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Charts on Fire: 03-08-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on March 8, 2007

Hey! (HEY!) YOU! (YOU!)

Given my historically poor performance in guessing the future when it comes to pop music (some of my better ones for 2006 include claiming Nelly Furtado to be the “first completely washed up relic of the 00s” and laughing at people who thought “Crazy” would ever spread beyond the internet in popularity) I dared not jinx the chances of GDB-sponsored HOT ONE Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” by predicting it to be one of the biggest hits of 2007, even though I knew in my heart of hearts that it was gonna be a big one. And lo and behold, I was right for once, as “Girlfriend” becomes Avril’s biggest hit since “I’m With You” by debuting at #5 on the Hot 100 this week. And now there’s a video for it–not exactly a winner, but very Avril in scope, and she looks hotter than she has since the “Don’t Tell Me” video. 2007 is gonna be a good year.

At the top, Mims sticks for his 2nd week at #1, with Akon jammed behind him at #2. JT and Gwen Stefani swap #3 and #4, “This Ain’t a Scene” advances 8-6, and Fergie’s “Glamorous” (now available once more on iTunes) rebounds 55-8. HOT ONES “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Icebox” both slip two this week. Big gainers this week are a rebounding “Not Ready to Make Nice” (28-19), Diddy’s “Last Night” (29-23), other Avril single “Keep Holding On” (take that Eragorn soundtrack, 39-26), and most importantly, #1 HOT ONE of 2007 “Throw Some D’s” (45-32), finally hitting the top 40 after languishing in the 40-50 range for almost a month.

New to the top half of the countdown this week are Christina Aguilera’s awful 40s tribute “Candyman” (64-47) and Three Days Grace’s far more awful 2001 tribute “Pain.” New to the bottom half are third-place AI finalist Elliot Yamin’s “Movin’ On” (#61), new Dixie Chicks single “The Neighbor” (no idea where this is from and can’t find it on soulseek, #74), Bow Wow’s “Outta My System” (seems like this guy has a new one every five weeks, #76), Ciara’s “Like a Boy” (provocative, #81), Daughtry’s “Home” (thought this guy’s niche died out a decade ago, go figure, #83), Ne-Yo’s “Because of You” (enough already, #84), and, thus becoming a higher charter than the original version, KoRn f/ Amy Lee’s “Freak on a Leash (Unplugged)” (as blogged about here, #89).

Daughtry is back at #1 this week. Can the Arcade Fire perform a Nevermind-style coup with the release of Neon Bible next week? Stay tuned.

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