Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be” becomes the third track from The E.N.D. to reach the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was actually issued as the first promo single and samples The Budos Band’s “Ride or Die.” Before officially being released as a single, it reached No.50 on the Hot 100 based on downloads alone. So far, it has also charted in Canada, Australia and Hungary. In Europe, “Rock That Body” was released as a single instead.
Last year, Black Eyed Peas managed to top the Hot 100 chart for 26 weeks with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.” The third single, “Meet Me Halfway” peaked at No.7.
This means that Ke$ha loses the pole position following a nine week stretch. As she falls to No.2, “TikTok” is trailed by Young Money’s “BedRock,” moving 4-3. “We Are the World 25: For Haiti” slips to No.6 after debuting at the runner-up spot last week.
Sade remains on top with Soldier of Love. Fueled by the success of “Imma Be,” Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. moves 8-3 in its 37th week. The album actually notice a small sales decrease (-2%), but it’s quite a feat to sit at No.3 after such a long time. And even more impressive, Lady Gaga’s The Fame moves 7-4 in its 69th week. Add Taylor Swift’s Fearless, which spends its 67th week at No.10 and the conclusion that it’s a quite “old” chart.
Donkeyboy makes it all the way this week as “Ambitions” claims the top spot on the Swedish singles chart. The track climbs 3-1 and pushes former chart-topper Owl City to No.3. Meanwhile, the album Caught in a Life races 16-6. Play returns to the charts this week with “Famous.” The group broke in the early 2000’s, and climbed the US charts with “Us Against the World.” Today, it has reformed thanks to the docu-soap Made in Sweden. A new career has been forged by demon producers Anders Bagge and Andreas Carlsson, and this week “Famous” is the highest new entry at No.5.
“We Are the World 25: For Haiti” debuts at No.17 this week, still ahead of Simon Cowell’s charity project Helping Haiti which moves 36-25 this week. Sade shoots to No.1 on the album chart with Soldier of Love.
As we previously reported on the blog, Sade claimed the top spot immediately with the new album Soldier of Love. According to Billboard, this was the best sales week ever for the group. The album follows Lovers Rock, which peaked at No.3 back in 2003. The set has sold 3.9m in the US alone. Last week’s chart-topper, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now drops to No.2, while Jaheim is the second highest newcomer at No.3 with the album Another Round. The artist topped the album chart back in 2006 with Ghetto Classics.
As expected, charity constellation Helping Haiti easily grabs the UK No.1 position this week with the rendition of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” The track entered the Swedish singles chart at No.36. As previously reported, Simon Cowell has assembled Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle and Miley Cyrus among others to re-record the track to benefit the Haitian victims. Expect “We Are the World” to appear on European charts in due course.
This means that Owl City falls 1-2 with “Fireflies,” while Timbaland and Katy Perry remains at No.3 with “If We Ever Meet Again.” This is better than the No.6 peak of the previous hit “Morning After Dark.” The Drake collaboration “Say Something” hasn’t been released in the UK, while the Justin Timberlake duet “Carry Out” has reached No.33 on the UK r’n’b singles chart.
Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” moves 5-4 in its ninth week, switching places with the Glee Cast’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The stars of the highly succesful TV-series enters the chart at No.9 with the double-sided single “Halo” and “Walking on Sunshine” and at No.14 with “It’s My Life” coupled with “Confessions Part II.” Add that “Somebody to Love” falls seven places to No.33.
Rihanna rises 20-10 with “Rude Boy,” while Jedward’s novelty hit “Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” falls 2-12. Sade is the highest new entry on the album chart at No.4. Soldier of Love was, however, unable to challenge Alicia Keys, André Rieu and Paolo Nutini who remains in the top three. Massive Attack’s new album Heligoland is new at No.6 and it’s interesting to note that pop act Peter Andre manages to climb 9-7 with Unconditional Love Songs, a romantic cover collection.