Thursday, February 07, 2008

Billboard Hot 100 chart notes, 2/16/2008

1. Low - Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain

The irrepressible "Low" by Flo Rida and T-Pain earns a 7th week atop the Billboard Hot 100. It hit #1 the first week of the year and has stayed there ever since. It's a pretty typical example of "crunk" the beat-heavy hip-hop style used recently by Usher ("Yeah!") and Ciara ("1, 2 Step"). This is the third appearance at #1 for T-Pain, who was there twice last year on Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss" and his own "Buy U a Drank." Seven weeks is a pretty good cutoff to divide the big #1 singles from those that are merely chart toppers--mere as that might be. The 23 longest-running #1 singles of this decade:

14 weeks - We Belong Togehter - Mariah Carey
12 weeks - Lose Yourself - Eminem
12 weeks - Yeah! - Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris
11 weeks - Independent Women Part 1 - Destiny's Child
10 weeks - Maria Maria - Santana ft. the Product G&B
10 weeks - Foolish - Ashanti
10 weeks - Dilemma - Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland
10 weeks - Gold Digger - Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx
10 weeks - Irreplaceable - Beyonce
9 weeks - In Da Club - 50 Cent
9 weeks - Baby Boy - Beyonce ft. Sean Paul
9 weeks - Hey Ya! - Outkast
9 weeks - Let Me Love You - Mario
9 weeks - Candy Shop - 50 Cent ft. Olivia
8 weeks - Crazy in Love - Beyonce ft. Jay-Z
8 weeks - Burn - Usher
7 weeks - All for You - Janet Jackson
7 weeks - Hot in Herre - Nelly
7 weeks - Goodies - Ciara ft. Petey Pablo
7 weeks - Sexyback - Justin Timberlake
7 weeks - Umbrella - Rihanna ft. Jay-Z
7 weeks - Crank That (Soulja Boy) - Soulja Boy
7 weeks - Low - Flo Rida ft. T-Pain

Beyonce is currently winning the longevity race, with 3 solo singles in the above bracket, plus a fourth with Destiny's Child.

2. With You - Chris Brown
3. Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna

Flo Rida has some pretty big challengers hot on his tail. "With You" is Chris Brown's follow-up to his #1 hit "Kiss Kiss," and features that Stargate sound radio loves right now. "Don't Stop the Music" is already Rihanna's third-highest charting single after her #1 "Umbrella" and #2 debut, "Pon Da Replay." The single is also this week's fastest gaining track at radio.

6. Love Song - Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles continues her ascent with "Love Song," up three spots this week. This song continues to be a big seller, despite it sounding more like a radio-driven hit. It's top 40 airplay (#20) is comparatively low to its sales position (#4).

9. New Soul - Yael Naim

How's this for unusual? The highest debut on the entire Hot 100 this week--all the way up at #9--is by a French-born Israeli singer whose latest album (in French, English and Hebrew) was a modest hit in France last year. So why are Americans snatching this up in droves? It's the song featured in the ads for that new super slim Apple laptop, the MacBook Air.

17. See You Again - Miley Cyrus
37. Ready, Set, Don't Go - Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is quickly crossing over from Disney darling to mainstream darling. Her pseudo-tour documentary, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, is the #1 film in America, and she's had two #1 albums, the first Hannah Montana soundtrack and the double album that included the second Hannah Montana soundtrack and her solo debut. Now she also has a pop hit in "See You Again," up 11 spots this week to #17. She also appears at #37 with her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, on "Ready, Set, Don't Go," from her father's album Home at Last.

23. Piece of Me - Britney Spears

The endless media coverage of the ongoing meltdown of former teen idol Britney Spears does nothing for the success of her current single, "Piece of Me," which falls five spots this week after peaking at #18. The single was her 9th top 20 hit.

25. Superstar - Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos

Lupe Fiasco is currently enjoying his first top 40 in "Superstar," also currently a top 10 hit in Britain. The American rapper appeared on Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the last single from Kanye's Late Registration, but that single just missed the top 40, peaking at #40. "Superstar" is a great track, up 11 spots this week.

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