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TBR’s Best Singles of 2010: Part One

Okay folks, this is THE BEAT REVIEW’s Top 30 of 2010 List. I can’t make the effort to select up to 100 because you all know how hard that is to carry out and I’m so preoccupied with a lot of stuff.

Since I sporadically posted monthly playlists throughout the year, might as well give you the last rundown of the 30 best songs that defined this year. 2010 has been an amazing year for most genres of music. We saw comebacks that flop so hard, amazing new artists that has shown tremendous potential and the comebacks that proved they are really worth of the music limelight.

My last treat for y’all is the ability to download all 30 songs towards the end of the three-part series. The first part will be published today (#30 – 21), the second part on the 29th (#20 – 11) and the third part on the 30th (#10-1). So be sure to check out the blog on the next 3 days to see who’s in or who’s out in our 2010 Year-End list.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Giving Up The Gun

The American rock quartet has proven their eccentricity to be something very useful to their advantage. ‘Giving Up The Gun’ – Contra‘s most pop sounding tune is a brilliant one. And it represented their album’s premise perfectly.

MINI VIVA – One Touch

Mini Viva, one of British pop music’s biggest frustration this year may have split up but their last single as a duo, ‘One Touch’ proved to be their best. Every bit of pop music sweetness sums up this track and we’re still in mourning over the loss of one of the best pop duos that never came.

PLAN B – Prayin’

Plan B’s combination of hip-hop and soul never didn’t jive in together especially with the Mark Ronson’ sounding production – ‘Prayin’ is one heck of an anthem.

 

ROSANNA – Waterfall

Popjustice Hi-Fi first ever release is absolutely a treat to the senses. A piece of melancholic classic Swedish pop tune – it cruises its way to your playlists in just a glance. Like a Waterfall, Rosanna should be flowing through the mainstream with ease with this kind of pop genius.

 

SKY FERREIRA – Obsession

Sky is the exact epitome of a natural-born popstar. She’s got the looks, the voice and everything unconventional you can imagine. Maybe if the tweens listened a lot more to this lass, the world might be a better place to live in.

 

DRAKE feat. ALICIA KEYS – Fireworks

Drake’s own style of producing hip hop music might be meh for others but the truth is, he has an amazing singing voice and a one heck of rapping skills. Combined with Miss Alicia’s soulful vocals, ‘Fireworks’ sets its pace uphill as it reaches the skies with its magnificence.

ELIZA DOOLITTLE – Pack Up

The 50′s dancehall influenced track is a nice introduction on how things work for Miss Eliza Doolittle. The British songstress cleverly instills classic decades music into her cotton candy flourished music pieces. It might not be an original concept but the fact that she pulls up a fight in the pop charts is a nice way to say that at most points, ‘it works’.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT – Like A G6

The only Asian group so far to top international charts has proven their abilities in their début effort, ‘Free Wired’. The catchiness of ‘Like A G6′ is clear way to say that hip-hop music isn’t for black and white people only. It absolutely knows no race at this point.

GORILLAZ – Stylo

Damon Albarn and his animated friends came back with a bang this year. One of Gorillaz’ catchiest tracks ever, the basslines are superb with Mos Def’s perfectly fitted verses towards the endings of the track – it surely does deserve a spot on our list.

KE$HA – WE R WHO WE R

We can’t deny that Ke$ha always comes up with infectiously addictive tunes that always put out a good fight in the pop charts but the truth is, I always associated the word ‘AUTOTUNE’ with the word, ‘KE$HA’. It just won’t turn out good if the two weren’t together.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR PART TWO!


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UK Charts: Roll Deep, Plan B prevents Usher from getting double whammy

Brits Roll Deep and Plan B prevented Usher from getting a double whammy this week in the UK Charts as both scored the #1 single and album .

Brit Grime Group Roll Deep receives the highest accolade in the singles charts this week with their new single, ‘Good Times’. The single defeated competitions from Usher, who stayed at #2 with ‘OMG’ and Plan B who rose 1 spot to #3 with ‘She Said’.

Last week’s number 1 Diana Vickers suffered a 3 spot push back as her #1 single, ‘Once’ slides down to #4 this week. Her debut album ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’ is released today in the UK.

The second highest new entry in the top 40 belongs to the Glee Cast as they plunged right into the top 20 with 2 singles on par ‘Gives You Hell’ which stays put at #14 and the new entry, ‘Like A Prayer’ – a Madonna cover debuts at #16.

Other new entries in the top 40 includes Marina and the Diamonds whose new single re-release ‘I Am Not A Robot’ arrived at #26, American country trio- Lady Antebellum spurts at #26 with ‘Need You Now’, Alicia Keys with ‘Try Sleeping With a broken Heart’ (#31), X Factor winner Alexandra Burke with ‘All Night Long’ (#34), US alternative band Train with ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ (#36), Jason Derulo at #38 with ‘Ridin Solo’ and Glam rocker Adam Lambert at #39 with ‘For Your Entertainment’.

