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Thursday, January 29, 2015

US Chart Roundup: So, About Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds"...

Over the past week I've been preoccupied with whipping together Chart Rigger's epic 10-year anniversary Round Table feature (not to mention the 10-year anniversary playlist), so I didn't get a chance to comment on Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's weekend bombshell, "FourFiveSeconds." And it's probably for the best that I let several days pass before chiming in, since I thought the song sounded like alley cats fucking in a garbage can the first time I listened.

But now that I've given it a few plays (three total, really), this trash doesn't sound like a bad song. In fact, I can actually hear a throng of RiRi fans chanting the chorus of this one in unison from their seats at some stadium venue while she has a down-tempo moment on stage.

Alas, right now we're not at a Rihanna concert. We just have this song to listen to from our computers. It's not conventional, as far as bombastic lead singles from Ms. Fenty go. In fact, I feel like the last time she turned out a ballad featuring guitars for a single was "California King Bed," back in Spring 2011, but that one had a far glossier production than the stripped-back "FourFiveSeconds."

I don't know — I guess it's growing on me. There's something charming about Rihanna chirping and warbling like a newly-hatched chickadee over McCartney's minimal guitar strumming here. Kanye, on the other hand, should just never attempt to sing.

This classy trash debuts at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, which is pretty impressive considering "FourFiveSeconds" was only added to iTunes last Saturday night, and the chart cut-off for the week is Sunday evening.

Anyway, two interesting things to point out:

1. Out of Rihanna's seven released studio albums so far, only two have contained lead singles that missed out on topping the Billboard Hot 100: debut album Music Of The Sun ("Pon de Replay," #2) and Rated R ("Russian Roulette, "#9).

2. This year marks a full decade of RiRi. Her very first single, "Pon de Replay," arrived in May 2005.

P.S. everyone: It's 2015, and Fall Out Boy have a Top 10 single.  

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars *4 weeks*
2. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
3. "Take Me To Church" - Hozier
4. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
5. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
6. "Sugar" - Maroon 5
7. "Lips Are Movin" - Meghan Trainor
8. "I'm Not The Only One" - Sam Smith
9. "Jealous" - Nick Jonas
10. "Centuries" - Fall Out Boy

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