Thursday, November 04, 2010

Billboard Hot 100, November 13, 2010

1. We R Who We R – Kesha

Aren’t these #1 debuts becoming more and more frequent? Pop singer Kesha lands her second chart topper with her new single “We R Who We R,” selling 280,000 in digital downloads this week—opening at the pinnacle of the chart. It’s the 17th single in Hot 100 history to do so and only the 2nd this year after Eminem’s “Not Afraid.” List of #1 debuts:

1. You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson (September 2, 1995)
2. Fantasy – Mariah Carey (September 30, 1995)
3. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) – Whitney Houston (November 25, 1995)
4. One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (December 2, 1995)
5. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112 (June 14, 1997)
6. Honey – Mariah Carey (September 13, 1997)
7. Candle in the Wind / The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John (October 11, 1997)
8. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion (February 28, 1998)
9. I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (September 5, 1998)
10. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill (November 14, 1998)
11. This is the Night – Clay Aiken (June 28, 2003)
12. I Believe – Fantasia (July 10, 2004)
13. Inside You Heaven – Carrie Underwood (July 2, 2005)
14. Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks (July 1, 2006)
15. 3 – Britney Spears (October 24, 2009)
16. Not Afraid – Eminem (May 22, 2010)
17. We R Who We R – Kesha (November 13, 2010)

I’ve often wondered why most of these #1 debuts happen during the fall (save for Eminem, Celine Dion, P. Diddy and the American Idol contestants). Isn’t radio airplay as strong during the fall months so sales count more? And vice-versa for the ‘90s.

11. Willow – Whip My Hair

Among this week’s interesting debuts, Actor Will Smith’s daughter, ten year old daughter Willow Smith—who goes by just Willow—rises 67 spots up to #11 with her debut single “Whip My Hair,” landing her first top 20 single, which racked up 137,000 in sales this week, enough to debut at #4 on the Digital Songs tally. The song is a hovering kid-friendly R&B/pop ditty about partying, shaking those pesky haters off and keeping on your grind…you know, the usual things ten year old kids talk about these days.

17. Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
(21. Mine)
(27. Innocent)
(41. The Story of Us)
(54. Dear John)
(56. Better Than Revenge)
(63. Haunted)
(71. Last Kiss)
(75. Enchanted)
(84. Never Grow Up)
(85. Long Live)

It's an exciting week on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 for country/pop singer Taylor Swift this week. "Sparks Fly" leads Swift's 11 chart entries this week off the back of the release of her third studio album Speak Now this week.

Over on the Billboard 200, Speak Now becomes the 16th album in the charts history to debut at its summit with one week sales of 1 million. The album sold exactly 1,047,000 this week, as well as outselling the top 62 albums combined. It’s the first album to top the million mark since Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter III in 2008 and the highest first week numbers since 50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005:

1. Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard Soundtrack (1993)
2. Garth Brooks – Double Live (1998)
3. Backstreet Boys – Millennium (1999)
4. ‘N Sync – No Strings Attached (2000)
5. Britney Spears – Oops!...I Did It Again (2000)
6. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
7. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavoured Water (2000)
8. Backstreet Boys – Black & Blue (2000)
9. The Beatles – 1 (2001)
10. ‘N Sync – Celebrity (2001)
11. Eminem – The Eminem Show (2002)
12. Nora Jones – Feels Like Home (2004)
13. Usher – Confessions (2004)
14. 50 Cent – The Massacre (2005)
15. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III (2008)
16. Taylor Swift – Speak Now (2010)

18. Monster - Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj

In a strange twist of events, Kanye West's latest single "Monster" is rudely interrupted by Taylor Swift's "Sparks Fly," of which this has to settle for the spot right below and miss out on the greatest spot between #16 and #18 of all time... of all time! This week it surges up a hefty 61 spots, scoring West's 19th top 20.

29. Firework - Katy Perry

Pop singer Katy Perry scores her 7th top 40 single with "Firework," rising up 28 notches, landing at #29, currently on par with third single "Thinking of You" which peaked in this position. I think it should see a pretty big surge next week as it's in the top 5 on iTunes.


Paul said...

god, enough with taylor swift already. and willow smith. have a childhood for Christ's sake. Willow, not you. Taylor Hicks really debuted at number one?! God, i remember shuddering on that date...

J.Mensah said...

Haha! I was gonna say... my childhood ended years ago lol

ww_adh said...

You asked why so many #1 debuts are in the fall. I think the reason is that it's the season when big stars are most likely to release their new materials in hopes of cashing in on holiday sales. Consequently, these big projects' singles released before the albums come out are most likely to make an immediate impact on the buying public and therefore debut at #1.