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Charts on Fire 2-1-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on February 1, 2007

Burning, burning with desire

Week #9 on top for Beyonce. Hopefully with next week’s release of Infinity on High, FOB can seize the #1 spot for “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” but for now it remians marooned at #2. Some new ons to the top ten this week, though, with Gwen Stefani’s superb “The Sweet Escape” (19-6), Ludacris’s unfortunate “Runaway Love” (11-7) and Justin Timberlake’s excellent-for-a-third-single third single “What Goes Around”. Other movers and shakers in the top 20 include Lloyd and Lil’ Wayne’s “You” (17-11), Pretty Ricky’s What The Hell are They Still Doing Here award of the week winner “On the Hotline” (72-12), Hellogoodbye’s now shockingly successful “Here (In Your Arms)” (32-19), and GDB-sponsored HOT ONE “Icebox” by Omarion (27-20).

Mostly business as usual elsewhere in the top 50, except for an exemplary performance by FOB buddies Gym Class Heroes’ “Cupid’s Chokehold” (49-28), Nickelback’s Sounds Like You Think it Does “If Everyone Cared” (50-38) and a couple of newbies–80s TV royalty Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” (57-37), which isn’t quite as irresistible as last year’s “Wanna Love You Girl” but is clsoe enough to do the trick, and the lastest VH1-sponsored WGWP (do these artists actually exist outside of VH1’s imagination?) Matt Kearney with “Nothing Left to Lose” (69-41).

More excitingly, it looks like Lady Sov isn’t gonna be the only precocious female UK pop sensation getting love on the pop charts this year–Lily Allen’s “Smile” has somehow managed to break (well, dent) the US, debuting at #83 this week. Joining her in the bottom half of the charts for the first time are The Shins’ “Phantom Limb” (#86–more on them later), Brooks & Dunn’s could-be-much-worse “Hillbilly Deluxe” (#92), Good Charlotte (featuring people named M. Shadows and Synyster Gates!!)’s Musical-Maturity-or-Bust new single “The River” (#97), Kenny Chesney’s quality “Beer in Mexico” (#98) and Musiq Soulchild’s “Buddy” (#100)

Album Charts: Somehow, 2005’s “Grind With Me” and “Your Body” are still enough in the public consciousness to land Pretty Ricky a debut at #1 on the charts this week, but the real news story is of course The Shins’ Wincing the Night Away, which follows in the proud tradition of critically acclaimed bands’ biggest commercial success being their least well received album and debuts at #2 this week with over 100k sold (there’s a Garden State pun to be made here, but I’ll leave that to EVERY OTHER MUSIC WRITER). Also down the charts are John Mellencamp’s Freedom’s Road (#8, what a title), Saliva’s Blood Stained Love Story (#19, is “Click Click Boom” any good?), The Good the Bad & The Queen’s self-titled (#49, thought it was kinda boring on first listen), and Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna Are You the Dest (#72, I heard this one’s good! Just like every other Of Montreal album!)

Elsewhere: Incubus’s second single off Light Grenades, the impressively solid “Dig,” debuts on the modern rock top 20 at #19 (when are these guys gonna release a singles comp already?) and The Shins show up for the first time too at #18, but it’s still RHCP in the top spot with the deplorable “Snow (Hey Oh),” and ditto for Three Days Grace’s “Pain” on the Mainstream Charts (eight weeks, for the love of God!) Ciara’s “Promise” is somehow still on top of the R&B charts, which sees some upward movement from Jay-Z’s somewhat unconvincing “30 Something” and one of the best Kanye productions in ages with The Game’s “Wouldn’t Get Far” (with copious references to “All About U,” easily one of the most underrated 2pac hits). Rodney Adkins’ atrocious “Watching You” is still on top of the country charts, but more noteably, somewhere towards the bottom of the list is Jack Ingram’s countrified version of Hinder’s “Lips of Angel,” thus officially making that song the “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” of the 00s. About time.

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2 Responses to “Charts on Fire 2-1-07”

  1. Joe said

    “Snow (Hey Oh)” has a catchy lick, but we’ll see if I still think so two months or so from now when the song is still being played once an hour on one of the 4 rock stations I switch between.

  2. grind with me by pretty ricky album

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