Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Album Releases - March

February was a dull month for new album releases, March promises to be more exciting delivering a selection of key releases.


Britney Spears - Femme Fatale (March 28). Following the success of 2008's comeback album Circus, pop singer Britney Spears deliverers its much-awaited follow-up, Femme Fatale, her seventh album. It's already landed the singer a fourth #1 with its lead single "Hold it Against Me." The album features executive producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke, who also worked on Circus and a host of other producing talents such as Bloodshy & Avant, Danja, and Stargate.

Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby (March 6). Max Martin also takes the prominent producer position on Canadian pop/rock singer Avril Lavigne's fourth album Goodbye Lullaby. Martin produces 4 of the 13 tracks, including the albums radio-friendly lead single "What the Hell," which became a 7th top 20 hit for the singer, but didn't quite re-capture the success of "Girlfriend," from 2007's The Best Damn Thing. Other producers on the album include Lavigne herself, Deryck Whibley and Butch Walker.

The Strokes - Angles (March 22). American rock band The Strokes release their fourth album Angles. It's their first release since 2006's First Impressions on Earth, which landed the band their first top 5 hit in the UK with "Heart in a Cage." New single "Under Cover of Darkness" already re-captures that '70s influenced new wave rock that their legendary debut Is This It was vigorously applauded for.

March 6/13

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne. American rapping heavy-weights Kanye West and Jay-Z team up for their first collaborative effort, Watch the Throne, which features foul-mouthed lead single "H.A.M." This is the third time Jay-Z has released a collaborative album with a big American act. He's done it twice before with R&B singer R. Kelly, The Best of Both Worlds and Unfinished Business, and with rock band Linkin Park, Collision Course, which spawned the successful single "Numb/Encore."

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers. This is the American rappers third album and features production from The Neptunes and guest appearances from R&B singers Trey Songz and John Legend and newcomer Skylar Grey. It features new single "Words I Never Said."

R.E.M. - Collapse into Now. I'm kind of surprised there hasn't been more of a fuss made about the forthcoming fifteenth album release from American alternative rock band R.E.M. It's the follow up to 2008's Accelerate which met with critical acclaim, although didn't land any hits.

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys! This is English indie rock band Eblow's fifth album. It follows the bands critically acclaimed last album The Seldom Seen Kid, which also landed the top 20 hit "Grounds for Divorce." Lead single "Neat Little Rows" is out today.

Noah and the Whale - Last Night on Earth. English indie/folk band's third album. Lead single "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." landed the band their second top 40 hit last month.

The Vaccines - What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? British indie rock group The Vaccines, who placed third in the BBCs Sounds of 2011 poll, ready their debut album--and although it wasn't a stellar hit, the album has spawned the bands first top 40 single "Post Break-Up Sex," which I've been enjoying a lot... the song that is.

March 20

All Time Low - Dirty Work. American pop/punk band All Time Low ready their fourth full-length album, although the release date is tentative.

Yellowcard - When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes. American rock band Yellowcard's seventh album.

Chris Brown - F.A.M.E. Fourth album.

March 29

Jennifer Lopez - Love? Another tentative date. It's been almost 2 years in the waiting but pop singer Jennifer Lopez is finally ready to release her seventh album, Love? which is already looking to land her, her biggest hit in years with "On the Floor." American Idol does wonders, doesn't it?

Jennifer Hudson - I Remember Me. American R&B singer Jennifer Hudson preps her second album, I Remember Me. I wish I was more excited about this, I really did like her self-titled debut. Lead single "Where You At" was released earlier this month.

Whiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers. Debut album from American rapper Whiz Khalifa features 1st chart topper "Black and Yellow."

Panic! At the Disco - Vices & Virtues. American rock band Panic! At the Disco's third album. Features lead single "The Ballad of Mona Lisa."

