Fred discusses "Hey There Delilah," "Hairspray," "Everything" and more!
THE NAME GAME: There was a time when girls' names ruled the Hot 100. In 1962, Tommy Roe's "Sheila" was succeeded by the Four Seasons' "Sherry." But it's become much rarer to see a girl's name in the No. 1 spot. Until this week, the only chart-topper with a girl's name this millennium was "Maria Maria" by Santana featuring the Product G&B, and that was back in 2000.
A 2-1 move finds "Hey There Delilah" (Hollywood) by the Plain White T's on top of the chart. It's the first time the name "Delilah" has been featured in a No. 1 song, it's the first No. 1 for the Plain White T's and it's the first No. 1 for the Hollywood label.
The most famous "Delilah" song until now was Tom Jones' "Delilah," a No. 15 hit in 1968. More recently, as reader Larry Cohen of Trumbull, Conn. notes, Van Stephenson took "Modern Day Delilah" to No. 22 in 1984. And while she wasn't name-checked in the title, Delilah received plenty of attention in Neil Sedaka's No. 28 hit from 1960, "Run Samson Run."
"Hey There Delilah" debuted on the Hot 100 the week of April 14. The song vaulted into the top 10 the week of June 23, when it advanced 16-6. Since then, it has moved up one slot each week. The 6-5-4-3-2-1 pattern cannot be found with any other No. 1 song of the last 21 years.
This is the second charted title for the Plain White T's on the Hot 100. The group made its first appearance with "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)." That song debuted the week of Nov. 18, 2006, and peaked at No. 68 the following week.
FROM DELILAH TO HAIR...SPRAY: How ironic that the same week "Hey There Delilah" takes over the Hot 100, the soundtrack to the movie "Hairspray" (New Line) debuts on The Billboard 200. After all, what is Delilah without some hair to cut? Or spray?
The album's debut precedes the opening of the film, but even so the CD enters at No. 20. That makes this soundtrack the highest-charting "Hairspray" of them all. The soundtrack to the original non-musical movie peaked at No. 114 the week of April 23, 1988. The cast album for the Broadway musical peaked at No. 131 the week of Aug. 31, 2002.
If "Hairspray" follows the recent trend of Broadway musicals-turned-musical movies, the soundtrack should find itself in the top two. "Chicago" spent a week in the runner-up spot in February 2003 and "Dreamgirls" had a two-week reign this January.
'EVERYTHING' IS COMING UP BUBLE: Michael Buble collects his second No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Everything" (143/Reprise). The song reaches pole position two years to the week after Buble's first chart-topper, "Home."
"Everything" is only the fourth song to advance to No. 1 on the AC tally in 2007. The longest-running No. 1 of the calendar year is John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" (Aware/Columbia), with 16 weeks as leader of the pack. In second place is Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" (Polydor/A&M), with three weeks in first place. The Fray's "How to Save a Life" (Epic) led the list for two weeks.
Those four No. 1 songs are also the top four songs on this week's AC chart.
AC LOVES IDOL: "American Idol" contestants continue to do well on the Hot 100, Hot Country Songs (where Bucky Covington's initial chart entry achieves top 10 status for the first time) and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (where Fantasia's "When I See U" is No. 1 for the fourth week), but they are especially welcome on the Adult Contemporary list. For the fourth week in a row, there are three "Idol" finalists in the AC top 10. The order has changed, but this week the band Daughtry, named for fifth season contestant Chris Daughtry, climbs 6-5 with "Home" (RCA).
Fourth season winner Carrie Underwood holds at No. 7 with "Before He Cheats" (Arista) and second season finalist Kimberley Locke rebounds 9-8 with "Change" (Curb/Reprise).
Also on the chart: fifth season winner Taylor Hicks ascends 24-23 with "Heaven Knows" (Arista) and another fifth season competitor, Elliott Yamin, marches 30-27 with "Wait for You" (Hickory).
ORDER ON THE CHART: British rock/dance outfit New Order has had several top 10 hits on the U.K. singles chart, but has never had the same impact on the Hot 100, where its only top 30 hit was "Regret," which topped out at No. 28 in July 1993.
Although the group broke up in May after a 27-year history (a report denied this week by two bandmates), the four members of New Order are just now earning their biggest Hot 100 hit yet – as songwriters. Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and former bandmate Gillian Gilbert receive credit on Rihanna's "Shut Up and Drive" (SRP/Def Jam). The follow-up to the biggest hit of the year, "Umbrella," the latest Rihanna hit samples New Order's signature song, "Blue Monday."
"Blue Monday" was first released in 1983. A remix titled "Blue Monday 1988" went to No. 68 on the Hot 100 in May 1988. "Shut Up and Drive" races 34-22 this week, besting "Blue Monday 1988" as well as "Regret."
Barbadian-born Rihanna might know "Blue Monday" from its U.K. reissue in 1995, but since she was born on Feb. 20, 1988, it's unlikely as a two-month-old she was aware of the song when it debuted on the Hot 100 the week of April 30, 1988.