Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'

Madonna performs during her Sticky and Sweet Tour on July 14, 2009 in Milan, Italy.

Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material.

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WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MADONNA?

Hi Gary,

I'm sure that you have followed- radio may have missed one: the hypnotic, acoustic-driven pop/gospel "Like a Prayer"-like "Nothing Fails."

5, "Confessions on a Dance Floor," 2005
I really liked all four of the set's singles, especially "Sorry," which, again, radio might've been smart to have considered more seriously.

4, "Music," 2000
In retrospect, the title track is reminiscent of

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MADONNA, THE STREAKER

Hi Gary,

Madonna's "MDNA" has become the Queen's fifth consecutive studio album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following 2008's "Hard Candy," "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (2005), "American Life" (2003) and "Music" (2000).

How many other artists have achieved such a streak - or better?

Thanks,

Kai Quan Zhng
Singapore

Hi Kai,

More history for Madonna: with the No. 1 bow of "MDNA" on the Billboard 200 last week, she tied

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ROXETTE ROCKS ON

Hi Gary,

I am so surprised that I have not seen any coverage by Billboard on

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In last week's "Ask Billboard," the call went out for examples of No. 2 Hot 100 hits that people might think reached No. 1, considering their lasting legacies, as well as another batch of readers' "personal charts." Here are some responses that came in.

Hi Gary,

When Chart Beat reader Reggie Thomas asked for No. 2 hits that feel like No. 1s, a list surged through my mind:

"Rhythm Nation," Janet Jackson

"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun,"

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In last week's "Ask Billboard," the call went out for examples of No. 2 Hot 100 hits that people might think reached No. 1, considering their lasting legacies, as well as another batch of readers' "personal charts." Here are some responses that came in.

Hi Gary,

Regarding the topic of No. 2-peaking Hot 100 hits that feel like No. 1s, I have a few:

"I Love You Always Forever," Donna Lewis (No. 2 for an incredible nine weeks)

"You're Still the One,"

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In last week's "Ask Billboard," the call went out for examples of No. 2 Hot 100 hits that people might think reached No. 1, considering their lasting legacies, as well as another batch of readers' "personal charts." Here are some responses that came in.

Hi Gary,

Since Aug. 1, 1981, I have been documenting my personal pop charts. It all started because I used to collect the WLS charts that were placed in record stores all across the Chicagoland area and the song "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes was pushed out of No. 1 by Billy Squier's "The Stroke." I was so upset, because I felt that "Bette Davis Eyes" should've been No. 1 for at least another week and got the idea that I should be doing my own charts. So, I did.

I started with a Top 12, moving to a Top 20 a few years later, a Top 40 years after that and currently a Top 100. I post my Top 100 charts on my website. My charts have allowed me to be contacted by artists from all over the world since I follow new music from as many places as I can find.

My personal charts have been my diary. I will look through them and actually remember where I was at the time, how my life was going.

Thanks for taking the time to read my e-mail, which includes the top 25 of my latest chart.

Always set your life to music!

David Geib

1, "Dance Again," Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
2, "Cheers (Drink to That)," Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty
3, "I Want to Know What Love Is" ("American Idol" performance), Elise Testone
4, "Time After Time" ("American Idol" performance), Colton Dixon
5, "Water Tower Town," Scotty McCreery
6, "Changed," Rascal Flatts
7, "Riot on the Dancefloor," Groove Coverage
8, "Right Here, With You," David Cook
9, "Mr. Know It All" (country Version), Kelly Clarkson
10, "How Will I Know" ("American Idol" performance), Jessica Sanchez
11, "Party Life (Jump Smokers Radio Edit)," Sardar
12, "That's All!" ("American Idol" performance), Phillip Phillips
13, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," Planet Funk
14, "End of the Earth" (Smash Mode Edit), Yulia K
15, "Paper Heart," David Cook
16, "Don't Give Up" (Clean), Kevin Rudolf


17, "Chasin'," Sander Van Doorn
18, "The Last Goodbye," David Cook
19, "Wind Me Up" (Dark Intensity Remix Radio Edit), Liz Primo
20, "Goodbye to the Girl," David Cook
21, "Wind Beneath My Wings" ("American Idol" performance), Skylar Laine
22, "Flashdance … What a Feeling" ("American Idol" performance), Hollie Cavanagh
23, "Take Me As I Am," David Cook
24, "Wouldn't It Be Nice," Wilson Phillips
25, "Let's Go" (Radio Edit), Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo

Hi Gary,

Calling for another round of personal charts? Here is my current Top 30!

TW (LW), Title, Artist
1 (2), "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye feat. Kimbra
2 (1), "We Are Young," fun. feat. Janelle Monae
3 (5), "Starships," Nicki Minaj
4 (4), "Glad You Came," The Wanted
5 (7), "Wild Ones," Flo Rida feat. Sia
6 (6), "Drive By," Train
7 (8), "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen
8 (3), "Part of Me," Katy Perry
9 (11), "Rumour Has It," Adele
10 (13), "Brokenhearted," Karmin
11 (9), "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson
12 (15), "Is There Anybody Out There," K'nann feat. Nelly Furtado
13 (10), "Turn Me On," David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
14 (16), "Watching You Watch Him," Eric Hutchinson
15 (12), "A** Back Home," Gym Class Heroes feat. Neon Hitch
16 (22), "Feel So Close," Calvin Harris

17 (17), "Run," Matt Nathanson feat. Sugarland
18 (20), "Give Your Heart a Break," Demi Levato
19 (14), "Talk That Talk," Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
20 (24), "We Run the Night," Havana Brown feat. Pitbull
21 (25), "Free," Graffiti6
22 (28), "Dark Side," Kelly Clarkson
23 (23), "I Won't Give Up," Jason Mraz
24 (18), "International Love," Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
25 (27), "Too Close," Alex Clare
26 (19), "Set Fire to the Rain," Adele
27 (NEW), "Dance Again," Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull
28 (30), "Sweeter," Gavin DeGraw
29 (21), "Princess of China," Coldplay feat. Rihanna
30 (NEW), "No Light, No Light," Florence + the Machine

Cheers!

Brian Brostek
Boston, Massachusetts