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jennifer Lopez "On the Floor"

It's been 7 years since American pop singer Jennifer Lopez had her last proper hit, but it looks like things may turning around for the singer. Her new single "On the Floor" featuring Pitbull is currently at #2 on iTunes--which I'm sure is her highest-reaching single on there ever. Check out the song below:

Jessie J "Nobody's Perfect"

It's a second week at #1 for Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" atop the Hot 100, which becomes the first #1-debuting single to sepnd a second week at #1 since Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)." And that's about as much interest in this week's chart. So instead of reporting on that, here's a little more on who's #1 on my chart this week, Jessie J, and what I think is her forthcoming new single "Nobody's Perfect," a cool beat-heavy pop number with prominent drum-backing. Great vocal too. I'm looking forward to her debut album Who You Are out next week.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Personal Airplay, February 24, 2011

TW LW Title - Artist
1.... (3).... Price Tag - Jessie J feat. B.o.B. (1 week @ #1)
2.... (2).... Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears (1 wk @ 1#)
3.... (6).... Born this Way - Lady Gaga
4.... (5).... S&M - Rihanna
5.... (1).... Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk (2 wks @ #1)
6.... (4).... Post Break-Up Sex - The Vaccines
7... (28)... Someone Like You - Adele
8.... (8).... Rolling in the Deep - Adele
9... (15)... Rocketeer - Far East Movement feat. Ryan Teddar
10.. (11).. More - Usher

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Album Review: Radiohead - The King of Limbs (4/5)

Often cited as one of the most influential and consistent bands of their generation, English rock band Radiohead release their eighth album, The King of Limbs, an extension of their highly-regarded moody, electronic coated, atmospheric musical experimentation, which all began with 2000 and 2001's fan-dividing Kid A and Amnesiac, which saw the band indulge into more experimental and unconventional approaches to rock, channelling heavy electronic, eccentric and outlandish influences. However reigning in the atypical was In Rainbows, their last album which saw the band take Kid A's experimentalism and The Bends' songcraft to assemble a could be described as a sonically aspiring set.

The King of Limbs, like many of their previous records takes a few spins before it settles in and comparing it to albums before; Its ambient, electronic-flourished take on rock definitely re-calls that of Kid A but maybe not as extreme and injecting a slightly more human edge. It's not as varied as In Rainbows nor does it showcase the enchanting but disquieting unfamiliarity of Amnesiac. It sounds like a neither here or there, mild mix electronic-assisted atmospheric compositions. But a disappointment? This is not.

At only 37 minutes long, it's an appropriately sturdy set. I love the layered musical progression that kicks off opening track “Bloom,” beginning with monopolizing piano keys that dissolve into the oncoming barrage of heavy afro-centric drum beats and soft electronic bass and pulsing. Ghost-like vocal harmonising in the background and piercing strings brew up the haunt for the song's instrumentally climatic second-half to which is played out with reserved guitar chords.

“Morning Mr Magpie” is quite restraint in its production—fiddling electronic guitar chords in the foreground, while the prominent hi-hats stapled to the backdrop—harrowing soundscapes emerge in its middle-section, however I can't help but expect an abrupt change in sound, “2+2=5” style. “Little By Little” is instant, introducing its array of instrumentation straight away—prominent drum lines, tongue-clicking effects with guitaric and harmonic undertones. Thom Yorke's vocal is distinctively high-pitched, which serves the song well.

They beats get heavier on “Feral” with bursts of soundscapes that match the haunting inaudible processed and reversed vocal that accompanies. It's a bit like “Kid A” but not as provoking and a little underwhelming similarly the hypnotic lead single “Lotus Flower” weighs in pretty hard on the beats too, but it's better, utilizing Yorke's more distinct vocal.

My favourite track on the album and a clear highlight is “Codex,” a gorgeous piano-laced ballad, stripped of the atmospherics and electronic beats to an emotive blend of piano and vocal. It's bird-chirping play-out merges into “Give Up the Ghost,” another striking ambient ballad—subtle acoustic guitar and raw echoic vocal with haunting undertones. It reminds me of “How to Disappear Completely.”

Closing the album is the downbeat “Separator,” which brings back the subtle beats and the hush-hush layer of soundscape, which progressively gets more spacey and discernible towards the end. I wish I could have provided a deeper insight into their lyrics, but I'll be the first to admit, along with most of their songs, I have no idea what they're talking about.

