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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Like Any Good Stripper With Mad Skills, Rihanna Slides Back Up To The Top

She may have the voice of a 15-year-old boy with a clothespin clamped on his nose, but Barbadian beauty Rihanna has now landed her third springtime #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Take A Bow," a trend that started with "SOS" in 2006 and carried on with "Umbrella" last year.

But let's be honest, folks -- "Take A Bow" sounds like some limp dirge Beyoncé blew out in a snot rag after an allergy attack. This flimsy track is to be included on the June re-release of of Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad. "Take A Bow" was added to iTunes last week and the 200,000+ downloads caused it to jump to the top from last week's position of #53.

Also, new at #57 is the Maroon 5 and Rihanna duet to be included on both their album re-releases, "If I Never See Your Face Again."

And speaking of strippers, Diddy's 10-legged ho troupe Danity Kane poledance into the Top 10 with "Damaged" after what seems like an eternity just outside the door, moving up one notch to #10. Maybe they'll lapdance each other's faces in celebration?

Coldplay fans have something to put the bong and Tennyson down for and rejoice, too, as "Viva La Vida" is the chart's Hot Shot Debut at #15, while official single "Violet Hill" enters at #40. "Viva La Vida" leapfrogged "Violet Hill" after being made available for free with pre-order downloads of the full album on iTunes. Both cuts give Coldplay their third and fourth U.S. Top 40 singles, following 2002's "Clocks" (#29) and 2005's "Speed Of Sound" (#8).

Finally, while it looked like bye-bye after only three weeks in the Top 40 for Mariah Carey's "Bye Bye," the single rebounds this week and moves up from #38 to #27, no doubt due to the video making its debut last week and interest in her recent quickie marriage to Nick Cannon.

Hopefully a similar miracle happens for Chris Brown's excellent "Forever," which following its debut at #9 two weeks ago has slid from #15 to #24.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Take A Bow" - Rihanna *1 week*
2. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
3. "Lollipop" - Lil Wayne Feat. Static Major
4. "No Air" - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
5. "Love In This Club" - Usher Feat. Young Jeezy
6. "Sexy Can I" - Ray J & Young Berg
7. "4 Minutes" - Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake
8. "Touch My Body" - Mariah Carey
9. "Pocketful Of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield
10. "Damaged'" - Danity Kane

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  • At 9:30 PM, Blogger John said…

    "Forever" is one of the most added for a second week in a row at Top 40, so I have no doubt it's going to rebound. Wanna know what song beat it to most added this week? "Summertime" by Old Geezers on the Dole. Matter of fact, the only non-pop song getting big adds right now is the new Kanye track, and that's got Chris Martin on it. Big sea change at pop radio right now, methinks.

    The one that I'm disappointed by is Ne-Yo "Closer". I can't get enough of that right now.

  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    How could ya pass up such a perfect opportunity to bash the Old Vampyre?! "Give it 2 Me" fell out of the Hot 100 this week...not a very good sign of future hittage, eh?

    I know, I know...it was based on downloads alone, but still! I'm wondering if radio will pick it up once the video hits?

  • At 1:06 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    Rihanna is the poor man's Beyonce with even less charisma. "Take A Bow" is utter shit and its #1 placing is further proof that the entire pop world is going down the shitter.

  • At 3:08 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    I am absolutely enamoured with Chris Brown - and very belatedly so. But Forever is a gorgeous pop gem and strangely makes me think Shayne Ward could make it over there... am i crazy?

    Hurrah for Maroon 5 though - i think that will be a decent summer hit :)

  • At 4:31 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    From what I remember of "Take A Bow," I was totally underwhelmed by it too. It's really a shame it's getting single status when she's got two excellent ballads in the form of "Rehab" and "Good Girl Gone Bad" on the album.

  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, good! Glad to hear it's getting some radio play. I liked "Closer" until I heard "Forever, which kinda blew it out of the water for me. Much like those two probably blow each other out of the water for them.

    Y, is she still trying with that album, then?

    Mike, again, may god bless you and your heavenly assessments.

    Paul, welcome to the Chris Brown bandwagon! Don't get too comfy, though...he has some shit tunes, as well to counter the brilliance of "Forever" and "No Air."

    PG, all of which she'll be stripping to when the pop career bites it.

  • At 5:08 AM, Anonymous muebles toledo said…

    Pretty helpful piece of writing, thanks so much for your post.


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