Rihanna, Akon and Gym Class Heroes remain top in Ireland

Rihanna and Jay-Z have remained at the top of the Irish singles chart with Umbrella this week.

Akon and Gym Class Heroes stuck at second and third position respectively, while Hellogoodbye's Here In Your Arms rose three places to number four. Timbaland's Give It To Me remained at number five.

Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band have debuted at the top of the album chart with Live In Dublin, followed by Damien Dempsey's To Hell Or Barbados at number two and Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad at number three.

The top ten singles in full:

1. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z: 'Umbrella'
2. Akon: 'Don't Matter'
3. Gym Class Heroes: 'Cupid's Chokehold'
4. Hellogoodbye: 'Here In Your Arms'
5. Timbaland ft. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake: 'Give It To Me'
6. Snow Patrol: 'Signal Fire'
7. Avril Lavigne: 'Girlfriend'
8. Beyonce & Shakira: 'Beautiful Liar'
9. Ne-Yo: 'Because Of You'
10. Maroon 5: 'Makes Me Wonder'

Gym Class Heroes official apologizes for band's profanity

Tim Fennell, Del Mar Fairgrounds general manager, has issued an apology for "inappropriate language and behavior" used by Gym Class Heroes, the headline performers during Friday's opening day concert.

"We apologize to anyone who was offended by the band's language or actions," Fennell said in a statement Saturday. "It is our goal to provide a safe, fun, family environment, and this band's actions created an atmosphere we do not want."

Fennell could not be reached for comment Monday. No details were available on exactly what the band said or did that prompted the apology.

The notice states that the fairgrounds would enforce a penalty clause in the band's contract that prohibits profanity and inappropriate behavior.

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Video Karaoke of the Day: Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold

Ba ba da da
Ba ba da da
Ba ba da da
Ba ba da da
Ba ba da da

(Chorus) Take a look at my girlfriend
She's the only one I got (ba ba da da)
Not much of a girlfriend
I never seem to get a lot (ba ba da da, ba ba da da)

It's been some time since we last spoke
This is gonna sound like a bad joke
But momma I fell in love again
It's safe to say I have a new girlfriend

And I know it sounds so old
But cupid got me in a chokehold
And I'm afraid I might give in
Towels on the mat my white flag is wavin'

I mean she even cooks me pancakes
And Alka Seltzer when my tummy aches
If that ain't love then I don't know what love is

We even got a secret handshake
And she loves the music that my band makes
I know I'm young but if I had to choose her or the sun
I'd be one nocturnal son of a gun

(ba ba da da, ba ba da da)


It's been awhile since we talked last and I'm tryin' hard not to talk fast
But dad I'm finally thinkin' I may have found the one
Type of girl that will make you way proud of your son

And I know you heard the last song about the girls that didn't last long
But I promise this is on a whole new plane
I can tell by the way she says my name (ba ba da da)

I love it when she calls my phone
She even got her very own ringtone
If that ain't love then I don't know what love is (ba ba da da)

It's gonna be a long drive home but I know as soon as I arrive home
And I open the door take off my coat and throw my bag on the floor
She'll be back into my arms once more for sure


She's got a smile that would make the most senile
Annoying old man bite his tongue
I'm not done
She's got eyes comparable to sunrise
And it doesn't stop there
Man I swear
She's got porcelain skin of course she's a ten
And now she's even got her own song
But movin' on
She's got the cutest laugh I ever heard
And we can be on the phone for three hours
Not sayin' one word
And I would still cherish every moment
And when I start to build my future she's the main component
Call it dumb call it luck call it love or whatever you call it but
Everywhere I go I keep her picture in my wallet like here


Gym Class Heroes played June 8 at the Grandstand Stage as part of the San Diego County Fair

Too $hort, incidentally, performs here tomorrow at the Live Nation-owned House of Blues. The rock-rap band Gym Class Heroes, which is also booked for Street Scene, played June 8 at the Grandstand Stage as part of the San Diego County Fair. Elvis Perkins, another Street Scene act, is due here July 2 at 4th&B (which is booked, but not owned, by Live Nation).

True, Street Scene will offer a chance to hear hometown favorites Louis XIV and such up-and-coming young artists as Paolo Nutini, Fair to Midland and Shut Up Stella. But bringing back acts that have played here so recently, such as Too $hort and Gym Class Heroes, is a curious move for a festival hoping to re-establish itself after a dramatic, 30,000-plus decline in attendance over the past two years.

A girl on Youtube has an impressive voice

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