Time To Update That “Things That Have Happened Since The Black Eyed Peas Took The No. 1 Spot On The Pop Charts” List

Oct 1st, 2009 // 1 Comment

It’s now been 26 weeks since the Black Eyed Peas first reached the summit of Billboard‘s Hot 100 with “Boom Boom Pow,” which had a 12-week run at the top of the charts before being relieved by the group’s follow-up single “I Gotta Feeling.” 26 weeks! That’s half a year! At least the band’s April ascent to the top means that they won’t rule the entirety of this year’s Daylight Savings stretch, but still, yeesh.

The real-ish news to come out of this development is that “I Gotta Feeling” has matched the record for the longest stay at No. 1 this decade, a mark that was previously held by Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.” Carey’s pleading ballad topped the Hot 100 for 14 non-consecutive weeks in 2005, and between this and the confusion over whether or not she’ll best Paramore on the albums chart next week girl is not really having the best stretch, chart-record-wise. But “Obsessed” did tick back into the singles chart’s Top 10 this week, so maybe it’s a question of taking the good with the bad?

‘Feeling’ Steady: Black Eyed Peas Match Decade Mark On Hot 100
Earlier: A Brief List Of Things That Have Happened In The World Since The Black Eyed Peas Began Their Reign Of Hot 100 Terror

  1. Just closing the circle on something I brought up a few columns ago: the Peas are now, officially, the only act ever to monopolize the No. 1 slot for all of an American summer. And that’s by any yardstick — the equinox, the bookending national holidays, even taking Billboard‘s two-week data lag into account.

    Two more weeks, and “Gotta” ties “One Sweet Day” for the longest run at No. 1 by a single song. It could happen: while its sales have been slacking and it’s not the biggest radio song anymore, the ongoing story since late summer has been a gross mismatch between sales and airplay (i.e., the big songs at iTunes aren’t the songs radio is playing in power rotation), which keeps clearing the field for the Peas.

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