February 2009 – I’m Not Scared


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DCLXXVI – February 2009

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7230
3
BREATHE SLOW
Alesha Dixon
7231
1
THE FEAR
Lily Allen
7232
8
CHANGE
Daniel Merriweather featuring Wale
7233
4
CRACK A BOTTLE
Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent
7234
6
T-SHIRT
Shontelle
7235
4
OMEN
Prodigy
7236
9
WHATCHA THINK ABOUT THAT
Pussycat Dolls featuring Missy Elliott

 

Breathe Slow is the almost obligatory slow and melancholy follow-up to the mad-as-a-box-of-frogs The Boy Does Nothing, with lots of dance practice thrown into the video to remind viewers with a short memory that she did Strictly Come Dancing about a month or two earlier. It’s not great, truth be told. I do like The Fear, on the other hand. It’s cynical, funny, dark and fully deserved its month at the top.

See, back in 2009 singles were going up the charts for weeks, sometimes even months on end and then going down slowly, so to see Change fall out of the Top 75 after only four weeks is something of an oddity. It’s a far better song than its fate suggests too. Yet more of the same from Eminem, I’m afraid. His stuff’s starting to sound really tired now.

I know it’s easy to say “Whatever, I’ve heard it all before” after meandering my way through 5,268 songs to get to this point, but in the case of T-Shirt it’s true. It’s a slowie, Shontelle likes wearing her other half’s T-shirt, and I really don’t care! On the other hand, Omen is the sound of the Prodigy finally sorting themselves out. Baby’s Got A Temper was a huge misfire, Girls was excellent but the album it came from wasn’t, but there’s something about Omen that suggests they’ve fixed what was going wrong.

Whatcha Think About That? Not much, as it happens.