I'd like to take this opportunity to bow respectfully
in order to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of
His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadeja 's Accession to the Throne.
LONG LIVE THE KING
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Madonna & Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes (Radio Edit VS. Album Version)
NEWS April 02, 2008, 8:30 AM ET Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y.
Two leading ladies, Mariah Carey and Madonna, leapfrog over Elvis Presley in the Billboard charts record book this week.
As expected, Mariah Carey moves past Elvis Presley and into sole possession of second place for most No. 1s in the rock era, as "Touch My Body" soars 15-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to become her 18th chart-topper. With her album "E=MC2" yet to hit retail, Carey might equal the Beatles' record of 20 No. 1s before her set runs its course.
"Body's" blast to No. 1 is fueled by a record-setting debut week digital tally of 286,000 downloads. That sum, good enough for the No. 1 slot on Hot Digital Songs, surpasses the 277,000 downloads labelmate Rihanna opened with in the June 9, 2007, issue with her summer smash "Umbrella."
Presley will also be nudged from his standing as the artist with the most top 10s in the rock era, as Madonna surpasses him with her 37th top 10, "4 Minutes." The track, which features Justin Timberlake, clocks a 68-3 jump. Previous to the establishment of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958, the industry standard chart was the Best Sellers in Stores tally, where Presley scored his first 12 top 10s.
Like Carey's "Touch," Madonna's Hot 100 jump is spurred by stupendous download sales. "4 Minutes" shifts 217,000 in its first week of wide release (it had been available as a Verizon exclusive) to enter Hot Digital Songs at No. 2.
This is the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital sales in 2003 that two titles debut simultaneously on Hot Digital Songs with more than 200,000 downloads each. The week also marks the best single-week digital tally in either artist's career.
NEWS April 03, 2008, 10:25 AM ET Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
... as reported yesterday, Madonna's "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake explodes 68-3, fueled by download sales of 217,000 copies.
NEWS April 10, 2008, 10:45 AM ET Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
... Madonna's "4 Minutes" holds at No. 3 after selling 217,000 digital downloads.
NEWS April 14, 2008, 10:30 AM ET Paul Sexton, London
"4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake climbed 8-4...
NEWS April 21, 2008, 10:45 AM ET Paul Sexton, London
Madonna landed her 13th chart-topping U.K. single with "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) featuring Justin Timberlake yesterday (April 20), while British rock band the Kooks scored an instant No. 1 with their sophomore Virgin album, "Konk."
The Madonna track is her 60th U.K. top 10 single, according to data from the Official U.K. Charts Company, and she now pulls away as the female solo artist with the most No. 1 hits in British chart history, with Kylie Minogue next at seven.
NEWS April 28, 2008, 10:40 AM ET Paul Sexton, London
On the singles chart, "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake started a second week at No. 1,...
NEWS April 30, 2008, 6:40 PM ET Keith Caulfield, L.A
First Day Sales Put Madonna On Track For 7th No. 1
Madonna is on track to net her seventh No. 1 album on next week's Billboard 200 with "Hard Candy," based on first-day sales measured by the Nielsen SoundScan Building Chart released Wednesday afternoon (April 30).
Unweighted sales for the Warner Bros. album from the Building Chart's panel of reporters through the close of business Tuesday, April 29, stood at 100,000.
Among all female artists, only Barbra Streisand has earned more No. 1s -- with eight. Currently, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson are all tied for the second most, with six apiece.
Late last year, Chris Brown's "Exclusive" posted a first day number of 107,000 and finished the week with 294,000. However, sources close to the Madonna project indicate that with much of "Hard Candy's" first-day figure driven by iTunes sales, its full sales week could end up closer to the range of 225,000-250,000.
Madonna's last studio effort, 2005's "Confessions on a Dance Floor," started at No. 1 with 350,000.
Billboard estimates the merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Circuit City, iTunes, Starbucks,Borders, Target, Anderson Merchandisers, and Handleman Co. -- comprise about 80% of all U.S. Album sales.
Leading the charge for "Hard Candy" is first single "4 Minutes," featuring Justin Timberlake, which peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs. The download has sold 1 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, including 185,000 for the week that ended April 27.
Madonna first rang the Billboard 200's bell when "Like a Virgin" reached No. 1 in late 1984. Since then, she's claimed No. 1s with "True Blue" (1986), "Like a Prayer" (1989), "Music" (2000), "American Life" (2003) and "Confessions."
She also owns a whopping five sets that peaked at No. 2 -- "I'm Breathless" (1990), "The Immaculate Collection" (1990), "Erotica" (1992), the soundtrack to "Evita" (1996) and "Ray of Light" (1998).
NEWS May 01, 2008, 10:30 AM ET Cortney Harding, N.Y.
Madonna Fetes 'Hard Candy' With Free NYC Show
Madonna celebrated the release of her album "Hard Candy" by performing a free show at New York's Roseland Ballroom on Wednesday night (April 30). Coming just one day after the album's release, Madonna's 30-minute set featured a duet with Justin Timberlake, a mix of new and older tracks, a massive stage set, throngs of backup dancers, and, at one point, a laser light show.
