Friday, June 6, 2008

No Air

Last year the American singer Chris Brown starred in "This Christmas" which made nearly $50 million at the American box office. On the soundtrack was a version of "I'll be home for Christmas" by American Idol 2007 winner Jordin Sparks. She has already had a hit single with her debut single "Tattoo" which I liked a lot. One of the best pop songs of the year so far is "No Air", a collboration by Jordin and Chris. "No Air" is this week's number 3 in the Australian ARIA charts, the same chart placing it got to in America. "Tattoo" is still top 20 in Australia. While "No Air" was originally due to released in the UK /Ireland on May 14th it is now going to released properly in July, building on the success Chris Brown has had already in Europe and no doubt on the strength of Rihanna's "Take a Bow", a similar R'n'B ballad, which is still number one in the UK. "No Air" is a song that back in the days of CD:UK and "Top of the Pops" would easily have charted quickly in the top ten. Below is a performance of the song by Jordin and Chris on the most recent "American Idol" season. While they both seem to be singing over pre-recorded backing vocals in parts, it is live and is a great performance overall. Chris Brown seems to have been in the charts for years now but he is still only 19, Jordin is 18. Bless!