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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Leona Lewis Is The First U.K. Female Artist To Top The U.S. Chart Since Kim Wilde

It couldn't happen here...or so I thought.

You know, on the morning of Christmas Eve 2006, I distinctly remember sitting in a mom and pop coffee shop up in the mountains of Idyllwild, California -- the only coffee shop in that town, and, incidentally, the only place there that offers wireless Internet service -- and typing up the post about the U.K. chart that week. I believe it was eloquently titled "X Factor Ho Leona Lewis Unwraps A Christmas #1." And I remember thinking, That's nice, luv, but you'll never, ever happen here in the States.

Of course, my thinking was for no other reason than the fact that for one week earlier that year, James Blunt narrowly became the first U.K. artist to top Billboard's Hot 100 since  Elton John's re-re-vamped "Candle In The Wind" Princess Diana tribute dominated the chart during the latter months of 1997. And, as the title of this gem pronounces, it was June 1987 when we last saw a U.K. female hit #1 here -- Kim Wilde's Hi-NRG cover of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On."

Sure, some broads came close; Nicki French's even higher-NRG cover of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" peaked at #2 in June 1995, and Welsh-born Donna Lewis reached the same position the following summer with "I Love You Always Forever" (where it sat for nine weeks, held back by the tragic, hypnotic dominance of "Macarena"!). But it wasn't till this week that a British dame truly stole Kim Wilde's thunder.

It looks like Leona Lewis may even match the short, one-week stay at the top Kim had. "Bleeding Love" is this week's new #1 on the Billboard chart, but Mariah Carey has already knocked the single off the peak of the iTunes chart, and is looking to do the same on Billboard next week.

For a bit of a throwback, here are the vids for Kim Wilde and Donna Lewis, both of which are bringing back some great, D'luvvly memories:

Elsewhere, after six months, Timbaland and OneRepublic's "Apologize" finally drops out of the Top 10, and Danity Kane's fun pop number "Damaged" makes a crazy jump from #64 to #27.

Also, Madonna and Justin Timberlake's "4 Minutes" debuts at #68, and my next boyfriend, Ferras, enters at #84 with "Hollywood's Not America."

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis *1 week* *sales gainer*
2. "Love In This Club" - Usher Feat. Young Jeezy *airplay gainer*
3. "Sexy Can I" - Ray J & Young Berg
4. "With You" - Chris Brown
5. "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles
6. "No Air" - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
7. "Low" - Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain
8. "Don't Stop The Music" - Rihanna
9. "Lollipop" - Lil Wayne Feat. Static Major
10. "Shawty Get Loose" - Lil Mama Feat. Chris Brown & T-Pain

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  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I do hope it's just a 1 week stay.. I have this sinking suspicious Lord of Darkness Clive Davis will dispatch his undead minions to ensure Mariah is stuck at #2... But ahh I hope not. (Not that I hate the song or Leona)

  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    i'm happy to see a bit of bleeding love a top the US charts. Even if i prefer the follow Better in Time. I'm sure Mariah's breezy slutjam will knock her British ass down to size! And look at that rip roaring debut for Madonna - i can't help but feel if it were nelly furtado singing it, it would've debuted top twenty. When did America bless Lady Madge with a huge radio and sales top five hit?!

  • At 2:33 PM, Anonymous You Keep Me Hangin' Orangutan said…

    Wow, Rick Astly and Kim Wilde getting back to back mentions in blog posts. Ah, takes me back to me youth it does.

  • At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Kim Wilde On said…

    Do. Not. Want.

  • At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I LOVE Kim Wilde. Pretty underrated as a pop star, at least here in the states. She had tons of international hits thought -- she was the UK's biggest-selling female of the 1980s.

  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger John said…

    I really think we've got a shot at back-to-back-to-back divas having number ones, as Mariah will probably be #1 next week, and Madonna will hit that phallic peak probably 2 weeks later. Poor Janet's sitting in a waiting room, waiting for a coffee enema, wondering how the freak parade to #1 passed her by.

    Love me some Kim Wilde and Donna Lewis, though. I used to love Nikki as well, but I had a friend who went on a Nikkipalooza in '98, and she's been dead to me ever since.

  • At 5:54 PM, Anonymous D'Luv tanks again! said…

    The Chart Rigger herself - Mariah - will be number one on the Hot 100 next week. How many weeks did that Ho repress downloads to buy another phony, bogus #1? Was it SEVEN? I think so.

