Chartbreaker 9-15-10

95. “The Breath You Take” by George Strait

George Strait’s first single, “Unwound”, was released in April of 1981. It’s now 2010 and this is his 91st single. I may not be big into the country music but I have to applaud such a career. I haven’t heard this particular tune but I have read some reviews that make it sound like the most depressing song you can think of….times twelve.

87- “Toot It and Boot It” by YG

The one night stand. There have been many songs about the act. There have been some true classics like Prince singing about picking up a girl in a hotel lobby (“Darling Nikki) and the Shirelles asking about the morning after (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”). But none of them have had the class and grandeur of YG’s “Toot It and Boot It”. Toot it? Really? REALLY?

80- “Waka Waka” by Shakira f/ Freshlyground

July 11, 2010. On that date, Spain defeated the Netherlands to win the World Cup. It’s September now and Shakira’s World Cup theme song is still lingering on the charts. In fact, it moved up from 83 to 80 this week. I shake my head at this fact. We don’t see K’naan’s other World Cup theme (“Wavin’ Flag”) on the charts anymore. What is it about this song? The funny thing is that in over a dozen countries this song was a #1 hit. Here in the US, it peaked at 38 and yet, it’s still on the charts… Billboard is an odd place sometimes.

63. “B.M.F.” by Rick Ross f/ Styles P

I think Rick Ross needs to rethink his choices of role models. He took  his stage name from a drug trafficker. And in this song, his chorus name drops Big Meech and Larry Hoover, who are the leaders of the Black Mafia Family and Gangster Disciples respectively. Yet at the same time, isn’t he the guy who showed up at the VMAs riding a Hoveround elderly mobility vehicle? Do you see the odd dichotomy here?

53. “Impossible” by Shontelle

Okay folks, usually in these Chartbreaker posts, I talk about odd quirks to the charts, weird facts and stuff like that. This time, I’m just going to state my opinion on a certain song. I can’t stand this song in the slightest. This is its 20th week on the Billboard top 100. The rule is if you’re under #50 and being on the charts more than 20 weeks- off the charts you go. Next week, I will be so very happy to see if go. And why can’t I stand this song. It’s simple really. I can’t stand hearing this chorus where the word Impossible seems to have 8 syllables or more. “Im-poss-i-ble-e-uh-e-uh-ull”

41. “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer” by Billy Currington

I don’t just check out the Billboard charts, I also check the charts for the UK & Canada. The charts are very different. For instance in the UK, you’ll find a ton of dance music like Swedish House Mafia, Inna, Magnetic Man, and Aggro Santos. Here, we have a ton of country. I wonder if there’s someone out there in the UK who looks at the US chart with the same kind of wonder. Do they see songs like “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer” and shake their head. “What is this…this southern gentleman is singing about how he cannot do things that other men do, but he’s rather skilled at becoming inebriated.”

37. “Smile” by Uncle Kracker

Earlier, I spot about the 20 week rule. Well, this song fell off the charts a few weeks ago because of that rule. The thing is the song was still climbing around on the other charts. It was this huge adult contemporary and country hit. So, Uncle Kracker’s record company made a plea. “The song is a big hit! It needs to be back on the charts!” So, Billboard relented and let the song return  to the charts. It has sat here stagnant for weeks. It hasn’t seen hide nor hair of the top 30. Decision well made.

22. “OMG” by Usher f/ will.i.am

The other day I talked about the VMAs but I forgot to mention my issue with the Usher performance. He sang “OMG” but somehow it became “Oh My Gosh”. Gosh? Really? They felt the need to tell Usher to change the lyric to Gosh? An hour later, Kanye West came on and sang “This is a toast for the assholes, this is a toast for the douchebags” but Usher couldn’t say “Oh my God”. I think people are okay with him singing “Oh my God”. The song was a #1 hit (twice). Yahoo’s style site is called omg! Hell, if people had such a problem with the phrase, it wouldn’t have a cute abbreviation.

21. “Like a G6” by Far East Movement f/ the Cataracts & Dev

Up 20 spots this week. 🙂

15. “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo

This song is proof that Jason Derulo is smarter than Richard Ashcroft. Richard Ashcroft & the Verve did the song “Bittersweet Symphony”. They had to give part of the rights to the song to the Rolling Stones because it sounds just like the orchaestral version of “The Last Time”. So, “Ridin’ Solo” was based on the Verve song. When I hear this song, I immediately think of the Verve song. So why doesn’t Derulo have to pay Jagger and Richards? He seems to have changed it just enough. It’s kind of like back in the day when World Championship Wrestling would want to use popular songs for their wrestlers but couldn’t, so they just used very very similiar songs. It would be “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but instead of duh-nuh da-duh-nuh duh-nuh da-duh-nuh. It would be duh-nuh da-duh-nuh duh-nuh da-duh-nee.  That’s how you do it.

This guy makes the hits.

1. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

Last year was dominated by the Black Eyed Peas, who held the number one spot from mid April all the way until Mid October. This year is the year of Dr. Luke. It’s crazy to give that accolade to a writer/ producer but the numbers don’t lie. We are 38 weeks into the year. 16 of those weeks, including this one, has had a #1 hit that has been touched by Dr. Luke. If you look at the Billboard chart this week, he’s had his hand in #1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 86 and 93. Impressive.

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