Chart Watch:
Since I've Been Gone

I've been too busy to post lately and it's a shame because a lot has gone on in the world of music. Probably the stupidest thing going on is Flo Rida's dominance of the Hot 100. His Dead or Alive sampling "Right Round" broke the record for most downloads in a single week, a record he himself set in 2007. "Low" amassed 467,000 downloads in a single week in late 2007. "Right Round" destroyed that record with an amazing 636,000 downloads. The track has now topped the charts for four solid weeks with no signs of loosening its grip.

With strong digital sales and growing radio airplay, "Right Round" might be No. 1 for quite some time and if no other song can match its supremacy atop the Hot 100, it just might end up the No. 1 song of 2009 making Flo Rida the fourth artist to score two Year End No. 1 songs. But, does Flo Rida belong in the same class as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and George Michael? (In fact, does George Michael even belong in the same class as Elvis and the Beatles?) The answer is obvious. Absolutely not.

Flo Rida is two hit wonder. What sets him apart from every other two hit wonder is that his hits are blockbuster singles. Even though there are dozens of artists more deserving of the success than our pal Flo is, he is the model of the 21st century paint-by-numbers pop star. The hit makers fashion a sure-fire smash of a song, deliver it to a personality-less rapper, and wait for the royalties to roll in. Meanwhile, T.I. is denied his third No. 1 from Paper Trail as "Dead and Gone" feat. Justin Timberlake remains at No. 2 for a fourth week.

Flo Rida's sophomore album, R.O.O.T.S. is due out March 31, but don't expect the record shattering achievements of "Right Round" to foreshadow any sort of success for the album. Sure, "Low" has sold over 4.5 million downloads to date, but his debut album Mail On Sundays has only sold 367,000 copies in a year. His single sold two times as much in one week as his album did in 48.

1. "Right Round" - Flo Rida
2. "Dead & Gone" - T.I. feat Justin Timberlake
3. "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
4. "Kiss Me Through The Phone" - Soulja Boy feat. Sammie
5. "Gives You Hell" - All-American Rejects
6. "The Climb" - Miley Cyrus
7. "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga feat. Colby O'Donis
8. "Heartless" - Kanye West
9. "My Life Would Suck Without You" - Kelly Clarkson
10. "Blame It" - Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain

Here's the song. Please don't go buy it and contribute to it's undeserving reign at No. 1. If you ever want to listen to it, you just come to 17 Tracks and watch it here instead.


God Bless**AmY** said...

I like the song--haven't bought it, but I did buy 'Low'-have you seen Flo Rida-FINE!!! lol :) He should not have the number one spot though.

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