Thursday, May 01, 2008

Billboard Hot 100, 5/10/2008

1. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis continues to set chart records this week, returning to #1 for her third non-consecutive week at the top with her third run at #1. Having an interrupted run and returning to #1 isn't that uncommon. It happened twice last year--Maroon 5 spent 2 weeks at #1 with "Makes Me Wonder," yielded 1 week for T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank" and then returned to #1 for a third week. Soulja Boy gave way to Kanye West's "Stronger" after two weeks at #1 with "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" and then returned to #1 for 5 more weeks. But having a run at #1 interrupted twice is very rare. The last time it happened was 1978-79 when Chic's "Le Freak" hit #1 in December 1978, gave way to Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" for 1 week, returned to #1 for 2 more weeks before giving way again for the Bee Gee's "Too Much Heaven" for 2 weeks, followed by 3 more weeks at #1 for Chic.

2. Lollipop - Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major

So Lil Wayne slips back a notch, but keeps his bullet, and is, in fact, this week's airplay gainer (Leona is the sales gainer).

4. 4 Minutes - Madonna and Justin Timberlake

Madonna further rebounds this week, up two more spots to #4, just one place shy of the single's original peak from a few weeks ago. Numerologists will note with glee that for the first time the single, who's title includes the numeral "4," is actually at #4.

9. Forever - Chris Brown

Chris Brown makes the rather remarkable H0t 100 debut at #9 with "Forever." Counting guest appearances, this is Brown's 9th top 10 hit. Pulling a T-Pain, this week Brown has three singles in the top 10. He guests on Jordin Spark's "No Air" at #3, this new single, and his previous single still holds on to the top 10, falling a notch to #10.

14. Leavin' - Jesse McCartney

Another strong Hot 100 debut at #14 for Jesse McCartney. This is McCartney's third top 40 hit, and already his biggest, beating the #16 peak of "Beautiful Soul." One wonders what he is enjoying more--this debut, or his songwriting credit on this week's #1 hit, "Bleeding Love."

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