– As predicted, “Womanizer” sprints from #96 to #1, giving her the longest jump up the Hot 100 in history. It may be hard for her to repeat next week, though, given how iTunes, due to a “glitch”, dropped “Womanizer” from its site on Tuesday. The track has been re-upped, but the damage may have already been done for next week’s chart. In other Britney news, she’s going on tour next Spring, and she had a Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate yesterday.
– PMN faves the Indigo Girls have a new CD ready to go sometime in the near future in two formats: with a full band, and just the two of them acoustic. Since they were dropped from Hollywood Records last year (“a real blessing”, says Amy Ray), the duo can pursue any option they want, but plan to stay independent for the foreseeable future. They do have their own label, so they know what they’re doing. BTW, Amy’s solo tour kicks off next week in Nashville.
– Nutty rocker Justin Hawkins, formerly of the Darkness, is out with a new group called Hot Leg. They’ll have a single out next week, and a CD out in January. After having heard his contribution for Eurovision, I’m surprised they let him record anything. The world will look up, yawn, and then go back to filing their nails.
– New releases this week include Keane, Keane and Keane. Does anything else matter? Well, there’s also a lot of Christmas crap getting released, along with Ray Montagne, Kenny Chesney, Ingrid Michaelson, Nikka Costa, and (’cause they need the money) Sixpence None the Richer. Speaking of Christmas, it’s like that for hip-hop fans, with new singles from Fitty, Ludacris, and T-Pain. Other singles of note include more Taylor Swift, John Legend and Fall Out Boy, as well as a pretty cool cover of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Seal.