Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz Set Billboard Hot 100 Records
Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz are both record holders now!
Okay, first we have BEP. This week, the foursome have topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles charts for 20 consecutive weeks, the most ever by an act. Thanks to their latest two singles; Boom Boom Pow and the song that dislodged it, I Gotta Feeling, have been at the top of the charts for 12 and eight weeks, respectively.
Though the band has had big hits over the years, apparently Boom Boom Pow was their first No. 1 single. The band’s frontman, Will.i.am said he’s surprised how successful the song became. “I knew that ‘Boom Boom Pow’ would be big in the clubs, but I didn’t know it would be that potent with the world, outside of the club. So that my accountant’s aunt would be like: Black Eyed Peas, I love ‘Boom Boom Pow!’” he laughed. “I didn’t know it was going to be that. I didn’t know that teachers would say I like ‘Boom Boom Pow.’”
The single is indeed a big one, together with the second single, I Gotta Feeling, they have sold 3.8 million and 2.1 million digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album from where the two singles come from, entitled The E.N.D., is nearly platinum, selling over 900,000 units since its June release. With this new shattering record, BEP has beaten Usher’s previous record, a 19-week run in 2004 with Yeah! and Burn.
Jason Mraz has also made history on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, with phenomenal single I’m Yours, which notches an extraordinary 70th week on the Hot 100. The track debuted on the May 3, 2008, chart and peaked at No. 6 nearly a year ago, on September 20, 2008. The song has resided within the top 40 of the list in all but the first 12 weeks of its chart life, dropping six rungs to No. 29 on the latest tally.
The song ranks as the third-best-selling digital song, which successfully has 4.4 million total downloads, and it is the only track to reach No. 1 on each of the following four radio-based charts: Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, and Triple A (adult alternative album) radio. It has also appeared on Latin Pop, Smooth Jazz, and debuts this week at Rhythmic.
Mraz’s I’m Yours beat LeAnn Rimes’ How Do I Live, for the song with the longest life on the singles chart. Rimes has held the single for nearly 11 years, which had spent 69 weeks on the Hot 100, ending with the October 10, 1998, chart.
Responding to his long life single, 32-year-old Mraz said, “I think it’s because it borrows from every one of those formats. Or perhaps the song is genre-less. The first two and a half minutes have so little production you could almost classify it as spoken-word. Yet it’s rhythmic and melodic at the same time.”The singer-songwrier also added, “I found out about six weeks ago that the song was on its way to breaking this record. I was moved. … I’m still blown away — humbled by the success of my happy little hippie song.”
Congrats to Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz, we’re happy for you guys!!
[ via Yahoo! News ]
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