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US Charts: 29.08.2008

Posted in music news with tags , , , , , , on August 28, 2008 by kv

Rihanna was knocked-off from the top spot of the US Billboard HOT 100 charts this week. Her hit “Disturbia” was booted off the top spot by American rapper “T.I” with his brand new song titled “Whatever You Like” it jumped from an amazing 70 places from number 71 to an incredible top finish on this week’s Billboard HOT 100.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown & Katy Perry remained at 3 & 4 with “Forever” and “IKAG” respectively. Summer dance anthem “Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall goes up by 2 and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” drops to 7. 

The Highest new entry of the week came from the comeback of “P!nk” with her smashing brand new pop slash rock song “So What” with an impressive #9 debut.

SINGLES:

1. (71) T.I.: ‘Whatever You Like’
2. (1) Rihanna: ‘Disturbia’
3. (3) Chris Brown: ‘Forever’
4. (4) Katy Perry: ‘I Kissed A Girl’
5. (7) Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon: ‘Dangerous’
6. (6) M.I.A: ‘Paper Planes’
7. (5) Coldplay: ‘Viva La Vida’
8. (9) Ne-Yo: ‘Closer’
9. (-) Pink: ‘So What’
10. (8) Rihanna: ‘Take A Bow’

complete the US Charts HERE.

The problem with “Girls”

Posted in Music Downloads, music news, Single Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on August 25, 2008 by kv

Have you heard the newest single by the Sugababes? Well, it premiered on a UK radio station last August and fortunately I saw it on the net and have given it a first listen. I actually thought it wasn’t as clever or good as the previous singles released by this 3-piece British girl band. I mean, they manage to get a #1 for “About You Now” but unfavourable success followed from “Change” and “Denial” which only charted in the top 20 or below.

read more of the review and download the song (promo only) after the jump.

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UK Charts: 24.08.2008

Posted in music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2008 by kv

For the third straight week, American rising pop-star Katy Perry ruled this week’s UK Singles Charts with her worldwide smash anthem “I Kissed A Girl”. She beat the Script which were number 1 in the UK Albums Charts for the second week. 

Kid Rock slips to third with “All Summer Long” while current US #1 Rihanna ascends to the #4 spot with “Disturbia”.

Highest entry in the charts came from Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro with “Mountains” which debuted at #10. Up and coming rock band The Automatic enters at #16 while Australian prodigy Gabriella Cilmi climbs to 33 from 91 with “Save The Lies (Good To Me)”.

Meanwhile in the albums chart, The Script dominated the bunch with their debut album for the second week in a row while Abba and Duffy remained at 2 and 3 respectively.

 

SINGLES:

1. (1) Katy Perry: ‘I Kissed A Girl’
2. (3) The Script: ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’
3. (2) Kid Rock: ‘All Summer Long’
4. (6) Rihanna: ‘Disturbia’
5. (7) Madcon: ‘Beggin’
6. (5) Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harris: ‘Dance Wiv Me’
7. (4) The Verve: ‘Love Is Noise’
8. (9) Noah & The Whale: ‘5 Years Time’
9. (8) Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown: ‘No Air’
10. (-) Biffy Clyro: ‘Mountains’

ALBUMS:

1. (1) The Script: ‘The Script’
2. (2) ‘Abba: Gold – Greatest Hits’
3. (3) Duffy: ‘Rockferry’
4. (4) Coldplay: ‘Viva La Vida’
5. (-) Monkey: ‘Journey To The West’
6. (6) Kid Rock: ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’
7. (5) Noah & The Whale: ‘Peaceful The World Lays Me Down’
8. (10) Rihanna: ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’
9. (7) Jane McDonald: ‘Jane’
10. (15) Scouting For Girls: ‘Scouting For Girls’

complete the charts HERE.

P!nk – So What

Posted in Single Reviews with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by kv

Almost every artist that we haven’t heard for more than 2 years are having a comeback and yes, P!nk is one of them. After her 2006 album “Im Not Dead”, P!nk is back with another hit-song titled “SO WHAT”. The song had an impressive debut in Australia reaching number 1 in iTunes after just 8 minutes of release. 

