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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Coldplay Become Only Third U.K. Act To Top Billboard's Hot 100 This Decade

As strange as it sounds, before Coldplay this week, James Blunt and Leona Lewis were the only other U.K. acts to top the Billboard Hot 100 in the '00s, with "You're Beautiful" and "Bleeding Love," respectively. Now "Viva La Vida" can be thrown into that elite club. Thank Apple (the company, not Chris Martin's daughter), who've used the song in an ad campaign.

But doesn't Coldplay just seem like one of those bands that, despite their ├╝ber-popularity, would never have a #1 single? They're like Radiohead -- their albums will top the charts, but a giant, across-the-boards hit single...and one on Top 40 radio, to boot? It couldn't happen here.

Apparently it did, though. "Viva La Vida" looks set to top the U.K. chart this Sunday, as well. Meanwhile, the same-titled album sold over 300,000 copies on its first day of release here in the States, and Billboard is predicting it'll end up in the range of 750,000 moved to top the album chart next week.

Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" is the Airplay Gainer at #2, and I can attest to that -- I was in a restaurant on Sunday while here visiting my hometown, and heard it blaring over the speakers. I don't know how lyrics like "I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry chap stick" from a female pop star went over with the small-town Father's Day crowd, but I like to think that brave trailblazers of freedom like Katy Perry and Tila Tequila are making America a safer place for not just gays, but for us all.

Nice to see Natasha Bedingfield move up to #6 with "Pocketful Of Sunshine." One notch higher and she'll tie the peak position of "Unwritten" from two years back. And at #8, Chris Brown's "Forever" is now back in the Top 10 where it belongs. I knew that one and Ne-Yo's "Closer" (up 13 positions to #25) would do well this week because I heard them playing at my favorite Pittsburgh dive bar this past weekend. Now, granted, it was me who played them on the jukebox, but still...!

On a final note, somehow...some way...New Kids On The Block have scraped their way to #42 with "Summertime." Life? A cruel torturer.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Viva La Vida'" - Coldplay *1 week*
2. "I Kissed A Girl" - Katy Perry *airplay gainer*
3. "Lollipop" - Lil Wayne Feat. Static Major
4. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
5. "Take A Bow" - Rihanna
6. "Pocketful Of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield
7. "No Air" - Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
8. "Forever" - Chris Brown
9. "Love In This Club" - Usher Feat. Young Jeezy
10. "Shake It" - Metro Station *sales gainer*

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  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    I'm glad our jukebox plays are finally eligible for Billboard reporting, it makes that $40 all the more worth it!

  • At 8:57 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    I, too, am just shocked that Coldplay has a #1 single. I agree--it's a bit like imagining Radiohead having a #1 (though, that is a much more unlikely scenario, and Radiohead is a much more deserving band...). Plus, I happen to think that "Viva" is a pretty sophisticated (read, "doesn't sound like everything else released during the past five years") recording, which makes its ascent all the more shocking...what does it all mean? How can a song without a rap interlude be #1? Does America have a slither of taste left? Nah--probably just the Apple commercial...

  • At 8:04 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    oh look at us brits go. Nothing since LaBlunt and now a whole 2 number ones in one year. I'll stick with Chris Brown

  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger John said…

    Let's be honest...while the song is brilliant (if potentially a rip-off), part of the reason it got to #1 is because iTunes has been "selling" the track to folks who pre-ordered the full-length. If it wasn't for the fact that it's a bit more mainstream, it probably would have peaked around #8 like Yael Naim or Feist did when their songs were tagged in commercials. Fortunately for Coldplay, the track's caught enough momentum that it won't freefall in the next few weeks like it's predecessors.

    Thanks for spending your 50 cents to help promote "Forever" and "Closer". If you'd up it to a dollar, I'm pretty sure Ne-Yo would put out. I just don't get how PCD "When I Throw Up" jumps again to #18...what a crap record! Danity Kane wouldn't have recorded that noise, even if it was handing out C-notes. Glad to see Estelle hit the Top 40, though.

  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Moog, we'll be plunking another $47 in there tonight, luv, so hit the ATM!

    Shaun, totally the Apple commercial. Thought it's always funny when something like this interrupts the steady flow of rap trash at the top, a la Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" last year.

    Paul, but my mom loves the new Coldplay album! We've been listening to it together all week. Actually, it's the first one of theirs I haven't been disappointed with since the very first one eight years ago.

    John, yeah, Estelle at #35. It's definitely a "Brit invasion" year not seen since the early '90s. Hey, remember Tasmine Archer? Don't know why I just thought of her.... was she British?

  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger John said…

    D'luv, you get the class award for going for Tasmin instead of Des'ree. Always stretching!

  • At 9:39 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    Another depressingly shit top 10. I hope Chris Martin chokes on Gwyneth's massive clit of death and drowns in her slimy juices. Fucking iTunes has a lot to answer for!

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