Thursday, August 25, 2011

Billlboard Hot 100, September 23, 2011

1. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) - Katy Perry

Last week Katy Perry tied Michael Jackson's record for the most #1's spawned by one album, when "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" rose a notch to the top spot, displacing LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem." Now arises the argument of which streak of #1's is a more impressive feat: Some may argue that Jackson's Bad's #1's was a more impressive achievement as they reached the pinnacle between 1987 - 1988, a time where the chart was compiled with only airplay and single sales, without the aid of digital sales. And some may argue that Teenage Dream's #1's holds the torch as they span across 18 weeks, compared to Bad's 7.

In anycase--it's a wonder how it took 24 years for this record to be tied. A lot of artist (notably mostly female) came close, peaking at a streak 4 #1's. Whitney Houston's Whitney in 1987 ("I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go") It's #1 streak was ended when fifth single "Love Will Save the Day" only managed to scrape the top 10 peaking at #9. George Michael's Faith also in 1987 ("Faith," "Father Figure," "One More Try" and "Monkey") It's lead single peaked at #2, while fifth single "Kissing a Fool," peaked at #5.

Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl in 1988 ("Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Cold Hearted," "Opposites Attract"). Lead single "Knocked Out" stalled at #41, while follow-up single "(It's Just) The Way You Love Me" peaked at #3. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 in 1989 ("Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do Without You"). Jackson's was less of a streak--singles released in between those #1's--"Rhythm Nation," "Alright," "Come Back to Me" and "State of the World," which was only a radio-only single for the US, all peaked inside the top 5. And lastly, Mariah Carey's self-titled debut in 1990 ("Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry") fifth single "There's Got to Be a Way" wasn't released in the States, possibly to preserve her streak of #1's, which was eventually broken by "Can't Let Go," the second single from Carey's second album Emotions in 1991, which stalled at #2.

"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" spends a second week at the top, although it's lost its bullet this week, due to decreasing airplay and digital sales. I wonder if Perry has a sixth single planned? or if she's going straight for the re-release. If the lead single from the allege re-release of Teenage Dream also becomes a #1 single, it will be in the same predicament as Usher's Confessions which also spawned 4 #1's in 2004 ("Yeah!," "Burn," "Confessions II") however it's last #1 "My Boo," duet with Alicia Keys, was released as the lead single from the re-packaging of Confessions which poses the question does it really count? Since it wasn't on the original album. I say Perry opts for the sixth single. Check out ww_adh's evaluation of the eight albums that have scored at least 4 #1's of one album.

3. She Will - Lil Wayne feat. Drake

Hot on the heels of the release of Tha Carter IV next week, the fourth single from the album "She Will" released to iTunes last week, debuts at #3 scoring Lil Wayne his third top 5 single, out peaking the #5 peak of "How to Love," however I still think that may still become the biggest hit of this album.

4. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera

Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" dips a notch to #4, however it's still bulleted and this weeks airplay gainer.

17. Cheers (Drink to That) - Rihanna

The latest single from Rihanna "Cheers (Drink to That)" seems to be more than making up for the chart failures of the previous 2 singles ("California King Bed" and "Man Down"). It climbs 8 spots up to #17 scoring the Barbadian singer her 17th top 20.

34. Someone Like You - Adele
35. You & I - Lady Gaga

This years 2 biggest female singles, Adele and Lady Gaga successively chart this week both rising quite a considerable bit this week. Adele's "Someone Like You," which I guess has been chosen as the 2nd US single from 21 climbs 17 spots up to #34 scoring her third top 40 single. Lady Gaga's "You & I" is this week's digital gainer, climbing a staggering 61 spots up to #35 scoring her 11th top 40 single.


rcLoy said...

Gaga and Adele. God is good this year. Oh so good.

J.Mensah said...

Agreed! :)