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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Concert Review: Switchfoot Hello Hurricane Tour in Manila!

I discovered Switchfoot when their song Dare You To Move became a hit on Billboard, and I remember even buying their album The Beautiful Letdown because of it. During those times, you had to buy the album if you like a song since we didn't have that download option yet which is so commonplace nowadays.

When I learned that they were coming here in '07, I became curious and downloaded myself a copy of Oh Gravity, since the ads said the show was in support for that album. It was a great album which contained some really good songs. The band also sounded great live! Up to now, their performances of Awakening and Stars have stuck to my mind.

So fast forward to '11 and the band visits Manila again, and as usual, the local crowd was just as supportive as they were during the first show. This time though, I chose to be near the stage since I preferred to be standing and singing along with them as the show went by. John's voice was as strong as ever, and he didn't cheat on the high notes! I know, I was very near him! Other singers would have back-up singers to cover for them but not John. He did the whole Awakening song - with the high notes and all.

My new favorite song from the band is Hello Hurricane which was one of the three songs they sang in the encore. I just love the lyrics of that one! They did some songs from their earlier albums which the crowd knew and I didn't, but the rest of the songs in their set tonight were familiar to me. They opened with The Sound which comes from their new album. They also did Free, Bullet Soul, Your Love is a Song (the crowd sang along to this one!) and Mess of Me - all from their new album. Stars, Awakening, Only Hope and Meant to Live were crowd favorites. Dare You to Move was their last encore song.

Well, in their last show here, they ate balut and froze in the middle of a song. No such gimmicks like that, this time though. The energy tonight from the band and the crowd was just great! John even went up to the upper section on the left part and that lucky group got a chance to have a picture with him, really up close. I told my friend, if I were there, I'd give him a kiss and cut a lock of his hair!

By the way, the organizers were very kind to allow us to really get close to the stage. As soon as the first note was struck, everybody just rushed near the stage and no one shooed us away. Unfortunately that doesn't happen always in concerts here. You are always shooed away from the stage - which is a bit irritating, considering that we pay almost US$200-US$300 for those seats. And they were not strict with the cameras, hurrah! Another irritating no-no in some shows, stupid really, considering that everything is being videod and photographed in this day and age!

Well, thanks organizers and the security guys for the leniency! Made us enjoy the show much more!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Alison Krauss + Union Station's Paper Airplane Stays in the Top 10 for a second week

Alison Krauss + Union Station's first Top 10 album in the US, Paper Airplane slips from #3 to #6 this week. The album has peaked at #.

Britney Spear's Femme Fatale Stays Strong at #5

Britney Spears scores her third consecutive Top 10 hit, I Wanna Go, from her Femme Fatale album.  This is her eleventh Top 10 hit in the US.  This week, the song enters at #9.  Below are her Top 10 hits in the US -

1998 - Baby One More Time (#1)
1999 - (You Drive Me) Crazy (#10)
2000 - Ooppss...I Did It Again (#9)
2004 - Toxic (#9)
2007 - Gimme More (#3)
2008 - Womanizer (#1)
2008 - Circus (#3)
2009 - 3 (#1)
2011 - Hold It Against Me (#1)
2011 - Till the World Ends (#8)
2011 - I Wanna Go (#9)
Below are her Top 10 hits in the UK -

1998 - Baby One More Time (#1)
1999 - Sometimes (#3)
1999 - (You Drive Me) Crazy (#5)
1999 - Born To Make You Happy (#1)
2000 - Oops I Did It Again (#1)
2000 - Lucky (#5)
2000 - Stronger (#7)
2001 - I'm A Slave 4 U (#4)
2001 - Overprotected (#4)
2002 - I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman (#2)
2002 - Boys (with Pharrell) (#7)
2003 - Me Against the Music (with Madonna) (#2)
2004 - Toxic (#1)
2004 - Everytime (#1)
2004 - My Prerogative (#3)
2005 - Do Somethin' (#5)
2007 - Gimme More (#3)
2007 - Piece of Me (#2)
2008 - Womanizer (#3)
2009 - 3 (#7)
2011 - Hold It Against Me (#6)

Below are Britney Spears' Top 10 albums in the US -

1999 - ...Baby One More Time (#1)
2000 - Oops!...I Did It Again (#1)
2001 - Britney (#1)
2003 - In The Zone (#1)
2004 - Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (#4)
2007 - Blackout (#2)
2008 - Circus (#1)
2011 - Femme Fatale (#1)


Glee's New Warblers Album Becomes The Tenth Top 10 Glee Album in the US

Glee continues to release material from the show and each compilation has been hitting the US Top 10 album list with striking regularity. 