The single is something under the POP / ROCK category. It has an infectious melody and sound busting vocals with a scorching hot lyrics. “So What, I’m A ROCKSTAR, I’ve got my ROCK MOVES”. In my honest opinion, it’s one of the best songs done by Pink and I know that it will have an international success prior to her upcoming performance at the 2008 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS on September 7.

Pink’s uniquely infectious vocal style is really eminent throughout the song. The song is completely packaged with angst, attitude and catchy music/lyrics. With her career status on the prowl, she definitely has a good comeback that’ll probably earn her more respect as a singer with an angst that you can’t just resist.

Here’s the video:

RELEASE: August 15, 2008 (US), September 15, 2008 (UK)

RATING: 3.5/5

TRACKLISTING (TBA):

 

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US Charts: 22.08.2008

Posted in music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2008 by kv

Rihanna spends her second week at #1 in the BILLBOARD HOT 100 charted 22.08.2008. She beats 17 year-old David Archuleta, runner-up from American Idol with her infectious anthem “DISTURBIA”. 

David Archuleta‘s first ever single titled “CRUSH” debuts at #2 and is performing a great start this week but isn’t good enough to dethrone Rihanna’s 4th #1 song.

Meanwhile, Chris Brown dips onto the 3rd spot with “Forever” while Katy Perry stumbles into the 4th spot with “I Kissed A Girl” is the song affected over her rumoured family feud?

In the albums chart, The Jonas Brothers debuts at #1 with “A Little Bit Longer” beating out the last week’s #1 “The Mamma Mia OST”. Others in the top 10 are Miley Cyrus’ “Breakout”, Kid Rock’s “Rock ‘N Roll Jesus” which spends his 45th week on the chart and Rihanna with her reloaded edition at #9.

SINGLES CHARTS (HOT 100)

1. (1) Rihanna: ‘Disturbia’
2. (-) David Archuleta: ‘Crush’
3. (2) Chris Brown: ‘Forever’
4. (3) Katy Perry: ‘I Kissed A Girl’
5. (6) Coldplay: ‘Viva La Vida’
6. (5) M.I.A: ‘Paper Planes’
7. (7) Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon: ‘Dangerous’
8. (4) Rihanna: ‘Take A Bow’
9. (10) Ne-Yo: ‘Closer’
10. (-) Taylor Swift: ‘Change’

ALBUMS CHARTS (HOT 200 ALBUMS)

 

  1. (-) Jonas Brothers: ‘A Little Bit Longer’
  2. (1) Various Artists: ‘Mamma Mia OST’
  3. (4) Kid Rock: ‘Rock And Roll Jesus’
  4. (2) Miley Cyrus: ‘Breakout’
  5. (3) Sugarland: ‘Love On The Inside’
  6. (5) Lil Wayne: ‘The Carter III’
  7. (6) Coldplay: “Viva La Vida and the Death Of His Friends”
  8. (8) Various Artists: ‘Camp Rock OST’
  9. (9) Rihanna: ‘Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded’
  10. (11) Jonas Brothers: ‘Jonas Brothers’
complete the charts HERE.

UK Charts 17.08.08

Posted in music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2008 by kv

Katy Perry makes 2 weeks at the top for the UK Singles Charts while The Script manages to debut their album at #1 in the albums chart.

“I Kissed A Girl” spends its second week at the top of the UK singles charts while Kid Rock stays at 2 with “All Summer Long”

Aside from getting their album at the top, The Script managed to get back on #3 with “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” which upped by 1. 

The Verve is getting onto the upper part of the top 10 as the group rose to #4 from #5 debut last week while Dizzee Rascal descends to #5 this week.

Rihanna climbs to #6 with “Disturbia” while Madcon appeared for the first time in the UK Singles Charts with their hit “Beggin'” which debuts at #7.

