Thursday, May 15, 2008

Billboard Hot 100, 5/24/2008

1. Take a Bow - Rihanna

Owing to a very strong sales week, Rihanna shoots up the chart 52 spots to land her third #1 hit with "Take a Bow." Those scratching their head over why they cant find this on Good Girl Gone Bad should know its a bonus cut on a re-released version of that album due out later this month. This is Rihanna's 8th top 10 hit and third #1 following "SOS" from 2006 and last year's "Umbrella." By ascending to the top, Rihanna, who is from Barbados, unseats Brit Leona Lewis. The last time a non-American replaced a foreigner on the top of the Hot 100 was when Rihanna herself scored her first #1, knocking Canadian Daniel Powter from #1 with his "Bad Day."

10. Damaged - Danity Kane

The MTV Making the Band product returns to the top 10 with the lead single from their second album Welcome to the Dollhouse. They reached #8 in 2006 with their first single, "Show Stopper." I suspect "Damaged" will end up the bigger hit.

15. Viva La Vida - Coldplay
40. Violet Hill - Coldplay

Other than Rihanna there are two other entries in the top 40 this week--both from Coldplay. At #15 is "Viva La Vida," the title track from their upcoming fourth album that you can get from iTunes for pre-ordering the album. At #40 is the album's first single, "Violet Hill," which the band had, for 1 week, offered as a free download from their Web site. The singles are only the band's 3rd and 4th top 10 hits. Their biggest was their last, "Speed of Sound," which became the band's only top 10 hit in 2005 when it debuted (and peaked) at #8. Interestingly, "Viva La Vida" is also available as a pre-order bonus from iTunes in the UK, but their chart people decided to disqualify the song from appearing on the UK singles chart. Over their, "Violet Hill" debuted in the top 1o at #8.

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