Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hip Hop's Billboard Dominance

Check out this week's Billboard Hot 100 Charts, specifically the top 5. What do you notice ?!654684368&g=Singles&f=The+Billboard+Hot+100


After just 3 weeks on the charts, Flo Rida's newest single"Right Round" has peeked at the number 1 spot, jumping from 58th last week. "Dead and Gone" by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake has jumped from the 9th spot to 2nd overall during it's 11th week on the charts. The momentum of "Crack A Bottle" by Eminem featuring Dr.Dre and 50 cent has slowed considerably, dropping from the top spot to number 3 in it's 5th week on the Billboard. Still hanging on in the 4th spot is "Heartless", the follow up single to "Love Lock down" by Kanye West, which has been on the charts for 15 straight weeks now.

Aside from Lady GaGa's catchy dance hit "Just Dance" featuring Colby O'Donis which in it's 28th week and currently sits at number 5 on the Billboard charts, the top spots are all being held by hip hop/rap artists. That's pretty one-sided, don't you think ?

Now I am hip hop/rap music through and through, that's my preference. Although thinking about it, something is seriously wrong in the music business (which we have known for quite some time already). While the Billboard charts show us which songs are the most popular, most played and earn the most money, the variety of the Billboard's music pallet seems to be lacking even more then usual.

On a side note, this has been a great week for the label Atlantic Records. This is the third time in the label's history that they have been able to simultaneously secure the top 2 spots on the Billboard charts. (Flo Rida's "Right Round" and T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake "Dead and Gone").

Peep both of these tracks/videos...

"Right Round" - Flo Rida
"Dead and Gone" - T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake

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