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Charts on Fire: 05-03-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on May 3, 2007

What country is this again? Three weeks after Timbaland, Nelly & JT jumped 41 spots to #1, Maroon 5 do them 23 better by jumping 64-1 (off of 230k or so downloads), the highest jump to pole position in the chart’s history. The ascension of the fairly quality “Makes Me Wonder” to the chart’s top spot techncially makes M5 the first rock group (or “band” or “group of white males”) to hit #1 since Nickelback did it in 2001–yikes. At least it wasn’t with “She Will Be Loved,” still one of the ten or so most despicable songs ever written.

As if that wasn’t enough, we got three other mega-jumpers in the top ten. One of them is Ne-Yo’s “Because of You,” which catapults 39-5 presumably because the album of the same name was released this week. The other two come from debuts by Idolators Carrie Underwood, at #6 this week with her charity Pretenders cover “I’ll Stand By You,” and Kelly Clarkson, at #8 with her impressively dark “Never Again“–she’s only about two albums away from Dio duetting, I figure. Can’t come soon enough really.

Rest of the charts this week are significantly less exciting, with the only really noteworthy movers being JT’s “Summer Love” (34-22), and top 50 newcomers Fall Out Boy’s “Thnks Fr th Mmrs” (lm sngl slctn, 51-41) and Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” (already expressed my fondness for this one, 53-44). In addition, The White Stripes manage their first ever top 40 hit with the #28 debut of “Icky Thump” (yeah, yeah, I said it wouldn’t do shit on the charts, but let’s see how well it does after this). Strange times.

Making their first appearance in the chart’s lower level are Snow Patrol, with “Signal Fire” from the Spiderman 3 soundtrack (great band or 00s relic to be? Hard to say still, #65). Kelly Clarkson also has a second appearance on the charts, at #56 with “Up to the Mountain” (featuring Jeff Beck!), and the execrable Josh Groban has a version of “You Raise Me Up” featuring the African Children’s Choir at #78. Avril Lavigne also has the #1 album for the second week in a row. The Best Damn Thing indeed.

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One Response to “Charts on Fire: 05-03-07”

  1. Joe said

    I still dream of making an epic trance remix of “You Raise Me Up.” I just need an acapella version of the song to work with but I doubt one exists.

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