Monday, May 17, 2010

B.o.B scores his first #1 hit

On American Top 50 this week, B.o.B, a/k/a Bobby Ray, reaches the summit in his 14th week on the chart, with "Nothin' on You."

Meanwhile, B.o.B also scores his second top 10 hit with "Airplanes" at #9, a song I've already seen quoted in zillions of Facebook status updates:

"Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?/
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now."

So all-encompassing is this song's influence that after only four weeks of popularity, there's already a Facebook page discouraging such behavior.

Also of note:

  • Eminem shoots from #59 to #7 with "Not Afraid," which was the top seller on iTunes just a few days ago.
  • The current top seller on iTunes is "California Gurls" by Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg, which enters our chart at #49 based on last week's data. Look for a gigantic leap into the top 10 on next week's chart.
  • 3OH!3 and Ke$ha team up with "My First Kiss," debuting at #17. Perhaps they'll go out on the "using punctuation as letters of the alphabet" tour?
  • The cast of Glee scores yet again with a cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" from season 1, episode 18. If you look beyond the top 50 to the top 100, this TV show is cranking out minor hit after minor hit, each of which fades away almost completely in its second week of sales. Not one of these songs has garnered any radio airplay, but I'll put in a bid for one that should: the cover of "Physical," featuring Olivia Newton-John herself, is actually pretty cool.
  • A few country songs typically break into our top 50. Right now, you can find Miranda Lambert at #40 with "The House That Built Me" and Lady Antebellum at #50 after having peaked at #34 with "American Honey."

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