A Rose is Still A Rose: Checking for Aretha Franklin’s 90s and 00s material

OG diva and “the undisputed Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin announced earlier this week she was hanging up her microphone after one final album of originals this year, which will be produced by another influential music legend no less, Stevie Wonder.

For a generation that didn’t grow up with Aretha topping the charts and being a mainstay in the spotlight, she is probably better known for that wig-snatching gif and various viral moments. There’s the iconic Inauguration Hat memes and that time we gagged at Cissy Houston rolling her eyes and half-arsing her way through Aretha’s performance of ‘Rolling In The Deep’. The internet has also kept a catalogue of her shadiest moments like when she snatched her arm away from Patti Labelle when the singer tried to congratulate her and let’s not forget that masterclass in top shelf shade when Aretha was asked her opinion on Taylor Swift and only offered: “Okay… um. Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”

In a time where ‘icon’, ‘diva’ and ‘queen’ titles are thrown at anyone with a big enough Gay Twitter following, I like to think that individuals of cultural impact on Aretha’s stratosphere (of which there aren’t many) are still regarded with a special, untouchable kind of status.

When we think of Aretha Franklin, we think ‘Empress Diva of Soul with zero fucks to give’, we think of ‘Respect‘, we think of ‘Think‘, we think of the 98’ VH1 Divas Live concert (which also featured other greats like Mariah, Celine, Shania, Gloria Estefan and Carole King). But we don’t seem to check for the latter part of her career as much. Sure she’s not as active as she was in her hey-day but Aunt ReRe was definitely still putting down some moments in music over the last 20 years or so.

So, in light of this retirement announcement, I’ve decided to sift through some of her original records from the 90s onwards and see what we might’ve missed.

‘A Rose Is Still A Rose’ (1998)

A poetic feminist jam written and produced by Lauryn Hill especially for Aretha’s 1998 album of the same name. Now, I actually remember this one because there was a time where MTV played music videos and there was a time where music video stations played the latest hot hit by Aretha Franklin.

Looking back, this video is like the most amazingly 90s thing I’ve ever seen. Those massive bomber jackets that were a staple in mainstream R&B music videos, and Queen Aretha posted up in some of the best wigs of her career, looking like Earth Mother draped in luxurious fabrics, trilling life advice by the piano in some kind of synthetic Garden of Eden in the projects? I live.

The album, which also featured songs written by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin, was a remarkable exercise in modernising the diva’s sound and reconnecting her with a younger audience. It remains Aretha’s most critically acclaimed and best-selling album of the 90s.

 

‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’ with Mary J. Blige (2006)

A stirring gospel anguish written by Bryan Adams for the Bobby soundtrack. This Golden Globe-nominated song is a powerful meeting of two of America’s most prominent female soul singers. It also showed us that while demand for a full album of Aretha’s originals were at an all time low, you could still 100 per cent count on her to deliver that one king-hit performance. One big performance is all it takes. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am!

 

‘Don’t Waste My Time’ – Mary J. Blige with Aretha Franklin (1999)

From Mary J. Blige‘s critically-acclaimed album Mary, this hefty, angst-filled duet where a larger-than-life Aretha urges Mary to move on from a deadbeat relationship is mostly the former diva hollering over the latter. But for lovers of this kind of over the top and gospel-derived style of singing, it really doesn’t get any better than this. The pair even picked up a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo. It really makes me yearn to see more female artists coming together and showing solidarity and sisterhood in songs.

‘Put You Up On Game’ with Fantasia (2007)

I’ve always enjoyed the back-and-forth kind of duets Aretha’s done in her career. Check the sassy and brashly 80s pop shakedown with Whitney in ‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be‘. Here the OG diva plays a nosy, older woman giving a young and seemingly naive-in-love Fantasia some relationship advice on a modern R&B ballad format, produced by The Underdogs.

Fantasia is without question one of the most brilliant and under-appreciated old school soul singers we have today. She is part of a dying breed and I fear almost daily that she’ll never achieve the mainstream recognition she deserves. The ad-libs at the end of this song gives us just a hint of what could have been had these ladies been able to perform this live and just jam with no restrictions.