In the albums chart despite leading in the midweeks, Usher settles for #2 in this week’s chart. His album, ‘Raymond Vs. Raymond’ was defeated by British soul singer/rapper Plan B with his new album, ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’.

Last weeks #1 AC/DC slides to #3 while Glee Cast’s The Power of Madonna’ EP enters at #4.

To learn more about this week’s charts please click HERE.

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UK Charts: It’s official, The Vickers has the #1 single!

Our most favoured to go #1 this week Diana Vickers gets what she deserves. The Blackburn born singer who rose to fame after appearing on the X-Factor zoomed to #1 this week as her debut single, ‘Once’ smashed competition from last week’s #1 Usher, Plan B and Chipmunk.

D.Vix as we call her is ready for the release of her debut album, ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’ which will be released in Ireland this Friday and in the UK next Monday. Can she maintain a #1 and have a double whammy two weeks from now? Let’s wait and see.

Usher, drops to #2 with ‘OMG’ after 1 week at the top. Chipmunk’s latest offering with Esmee Denters peaked at #2 in the midweeks but settled eventually at #3 with ‘Until You Were Gone’.

A big surprise in the top 10 is legendary pop icon, Tina Turner who sees her 1989 single, ‘The Best’ re-enter the top 40 thanks to the Rangers FC whom started a campaign to get Tina to #1. With this, Tina Turner is the female artist with the longest span in the history of the UK singles charts. Her first single to be released in the UK was release in 1966.

Fourth biggest new entry this week belongs to the Glee Cast. Their remake of the All-American Rejects track ‘Gives You Hell’ gives them their 9th UK top 40 single. ‘Gives You Hell’ is their first #1 single in Ireland which was announced last Friday

Kate Nash’s ‘Do-Wah-Doo’ suffers a 6 places drop to #21 this week. Her sophomore album released last Monday  ‘My Best Friend Is You’ enters the albums chart at #8.

Other notable new entries in the top 40 include 3OH!3′s debut single in the US and their re-released UK single ‘Don’t Trust Me’ enters at #22. Glee also has 2 other songs in the top 40 with their cover of ‘Hello’ debuting at #35 and the 19-week old track ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ which peaked at #2 is back at #38.

In the albums chart AC/DC captures the #1 accolade this week with their IRON MAN 2 OST LP. Paul Weller’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ drops at #2. Meatloaf sees his 10th studio album enter the charts at #4 this week.

for more information about this week’s charts. Click HERE.

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UK Charts: Z’OMG’! Usher grabs #1 from Scouting!

American R&B star Usher grabs the UK #1 spot from English alternative band, Scouting For Girls after the latter enjoyed 2 weeks at the top. Usher’s latest single featuring Will.i.am ‘OMG’ was #2 in Wednesday midweeks but then Usher leaped the former #1, ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’ by Scouting For Girls and eventually continued to reign until Sunday.

‘OMG’ is Usher’s fourth UK #1 and is off from his new album, ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’ which was released last March.

The highest debut this week belongs to English rapper Professor Green as his sixth UK single and is the first one to place in the singles charts. The single, ‘I Need You Tonight’ landed at #3 and pushed another rapper Plan B to #4 with ‘She Said’.

Comebacking R&B/pop singer Kelis debuts at #5 with her new single, ‘Acapella’ – the first single off her new album, Fleshtone to be released this May.

GaGa was pushed to #6 with ‘Telephone’ while another new entry, Selena Gomez & The Scene cracks the top 10 with her first official UK single, ‘Naturally’ at #7.

Biggest jumper this week belongs to Taio Cruz and Ke$ha as their collaboration ‘Dirty Picture’ leaps 28 spots to #12 this week.

Other notable new entries in the top 40 are from Brit Award winner Kate Nash as her latest single, ‘Do-Wah-Doo’ arrives at the charts at #15. British Eliza Doolitle’s debut single ‘Skinny Genes’ at #22, Paul Weller’s new double A-side single, ‘No Tears To Cry/Wake Up The Nation’ at #26. Sunderland band The Futureheads with ‘Heartbeat Song’ at #34.

Snow Patrol’s collaboration with Martha Wainwright ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’ sees a re-entry in the singles chart thanks to the UK release of American drama film, ‘Dear John’. The track is included in the film’s soundtrack out now.

Meanwhile in the albums chart, Ben Andrews, also known as Plan B defeated Scouting For Girls at the race for the #1 album spot. His new album, ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’  beated Scouting’s comeback LP, ‘Everybody Wants To Be On T.V.’ which settled for #2.

MGMT’s ‘Congratulations’ enters the chart at #4 while American acoustic singer Joshua Radin’s 2008 album, ‘Simple Times’ charts at #9.

Check out the complete charts HERE.

SO HOW DO YOU THINK ‘ONCE’ WILL FAIR THIS WEEK? Let’s see.


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