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Thursday, February 16, 2012

US Chart Roundup: Madonna Lands 38th Top 10 Hit, Battles Whitney Like It's 1992 Again

Madonna's lead MDNA single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" jumps up from #13 to #10, thus becoming her 38th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This puts her even further ahead of The Beatles, who racked up 34 Top 10s, and Michael Jackson, who had 28. Ye Olde Vampyre's last Top 10 single in the States was "4 Minutes," which peaked at #3 in 2008.

Billboard notes that the song's radio airplay dropped 54%, however, since the special Clear Channel promotion, where the song was played on the company's stations every hour on the hour, ended once the Super Bowl kicked off.

And if you've been following "Give Me All Your Luvin'" on iTunes, then you noticed the song had been in the Top 10 at the digital store up until last weekend, when both sales of Whitney Houston songs jumped after her death and The Grammys aired. "Poor" Madge got pushed further and further down in the wake of both events (many artists who performed at the Grammy ceremony saw an expected surge in single sales), and her single is now floundering at #34 at the store. What she could use right now is an increase in radio play.

And speaking of Whitney, her 1992 Bodyguard single "I Will Always Love You" flies back into the Top 10 at #7. The song had previously spent 14 weeks at #1 between '92 and '93. Madonna released her album Erotica three weeks before The Bodyguard soundtrack back in fall 1992, but found herself sidelined on the charts by Whitney's juggernaut movie tunes. (The fact that the public was recoiling from Madge's graphic Sex book and gouging their eyes out with sporks after watching her godawful Body Of Evidence trash in the theater didn't help.)

Other Whitney songs that re-enter the Hot 100 this week: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (#35) and "The Greatest Love Of All" (#41). Over on the Top 200 album chart, Whitney: The Greatest Hits is back at #6 after selling 64,000 copies by Sunday evening. The collection previously peaked at #5 in 2000.

Back on the Hot 100, The Wanted climb to #25 with "Glad You Came," Ellie Goulding's "Lights" is up to #79 and Calvin Harris debuts at #90 with "Feel So Close," a previous #2 hit in the UK.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson *2 weeks*
2. "Set Fire To The Rain" - Adele
3. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae
4. "Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
5. "Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
6. "We Found Love" - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
7. "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston *re-entry*
8. "Turn Me On" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
9. "Rack City" - Tyga
10. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" - Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.

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8 Comments:

  • At 8:49 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    I'm not sure how I feel about classic songs being eligible to chart. It seems like a cheat to me. They had their day and just because they get a boost in airplay (for whatever reason) it doesn't seem right that they should be able to be Top 10 hits again. Maybe it's just me.

     
  • At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I, for one, enjoy seeing old songs rechart, considering all the new crap you see on the chart today..

     
  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger Jump! said…

    The charts should reflect what is popular an if an old song finds new life via a event so be it.

     
  • At 10:38 AM, Blogger Joshua said…

    IWALY should be eligible to chart IF ONLY so we may yet again see that amazing CD cover art of her wearing that silk shroud with matching bedazzled gloves running away from an orgy of very stern Kevin Constners.

     
  • At 11:14 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    It just seems like it was a rule changed deliberately because all those Michael Jackson songs couldn't chart. It is hollow and phony to me and I don't agree with it. True that most of the music on the charts today is crap, but I don't think the rules should have been changed.

     
  • At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Dolly Parton's Joyful Noise said…

    I love money!!!!!

     
  • At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Chart Silence of the Lambs said…

    Just wait until Mimi's "Ode to Jenny" (Junior Vasquez Lowfat Cheesecake 12") hits!

     
  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger That_One_Guy said…

    haha I love that Dolly Parton is plotting her next set of surgical procedures. Getit getit!!!

    I am on the fence about older songs charting; I think if they result relevant once more, why not? But I just think it's awkward when it simply applies to particular situations when it proves convenient.

    Just like store-only offers (Target, Wal-Mart, etc) or discounted music (I see you Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Usher, David Guetta...). You would think people at Billboard would enjoy creating new charts all the time to reflect change in music retail instead of simply changing its rules to benefit certain music "icons" and/or record companies that blatantly work on those changes just so they can keep holding records/relevance.

    As a side note, awesome news for Madonna. The fact that radio has not played her music since the Music days says a lot that it made it to #10 on sales alone (since its radio play decreased so much). I am happy if the song falls off now because at least it further cemented her catalogue achievements.

     

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