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New Releases 21st April 2008

Single of the Week: Sia – The Girl You Lost to Cocaine
I sometimes wonder if my choices here are getting a bit too predictable – upbeat, girl-fronted, slightly alternative pop, anyone? Hey, it’s nice to have a niche. Or something.

The most enjoyable thing about Sia’s recent solo stuff is that it shrugs off the coffee-table medicrity of her Zero 7 collaborations in favour of a whole lot of fun. This slips in neatly alongside the rest of your 2008 white female soul explosion, but strides out ahead by virtue of having a wry smile on its face and a keen sense of the fact that music should be enjoyable, rather than just a quasi-painful attempt at recreating your influences. Just watch the joy-filled dress-up box video for confirmation. Excellent.

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New Entries 13th January 2008

Of this week’s physical releases, Basshunter‘s Now You’re Gone was the big hit of the week, jumping from 14 on Downloads to the number 1 spot, finally dethroning X-Factor bloke Leon. This has a injected a bit more of a party mood to the top ten, especially with Britney’s Piece of Me shooting up to number 2.

The only other physical release to dent the 40 was British Sea Power‘s excellent Single of the Week, Waving Flags, which enters at a respectable 31.

Unless my release schedule is wrong, the Hoosiers‘ Worst Case Scenario has entirely missed the Top 75. Not to worry though, chaps, as Goodbye Mr A is still going strong in the top 20.

Bodyrox & Luciana limp in at 54, perhaps due to the fact that they already enjoyed chart success in 2007 with the same song, and this is, in fact, a bit of a cash-in rerelease. Which I missed. Whoops.

Advert exposure and heavy radio rotation haven’t done the Maccabees much good, as Toothpaste Kisses proves a bit too twee for the general public and scrapes in a number 70.

Next week is bound to be dominated by smooth RnB, as both Lupe Fiasco (at number 7) and Kanye West (14) have scored massive hits on downloads alone. Also bubbling under prior to their physical releases are Robyn at 23, and the Wombats at 37. Lots of doubling as usual in these download-dominated times. Thankfully we no longer have three Mika songs in the 40, but Sugababes offer novelty value by occupying number 21 and number 22.