With just 36% of total sales accounted for, Circus comes in at #8 with just under 12,000 copies sold. Taylor Swift is expected to re-claim the #1 spot, and is currently at 32,000+.
That bitch Taylor Swift seems unstoppable! I swear to God I caught my best friend buying that shit on iTunes the other day. Well, now she’s just a friend.
UPDATE: At 54%, Circus comes in at #7, moving up one spot from earlier today, with sales currently at 20,483.
I will update this post when more sales are tallied up. Stay tuned…
According to the NY Post, the relationship between OK! magazine and the Spears family A.K.A. Jamie is no more now that Kent Brownridge, a former employee of Rolling Stone, is in charge – making crucial budget cuts in an effort to save the tabloid money.
“Brownridge, a veteran of Rolling Stone, tightened OK!’s purse strings and severed the magazine’s relation ship with the Spears clan. Before his arrival, the Spears family sold OK! ex clusives on everything from Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy to Britney’s first photo shoot with her kids. Now Jamie Spears refuses to work with OK!, and the mag has banned its staff from Spears events.”
A rep for OK! denied any schism:
“We always follow the Spears – in fact, Britney is on our current cover, and we’ll continue running stories about them. We need them, and they need us, and we both know it.”
Instead of blaming it on “budget cuts,” they should speak the truth and say the relation$hip went sour due to working with Jaime.
One by one his little army is falling apart. Where’s the popcorn?!
Let’s see how long it takes for Jamie’s deals with Entertainment Tonight and commissioner Reva Goetz to disappear…
But what will they do with a new single from a major artist that doesn’t actually contain a four-letter word, but rather spells it out in a not-so-subtle way? That dilemma is beginning to dawn on top-40 radio programmers across the country as the third single from album, “If U Seek Amy,” starts to make its way to the airwaves.
The cheeky title (try saying it fast) joins the tradition of album titles like Van Halen’s 1991 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. The chorus doesn’t even try to make grammatical sense of the phrase: “But all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy.”
The spelled-out profanity puts the song into a legal gray area for radio stations.
“It’s OK to put in on an album, have fun with it, but we’re publicly owned, you know?” said Patti Marshall, program director at Cincinnati’s Q102, a pop station in a decidedly conservative Midwestern market. “We have a responsibility to the public … you put this … out and act like we’re all fuddy-duddies, like we’re trying to make moral judgments. It’s not about us. It’s about the mom in the minivan with her 8-year-old.”
Like several programmers we talked to, Marshall said she had not yet been told that “Amy” was the next single from Circus. She’s still busy playing the album’s title track, which was recently released as the second single. Asked if she would play “Amy” if it came to her as a single, Marshall said likely wouldn’t. She likened its chorus (which she has not heard) to “a little boy in sixth grade doing arm farts.”
A spokesperson for the Federal Communications Commission did not return calls for comment, and Spears’ label confirmed the choice of the single but would not comment on its content or any potential issues at radio.
Sharon Dastur, program director at Z100 in New York, also had not yet heard the song and said she’s not sure what the station’s plans are for it. She compared its possible problems to those faced by her station in 2005 upon the release of the Black Eyed Peas single “Don’t Phunk With My Heart.”
“Listeners thought it was the other word, and so we had to change it to ‘mess,’ ” she said. That example was also the first that popped to mind for KIIS FM Los Angeles program director John Ivey, who said he knew he couldn’t play the Peas’ song as originally recorded but felt that censoring it would make it sound more nefarious, so he asked the group’s label for a new version.
“It’s a potential issue for every station,” Ivey said of the Spears single. “I’m certain that I would run it by my legal department first. My first job is to protect [the station's] license. … It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Asked if he would recut the song to edit out the naughty bits, Ivey said he probably wouldn’t because he felt the phrase was included in the song to provoke, so an alteration would change its intention. “[Spears' label, Jive,] might also be just floating it out there to see if they can stir things up a bit.”
Fuck it, use Unusual You instead!