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From Webmaster
post time 2003-12-22 08:53:11
Some news bits just in on Shania:

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - If there was ever any doubt about Shania Twain's career prospects after the Canadian songbird took time off to start a family, the success of her album "Up!" and current tour have put those concerns to rest.

Twain finishes 2003 as the top country artist of the year and the top female country artist. She also comes in at No. 3 on the year-end Billboard 200 chart.

"Up!" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in the Dec. 7, 2002, issue and remained there for six weeks. The project places Twain at No. 1 on the list of Top Country Albums titles for 2003.

Twain is the only female solo artist to place among the top 10 country acts.


Shania Twain Continues to Set New Records With 'UP!'

Album Certified 10x Platinum; Only Artist in History to Have 3 Consecutive 10 Times Platinum (or Higher) Certified Albums
International Tour Kicks Off With Record-Breaking, Sold-Out Shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Conclusively proving how passionate her fans are about her music, Grammy Award-winning superstar Shania Twain's #1 debuting Mercury records release "UP!," has been certified 10x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (according to their criteria for certification of double package recordings). This makes Shania Twain the only artist in history to have 3 consecutive 10 times platinum certified albums. The news comes on the heels of the spectacular record-breaking, sold-out opening of her international "UP!" Tour.

Way to go Shania!

Replied by Stephen
Post time: 2003-12-23 10:33:56
GLAD for her!

Replied by alex
Post time: 2003-12-23 22:18:11
Glad to hear. Though nowhere near the brilliance nor sales of Come On Over, it has delivered quite a few noteworthy tracks, don't u think?


From Webmaster
post time 2003-12-21 08:47:19
This report just in from

'FAILS' SUCCEEDS: Madonna collects her seventh consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Singles Sales chart as "Nothing Fails" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) claims the top spot. That means every Madonna single released in this millennium has achieved pole position, starting with "Music" in September 2000 and continuing with "Don't Tell Me," "What It Feels Like for a Girl," "Die Another Day," "American Life" and "Hollywood."

That may make it sound like it's always been easy for Madonna to dominate the dance singles sales chart, but that's not true. Prior to "Music," she only had a solitary No. 1 hit out of eight releases.

Madonna is also No. 2 on the dance singles sales chart with "Me Against the Music," in which she plays a supporting role to Britney Spears. It's the first time one artist has occupied the top two slots on this chart since 1997, when Puff Daddy was No. 1, 2 and 3.

On Hot 100 Singles Sales, "Nothing Fails" debuts at No. 1, but in a depressed singles market sold too few singles to earn a place on the Hot 100 yet.

Replied by McMarvyn
Post time: 2003-12-21 11:58:00
QUOTE: "Nothing Fails" debuts at No. 1, but in a depressed singles market sold too few singles to earn a place on the Hot 100 yet."

How could this EVER make any sense? It's the #1 selling single in the USA, but "failed" to make the Hot 100, because "urban" radio stations aren't playing it enough!

In my books a chart is, and should always be, based on sales (like the Billboard Hot 100 was until 2000) - to call the Billboard Hot 100 "official" when airplay contributes 85% thereof, just doesn't go down!

BTW, what exactly is a "depressed singles market"?

Replied by Fonda Cox
Post time: 2003-12-21 19:26:41
I see it this way. The US is experiencing a "depressed singles market" and a "depressing airplay chart"!

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-22 08:32:21
Yeah - you're right McMarvyn, it makes NO SENSE! The Billboard singles charts at the moment is quite a "mad world"... (any ideas for a title song for this situation?)

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-22 08:34:18
BTW - thanx for the lyrics to "Mad World", Popmaster, and the UK release schedule... quite a few interesting listings...
(Why was Pet Shop Boys' "Flamboyant" moved up from January to March - when there'll be more competition?)