The King of Limbs, is a fine album—capitalizing on solidarity and confident compositions. If anything, this album has left me a little baffled. Within the world of the different sounds Radiohead have capitalized on—from conventional rock, avant-guard electronic-studded experimentalism and the blending of the two, I'm not sure where it fits. Although it slightly re-calls it, it's not the outlandish experimental electronic/rock of Kid A or Amnesiac, nor does it exhibit the striking, emotion-provoking warp of In Rainbows, it's definitely not the conventional rock of The Bends and it's not necessarily a new sound either. But then you could argue who cares if this is not a soul-searching, ground-breaking piece drenched with depth—haven't they done that a hundred times before? Can't this just a be a decent Radiohead album with a handful of decent tracks? Which is exactly what this is.

Best: Codex, Give Up the Ghost, Bloom, Morning Mr Magpie, Lotus Flower

Critics Weigh in On 'Limbs'

The reviews are in for the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs, released digitally yesterday. Here's what the critics had to say:

The Telegraph called the album "reliably unorthodox," describing the album as a "new sonic adventure for the restless Oxford quintet," applauding its "North African and Jazz" influences. Oddly, they don't single out any tracks and shy away from determining a positive or negative verdict.

The Guardian seem rather on the fence too. They note how Radiohead "have settled into a sound" which "teeters on the brink of self-parody." However, the single out and applaud a track called "Codex" saying "you don't have to be a diehard fan to see (it's) worth."

reminds us that "they've never been a fan for the people" and call the album "a remarkably neat-and-tidy package."

Reading through a lot reviews, I'm not seeing a strong indication to weather if this is a good record overall. Personally, I think it's pretty good, I don't love it though... not yet anyway. My review will be up soon.

Here's a quick ranking of their albums:

1. The Bends (5/5)
2. Ok Computer (5/5)
3. Kid A (4.5/5)
4. Amnesiac (4/5)
5. In Rainbows (4/5)
6. Hail to the Thief (4/5)
7. Pablo Honey (3.5/5)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Radiohead "Lotus Flower"

Check out "Lotus Flower" the first single lifted from the upcoming eighth Radiohead album The King of Limbs, out tommorow. What do you think? It's pretty downbeat, mellow and a little strange, more in the same vein as some of the songs on 2001s Kid A. The video's pretty crazy too, see below:

Britney Spears "Hold it Against Me" video

Check out the video for Britney's latest single "Hold it Against Me." A little soft on the choreography, but a great watch nonetheless. I love that fight scene during the breakdown.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, February 26, 2010

1. Born this Way - Lady Gaga (1,000th #1)

Pop singer Lady Gaga's new single "Born this Way" becomes the nineteenth to debut atop the Hot 100, as well also achieving an even bigger feat; becoming the Hot 100's 1,000th #1 single breaking a whole lot of records along the way. The single sold nearly 450k in its three day of release, besting Britney Spears' record of 411k with her latest single "Hold it Against Me." Over on the radio, the single garnered up more than 1,838 spins in its first day, also shattering Spears' record of 619. It debuts on the Radio Songs tally at #6 this week, beating Janet Jackson's #9 with 2001's "All for You." This is her third #1 single. She's on the right track, baby!

7. Fuck You! - Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You!" climbs 9 spots up to #7 this week off the back of his recent Grammys performance with Gweneth Paltrow, earning itself a new peak 25 weeks after its release.

8. S&M - Rihanna

Barbadian singer Rihanna scores her 15th top 10 and her 3rd from Loud with "S&M." It soars 23 spots up to #8 this week. Is this an effect of its video? Because she didn't perform this at the Grammys. She's earns this weeks digital gainer honour for the second week in a row, selling 145k this week.

9. The Time (The Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas

American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas' performance of "The Time" at last weeks Superbowl Half Time helps it re-bound back into the top 10, climbing 10 spots up to #9.

11. What the Hell - Avril Lavigne

Pop/rock singer Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell" returns to its peak position, rising 12 notches back up to #11. What does the top 10 have against her?

18. Hit the Lights - Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne
19. Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj feat. Drake

I haven't heard much about British singer Jay Sean's new single "Hit the Lights" featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, but it seems the Americans are loving it. The single debuts at #18 this week, becoming his third top 20 hit--I also believe it's his first to debut inside the top 20. Fellow Cash Money label mate Nicki Minaj earns her 2nd top 20 with "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake which climbs 3 spots to #19.

23. I Do - Colbie Caillat

American singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat's new single "I Do" debuts at #23, it's her third top 40 single and her highest debut thus far.

