Here's the story. Despite the fact that there is no good reason to buy the new Britney Spears record, she still almost had the Number One CD in the US this week. In fact, for a few hours she was given that honor by Billboard magazine, the entertainment chart authority.
There was a hanging chad, though! It turns out that ole Brit did not actually sell the most CD's in the country! In a story that makes her the equivalent of George Bush in the 2000 election, SOMEONE ELSE got more votes, but the votes weren't counted!
That's right. Playing the Al Gore role in this drama were The Eagles, who released there first album of new material in 28 YEARS!
I repeat... TWENTY EIGHT YEARS WITHOUT A NEW RECORD!
Anyway, the reason that The Eagles were being denied the Number One spot is because they have an exclusive distribution deal with Wal*Mart, and Billboard doesn't count records sold only through one retailer.
Just when Britney was getting ready to celebrate her moment of vindication, The Eagles, Wal*Mart, Billboard and Soundscan pulled a fast one on her, and decided to count the Eagles Votes/Sales after all!
It's enough to make a girl pull out her hair! Don't do it Brit! We still love you...
I'd like to know how this happened. Wal*Mart changed their rules and released the sales figures for The Eagles, something that they have not done before. It makes sense because who would want to make a deal that cost you the honor of being number one? Still, I wonder if individual Eagles had to have little Eagle hissyfits?
And Britney? She was last seen driving through a red light in front of oncoming traffic with her kids in the car. No, really. I'm not making it up.
Multi-tasking Britney text messages as she runs a traffic light.