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Thursday, February 02, 2006

High School Musical Busts Up The U.S. Charts

This week has been a long time coming, as it sees the most exciting chart action in a long, long time! Defying all logic, a little TV movie called High School Musical came out of nowhere two weeks ago and has completely rewritten chart history. After airing on the Disney Channel on January 20th (and watched by almost 8 million viewers), throngs of kiddies put daddy's credit card to the task and began downloading the soundtrack off iTunes. "Breaking Free," the duet between Zac Efron (Troy) and Vanessa Anne Hudgens (Gabriella), was pushed to the top of the download chart within days, followed by a slew of the album's other songs.

The thing is, the music is actually really good, solid pop. And for the past two weeks, it seems like everyone has worked themselves into a High School Musical frenzy! The records the musical has broken on the U.S. charts are mind-boggling and far too numerous to list here, but you can read them all here.

Most notable is that based on downloads alone, "Breaking Free" makes Hot 100 history with the biggest one-week jump of all time, from #86 last week to #4 this week.

Also worth noting is that this week sees two UK acts (James Blunt and Natasha Bedingfield) in the Top 10 for the first time in nearly five years. After her first U.S. single, "These Words," peaked at #17 in the fall, Natasha's follow-up gives her a Top 10 hit. Her brother Daniel Bedingfield had his own Top 10 U.S. hit in 2002 with "Gotta Get Thru This."

And now, the U.S. Top 10:

1. "Check On It" - Beyonce ft. Slim Thug *2 weeks*
2. "Grillz" - Nelly ft. Paul Wall, Ali & Gripp
3. "Be Without You" - Mary J. Blige
4. "Breaking Free" - Zac Efron & Vanessa Anne Hudgens
5. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
6. "So Sick" - Ne-Yo
7. "Run It!" - Chris Brown
8. "Unpredictable" - Jamie Foxx ft. Ludacris
9. "Stickwitu" - Pussycat Dolls
10. "Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield

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  • At 2:05 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    Now I'm curious to hear just how "good" these songs are, but I just have this natural aversion to all Disney Channel related soundtracks. EVERY SINGLE DISNEY SHOW has a soundtrack with songs by the actors. It's so gross, really. And I'm bitter and jealous that I wasn't a child star.

  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Yeah, and for some reason, this one's really crossed over. "Breaking Free" is actually really awesome. It's been on heavy rotation on my iPod for the past two days.


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