The Glee cast's tenth Top 10 album in the US, Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers debuts at #2 this week.  It's the TV hit show's second Top 10 album of the year.  Below are the other Top 10 albums from this TV show -

2009 - Glee: The Music, Volume 1 (#4)
2009 - Glee: The Music, Volume 2 (#3)
2010 - Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna (#1)
2010 - Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (#1)
2010 - Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals (#1)
2010 - Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show (#6)
2010 - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album (#3)

2010 - Glee: The Music, Season 2 - Volume 4 (#5)
2011 - Glee: The Music, Season 2 - Volume 5 (#3)
2011 - Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers

In the UK, these are the peak positions of these albums -

2009 - Glee: The Music, Volume 1 (#1)
2009 - Glee: The Music, Volume 2 (#2)
2010 - Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna (#4)
2010 - Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (#3)
2010 - Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals (#2)
2010 - Glee: The Music, Season 2 - Volume 4 (#4)

2011 - Glee: The Music, Season 2 - Volume 5 (#4)

This week, Volume 5 slips to #9.

As for the singles, the Glee cast score their third Top 10 hit in the US, as Loser Like Me, debuts at #6.  Below are their Top 10 hits in the US -

2010 - Don't Stop Believin' (#4)
2010 - Teenage Dream (#8)
2011 - Loser Like Me (#6)Gets

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My American Idol Top 10: #1 Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze 'Falling Slowly

I just discovered this song by accident. I actually didn't know these two made their own version of this Oscar-winning song. I hate to say this but I actually like their version better since the arrangement of the original is really spare and simple. It helped that this two have very good voices so they were able to emote the song better. In the original, the song's composers also sang the song and also acted in the movie.

My American Idol Top 10: #2 David Archuleta - My Hands

Of all David Archuleta's songs in his debut album, My Hands is the one that I like the most. It was never released as a single and I just discovered since I played his CD before his show here in Manila.

My American Idol Top 10: #3 Carrie Underwood - So Small

Of all Carrie Underwood's hits, this is the one that I love the most. This song became one of the most played songs in my Ipod when it was released. I just love the message of the song. It really puts perspective on things in your life. I love singing along to it too.

My American Idol Top 10: #4 Carrie Underwood - Jesus Take the Wheel

Carrie Underwood's breakthrough hit and a Grammy-winning song too! This is one of the songs that I play when I have bad days just to remind me who's really in charge with my life. Of course, Carrie went to higher heights after this, making her one of the more successful AI alumni.

My American Idol Top 10: #5 David Archuleta - Touch My Hand

This was David Archuleta's opening song in his show here in Manila, and it's also one of my favorite songs from his debut album. When I was listening to his album, this was one of the first songs that caught my fancy.

My American Idol Top 10: #6 Katharine McPhee - Over It

You can't get more pop than this song from AI runner-up Katharine McPhee!  When it was released, it became one of the most played songs in my I-pod.  I love the way she rolls those words from her mouth.  I think, around the same time, Jojo also released Too Little Too Late. Both songs became my personal #1s in my Ipod playlist.

My American Idol Top 10: #7 David Archuleta - Crush

I know it's weird that a 40-ish year old guy would like a song like 'Crush'. But it's one of my favorite sing-along songs when it was first released, I remember singing it when I was manning my store in Divisoria a few years back. David's CD was in heavy rotation in the store at that time.