‘Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool’ (2003)

A pensive ballad, written and produced by Janet Jackson‘s hitmakers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, where Aretha shakes off a shady frenemy who constantly pokes at her relationship, questioning if she knows where her man’s been and what he’s up to etc. LOL. Sounds like a scene straight out of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Despite appearing blind to his bullshit, Aretha reasons, “a little bit of my man’s sweet love is a whole lot better than none of it”. Queen of Drama and Real Talk.

‘Mary Goes Round’ (1991)

Aretha’s brief and poorly-received foray into New Jack Swing is probably best left in the crypt of the 90s but this What You See Is What You Sweat (I know right?!) album track is nonetheless an interesting showcase of what happens when you infuse her style of spirited soul with the exuberant, dominant dance music style of the time. Here ReRe manages to throw everything at you, from deep growls to even a hint of vampy dance captain realness in the spoken word bits (“Turn the corner right! Turn the corner left!”). Very much a product of its time, as they would say.

 

Until next time, you can catch me tweeting here at @feedlimmy.

 

Chart Feed – 12.12.11

Reece Mastin‘s ‘Good Night’ has been booted off the #1 spot by previous chart topper LMFAO‘s ‘Sexy and I Know It’. The teen X Factor winner’s been out promoting his mandatory cover’s album so we should see that effortlessly enter our Top 5 next Monday.

Watch them pitch Reece as just a regular rock band front man in the ‘Good Night’ music video:


 
Pink‘s ‘Bridge of Light’ is the biggest new single in Australia this week, debuting at #26. Just further proof that Aussies will lap up anything Pink these days, however beige and redundant the single may be.

Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Raining Diamonds’ isn’t seeing fortunes turn around after the music video finally dropped. She’s looking flawless as ever but the video has only garnered over 6,200 views in five days. Meanwhile, not that it’s necessarily fair to compare, Reece Mastin‘s video managed over 46,000 views in almost the same amount of time.

‘Raining Diamonds’ picks up to #34 on the ARIA singles chart this week but fails to secure any more radio support. The runaway smash sunk from #25 to #31 on the Aussie airplay charts (between 1 to 7 December).

Listen to ‘Raining Diamonds (Kreap’s Italo Disco Hammer Mix)’ done by Melbourne producer Kreap:


 
Timomatic‘s ‘Set It Off’ cracks our ARIA Top 50 at #39 this week. The Jason DeRulo-style dance/pop track is also the biggest gainer on our airplay charts (between 1 to 7 December), rising to #35.

Cher Lloyd‘s ‘With Ur Love’ (featuring Mike Posner) finally cracks our ARIA Top 50 at #48 this week. Meanwhile her series mates One Direction‘s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ holds on at #11 and their album Up All Night drops to #10. I wouldn’t have believed it if y’all told me this time last year that we’d have two UK X Factor contestants in our Top 50.

The Potbelleez‘s new single ‘Feed Off Me’ debuts at #42 on our ARIA club charts. Surely this would have to be it from the album, right? Watch the gang’s video for ‘Feed Off Me’:


 
Adele‘s 21 has now been certified 10x platinum sales in Australia, so that’s over 700,000 copies for those counting on fingers and toes. Her first tour DVD Live at The Royal Albert Hall is #1 on our ARIA Music DVD chart for the second week running.

Over in the US, Live At The Royal Albert Hall is now the best-selling music DVD of 2011, cancelling all its competitors after just one week on the shelves. Live At The Royal Albert Hall managed to sell 96,000 copies in the last week, making it the biggest one-week sales for a music DVD in four years. Coming in next best in this year’s music DVD race is AC/DC‘s Live at River Plate (73,000 copies) and Beyoncé‘s I Am… World Tour (63,000 copies).

Beyoncé‘s Live at Roseland debuts at #4 on our ARIA music DVD chart this week. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga‘s The Monster Ball Tour holds tight at #2, Kylie‘s Aphrodite Les Folies – Live in London drops from #3 to #7 and Britney‘s Femme Fatale Tour fizzes from #8 to #21.

