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Charts on Fire: 02-22-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on February 22, 2007

3/3 for Justin Timberlake, as the excellent (though not quite as excellent as the first two–what could be?) third entry from his FutureSex/LoveSounds album, “What Goes Around…Comes Around” shoots 8-1, most likely on the back of Timberlake’s Grammy performance last Sunday. The last artist to go three-in-a-row was Timber’s King-of-Pop rival Usher, who actually squeaked out a fourth too, so let’s see if he can keep it up.

In the meantime, if you haven’t seen the nine-minute video co-starring Scarlett Johanssen and Sean Hatosy, you probably ought to give it a shot. It’s not really that good by any means–unless I’m grossly misreading it, the video pretty clearly implies that Johanssen deserves death for cheating on JT (maybe you need to watch it on TV for it to make sense?)–but it’s fascinating to see an artist still trying to carry on the MJ / GnR / Puff Daddy tradition of the biggest musical artist of the time period making appropriately gigantic videos to match. If nothing else, it’ll make you nostalgic for the days when Scarlett Johanssen actually seemed like something resembling a human being.

Meanwhile, tons of action in the top five, as Ludacris and Mary J. Blige advance three to the runner-up position, Akon squeaks into the top five, and the Dixie Chicks, riding their Grammy sweep, see their “Not Ready to Make Nice” re-debut at #4, almost 20 higher than it had peaked last year. Yikes. Room is made for their coup by Gwen Stefani (3-6), Beyonce (2-9) and Fall Out Boy (4-10), and alas, controversial GDB HOT ONE Gym Class Heroes slip a bit, sliding 7-8.

Having better luck is fellow HOT ONE “Icebox,” which moves 18-13 this week (I’d settle for top ten on that one). Also advancing this week are John Mayer’s “Waiting for the World to Change” (Grammys again, 24-14), RHCP’s “Snow (Hey Oh)” (guess who?, 29-22), Nickelback’s “If Everyone Cared” (dunno who to blame for this one, 39-27) and Mims’ “This is Why I’m Hot” (he’s hot ‘coz he’s fly, you ain’t ‘coz you not, 46-32).

Biggest new arrival to the top 50 is Diddy and Keyeshia Cole’s “Last Night” (kinda cool stuff, huge step up from the last two, 52-41), Young Jeezy and R. Kelly’s “Go Getta” (not bad but I still don’t really get the appeal of this dude, 62-46), Martina McBride’s “Anyway” (can’t find an mp3, 98-48) and Lumidee and Tony Sunshine’s “She’s Like the Wind” (I mean I know it’s Dirty Dancing’s 20th anniversay and all but c’mon, 58-50). Meanwhile, HOT ONE “Throw Some D’s” remains landlocked in the bottom tier of the top 50, falling 45-49 this week.

New ons to the top 100 come courtesy of 2/3 of the recent Grammys singer/songwriter block, with Corrine Bailey Rae’s fairly lovely “Like a Star” (#56) and John Mayer’s fairly unimpressive “Gravity” (#71) providing the two highest debuts of the week. Elsewhere, we got two more debuts from Toby Keith’s “High Maintenance Woman” (do country fans not use soulseek or something?, #73) and from recent iPod endorsement The Fratellis’ “Flathead” (lets hope it gets at least as big as that Jet song, #75)

Not much happening on the other charts this week (except now Three Days Grace is on top of BOTH rock charts, dear lord). The album charts are much like the singles charts this week, with lots of Grammy winners (Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, RHCP, etc.) getting enormous boosts, though none big enough to hold Norah Jones’ Not Too Late from #1 in its third week. Meanwhile, I would like to take a moment and look at the second highest debut this week (the second being Gerald Levert’s posthumous album at #2, way to go Casanova), Van Morrison’s At the Movies, which compilates all the work of Van’s that has been featured in film soundtracks. Now honestly, who thinks to themselves “hm, I loved those Van Morrison songs I heard in my three favorite movies, The Outsiders, The King of Comedy and Patch Adams–if only I could find a CD that had them all in one place!” (29,0000 people apparently–what a world)

4 Responses to “Charts on Fire: 02-22-07”

  1. John said

    Did you see my trivia question on ILM about artists who’ve had the first three singles from their album go to #1? I said that it happened in 1987-88 to Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and George Michael, but it’s only happened five times since. Timberlake in 2006-07 is one of them. Name the rest.

  2. Andrew Unterberger said

    Paula Abdul, Wilson Phillips, Mariah Carey and Usher? Not positive about the first two.

  3. John said

    Abdul had two singles released that barely made a dent before “Straight Up” went to #1 (and paved the way for three more #1s from that album). Wilson Phillips’s “Impulsive” only made it to #4.

    You’re right about Mariah Carey (happened twice, in 1990-91 and 1995-96) and Usher.

    The other one was the surprise for me: Monica.

  4. Andrew Unterberger said

    Thought about Monica, but I wasn’t sure that “The Boy is Mine” made it to that album. Good for her though, “Angel of Mine” is one of the most underrated love songs in history.

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