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Eye For An “I”: Personal Pop In The Top 40

Healthy hit music.

Healthy hit music.

One of the records looking to break the top 40 on the pop radio chart in the next week or so is “Me, Myself & I”, a song off rapper G-Eazy‘s When It’s Dark Out albumIt features Bebe Rexha. The lead performer, born Gerald Gillum, has never charted at the format before, while Rexha has a few featured credits (and one main credit) to her name on pop radio. It’s also a top seller, now a top ten hit on iTunes. For someone that’s been releasing mixtapes since 2007, it’s been a long time coming, and I’m sure he’s very excited at what’s happening across the multiple formats that his single is gaining airplay on.

When it hits the region, the latest “Me, Myself & I” will be the fourth such single with that title to reach the top 40 since 1999, and though there are more common song titles out there, it’s pretty rare for a four-word title like this one to rank as often as it has. As it is Thursday, a day of throwbacks galore, we thought we’d throw it back to check out the remaining three songs the collaboration will be joining in that small club. Let’s see if you remember them all…

**All statistics are taken from the CHR/Pop chart archives of Radio & Records magazine.

Vitamin C, “Me, Myself And I” (1999/2000) (#31, Dec. 17)
Colleen Fitzpatrick, now a music executive at Nickelodeon, enjoyed a couple of good years on the pop radio survey, with this song becoming the second of three to hit the listing from her self-titled debut era. It peaked during the last reporting week of 1999, but it did spend three weeks in the top 40 in January 2000. The cut contains an interpolation of Santana‘s “No One To Depend On”.

Jive Jones, “Me, Myself & I” (2001) (#40, Sep. 14)
The Miami-born act began his music career as a co-writer and producer before recording his own material. This was his only song to chart in the U.S., and it just missed the top ten in The Netherlands. The printed chart of September 14 represented the week of data prior to the 9/11 attacks, and after the tragic events of that day, Jones’s song (along with many other songs) never recovered.

Beyoncé, “Me, Myself And I” (2003/2004) (#18, Feb. 6 + Feb. 20)
After two back-to-back #1 singles in 2003 with “Crazy In Love” and “Baby Boy”, Knowles couldn’t quite reach the same heights on the pop radio chart with this slower song. However, it was still a big Urban radio hit, where it reached the top three. Dangerously In Love, its parent album, recently crossed five million albums sold in the U.S. alone, remaining her top solo release in the States.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: September 23, 2001

Heroes of all kinds.

Heroes of all kinds.

After a little time off, we’re back with another round of way back wonders on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. Let’s take a trip back, way back, to a few weeks into sixth grade and revisit the top songs from this week in 2001…

40. LIFEHOUSE, “Breathing”
39. NELLY, “#1”
22. ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, “What’s Going On?”

Biggest Mover:
BACKSTREET BOYS, “Drowning” (34-19, 15 spots)

10. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, “Hero” (up 10)
Album: Escape (2001, Interscope Records)
Peak: #1 for three weeks

09. THE WISEGUYS, “Start The Commotion” (down 2)
Album: The Antidote (1998, Mammoth Records)
Peak: #1 for two weeks

08. JIVE JONES, “Me, Myself & I” (up 1)
Album: Me, Myself + I (2001, Jive Records)
Peak: #7

07. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Emotion” (up 4)
Album: Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #3

06. MICHELLE BRANCH, “Everywhere” (down 1)
Album: The Spirit Room (2001, Maverick Records)
Peak: #5

05. JENNIFER LOPEZ, “I’m Real” (down 3)
Album: J.Lo (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

04. *NSYNC, “Gone” (steady, second week)
Album: Celebrity (2001, Jive Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

03. MICHAEL JACKSON, “You Rock My World” (up 3)
Album: Invincible (2001, Epic Records)
Peak: #1 for one week

02. FIVE FOR FIGHTING, “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” (up 1)
Album: America Town (2000, Aware/Columbia Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

01. ALICIA KEYS, “Fallin'” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Songs In A Minor (2001, J/RMG Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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