One Direction lead the way this week among pop releases with their cover of classic punk songs.
Boy band One Direction have put together one of their best singles yet as an official Comic Relief charity single. It is a combination of Blondie's punk classic "One Way Or Another" from 1979 and the UK's the Undertones' 1978 punk classic "Teenage Kicks." The song instantly landed at the top of the iTunes digital sales list around the world. It was performed live by One Direction this week at the Brit Awards.
Acclaimed French alternative pop band Phoenix return with the first song from their upcoming fifth studio album Bankrupt! The group topped the US alternative songs chart with the song "1901" from their most recent album, the gold certified Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The new single is an upbeat return for the group.
Rock band the Goo Goo Dolls are readying their tenth studio album Magnetic to be released in May. "Rebel Beat" is the first single. It is an upbeat track that instantly landed on the adult pop radio chart. Goo Goo Dolls have reached the top 10 of the adult pop chart 14 times. The band's last three studio albums have all reached the top 10 on the album chart.
Marques Houston first came to fame as a member of the R&B vocal group Immature. He is also a successful actor appearing on the TV show Sister, Sister. The upcoming album Famous will be Marques Houston's sixth solo collection. "Speechless" is a virtuoso vocal performance.
Rapper Nelly was one of the most successful recording artists of the past decade. He has 10 top 10 pop hit singles. All six of his previous studio albums have reached the top 10 on the album chart and four of them are certified platinum. "Hey Porsche" is the first single from the upcoming album M.O. that is expected later this year.
New York rock band the Strokes are given significant credit for having revitalized the genre of garage rock. Their last three studio albums have all hit #4 on the album chart. The Strokes have reached the top 40 on the alternative songs chart 11 times. "All the Time" is the lead single from the upcoming album Comedown Machine.