With the current chart positions of some songs, is it fair to blame the artists’ choice in selection, or just the ever changing taste of fickle music listeners? Britney Spears’ ‘Me Against the Music’ seems about right, considering her public image may be upstaging her music career. Her duet with Madonna, also the first single from her new album, gained momentum quickly but has lost its steam on Billboard’s Hot 100, dropping from 38 to 44 this week. And Pink is in ‘Trouble’ as well, since her first single has yet to crack the top 50. Her record company has even rushed a second single to radio, ‘God is a DJ’, where it is going for adds. Did her label sense a disaster in the mix, due to the bland rock flavor of ‘Trouble?’ Maybe no one is feeling either of these lackluster songs, or are we just waiting for a more R&B Pink and more bubblegum Britney, which is what made them household names in the first place. I expect Britney to pull a Christina, and hurry her Justin-ode ‘Everytime’ to radio to reclaim her post on the top of the charts, like when ‘Dirrty’ failed to generate buzz last year and Aguilera quickly came out with ‘Beautiful.’ Whether Britney’s latest album sells, it’s hard to say if it’s because her music isn’t as popular, but it’s for sure that hip-hop and R&B has raided pop-radio. People seem to really be into the Beyonce look, which is big hair and catchy R&B hooks, as her ‘Crazy in Love’ stood firm at #1 on the Hot 100 for 11 weeks and ‘Baby Boy’ is still going strong after 8 weeks. Maybe that’s why Christina’s hair has gotten noticeably darker and bigger.