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Charts on Fire: 01-18-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on January 18, 2007

Charts on Fire is a weekly look into the seedy underbelly of pop music as respresented by the Billboard charts, released on an unsuspecting public every Thursday.

The Top 40:

It’s seven weeks at #1 now for Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.” So entrenched has the song become in our culture that searching for the word “Irreplaceable” on Wikipedia now directs you straight to the Beyonce song (take that, Axiom Schema of Replacement), and it even moves up to #10 on the Latin chart for the Spanish version, “Imprescindible” (which I am currently dying to hear). It now ties “SexyBack” for the longest running #1 to top the charts in 2006, and it looks like it might not get unseated any time soon, as the rest of the top ten is almost completely dormant, with 0 new entries and the only movement of note being Nelly Furtado and Jim Jones shifting up one and two spots, respectively. Things are more interesting elsewhere in the top 40.

The biggest looking threat to Beyonce’s supremacy lands at #12 in the form of Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around”. I dig it, especially with the outro as paired on FutureSex/LoveSounds (which I for some reason have yet to listen to–yeah, I know). Lloyd’s Spandau Ballet’d (what is it with rappers and “True,” exactly? Not that I’m complaining, mind you) love rap “You” is another big gainer, up 13 to #18 this week (I prefer the remix featuring Andre 3000, Nas and the actual “True” sample), as is Chris Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over” (which sounds like the great lost Fuel single, for whatever that’s worth), which climbs seven to #21.

More exciting are the ascensions of two of my favorite singles of 2007 thusfar, Gwen Stefani and Akon’s “The Sweet Escape” (#31) and The Good Dr.’s First Official HOT ONE of 2007, Omarion’s “Ice Box” (#30). The Gwen single nears 2005’s “Cool” for her least ridiculous to date, and Akon’s “WOOOOH! YEEEEOOOOOO!!!”s are sure to become the stuff of pop legend–what a wonderful turnaround from the ungodly “Wind It Up,” possibly the most traumatic single of last year. “Ice Box,” which R&B fans have been pimping for months now, is even better, continuing Timbaland’s seemingly unassailable winning streak (those trance synths on the chorus, oh lord) and showing that Omarion has potential to live down his Boy Band/Serving roots to rival Chris Brown and Mario for UIT (Usher in Training) status. It’s the Airplay Gainer of the week, so here’s hoping it still has aways to go. Other noteworthy newbies in the top 40 are the latest in the VH1-sponsored WGWPs (White Guys With Pianos) genre, Augustana’s “Boston” (#37) and the most heavily vocodored single to hit the top 40 since Cher’s “Believe,” Hellogoodbye’s surprisingly thrilling “Here (In Your Arms)” (#38).

Debuts:
Disney owns the top two debuts this week, Jordan Pruitt’s “Jump to the Rhythm” (#69) and Ashley Tisdale (of High School Musical fame)’s “He Said, She Said” (#77)–both presumably iTunes only at this point, since I can’t find an mp3 of either. More promising is the debut of the first single from Mike Jones’ “Mr. Jones” (#92). the first single off his second album, The American Dream. I was more than happy to write Mike Jones off as a 2005 one-year-wonder, but he appears to have once again proven me wrong–can’t say if it’ll be as huge as his ’05 reign of terror, but “Mr. Jones” is a perfect example of what the first single off your second (or at least, second as a relevant popular recording artist) album should sound like–a big, exciting, overconfident production that sounds like you’re not planning on going away any time soon (see Fall Out Boy’s “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s a Goddamn Arms Race” for another excellent ’07 example of this). That said, would it have killed him to slip an Adam Duritz sample (or hell, even a namedrop) in there somewhere? Disappointing. Also new on the charts is Fergie and Ludacris’s “Glamorous” (#98)–which, as far as I know, is the first Fergie single where she doesn’t sound utterly insane. Good for her.

Albums:

A totally nothing week on the album charts–at least it’s notable for just how nothing it is, having the lowest-selling #1 album (the Dreamgirls soundtrack, at 60k) since 1991. Some Disney soundtrack called Jump In! hits the top debut at #5, and that’s abou it (though I did discover that Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts and Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons have now both managed to go quintuple platinum–yikes)

Elsewhere:

Good news for The Good Dr.’s Second HOT ONE of 2007, Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s,” which rockets into the R&B top ten this week. I predicted big things for this gorgoues Palow Da Don-produced number from the first time I heard it, hopefully it’s on its way to not proving me wrong (for once, PLEASE). Three Days Grace’s “Pain,” #1 on the Mainstream Rock charts now for about as long as I can remember, cements their status as tying for the worst metal band of the decade that happens to have one good song with Papa Roach (“Just Like You” and “Getting Away With Murder” respectively, if you were curious). “I’d rather feel pain / than feel nothing at all?” I mean yeah, obviously, that’s why you’re in Three Days Grace and not Los Lonely Boys. Meanwhile, the Modern Rock charts see big gainers from My Chemical Romance’s excellent second Black Parade single, “Famous Last Words,” and from the currently radio-only lead single from the latest Modest Mosue album (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank–and yeah, I have no idea how Liars didn’t get to that title first either), “Dashboard“. Sounds pretty good, but it’s seeming increasingly obvious that “Float On”-level success was a one-time only deal for these guys. Bummer.

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2 Responses to “Charts on Fire: 01-18-07”

  1. Joe said

    Wow, Hellogoodbye in the top 40? Glad to hear it and I definitely wouldn’t have found out about it otherwise unless it somehow continues to climb the charts. It fell off our modern rock station’s rotation months ago.

    “Pain” pushes 3DG into self-parody territory. It’s amazing to behold. I can understand why someone would want to listen to Godsmack or Disturbed but I don’t know what could draw someone to something like this.

  2. Anton said

    Big thumbs up for the classification of WGWP. Thumbs down to the young men themselves. Even the OG’s of the genre, dudes like Beethoven and Mozart would be rolling with the likes of John Legend and Alicia Keys, if they were alive today.

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