Saturday, April 26, 2008

Billboard Hot 100, 5/3/2008

1. Lollipop - Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major

Rapper Lil Wayne knocks Leona Lewis from #1 this week with "Lollipop." The smooth single features Wayne's vocals "auto-tuned," a process first popularized by Cher's 1998 hit "Believe" that has been popping up a lot lately, particularly in hip-hop (see T-Pain). Static Major, the featured guest, died two months ago in a Kentucky hospital. That makes Static Major the first artist with a posthumous #1 since Soulja Slim, who was featured on Juvenile's "Slow Motion," which hit #1 in 2004 about 9 months after Slim's death.

2. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

So Leona gets punted back a bit after her second non-consecutive week at #1. She's this week's airplay gainer though, and has just topped the top 40 airplay chart, so a return to #1 (a third time!) is certainly a possibility.

3. No Air - Jordin Sparks Featuring Chri Brown

Jordin and Chris hold on at #3, the single's highest peak so far. On the top 40 airplay chart this single is #2 and would have been #1 had it not been for Leona leaping over it this week.

10. See You Again - Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, in her 20th week on the Hot 100, finally breaks into the top 10. The last 10 weeks for this single has been spent hovering between 11 to 14 (4 of those week at #11). This is Miley's first top 10 hit. The last time we had a Cyrus in the top 10 was almost 16 years ago when her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, hit the top 10 with his country crossover hit, "Achy Breaky Heart."

12. Say - John Mayer

John Mayer soars 23 spots to #12 this week with "Say," this week's sales gainer. I'm not sure what's behind this, as I find the single only mildly appealing. Surprisingly, this is actually Mayer's highest-charting single. He's never had a top 10 hit, and his previous best was the #13 peak of his first single, "No Such Thing." Four other singles made the top 20: "Waiting on the World to Change," (#14) "Your Body is a Wonderland" (#18), "Daughters" (#19), and his recent #19 apperance on Fall Out Boy's "Beat It" cover.

16. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield continues her ascent with "Pocketful of Sunshine," up nine spots this week, just passing the #17 peak of "These Words" to become her third-highest charting single. She's now had four top 20 hits in the U.S., twice as many as her brother Daniel.

23. Bye Bye - Mariah Carey

Upon the release of her 10th album, E=MC², the album's second single "Bye Bye" became available for sale and instantly becomes Carey's 32rd top 40 hit. The album did very well this week, bowing at #1 with sales over 450,000, making it her biggest debut sales week. The album is her 6th #1, following Mariah Carey, Music Box, Daydream, Butterfly, and The Emancipation of Mimi. That ties her with Madonna and Janet Jackson, and puts her just two under Barbra Streisand's record eight #1 albums for a female soloist.

34. Realize - Colbie Caillat

Former internet sensation Colbie Caillat, who scored a top 5 hit last year with her debut, "Bubbly," lands her second top 40 hit this week with "Realize." Frankly, I'm even less interested in this than her last, but she does have her fans.

40. Party People - Nelly Featuring Fergie

Finally Nelly debuts at #40 with "Party People," the first official single from his forthcoming fifth album, Brass Knuckles. I say "official," because the album already had its first single, "Wadsyaname," which flopped when released in August of last year. Subsequently, the release of the album was pushed back, and that single actually dropped from it. So "Party People" is the album's first single, giving Nelly his 13th top 40 hit (16th counting guest spots). His last appearance on the chart was as guest on Janet Jackson's 2006 single "Call on Me," which hit #25. This is Fergie's 6th top 40 hit, following her amazing run of five top 5 hits from her solo debut, The Dutchess. Fergie's 6th Dutchess single, "Finally (feat. John Legend)" failed to dent the Hot 100 earlier this year.

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