Thursday, October 08, 2009
Billboard Hot 100, 17th Oct. 2009
1. Down - Jay Sean Featuring Lil' Wayne
Ending the Black Eyed Peas' combined 26-week reign with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" (12) and "I Gotta Feeling" (14) is British singer, Jay Sean with his US debut single "Down" making him the first British male urban act to top the Hot 100. This is "Down's" fourteenth week on the chart after debuting at #72 back in August. A major congrats is in order. This is also Lil' Wayne's second chart topper following "Lollipop" from last year which netted the rapper a non-consecutive 5 week run.
Over on the Pop Songs (revised Top 40 Mainstream chart) Sean becomes the ninth male artist to top the chart with their debut effort as "Down" rises 2 - 1 this week. Last artist to acheive this feat was Flo Rida with last years' "Low" which eventually became the charts biggest song of 2008. Additionally this is also Lil' Wayne's first #1 over there.
2. Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus
After stiff competition from Jay Sean, Miley Cyrus managed to rebound 3-2 this week with "Party in the USA," in its eighth week on the chart. It's still selling strongly on iTunes (and other digital formats, I'm sure) and gaining airplay quickly so a shot a #1 isn't quite out of the question. Just note: I'm really loving this song right now -- I wasn't too keen on it before.
3. Run This Town - Jay-Z Featuring Rihanna & Kanye West
4. Watcha Say - Jason DeRulo
Both Jay-Z and newcomer Jason DeRulo remain bulleted, one spot up from where they were last week with their singles "Run This Town" and "Watcha Say."
6. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa
Lady GaGa is this weeks airplay gainer with her single "Paparazzi," is anyone else surprised this hasn't become a top 5 hit (or a potential #1) yet? Espeically after that grabbing performance at the VMA's.
8. Obsessed - Mariah Carey
As much as I'm behind her, I'll admit this hasn't been Mariah Carey's year. "Obsessed" became top 10 hit for her weeks back but since then its performance has been somewhat lagging. This week it re-enters the top 10 one spot short of its #7 peak, due to the release of her twelfth album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which also underperforms this week as it debuts at #3 with weak sales of 168,000 (way off the career-high 463,000 that last years' E=MC2 pushed) behind both Babara Streistand and Paramore. The albums second single "I Want to Know What Love Is" just doesn't want to become a hit--this week it enters the top 70. I hope things pick up for her soon, as things aren't looking too good from here.
11. Fireflies - Owl City
Owl City score their/his first top 20 with their/his first commercial single "Fireflies." This week is rises 24 - 11. I can't believe I didn't choose this as Best track when I reviewed the album, Ocean Eyes, months ago.
12. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce
Another single I'm surprised hasn't become a top 5 hit yet. This week Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams" rises a solid 3 spots up to #12. Will it be a top 10 hit next week?
16. Break Up - Mario
I wonder what Mario owes this hefty 4 spot rise of his single "Break Up." I still don't think it's that but if the people love it then, hey!
20. Be On You - Flo Rida Featuring Ne-Yo
"Jump" might not have set the chart on fire, but Flo Rida scores his sixth top 20 this week with "Be On You." This is also Ne-Yo's thirtheenth top 20 (including guest appearences).
23. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson rebounds 27 -23 with "Already Gone." Still not a top 20 hit yet, strange.