Black Eyed Peas do a double-take on iTunes chart

06.19.09 8 years ago


Congrats, America, on downloading one of the most boring-est dance songs this summer in mass quantities. Black Eyed Peas – no strangers to the top of the iTunes top downloads list – are at No. 1, only this time with “I Gotta Feeling,” not “Boom Boom Pow.”

The music video to the auto-tune-infested track has been available since June 2, but the group performed it on “Late Night With David Letterman” on June 9. It’s the top of the playlist BEP’s MySpace page, indicating they’re starting to let up on the gas of “Boom Boom Pow,” which occupies No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 tracks chart with “Feeling” right behind.

Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” bowed at the top of The Billboard 200 chart earlier this week.

But does this song strike anybody else as a watered-down pop mess of mediocrity? It’s got a non-chorus, a Fergie solo that goes nowhere and a beat that would be considered mid-tempo by any dance-lovers’ watch. Maybe it’s the fact that thousands of high school students are graduating right about now and need a harmless soundtrack to their merry-making…

Anyway, “Boom Boom Pow” finally moves down to the No. 2 spot on the iTunes sales tally, followed by Sean Kingston’s “Fire Burning” at No. 3 which was No. 2 last week. Lady GaGa, her disco stick and “LoveGame” fall a notch, too, at No. 4.

One of our favorite summer jams, Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” sits at No. 5, now with more English! Katy Perry’s Vegas getaway “Waking Up in Vegas” suffers a fall of one spot to No. 6.

The skittering beat of Keri Hilson’s hotness “Knock Me Down” featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo (remember that guy?) slams into No. 7 for a second week, proving further that slapping Ye’s name on a track will likely help it ten-fold, even the song was A-OK before. No surprise, there’s auto-tune on this one too. “I’m the new Slick Rick,” Kanye rhymes on the high-school themed track, causing us to wonder if kids these days know who the hell Slick Rick is.

Shinedown’s epic “Second Chance” slips 6-8, though it spent a number of weeks at No. 1 on the Modern Rock tallies earlier this year. Why the delay? Sometimes pop audiences just aren’t ready for rock when rock is ready to rock. The album “The Sound Of Madness” was released almost a year ago to the day, but radio programmers waited to see if it could be a crossover hit. The music video helps, which features singer Brent Smith and his strip of chin Velcro singing to the ocean, plus a hard-luck story gone right. See below.

Smith has been in headlines more recently, too, admitting he’s been over a year sober after a “massive addiction” to cocaine and OxyContin.

Thankfully, it looks like Kristinia DeBarge – who came from nowhere – is headed nowhere else on the top 10 downloads chart. “Goodbye,” which samples/rips off “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam, falls 8-9. Try singing “Womanizer” over it. Just try it.

Lady GaGa pokes her face at No. 10 with “PokerFace,” which hold on tight to No. 10 for a second week.

Next week, maybe new top 10 action will come from Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” and Drake’s “Best I Ever Had,” all of which are steadily climbing up the pop charts.

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