Friday, September 01, 2006

Justin Timberlake Really IS Bringing SexyBack

The first single of his new album leaps from #31 all the way to #1 -- thanks mostly to massive sales of digital downloads. That's almost as cool as those slick dance moves he showed on MTV last night. The other big winner is Evanescence, who jumped from #25 to #10 with "Call Me When You're Sober." Remember just a few years ago, record labels barely made singles available at all -- it's only thanks to iPods and online sales that freaked the labels out that they're getting young people back into buying singles and buying music.

But the big news is on the album chart where stripper-wannabes Danity Kane (giving Pussycat Dolls a ho-ish run for their money) debut at #1, outscoring the highly anticipated Outkast CD, which htis #2. Does the movie's low-key success and the album's disappointing debut mean they're more likely to break up? And Paris Hilton is a genuine pop star: her album debuts at #6. Oddly, the world did not end and hell has reportedly not frozen over, though I wouldn't swear to that.

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