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Summer Music Winners & Losers

What we thought of Heidi Montag, U2, ”Boom Boom Pow,” and more

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ON THE CHARTS
WINNER: Jason Mraz
His blithe acoustic ditty ”I’m Yours” spent a record-busting 72 weeks (and counting) on the Hot 100, making it a hit for not one but two summers.
LOSER: U2
After peaking at No. 37 with ”Get On Your Boots,” they failed to crack the top 50 in recent months with singles ”Magnificent” and ”I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.”

BRITNEY SPECTACLE
WINNER: Britney Spears
The pop star’s triumphant Circus tour put her back in the game; head-shaving shenanigans were forgotten, replaced by healthy, happy Brit 2.0.
LOSER: Heidi Montag
The blond reality Beelzebub’s ”performance” at the televised Miss Universe pageant was a study in lame Britney imitation. We’ve seen drunken drag queens do it better.

SONGWRITER
WINNER: Kara DioGuardi
The Idol judge won points for co-penning seasonal hits like Cobra Starship’s ”Good Girls Go Bad” and Kelly Clarkson’s ”I Do Not Hook Up”…
LOSER: Kara DioGuardi
…and forfeited them for releasing her own version of her much-maligned Idol winner’s single ”No Boundaries” after it was unceremoniously dropped from the show’s summer tour.

FOLLOW-UP
WINNER: The Black Eyed Peas
They ”Boom Boom Pow”ed their way to new airwave-saturating heights, quieting doubters after a four-year absence.
LOSER: Lil Wayne
Repeated delays of his still-AWOL Rebirth made for a boom-boom-pssst letdown.

’90s REDUX
WINNER: Darius Rucker
Hootie who? The onetime head Blowfish shed his former skin to become a Nashville solo star. His Learn to Live delivered three country No. 1’s.
LOSER: Sugar Ray
Music for Cougars left most kitties cold.

PERSISTENT POP HOPEFUL
WINNER: Keri Hilson
The first two singles from her debut failed to ignite; the third, ”Turnin’ Me On,” cracked the top 15, and the fourth, ”Knock You Down,” became a bona fide smash.
LOSER: Brooke Hogan
Her third album, July’s The Redemption, was not so much redeeming as spleen-reaming.

SALES CHAMP
WINNER: Michael Jackson
After his death, the King of Pop outsold every other artist for weeks. Alas, a technicality disallowing already-released albums from the Billboard 200 kept him stuck on the lesser-known catalog chart.
LOSER: Everyone else
Fabolous, Maxwell, and the NOW That’s What I Call Music! franchise, among others, all had No. 1 debuts that came with an asterisk, thanks to MJ.

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