Sunday, March 16, 2008

Billboard Hot 100, 3/22/2008

1. Love in This Club - Usher (featuring Young Jeezy)

It's a second week at #1 for Usher and Young Jeezy's "Love in This Club." I neglected to note last week that Usher now furthers his lead as the artist with the most #1 hits so far this decade, "...Club" being his 7th. He still has a way to go if he wants to amass the number of chart-toppers the '90s leader had--that would be Mariah Carey, who scored 14 #1 hits between 1990 and 1999. Here's the leaders for the most #1 hits by decade for the last three decades:

  • Usher (7)
  • Beyonce (4, plus 2 more with Destiny's Child)
  • Justin Timberlake (4, plus 1 more with *NSYNC)
  • Nelly (4)
  • Ludacris (4)


  • Mariah Carey (14)
  • Janet Jackson (6)
  • Boyz II Men (5)
  • Madonna (4)
  • Whitney Houston (4)
  • Celine Dion (4)
  • TLC (4)


  • Michael Jackson (9)
  • Phil Collins (7, plus 1 with Genesis)
  • Madonna (7)
  • Whitney Houston (7)
  • George Michael (6, plus 2 with Wham!)

4. Love Song - Sara Bareilles
6. No Air - Jordin Sparks (featuring Chris Brown)

Sara Bareilles and Jordin Sparks are the most obvious challengers for #1 at the moment. Bareilles moves up a spot to #4. Sparks holds at #6 but is this week's airplay gainer.

7. Sexy Can I - Ray J & Yung Berg
10. Superstar - Lupe Fiasco (featuring Matthew Santos)

Ray J scores his first top 10 hit this week. He came close 3 years ago with "One Wish," which peaked at #11. Also scoring his first top 10 is Lupe Fiasco with "Superstar." The track was already a top 10 hit in Britain earlier this year.

16. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" moves within striking distance of the top 10, up eight spots to #16 this week. The single is still not available at retail, keeping it at bay for now.

21. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis makes a big splash in the top 40 this week, up 20 spots to #21. It's also this week's sales gainer. As I predicted last week, Lewis becomes the first product of the recent UK reality music competitions to score a top 40 hit in the U.S., a feat that so far has eluded the likes of Will Young, Girls Aloud, Shayne Ward, etc. This is unsurprising, as only Kelly Clarkson among American Idol acts has managed to make it in the UK, despite the domestic popularity of other acts like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Jordin Sparks.

37. Feels Like Tonight - Daughtry

Speaking of Daughtry, he scores his fourth top 40 this week.

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