Over in the US, Live at Roseland remains at #2 on the DVD charts while Gaga‘s The Monster Ball slides to #3 and Britney‘s Femme Fatale business dips to #5. Kylie‘s Aphrodite Les Folies has interestingly debuted at #17 to be one of the biggest new music DVDs out in the week.

Watch Kylie slaying ‘Cupid Boy’ with her pack of gays – this should’ve been a single:


 
Susan Boyle can probably put in a down payment for a private jet now with her album sales steadily climbing in the Christmas buying period. The new album Someone To Watch Over Me   sits tight at #3 on our ARIA charts while her first album I Dreamed A Dream climbs back up to #52 and The Gift to #83.

Over in the US, Someone To Watch Over Me moves back up to #16 on the Billboard 200 while its predecessor The Gift leaps from #45 to #29.

Amy Winehouse‘s first posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures debuts at #8 in Australia this week. Further down, Back to Black re-enters at #89. Over in the UK, Lioness enters at #1 to become the fourth biggest debut this year, with 194,966 opening week sales. The project’s new single ‘Our Day Will Come’ debuts at #29.

Glee‘s Glee: The Music Volume 7 debuts at #18 in Australia this week, making this their lowest charting compilation yet of the seven. I am, of course, excluding their Christmas albums and other supplementary records. Over in the UK, Volume 7 debuts at a disappointing #58.

Meanwhile in the States, the Glee gang sent five new entries into the Billboard Hot 100 and it reads as such: ‘Perfect’ (originally by Pink) at #57, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ at #59, ‘I Kissed A Girl’ at #66, ‘I’m The Only One’ (originally by Melissa Etheridge) at #86 and ‘Constant Craving’ (originally by k.d. lang) at #89. Glee Cast‘s cover of ‘Perfect’ is the most downloaded new song on the digital charts. Check back next Monday to see where Volume 7 lands on the American album charts.

Check out Glee’s cover of ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger bows out of the ARIA Top 20 after seven weeks. Meanwhile over at the singles bar, ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’ edges up to #41 while ‘Mr Know It All’ plummets to #35.

Elsewhere, Stan Walker‘s Let The Music Play nosedives from #27 to #61 on our ARIA Top 100 in its third week while Sade‘s The Ultimate Collection re-enters at #85 after playing several dates around the country last week.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Marry The Night’ finally bounces back into our ARIA charts at, well, #100 this week. *Snortcackles* Her massively successful Born This Way album also made a move back up from #71 to #53 this week while the remix album slumps to #79.

Over in the US, ‘Marry The Night’ manages a mighty leap from #59 to #32 in its fourth week in the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile her live Christmas EP – A Very Gaga Holiday – tumbles from #52 to #135 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Born This Way: The Remix sinks to #188.

Listen to ‘Marry The Night (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix)’:


 
Rebecca Ferguson‘s Heaven made a formidable debut at #3 on the UK charts with 128,458 first week sales. Amazon has revealed that Rebecca‘s album has garnered more pre-orders than any other contestant from the UK X Factor 2010 cast. Heaven beat advance sales of Matt Cardle‘s Letters by 181%, One Direction‘s Up All Night by 11% and Cher Lloyd‘s Stick + Stones by 571%. Bam! Becca, you better werk.

Beyoncé‘s 4 picks up pace in the UK after ITV aired her amazing pre-recorded special: A Night With Beyoncé, sending the album from #49 to #26 with 24,115 copies sold during the week. Further down, I Am… Sasha Fierce also comes bolting back up at #81.

Looking at the singles bar, Bey‘s euphoric ‘Love On Top’ rises to a new peak of #22 in the UK while ‘Countdown’ ascends to #54 and ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ re-enters at #71.

Watch Bey deliver an emotional rendition of ‘I Care’ and ‘I Miss You’ for A Night with Beyoncé *crying and shaking*:


 
Kelly Rowland‘s Here I Am has thankfully picked up to a new peak of #43 on the UK charts before the end of her X Factor run. The smash single ‘Down For Whatever’ drops to #13 in its third week.

