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So the year ended with a big whiff.

The Lonely Island )

Keri Hilson )

Far East Movement )
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With all the presents packed last week, few new songs debut.

Lil Wayne )

Michael Jackson & Akon )
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Still not much shaking up the charts, but at least we score a hat trick this week, three songs coincidentally of a piece, and three reviews to match.

T.I. )

Diddy - Dirty Money )

Jason Aldean )

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With Glee and little else hopping into the holiday charts, my bit remains adamantly unchomped, as you may have gathered by the recent lateness of these roundups.

Glee Cast )

Coldplay )

Glee Cast )

Glee Cast )

Kenny Chesney )
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The retail season continues uneventful as far as the singles chart is concerned, with only two new non–Glee-ers .

Enrique Iglesias )

Glee Cast )

Dr. Dre )

Glee Cast )
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Slowly catching up after the holiday. Glee Cast "Forget You" comes within two spots of pulling off a first, of getting into the top ten before the original does. Other than that, little else is new, which is strange for this time of year.

Glee Cast )

Glee Cast )
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"Like A G6" back at #1, "Only Girl (In The World)" nipping at its heels, while the Glee Cast dreams of being teen, and, from the Dept. Of Better Late Than Never, Edward Maya's "Stereo Love" reaches the U.S. Top 40 thirteen months after its European release and seven months after it entered the U.S. dance chart.

Glee Cast )

The Black Eyed Peas )

Glee Cast )

Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina )

Glee Cast )
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Is the music world ready to return to the normality of two years ago? Rihanna's got two songs in the top four. But is it the same Rihanna?

Rihanna )

Tim McGraw )

Wiz Khalifa )

Nicki Minaj )

Bruno Mars )

Rick Ross )

Pitbull )
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The retail season is vroomin' up the hillside. Four women, a couple of guys, a new girl and the panorama wide open.

Ke$ha )

Willow )

Taylor Swift )

Kanye West )

Taylor Swift )

Katy Perry )

Chris Brown )
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Taylor Swift's "Mean" at 11 is two spots ahead of Taylor Swift's "Mine" at 13. Monica's "Love All Over Me" at 71 is two spots ahead of Josh Turner's "All Over Me" at 73.

Taylor Swift )

Shakira )

Zac Brown )
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Far East Movement's "Like A G6" is number one on the Hot 100. Beyond the song being good music, I hope its success helps the chartability of club music qua club music. Also, maybe this'll open a few musical doors in the U.S. for Asians and Asian Americans. (Bruno Mars, whom the Far East Movement displaced at the top, is of part Puerto Rican and part Filipino heritage, but my guess is that to most Americans he'll be seen as Latin American rather than Asian, just as Tiger Woods is generally seen as black, despite having more Asian than African ancestry.)

Taylor Swift )

Pink )

Glee Cast )

Mike Posner )

Yolanda Be Cool & DCup )

Darius Rucker )
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First up is a single in which some girl's getting her trophy or something and Taylor Swift doesn't think the girl deserves it so Taylor barges in and takes the trophy away.

Taylor Swift )

Kanye West )

Waka Flocka Flame )

Will.i.am & Nicki Minaj )

Glee Cast )

Glee Cast )
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Special "Glee Against The Music" edition of Yet Another Year In America, though in good and unrelated news, Far East Movement's "Like A G6" rises to number 2.

Glee Cast )

Lil Wayne )

Glee Cast )

The Ready Set )
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Jay Sean tells us the end isn't near, Daughtry barely shoehorns "September" into September, and four new Glees make the chart, two featuring Charice, and we'll see if Glee can do for her what appearances on Oprah and Ellen couldn't: make her the first Asian singer to transfer her stardom to North America. In the meantime, "Like A G6" rises to 6 and gets good commentary on the Jukebox.

Glee Cast )

Glee Cast )

Glee Cast )

Jay Sean )

Glee Cast )

Daughtry )
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Far East Movement's "Like A G6" featuring The Cataracs and Dev is now in the top ten, the rigor of its electro being such a contrast to the dancepop mulch of its fellow winners that Dev's cheap bitchy vocals almost seem like wisdom. So, can last year's queen of brains Rihanna build on this bright news? Check under the cut.

Rihanna )

Florence + The Machine )

Kings Of Leon )
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Welcome to the special "For No Apparent Reason I Link To Movies That I Haven't Actually Seen" edition of Yet Another Year In America.

Sara Bareilles )

Train )

Selena Gomez & The Scene )

The Band Perry )
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As predicted, Far East Movement leap into the Top 40, only the third Korean Americans ever to do so, as far as I know (Joe Hahn of Linkin Park and Amerie are the other two), and the first from Korea Town; don't know if or how that contributes to their sound, though maybe someone on my flist will have an idea. It's the two Asian guys in Linkin Park who are responsible for Linkin Park's DJ and hip-hop element, if that's significant. Far East Movement also come from the DJ-producer end of things. On the basis of a half hour's searching on Google etc. I'm surmising Far East Movement belong to some L.A. electroclub scene, though who knows, they may just be following their own style. The Cataracs, who apparently wrote and produced the track, are from Berkeley and have a tangential relationship to hyphy but they seem much more "club." Actually, the Cataracs are willing to list themselves as "indie pop" (among other things) on their MySpace, though I'm damned if I know why. Maybe they're indie pop in the same way that 3OH!3 are, which isn't very indie. I'd have fun saying that this sort of stuff splits the difference between Ke$ha and jerk, but that's probably not right. Is probably less teenage than jerk is (Far East Movement have been an act for seven years), and probably from an older electrobrat tradition than Ke$ha's. Colette Carr's effectively insinuating "Back It Up" may be relevant here; also "Booty Bounce" by Dev, which "Like A G6" builds around three lines from, though "Like A G6" is far better.

(Also, interesting stuff happening in K-pop, as 2NE1 release three videos in one day. I may post on that later today, on lj or over on the ilX K-pop thread.)

In other chart news, Katy displaces Eminem on top, which must mean that it's her tying him to the bed.

Far East Movement )

Cee-Lo )

Sean Kingston )
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Nothing shocking jumps into the Top 40 this week, except in the sense that the whole year and the whole Top 40 make it seem as if music can't figure out what to do with itself. At 41 with a bullet, so set to score next week, is Far East Movement's "Like A G6," which is more in-your-face about its electrofunk than anything that's crossed over recently. Down at 52 is "La La La" by Auburn ft. Iyaz, which didn't get enough interest at the Jukebox to make the board, but since it's a good (fourth-best that I know of) use of my favorite Eurodance hook of the last decade - the one from ATC's "Around The World," which was a cover itself - I hope it prospers. And way down in the 90s is Jazmine Sullivan's "Holding You Down (Going In Circles)," the first single of hers that I like unreservedly - that successfully balances the power in her voice and the delicate melodies she likes to sing. "Bed Intruder Song" is also in the 90s, an Auto-Tune The News oddity that's surprisingly effective as music, though even I'm a little uneasy at the way it might be getting its audience to laugh at stereotypes of poor blacks (not that I know particularly who's in the audience or whether or with what attitudes they're laughing).

Kid Cudi )

Usher )

Neon Trees )
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I suppose that Drake is now helping to sell Wayne rather than vice versa.

Lil Wayne )

Nelly )

Adam Lambert )
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Looking at the album chart, I see that British folkies Mumford and Sons have climbed into the American top twenty. Does anyone have any insight into that?

Trey Songz )

Blake Shelton )

Chris Brown )

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