Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what’s on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Gary and Trevor revisit the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 2007 and count down the chart’s top hits, from No. 40 to No. 1. Ten years ago (as we began to discover YouTube … on desktop computers), perhaps most noticeably, the Hot 100 welcomed several stars known perhaps as much for their TV profiles as their music, from Hannah Montana (and Miley Cyrus, too) to multiple American Idol finalists-turned-charted artists.
Also this week in 2007, P!nk was scaling the Hot 100’s top 40 with “U + Ur Hand.” At the time, while she had scored a host of hits, she hadn’t reached the top 10 in nearly five years. RCA Records GM/executive vp promotion Joe Riccitelli was promoting the song and joins the podcast to reflect on its lengthy road to becoming a hit.
“At that point, we were in a weird spot, because she was coming off of three records that did not fire,” Riccitelli recalls (referencing “Feel Good Time” and “Trouble,” both of which missed the Hot 100’s top 40, and the No. 13-peaking “Stupid Girls”). “When you get into a streak like that, [radio, among others] starts doubting what’s going on.”
Still, he says, “We believed in her so much.” Ultimately, “Hand” soared to No. 9 on the Hot 100 (and No. 1 on Pop Songs), marking P!nk’s seventh top 10. She’s since upped her count to 15 Hot 100 top 10s, through last year’s No. 10 hit “Just Like Fire.”
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