From McMarvyn
post time 2003-12-17 11:08:14
And finally - the UK's 2003 Xmas midweeks (Tuesday) - it's such a close race between No's 1 to 4 that anything can still happen by Sunday!

Bookies, however, are now backing the Gary Jules version of "Mad World" to be No. 1, as it gained 170% in airplay since Monday! The Idols song also features on their Xmas compilation, which sold a whopping 350 000 last week, and clocked more than 110 000 by Tuesday closing-time this week.


01 NEW THE DARKNESS – Christmas Time
03 NEW THE IDOLS – Happy Xmas
04 NEW BO SELECTA – Proper Crimbo
05 (01) KELLY OSBOURNE & OSSY – Changes
06 (02) WILL YOUNG – Leave Right Now
07 (04) SHANE RICHIE – I’m Your Man
08 NEW BLUE ft. S. WONDER & A. STONE – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
09 NEW SUGABABES – Too Lost In You
10 NEW ATOMIC KITTEN – Ladies Night


04 REM

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-18 22:14:31
Thanks for the info McMarvyn!
The "Mad World" song is actually quite good - it'll make a good #1!
It'll just be SUCH AN INJUSTICE if the Sugababes song make only #9...! It's possibly the BEST song they've ever done! It deserves to be No. 1!
(The Blue single also unexpectedly low, isn't it??)

Replied by Fonda Cox
Post time: 2003-12-19 12:47:56
I think The Idols are using the good album sales as an excuse for the single's poor performance (incidentally down to #5 on the midweeks). Gary Jules is outselling them 2:1 at the moment, despite the fact that "Mad World" also appears on Now 56 (released in November - and, let's not forget that the Now-series always reach sales figures of over a million during the festive season).
The gap between The Darkness and Gary Jules is narrowing every day, and it would be great to see "Mad World" at 1! Even 2 weeks, maybe - but that's a little far-fetched as we can prepare for the Beckham-Spice onslaught (40 000 + in pre-orders for "Let Your Head Go").
The week after that (Jan. 5) should be interesting since Victoria can expect fierce competition from tomorrow's Pop Idol winner and Kelis (also astronomical pre-orders).

Replied by alex
Post time: 2003-12-19 15:47:22
u're kidding me right? VICTORIA BECKHAM for no. 1?!

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2003-12-19 21:07:46
"Let Your Head Go" is going to be huge (right 'image', right song and the right time) - prepare yourselves for another CGYOOMH! Didn't like it much at first, but right now I'm hooked. And, let's face it - she is enormously popular (and gorgeous and famous!). Did I mention the video?
As for the Pop Idol winner, neither Michelle or Marc come even close to Will Young (or Darius, for that matter). Who was the runner-up again, last year?
Finally, here's to Will Young's first hit on Blue-Box this week. May there be many more hits to come for the "President of Pop"!

Replied by CharlesX
Post time: 2003-12-20 12:19:07
In the words of that Pop Idol runner-up... "say it isn't so...!"

Replied by Stephen
Post time: 2003-12-20 16:58:33
but... but... the bitch CAN'T SING!

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-21 08:35:56
Actually I think the song isn't all that bad... but I agree - she can't sing! (NONE of the Spice Girls ever could!) Anyway, I predict it WON'T reach #1... IF it IS as popular as they say, I predict the highest it'll get is #2...

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2003-12-21 14:00:05
I find the lyrics for "Mad World" quite haunting & depressing. But, it's such a good version!