Olly Murs‘ moment of validation is finally here. His new single ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ finally claims the UK #1 slot after being cock blocked by Rihanna and the X Factor charity single in the last two weeks.

Mariah Carey‘s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ makes its annual appearance on the charts, rising to #12 in the UK this week. Further down there are a tonne of other seasonal numbers showing up too. Highlights include: Coldplay‘s ‘Christmas Lights’ entering at #66, Michael Buble‘s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ shooting up to #99 and Kylie‘s old ‘Santa Baby’ debuting at #100.

Meanwhile, I’ve rewatched this like a thousand times in the last 24 hours. That’s Christmas spirit for ya!


 
Michael Buble‘s unbeatable Christmas album clocks its second week on top of the US Billboard 200, with overall sales now passing the 1 million mark. It’s now the seventh album to sell over a million copies in the US this year.

Mary J. Blige‘s My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Editor’s note: what a fucking indulgent album title] slides to #6 in its second week, suffering a 54% sales drop. Meanwhile, Mary‘s new singles move up the US R&B/Hip Hop chart: ’25/8’ rises to #39 and ‘Mr Wrong’ (with Drake) edges to #41.

Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk cops a 66% sales drop in its second week in the US. ‘We Found Love’ may still be the #1 single for six weeks running, but the album has slumped from #3 to #7, registering 68,000 second week sales.

‘We Found Love’ is the first song by any artist to stay at #1 for six or more weeks in both the US and UK since ‘Umbrella’. That’s two massive long-staying chart toppers for RiRi in this century. Could she possibly be the biggest singles artist in the Western world?

Meanwhile, ‘You Da One’ rises to #18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while title track ‘Talk That Talk’ sinks from #31 to #77.

Listen to ‘You Da One (Liam Keegan Remix)’:


 
Robin Thicke‘s Love After War album should start charting on the US Billboard 200 later this week but if it’s any indication of interest, both its singles are steady rising up the R&B/Hip Hop charts: ‘Love After War’ making #20 and ‘Pretty Lil’ Heart’ featuring Lil Wayne at #70.

Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ drops to #7 this week after peaking at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Well, show’s over – I guess. Nothing left to see here. But wait, from what I’ve heard, the song has been discounted to 69 cents on the US iTunes store and if you couple this with the increased radio airplay, things should technically improve for ‘The One That Got Away’ in the coming week. Plus, Katy‘s hosting of Saturday Night Live should generate enough publicity to help this single get back its footing.

Listen to ‘The One That Got Away (R3hab Remix)’:


 
Bruno Mars‘ ‘It Will Rain’ sits at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 but goes on to top the digital charts. The ballad, which was featured on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, is the first song from a movie soundtrack to go #1 on the US digital charts since Taylor Swift‘s ‘Today Was A Fairytale’ (which was launched from the Valentine’s Day soundtrack).

Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s ‘Ni**as in Paris’ leaps to #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after 17 weeks on the charts. Impressively, this is now Jay’s 18th US Top 10 hit. His first appearance was all the way back in 1997 as a feature rapper on Foxy Brown‘s I’ll Be’. Where is she now?

T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen‘s ‘5 O’Clock’ rises to #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making this Lily Allen‘s first ever appearance in the American Top 10. I mean, it’s not like they don’t know who she is over there – her first album Alright, Still managed to go #20 and 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You made #5 on the US Billboard 200.

Watch the music video for ‘5 O’Clock’:


 
Nicki Minaj‘s buzz single ‘Roman in Moscow’ may be a muhfuggin’ hot mess but it’s managed to debut at a decent #64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #84 in the UK. This is the first a few new material we can expect on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – the beefy repackaged edition of her hit album that’s due on 14 Febuary.

Will.i.Am‘s ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ nosedives from #36 to #90 in its second week on the US Billboard Hot 100. Here in Australia, it falls out of the Top 100 altogether after just a week. Bye, bitch.