25. Never Say Never - Justin Bieber

The release of Justin Bieber's new movie Never Say Never which seems to be the talk of every entertainment news blog, news spot etc. seems to have helped its accompanying single of the same name featuring Will Smith's son Jaden Smith rocket into the top 40, climbing 24 spots up to # 25--of course their Grammy performance helped too.

34. Firework - Glee
38. Thriller/Heads will Roll - Glee

As uninteresting as a Glee debut at #34 and #38 is, this week the show makes history as it surpasses the King of Rock'n'Roll Elvis Presley's record of the act with the most charted songs on the Hot 100, placing 113 songs on the chart, outing Presley's 108.

Personal Airplay, February 17, 2010

TW LW Title - Artist
1.... (1).... Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk (2 weeks @ #1)
2.... (2).... Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears (1 wk @ #1)
3.... (3).... Price Tag - Jessie J feat. B.o.B.
4.... (5).... Post Break-Up Sex - The Vaccines
5... (13)... S&M - Rihanna
6 NEW> Born this Way - Lady Gaga
7.... (4).... Coming Home - Diddy - Dirty Money
8.... (6).... Rolling in the Deep - Adele
9... (10)... Blind Faith - Chase & Faith (feat. Liam Bailey)
10... (7)... Higher - Taio Cruz (feat. Kylie Minogue)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Radiohead 'The King of Limbs'

February just got interesting! English alternative rock band Radiohead announce they will be releasing their eighth studio album The King of Limbs this week, February 19. They're really secretive about their album releases, I don't remember there being any major press surrounding the last record In Rainbows either. You can pre-order the album on their website now.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Arcade Fire win Album of the Year

Much to everyone's surprise, particularly Lady Gaga's, Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire won last night's biggest prize at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards--their third album The Suburbs, won the award for Album of the Year, beating out hot competition from Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster and Eminem's Recovery. A big congrats is in order! Click here to read my review, I wasn't too enthusiastic about the record, but I do like it a lot now.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Guardian Lauds Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke's tour--which saw the X Factor winner returning to her hometown, London, after weeks of hitting major cities up and down the country--received a nice write-up in the The Guardian this week. Caroline Sullivan states, "There is a reason winners of The X Factor rarely go on the road after the obligatory X Factor Live tour: few can hold an audience's attention for longer than the length of an earnest ballad," and continues "Burke is the exception." About the tour, Sullivan says its, "solidly entertaining. Burke is an uplifting character voice with big, catchy songs, and sometimes nothing else is required." Sounds like an awesome show.

Singles Reviews

Someone Like You - Adele (4.5/5)
Feel Good - Modestep (4/5)
The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (3.5/5)
Space Bound - Eminem (3.5/5)
Born This Way - Lady Gaga (3/5)

Read reviews after the jump:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, 19 February, 2011

1. Black and Yellow - Whiz Khalifa

American rapper Whiz Khalifa scores his first chart topper with "Black and Yellow," the lead single from his forthcoming major label debut Rolling Papers. Khalifa has released two albums and one single prior, "Say Yeah" which wasn't included on either album and peaked at #19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100. This is the first hip-hop song to top the Hot 100 since Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna (depending on whether you would dub Far East Movement's "Like a G6" hip-hop or not).

3. Firework - Katy Perry

Pop singer Katy Perry's "Firework" stays put at #3 this week, however where Perry's achievement lies this week is on the Radio Songs tally, on which "Firework" ascends 2-1, making Perry the third solo female artist after Mariah Carey and Rihanna to score 3 consecutive #1's. She previous topped the chart with "Teenage Dream" and "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg.

5. I Need a Doctor - Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey

American rapper Dr. Dre makes his return to the Hot 100 with his new single "I Need a Doctor" featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey, the lead single from his upcoming third studio album Detox, which crashes into the chart at #5. It's the rapper's highest charting single since his second single "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" featuring a then-known-as Snoop Doggy Dogg peaked at #2, in January 1993 and it's also his fourth top 10 overall. This is Eminem's fourteenth and Skylar Grey's second.

11. Look at Me Now - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

Just missing out on the top 10 is R&B singer Chris Brown who debuts at #11 with "Look at Me Now" featuring American rappers Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, the second single released from his upcoming fourth album F.A.M.E. It's his seventeenth top 20, including features.

