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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Nelly Furtado Closer To #1 While Mika Continues The British Invasion

Yesterday I drove past a poster for Nelly Furtado's Loose that said "Hit After Hit -- Up Next: 'All Good Things'." What's surprising is that even with all the hits, Loose has only gone Gold at this point. Nevertheless, this week "Say It Right" climbs to a new high of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, held back only by unstoppable Beyoncé in her 10th week at #1. There wasn't a single #1 in 2006 that lasted that many weeks, but technically you could say the same for 2007 so far, since the run of "Irreplaceable" straddles both the end of 2006 and the beginning of this year.

With Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" moving up to #5 (photo swiped from XOLondon -- thanks!), it's a fairly poppy Top 5. It's also one notch higher than Gwen achieved with the woefully inferior "Wind It Up." Unfortunately for Justin Timberlake, it was just one week in the Top 10 with "What Goes Around...", though he does retain his bullet at #11. Just below him, Hellogoodbye soldier on to #14 with "Here (In My Arms)."

The "Hot Shot Debut" on the chart is now perhaps not surprisingly "sponsored by Nissan" (Yay, corporate America!) -- the single this week being "Year 3000" by Jonas Brothers, at #40. Katharine McPhee debuts at #48 with "Over It," and this week's U.K. #1, "Grace Kelly" by Mika, enters at #81.

High School Musical fans are no doubt cheerleading in the sidelines for Vanessa Hudgens, whose "Say OK" has its first time with the chart at #67. Slut!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Irreplaceable" - Beyoncé *10 weeks*
2. "Say It Right" - Nelly Furtado
3. "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" - Fall Out Boy
4. "It's Not Over" - Daughtry
5. "The Sweet Escape" - Gwen Stefani feat. Akon
6. "Runaway Love" - Ludacris feat. Mary J. Blige
7. "I Wanna Love You" - Akon feat. Snoop Dogg
8. "We Fly High" - Jim Jones
9. "You" - Lloyd feat. Lil' Wayne
10. "Walk It Out" - Unk

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  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Greg said…

    "Say OK" is a great song.

    "Cupid's Chokehold" was the Airplay Gainer, not Hot Shot Debut. The Hot Shot Debut was Radio Diz fave "Year 3000". Though, indeed, the new corporate sponsorships make that crap hard to read.

    I love "Irreplaceable" but am rooting for "Say It Right" or something to knock it off. "Say It Right" was my favorite song on Nelly's new album. Plus, I'm all for variety

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Thanks for catching that, Greg! Changing now. Yeah, I've been rooting for "Say It Right" for two months now. I'm actually really surprised it's made it this far, considering "Maneater" peaked at like #16 or #14.... I wonder how the next single will do?

  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    i love how the singles are swapped around for the nellster in england and america. first promiscuous slut and maneater now say it right and whatever the other one is called. yet her album hasn't done great... weird. viva mika.

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    The Jonas Brothers are still going?! And getting more successful as time goes on? It feels forever ago that I was ranting about their cover of "Year 3000"...I thought I heard at some point that they got dropped, but I guess not!

    I checked out the Hellogoodbye song you mentioned forever ago, and you've solved a mystery--that was the third song that stood out to me when someone played them for me!

  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger Greg said…

    Anyways, the Jonas Bros. song has been around for months and months now, it's totally inexplicable why it is only now debuting, and doing so at #40. Presumably it was just digitally released now, but why wait so long?

    If Nelly's next single is "All Good Things Come to an End", I'm gonna go ahead and and predict it's gonna flop. That song sucks ass. But then again, has that ever stopped a song from being huge in America before? It'll probably go to #1 as God's way of pissing me off.


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