– Despite my prediction yesterday, Britney’s “Womanizer” debuts at #96 today on the Hot 100, strictly based on a week’s worth of airplay at Top 40 Radio. We may potentially be looking at history being made next week, depending on how strong the sales of the single are this week. T.I. broke the record for the highest jump to #1, leaping from #80 last week with “Live Your Life”. It’s an outside chance, but it’s definitely doable, that “Womanizer” may break that record, especially if she sees another spike in airplay this week.
– While we’re talking about “Live Your Life”, it’s actually interesting to note that Rihanna is now among the top 10 females when it comes to #1 hits. Even more impressive, her #1s were achieved with jumps from #3 (Disturbia), 34(SOS), 41(Umbrella), 53(Take A Bow), and 80(Live Your Life). She’s been described as a firecracker, but that’s some pretty impressive fire power!
– Buried in an article about the upcoming Black Eyed Peas release is something that we probably all suspected would come at some point, but this soon? Here’s will.i.am:
“For the last remaining stores that sell CDs, this is the last Christmas that CDs will be in stores,” he predicts. “It’s f*cking scary.”
I have transferred my entire CD collection over to digital, but I still like picking up CDs and holding them in my hands. Having said that, it’s a pretty archaic method of file transfer, given the more eco-friendly forms of delivery that are available now. While I will miss the idea of shopping through racks of CDs, I think this is something who’s time is overdue.
– Folks are buzzing about this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, but it wasn’t necessarily a good buzz for the Killers. While the song “Human” is terrific as is, it just didn’t translate well to the small screen in a live setting. Brandon was all over the place energy-wise, and I really felt he had a weird David Byrne quality going on. “Spaceman”…now that was some weird ish.
– Oh, look! Kid Rock’s decided to go digital after all! He’s just signed a four-month exclusive with Rhapsody. That’s kind of like signing a vow of celibacy, and then becoming a Catholic priest. No one’s really taking you THAT seriously!
– Coldplay is releasing an EP on November 18th that features a re-recorded version of “Lost” with guest rap provided by Jay-Z. Six of the eight tracks are brand-new, with a remix of “Lovers In Japan” rounding out the set.
– T.I. now has two of the top 3 songs at iTunes, with his Rihanna duet “Live Your Life” at #1, and “Whatever You Like” at #3, along with three other songs in the Top 100. Sandwiched in between the top ones is P!nk, whose hit “So What’ has to be the number one song in the world at the moment. Right?
– New releases are a bit light this week, with Oasis, Jon McLaughlin, Sarah McLachlan (coincidence?), Michelle Williams, Bob Dylan, and Tim McGraw’s “Greatest Hits, Vol 12”. More single activity this week, with Fall Out Boy, Kenny Chesney, Akon, and the HIGHLY overrated “Womanizer” from Britney Spears.
– Surprise, surprise…Janet has postponed a total of three shows on her “Rock With U” tour in order to recuperate from some super-secret malady that caused her to become “suddenly ill”. It’s been reported that she was only at the hospital for two hours, and then left. Shows in Montreal, Boston, and Philadelphia are supposed to be rescheduled, but does anyone want to take a guess on how poor the ticket sales were there? It can’t all be doom and gloom, though…tickets for a newly added show in Tulsa go on sale this week. I’m still waiting for the Denver show to pop up on the radar, but I have sources that have told me that I have a better chance of seeing Kylie in America than of seeing Janet in Denver. *sigh*
– New releases this week include full-lengths on TI, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, James Taylor, James Morrison, Faith Hill (Christmas), and Kellie Pickler (for you trashy AI fans). You’ll get reviews shortly on several of those titles. It’s also a singles bonanza this week, including new tunes from the Killers, Nickleback, John Legend, Ciara, and David Cook, whose “Light On” is a decent start for his new CD that’s dropping in November. In a world where “Human” exists, though, everything else is just sounding mediocre at best.
– Looking at Pop Radio, Rihanna is number one on airplay with “Disturbia”, while Ne-Yo’s “Closer” is number one in total audience, and Katy Perry picks up most increased airplay for “Hot N Cold”. Speaking of Rihanna, “Rehab” is officially the 72nd single off of “Good Girl Gone Bad”. Other songs going to pop radio this week include (finally) Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight”, and the brilliant “Love Lockdown” from Kanye West.
– Thanks to everyone for all of the well wishes as I’ve moved to Colorado. I am grateful for all of the support as I get settled and attempt to find a job. In the meantime, I’m making sure I enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts.