Archive for January, 2011

Britney Spears single premieres online

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Britney Spears 'Hold It Against Me'

Britney Spears’s new single has premiered online a day earlier than scheduled.

The singer, whose new track is called ‘Hold It Against Me’, announced last week that the full track would be unveiled across radio stations on Tuesday January 11, after a demo of the song leaked on the internet.

The song has since premiered online in full on music website Sound Cloud.

Lyrics to the song include: “If I said my heart was beating loud/ If we could escape the crowd somehow/ If I said I want your body now/ Would you hold it against me?”


Rihanna claims fifth UK No. 1 single

Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Rihanna 'What's My Name?'

Rihanna has notched up the fifth UK number one single of her career with ‘What’s My Name?’

The Barbadian singer has become the first female artist in history to achieve five number ones in consecutive years, starting with mammoth hit ‘Umbrella’ in 2007. The only other performer to have achieved this feat is the legendary Elvis Presley, who scored a number one in every year from 1959 to 1963.

Rihanna’s success means that Matt Cardle dips to the runner-up spot this week with ‘When We Collide’, having successfully managed to hold his X Factor duet partner from the top of the chart for the last three weeks.

Katy B and Miss Dynamite yo-yo back from last week’s 11 to their original position of four with ‘Lights On’, while Jessie J celebrates being named as the BBC’s Sound Of 2011 by seeing her track ‘Do It Like A Dude’ rocket into the top ten for the first time, landing at five from 18.

Meanwhile, Rihanna continues her chart dominance as previous number one ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ and her David Guetta collaboration ‘Who’s That Chick?’ hold steady at the back end of the top ten.

Looking beyond the upper section of the chart, Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’ and Take That’s ‘The Flood’ slip out of the top ten after losing four and seven places respectively to finish at 13 and 14.

The depths of the top 20, however, are this week home to three climbers in the form of ‘The Flood’ by Cheryl Cole, which is up 12 to 18, ‘Raise Your Glass’ by Pink, which rises from 21 to 19, and Alexis Jordan’s ‘Happiness’, up four places to 20.

The top ten in full:
1. (2) Rihanna ft. Drake: ‘What’s My Name?’
2. (1) Matt Cardle: ‘When We Collide’
3. (3) Black Eyed Peas: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’
4. (11) Katy B ft. Miss Dynamite: ‘Lights On’
5. (18) Jessie J: ‘Do It Like A Dude’
6. (4) Ellie Goulding: ‘Your Song’
7. (5) Katy Perry: ‘Firework’
8. (8) Far East Movement: ‘Like A G6’
9. (6) Rihanna: ‘Only Girl (In The World)’
10. (13) David Guetta ft. Rihanna: ‘Who’s That Chick?’

Source: Official Charts Company

Spears manager vows “spectacular” video

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Britney Spears

Britney Spears’ manager has revealed that her upcoming music video will be “spectacular”.

The star’s manager Adam Leber admitted that they are yet to film the promo clip for new track ‘Hold It Against Me’, but insisted that it will be memorable

In an interview with TV and radio presenter Ryan Seacrest, Leber said that the video is “well under way” and that the plans are “nothing short of spectacular,” adding that Spears has been rehearsing the clip’s choreography for the last month.

He further revealed that the pop singer is due to film the promo in two weeks’ time.


‘Gulliver’s Travels’ storms UK box office

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels has topped the UK box office over the New Year weekend.

The Jack Black-led version of Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel pulls in more than £7 million to debut in first place over the holiday period. The Gulliver’s total is more than double that of its nearest rival, last week’s number one Little Fockers.

Debuting at number three is Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway’s romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs with £1.6 million. Close behind with £1.3 million is new release The Way Back, director Peter Weir’s first film since 2003’s Master And Commander.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader falls three places from last week and lands at number five.

Elsewhere, Tron: Legacy, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Megamind and The Tourist experience a surge in business – more than doubling their takings from last week’s quiet Christmas weekend – but each still tumbles down the chart three places.