16. Fuck You - Cee Lo Green

This week's airplay gainer honor goes to Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" which climbs 2 spots up to #16 this week.

22. Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake

An exciting week for American female rapper Nicki Minaj. Her latest single "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake, climbs 5 spots up to #22, scoring her second highest chart single so far, behind "Your Love" which peaked at #14 last year--the single also tops the Rap Songs tally; her second single to do so also making her the first female rapper to achieve 2 rap #1's from 1 album as well as the first to do it simultaneously, as her debut album Pink Friday ascends to #1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, in it's 11th week of release. The only album to take longer to reach #1 on that chart is Ray Charles's Genius Loves Company which topped the chart in its 25th week, following its AOTY win at the Grammys.

31. S&M - Rihanna

This controversy surrounding the new Rihanna video for her latest single "S&M" seems to have benefited the Barbadian singer a lot, as this week the single storms up 35 spots up to #31, scoring her 17th top 40 single as well as earning this weeks digital gainer honor.

Personal Airplay, 10 February, 2011

TW (LW) Title - Artist
1.... (9).... Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk (1 week @ #1)
2.... (1).... Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears (1 wk @ #1)
3... (11)... Price Tag - Jessie J
4.... (2).... Coming Home - Diddy - Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey
5... (10)... Post Break-Up Sex - The Vaccines
6.... (3).... Rolling in the Deep - Adele
7... (13)... Higher - Taio Cruz feat. Kylie Minogue
8.... (4).... What's My Name? - Rihanna feat. Drake (6 wks @ #1)
9.... (5).... What the Hell - Avril Lavinge
10.. (15).. Blind Faith - Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey

P!nk discography after the jump:

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Listen to New Strokes Single Now

The new Strokes single, "Under Cover of Darkness" is out. The band is offering the single as a free download on their website for 48 hours.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Album Review: Amos Lee - Mission Bell (4/5)

Mission Bell, the fourth album from American singer-songwriter Amos Lee, is an album I saw myself getting into quite a bit after listening to and loving his 2001 self-titled début—an acoustic-driven album that perfectly embodied soul, soft-rock with pop shadowed melodies. This album on the other-hand swaps sweet soul for a more contemplative, rootsy folkish sound with a darker bearing. I considered giving it a miss but it's gotten quite good reviews and it's selling well (it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200).

“El Camino” quickly establishes the albums folksy, bluegrass mainframe—soft acoustic guitar strings, attenuate piano keys and percussion—but there's still a subtle bluesy undertone although nothing as barefaced as his début. There's a reprise featuring country legend Willie Nelson tagged onto the end of the album with a more restraint production; stripped down to just an acoustic guitar. It's followed by “Windows Are Rolled Down,” which is one of the albums more stronger tracks—Lee's distinctive, bold raspy vocal serving the song well; complimenting its fuller musical arrangement—drums, galloping guitar strings with a layer of muffled guitaric undertones.

“Violin” swoons with sweet melodies, driven by lenient guitars and drums—it's a very light arrangement which is countered by its dark lyrics (“I've been headed for a breakdown, every time I leave my house”). “Flower” clocks in a lot of illusive melody too—but with more soulful overtones. Shedding some vulnerability is “Stay with Me,” a tender slice of soulful balladry; distinctive drums, piano chords and delicate guitar patterns perfectly matched with his effervescent vocal exploring a layer of emotional depth.

Guitar-fiddling “Out of the Cold” is the most mellow number on here. Very restraint and tame, reigning in the guitar strings a little, whereas “Jesus” explores a more feisty sound with its layered throwback Western influenced production. There's some jaunty handclaps thrown in there too, beneath its rootsy country/rock tinged composition. “Cup of Sorrow” stems from the same country-tinged vein too.

The last couple tracks are pretty good too. There's more swooning melodic Western-influenced soft-rock with “Hello Again,” followed by some luscious piano-laced balladry with “Learned a Lot” and the heart-on-the-sleeve “Clear Blue Eyes” featuring American country singer Lucinda Williams. Before the “El Camino” reprise with Willie Nelson, the last track is “Behind Me Now” a haunting but plodding guitar and piano driven number.

