Congratulations go out to one of my all-time favorite artists, Jody Watley, who scored a top 5 hit last week on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart with “A Beautiful Life.” It’s the 32nd Billboard top 10 of her career, according to her publicist, and in case you’re wondering, it’s a Watley original (co-written with Rodney Lee), not a remake of Ace of Base’s “Beautiful Life.” I’ve been obsessed with the empowering anthem since Watley’s last album, The Makeover, dropped way back in August 2006. But as is often the case with indie artists, the climb to success can be slow and steady, so it’s nice to see a larger audience finally embracing Watley’s ditty about breaking free from an unhealthy relationship. In fact, it kinda makes you wonder why there’s no room on Top 40 radio for a hook this sticky, sung by a voice that’s only grown richer and more nuanced with time. No matter, though, because “A Beautiful Life” is on my Must List this week (and for the foreseeable future).
What about you, PopWatchers? What beautiful things are on your Must List this week? List up to three items from current TV/movies/music/books/games/online. Don’t forget your e-mail address, in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline is early this week, thanks to Turkey Day, so post your picks by Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. ET.
More on Miss Jody Watley, EW’s Must List
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The Must List: What’s Hot for the Week of Nov. 23, 2008