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Charts on Fire: 08-23-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on August 24, 2007

Sort of a slow chart week, but I’m still a little too emotionally exhausted from last night’s horror to write about anything much of consequence. Sean Kingston goes for week #4 at the top spot, in an extremely stilted top five (Kanye West’s “Stronger” is the only mover, up one to #5). Only new one in the top ten is Soulja Boy’s awful if somewhat fascinating “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” which moves 11-6. Has there ever been a year with more dance craze-focused rap hits than 2007? Lame, lame, lame, although at least this one’s video helps out the squares a little bit with its execution.

Disney’s newfound decision not to leave the pop charts their last unconquered pop culture corner results in the Jonas Brothers having a top 20 single, the irritatingly titled “S.O.S.” (a pop-punk Rihanna cover might’ve been pretty cool, maybe), up 65-17. To be fair, it’s a whole lot catchier than those High School Musical chartburners, and at a surprisingly clipped 2:33, it’s hard to be too objectionable. The other big winners this week: J Holiday’s “Bed” (42-24) a Polow da Don-sounding ballad interpreted by Wikipedia as such:

“The song is an R&B song about J. Holiday putting his girlfriend to bed. The song can simply be thought of him putting his girlfriend to bed or as many think, sexual intercourse. The lyrics “Wrap me up in your legs” state that there is more than putting her to bed involved aswell as “Then I’ma rock your body, turn you over, love is war, I’m your soldier, touching you like it’s our first time”.”

Deep, but I think I’ll stick with “Promise”. And then there’s Paramore’s “Misery Business,” whose re-entry at #34 is a real fucking headscratcher. I have no idea whether I like the song yet or not, but the angry, shrill and structurally dense song doesn’t exactly scream top 40 to me. In any event, props to lead singer Haley Williams for being arguably the first female inducted into the boys club of emo hitmakers, I suppose. That new 50 Cent Single with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake (now officially the Usher & Lil’ Jon of ’07), “Ayo Technology,” is up a few to #18 as well this week, and marks not only another notch in Timberrrr’s streak of awesome hits, but possibly the first interesting beat 50’s worked with on one of his hits since “In Da Club”. Bout fucking time if you ask me.

Aside from yet another High School Musical-related top 40 debut (Zac Efron & Vanessa Anne Hudgens’ “You Are the Music in Me” at #38, I’m not even going to bother trying to find the mp3 on Soulseek), the only other debut in the chart’s top half is that of Gym Class Heroes’ Jermaine Stewart-inspired “Clothes Off!” at #46. Having two straight hits with FOB crooner Patrick Stump singing the (stolen) hook almost guarantees that the band will never have another actual hit again (just ask The Game how well his solo singles ended up working out), but I guess it’s good to see some nice old-fashioned gimmickry on the charts again, as well as song titles with exclamation points!

Meanwhile, Modern Rock chart-topping new Foo Fighters single “The Pretender” is the best thing the band’s done in a half-decade (which means it’s like a seven instead of a five, hallelujah), Maroon 5 continue to surprise and impress with their above-decent blue-eyed soul, and Will.i.Am does the inevitable solo single thing, with predictably questionable results.

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3 Responses to “Charts on Fire: 08-23-07”

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  3. Garret said

    “Beautiful Girls” is awesome.

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