Thursday, December 01, 2005

US Chart Analysis, 12/10/2005

Billboard Hot 100 (Singles):

Chris Brown (featuring Juelz Santana) earns a third week at #1. With no significant challengers to speak of, I'd expect him remain on top for awhile, probably for the rest of the year. His strongest competition for the top may in fact be his guest. Juelz Santana's solo outing, "There It Go (The Whistle Song)" is up from #19 to #11 and wins this week's Airplay Gainer award. D4L moves up 2 to #4 with "Laffy Taffy," the only other bulleted track in the top 5. No move for Madonna, but she keeps her bullet at #7 with "Hung Up," which is #1 this week on the Hot 100 sales and digital sales charts. She also rules the dance charts, where "Hung Up" is #1 for a fourth week in Club Play, and is also #1 in Dance Airplay and Dance Singles Sales. The Pussycat Dolls move up 2 to #8 with "Stickwitu," a new peak for the single.

Big chart jam outside the top 10; positions 11 -16 are all bulleted. Since so few tracks in the top 10 are still moving up, expect some movement in the top 10 next week. Besides Juelz Santana at #11, there's Mariah Carey at #12 with "Dont Forget About Us," which moves down a notch but is still bulleted.

Nelly (Featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp) makes up a big move into the top 40, up 33 places to #19 with "Grillz." This is Nelly's 12th Top 40 (15th counting featured appearances). Also making a big move into the top 40 is Eminem, who moves up 44 places to #25 with "When I'm Gone." The track, from his forthcoming greatest hits album, is his 13th top 40 hit. The energy from these two tracks must have drained the chart, as there are no other new entries in the top 40.

Highest new entry of the week is Natasha Bedingfield at #77 with "Unwritten."

Billboard 200 (albums):

System of a Down scores there second #1 of the year with Hypnotize, the companion piece to Mezmerize, which was #1 in June. Madonna gets knocked down to #4 after only a week at #1 with Confessions on a Dancefloor. Enya debuts at #8 with Amarantine, the second highest placing of any of her albums, bested only by the #2 peak of her last album, A Day Without Rain, which featured her biggest hit, "Only Time." Juelz Santana's second album, What The Game's Been Missing debuts at #9, one place shy of the peak of his first album, From Me to U. At #10, Chamillionaire debuts with his first album, The Sound of Revenge.

R&R CHR/Pop (Top 40 airplay):

Chris Brown tops the pop airplay chart this week with his first single, "Run It," knocking Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You" from the top after 4 weeks at #1. Chris Brown looks set to stay at the top for the rest of the year; the closest challenger is The Pussycat Dolls' "Stickwitu," which climbs up 2 to #5 this week. Gwen Stefani scores her 4th top 10 hit of the year with "Luxurious," which moves up 3 to #10.

Big movers outside the top 10 include All-American Rejects up 7 to #12 with "Dirty Little Secret," Beyonce (featuring Slim Thug) up 4 to #16 with "Check on It," and D4L up 3 to #24 with "Laffy Taffy." Eminem's latest track "When I'm Gone" looked really hot when it debuted, but has cooled considerably in spin gains; the track is up 3 to #18.

Fall Out Boy has the highest new entry in the top 40 with their second top 40 single, "Dance Dance" at #31. This week's other debut is from Ray J at #38 with "One Wish." Next week, expect new entries from Juelz Santana and Click Five.

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