this dilemma in the mid '80s, having arrived with a solid first album, who then followed it up with a phenomenally successful second album and career-defining hit single. I'm talking about Madonna, of course, and Like a Virgin, and while My December is no True Blue, Clarkson's third album does bear some strategic similarities to Madonna's third effort: it doesn't stray to far from the winning formula of Breakaway, although it stretches those boundaries and shows more maturity.

If only it hadn't arrived with such baggage. No album this year has garnered more press, but sadly, it swirls around the story more than the music. Clive Davis reportedly didn't think it contained any hits, Kelly fired her manager, Kelly's tour was cancelled, "Never Again" wasn't a hit (It hit #8--last I checked a lot of artists would kill for a top 10 hit, but whatever). Critics' reactions have been mixed although mostly positive. Yes the album does suffer from an over-abundance of ranting woe-is-me negativity, reaching its nadir with "Haunted," ("I wish I couldn't feel at all, let me be numb, I'm starting to fall"). But honestly, that's the only song here I don't really like.

I take issue with the detractors that say this album lacks "pop" moments. First off, if Kelly Clarkson wants to take control of her music (no easy feat for sure) and move beyond hooks and airplay-ready tracks, then more power to her. Second, she's got them here anyway. "One Minute" pulses with upbeat intensity and a great chorus. It's the album's best "up" track, and would make a fantastic choice for third single (are you listening RCA?). Too bad the second slot's been taken by "Sober," a somber ballad that, while being a lovely song, probably wasn't a good choice to follow "Never Again," the angry first single. It has the album's best lyric too ("picked all my weeds, but kept the flowers"). "Don't Waste Your Time" and "How I Feel," two of the other more upbeat songs are good too, although swaggering "Yeah" doesn't quite fit.

It's no secret that Kelly rocks out more on My December than on Breakaway, although from the reviews you'd think this was an about-face (remember "Hear Me?" "Addicted?" "Behind These Hazel Eyes?"). "Hole" opens with frenetic electric guitar and never lets up. Better yet is "Judas," an energetic rock song with a fantastic keyboard-drenched chorus. And "Never Again," is good too, even if it doesn't quite reach its goal of being the new "You Oughta Know." "Can I Have a Kiss," sounds like it should be a playful number by it's title, but ends up being one of the album's less distinctive moments.

If "One Minute" is the album's best upbeat track and "Judas" its best rock track, then "Be Still" is my pick for best of the slow songs. The tender song, underscored by acoustic guitar and strings, is a nice counterpoint to the rage and self pity of many of the other songs. Darker "Maybe" is also mostly a nice tender ballad, although Kelly lets out a little fury by the end. "Irvine" is the album's real surprise. It's stripped down to mostly just guitar and Kelly, who tones down her belter-ready voice, giving it a quiet, battle-worn quality. "Chivas," the album's likable scratchy hidden track follows.

Despite the fame and riches, Kelly is clearly not on happy trails these days. The bitterness does pull down the project, but it doesn't bury it, and everyone's entitled to a good rant now and then. Maybe next time she'll perk up, maybe not, but I hope she sticks to her guns and doesn't sacrifice her musical instincts, which so far have served her well. Miss Independent indeed.

Best: One Minute, Be Still, Judas, Irvine, Sober, Hole, Never Again, Don't Waste Your Time

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Personal Chart, 7/7/07

TW LW Title - Artist
1 .... 2 .... Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (1 week @ #1)
2 .... 1 .... Umbrella - Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z (3 wks @ #1)
3 .... 3 .... Icky Thump - The White Stripes
4 .... 6 .... Never Again - Kelly Clarkson
5 ... 10 ... Song 4 Mutya - Mutya Buena and Groove Armada
6 .... 4 .... Summer Love - Justin Timberlake
7 .... 8 .... Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors - The Editors
8 ... 15 ... People Help the People - Cherry Ghost
9 ... 13 ... Soulmate - Natasha Bedingfield
10 .. 5 .... Real Girl - Mutya Buena (2 wks @ #1)