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Thursday, September 08, 2011

US Chart Roundup: Adele And The Past 20 Years Of UK Artists At #1 In The States

There are a few interesting things going on with the chart this week, the least of which is that, at this point, half of the singles in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 have spent time at #1.

Also, Katy Perry is now in her 69th consecutive week of having a single in the Top 10. That could all end by next week, since "Last Friday Night" is at #10. But I couldn't think of a more appropriate number than 69 for her to go out (or down) on.

So on to the big news, which is that Adele's ballad "Someone Like You" leaps up 18 positions to the top of the Hot 100 following her performance on the MTV VMAs two Sundays ago. This puts her with Katy Perry and Britney Spears in the category of artists who've had more than one single reach #1 this year.

By my estimation (and correct me if I'm wrong), "Someone Like You" is only the 15th single by a British artist or group with members from the UK to top the Hot 100 in the past 20 years. (I'm counting Elton John's double A-side "Candle In The Wind '97/Something About The Way You Look Tonight" as one single here.)

The breakdown is as follows:

1. "I've Been Thinking About You" - Londonbeat (1991)
2. "Unbelievable" - EMF (1991)
3. "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" - George Michael/Elton (1992)
4. "I'm Too Sexy" - Right Said Fred (1992)
5. "Can't Help Falling In Love" - UB40 (1993)
6. "Kiss From A Rose" - Seal (1995)
7. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls (1997)
8. "Candle In The Wind '97" - Elton John (1997)
9. "You're Beautiful" - James Blunt (2006)
10. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis (2008)
11. "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay (2008)
12. "Down" - Jay Sean (2009)
13. "Break Your Heart" - Taio Cruz (2010)
14. "Rolling In The Deep" - Adele (2011)
15. "Someone Like You" - Adele (2011)

It's also worth mentioning that we'd have to go back to 1989 to find the last year where, like Adele, an artist from the UK placed two singles at the top of the US chart: Phil Collins' "Two Hearts" spent two weeks at #1 in January that year, while "Another Day In Paradise" marked the very last chart-topping single of the '80s here in the States (and very first one of the '90s); and Fine Young Cannibals reached the peak position on the Hot 100 with both "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing."

On a final note, Lady Gaga's "You And I" climbs from #16 to #6, giving her an 11th Top 10 single. At this point, if she squeezes one more single out of Born This Way and releases another album with a handful of likeable radio jams, she'd have a decent greatest hits compilation (with, of course, the required two new songs tacked on).

Hey, here's an idea — she can call it The Immaculate Collection.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Someone Like You" - Adele *1 week*
2. "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
3. "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster The People
4. "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO/Lauren Bennett/GoonRock
5. "Super Bass" - Nicki Minaj
6. "You And I" - Lady Gaga
7. ""Lighters" - Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
8. "You Make Me Feel..." - Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
9. "Give Me Everything" — Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
10. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" - Katy Perry

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  • At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Totally Scott-Lee...ZORT said…

    Aren't you forgetting the 89-week run "Electric" had at the top of the US charts?

  • At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    the small number of #1s from the UK in the last 20 years reflects just how geocentric the mainstream American music media is. Some people call terrestrial radio playlist programmers "conservative". In my humble opinion, they're certifiably incompetent. For those who blame the music industry downward spiral on illegal downloading, they are overlooking the role that the primary gatekeepers of music have played in running the industry into the ground by showcasing garbage that will sound redundant very soon - in favor of music that really qualified as "music". Thank goodness for blogs such as these whose world does NOT revolve around America.

  • At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    oh yeah....and I think it is a tragic shame that "Don't let the sun go down on me" was the last #1 single by George Michael in America. If only US radio did what the rest of the world did - which was give "Fast Love" by George Michael high rotation. That song is by far the hottest jam of the 90s. That song with ANY meaningful promotion in the US would have gone straight to #1 like it did in almost ever other large music market in the world.

  • At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Shaun said…

    Which brit single went to #1 besides hold it this year?

  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    TSLZ, ah, yes - that must have slipped my mind.

    Pranav, I remember "Fastlove" getting a decent amount of radio play in spring '96 here - or at least enough to get it to #8. It did seem like the airplay dropped off quickly, though. And how did "Jesus To A Child" get to #7 on the Hot 100? I think I heard that song on the radio one time. Must have just been his fans picking the single up, maybe mixed with the anticipation (at that time) for his first new single in four years?

    Shaun, she's featured on Rihanna's "S&M" remix, which is technically the version that got to #1 (according to Billboard).

  • At 9:14 AM, Anonymous shaun said…

    Oh yeah, forgot about that trash (to borrow your term;o)

  • At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Robbie...it is kinda weird. I lived in Bombay (India) in the 90s and there, "Fast Love" was given loads of play on MTV. Every average-joe knew the song. Hell, even my geography teacher in school that wasn't into pop music from the west knew the song. When I visited the US in 1997, I remember talking to someone that was a George Michael fan and she had no idea that George Michael had released any material since "Listen without prejudice" - so clearly, the radio airplay was not enough to get George back into the public consciousness - at least not in the way that people like kesha and bieber are practically shoved down our ears. I realize I sound like a broken record at times but it is this type of inequity in the music business that drives me absolutely nuts.

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