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Charts on Fire: 04-12-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on April 12, 2007

So Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado return their long-owed favors to Timbaland’s career-rescusitating touch by lending him enough star power to send his “Give it to Me” straight to the top of the charts (with some ridiculous #, like 250k, of downloads in its first available week). Not that he doesn’t deserve it–“Give it To Me” is definitely one of the more successful songs on recent Timbo solo venture Shock Value, and let’s just say that his songs with The Hives and She Wants Revenge have more, um, limited commercial potential. Nonetheless, I’m sure Tim enjoys being on the left side of the f/ symbol for once.

The other big story in the top ten this week is Linkin Park. I once predicted that if any rock band was ever going to debut in the top spot it would be then, and it looks like I was about six off, as good-not-great new single “What I’ve Done” debuts at #7 this week (it does manage, however, to debut at #1 on the MR charts, good for them). Everyone else in the top ten slips a couple to make room for the new-ons, except for T-Pain, who manages a third top ten hit with “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (14-10, dear lord).

Big risers elsewhere in the top 50–Pink’s “U + Ur Hand” (19-14), Hillary Duff’s “With Love” (now officially her biggest hit and deservedly so, 43-24), Huey’s “Pop, Lock & Drop It” (38-30), Bow Wow’s “Outta My System” (44-39) and Hinder’s “Better Than Me” (50-40). Three new, exceedingly unexciting entries to the top 50 this week– Daughtry’s “Home,” (51-43), Lloyd’s “Get it Shorty” (which actually isn’t half bad, 55-44) and Ne-Yo’s “Because of You” (54-46).

Got a handful of new entries to the bottom half of the chart, naturally. Dashboard Confessional’s “Stolen” is the highest (already the groups highest-ever charter at #65. not bad), joined by Ashley Tisdale’s “Kiss the Girl” (amazingly, it actually is a cover of the Little Mermaid song, and not a half-bad one either, #81), Fablolous & Young Jeezy’s “Diamonds” (another strive for cred, sorta, you’ll got there someday Fab, #83) and Maroon 5’s “Makes Me Wonder” (man, everyone’s going disco these days, #84). The last one is burning up the AC charts, impressive when one considers that it normally takes AC stations about two years to catch on to new music (I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure that Lifehouse’s “You & Me” is still the chart’s #1, unless they finally caught up to Daniel Powter).

Despite getting the top spot on the singles charts, Timbaland only gets to #5 on the album charts, predictably unable to defeat NOW That’s What I Call Music 24 for the #1. The tracklist looks OK, especially the weirdo middle run of Corrine Bailey Rae, Lily Allien, KT Tunstall, Hellogoodbye and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I guess technically these songs were popular, but I gotta wonder how they sound next to the Beyonce and Ne-Yo cuts. Lily’ll probably make more money off of her appearance on this than she will for all of Alright, Still I guess.


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