Check out the big budget music video for ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’:


 
Enrique Iglesias clocks his fourth US #1 Dance/Club play smash from the Euphoria era with ‘I Like How It Feels’ (featuring Pitbull and The WAV.s) ascending to the top. Past club chart toppers include: ‘Dirty Dancer’, ‘Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)’ and ‘I Like It’.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love’ ascends to #4 on the US Dance/Club play chart. This is now mah gurl’s third top five dance smash following ‘Til Death’s placement at #3 and of course, ‘Dirty Talk”s reign at #1.

Deborah Cox is back, bitches, and her new single ‘If It Wasn’t For Love’ is the biggest new entry on the dance/club play charts this week, entering at #27.

Listen to ‘If It Wasn’t For Love (Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda Original Mix)’:


 
Other notable debuts in this neck of the charts include Ultra Nate and Michelle Williams‘ ‘Waiting On You’ (#41). Fuck yeah, Tenitra! Plus, David Guetta and Sia‘s ‘Titanium’ crashing in at #42 while Britney‘s ‘Criminal’ remixes arrive at a lowly #50.

Leak Report: Mary J. Blige feat. Diddy and Lil Wayne ‘Someone To Love Me (Remix)’

Don’t get up. This is not the official new single from Mary J Blige.

Here soul queen MJB offers her own vocal-intensive remix of Diddy Dirty Money‘s ‘Someone To Love Me’ while fans keep waiting for her to complete her tenth studio album.

Everything else is primarily the same bar Mary‘s hook and verse, and of course, the new Lil Wayne rap that throws a reference to her 1994 single ‘My Life’.

It’s not soul food by any stretch – just a little morsel for the urban market to ease the hunger pains until she drops a proper record later this year. Have a listen to the track:

Diddy Ft. Mary J. Blige & Lil Wayne – Someone To Love Me (MJBNAKEDMIX) by DJ Decko

Feed Limmy verdict: Nonchalant snap.

Snap legend
Mighty snap = this is a hit.
Bounce snap = instantly likeable.
Lightbulb snap = you will need a moment to get into this.
Nonchalant snap = need I say more?
No snap = please cease and decease.

Footnotes:

Mary J Blige premiered the above cut on air on New York’s Hot 97 yesterday.

Fellow Aussies, did you know Mary grabbed our gurl Vanessa Amorosi for a special remix of her ‘Each Tear’ track last year? Listen here.

‘Relationship Drama’ Playlist

Fuck it. Why not call this the Maury or Dr Phil playlist?

Everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say, “love is no bed of roses”. It sounds odd but when times get tough in a relationship, I look for Oprah-like wisdom to console me in song.

I need to hear lyrics that validate my feelings and situation.

I need songs that point me to the high road and encourage me to work things out.

Here are some songs that have brought wisdom and comfort to my relationship dramas:

Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
“Anything that’s worth having, sure enough worth fighting for. Quitting’s out of the question, when it gets tough gotta fight some more…”

Jewel – Again & Again
“If you’ll try, I’ll try… there is no giving in, there is no giving up in love.”

Jennifer Hudson – We Gon’ Fight
“I won’t let everything we’ve done in the name of love be nothing…”

Melanie C – Don’t Let Me Go
“Don’t make up the wrong mind. Don’t forget the good times. Let me stay a little longer cause if I’m gone, I can’t make it right…”

Jordin Sparks – Battlefield
“If we can’t surrender, we both gonna lose what we have…”

Natasha Bedingfield – Piece of Your Heart
“Give me a piece of your heart. Not a piece of your mind…”

Beyonce – Satellites
“Satellites. If we don’t communicate, we’ll exist in our own space…”

Jade Macrae – I Wanna Be In Love
“I’m so tired of falling in and out of everything we used to think was our love…”

Shakira – Dreams For Plans
“Can you tell me how it used to be when we really cared? And when love was on our side.”

Gabriella Cilmi – Glue
“We stuck together through things that hurt me in so many ways…”

Mary J. Blige – Roses
“You just want to really push all my buttons. Cause you Mr Right and I’m Mrs Wrong? Well I’m gonna be Mrs Right today. It’s my way or the highway.”

