Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-Lo Turns the Air Blue, Tops the UK Singles Chart

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much of an event release your song may seem to be, it’ll still get steamrollered by something bigger that has managed to catch everyone’s attention.

Such is the massive illicit thrill of Cee-Lo’s song “Forget You” – y’know, the one that isn’t really called ‘Forget You’, the one with the title which is massively rude – that it has effectively ruined Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow‘s attempts to show the world that they really REALLY get along these days. As far as the charts are concerned, hate has temporarily bested love.

By which I mean that Gaz and Rob’s song “Shame” – the one with the Brokeback Mountain video and the strange lyrical references to Toys ‘R’ Us – has had to settle for a No.2 chart entry, because of the mighty Cee-Lo-coaster riding over its feet. Not that our former Take That chums NEED another No. 1, and clearly there was literally nothing either man could have done to prevent this. So they should not berate themselves unduly. Especially not now they are getting on so well.

Although it does make you wonder if they’d have sold more copies if they’d been a bit more aggressive with one another.

Here’s Robbie and Gary explaining to Radio 1′s Chris Moyles how they got their friendship back:

In other chart news, Tinie Tempah is having a wonderful week. Not only is “Written In The Stars” at No. 3 , his single with Swedish House Mafia “Miami 2 Ibiza” has barged past the Kings Of Leon‘s “Radioactive” to become the week’s second highest new entry, at No. 5. And as if that weren’t enough, his album Disc-Overy has gone straight in at No. 1.

And yes, before you ask, it does have swearing on it.

For the rest of this week’s chart, Radio 1 has the full rundown.
Would you rather keep the cuss words out of music? Let me know your thoughts.

by Fraser McAlpine

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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