We’re back. I think doing these every two weeks is probably the way to go. Gone are the days when the charts changed dramatically every week. This way, it takes me twice as long to recycle the jokes!! Anyway, here’s this week’s charts, provided by Billboard magazine.
Top 20 Singles:
01-Live Your Life (T.I. feat. Rihanna)
02-Whatever You Like (T.I.)
03-So What (Pink)
05-Let it Rock (Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil’ Wayne)
06-Hot N Cold (Katy Perry)
07-Keeps Gettin’ Better (Christina Aguilera)
08-Can’t Believe It (T-Pain feat. Lil’ Wayne)
09-Paper Planes (M.I.A.)
10-Gotta Be Somebody (Nickelback)
11-Miss Independent (Ne-Yo)
13-Love Story (Taylor Swift)
14-Better in Time (Leona Lewis)
15-Love Lockdown (Kanye West)
16-I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)
17-Light On (David Cook)
18-Forever (Chris Brown)
19-Mrs. Officer (Lil’ Wayne feat. Bobby Valentino and Kidd Kidd)
20-Got Money (Lil’ Wayne feat. T-Pain)
Top 20 Albums
01-Paper Trail (T.I.)
02-Jennifer Hudson (Jennifer Hudson)
03-Something Else (Robin Thicke)
04-Covers (James Taylor)
05-Death Magnetic (Metallica)
06-Year of the Gentleman (Ne-Yo)
07-Rock ‘n Roll Jesus (Kid Rock)
08-The Glass Passenger (Jack’s Mannequin)
09-Kellie Pickler (Kellie Pickler)
10-Fearless (Jazmine Sullivan)
11-Way to Normal (Ben Folds)
12-The Recession (Young Jeezy)
13-The Surrender (Anberlin)
14-Tha Carter III (Lil’ Wayne)
15-A Little Bit Longer (Jonas Brothers)
16-Don’t Forget (Demi Lovato)
17-Doll Domination (Pussycat Dolls)
18-L.A.X (The Game)
19-Good Girl Gone Bad (Rihanna)
20-Only by the Night (Kings of Leon)
*It’s a T.I. kind of week on the Billboard charts. Not only does the Atlanta rapper break his own record for biggest climb to #1 with the 80-1 jump of “Live Your Life” on the singles chart, but he replaces HIMSELF at the top of the chart AND enters the album chart at the top with the third highest 1st week sales of 2008. Not too shabby. He even scores a debut as a label exec, as his protege Big Kuntry King debuts at #98 with his debut album. Who the hell names themselves Big Kuntr…oh, never mind.
*Also not too shabby? The fact that T.I.’s duet partner, Rihanna, scores her fifth #1 single of the decade, the most among female artists. It’s only taken her three years to do it, too. Sounds to me like the perfect time for a video from Rih-Rih. BTW, check out this video and tell me that Janet Jackson didn’t steal her tour getup from it. Perhaps that’s payback for the fact that “Disturbia” sounds a lot like “Feedback”?
*Maybe Interscope should have put out that Nicole Scherzinger album after all. The Pussycat Dolls album “Doll Domination”-barring a sudden reversal of fourtune-will exit the Top 20 next week after only two weeks. Nicole’s solo album couldn’t have possibly done any worse. As such, PCD are awarded this week’s CATCH A FALLING STAR award. We’ll be seeing the non-Nicole Dolls on a reality show near you at some point soon.
*Seeing double this week? T.I. (him again) has singles at #1 and #2, Ne-Yo lands at #11 and #12, and Lil’ Wayne closes out the singles list at #19 and #20. I’d imagine that’s the first time so many artists have landed next to one another on a chart.
*Neither me nor GG thought the Jennifer Hudson album was going to sell. Guess we were wrong, huh?
J-Hud is joined by fellow “Idol” alumni Kellie Pickler (who matches the peak of her 2007 debut album) and David Cook (who scores his third Top 20 hit) on the charts this week.
*Sweet Baby James is a hardy perennial, scoring his highest charting album in well over two decades with “Covers”. Also, reaching a career-high peak this week is Ben Folds, whose “Way To Normal” narrowly misses the Top 10.
*Half of the artists who made up 2001’s gang-torture of “Lady Marmalade” find themselves back in the Top 10 this week, though decidedly not as duet partners. Pink is at #3 with “So What” while Christina Aguilera debuts at #7 with “Keeps Gettin’ Better”. Something tells me we won’t be seeing Mya or Lil’ Kim join them anytime soon.
*We’re off to the holiday races when the mercury in the Northeast is still hovering around the 70 degree mark. Faith Hill’s new Christmas album debuts at #51. She’ll be joined next week by her hubby Tim McGraw, whose new greatest hits album came out on the 7th.
*Metallica sails over the million sold mark in just four weeks. Who says people don’t buy records anymore?
*Are we sick of Lil’ Wayne and Kid Rock yet?