Monday, March 27, 2006

British Pop Charts -- The Old Fogeys

I love the British -- put an old song in a commercial and they'll rush out to buy a greatest hits CD of that artist. Indeed, a look at the album charts make it look like mumns are elbowing their children out of the way at the record stores -- even as young talent like Arctic Monkeys and Corinne Bailey Rae promise a new British invasion here. Currently on the charts: Russell Watson, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Carpenters, Neil Sedaka, Righteous Brothers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Il Divo, Rod Stewart and Leo Sayer. Topping the charts are two album from Simon Cowell's The X Factor (the UK equivalent to American Idol), with Journey South (two pin-up handsome brothers) and Andy Abraham offering up covers-heavy CDs rushed into stores. Both of them are also perfect for Mother's Day gifts, if your mother has bad taste in music.

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