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I'm happy to see Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" benefiting from his brilliant Grammy Awards performance (Feb. 13). Its No. 2 Hot 100 peak (so far) reminds me how one of the most distinct tunes of the past decade, and another contender for record of the year - "Crazy" (2006), by Gnarls Barkley, featuring Green's vocals - settled in at No. 2 for seven consecutive weeks.
I think it would be phenomenal if Green makes it to No. 1. If he doesn't, however, he'll have something in common with another remarkable pop/soul vocalist, Aaron Neville. Both have never had a No. 1 hit and both have peaked at No. 2 twice, once as a solo act and once as part of a duo.
In Neville's case, I'm talking about his solo 1966 smash "Tell It Like It Is" (a No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and his 1989 Grammy Award-winning duet with Linda Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much" (a No. 1 on Adult Contemporary).
Of course, Green's career is riding high, so a No. 1 is still possible. I'll swear to that (please don't censor me).
P.S.: With the Recording Academy honoring Danger Mouse in the category of non-classical producer of the year and rewarding "F**k You" for best urban/alternative performance, it was a reunion of sorts for the Gnarls Barkley partners, and a top-ranking one at that.
There's life - and a chance at the Hot 100's penthouse - yet for "F**k You," despite the song's 39% digital decline this week (to 252,000, after its prior Grammy-boosted weekly sum).
The song claims the Hot 100's Airplay Gainer award for a second consecutive week, charging into the top 10 (14-6) on Radio Songs (80 million in audience, up 28%).
On Pop Songs, the track reaches the top 10 (11-7) in its 20th chart week, tying for the third-longest climb to the tally's top tier after Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" (31 weeks, 1998) and matchbox twenty's "Back 2 Good" (21 weeks, 1998-99).
If we counted the five weeks the song was absent from the chart in November/December after its first chart run, in which it peaked at No. 18, "F**k You" would trail only "I'll Be" for having taken the most scenic route to the chart's top 10.
Green's other big news this week? He'll join Maroon 5's Adam Levine as a judge on "The Voice." Hosted by Carson Daly, the NBC reality competition launches April 26.
"It's an honor for me to be able to help mold a malleable and new talent in such a fashion as 'The Voice'," says Green.
"Being a coach on 'The Voice' is a substantial responsibility and I take it with sincerity and distinction."