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MJ: “Man, Justice remixing Lenny Kravitz is like … two decades of vapidity coming together and forming one gigantic black hole.” CM: “No way is Justice as bankrupt as Kravitz–vapid, yes, but a different kind of vapid.” MJ: “Well, Lenny has had a 15-year head start! Give Justice more time and more blow and I’m…

By: Maura / April 24, 2009

The Followup Conundrum: At Midyear, Big Hits Are One-Offs

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

If you’re trying to guess what might end up as Billboard’s top song of 2008, you might take a gander at this week’s Hot 100, where a prime contender is still…

By: Chris Molanphy / July 3, 2008

Just In Time For Summer, Millennial Teenpop Takes Over The Hot 100

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

In the last two years, we’ve seen several impressive feats on Billboard’s Hot 100 by Disney Channel-groomed pop acts, and this week, we see another.

Four songs from the Jona…

By: Chris Molanphy / June 27, 2008

EMI Fiddles, Smooches, And Wins The Hot 100 Race While Rome Burns

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

EMI is the Bear Stearns of the music industry–once mighty, now declining rapidly and ripe for takeover and obliteration. But you’d never know it looking at the new Billboard Hot 100:…

By: Chris Molanphy / June 20, 2008

Lil Wayne Has The Hot 100 Locked Down

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

Lil Wayne is expected to triumph on next week’s album chart, but this week, he has locked up a remarkable percentage of the Hot 100 singles chart: seven songs, starting with…

By: Chris Molanphy / June 13, 2008

Coldplay Cries “Viva,” Rules iTunes’ World

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

If only Chris Martin were holding an iPhone 3G: then his band would be atop the charts.

As it stands, Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” fueled by Apple’s latest saturation-play TV…

By: Chris Molanphy / June 6, 2008

John, Paul, George, Ringo, And Cookie: “Idol” Winner Sets (And Sells) Records

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

As I look at this week’s charts, I recall a 1994 interview in which Paul McCartney assured the world that the highly anticipated, ultimately anticlimactic 1995 Beatles single “Free as a…

By: Chris Molanphy / May 30, 2008

New Kids On The Block Have A Brand-New Hit

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

Last week I poured cold water on the chart comeback of New Kids on the Block, who appeared on Billboard’s less-heralded Pop 100 chart but remained M.I.A. on the all-genre Hot…

By: Chris Molanphy / May 23, 2008

From Zombies to Ri-Ri: Bonus Hits are Album-Buyer’s Ripoff and Chart Bonanza

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts. This week he takes a look at the long, fan-aggravating history of belated “bonus track” re-releases, and how the music industry turned these anomalies into a premeditated punishment for making an album

By: Chris Molanphy / May 16, 2008

Jesse McCartney: The Unlikely Heir To Justin Timberlake’s Throne?

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

The upper reaches of this week’s Billboard Hot 100 are a little sleepy–two songs sneak into the bottom rungs of the Top 10, and every song above them either holds positio…

By: Chris Molanphy / May 9, 2008

Sweeter Than Apple Pie: Weezy Licks His Way To The No. 1 Spot

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

As predicted last week, Lil Wayne, supported by the late Static Major, has hit the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Lollipop.” For longtime Weezy fans, it’s a bit of a…

By: Chris Molanphy / April 25, 2008

The Main Event: Original Diva Battles New Diva For No. 1

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

Forget that sleepy winter we just endured. We’ve got a horse race.

The top slot on Billboard’s Hot 100 has turned into a revolving door, as Mariah Carey succumbs to…

By: Chris Molanphy / April 18, 2008

Countin’ Down The Drum Stems! Remixable Single Gives Radiohead A Hit

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts:

For all their popularity the world over, songs by Radiohead haven’t exactly set the charts alight. (Even in their homeland: they’ve never scored a U.K. No. 1.) In part that’s due…

By: Chris Molanphy / April 10, 2008

Touch Their Bodies, Eat Their Dust: Two Queens Dethrone The King

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So momentous was the news of Mariah Carey’s triumph on the Hot 100 with “Touch My Body” that Billboard leaked it on Wednesday, a day early. Chart freaks talk about act…

By: Chris Molanphy / April 4, 2008

Lils Mama And Weezy Make Big Moves, Shake Up Top 10

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As we previewed yesterday, Leona “Limey Mariah” Lewis has fulfilled our prediction from last week and shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut single, “Bleeding Love.”…

By: Chris Molanphy / March 28, 2008

Bonkers For Buckley: America’s Dead Idol

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When the producers of American Idol announced at the start of this season that, for the first time, they would be selling contestants’ performances on iTunes, but that iTunes had agreed…

By: Chris Molanphy / March 14, 2008

He Makes Us Wanna…: Usher’s Our Flo Rida-Killing Hero

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Forget what I said last week: apparently there was pent-up demand for new Usher material.

Even after three intervening years that saw little more than a flop vanity movie and…

By: Chris Molanphy / March 7, 2008

The White Stripes And Flo Rida: They’re Both No. 1!*

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* OK, so one of these acts is, like, president of the United States and the other the president of American Samoa. I’ll get to the White Stripes later…

Yesterday…

By: Chris Molanphy / February 29, 2008

Workin’ On A Mystery: Tom Petty Is This Week’s Stealth Chart Star

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You won’t find one of the biggest-selling artists of the past week on the Billboard Hot 100, because chart rules make him and his band ineligible. But one week after Tom…

By: Chris Molanphy / February 15, 2008

Hey, Let’s Write a Song Called “Steve Jobs Is Dreamy”

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“Is this Feist again?” my friends asked at the Super Bowl party I attended last Sunday, as Apple’s latest product-porn ad popped onto the plasma.

“No, no,” I said, confidently.

By: Chris Molanphy / February 8, 2008
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