Monday, January 29, 2007

Mika Remains On Top In UK

Two big new acts have broken in January in the UK, a nice reminder that it is possible for new musical acts to become popular. Mika is at #1 on the singles chart, followed right behind by rapper Just Jack. On the album charts, new band View debut at #1, keeping Damon Albarn's latest critically acclaimed supergroup The Good, The Bad and the Queen at #2. Has any other act been in THREE different major groups like Albarn? He's been in Blur, Gorillaz and now this band, and that doesn't even include his acclaimed solo album built around African music. Eric Clapton was in Cream and solo, but Derek and the Dominoes wasn't really a band, just a front for him. Besides, the accomplishment here is three different BANDS, with real collaborators, not just going solo after being in a big group a la Sting. George Harrison was obviously in the Beatles and the Traveling Wilburys, as well as solo. But three different BANDS, that's really amazing.

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