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Charts on Fire: 12-20-07

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on December 21, 2007

Unbelievable. One more week and “No One” matches “Fallin”‘s six-week run at the top spot. The only thing I find remarkable than the fact that this mediocre, mid-period single which it seems like no one is actually listening to (no pun intended) is that the Foo Fighters’ at best slightly-above-average hit “The Pretender” is currently in it’s eighteenth week on the top of the Modern Rock charts. 2008 really can’t get here fast enough at this point.

Not that we have much reason to believe that anything besides Keys will be #1 at the beginning of the new year. Not that I can really picture her spending an additional two weeks on top, but I don’t see any immediate threats, and honestly, Flo Rida and T-Pain’s “Low” (3-2 this week) ascending to the throne might be even more depressing. What the hell was wrong with Colbie Calliat anyway, America? My love for that song gets more improbable by the week.

No real movers in the top ten, frustratingly. One of the only rockets in the top 20 also comes courtesy of Keys, the unextraordinary but significantly superior “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” (prefer her sensual whispering to her strained yelping, 19-13). The other big ‘un is “Love Song,” from Rhapsody and VH1-approved White Girl With Piano Sara Bareilles (72-16). Can’t say I much care for this one, especially because I find the video uniquely unnerving–something about the way she stares into the camera during close-ups, dunno. Chris Brown’s eh-ish “With You” is knocking on the door as well, up fifteen to #25 this week.

There is good news to be found in this week’s chart, though. On the back of a radio-ready pop remix, Taylor Swift’s “Teardrops on My Guitar” is up six this week (not sure which version I like more, if the difference is even really that notable, 30-24), Linkin Park’s “Shadow of the Day” is up eight (their best anthem since “Faint,” and one that Bono or Chris Martin is probably pissed as hell they didn’t write first, 37-29), and Kanye West f/ Dwele’s “Flashing Lights” is up 11 to land it in the top 40 for the first time (yet another Graduation single about a thousand times superior to “Stronger,” 50-39).

One of the other two top 40 debuts (the third being Bow Wow & Omarion’s “Girlfriend” at #33–couldn’t you have sworn that they did this song already) deserves special note, however–Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction” (or “Sexual Eruption” if your local radio station is feeling frivolous) is an early front-runner for ’08’s year-end. I have no idea how really to describe this song, except that it sounds sort of like a cross between T-Pain, The Gap Band and St. Etienne, and yes, that’s a very, very good thing. And if you haven’t seen the video yet…don’t wait another second to take that magic carpet ride. Potential HOT ONE for certain.

Rihanna got herself a new hit too, the “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” sampling and actually quite hypnotic “Don’t Stop the Music.” Josh Groban still has the #1 album, and Birdman has some new song that I couldn’t care less about. There’s ’07 for you, I guess.

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