Ask Billboard: A Lot To 'Like' About Far*East Movement
Ask Billboard: A Lot To 'Like' About Far*East Movement

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A LOT TO 'LIKE'

Hello Gary,

Greetings from Malaysia!

As a follower of Madonna, I've noticed that she owns two No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 that begin with the words "Like A" in their titles. "Like a Virgin" reigned in 1984 and "Like a Prayer," in 1989.

Now, another "Like (a)"-titled song has topped the Hot 100: Far*East Movement's "Like a G6." My question is, how many songs have hit the Hot 100 whose titles start with the words "Like A"?

Thanks!

Demetrius McNamara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hi Demetrius,

"Like a G6" is the 21st single that begins with "Like A" to appear on the Hot 100 and the first No. 1 since "Like a Prayer."

Here is a look at the most successful such entries:

Peak Position, Title, Artist, Year(s)

No. 1 (six weeks), "Like a Virgin," Madonna, 1984-85

No. 1 (three weeks), "Like a Prayer," Madonna, 1989
No. 1 (one week to-date), "Like a G6," Far*East Movement, 2010
No. 2, "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan, 1965
No. 12, "Like a Rock," Bob Seger, 1986
No. 19, "Like a Boy," Ciara, 2007
No. 24, "Like an Old Time Movie," Scott McKenzie, 1967
No. 27, "Like a Baby," Len Barry, 1966
No. 27, "Like a Prayer," "Glee" cast, 2010
No. 31, "Like a Stone," Audioslave, 2003
No. 36, "Like a Sad Song," John Denver, 1976
No. 40, "Like a Sunday in Salem (the Amos & Andy Song)," Gene Cotton, 1978

One additional notable title just missed the top 40: "Weird Al" Yankovic's Madonna parody "Like a Surgeon," which flatlined at No. 47 in 1985.

JUMP THEN FALL

Hi Gary,

Last week, Taylor Swift debuted at No. 8 on the Hot 100 with the title track from her upcoming album "Speak Now."

This week, she again debuts in the top 10, at No. 6, with "Back to December." Is Swift the first artist to have top 10 debuts in consecutive weeks?

Also, after its No. 8 entry last week, "Speak Now" slips all the way down to No. 45 this week. Other songs have fallen from the top 10 completely out of the top 40 ("Landslide" by the Dixie Chicks, and "New Soul" by Yael Naim, among others). But, is "Speak Now" the first song to debut in the top 10 and then fall out of the top 40 the following week?

Thanks,

Jeff Lerner
Long Island, New York

Hi Jeff,

The top 10 arrival of "Back to December," the latest preview cut from "Speak Now," does indeed make Taylor Swift the first artist ever to score top 10 debuts on the Hot 100 in back-to-back weeks.

The new set's title song, however, is the not the first track to soar onto the Hot 100 in the top 10 and then rank below the top 40 the following week.

Here is a recap of the chart's three falls to below the top 40 after top 10 launches. (Apologies to Swift for presenting a list on which she places back-to-back with her ex, Joe Jonas).

Position Drop, Title, Artist, Year
66 (8-74), "Tonight," Jonas Brothers, 2008
37 (8-45), "Speak Now," Taylor Swift, 2010
31 (10-41), "Jump Then Fall," Taylor Swift, 2010

It's important to note, though, that these plummets are not dubious, as all three tracks were released to fuel anticipation for upcoming albums and intended as retail focus tracks for only a one-week period; "Mine," the first radio single and video from "Speak Now," has spent its first 11 weeks on the Hot 100 perched within the top 15.

Swift could add to the list above if "Back to December" plunges from the top 40 next week after its No. 6 start this week. "Mean" (the final audio glimpse of "Speak Now" prior to its release), due on the Hot 100 next week, could follow a similar chart arc.

Still, Swift boasts the most top 10 debuts in the Hot 100's 52-year-history and is just days away from adding to her already astounding career resume.

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