My American Idol Top 10: #8 David Archuleta - To Be With You

David Archuleta has four songs in my list - the most for any of the Idols. I just really like his debut album since it had many good pop songs which suited his voice and age very well. He sang this in his concert here in Manila and it was one of my highlights for the show. I love the spare arrangement and the violin solo. He also sings this with a female back-up singer to create that second voice and the blending really sounds really nice. This actually reminds me of the duets Bruce Hornsby had in his earlier albums!

My American Idol Top 10 Songs: #9 Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time

One image that comes to my mind when this song is played is of a man in drag clicking his heels while walking to the beat of the song. The song and its beat and breezy groove is perfect for the cute as a button AI champion Jordin Sparks. I think we even used this song in one of our fashion shows, because the beat was perfect for the models' walk!

Monday, April 25, 2011

My American Idol Top 10 Songs: #10 Kris Allen - Live Like We're Dying

I just watched an interview with Fantasia on Oprah today and I got to thinking, what are my all-time favorite songs sung by an American Idol finalist or champion. I was thinking first of a Top 5 list but I realized that my shortlist reached 16 songs - and that's only those that come on top of my head! So eventually, I extended the list to 10. These AI alumni really had a lot of hits and some good songs.

Unfortunately, you won't find any Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, or David Cook songs here although some of their songs reached the shortlist. None of them just reached my personal Top 10.

I tend to gravitate though to pop songs so most of the songs in the list are in that mold.

My #10 favorite Idol song is this awkwardly titled song from AI winner Kris Allen, 'Live Like We're Dying'. I actually haven't seen him perform during the duration of his competition since the last idol I watched was when Carrie Underwood won. I just tuned out after that. Anyhow, doesn't stop me from liking this song. I like the staccato way he sings the chorus - I guess that's the attraction to this song.
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Chart Performance: Chipmunk

Chipmunk is one of the upcoming British rappers for 2011.  His collaboration with Chris Brown, Champion, peaked at #2. 

This week, his album, Transition, debuts at #10 in the UK Top 10 albums chart.  It's his first foray into the UK Top 10.
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Katy B's On A Mission Remains in UK Top 10

These are Katy B's Top 10 songs in the UK. 

2010 - Katy On A Mission (#5)
2010 - Lights On (with Ms. Dynamite) (#4)

She also gets her first Top 10 album in the UK, as On A Mission peaked at #2 and this week, slips three notches to #8.

Her real name is Kathleen Brien and she comes from Peckham, South London.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New OPM Music: LDP's Here to Own It

The Autotune is everywhere! You can hear it in Somedaydream's Hey Daydreamer. Now, LDP uses it in their new song Here to Own It. I love the positive message of the song and I'm glad today's Filipino youth are coming forward to express their desire to own the world. Brashness and fearlessness are truly youthful traits. This song reminds me of how I felt twenty years ago, when I felt the world was my oyster. It sometimes confounds me how fearless I was when I was young. Where did that fearlessness go? Oh well, to teh guys of LDP, go guys, you're here in this world, to own it!

New OPM Music: Gary Valenciano Returns With 'Home'

Trust Gary V. to come up with another uplifting ballad! This time, the ballad is entitled Home and gauging from the lyrics of the song, it sounds like a song about a prodigal son. Well, just my take on it. I haven't voted for it yet since there are other songs in the countdown which I like but the song should grow on me in the future. I've always been a Gary V. fan! I guess it's time to check out his Rebirth album too and get myself a copy!

New OPM Music: Miguel Escueta's Now It Starts

This is actually the title track of Miguel Escueta's latest CD. It's surprising that they only released it now considering how radio friendly it is. It is actually one of the better sounding songs in his album and it's also original. Good thing it charts this week in the OPM Myx Countdown so I have a chance to vote for it. I don't know yet of any song of his to reach the Top 10 so it would be good if this one does the trick. So vote guys, vote! By the way, I'm planning to watch his Now It Starts summer tour this Friday in Makati. I forgot the name of the club but I'll check it later. It has Nami on its name and my friend says it's just near Fiamma.

