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Taio Cruz, Gorillaz Hold Top Spots, White Stripes’ Live Album Debuts On iTunes Chart

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Time once again for my weekly bout of soul death, wherein in I display my hipster glamour by mocking what all of you are buying at the iTunes Music Store.  Actually, I like to think of myself as a one-man Statler & Waldorf tribute band.  The soul death is real, but it is funny.

I take joy in seeing two titles in the albums' chart that not only don't kill my soul, they can be found on my own iPod.  The latest archival collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix music, Valleys of Neptune, holds on for one more week in the Top 10.  There is nothing here not worth hearing and a couple of cuts almost feel essential.  If you love Hendrix, you ought to find something to wrap your ears around.  If you've never gotten what the fuss is about, this set won't win you over.  If you find yourself in that camp it's going to cost you a lap.  Better make that two.

We also have the debut of the first ever live album from your White Stripes, Under Great White Northern Lights.  I haven't picked up the Blu-ray film yet but I have the soundtrack.  There is rampant speculation this is the final bow for the Stripes.  I'm choosing not to believe it.  Jack seems to move from project-to-project at his pleasure and never closes the door on any of them.  I don't buy this as the end and won't believe it even if he says it is.

As for the singles chart… my soul weeps for the rotted piece that has died and been broken for you all.  If I'm ever on a bed of death and I hear one of these songs, I'll hasten the day and pull my own plug, plunging myself into the great unknown of the hereafter.  

Tunes' top 10 selling singles of the week ending March 22, 2010:

  1. "Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris)" – Taio Cruz
  2. "Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars)" – B.o.B
  3. "Rude Boy" – Rihanna
  4. "Hey, Soul Sister" – Train
  5. "Telephone" – Lady GaGa, Beyonce
  6. "Baby (feat. Ludacris)" – Justin Bieber
  7. "Imma Be" – Black Eyed Peas
  8. "Need You Now" – Lady Antebellum
  9. "Carry Out (feat. Justin Timberlake)" – Timbaland
  10. "Blah Blah Blah (feat. 3OH!3)" – Ke$ha

Tunes' top 10 selling albums of the week ending March 22, 2010:
  1. Plastic Beach – Gorillaz
  2. Broken Bells – Broken Bells / Battle of the Sexes – Ludacris
  3. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  4. The Fame Monster – Lady GaGa
  5. Battle of the Sexes – Ludacris
  6. Under Great White Northern Lights (Live) – The White Stripes
  7. Here I Am – Marvin Sapp
  8. Animal - Ke$ha
  9. The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) – Black Eyed Peas
  10. Valleys of Neptune – Jimi Hendrix

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