Michelle Williams – The Way of Love
“I learned the way of love… if you see it in your lifetime, learn to stay in love.”

Also on the ‘Relationship Drama’ playlist:

Cheryl Cole – Make Me Cry
Cheryl Cole – Rain On Me
Mary J. Blige – Come To Me (Peace)
Mary J. Blige – If You Love Me
Mary J. Blige – Fade Away
Mary J. Blige – Talk To me
Delta Goodrem – Woman
Guy Sebastian – Art of Love
Annie – No Easy Love
Sugababes – Bruised
Gwen Stefani – Danger Zone
Melanie C – Forever Again
Jill Scott – Talk To Me
Whitney Houston – Worth It
Jennifer Lopez – Wrong When You’re Gone
Jennifer Lopez – Stay Together

Bargain Bin Classic: “Growing Pains”

Mary J. Blige is my relationship counsellor.

Whenever I be going through some dramas, I put on the Growing Pains album and I hear what Mama Blige has to say about the ups and downs of relationships.

‘If You Love Me’ talks about staying love: “You got to remember the way you got me. ‘Cause that’s the way you’ll remember the way to keep me.”

‘Hurt Again’ speaks about emotional barriers and why we push away the ones we love the most: “I can’t never ever let you see me this way, so I take all my feelings and I tuck ’em away.”

Ultimately, it is the themes of vulnerability and strength I hear in Growing Pains that wins me over.

Where No More Drama was about the struggles, Growing Pains is about accepting the struggles and imperfections that comes with being human.

Sonically, this record is probably the most cohesive Mary J. Blige album I’ve heard to date – thanks to the combined efforts of A-list R&B producers: Tricky Stewart, Stargate, Jazze Pha and Bryan Michael-Cox.

Although Blige must’ve been spewing now for rejecting ‘Umbrella’, she’s found her match in ‘Come To Me (Peace)’.

Growing Pains (2007)
Reported sales: over 1.6 million in US
Key tracks: ‘Come To Me (Peace)’, ‘What Love Is’, ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Just Fine’.

‘Miss You’ Playlist

The boyfriend is jetting off for another overseas trip tomorrow and once again, I’m left behind with nothing but my ‘Miss You’ playlist on loop.

I distinctly remember not coping very well the last time he flew out. Every thought I had drew me back to a stark consciousness that he was millions of miles away from me in a whole different time zone. I dissolved to tears when I watched Wall.E hold the she-robot’s hand… and Michelle Williams‘ ‘The Greatest’ just made me want to board a plane to be with him. Gurl, get a grip!

This time, we’ll only be apart for two weeks – so I’ll get by! But in my moments of weakness, I’ll have this playlist to complement the blues. The ‘Miss You’ playlist is built on songs with lyrics about missing a loved one, whether you’re separated or just doing the long distance thing. There are 91 tracks on the list and here are some of my favourites:

Shaznay Lewis – You
“Every love song, every bright smile reminds me of you…”

Brandy – Long Distance
“I wish that you were here with me… this long distance is killing me.”

Natalie Imbruglia – Counting Down The Days
“You were right. I don’t wanna be here, if you’re gonna be there…”

Madonna – Miles Away
“You always love me more, miles away…”

Girls Aloud – Singapore
“I’m watching daytime TV, just wishing you were with me.”

Toni Braxton – I Hate Love
“It sounds so selfish. But I can’t help but think that if you knew how much I needed you, you’d stay…”

The Feeling – Without You
“Tell me what I’ve always known. Life is love and love is home. Wonder if they miss me in London…”

Mary J. Blige – Be Without You
“I’ll be waiting up until you get home. Cause I can’t sleep without you baby…”

Ricki-Lee – Alone No More
“Do you wonder what I’m doing when I’m not with you? And do you need me like the way I need you too?”

Shontelle – T-Shirt
“Trying to decide if I really want to go out tonight. I never used to go out without you. Not sure if I remember how to.”

