Sunday, March 02, 2008

Billboard Hot 100, 3/8/2008

1. Low - Flo Rida (feat. T-Pain)

We appear to have a chart jam on the Hot 100. Conditions are just so to prevent much movement in the top 10. Within the top 10, #4 and #5 switch places, and so do #9 and #10. Otherwise, there's no movement. The lack of singles exiting the top 10 has meant that would-be challengers are stacking up, with singles in positions 11 through 15 now bulleted and waiting (waiting..wating..) to enter the top 10.

There's also a glut of singles waiting for Flo Rida to relinquish his grip on #1, which extends its run at the top to 10 weeks this week. The singles joins the elite club of tracks spending at least 10 weeks at the top, a group that extends to 10 singles now so far this decade, which includes: Santana's "Maria Maria" (10 wks, 2000), Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Part 1 (11 wks, 2000-01), Ashanti's "Foolish" (10 wks, 2002), Nelly and Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma" (10 wks, 2002), Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (12 wks, 2002-03), Usher's "Yeah" (12 wks, 2004), Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (14 wks, 2005), Kanye West's "Gold Digger" (10 wks, 2005), and Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (10 wks, 2006-07).

2. With You - Chris Brown
3. Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna
4. Love Song - Sara Bareilles

There's also a glut of singles teed up to hit #1. Flo Rida no longer has his bullet, so the question is which of these singles will be the next #1 and how soon? Both Chris Brown and Rihanna had #1 hits last year ("Kiss Kiss" and "Umbrella" respectively). "Love Song" is Sara Bareilles' first top 10 hit.

11. See You Again - Miley Cyrus
12. Superstar - Lupe Fiasco (feat. Matthew Santos)
13. No Air - Jordin Sparks (feat. Chris Brown)
14. Like You'll Never See Me Again - Alicia Keys
15. Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park

Here's that group of bunched up singles just below the top 10. Miley Cyrus leads the pack, but Jordin Spark's "No Air" is the fastest moving, rising 10 spots this week to #13 as the week's biggest sales gainer. Alicia's Key's new single has stalled partly because her previous one, "No One," won't give way (it's down one spot to #5 this week).

34. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey makes her top 40 debut this week with "Touch My Body," the first single from her forthcoming 10th album (11th if you count the Christmas album), E=MC2. This is Carey's 31st top 40 single, a run that includes 17 #1 hits (the second most of any artist after the Beatles's 20 and tied with Elvis Presley's 17).

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