"Mad World"

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, Going nowhere

And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, No expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tommorow, No tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World…
Mad World

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, Sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, No one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me…
Look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World…
Mad World


From Popmaster
post time 2003-12-21 10:49:19
UK Updated New Release Schedule:

December 29

Alistair Griffin - Bring It On/A Lover's Prayer
Craig David - You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til The Well Runs Dry)
DMX featuring Swizz Beatz - Get It On The Floor
Jaydee - Plastic Dreams
Ocean Colour Scene - Golden Gate Bridge
Partyboys - Build Me Up Buttercup
S Club 8 - Don’t Tell Me You’re Sorry
Sophie Ellis-Bextor - I Won't Change You
Victoria Beckham - Let Your Head Go/This Groove

January 5

4tune 500 - Dancing In The Dark
Basement Jaxx featuring Lisa Kekaula - Good Luck
Boogie Pimps - Somebody To Love
Flip & Fill featuring Junior - Irish Blue
Kelis - Milkshake
Kujay Da Da - Young Hearts
Matt Darey featuring Marcella Woods - Voice Of An Angel
Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes
Peaches featuring Iggy Pop - Kick It
Pop Idol Winner - All This Time
REM - Animal
Scott Brown - I Would Stay
Sean Paul featuring Sasha - I'm Still In Love With You
So Solid Crew - So Grimy
Stacie Orrico - I Promise

January 12

2-Play featuring Raghav & Jucxi - So Confused
Air - Cherry Blossom Girl
Amy Studt - All I Wanna Do
Amy Winehouse - Take The Box
Beyoncé - Me, Myself And I
Damien Rice - Volcano
David Kitt - Me & My Love When Doves Cry
Fight Club featuring Laurent Conrad - Spread Love
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Grandaddy - I'm On Standby/Stray Dog And The Chocolate Shake
HIM - Funeral Of Hearts
Jimmy Edgar - Access Rhythm
Lil' John featuring East Side Boyz - Get Low
Lowgold - Same Way
Metallica - The Unnamed Feeling EP
NG3 - Holler
Paul Jackson & Steve Smith - Push (Far From Here)
POD - Will You
Richard X featuring Javine - You Used To
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Mister Mental
The Strokes - Reptilia
Zutons - Pressure Point

January 19

2Pac featuring Notorious BIG - Runnin' (Dying To Live)
Bikini Atoll - Desolation Highway/Then Amplify
Easyworld - 'Til The Day (That I Die)
Finley Quaye - Something To Say
Fountains Of Wayne - Stacey's Mum
Freeland - Supernatural Thing
Jaimeson featuring Angel Blu & CK - Take Control
JC Chasez featuring Dirt McGirt - Some Girls
Junior Jack - Da Hype
Liberty X - Everybody Cries
Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe
Minus - Angel In Disguise
Mr On vs. Jungle Brothers - Breathe Don't Stop
P Diddy featuring Lenny Kravitz - Show Me Your Soul
Pink - God Is A DJ
Primero - White Flag/Naked In The Rain
Razorlight - Stumble And Fall
Ryan Adams - So Alive
Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb
Si Begg - Buss
Suferosa - Neon Commando
Tali - Blazin'
Tatjana - Santa Maria
Tender Trap - ¿Cómo Te Llamas? (Tell Me Your Name)
The Bandits - The Warning
The Delays - Long Time Coming
The Offspring - Hit That
Tube & Berger featuring Chrissie Hynde - Straight Ahead

January 26

Beats For Beginners - When Robots Attack
Belle & Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo
Blazin' Squad - Here For One
Brand Violet - Head
C & C Music Factory - Sweat
Celebrity Squares - King For A Day
Clea - Stuck In The Middle
Courtney Love - Mono
Eberg - Plastic Lions
Emma - I'll Be There
Five For Fighting - 100 Years
Hundred Reasons - What You Get
Incubus - Megalomaniac
Joss Stone - Fell In Love With A Boy
Kelly Llorenna - This Time I Know It's For Real
LMC vs. U2 - Take Me To The Clouds Above
Lostprophets - Last Train Home
Modey Lemon - Predator
Simple Kid - Truck On
Snow Patrol - Run
Stylus Junkies vs. UB40 - Food For Thought
The Mars Volta - Roulette Dares
The Veils - The Wild Son
Tim Deluxe - Mundaya
Vinny Peculiar - Replica Shirt
Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon
Voodoo Child - Baby Monkey
Young Punx - Got Your Number