Mission Bell showcases a lot of growth from Amos Lee's soulful debut—exploring more rootsy, country influenced sounds. The feeling here is more serious and contemplative, although I do miss the light-hearted ambiance of his début. He's released two albums since then that I haven't listened to so I'm not quite sure if this sound is just an extension of those but in all it's a more than decent set.

Best: Windows Are Rolled Down, Stay with Me, El Camino, Flower, Jesus

Previewing Chase & Status 'No More Idols'

Surprisingly, I've really gotten into the second album, No More Idols, from British electronic duo Chase & Status. It's a very exhilarating album--built around pounding electronic-studded productions, heavy-beats with strong dub-step and hip-hop influences. I'm liking the new single "Blind Faith" featuring British singer Liam Bailey and "End Credits" with Plan B; which I've liked for awhile--I heard it in the movie Harry Brown featuring Michael Caine. Review should be up sometime in the next few weeks.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Strokes "Under Cover of Darkness" Preview

Here's a short preview of the new Strokes single, "Under Cover of Darkness." Sounds promising; still working that classic pop/punk revival, new-wave influenced rock sound. I can't wait for the album, Angles, out next month.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, 12 February, 2011

1. Grenade - Bruno Mars

It's a fourth week atop the chart for R&B crooner Bruno Mars' "Grenade," however it's his first consecutive week at the pinnacle following two non-consecutive weeks of being bumped to #2. "Grenade" is also the first male single to clock in 4 weeks at #1 since Mars' own "Just the Way You Are" October last year.

2. Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk
(11. Raise Your Glass - P!nk)

The release of the accompanying video to P!nk's new single "Fuckin' Perfect" caused the song to occupy the #1 spot on iTunes all of last week, which inevitably headed it's surge into the top 3 this week, climbing 9 spots up to #2 scoring her third top 3 single--that's quite extraordinary, actually--she didn't score a top 3 hit until 8 years into her career, when she landed her first chart topper with "So What" in 2008. As "Perfect" surges into the top 10, P!nk's former #1 "Raise Your Glass" drops out of the top 10, dropping 3 spots to #11, where "Perfect" was last week.

7. Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor) - Pitbull feat. T-Pain

Pitbull's "Hey Baby" climbs 3 spots up to #7 this week, out-peaking his last top 10 hit "Hotel Room Service," which peaked at #8.

8. Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears

Britney Spears' "Hold it Against Me" dips further down the top 10, down to #8 this week, however while digital sales seem to be tailing off (it sold around 113k this week) it's airplay is gaining greatly, now nearly in the top 5 on Top 40 Radio and in the top 10 on the Hot 100 airplay tally. I expect this to rise soon though, the video is due next week.

9. Rocketeer - Far East Movement

Aisan/American electro-hop quartet Far East Movement score their second top 10 with "Rocketeer." While, personally, I'm that into it--I'm confident it's a very strong contender for #1 (or at least #2) in the on coming weeks.

18. Back to December - Taylor Swift

Back in the top 20 is pop/country singer Taylor Swift's "Back to December." I'm not sure what's going with this single, ever since it's debut at #6 last year, it's been hovering around the #40 - #20 range--possibly this is what happens when you have abnormal album sales in today's sales climate.

27. Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj feat. Drake

Rapper Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life" climbs 10 spots up to #27. A 2nd solo top 20 hit on her hands? Possibly.

38. Marry Me - Train

Pop/rock band Train score their 6th top 40 single with "Marry Me."

Personal Airplay, 3 February, 2011

TW (LW) Title - Artist
1.... (2).... Hold it Against Me - Britney Spears (1 week @ #1)
2.... (7).... Coming Home - Diddy - Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey
3.... (4).... Rolling in the Deep - Adele
4.... (1).... What's My Name - Rihanna feat. Drake (6 wks @ #1)
5.... (9).... What the Hell - Avril Lavinge
6.... (5).... Grenade - Bruno Mars
7.... (3).... It's Ok - Cee Lo Green
8.... (6).... Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj feat. Drake
9... (15)... Fuckin' Perfect - P!nk
10.. (18).. Post Break-Up Sex - The Vaccines

Britney Spears Discography after the jump and click on the 'Personal Chart' tab for commentary.