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From Fonda Cox
post time 2003-12-23 23:21:56
Yes it's him! I recognize the tattoos from the last time we were together!
(Someone might have edited the pic slightly, 'cause it looks rather "small" behind that huge fire cracker! - I mean, where's the bulge? There's nothing!) Way to go, Robbie! Have had the unedited version of the "Rock DJ" video on repeat for the past few days... And even he hasn't called for a few weeks now (sighs)...

Replied by Fonda Cox
Post time: 2003-12-23 23:23:35
Silly, silly me! Have had a blonde moment there! This is suppose to go with my previous thread!

Replied by DrewL
Post time: 2003-12-24 08:26:50
U have an UNEDITED pic of "Rock DJ"??! Where did u get that?! Ooh - u lucky she-devil! (Sorry to hear he hasn't called in a while, though!)

Replied by Stephen
Post time: 2003-12-24 09:21:52
Yes - it's a real picture. Regarding the "package"... it must have been a bit cold!

Replied by DrewL
Post time: 2003-12-24 10:08:05
Don't care about the "package"...! I'll definitely take one, and I'll be... (Mis-Teeq's first album)


From Fonda Cox
post time 2003-12-23 21:52:14
Oooooooooh, yummy! Can I please order one extra-large Marshall (with additional white sauce) for Xmas lunch! Lovely pic, Webmaster!

Replied by CharlesX
Post time: 2003-12-23 22:15:38
Ha ha! Yeah - quite an interesting pic! Nice one!

Replied by DrewL
Post time: 2003-12-23 22:48:26
Yesss!! I love it!! But where did u get it? Surely he didn't pose for that? Do you think it was fixed? Anyway, it's BRILLIANT!!


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


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