Friday, February 10, 2012
People, I'm going to keep this post as upbeat as possible because I was very disappointed with this week's Billboard Top 25 "Dance/Club Play Songs" chart. That Rihanna's "You da One" is da number One song on the chart, replacing Nicki Minaj's piece of crap, "Turn Me On" (done in cahoots with David Guetta and fallen to fourth place), is a little bit of solace, yet nothing I'd want to shout out from the highest steeple, if you get my drift here.
The best news culled from this week's chart is that Erasure made it to the tenth position with the energetic and melodic "Be with You," surging quite nicely from #14 last week. And Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" springs from #15 to #7. (I am especially loving the 7th Heaven remix of this sturdy, rousing empowerment number.)
"Stronger" was written by Sweden's Jörgen Elofsson with Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin. Its title quotes Friedrich Nietzsche: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." And how often do we get a good Nietzschean dance tune these days? ("Build your cities on mountaintops," Joan Crawford laughed breezily, misquoting Nietzsche's "Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius," to loverboy Jack Palance in the film, Sudden Fear. Nietzsche is always such a fabulous source of material for killer entertainment!)
By the way, Billboard said Kelly was this week's Greatest Gainer, but I'm fairly certain that's in reference to this song's upward mobility on the chart.
Plumb's "Drifting" ever upward, this week to the #5 spot from 10 last week. But, as F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "The scum also rises," because, unfortunately, as some of my recent favorites fall, there's a lot of flotsam, jetsam and just plain drek on this week's listing.
Gloria Estefan's "Hotel Nacional," which went #1 on the dance chart, is now at 9. Deborah Cox's "If It Wasn't for Love," written by Janice Robinson (who tells me she's back in the studio recording new stuff), down to #13, also an ex-numero uno. And Florence + the Machine descendant to #14 with "Shake It Out." I guess they shook it out, babies.
"Waiting on You," the disco duet featuring delightful divas Ultra Nate & Michelle Williams, stalls at #11. So frustrating because it's right outside Top Ten Land. "Let Me Be Myself," by Rosabel featuring Tamara Wallace, peaked at #11, too, and finds itself also spinning its wheels at #17.
Nevertheless, I leave you with this. Something divine; something fabulous. A nod to Rocky Horror, a cameo by Miss Susan Lucci and possibly an homage to Nietzsche. So, take it away, Glo! (She sure is connected with her core fan base on this one!) Love, peace & disco! Love ya!