February 2010 – Kid


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DCLXXXVIII – February 2010

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
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10
YOUNG FOREVER
Jay-Z featuring Mr Hudson
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4
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND PART II
Alicia Keys
7349
3
IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN
Timbaland featuring Katy Perry
7350
2
UNDER PRESSURE (ICE ICE BABY)
Jedward featuring Vanilla Ice
7351
2
RUDE BOY
Rihanna
7352
9
HALO / WALKING ON SUNSHINE
‘Glee’ Cast
7353
1
EVERYBODY HURTS
Helping Haiti
7354
8
THE WAY LOVE GOES
Lemar
7355
2
YOU’VE GOT THE DIRTEE LOVE
Florence and the Machine featuring Dizzee Rascal

 

It’s Jay-Z week. First Young Forever and then another version of Empire State Of Mind. Lucky me, eh?

If We Ever Meet Again’s not bad, you know. It could do with around a minute or so being shaved off its running time, but it’ll do. I’ve listened to Jedward’s horrifying mash-up of Under Pressure and Ice Ice Baby and now let us never discuss this again.

Rude Boy is spectacularly average, but it’s better than the ‘Glee’ Cast’s latest musical murder. This time round, they’ve forced Beyonce’s Halo and Katrina and the Waves’s Walking On Sunshine into a shotgun marriage… no, you’re right, it really, really doesn’t work. I’ll tell you what does work though, and that’s the charity collective Helping Haiti’s recording of R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts. There was a massive earthquake in Haiti in mid-January 2010, so huge that the country’s still recovering now – without a month Simon Cowell had assembled a collective to sing this song and they did a heck of a job, it has to be said. It spent two weeks at the top and then flew out of the chart at incredible speed, but it did its job and did it well – Gordon Brown (remember him?) waived the VAT on sales of the single and R.E.M. waived their royalties so it made more money than it otherwise would’ve done.

Lemar’s still going, but I’m not sure this sort of thing is best suited to his voice. Next, Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal, united at last. I was wondering when that would happen.