February 2

Alarm - 45rpm
Blazin' Squad - Here 4 One
Blueskins - Change My Mind
Calvin Richardson - I've Got To Move
Ferry Corsten - Rock Your Body Rock
Fiery Furnances - Tropical Iceland
Funeral For A Friend - Escape Artists Never Die
Hilary Duff - Why Not?
Longview - Still
Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father
Obie Trice - The Set-Up (You Don't Know)
Sia - Breath Me
Span - Papa
Special D - Come With Me
Summer Matthews - Little Miss Perfect
The Distillers - Hunger
Triple Eight - You And I

February 9

Alex Parks - Cry
Armin Van Buuren - Blue Fear/Burned With Desire
Blink-182 - I Miss You
Darren Hayes - TBA
Deepest Blue - Give It Away
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - Man Bites Dog
Fatman Scoop featuring The Crooklyn Clan - It Takes Two
John Mayer - Bigger Than My Body
Liars - There's Always Room On The Broom
Outkast - The Way You Move
Speedway - Can't Turn Back
Stands - Here She Comes Again
Stereophonics - Movie Star

February 16

1000 Things - Food Chain
Busted - Who's David?
Chingy featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg - Holidae Inn
Jamelia - Thank You
Junior Senior - Coconuts
Louise - TBA
Mya - Fallen
Stellastarr* - My Coco
The Stills - Lola Stars And Stripes

February 23

Airbiscuit - Lately
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Six Barrel Shotgun
Britney Spears - Toxic
Despina Vandi - Gia
Eastern Lane - Saffron
The Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get Retarded
The Vines - Ride
Westlife - Obvious

March 1

DJ Casper - Cha Cha Slide
Gomez - Catch Me Up
Kelly Osbourne - Come Dig Me Out
Kylie Minogue - Red Blooded Woman
Nelly Furtado - TBA
Starsailor - Four To The Floor
The Shins - So Say I
Will Young - TBA

March 8

Delta Goodrem - Predictable
Pet Shop Boys - Flamboyant

March 15

Dido - Don't Leave Home

Dates to be confirmed:

Girls Aloud - You Freak Me Out
Hayley Westrena - Wuthering Heights
Holly James - Touch It
Holly Valance - Desire
In-Grid - Tu Es Foutu
Lemar - Another Day
Lorna - Papi Chulo... Te Traigo El Mmmm
Maria Willson - Tonight
McFly - 5 Colours In Her Hair
Ronan Keating - She Believes In Me
The Darkness - Love Is Only A Feeling


From Popmaster
post time 2003-12-19 11:39:45
Here are the Number 1 US singles (sales based) for 2003. Amazing that some of these songs reached only the Top 60 on Billboard (which is now solely airplay based), while the singles sold in droves! No sign of Beyonce here:

Madonna – Die Another Day (2 weeks)
Mariah Carey - Through The Rain (2 weeks)
Kid Rock feat. Alison Moorer – Picture (11 weeks)
American Idols – God Bless The USA (8 weeks)
Clay Aiken – This Is The Night (12 weeks)
Hilary Duff – So Yesterday (2 weeks)
Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (1 week)
Elvis Presley – Rubberneckin’ (1 week)
Mercy Me – I Can Only Imagine (10 weeks)
Madonna – Nothing Fails (1 week) This week.

(Source: BCR Chart Watch)

And congratulations to Madonna, for having yet another Number 1 selling single in the States.

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2003-12-19 11:49:23
I forgot to add - also good to see a gospel band (Mercy Me) selling so well! According to BCR the first gospel song to reach No. 1 since Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me?".

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-19 16:43:25
Quite a few of these singles didn't even reach the Top 100!
Madonna would have had two more following "Music" a few years ago, and even Mariah would have had one again this year!

This clearly shows there is something VERY WRONG with the current way the Billboard charts are compiled!


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