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Thursday, August 25, 2011

US Chart Roundup: Lil Wayne's Big Hits, Adele Is No One-Hit Wonder & There's A Whole Lot Of Sax

Apparently Lil Wayne's "She Will," which features Drake and debuts at #3 this week, marks his 79th entry on the Billboard Hot 100, and has him behind only the Glee cast (156 entries), Elvis Presley (108) and James Brown (91) with the most appearances on the chart. And yet Rolling Stone crowned Eminem the King Of Hip Hop last week?

Anyway, some decent jams shift around this week, mostly for the better. Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger" actually falls a notch, to #4, but I've been hearing it more and more on the radio. (Gotta give props to the Italians, as the song was on the air every time I hopped in a shuttle or cab back in early July over there.)

I'm still torn about Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine's "Stereo Hearts" (up four positions to #15 this week); on one hand I like the beat a lot, but on the other, it's effing Travie McCoy — i.e. the Limp Bizkit of this decade in my book.

Another jam I was totally conflicted over for two seconds before I finally just went ahead and downloaded: Cobra Starship and Sabi's "You Make Me Feel..." It moves up to #19 on the Hot 100 (and doesn't it sound shamelessly like Taio Cruz's "Dynamite"?)

Adele's winter/spring chart-topper in the UK "Someone Like You" (#34) finally cracks the Top 40 here, making it her third single to do so, following "Chasing Pavements" (which peaked at #21) and "Rolling In The Deep" (#1). Just below her at #35 is Lady Gaga with "You And I," which flies up from #96 following last week's premiere of the music video.

Another recent hit in the UK, Alexandra Stan's "Mr. Saxobeat," hovers just outside the Top 40 after moving up nine spots to #44. And speaking of saxophones and beats, Dev's "In The Dark" jumps 14 positions to #56.

Finally, Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath," which is hands-down one of the raddest pop songs of 201l, debuts at #86. You probably shouldn't count on it rising anytime soon, though — after initially rising to the Top 40 on iTunes last week, it's currently way down at #158.

Poor pussycat.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" - Katy Perry *2 weeks*
2. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO/Lauren Bennett/GoonRock
3. "She Will" - Lil Wayne feat. Drake *new*
4. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
5. "Super Bass" - Nicki Minaj
6. "Lighters" - Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
7. "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster The People
8. "How To Love" - Lil Wayne
9. "Good Life" - OneRepublic
10. "I Wanna Go" - Britney Spears

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  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    Had no idea Lil Wayne has had so many chart entries. I'd still say Eminem has had bigger hits, so don't see any issue with Rolling Stone anointing him king.


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