SINGLES CHART:

1. (1) Katy Perry: ‘I Kissed A Girl’
2. (2) Kid Rock: ‘All Summer Long’
3. (4) The Script: ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’
4. (5) The Verve: ‘Love Is Noise’
5. (3) Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harris: ‘Dance Wiv Me’
6. (9) Rihanna: ‘Disturbia’
7. (-) Madcon: ‘Beggin’
8. (6) Jordin Sparks ft. Chris Brown: ‘No Air’
9. (7) Noah & The Whale: ‘5 Years Time’
10. (14) Coldplay: ‘Viva La Vida’

ALBUMS CHART:

1. (-) The Script: ‘The Script’
2. (1) ‘Abba: Gold – Greatest Hits’
3. (2) Duffy: ‘Rockferry’
4. (3) Coldplay: ‘Viva La Vida’
5. (-) Noah & The Whale: ‘Peaceful The World Lays Me Down’
6. (4) Kid Rock: ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’
7. (-) Jane McDonald: ‘Jane’
8. (5) Sharleen Spiteri: ‘Melody’
9. (6) Ting Tings: ‘We Started Nothing’
10. (9) Rihanna: ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’

Complete the UK Singles and Albums Chart HERE.

The Verve – “Forth”

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , , , on August 16, 2008 by kv

 

“You’re more likely to get all four Beatles on stage,” was how Richard Ashcroft once responded to a Verve reunion question. Despite his typically bullish comments, on June 26, 2007, the Wigan four-piece announced that they had reformed for a second time. Recent live shows have seen the band at their fiery, melodramatic best, but nobody’s quite certain whether Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe have buried the hatchet for good. Was The Verve’s astounding Glastonbury closing set one last chance for the Britpop generation to bellow along to ‘Bittersweet Symphony’? Or does Forth signal a fresh beginning for the band who once had the world at their feet?

The Verve have never dealt in half measures. Their first two albums, A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul, were full of colossal, hypnotic rock ‘n’ roll that threw in the kitchen sink, the fittings and pretty much anything else they could lay their hands on. Their third, Urban Hymns, was an entirely different beast, choosing strings and mega melodies over guitar noodling and psychedelic wig outs. The earnestness of songs like ‘Drugs Don’t Work’ and ‘Sonnet’ struck a chord and their sales figures went through the roof. Following their split, Ashcroft muddled along with three largely unimpressive solo albums, all of which were crying out for McCabe’s deftness of touch. Eleven years on fromUrban HymnsForth positions itself somewhere in the middle of the layered soundscapes and brutal noise of the band’s early work and the swirling anthems of Hymns.

The opening four tracks capture The Verve at their very best and if the rest of the album matched them this would probably be their finest work to date. Opener ‘Sit And Wonder’ is a brooding, bass-driven belter that McCabe twists and turns around Ashcroft’s throaty rasps (“Give me some light!”) for nearly seven minutes. Taking the baton onwards is the grandiose march of lead single ‘Love Is Noise’, which has a chorus huge enough to match Ashcroft’s bombastic lyrical waffle. ‘Judas’ and ‘Rather Be’ stray dangerously close to the wishy-washy dreariness of Ashcroft’s solo material, but are saved by some cosmic McCabe guitar work and, in the case of ‘Rather Be’, a gorgeous chorus that will go down a treat at their next stadium shows.

Perhaps the label were breathing down their necks, or maybe The Verve needed to get out of the studio before they imploded again, but the rest of the album doesn’t sound as fully realised. A song title like ‘Noise Epic’ suggests a work-in-progress and perhaps explains why much of the record sounds like it’s in its formulative stages. Many will be delighted to see McCabe unleashed on the jammy ‘Colombo’ and proggy ‘Numbness’, but these tracks lack the sparky madness of the group’s early work or the stadium-conquering potential that The Verve possess in spades. Only on ‘Valium Skies’, surely the next single, and ‘Appalachian Springs’, the album’s finale, does the dual axis of Ashcroft/McCabe truly take flight. Ashcroft shows his usual swaggering self-belief, while the guitarist goes to town with some trippy licks and inventive rhythms. The much underrated combo of Peter Salisbury and Simon Jones, as always, provide the pounding and authoritative rhythm section that allows their gobbier bandmates to flourish.

If Forth is to be The Verve’s grand farewell, it’s a fitting tribute. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s awful, but you can never question its ambition. Richard Ashcroft has always had the loftiest of dreams for his band and every so often this album scales those heights.

review courtesy of digitalspy.co.uk

RELEASE: August 25, 2008

RATING: 4/5

our own review to be released after the official release date.