UK struggles against US music power – only Leona Lewis has any credibility

The new season of American Idol proves, again, the overwhelming dominance of America in chart music – whether pop, rock, soul or whatever. Idol is the number one tv show in the States, on the No. 1 tv network, and achieves an average of 30 million viewers per episode.

Even better figures help the final, which has 55 million viewers, as the results of the 97 million votes are revealed. Don’t forget, these are just the USA figures and millions more watch the show worldwide. That power means only exceptional talent – and almost always a fantastic voice – will make a significant impact Stateside. For the UK there has been a severe lack of music power.

Leona Lewis is The Voice of Britain

Leona Lewis is the most successful British artist to cross the Atlantic for years. Having conquered Top 10 album charts around the world, her album Spirit hit No. 1 status in the States too. With the single Bleeding Love also topping the Billboard Hot 100, Leona has proven her extraordinary talent in the most competitive market in the world.

Just for the record, Spirit achieved No. 1 all major markets: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Germany, etc.

Robbie Williams arrived in America along with massive hype with The Ego Has Landed. The best the album could achieve was No. 63 on the U.S. pop charts. Follow-up Sing When You’re Winning only reached No. 110 on the U.S. charts. Escapology didn’t reach Top-40, while Rudebox did not even get in the shops – it was only released digitally in America.

After winning the Mercury Prize in 2002 Ms. Dynamite was tipped as the British rapper who would win over America. The critics fell over themselves with praise for A Little Deeper but the American public was not fooled – it only reached No. 179 in the States and follow-up Judgement Day didn’t receive full release in the U.S. Ms. Dynamite is just one of many hyped UK rappers who failed to resonate, including Dizzee Rascal and Lady Sovereign.

Although the Sugababes are one of the most successful pop groups in Britain, they have very little presence in the U.S. Only Hole in the Head charted low on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Americans can only buy Sugababes on import.

Even MySpace-hyped Lily Allen could do no better than No. 49 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with Smile.

All of which shows that only real musical talent and dedication will achieve success in America. Britain’s music press and gutter tv pundits need to get their heads out of lurid, non-music hype and self-promotion. Only then will they see any real British music talent.


Top Pop Artists 2008 – Girls Steal the Show

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Girls stole the show for the Top Pop Artists of 2008 by taking 4 of the top 5 slots.

1. Rihanna – solo and collaborations
2. Chris Brown – especially with Jordin Sparks
3. Leona Lewis – the most beautiful voice
4. Katy Perry – sassy, sexy, classy talent
5. Jordin Sparks – heartfelt and smooth diva

Some may argue that Brown is only there because of his duet with Jordin, and that is probably correct. So maybe the girls took four-and-a-half of the top 5 slots!

For us, all of the girls are making MUSIC rather than the boys who seem locked in their big-production, multi-million-budget, metro-sexual, copycat toons.

Just look at the ENERGY of Rihanna, the RANGE of Leona Lewis, the breathless CATCHYNESS of Katy Perry and the MUSICALITY of Jordin. Can’t find 5 boys to equal those.

Leona Lewis smashes sales records

Not only is Leona Lewis number one in the charts, she is also outselling other acts by up to 10 to 1 in all ways!

For example, in First Week sales of Albums:
375,872 _ Leona Lewis – Spirit
227,922 _ Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
151,000 _ Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly Angry Mob
135,685 _ Foo Fighters – Echoes Silence Patience & Grace
132,315 _ West Life – Back Home
117,966 _ James Blunt – All The Lost Souls
94,501 _ Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
73,517 _ Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
70,500 _ Kings of Leon – Because Of The Times
66,000 _ White Stripes – Icky Thump
60,500 _ Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing
58,756 _ Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
53,540 _ Sugababes – Change
49,012 _ Stereophonics – Pull The Pin
39,191 _ Enemy – We’ll Live And Die In These Towns
too low _ Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
too low _ Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion

The situation is the same in First Week sales of Singles:
218,805 _ Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
55,144 _ Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
51,500 _ Sugababes vs Girls Aloud – Walk This Way
37,500 _ Beyonce & Shakira – Beautiful Liar
36,804 _ Kanye West – Stronger
34,164 _ Rihanna featuring Jay-Z – Umbrella
34,068 _ Sugababes – About You Now
33,578 _ Timbaland – The Way I Are
30,693 _ McFly – Baby’s Coming Back / Transylvania
30,500 _ Mika – Grace Kelly
too low _ Robyn – With Every Heartbeat

The music press and radio and tv all fall into the same trap. They confuse posturing with talent. They give acres of space to Mika and Winehouse, pretending they understand style and interest, when all they pick up on is shouting and self-promotion.

Fortunately, the people who spend their own money make the most sense, choosing talent and skill and technique. The presenters spend other people’s money and get it wrong. Just look at the annual roundups that will be appearing this month and you will see so-called celebrities and other drunks or stoners being lauded as ‘the best’. Meanwhile Leona and other people with REAL talent will continue to sell.

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