Animation Animals United completes the top ten.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Gulliver’s Travels – £7,028,747
2. (1) Little Fockers – £2,614,802
3. (-) Love & Other Drugs – £1,606,253
4. (-) The Way Back – £1,327,650
5. (2) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader – £1,207,264
6. (3) Tron: Legacy – £1,059,569
7. (4) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – £1,040,826
8. (6) Megamind – £612,327
9. (7) The Tourist – £396,758
10. (8) Animals United – £243,442

Rihanna on course for 5th UK number one

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Rihanna 'What's My Name?'

Rihanna is on course to top the singles chart this Sunday with ‘What’s My Name?’.

The track, which began its chart ascent seven weeks ago, will mark the singer’s fifth UK number one song if it retains its lead until Sunday’s official announcement.

The Bajan star’s previous number ones are ‘Umbrella’, ‘Take A Bow’, ‘Run This Town’ with Jay-Z and Kanye West, and her last effort, ‘Only Girl (In The World)’.

Elsewhere on the chart, drum ‘n’ bass duo Nero currently stand at 16 with ‘Me And You’, while Cee Lo Green’s ‘It’s OK’ enters at 26.


Pete Postlethwaite dies aged 64

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Pete Postlethwaite

Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite has died at the age of 64, a spokesperson has confirmed.

Andrew Richardson, a journalist and close friend, stated that the screen star passed away at a hospital near his home in Shropshire following a long battle with cancer.

Postlethwaite received an Academy Award nod in 1994 for his work on IRA biography In The Name Of The Father and was made an OBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours List.

By the the time of his death, Postlethwaite had built up an extensive filmography of over 90 titles and was last seen in 2010 features Inception and The Town.


Matt Cardle wins first No. 1 of 2011

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
Matt Cardle 'When We Collide'

Matt Cardle has secured a third week at the top of the UK singles chart with his debut track ‘When We Collide’.

The X Factor champion’s tune became the first chart-topper of 2011 – having already won the titles of last year’s Christmas number one and the last number one of 2010 – after holding Rihanna and Drake’s ‘What’s My Name’ into second place for a third consecutive week.

The only other new face in this week’s top five is Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’, which rises from eight to five, while Olly Murs returns to the top ten after temporarily dropping to 12 last week.

The stability at the top of the chart is not replicated between positions 11 to 20, which are populated by a significant plummeter in the shape of Katy B’s ‘Lights On’, down seven after arriving at four last week, and a total of six climbers.

The most notable of these are Mike Posner’s ‘Cooler Than Me’, Jessie J’s ‘Do It Like A Dude’ and The Wanted’s ‘Lose My Mind’, which after settling for spots in the bottom half of the top 40 last week advance seven, three and ten places respectively to 17, 18 and 19.

The top ten in full:
1. (1) Matt Cardle: ‘When We Collide’
2. (2) Rihanna ft. Drake: ‘What’s My Name?’
3. (3) Black Eyed Peas: ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’
4. (5) Ellie Goulding: ‘Your Song’
5. (8) Katy Perry: ‘Firework’
6. (6) Rihanna: ‘Only Girl (In The World)
7. (7) Take That: ‘The Flood’
8. (10) Far East Movement: ‘Like A G6’
9. (9) Willow: ‘Whip My Hair’
10. (12) Olly Murs: ‘Thinking Of Me’

Source: Official Charts Company

Spears’ manager denies single release date

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
Britney Spears

Britney Spears’ manager Adam Leber has denied reports that a new single by the popstar will be released next week.

A song entitled ‘Hold It Against Me’ – the lead single from her as-yet untitled upcoming album – was previously thought to be premiering on radio stations worldwide on January 7.

However, writing on his Twitter page, Leber revealed that fans may have to wait a bit longer for new music from the singer.

“Lots of misinformation out there regarding the release of Brit’s first single. Don’t believe everything you read,” he wrote.

“Unless it’s an official announcement coming in January, stay tuned. That said, the single is definitely coming in January.”