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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lady GaGa Throws Her Wig Into The Top 10

Happy Thanksgiving! Is it wrong to want to dig into the Honeybaked ham and turkey sitting in my fridge...at 7:59 a.m.? Maybe just one small piece?

Anyway, yay, Beyoncé, etc., for I Am...Sasha Fierce's availability last week propelling "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" all the way up to #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. She performed the song on the Today Show yesterday wearing a black skin tight catsuit. Meow!

The other big news is that Lady GaGa's "Just Dance"—a single that's been out since April—finally flies into the Top 10, at #7. Alas, it's up in the air at this point whether the Lady will eke out a long pop career. She's certainly on the right track, penning songs for New Kids On The Block and Britney Spears.

At any rate, it's been awhile since there's been a bona fide dance/pop diva in the upper reaches of the American charts.

And just for fun, here are some other memorable singles that have peaked at #7 in the U.S. over the past two decades:
  • Technotronic, "Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over" (1990)
  • Rick Astley, "Cry For Help" (1991)
  • Seal, "Crazy" (1991)
  • Tara Kemp, "Piece Of My Heart" (1991)
  • Madonna, "Deeper And Deeper" (1992)
  • Duran Duran, "Come Undone" (1993)
  • Michael Jackson, "Will You Be There" (1993)
  • Take That, "Back For Good" (1995)
  • George Michael, "Jesus To A Child" (1996)
  • Robyn, "Do You Know What It Takes" (1997)
  • Jewel, "Foolish Games" (1997)
  • Aqua, "Barbie Girl" (1997)
  • Robyn, "Show Me Love" (1997)
  • Pink, "There You Go" (2000)
  • Kylie Minogue, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (2002)
  • Kelly Clarkson, "Because Of You" (2005)
  • Ne-Yo, "Sexy Love" (2006)
  • Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo, "Hate That I Love You" (2007)
  • Yael Naim, "New Soul" (2008)
  • Ne-Yo, "Closer" (2008)
  • Christina Aguilera, "Keeps Gettin' Better" (2008)
Of course, that's not to say that Lady GaGa's "Just Dance" has peaked just yet. Anyway, did I forget any? I'm sure. Fuck it, I'm going to eat turkey!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Live Your Life" - T.I. feat. Rihanna *5 weeks*
2. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - Beyoncé *airplay gainer*
3. "If I Were A Boy" - Beyoncé
4. "Whatever You Like" - T.I.
5. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
6. "Love Lockdown" - Kanye West
7. "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa feat. Colby O'Donis *sales gainer*
8. "So What" - Pink
9. "Miss Independent" - Ne-Yo
10. "Right Now (Na Na Na)" - Akon

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  • At 3:24 PM, Blogger John said…

    #7 seems to be a really good number. A couple of other good ones: "Human Nature" from Michael Jackson and "Cry For Help" from Rick Astley.

    I'm really impressed by the success of "Just Dance". Honestly, I thought the label had completely FUBAR'd the record here, but apparently someone knew what they were doing. I still contend that Akon releasing new music may have something to do with his signee suddenly blasting off, but that's just the conspiracy theorist in me.

  • At 3:15 AM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Just Dance doesn't do it for me, but I like that a dance-oriented act is getting some play and good reviews. Poker Face is better and should be really massive. The song she wrote for NKOTB was a dog, though.

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    John, I had a bunch from the '80s, too—like Sheila E's "Glamorous Life," George Michael's "A Different Corner" and Donna Summer's "This Time I Know It's For Real"—but the list was so long I just stuck with the '90s and '00s.

    That said, I do have "Cry For Help" on there already :)

    Moog, yeah, "Just Dance" isn't nearly as good as some of the other songs on her album.

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger John said…

    Brain freeze...sorry!

  • At 2:22 PM, Blogger 17days said…

    Belinda Carlisle's last solo top 10 in the US, CIRCLE IN THE SAND, also peaked at 7.

  • At 9:21 PM, Blogger twostepcub said…

    and the most freakish of all....

    Prince peaked at #7 with "7"....

  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I am pretty apathetic about Gaga - I think she's a spoiled rich girl who's totally manufactured, but at the same time, she did perform at TRANNYSHACK here in SF, which is pretty amazing. her album has some highlights, but for the most part, is generic to me, and I am not a huge fan of Just Dance except at the clubs. That being said, I am going to see her next week at the Puma 60th Anniversary Concert! Wahooooo

  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger chenmeinv0 said…

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