My Votes for the OPM Myx Countdown Week Ending April 30, 2011

There are several new songs in the OPM Myx Countdown this week and all of them sound very promising.  Most likely some of them will be part of my list this next few weeks.  In fact, one of them is already #1 on my list.  I know this song because I already bought the CD of this guy before, so I'm already familiar with it.

Anyhow, here are my votes for the OPM Myx Countdown this week -

1.  Miguel Escueta - Now It Starts
2.  Somedaydream - Hey Daydreamer
3.  Frencheska Farr - Isama Mo Ako
4.  Maldita - Porque

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mana's Drama Y Luz Becomes their First US Top 10 Album

The Latin American pop band, Mana, gets their first Top 10 album in the US, as Drama Y Luz, debuts at #5 this week.

Paul Simon's Forty Year Span of Top 10 Albums in the US

With a span of forty years, Paul Simon gets his sixth solo Top 10 album in the US this week, as So Beautiful or So What, debuts at #4.  It has been eleven years since Simon has been in the Top 10, when The Rhythm of the Saints peaked at #4 in 1990.  Below are his Top 10 albums in the US -

1972 - Paul Simon (#4)
1973 - There Goes Rhymin' Simon (#2)
1975 - Still Crazy After All These Years (#1)
1986 - Graceland (#3)
1990 - The Rhythm of the Saints (#4)
2011 - So Beautiful or So What (#4)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chart Performance: Elbow

Elbow is a British alternative rock band and this week, their former top 10 hit, One Day Like This returns to the UK top 10 at #4.  For now, it's their only UK top 10 hit.

Also, their album, The Seldom Seen Kid returns at #6.  Here are their top 10 albums in the UK -.

2003 - Cast of Thousands (#7)
2008 - The Seldom Seen Kid (#5)
2011 - Build A Rocket Boys!  (#2)
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Discovering Spongecola through 'Tambay'

One thing I love about listening to the OPM Myx Countdown is that I get to discover Filipino bands which have been rocking the local music scene for years, and finally finding out why they have a career in the first place. This song has already reached number one in the countdown and it's not hard to see why - it's just the perfect rock song for these hot, summer days!

It's only this week that I'm starting to vote for the song. It's a slow burn type of song in my book, and although it has already fallen from the top, I don't care, at least voting for the song will allow it to stay for a few more weeks. Now, I want to buy a Spongecola CD and find out how the other band's songs really sound!

New OPM Picks: Somedaydream's 'Hey Daydreamer

This song really sounds like one of those done by Owl City, although the latter sounds like he really does the vocals sans Autotune. The Autotune you can hear in this song is a novelty but I do hope the singer does not really rely on it just for gimmick because it could just mean one thing - he doesn't have a good singing voice - which I think would be too bad especially if he comes up with well-written songs. That gimmick could only last him up to two hit songs tops, after that, he'd better get a really good vocalist - which should not be a problem here in Manila.

This song though is cute and I'm starting to love it! It's already at #3 in the OPM Myx Countdown so I'm voting for it so it may go higher than that.

My Votes for this Week's OPM Myx Countdown

Now that I'm back from my HK vacation, these are the four songs that I'm going to vote for the OPM Myx Countdown for April 23 -

1.  Porque by Maldita - 4 votes per day
2.  Hey Daydreamer by Somedaydream - 3 votes per day
3.  Tambay by Spongecola - 2 votes per day
4.  Pinays Rise by Chelo - 1 vote per day.

Mabuhay ang musikang Pilipino!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Creep - The Song that Introduced Radiohead to the World

I remember I was still in college when this song was released. Everybody loved this song and surprisingly, even if the message was a tad negative, in that age where losers were the superstars, the song reverberated with everyone who wanted to be with the cool crowd! Frankly, it's still the most accessible Radiohead song as their later songs were more ambient and does not really play well on radio. Even then, the group's loyal core fans have stayed with them as they released each of their new material.

Remembering My Favorite Radiohead Songs - Karma Police

Now that Radiohead has a new material released, I am featuring some of the songs that has endeared me to this band. Karma Police is one of them and one thing memorable about this song is it's fantastic video! It's pretty unforgettable and tinged with some subliminal message - re what else, but karma!

Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin Gets Fourth Top 10 Album in the US

After missing out the Top 10 for almost a decade, Kirk Franklin returns to the Top 10 this year with Hello Fear, his latest album, which debuted at #5.  This week, the album slips from #9 to #10. This is his fourth Top 10 album in the US.  Below are his Top 10 albums in the US -

1997 - God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation (#3)
1998 - The Nu Nation Project (#7)
2002 - The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin (#4)
2011 - Hello Fear (#5)

Chart Performance: Asking Alexandria

Chart Performance: Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead, an American rap-rock band, score their second top 10 album in the US this week, as Notes from the Underground, debuts at #2.  Their first top 10 album in the US, American Tragedy peaked at #4.  All of the band members use pseudonyms and wear their own unique mask, most of which are based on the common hockey goaltender design. The band members currently consist of Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears.
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Poom Prommachart Performs Rach Before Appreciative Manila Crowd

Well, I think this will be one of the first classical music videos I'm posting in my music blog. I do listen to classical music and watch classical concerts. It's a beautiful and rewarding experience to watch one of these things and last night, I got the opportunity to see in person, one of the upcoming young pianists in the classical world, Poom Prommachart, who did a difficult piece - Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in his show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, here in Manila, where he performed alongside the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Olivier Ochanine.

Poom is also a piano competition winner and this video shows his winning form during the Isidor Bajic Piano Competition in Serbia. Well, he certainly looked more confident last night and more commanding in his performance. I guess winning these competition does boost one's belief in oneself and just allows one's creative juices to flow.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rick Cheung and Ronan Pak: Reverse Mini Concert

Not being a HK native, at the time I was invited by a friend to watch the concert of Rick Cheung and Ronan Pak, I had no idea who they were.  It was a good thing they were quite very cute guys, so even though 80% of their repertoire was in Cantonese or Mandarin, since they were easy on the eyes, I still enjoyed watching their show!  All their spiels too were in Cantonese, so when the audience laughed, I also laughed, otherwise I would look stupid!

The video above - their version of 'No Other Day' - a Rent classic, was my favorite performance of theirs for the night!  Ronan also did Mariah Carey's 'Hero' while both of them did a version of 'When You Believe'.  The crowd actually loved their performance last night as they had to do several encores before calling it a night!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mary Mary Makes Top 10 Album #3 in the US

Gospel music is on a roll, as two gospel acts are in the US Top 10 album charts this week!  This does not happen every week so it's a momentous week for the gospel music scene.

Leading the charge is Kirk Franklin, whose 'Hello Fear' is at #9.  Mary Mary's 'Something Big', is at #10.  This is their third Top 10 album in the US, after 2005's 'Mary Mary' (#8) and 2008's 'The Sound' (#7).

My Britney Spears Top 5 - #1 - 'Toxic'

One of the categories that I closely watch everytime the Grammy Awards comes around is Best Dance Recording - and in 2003, I fully agreed with the academy, when they voted this song as the winner!  The song is 'Toxic' and it came from her 'In the Zone' album.

I think it's the best work Britney has ever done!  In my opinion, this song was a turning point in her music, as she veered away from 'cutesy' tunes which peppered her early work and signalled to her producers and fans that she was ready for a more mature sounding type of music.  After this she ventured into this type of hyperkinetic dance music, which suits her voice very well!  Most of her later work are mere sound-alikes of this classic, but I won't be surprised if she will collaborate again with another talented producer in the future and bring change to her current pop sound.

My Britney Spears Top 5 - #2 - 'Lucky'

My second all-time favorite Britney Spears' song is 'Lucky' which was the second single she released from 'Oops!...I Did It Again'.  That album too, had many good songs but since this song had a different beat and groove to it, it stood out from the rest.  It does sound autobiographical too, looking in hindsight. 

My Britney Spears Top 5 - #3 - 'Sometimes'

My third all-time favorite Britney Spears song is this late 90's classic, 'Sometimes'.  I think this sound was one of those songs that depict the laid back grooves which were popular towards the latter part of that decade. 