    Leona's #1 is legit. Lots of sales, little promo and strong airplay. She may very well get back there once the Lambs spend their life savings over the next week or so.

    Mariah's TMB will be yet another "#1" with an EMPHASIS on the quotes!!!

  • At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Lamb, just lamb! said…

    "Payola My Body" will be #1 next week. I guarantee it!

  • At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Maybe "Buy My Body" or "Record Label, please buy me a #1" is a better title for the mariah ho's trash!

  • At 6:18 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I think we should call Blahriah Jankrey's single "I'll Let You Touch Mariah's Privates If You Bought The Single On Itunes"

  • At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Apple Bottom Jeans said…

    OMG I LOVE LEONA SHE IS TOTES THE QUEEN HER VOICE IS LIKE ZAC EFRON...SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!oneoneoneoneone1111111!

  • At 6:30 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Jesus, the Leona queens are out in full force today. Celebrate, Leo-tards! Celebrate!!

    Pablo, did you mean when did Madge last have a huge radio and sales top five hit? Probably "Don't Tell Me" back in 2001. "4 Minutes" will surge next week, though... it's now #2 on iTunes.

    Joshua, ditto the above with Mariah.

    YKMHO, I know... maybe I'll sprinkle in some Chris DeBurgh next.

    KWO, Touch. My. Puzzy?

    Anonymous, my pal MoogaBoo made me a mix tape back in '95 with some of Kim's unknown-to-mainstream-U.S.-listeners jams. I instantly fell in love with "You Came" -- of course, him labeling it on the sleeve as the "You Came (In Your Mouth 7" Mix)" might have helped a bit.

    John, now, now... don't go using the common misspelling of Nicki's first name. Did you know Nikki French is an American porn star commonly mistaken for Nicki French the singer, and vice versa? Tis true! If you go back in the archives here to June 2006, there's an interview I did with her posted in 3 parts.

  • At 6:40 PM, Blogger Trailer Trashlee said…

    Mooga, you should bring that special Wilde-ian mix you do out to LA soon! Your fans want to meet you!

  • At 7:43 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    All I really want to say is that I LOVE "I Love You Always Forever." I realize anyone with a heart and who's not too cool to admit it probably does as well, but I still needed to say it. Sigh...talk about pop perfection. It's timeless...and yet listening to it is making me feel like I've stepped into a time machine.

    I hadn't seen the video before, though--I think I'm getting dizzy!

  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger arthurs1 said…

    Leona Lewis is just another stereotypical-looking and sounding female singer. Lots of hair, songs about emotional dependence on men...boring, boring, boring. Surely Britain can do better than this recycled mush.

  • At 9:41 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Hooray! A (semi-relevant) reason to talk about Kim Wilde! Oh how I love her underrated career, especially the platinum-in-the-US 'Another Step' and it's equally brilliant follow-up, 'Close'. I think that one went tin.

    Years ago I did make D'Luv a mix tape with "You Came," although I couldn't remember if I had included that mix or the On My Stomach 12". Hotness either way. Anyway, we've been singing it at bars ever since.

    BTW, we *are* all aware that the 'anonymous' Leonaphites are actually paid lackeys of J Records and Clive Davis, right? How blog-spottingly hip the multi-million dollar record labels have become, now, in the hour of their death, amen.

  • At 11:24 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    Wow, I, too, love me some "I Love You
    Always Forever"...it really is a timeless pop classic....

    However, I was so disappointed to learn today that it was never #1...growing up in the backwoods of Virginia, our pop station (yeah, singular, cuz Toby Keith needs at least 10 stations of his own) only played the adult contemporary countdown, which Donna ruled for about 10 years with that song...I just assumed she'd managed one legit week at #1..sad ;o( I think I suffered a similar shock re Sophie B. Hawkins' "As I Lay Me Down" not that long ago...

  • At 2:05 AM, Anonymous d'luv is still dumber than dirt! said…

    Leona Lewis is #1 and you and your trolls have egg on your face! rotflmao!

  • At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Leo-rangutan said…

    Whoa! Leo-tards is right, I haven't seen this much vitriol spewn about since the great Jojo debate of ought seven!

  • At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Madonna said…

    This is the real number one this week, not Mariah's payola my body trash.

  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    amazing album. i just prelistened and downloaded it here: http://lavamus.com/Album/2314673/Leona_Lewis/Bleeding_Love_Promo/mp3/


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