Sunday, April 13, 2008

Billboard Hot 100, 4/19/2008

1. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey
2. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
3. 4 Minutes - Madonna and Justin

Mariah Carey remains on top for a second week with "Touch My Body," extending her total aggregate weeks at #1 to 79, tying Elvis Presley's record. Last week Carey surpassed Elvis' number of #1 hits when "Touch My Body" became her 18th chart topper. While's she's still two #1s shy of reaching the Beatles' record 20 #1s, because their hits tended to spend little time at the top, she's already way ahead of their aggregate 59 weeks at #1.

Spending another week at the top with this single may be a tough proposition for Carey though, as the competition is really tight. "Body" loses its bullet this week, and "Bleeding Love," rebounds up to #2. It's gaining really fast at radio--at its current rate it should be #1 on the top 40 airplay chart next week--and the release of Lewis's album Spirit should help sales further this week. "Touch My Body" appears to be slowing down at radio, and E=MC² is still a week away.

Madonna, meanwhile, manages to hold her ground and keep her bullet at #3. I was afraid the single would suffer from a first-week sales surge, but it's actually managed to improve its sales position, climbing to #1 on the digital sales charts, while "Touch My Body" is the single to burn out, falling from #1 to #4 on those charts. "4 Minutes" is currently #1 at iTunes.

4. Lollipop - Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major

This week's Sales Gainer is Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," up three spots to #4 this week. The single is just one spot shy of Lil Wayne's highest charting single, the #3 peak of Destiny's Child's "Solider," on which Lil Wayne made an appearance. Most of his major hits have been as guest star, such as on Lloyd's "You" (#9 in 2006), and Chris Brown's "Gimme That" (#15 in 2006).

7. No Air - Jordin Sparks Featuring Chris Brown

"No Air" slides back two slots this week, but is the Airplay Gainer, so it's still a contender. I really like this song, and I hope it can peak higher than #5, where it was last week.

25. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield makes the biggest move within the top 40 this week, up 13 spots to #25. That's close to her bigest ever jump within the top 40, when "Unwritten" bounded 14 spots from #28 to #14 in its fifth week within the top 40.

37. Nude - Radiohead

Radiohead has this week's highest debut on the Hot 100 with "Nude" at #37. It's a surprisingly good show for the band, whose only other major U.S. hit was their first single, "Creep," which peaked at #34 in 1993.

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