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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Mariah Carey Surpasses Elvis To Score Her 18th U.S. #1 Single On Billboard's Hot 100

Mimi's probably got a champagne IV hooked up right now...

Mariah Carey has scored her 18th #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and leaps ahead of her previous tie with Elvis Presley, who had 17. The trade publication notes that "Touch My Body" will be at the top of the new chart posted tomorrow, after 286,000 paid downloads last week.

Priscilla Presley would've let out a nine-octave shriek over the news if this were six faces ago for her. Now she'll probably just stand there and nervously fidget with her bank card. Mimi now only trails The Beatles, who have 20 U.S. #1 singles.

As well, Madonna moves past Elvis; "4 Minutes," which jumps from #68 to #3 on tomorrow's chart, gives her a total of 37 U.S. Top 10 hits, beating the 36 racked up by The King. Madonna has had 12 Hot 100 chart-toppers, and last hit #1 with "Music" in 2000. "4 Minutes" ended up with 217,000 paid downloads in its first week of availability.

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  • At 2:23 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    Hurray!! I wonder if Madonna is going to #1 next week or if Mariah can stave her off (has this ever happened with MC and Madonna in Top 3 together???)

  • At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Madonna said…

    If I repressed downloads of my song for six weeks, I could buy a #1 too! Mariah and her label are cheaters, this result has ZERO validity. How many #1's has her label bought for her now? eight? Shame on Mariah and her lable that they have to cheat to get her to #1 on the charts. The quality of her latest single, like most of her recent past several number 1's is SEVERELY lacking!

  • At 5:27 PM, Blogger John said…

    I'm gonna push back on this whole "buying number ones" deal. It has happened for years, and it will keep happening. Back in the mid 90s, record companies would do a quick cassette single release, price them at a buck or two, and earn a quick #1, and then the song would be able to complete it's chart run off of airplay, leaving the remaining consumers to only buy the song on the full-length tape or CD. It's called marketing, and if it works, more power to 'em. It's not like they're out there buying the actual digital singles themselves.

  • At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Shadow Steele said…

    Billboard lost all credibility, the moment the record companies started phasing out the single in the early 1990's. They have yet to figure out how to make their main chart a true reflection of what's popular. The old saying in the biz for years used to be "it ain't #1 until it's #1 in Billboard". Sadly, that's not the case anymore. Truth be told, DJ's like me and others in the biz don't even pay attention to the Hot 100 chart and haven't for a very long time.

    I agree with Madonna's thoughts, though I say only about 5 or 6 of Mariah's number 1's are truly "illegitimate".

  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger John said…

    Shadow, I couldn't agree more with you about Billboard. Although they've attempted to evolve with the dominance of digital songs, there really is no way to truly gauge what's "hot" without taking into account channels such as YouTube, Internet radio, music on demand sources, and even illegal file shares. Having said that, it still takes a pretty pervasive track to hit #1, and at least they'll chart a song strictly on sales or airplay. Back in the day, that slogan could only be applied to songs that had a commercial single available. So it's all relative.

  • At 12:22 AM, Anonymous onetimeDJ said…

    "Thank God I Found You," "Heartbreaker" and "Honey" all tested like absolute CRAP at my station as I'm sure they did at Shadow's! The current Mariah #1 appears to be testing just as poorly as those songs did.

    The 1990's were a time where the record companies tried to force consumers to buy albums without giving them the option of purchasing singles so that they they could, in theory, maximize revenue. This backfired though, and caused Napster, Kazaa and all of those other file sharing services to flourish. In the meantime, Billboard swept all of this under the rug for years as if nothing was happening. BIG mistake!

    To further the point of the Hot 100's irrelevance, I'm sure most of you remember the song "Don't Speak" by No Doubt. It was one of the biggest hits of the 1990's, spending nine weeks on top of the pop airplay charts. If you look at the Billboard Hot 100 history books you'll see it strangely missing. Why, you may ask? Because Billboard had a policy that only allowed songs record companies released as commercial singles to chart. People loved the song and a couple of other lesser hits so much that "Tragic Kingdom" sold over 10 million copies here in America.

    Many other massive hits from the 1990's don't show up on Billboard's Hot 100 charts as a result, being replaced by much lesser songs. The only reason many of these lesser songs became "hits" on the Hot 100 is because they had the advantage of being available as a single.

    A #1 hit on the Hot 100 was once a significant accomplishment. It no longer is so.

  • At 12:36 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Joshua, well, it appears as if Madge is now on top of iTunes...and Guy Richie, if you saw the pic in GQ of her buying a strap-on.

    Madonna, well, couldn't it be as simple as them picking a competitive release date... If the label put it up a week before, would they have been buying against Leona Lewis, or Usher the weeks before?

    John, total.

    Shadow, honestly, I haven't listened to radio regularly in about 7 years, but I feel like Billboard is a bit more in touch with what's popular now than it was then, as they at least allow for downloads to be factored in. In the late 90s and early 00s, it seemed like it was whatever radio was pushing dominated. If anything, I think radio is the least relevant of all factors now.

    OTDJ, Billboard itself cites their shortcomings in representing all the radio hits like No Doubt and The Cardigans, etc. from the 90s, and acknowleges that as the reason they changed the chart in 1998 to allow radio only singles to chart.Whatever, unless any of these labels and stars are putting money in my pocket, they can all kiss my ass, and get targeted on Chart Rigger!!!

    That said -- and maybe I never spelled this out before -- I started doing the weekly chart roundups in 2005 mostly as a means for me to archive and look back on what was in the charts at any given week in time. Just my own personal diary, if you will, of it all.

    Hot tamale.


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