The crowd of 2,200 was certainly dedicated some concertgoers had been waiting in various lines for 60 hours in order to snag a wristband to get into the show.
Madonna kicked off her set with "Hard Candy" tracks "Candy Shop" and "Miles Away." Next, Justin Timberlake, who is featured on her single "4 Minutes," joined her onstage to perform it. The song is currently No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After playing the opening riff to the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and bantering to the audience, Madonna launched into a hard-rocking version of "Hung Up" and a new dance tune called "Give It to Me" before closed the show with "Music," which reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2000.
Event sponsor Verizon provided a live simulcast of the show's first four songs to subscribers worldwide. Verizon reps on the fully equipped studio bus outside the venue hinted that the company was working on future artist collaborations.
Madonna's Roseland concert came on the same day that first day sales of "Hard Candy" measured by Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart showed the album was on track to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 album chart.
NEWS May 5, 2008, 10:45 AM ET Paul Sexton, London
Madonna has notched her latest U.K. chart triumph, starting a third week at the top with "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) featuring Justin Timberlake and adding a No. 1 debut with the album "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.).
It's the fourth time in Madonna's 24-year U.K. chart career that she's had simultaneous chart-topping singles and albums, according to Official U.K. Charts Company data. No other solo female artist has achieved that feat more than once. She previously did the double with the single "Papa Don't Preach" and album "True Blue" in 1986, single and album "Like A Prayer" in 1989 and "Hung Up" and "Confessions on a Dancefloor" in 2005.
With "4 Minutes" holding at the top of the singles chart ...
"4 Minutes" is on top of Billboard's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a second week,...
CHART BEAT March 27, 2008, Fred Bronson
THIS ONE'S '4' YOU: We are seven months away from the 25th anniversary of Madonna's debut on the Hot 100. Her chart life began the week of Oct. 29, 1983, with "Holiday." This week, she scores the 53rd entry of her career with "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.), only her second single to share billing with another artist.
Madonna's first shared credit was "Me Against the Music," the 2003 single that was billed as Britney Spears featuring Madonna. "4 Minutes" is credited to Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake.
"4 Minutes" enters at No. 68 and is Madonna's first chart entry in two years. She was last on the Hot 100 with "Sorry," a single that peaked at No. 58 in March 2006.
If "4 Minutes" becomes Madonna's 13th No. 1 on the Hot 100, the song will be only the second chart-topper in the chart's history to start with the digit "4." The first was "4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men in 1997. The most recent Hot 100 title to start with the digit "4" was Gwen Stefani's "4 in the Morning," which peaked at No. 54 in August 2007. A different song called "4 Minutes" was a No. 52 hit for Avant in May 2006.
CHART BEAT April 03, 2008, Fred Bronson
'BODY' WORKS; 'MINUTES' ADDS UP: Elvis Presley has had a lot of great chart weeks over the last 52 years, but this wasn't one of them. Mariah Carey surpasses the King this week as the individual artist with the most No. 1 songs on the pop singles chart in the rock era and Madonna bests Elvis to become the artist with the most top 10 hits in the rock era.
Carey's "Touch My Body" (Island) races 15-1 to become her 18th No. 1 on the Hot 100. Her run of chart-toppers started with her very first chart entry, "Vision of Love," in 1990. It has taken Carey 17 years, eight months and one week to amass 18 No. 1 hits, a total that moves her out of a tie with Presley for second place among all artists with the most No. 1s. Only the Beatles, with 20, have more.
Elvis collected his 17th No. 1 in November 1969 when "Suspicious Minds" became the final Hot 100 chart-topper of his career. "Touch My Body" is Carey's first No. 1 in two years, three months and one week, since "Don't Forget About Us" topped the Hot 100. This is Carey's 78th week at No. 1, which means she will tie another Presley record if "Touch My Body" is still in the penthouse next week. Presley accumulated 79 weeks at No. 1 with his 17 chart-topping titles. That's the record for the highest total of weeks spent in pole position in the rock era.
Until this week, Presley and Madonna were tied with 36 top 10 hits in the rock era, the highest total for any artist. The 68-3 rocket ride of "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.) gives Madonna her 37th top 10 hit, putting her in first place all by herself. "4 Minutes" is already Madonna's biggest hit in almost eight years, since "Music" spent four weeks at No. 1, starting the week of Sept. 16, 2000.
Elvis picked up his 36th top 10 hit the week of Sept. 30, 1972, when "Burning Love" advanced 18-9, on its way to No. 2.
Back to "4 Minutes" for a minute, the song is the ninth top 10 hit for Justin Timberlake as a solo artist, and his highest-charted tune since "Give It to Me" (on which he and Nelly Furtado were featured with lead artist Timbaland) was No. 1 a year ago this month. If "4 Minutes" goes to No. 1, it will be the 13th chart-topper for Madonna and the fifth for Timberlake.
