Saturday, March 14, 2009

[WGO] I'm On My Boots

It took veteran rockers U2 to put Taylor Swift out of first place on the album chart, knocking her unstoppable album Fearless down to the #2 spot this week. Their new album, No Line on the Horizon, held up by their semi-successful single "Get On Your Boots" and a week long performance on Letterman, debuted at #1 selling just shy of half a million copies in its first week, and is the official Hot Shot of the Week. Kelly Clarkson's new album All I Ever Wanted, released to stores this past Tuesday, is expected to take over the top position next week, staving Ms. Swift from tying Santana's record just yet...

The Top 10 in the Album Chart is as follows:
1. U2 - No Line on the Horizon (debut - Hot Shot)
2. Taylor Swift - Fearless (down 1 spot)
3. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone (debut)
4. Lady Gaga - The Fame (up from #7, Greatest Gainer, new peak)
5. Nickelback - Dark Horse (static)
6. Jamie Foxx - Intuition (up from #9)
7. The Fray - The Fray (up from #8)
8. Beyonce - I Am...Sasha Fierce (down from#6)
9. Slumdog Millionaire - Soundtrack (down from #4)
10. T.I. - Paper Trail (up from #11)

The Singles Chart remains familiar with a static Top 7 (with the exception of a big debut from Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana), complete with Flo Rida maintaining the power of being the hottest song in the US. It also recently clinched the #1 spot in the UK, beating out my beloved The Saturdays with their Comic Relief cover of Depeche Freakin' Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough." That is the first time a Comic Relief single hasn't gone to #1 in several years...

But back in America, my other beloved Lady Gaga flexes the power of her "Poker Face", which is biting the heels of T.I. & Justin Timberlake's stunner semi-ballad "Dead & Gone". Next week may be the week to shake up the monotony, but Flo Rida continues to dominate in digital sales, so only time will tell.

The Top 10 Singles are as follows:

1. Flo Rida (feat. Ke$ha) "Right Round" (static)
2. T.I. & Justin Timberlake "Dead & Gone" (static)
3. Lady Gaga "Poker Face" (static, Airplay Gainer)
4. SouljaBoyTellEm feat. Sammie "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" (static)
5. All-American Rejects "Gives You Hell" (static)
6. Miley Cyrus "The Climb" (debut, Hot Shot)
7. Lady Gaga "Just Dance" (static)
8. Kanye West "Heartless" (down from #6)
9. Kelly Clarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You" (up from #10)
10. Jamie Foxx (feat. T-Pain) "Blame It" (up from #12 - peak)

Other highlights from the Singles Chart:
  • Keri Hilson continues her slow climb to Top 10 territory with "Turnin' Me On" landing at another new peak this week at #16, up from #17.
  • Motown's Asher Roth continues to creep up on everyone from out of nowhere with "I Love College" landing at #17, making it the Sales Gainer of the week.
  • The-Dream rides the wave of his album release with "Rockin' that Thang" landing at #24, up from #28.
  • Jesse McCartney continues to try and have a second big radio smash from his re-release of the breakthrough album Departure, with "How Do You Sleep" landing just shy of Top 30 material at #33.
  • The PCD's reincarnation of A R Rahman's "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire may have jumped out of nowhere to hit #15 last week, but it slipped to #36 this week, despite appearances on the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" show. Their other single, "I Hate This Part", slips down from #23 to #25.
  • My girls in The Veronicas continue to slip off the radar to #32, down from #29 last week with "Untouched".
  • Beyonce's best ballad to date (IMO -- besides "Dangerously In Love" at least), "Halo", finally makes some progress into Top 40 territory after seven weeks, landing at #37.

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