Her first album, ....'Baby One More Time' had so many great songs I could even make  Top 5 list just from it, but this song really stood out for me.  Cute lyrics, cute melody, a song that perfectly fit her image - at that time.

My Britney Spears Top 5: #4 - 'Anticipating'

The next four songs show my bias towards Britney's earlier work.  Her recent work is great too, but sometimes, nothing really beats the 'classics'. 

My #4 favorite song from Ms. Spears is 'Anticipating' from the 'Britney' album which she released in 2002.  This one sounds very much close to Janet Jackson's 'All for You' - but I don't care - this is exactly the relaxed dance beat that I love very much!  I remember playing this song again and again in her 'Britney' album!  This song was perfect for grooving when driving, especially on days when the traffic is just irritating!

My Britney Spears Top 5: #5 - '3'

In lieu of Britney's return to the #1 spot in the US album charts, I have decided to make a rundown of my five all-time favorite songs from Ms. Spears.  The song at #5 is entitled '3' and it came from her 'The Singles Collection' which she released in 2009.

At the time of its release, it was one of the songs I danced to in my hiphop classes.  The choreography was great and it made me love this song more since I appreciated very much, the intricacies of the steps, as it synched perfectly with the music.

Jennifer Hudson Is Back in the US Top 10 Album Charts

Jennifer Hudson is back in the spotlight once again.  Her album, I Remember Me, hits the Top 10 once again, peaking at #2.  This week, the album slips to #7.  This is her second Top two album in the US, as back in 2008, her self-titled debut album, also peaked at #2.

It's great to see Jennifer on top of her game again!  She's one of the few American Idol alumni who have really made a career out of their stint in that iconic show.  Sadly, none of the new crop of winners have made much dent in the charts lately.

Monday, April 4, 2011

My Five Favorite Burt Bacharach Songs #5 - On My Own by Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

Of course, there has to be a Burt Bacharach song for my generation - and it's not 'That's What Friends Are For' that I like.  Well, I like that song but not enough to land in my Top 5 list.

This song introduced me to the vast talent of Patti Labelle and that wonderful voice of hers.  I was in second year high school when this song hit #1 and I remember it was summer.  Of course, at that time, I could not yet relate to the song since it talked of divorce and separation.  I just appreciated the song because two wonderful singers sang it.  I was already familiar with Michael McDonald at that time since he was with the Doobie Brothers and they had hits in the early 80s.

My Five Favorite Burt Bacharach Songs #4 - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head by B.J.Thomas

My Uncle Ben had a 45 single of this song and during summers, when we go to Oroquieta, he would play this always on his really big and really cool stereo!  So that's why, although the song talks about rain, I always associate it with summer days and breezy afternoons - since this song would be playing out loud at that time of the day.

My Five Favorite Burt Bacharach Songs #3 - (They Long to Be) Close To You by the Carpenters

I had a Religion teacher when I was in Grade 4 who was so much into the Carpenters that she'd play their songs everytime we had class or was on recollection.  This was one of her favorites. No surprise there as to why!

Of course, I only learned now that it was Burt Bacharach who composed it and not Karen, who herself is a great composer.  This song sounds timeless!

My Five Favorite Burt Bacharach Songs #2 - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself by The White Stripes

I actually didn't know that Burt Bacharach composed this song.  I learned of this song when Cameron Diaz danced to this in one of those Charlie's Angels movies.    It just sounded so sultry yet sad and the guitar riffs of Jack White and his pleading voice just made this song rock so much - at least for me! Of course, the video is just so wicked!

My Five Favorite Burt Bacharach Songs #1 - This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert

I discovered Herb Alpert in 1987, when he collaborated with Janet Jackson on the Top 10 hit Diamonds.  I learned later on that he was already an accomplished musician and performer with a slew of hits that date back into the 60's. 

Anyhow, since Burt Bacharach returns to the UK Top 10 album charts this week, with his collaboration with Ronan Keating, When Ronan Met Burt, I decided to make a rundown of my favorite songs penned by him.