Rachel Stevens – Nothing Good About This Goodbye
“Tell me will you miss me, when I’m in your history…”

Vitamin C – Unhappy Anniversary
“I drink of, and think of a toast to lonely hours. To get through without you is so hard today…”

Also on the ‘Miss You’ playlist:
Annie – Songs Remind Me of You
Gwen Stefani – Wonderful Life
Janet Jackson – Greatest X
Cher – Music’s No Good Without You
Dashboard Confessional – Hands Down
Mariah Carey – Bye Bye
Spice Girls – Viva Forever
Spice Girls – Goodbye
Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone
Delta Goodrem – Take Me Home
Cosima – One Night Without You
The Carpenters – Yesterday Once More
Vitamin C – Friends Forever (Graduation)
Jewel – You Were Meant For Me
Jewel – Everything Reminds Me of You
Black Eyed Peas – Missing You
The Gossip – Love Long Distance
Alicia Keys – Distance and Time

Chart Feed – 04.01.09

Voila! The first Chart Feed of the year and I hope you brought your appetite. This here regular Monday report on the weekly music charts is where I’ll be serving up my observations on the new entries, my favourite artists and, the hits and misses from the US, UK and Australia.

If you fancy some leftover Chart fodder, here‘s our inventory for Show & Tell.

Mary J. Blige scored herself a #2 debut on the US album charts this week. Stronger With Each Tear reportedly sold over 330,000 copies and that don’t mean shit to SuBo cause she’s still top of the charts. This time last week we saw Alicia Keys‘ new album selling almost 100,000 more copies but debuting in the same position. It seems that R&B heavyweights or not, no one and I mean, no one is dislodging SuBo any time soon. Not even the queen of hip hop and soul herself.

We’re experiencing a Lady Gaga reign on the UK charts with ‘Bad Romance’ finally reaching the #1 spot this week. Now this is what separates a winning single from a hype-driven single. A couple of weeks ago, Gaga didn’t stand a chance approaching the top spot with the Rage Against The Machine vs. X Factor drama going on. Give it the test of time and we’ve seen Rage Against The Machine drop from #2 last week to #40, and Joe McElderry sliding from the top of the charts to #2 this week. Meanwhile, Gaga’s year-old singles are all still in the Top 75: ‘Poker Face’ is at #32 this week and ‘Just Dance’ at #57.

A new year and we have a new #1 single in Australia. Owl City‘s ‘Fireflies’ has finally knocked Ke$ha‘s ‘TiK ToK’ off the top spot after an amazing eight week reign. It’s almost like they’ve switched places – when ‘TiK ToK’ was reigning high on our Australian charts, ‘Fireflies’ made #1 in the US. But now, we’ve got Ke$ha climbing up to #1 in the US and Owl City taking her Australian crown here. It must’ve been a quiet week with all the usual suspect ‘Singles of The Year’ showing up on the charts – Beyonce, Pink, Flo Rida and Lady Gaga all saw their biggest hits re-enter our Aussie Top 50.

FEED LIMMY’S TOP 20 MOST PLAYED:

#1 Emma Bunton – Maybe
#2 Geri Halliwell – Love Never Loved Me
#3 Kim Zolciak – Tardy For The Party
#4 Sugababes – Wear My Kiss (Original Version)
#5 RuPaul – Tranny Chaser
#6 Girls Aloud – Girl Overboard
#7 Cheryl Cole – Rain On Me
#8 Natalie Imbruglia – Lukas
#9 Cheryl Cole – Parachute
#10 Utada – Dirty Desire
#11 Richard X – Being Nobody (vs. Liberty X)
#12 Alicia Keys – Put It In A Love Song (feat. Beyonce)
#13 RuPaul – Jealous of My Boogie (RuRu & Rozy Disco Mix)
#14 Rachel Stevens – Some Girls
#15 Pussycat Dolls – I’m Done
#16 Erik Hassle – Wanna Be Loved
#17 Kylie Minogue – Secrets (Take You Home)
#18 Emma Bunton – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
#19 RuPaul – LadyBoy
#20 Shakira – Long Time