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Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Most Pop Top 10 You've Seen This Year

Take a picture of the Top 10 of this week's Billboard Hot 100 -- it's the most pop it's been in years! While unfortunately Chris Brown's "Forever" fell to #15 after a solitary week on the upper reaches of the chart, Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocketful Of Sunshine" and Jesse McCartney's "Leavin'" hop in at #8 and #10, respectively. That gives Natasha her second U.S. Top 10 hit (after "Unwritten") and fourth one to reach the Top 20 (including "These Words" and "Love Like This").

Natasha performed "Pocketful Of Sunshine" on American Idol last week, which not only boosted the single, but causes her so-so same-titled album to fly up to #24 from last week's position of #97 on the Top 200 Albums.

Does anyone else smirk when she sings "a sweet escape," thinking of Gwen Stefani? Here's the sweet escapist video:

Meanwhile, back to Chris Brown's "Forever," it'd be a shame if radio doesn't pick up on the track simply because it's got a more pop edge to it. Last week's debut at #9 was purely based on downloads, which is a testament to Chris' popularity -- so why not give the song some damn airtime? Aw, screw radio. Who even listens, anyway?

Elsewhere, keyboard-driven emo act Metro Station -- kind of the new Hellogoodbye -- jump into the Top 40 at #36 with "Shake It," and Duffy's "Mercy" climbs to #61.

On the album chart, Madonna's Hard Candy is #1 with first-week sales of 280,000, while Robyn's album debuts way down at #100. Check out my latest Towleroad music column to see a video of Madge being a total snatch to MTV's John Norris when he asks her about turning 50.

Meanwhile, that sounds like him being nice -- I thought she was already 60!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis *4 weeks*
2. "Lollipop" - Lil Wayne Feat. Static Major *airplay gainer*
3. "No Air" - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
4. "Love In This Club" - Usher Feat. Young Jeezy
5. "Sexy Can I" - Ray J & Young Berg
6. "4 Minutes" - Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake
7. "Touch My Body" - Mariah Carey
8. "Pocketful Of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield *sales gainer*
9. "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles
10. "Leavin'" - Jesse McCartney

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  • At 1:11 PM, Blogger Doe Deere said…

    Hey there! :)

    I'm Doe Deere, the disco diva from Brooklyn, NY. I'm 98.7% sure you'll want to blog about me and my music: http://www.myspace.com/doedeere


  • At 1:54 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    um, anyway, the charts! (Now i have the sound of music stuck in my head!) It's poptastic. I'm thrilled for Jesse McCartney. Yay! Oh and just as i've started to like Chris Brown he slides. Still i'm belatedly loving his Jordin duet (as well as the elegant Tattoo. rather marv i must say!)

  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I don't even know where to begin! The fall for Chris is sad but expected--like you, I really hope radio picks up on the song.

    In better news, YAY for "Shake It"! I never in a million years thought it would do well on the charts, so this alone is great news (for the record, I'm a fan of the song, not necessarily the group, or at least not on a consistent basis). I still love "Pocketful Of Shinshine" (maybe slightly less than originally? I'm not sure) so that's even more good news, and it's so nice (for me!) to see Jesse that high in the charts. Still surprising, though, because for all the talk about him going R&B or going urban (some of which is from myself), it's one of the kitschiest pop songs he's done as well, just kind of dressed up to look urban.

  • At 2:40 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    "Pocketful of Sunshine" came up on the ole pod the other day, and I couldn't help but wonder why it hadn't really taken off...is it the typical somewhat vanilla sentiments we've come to expect from NB--well yeah--but it also has an interesting arrangement and an overall interesting feel/sound to it...it kind of stands out, which is a good thing--puts a spring in my step--so good on her for workin' it on Idol, despite my general disdain for the talent show genre....

    Finally, who's still requesting "Love Song"...hasn't that been around since before Xmas? Damn you ipod commercials!

  • At 9:53 PM, Blogger John said…

    Pop makes a comeback. Next you know, it's a HiNRG renaissance! I don't doubt that the Chris Brown track will rebound, and I'm scared about the fact that "Shake It" actually grew on me. I am all about the Ting Tings right now, though. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and "That's Not My Name" have been getting some serious play around these parts the past few days. And what about Danity Kane just knockin' on the door of the Top 10? Has Hell finally frozen over?

  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Doe Deere, excellent! And you can start singing about my blog, yes?

    Paul, the Jordin duet is marv, and the sliding Chris Brown track is a crime against humanity!!

    PG, I've yet to hear "Shake It" the whole way through, but is it a scandal that I just downloaded the new Coldplay song?

    Shaun, "Pocketful..." the song has certainly outlasted the album in my book.

    John, I love "Great DJ" by the Ting Tings! That was my jam last week!

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  • At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Randal said…

    This cannot have effect in actual fact, that's what I think.
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