This week's mailbag looks at when we might expect Spears' next full-length, how big a radio hit Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' could be, Miley Cyrus' career sales and more
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A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS
Hope you're doing well. Here's my trivial commentary for the week!
Paul McCartney*, Nelly** and Beyonce*** have each earned Hot 100 No. 1s as a solo act, part of a duo, part of a trio and part of a quartet. McCartney has done all that with No. 2 hits, as well. (See note below regarding "Get Back" at No. 1.)
Justin Timberlake has the following distinction with No. 1 AND No. 2:
With "Mirrors" peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100, Timberlake has now peaked at that position as a solo act, a part of a two-act title (as featured on "Dead and Gone" by T.I.) and with a group (with quintet 'N Sync on its duet with Gloria Estefan, "Music of My Heart.") (He hasn't peaked at No. 2 as part of a trio or quartet, however.)
Similarly, JT has peaked at No. 1 as a completely solo act (with "SexyBack" and "What Goes Around…Comes Around"), with one other act ("My Love," featuring T.I.) and on a three-artist hit (with Nelly Furtado on Timbaland's "Give It to Me.") He, of course, also reigned as a member of 'N Sync with "It's Gonna Be Me" (a title which served as a harbinger of his eventual solo status, didn't it?)
*McCartney scored a Hot 100 chart-topper as part of a one-time quintet because "Get Back" was billed to the Beatles featuring Billy Preston; Macca has peaked at No. 2 as a solo act, with a duet (with Michael Jackson on "The Girl Is Mine"), part of a trio (which Wings was at the time of "Live and Let Die") and part of a quartet (e.g., the Beatles' "Twist & Shout").
**Nelly's first chart-topper was solo ("Hot in Herre"), followed by his collab with Kelly Rowland ("Dilemma"), a trio effort (with P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather") and a quartet single ("Grillz," featuring Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp; it samples Destiny's Child's "Soldiers." Speaking of Destiny's Child …)
***In addition to Beyonce's five No. 1s – two on her own, three with featured acts – Destiny's Child scored No. 1s as a trio and as a quartet.
And, vaguely related to all this (because she dated JT), I'm diggin' Britney's new tune.
Thanks as always, Pablo!
And, since tonight is the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, how cool that you point out that Nelly's four Hot 100 No. 1s were solo and as two-, three- and four-act collaborations – in that order.
In baseball, that's called that a natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple and home run in a game, in order). We could say the same thing for Nelly's performance on the Hot 100.
Either way, we're talking about four big hits.