Saturday, May 17, 2008

You're so ugly when you cry.

Songs new to the Billboard Top 50 Singles Chart, and the top debut.

#1 (from #53): Rihanna, "Take A Bow"
I'd complain that Beyonce would haven taken this kind of sassy heartbreak ballad to the bank, but, commercially, Rihanna is doing just that.

#15 (debut): Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"
Is it a coincidence that, singing from the point of view of a deposed king, Chris Martin sounds more like Bono than ever before?

#40 (debut): Coldplay, "Violet Hill"
That the song works better as a soundtrack to "Dancing Politicans" than the band's capering merely proves that world leaders inspire more inchoate emotion than Chris Martin, even though he tries harder.

#45 (from #51): Rascal Flatts, "Every Day"
Jesus, Red Cross workers, people who stop me when I step into traffic - thanks for everything!

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