Thursday, February 26, 2009

Billboard Hot 100, 3/6/2009

1. Right Round - Flo Rida (featuring Ke$ha)

No change at the top this week, as Flo Rida spends a second week at #1. The entry has been updated to include featured artist "Ke$ha," who, if she was a grammarian or email aficionado, would no doubt spell her name "Kesh@" instead, but as it is must be more a materialistic kind of girl.

2. Dead and Gone - T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake

T.I. and Justin have this week's airplay gainer, but the gains aren't enough to overthrow Flo Rida, so they spend a second week at #2.

4. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects

All-American Rejects climb 2 spots to #4, becoming their first top 5 hit. I might use their name as an excuse to point out that this is an all-American top 10 this week. With Leona Lewis, Estelle, and Coldplay having hits recently, I've become accustomed to seeing foreigners in the top 10, but the last time a non-American appeared in the top 10 was 3 weeks ago when Barbadian singer Rihanna and T.I.'s "Live Your Life" spent its last week there. In fact, since that track's slipped to #21, it's an all-American top 20.

6. Poker Face - Lady GaGa
7. Just Dance - Lady GaGa featuring Colby O'Donis

Lady GaGa has back-to-back top 10 hits as "Poker Face" climbs 4 spots to #6 and "Just Dance" slips to #7.

9. Kiss Me Thru the Phone - Soulja Boy Tell 'Em featuring Sammie

Soulja Boy Tell 'Em lands his second top 10 hit this week as "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" jumps 8 spots to #9. His last top 10 was his #1 single "Crank That (Soulj Boy)."

28. I Love College - Asher Roth

Here's a song that has the potential to become the next big thing. Asher Roth is a 23-year old white boy rapper from Pennsylvania and "I Love College" is his John Mayer- and Weezer-sampling ode to the pleasures of college. No, not exposure to philosophy, enlightenment and famous guest speakers, but drinking, pot and sex. Right...those pleasures. It shows its true colors especially during the bridge ("chug chug chug," "keg stand, keg stand"). Oh boy. Its up 27 places to #28 this week.

36. God Love Her - Toby Keith
38. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban

The two Keiths of country both have top 40 debuts this week. Toby Keith, best known for his conservative views, is up 5 spots to #36 with "God Lover Her," and Keith Urban, best known for marrying Nicole Kidman, is up 8 places to #38.

39. How Do You Sleep? - Jesse McCartney

"Leavin'" became Jesse McCartney's biggest hit last summer, but it's follow-up "It's Over" was almost prophetic, flopping at #62. I say "almost" because now Jesse is back in the top 40 with "How Do You Sleep," up 18 notches to #39.

40. Day N Nite - Kid Cudi

The recent UK hit is picking up in the US now, up 14 spots to #40.

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