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Viva betamax booty lollipop: UMC July 21-27, 2008

Coldplay. Photo by tibopoix on flickr; licensed under Creative Commons License BY-ND-2.0. Once again music lovers, we bring you this week’s ultimate favorite songs. It is important to remember that in our ultimate countdown, considering the FM stations from which we get, tally, and list our top entries, a song choice can make it to the top ten even if it did not hit the number one spot in the countdown of each FM station (Wave 89.1, Campus 95.5, 103.5 Max FM, NU 107.5, Magic 89.9, RX 93.1, WRR 101.9, Jam 88.3). Also, if your bet did not make it this week, just relax because chances are your song can come back next week or the week after. Here in the ultimate countdown, all that we can assure you is the unpredictability of the results.

So what’s in and what’s out for this week’s countdown? I can only give you the songs that made it last week but were not included this time. The songs “Filipina Girl,” “Energy,” “Thunder,” and “Shut Up And Let Me Go” are out of the countdown. Now, it is up to you to decipher what songs made a surprising comeback and what is the best of them all. Three songs tied at tenth place – guess who’s number one! Okay, just scroll down. Read through, listen, and enjoy!

 



10. Lollipop by Lil' Wayne feat. Static Major (score: 25 points)
      Booty Music by Git Fresh
      Betamax by Sandwich

It is a big leap for “Betamax” coming down eight notches lower from top two, while “Lollipop” and “Booty Music” are new song entries in the countdown this week. In a review written in rap.about.com, the song “Lollipop” is described as corny, unoriginal, syrupy, but catchy, with synth-heavy production. What do Li’l Wayne think of this? As far as the countdown is concerned, the song is included in the top ten.

“Booty Music” by Git Fresh, on the other hand, joined the crowd. Git Fresh, formerly named DeepSide and composed of Pretti Sly, Mike Espinosa, Brent Pendergast, and Rudy, was formed when the members were singing and performing in parties and talent shows, islandrecords.com cites. Mike Ezay describes the group as “energetic” and this is what the “Booty Music” is like, adds islandrecords.com.

Meanwhile, Sandwich’s Mong Alcaraz and Myrene Acamedia were named Best Guitarist and Best Bassist in the NU Rock Awards 2006, cites bestuff.com.

 9.  The Best Damn Thing by Avril Lavigne (score: 27 points)

Now on its second week in the countdown, the song is two steps behind its previous  rank as top seven last week. Her album The Best  Damn Thing was released on April 2007. The good thing about the song, describes music.msn.com, is that “it’s exuberant, irreverent, and exciting as any other bubblegum pop, defiantly silly and  shallow, but also deliriously hooky…the kind of music that  provides a soundtrack for teens…”  Avril Ramona Lavigne was  born on September 27, 1984 in Ontario, Canada, and at the age of 18 released her album Let Go with the hit song “Complicated,”  states imdb.com.

8. Akala by Parokya ni Edgar (score: 58 points)

This week’s second favorite song is “Akala” by Parokya ni Edgar from the album SOLID, landing three steps higher than last week from number five. The album includes 19 tracks with the original theme song of Lastikman, “Walang Susuko,” cites pinoymusicreview.com. Parokya ni Edgar has already released ten albums: Bigotilyo, Buruguduystunstuguduystuy, Edgar Edgar Musikahan, Gulong Itlog Gulong, Halina Sa Parokya, Inuman Sessions Vol.1, Jingle Balls, Khangkhungkherrnitz,  Matira Matibay: PG-13 (Singles 1994-2007), and SOLID, titikpilipino.com tells us.

7.  Penge Naman Ako Nyan by Itchyworms (score: 31 points)  
            
This song did not make it in last week’s list, but who says there  will never be a comeback?  Itchyworms is unpredictable as it grabbed the seventh place this week, and this spells hope for the  rest of the songs that are vying for the top ten. As for the song “Penge Naman Ako Nyan,” it ranked number fifteen in the UR Pinoy Rock Countdown. Also, Jazz Nicolas of Itchyworms was  named the Drummer of the Year while the group reaped the Rising  Sun Award, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year in the 13th NU 107 Rock Awards.

6.  One Step At A Time by Jordin Sparks (score: 33 points)

For the past weeks, “One Step at a Time” from her self-titled album has been  switching  places within the top five, but now it has gone off  two steps from the previous    top four spot. It looks like for Jordin Sparks, her song’s performance has been taking backward steps  and  that does not look good. Sparks auditioned for American Idol the second time at the tender age of 17, saying that giving up is not  her vocabulary and added that “Sure, I get down, but I’ve learned to let the negative roll off my back. You have to if you want to keep on going in this world,” quotes jordinsparks.com. Sound advice for everyone these days.

5.   Everyone Nose by N.E.R.D (score: 34 points)     
    
From the album Seeing Sounds under the recording label Interscope, “Everyone Nose" climbed a long way up to top five this week despite not making it to last week’s top picks.  N.E.R.D stands for No One Ever Really Dies but the group wants to emphasize the nerdy side of their music, yahoo.com informs us.  Angryape.com review tells us that N.E.R.D is enjoying what they are doing and showing what they want. The group is identified with “rock-fuelled, funk-tinged hip-hop and R&B,” adds angryape.com.           

4.  That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings (score: 48 points)

Former top three, the song “That’s Not My Name” according to music.unrealitytytv.co.uk, uses a repetitive drumbeat as instrumentation, with guitars and bass that create a “raucous noisy crescendo.” The Ting Tings was formed in Manchester, England, in 2006. Their debut single “That’s Not My Name” was first released in 2007, with a B-side remix in 2008, and then found its way on top of the U.K. charts in May 2008, states allmusic.com.

3.   I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry (score: 57 points)

The song went one step down from being number two last week but has been a countdown mainstay for three consecutive weeks  and it looks like it is far from being booted out. “I Kissed a Girl” talks about a girl who got drunk and kissed              another girl at a  party, planetwisdom.com reveals. Katy Perry released a Christian         album in 2001 and came out singing again but this time not in a way “promoting a Christian worldview,” adds planetwisdom.com. With the hit single “I Kissed a Girl,” nearly  1.5 million copies of her album were sold, cnet.com reports.

2.  Akala by Parokya ni Edgar (score: 58 points)
This week’s second favorite song is “Akala” by Parokya ni Edgar SOLID, landing three steps higher than last week from number five. The album includes 19 tracks with the original theme song of Lastikman, “Walang Susuko,” cites pinoymusicreview.com. Parokya ni Edgar has already released ten albums: Bigotilyo, Buruguduystunstuguduystuy, Edgar Edgar Musikahan, Gulong Itlog Gulong, Halina Sa Parokya, Inuman Sessions Vol.1, Jingle Balls, Khangkhungkherrnitz,  Matira Matibay: PG-13 (Singles 1994-2007), and SOLID, titikpilipino.com tells us.
1. Viva La Vida by Coldplay (score: 73 points)             

There is no stopping Coldplay from hitting the number one spot the second time. Their song “Viva La Vida” earned ten more points compared to last week’s score of 63. The album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends from which the song is taken, is both an experimental and political record, says Rollingstone.com. Viva La Vida has unclear political messages while the rest of the songs in the album depict war, God, death, and religion, Rollingstone.com adds. It may appear that the song failed to stress its political stand but newsday.com in the meantime relates that it has become Coldplay’s biggest hit because it is catchy and the song clearly shows Chris Martin’s lyrical style.

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