This is my most favorite of all.  The collaboration is fantastic since it combines Herb's trumpet playing prowess with the beautiful lyrics penned by Burt.  Melody and lyrics - wunderbar!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Chart Performance: P!nk

Pink has fifteen top 10 hits in the US.  Four of them went to #1.

2000 - There You Go (#7)
2000 - Most Girls (#4)
2001 - Lady Marmalade (with Mya, Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim) (#1)
2001 - Get the Party Started (#4)
2002 - Don't Let Me Get Me (#8)
2002 - Just Like A Pill (#8)
2006 - Who Knew (#9)
2006 - U + Ur Hand (#9)
2008 - So What (#1)
2010 - We Are the World (with Artists for Haiti) (#2)
2010 - Raise Your Glass (#1)
2011 - F**kin' Perfect (#2)
2012 - Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (#5)
2012 - Try (#9)
2013 - Just Give Me A Reason (with Nate Ruess) (#1)

She has seventeen top 10 hits in the UK.  Two of them went to #1.

2000 - There You Go (#6)
2000 - Most Girls (#5)
2001 - You Make Me Sick (#9)
2001 - Get the Party Started (#2)
2002 - Don't Let Me Get Me (#6)
2002 - Just Like A Pill (#1)
2003 - Feel Good Time (with William Orbit) (#3)
2003 - Trouble (#7)
2006 - Stupid Girls (#4)
2006 - Who Knew (#5)
2006 - U + Ur Hand (#10)
2008 - So What (#1)
2008 - Sober (#9) 
2011 - Fuckin' Perfect (#10)
2012 - Blow Me (#3)
2012 - Try (#8)
2013 - Just Give Me A Reason (with Nate Ruess) (#2)

She has six top ten albums in the US.  The latest, The Truth About Love, went to #1.

2001 - M!ssundaztood (#6)
2003 - Try This (#9)
2006 - I'm Not Dead (#6)
2008 - Funhouse (#2)
2011 - Greatest Hits...So Far (#9)
2012 - The Truth About Love (#1)

She has seven top 10 albums in the UK.  Only one of them went to #1.

2001 - M!ssundaztood (#2)
2003 - Try This (#3)
2006 - I'm Not Dead (#3)
2007 - Pink Box (#7)
2009 - Funhouse (#1)
2010 - Greatest Hits...So Far (#5)
2012 - The Truth About Love (#2)

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Bobby Valentino Scores Fourth Top 10 Album in the US

R&B singer, Bobby Valentino scores his fourth consecutive Top 10 album in the US, as Bobby V, debuts at #9.  Below are this Top 10 albums in the US -

2005 - Bobby Valentino (#3)
2007 - Special Occasion (#3)
2009 - The Rebirth (#9)
2011 - Bobby V (#9)

Panic! at the Disco Returns to the US Top 10 Album Charts

Panic! at the Disco gets their second Top 10 album in the US this week, as Vices and Virtues debuts at #7.  Their first Top 10 album was Pretty Odd, which peaked at #2 in 2008.

I am a big fan of this band and I even watched their concert here in Manila two years ago.  I hope they do come back here to promote this album.

The Strokes' Third Top 10 Album in the US

The Strokes is an American alternative rock band who scores their fourth consecutive Top 10 album in the UK. This week, Angles debuts at #3.  Below are their Top 10 albums in the UK -

2001 - Is This It (#2)
2003 - Room On Fire (#2)
2006 - First Impressions of Earth (#1)
2011 - Angles (#3)

In the US, the same album debuts at #4.  It's also their third Top 10 album in the US.  Below are their Top 10 albums in the US -

2003 - Room On Fire (#4)
2006 - First Impressions of Earth (#4)
2011 - Angles (#4)

Bruno Mars: The Most Exciting New Act in 2011

In a poll I posted here asking the Fabelous readers which relatively new act they think will become big in 2011, Bruno Mars came out with the most number of votes!  It was a close fight between all the acts I suggested.  Here are the results of the votes -

Bruno Mars - 27%
Lady Gaga - 22%
Nicki Minaj - 13%
Chipmunk - 9%
Justin Bieber - 9%
Rihanna - 9%