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Music News: Sarah Cracknell And The Feeling Banking On Hits In '08, Plus Radiohead, Juno, Apple, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey

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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.

While everyone's currently bedazzled by Radiohead's In Rainbows and the new Janet Jackson video, here are a couple alternatives you might have missed when their clips popped up over the busy holidays.

Mark Brown featuring Sarah Cracknell - "The Journey Continues": Built around a piece of classical music composed by Elena Kats Chernin that's currently being used in commercials by U.K. insurance firm Lloyd's, DJ and dance label head Mark Brown wisely chose Saint Etienne frontwoman Sarah Cracknell to sing over the haunting track. It's already become a radio hit abroad, ahead of its February 4 single release. We stateside folk can download "The Journey Continues" from 7 Digital. Incidentally, The Sun reports that the video is made up of 30,000 still photographs. Cracknell herself makes a Hitchcockian, blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance during the second verse.

The Feeling - "I Thought It Was Over": Last month I posted a fan-made YouTube clip of the first single off The Feeling's upcoming sophomore album Join With Us, but here now is the official video. Openly-gay lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells has some fun with tongue-in-cheek wordplay during the chorus. While Interscope put out the band's debut album here in the States last year, there's no word yet on a domestic release for Join With Us yet. The album is out in the U.K. February 18, a week after "I Thought It Was Over" is made available digitally and in stores.

road.jpg Billboard reports today that Radiohead's In Rainbows has debuted atop the album chart after it was finally made available in retail outlets and on iTunes. The publication also points out that In Rainbows only sold 122,000 copies compared to the 300,000 first-week copies 2003's Hail To The Thief moved, though the new album has been selling untracked by SoundScan for two months already at Radiohead.com.

Mariah_4road.jpg Meanwhile, the Juno soundtrack, which has been dominating the iTunes download chart for a couple weeks, makes a somewhat official debut on the Billboard tally. Though it was only available digitally until yesterday, several retailers violated the physical CD's street date and put it out last week. The soundtrack enters the official Top 200 Albums chart at #8.

road.jpg Apple drops iTunes prices in the U.K. to avoid an expensive antitrust conflict.

road.jpg Mariah Carey to People on the reported J. Lo "pig" comment: "This is just some internet gossip and it's pathetic that people actually entertain the thought that this could be real. This is another sad example of two strong women being pitted against each other." She'll probably save the real zingers for this spring, when her new album is expected to drop alongside Madonna's.

road.jpg Former American Idols Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks have been let go from J Records, making Hicks the first winner not to make a second album while signed to a major label.

road.jpg The YouTube "teaser" clip for next month's 25th Anniversary Edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller contains lots of fluffy commentary by Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean and Pharrell Williams, as well as some interesting tidbits from Quincy Jones.

road.jpg THIS WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

Kate_nashIf you love Lily Allen, then Kate Nash's Made Of Bricks will be right up your alley. The 19-year-old Irish singer and her annunciated accent finally wash onto American shores this week, after having a major U.K. smash last year with "Foundations."

Sia's third studio release, Some People Have Real Problems, via Starbucks' Hear Music label. The album contains "Day Too Soon," which was initially put out in EP form last fall.

"The Silence Between Us," a new single from former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould.

The World's Top DJs compilation from dance label Ultra. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the retro-rave-y "I Found U" by Axwell.

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  1. Just a comment on the Radiohead bit. As a buyer for a Manhattan independent record store (Not Sound Scanned) I wonder with the loss of Tower and other factors... If this is not part of the issue.

    Billboard takes Sound Scanned figures only.

    Surprisingly, we sold all of our Radiohead VINYL copies the first day. And went through our first order of CDS within two days.

    We have increased our sales by 30% to 40% in the last year due to changing our business model to reflect that of a boutique rather than a store.

    People come to us for our expertise and our knowledge about current music, not available on the charts. The charts have absolutely no reflection on what we sell in our store.

    Brion Vytlacil
    Etherea Records
    Manhattan

    Posted by: Br!on | Jan 9, 2008 3:20:29 PM


  2. Thank you so much for covering Sarah Cracknell. I'm in love with her, especially since seeing Saint Etienne do a cover of "Hand in Glove" (Smiths) a few years ago. Swoon.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 9, 2008 3:58:11 PM


  3. Is a "couple weeks" a unit of measure?

    Posted by: kile Ozier | Jan 9, 2008 5:44:38 PM


  4. Yes, a "couple weeks" is a new metric unit. Get with the program, smartie!

    I'd like to add that while Radiohead could be commmended for attempting a new model with their In Rainbows release, it does seem like they sent brink'n'mortar stores down the river. That's ashame, though the cheap list price IS good news for anyone buying an actual disc.

    I won't hold my breath for a Feeling release in the US.

    Posted by: xolondon | Jan 9, 2008 6:14:47 PM


  5. The Kats Chernin piece is "Eliza's Aria". Here is the UK ad it was used in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3xe9dSY7zM

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 9, 2008 9:46:05 PM


  6. Check out Katy Perry's new single "Ur So Gay"

    www.katyperry.com

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 9, 2008 11:11:10 PM


  7. I love anything to do with dance, you should come see what's hot here in france, this is a french dance style called Tecktonik this is the good stuff

    nUNUx DaNCiiNg

    Posted by: muglafug | Jan 12, 2008 1:40:23 PM


  8. I see I can't put a link in the comments oh well just click on my name it will take you directly to a video I have a different link for these two posts "muglafug"

    Posted by: muglafug | Jan 12, 2008 1:44:16 PM


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