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Music News: The Eagles Leave Britney In The Dust, Plus Ex-Boyfriends, Darren Hayes, Sheryl Crow, Prince, Justice, Peaches

GuestbloggerPlease welcome Robbie Daw, who will be penning weekly music posts for us here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own pop music site called Chart Rigger.

Britney_3In the 11th hour (i.e., today), Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan came to an agreement to revise the music publication's chart rules to allow albums sold exclusively at only one retailer to be eligible for entry on Billboard's charts. This spelled a certain doom for Britney Spears' #1 debut. Although Blackout sold about 290,000 copies -- far lower than the 350,000 projection made by Billboard last week -- she was still expected to capture the top position on the album chart.

However, at the same time, The Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden became available last Tuesday at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club outlets, and went on to sell 711,000 copies over the course of the week. With the revised chart policy, the classic rock band's first studio album in 28 years easily beats Britney to #1 on this week's Top 200.

Regardless of whether Blackout had debuted on top or not, the writing for Britney seems to be pretty much on the wall. Her last studio record, In The Zone, racked up sales of 609,000 in its first week four years ago -- more than twice the sales of Blackout. Of course one could argue that illegal downloading has only increased since that time, causing music to sell less now more than ever. But take into consideration that Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride -- the previous chart-topping album -- managed to move 527,000 copies its first week out.

Blackout has received a lot of goodwill and swell reviews in recent days, but perhaps Britney's shenanigans really have finally caught up with her, as America has clearly moved on to other sweethearts.

road.jpg Ex_boyfriendsSan Francisco-based pop punk trio Ex-Boyfriends (pictured left) "are looking for bands that like to take long walks on the beach, cuddle for hours on end, watch Merchant Ivory films and love taking it up the a**."

road.jpg Darren Hayes is back in the U.S. to do several gigs and Miami's White Party, and he may be hitting a Borders near you.

road.jpg Beyoncé to sing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," while Carrie Underwood takes on "The Sound Of Music."

road.jpg Turns out only two out of five listeners paid for the one million downloads of Radiohead's In Rainbows, but that's necessarily a bad thing.

road.jpg Sheryl Crow releasing "environmentally conscious" new album in February.

road.jpg Prince threatens his own fans with legal action, but they're ready for their day in court.

road.jpg Peaches, Justice, 2 Live Crew and Jason Bentley to have a Hard New Year's Eve in L.A.



New singles from Kylie Minogue ("2 Hearts"), Spice Girls ("Headlines"), Oasis ("Lord Don't Slow Me Down") and Idina Menzel ("Brave").

Nearly a year after its European release, To All New Arrivals by U.K. dance act Faithless arrives on iTunes.

Jay-Z's album of songs inspired by the the film American Gangster.

Chris Brown's Exclusive, containing the current #1 single on Billboard's Hot 100, "Kiss Kiss."

Sia's Day Too Soon EP.

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  1. The 11th hour Billboard?
    Western Civ will, quite literally, entertain themselves to oblivion while the remainder of the world remains engaged in truly more important events.

    Posted by: rob adams | Nov 7, 2007 4:21:07 PM

  2. Re: Britney. I love Blackout so screw "the writing on the wall". Also, boo on Carrie Underwood. Any spawn of American Idol can suck a railroad spike.

    I paid $5 for Radiohead's album and felt like I was short-changing them. Now I don't feel so bad.

    Posted by: David | Nov 7, 2007 4:26:12 PM

  3. The f*ckin Eagles always come around to piss on everyone's success. They did it to Thriller with their greatest hits, now they're doing it to Blackout with their WALMART EXCLUSIVE?!?! (WTF!) new album.

    Seriously, I actually like the Eagles, but how the hell did they sell that many copies JUST at Wal-Mart?

    Posted by: Wes | Nov 7, 2007 4:36:22 PM

  4. So glad the no talent trainwreck got smacked to the curb. She doesn't deserve the bragging rights of having a #1 debut album, as she had almost nothing to do with the production of Blackout. The credit for that goes to her team of producers.

    Posted by: michael | Nov 7, 2007 4:52:09 PM

  5. Blackout is hot.

    Posted by: Davey | Nov 7, 2007 4:58:44 PM

  6. Ex Boyfriends are hot.... I bought their first disk and it won't leave my player... um and didn't all the eagles fans die yet?

    Posted by: Damion | Nov 7, 2007 5:11:08 PM

  7. I just don't get the appeal of this column. It's all a rehash of music news I've read elsewhere and the writer uses archaic words like "swell" and in an item about movie music, he buries the real lead that Jennifer Hudson will perform a James Bond song.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 7, 2007 5:19:21 PM

  8. I am Sia's manager, and I wanted to thank you for posting a link to her new EP and the cover to her new single! Thanks so much!

    Posted by: David | Nov 7, 2007 5:32:50 PM

  9. I just saw Sia in concert and she is absolutely amazing. Check her out if you haven't!!

    Posted by: Jimmy | Nov 7, 2007 5:55:34 PM

  10. How is JHud performing a Bond song for a tv special, a lead story??

    Posted by: michael | Nov 7, 2007 6:07:07 PM

  11. I don't trust the figures quoted for the average price paid for Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' and here's why: The source says "...for every dollar of album downloads the band generated $2 in sales of its $81 special edition box set of 'In Rainbows', due out later this year.". Apparently, they are treating the pre-sale of the box set as a totally separate event from the pay-what-you-want download of 'In Rainbows'. But that isn't the way it went down. If you prepaid $81 for the box set, you got to download 'In Rainbows' for free. I don't think they took that into consideration. And if you think tons of Radiohead fans did not pay for that box set, then you don't know Radiohead fans...we are, well, fanatical. (And, yes, I bought the $81 box set even though I could have downloaded for free.)

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 7, 2007 7:11:01 PM

  12. Jay-Z's album isn't a soundtrack to the film American Gangster.

    Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Marco | Nov 7, 2007 7:20:05 PM

  13. Saw Sia live this week and was blown away. Why is this woman still so under the radar? She deserves to be playing bigger gigs than Highline Ballroom.

    Incidently, the new album (not yet released) is her best yet - I can't stop listening to it!

    Posted by: A | Nov 8, 2007 9:35:24 PM

  14. Sheryl Crow happy not to be with Lance Armstrong

    Posted by: news hubz | Jan 15, 2015 7:10:24 AM

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