UK Single Chart Chart Commentary from James Masterton 07/04/08
That is pretty much it as far as Top 10 action is concerned, although the main casualties appear to be Madonna and JT who slide 5-8 with the still download only '4 Minutes'. I'd call this a vindication of my suspicion that the single would run out of steam even before it was properly made available, but for the minor quirk that the video for the track has only been released this week, the result being the single will now get TV airplay that had hitherto been denied to it. Don't underestimate the impact of this, and write its further chart prospects off at your peril.
UK Single Chart Chart Commentary from James Masterton 13/04/08
Also on the rebound as expected are Madonna and Justin who turn a walk four places with '4 Minutes', the still download-only track now occupying its highest chart placing to date. Completing the Top 5 is Mariah Carey who advances one place to Number 5 with 'Touch My Body', that single now her 16th Top 5 hit.
UK Single Chart Chart Commentary from James Masterton 21/04/08
Step forward then Madonna whose single '4 Minutes' has spent the past month bouncing around the Top 10 as a popular but unremarkable download track but which this week blasts away all competition to make a three place leap to Number One, dethroning Estelle's 'American Boy' one short of its record-setting five week target in the process. What makes this all the more remarkable is that Madonna's sales surge has come without the benefit of physical sales, '4 Minutes' only this week (April 21) becoming available on CD. No download-only single has ever climbed to Number One after such a long period in the market, particularly when at one point it had fallen as low as Number 8. Plenty of others may well do just that in the future, but all will be following the benchmark of sales growth that Madonna (and of course JT) have this week established.
All this is before we have even noted that this is of course another Number One hit for Madonna. It is her 13th in total, a figure that keeps her in sixth in the all-time table and requiring just one more to draw level with Cliff RichardWestlife who share fourth place with 14th chart-toppers apiece. It is her first Number One single for just over two years and ensures that her forthcoming new album 'Hard Candy' will be the fourth of the five albums she has released in the last decade to have its introductory track top the singles charts. Her list of Number One records now spans almost 23 years, dating back to the arrival of 'Into The Groove' at the top in August 1985. No other female act in history can claim such a span of longevity. Even Kylie, her most currently active challenger can only claim a 15 year span of Number One hits, her last chart-topper having been four and a half years ago.
We should of course not overlook the co-credit on '4 Minutes' for Justin Timberlake who can thus also claim a Number One hit. It is his third credited appearance on a chart-topping single albeit now the second as a featured guest star. He was last at the top exactly a year ago this week on Timbaland's 'Give It To Me', his only chart-topper in his own right being 'Sexyback' which had a week at the summit in 2006. Such is his deep-rooted association with a certain superstar producer, it seems almost a needless aside to note that all three of his Number One singles have had Timbaland at the helm.
Finally, for those whose taste in chart facts leans to the quirky side, it is worth noting that '4 Minutes' is the second single in just over a year to feature a numerical digit in the title, hard on the heels of charity single 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' which hit the top in April last year. Although a rare occurrence, such numerically titled singles do seem top the chart with reasonable regularity. In the last decade we have had '5 Colours In Her Hair' by McFly and '3AM' from Busted (both 2004), Mambo No.5 (twice thanks to Bob The Builder in 2001 and Lou Bega in 1999), '7 Days' from Craig David in 2000 and '9pm (Til I Come)' from ATBPaul Hardcastle from 1985 which I'm fond of pointing out ranks as the shortest ever title for a hit single given that it actually contains no letters at all.
UK Single Chart Chart Commentary from James Masterton 28/04/08
Nothing new to report at the top of the single chart this week. Madonna and Justin Timberlake go physical with '4 Minutes' and so remain locked at Number One for a second week. Two weeks at the top is something of a new experience for pubehead whose previous chart-topping singles 'Sexyback' and 'Give It To Me' could only manage a solitary seven days at the summit. Madonna will I'm sure have half an eye on the trend this year for long-running Number One hits. In her long career her biggest run to date has been four weeks, a total achieved by 'Into The Groove' in 1985 and 'Vogue' in 1990. Activities below however suggest she may have something of a fight on her hands to get beyond three this time around.
UK Single Chart Chart Commentary from James Masterton 05/05/08
Well this shouldn't take long. All the chart headlines this week belong to Madonna who not only retains top place on the singles chart but also sees long awaited parent album 'Hard Candy' shoulder all competition neatly out of the way on the album chart. In doing so she sets yet another benchmark, becoming only the fourth act in the history of the UK charts (and the first woman naturally) to land herself ten Number One albums. At least that is the statistic you will read everywhere this week anyway. Some would dispute the exact total given that one of those albums was the Original Cast Recording of the movie version of 'Evita' which had a week at the top in early 1997, and whilst Madonna was one of the lead performers on the album she by no means had solo billing. Argue amongst yourselves as to whether that actually counts.
Incidentally, the other acts with over ten Number One albums to their name? The Beatles and Elvis naturally, but also unusually for these records, the Rolling Stones who had their tenth chart-topper with 'Voodoo Lounge' back in 1994.