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Charts on Fire: 01-25-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on January 25, 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.

Week #8 on top for Beyonce, making it the longest-running #1 since Kayne West’s “Gold Digger” in 2005. The real story of the week, of course, is the #2 debut of Fall Out Boy’s “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” by far the highest debut of the year thusfar and FOB’s biggest charter to date. Whether they have any chance of breaking the Nickeback curse and becoming the first band since late 2001 to top the pop charts remains to be seen, though I think it’s pretty likely it’s as high as it’s getting, and it sounds way more like a #2 single anyway (well, actually, it sounds like a #73 single to me, but apparently times are changing).

Elsewhere, Nelly Furtado and Jim Jones each climb one, and Daughtry (who has the #1 album of the week, somehow), crashes into the top ten, landing at #6. Also debuting this week in the top 20 is Corbin Bleu’s “Push it to the Limit” (no, not that “Push it to the Limit,” unfortuantely) from Disney’s Jump In!, at #14. Big climbers in the top 40 include Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape” (31-19), KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” (35-23), HOT ONE Omarion’s “Icebox” (30-27) and Hellogoodbye’s “Here (In Your Arms)” (38-32). Also at #38 this week is Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You,” current #1 country song in the nation and possible frontrunner for worst song of the year. New to the top 50 are the pretty good if I remember correctly “Face Down” by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (52-46), Gym Class Heroes’ “Cupid’s Chokehold” (which must have been around for at least a year already–how long does it take for a Supertramp sample to catch on with people, anyway?) (83-49), and Nickelback’s latest deathtrap, “If Everyone Cared,” which debuts at #50.

Not so much going on in the albums chart–as previously mentioned, Daughtry somehow grabs a hold of the top spot, but amidst little competition, as the highest charting debut this week is Diana Ross’s I Love You, which reaches an inspirational #32. Bravo to my boys in America, however, who chart their highest album since 1981 with the Adam Schlesinger-produced Here & Now, which bows at #52. And to think, I was a half-point away from winning that album at bar trivia last monday.

Elsewhere on the charts, the horrendously mediocre “Snow (Hey Oh)” is still #1 on the Modern Rock charts, but Modest Mouse continue to be a big mover, up seven to number ten this week, and new to the top 20 is the fairly good new Killers single, “Read My Mind,” which hits #18 this week. The biggest mover on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts is Mims’ fairly above average and refreshingly reverential and referential “This is Why I’m Hot.” On the country charts, we’ve got some action from Trace Adkins’ latest Honky Tonk Badonkadonker, the respectable enough “Ladies Love Country Boys.”

Ultimately not too much going on this week, but Godspeed to Fall Out Boy on their chart-topping potential–if any band deserved to break the Nickelback curse, it’s them. Or not.

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2 Responses to “Charts on Fire: 01-25-07”

  1. Joe said

    #2 thanks to digital downloads, or what?

  2. Andrew Unterberger said

    Yeah, like 160k worth, which is over twice the amount the top-selling albums old this week.

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