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New songs and more thoughts

Kelly Clarkson ~ "My Life Would Suck Without You"

This song is already, in its 2nd week on the chart, a Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit and just set the record for the biggest jump to number one in one week, from #97-1. I think this song is a return to the older Kelly Clarkson songs, like "Since U Been Gone", "Walk Away" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes". I have a feeling her album is going to be a #1 hit as well and sell pretty well.

Now as for the song, it's catchy, the kind of song that grows on you. It's pop, but it has enough of a rock edge not to be too sticky and sweet. I didn't really like it that much at first, but after repeat listening, it gets into your head - and it stays there. And isn't that the mark of any true great pop song?

Flo Rida ~ "Right Round"
#102 Billboard Hot 100...
although it was just released on the 20th so wait a while, this one's going Top 10 for sure

This song is absolutely addicting. Maybe it's …

Now That's What I Call Motown

The "Now That's What I Call Music" series (often abbreviated "NOW") is like the Energizer keeps going and going and going... OK, I admit I own NOW 2 - 7, those were released from 1999-2001... I think I got a little fed up with the series around Now 8. Must have been the inclusion of "Clint Eastwood" by the Gorillaz - God, I hated that song.

I believe the latest NOW is the 29th in the series (England's on Now 71, by comparison - but they started releasing them in 1984). The NOW series serve as nice compliations of the most popular music at the time, always featuring a variety of genres, from pop, rap, rock, R&B, and most recently - country. Although you have to wonder how much money changed hands to include some of these tracks - a Baha Men single called "Move It Like This"? Who knew they had any other songs besides "Who Let The Dogs Out"? - most of them are a pretty accurate representation of radio at the time.


What I've Been Listening To Lately

Lately, I've been discovering for the first time a bunch of albums released in the past few years that I somehow missed the first time around. And they've also been albums I've never expected to like. Just don't tell my Skid Row albums I've been listening to these.

Fall Out Boy ~ Infinity On High (2007)
RIAA certified platinum

Yes, there is something a little melodramatic about Pete Wentz's extremely long song titles and the blustering, pompous crunch of his lyrics - but the appeal of this album is undeniable. "Golden" is a beautiful piano ballad that is the definition of short but sweet. "Hallelujah" borrows elements from the Jeff Buckley version of the same song - the weakest point of the song, but it is certainly interesting. A lot of the lyrics' subject matter deal with the same topics as past FOB albums - love, old girlfriends, and rejection - but this album adds a new topic - fame, and all the highs and lows that go along with it. Thi…