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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pink Lands Her First #1...Sort Of

It's hard to believe that, before this summer, Max Martin's (below left) only writing and/or production credit on a U.S. #1 single was almost 10 years ago—Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time."

Of course, had their been a CD single released for Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way," it surely would have hit the top, rather than peaking at #6 on airplay alone. ('Twas the days before iTunes, kids.)

Also, how much of a pain in the ass was it that Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" got stuck at #2 three years back?

Anyway, Pink lands at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, with "So What." Well, first time if we're discounting her contribution to 2001's "Lady Marmalade," along with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Lil' Kim. The old cougar look is working well for her, it would seem!

And along with his co-writing credit on Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl," Max Martin's role as producer and co-writer of "So What" gives him two #1-charting singles this year alone.

It truly does feel like a bit of a Pop Renaissance is going down in 2008.

Elsewhere, Estelle being re-added to iTunes after a brief experiment where Atlantic Records removed it in an attempt to boost CD sales has "American Boy" finally cracking the Top 10, at #9.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "So What" - Pink *1 week*
2. "Whatever You Like" - T.I. *airplay gainer*
3. "Disturbia" - Rihanna
4. "Paper Planes'" - M.I.A
5. "Swagga Like Us'" - Jay-Z *new* *hot shot debut*
6. "Forever" - Chris Brown
7. "Closer'" - Ne-Yo
8. "Can't Believe It'" - T-Pain feat. Lil Wayne
9. "American Boy" - Estelle feat. Kanye West
10. "Got Money" - Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain

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  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger John said…

    Renaissance? Looks like a revolution at the moment!

  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Vive la Revolution!! Now what happened to Jason Mraz??!

  • At 7:02 PM, Blogger Cristián said…

    When all is said and done, Max Martin will be the one carrying the torch of the true Bjorn/Benny sound and the legacy of their studio production techniques and lyrics-as-instruments tradition, for many more years to come.
    May we all lay all our love-for-pop on him.

  • At 9:47 PM, Blogger John said…

    Brief pit stop outside the Top 10. He'll be back, Paul...oh, don't you worry 'bout that! (Actually mentioned that in my entry today. You not reading?)

  • At 9:51 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Gosh, is that really true (about Max and #1)? I didn't realize that! It's more than time, then.

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, Viva La Revolution!

    Paul, oh, you just said that.

    Cristián, yes, much like Mariah, Max stumbled a bit in the early '00s, but he's back on track and taking over again.

    PG, yeah, and I always forget that it was his Cheiron-mates who did *NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" (which hit #1), and not Max.


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