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Thursday, December 07, 2006

A Belated B'Day Present For Beyoncé

After five weeks of being the Airplay Gainer on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, Beyoncé finally scores a bona fide hit off her latest album, as "Irreplaceable" goes to #1. Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Dreamgirls was released this week. Surprisingly, Jennifer Hudson is getting all the favorable notice while some gossip suggests B is standing in the background thinking, I'm-a cut her!!!

Another album out this week is Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape. Her single, "Wind It Up," moves up one notch to #6 after entering the Top 10 last week. I've finally given in to the childish charms of "Wind It Up," though I wish the label had released the beautiful, poppy "Early Winter" or "4 In The Morning" as the lead single, instead. Just outside the Top 10, Nelly Furtado jumps up 13 spots to #12 with "Say It Right."

This brings us to a broad I used to dream about strangling with a Vision Streetwear T-shirt. Avril Lavigne -- the Lily Allen of her time -- has the Hot Shot Debut at #22 with her ballad from Eragon, "Keep Holding On." She's so much more likeable now that she's married, off the sauce and penning over-produced power schmaltz. This one is just as good as Kelly Clarkson's "Break Away," which Avril also wrote.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé *1 week* *airplay gainer*
2. "I Wanna Love You" - Akon feat. Snoop Dogg
3. "Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem
4. "Fergalicious" - Fergie *sales gainer*
5. "My Love" - Justin Timberlake feat. T.I.
6. "Wind It Up" - Gwen Stefani
7. "How To Save A Life" - The Fray
8. "Lips Of An Angel" - Hinder
9. "Shortie Like Mine" - Bow Wow feat. Christ Brown & Johnta Austin
10. "We Fly High" - Jim Jones

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  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger MoogaBoo said…

    Really liking the latest singles from Beyonce and Nelly F, glad to see they're doing well. Can't believe that "How to Save a Life" song is still around, although it's grown on me as well.

  • At 6:33 PM, Anonymous J.Me said…

    "Irreplaceable" is technically Beyoncé's first SOLO #1, as all her other #1 hits featured a guest rapper. I'm quite surprised that "Say It Right" is doing so well. One of my favorite songs at the moment.

  • At 1:41 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    oh! I didn't know you viewed l'il Avril as the lily of her day! No surprise then that i loved her debut and came to really like her second album... nice to see the eragon single doing well, can't wait for the film!


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