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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: November 5, 2000

Showing some strength.

Showing some strength.

It is time for yet another trip back into the archives on Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my latest 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. Alright, let’s get a move on all the way back to fifth grade (yikes!) and revisit the top songs from this week in 2000…

40. SADE, “By Your Side”
38. TONI BRAXTON, “Spanish Guitar”
37. FUEL, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”
35. O-TOWN, “Liquid Dreams”

Biggest Mover(s):
SHAGGY featuring RIKROK, “It Wasn’t Me” (22-14, eight spots)

10. DIDO, “Here With Me” (down 1)
Album: No Angel (2000, Arista Records)
Peak: #9

09. NINE DAYS, “If I Am” (up 2)
Album: The Madding Crowd (2000, 550 Music)
Peak: #8 for two weeks

08. VITAMIN C, “The Itch” (up 5)
Album: More (2001, Elektra Records)
Peak: #5

07. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Stronger” (up 7)
Album: Oops!… I Did It Again (2000, Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for four weeks

06. MATCHBOX TWENTY, “If You’re Gone” (up 1)
Album: Mad Season (2000, Lava/Atlantic Records)
Peak: #6 for two weeks

05. *NSYNC, “This I Promise You” (down 3)
Album: No Strings Attached (2000, Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for two weeks

04. DREAM, “He Loves U Not” (steady, third week)
Album: It Was All A Dream (2001, Bad Boy Entertainment/Universal Records)
Peak: #4 for three weeks

03. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Independent Women, Part I” (up 2)
Album: Charlie’s Angels: Music From The Motion Picture (2000, Columbia Records) and Survivor (2001, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

02. BACKSTREET BOYS, “Shape Of My Heart” (up 1)
Album: Black & Blue (2000, Jive Records)
Peak: #2 for three weeks

01. RICKY MARTIN, “She Bangs” (steady, fourth week)
Album: Sound Loaded (2000, Columbia Records)
Peak: #1 for four weeks

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: November 26, 2000

It wasn't them... or was it?

It wasn’t them… or was it?

Welcome back for another edition of 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. We’re going way back to fifth grade for this countdown, and yes, I really shouldn’t have been listening to some of these songs at age ten. Here’s a look at my top 40 from November 26, 2000:

40. PINK, “You Make Me Sick”
39. CHRISTINA AGUILERA, “Christmas Time”
36. MYA, “Free”

Biggest Mover(s):
JENNIFER LOPEZ, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” (34-20) (14 spots)

10. USHER, “Pop Ya Collar”
It’s the song that sprung a leak and Napster was the culprit. After its surprise release via the service, “Collar” was serviced to U.S. radio in October and was off to a decent start, but was pulled in late November after parent album All About U was shelved and mixed reaction about his new pop sound. A 2001 release in several European countries, like Belgium and the U.K., landed him another top five hit.

09. NINE DAYS, “If I Am”
Best known for their big hit from earlier that year, “Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)”, this was the followup to it and charted on a few radio formats in the lower regions. Their album, The Madding Crowd, was certified Platinum. After a shelved second album with 550 Music (which was eventually released digitally), the band’s recorded on and off together independently, last putting out an EP earlier this year.

08. SPICE GIRLS, “Holler”
Released over two years after the departure of Geri Halliwell, album Forever marked the first and only full-length album that the girls released as a quartet. It went top 40 in the U.S., but was never certified. The single only received minor airplay here and missed the Hot 100. However, it was released in a double a-side single with “Let Love Find A Way” in their native U.K., marking their final #1 hit.

07. VITAMIN C, “The Itch”
The girl behind “Smile” and “Graduation (Friends Forever)” was scratching up the chart again. It was her last top ten on here, which was followed by “As Long As You’re Loving Me”, a minor hit. Album More was delayed until January and tanked given the post-Q4 market and singles underperforming. The singer now goes by her birth name, Colleen Fitzpatrick, today the VP of Music at Nickelodeon.

06. NELLY FURTADO, “I’m Like A Bird”
As you can tell, I was way early on this first single from the Canadian songstress. Furtado’s song debuted on the radio here in September and I was on it almost right away. Though it wouldn’t peak on the airplay charts until the summer of 2001, it was a massive hit across the globe, including a #1 peak in her native country. She’s had her ups and downs when it comes to sales and radio, but is still making music.

05. MIKAILA, “So In Love With Two”
The singer from Edmond, OK was just 13 when she entered my chart and the music industry on Island Records with her debut single. Followup “It’s All Up To You” was playlisted on a few stations with the release of her self-titled album in the spring of 2001, but both items tanked and the singer was dropped. She hasn’t charted since and ranks as one of the biggest one-hit wonders in my chart’s history.

04. RICKY MARTIN, “She Bangs”
With a crash, boom and a bang, the Latin heartthrob was topping the charts, including for four weeks on my own top 40. “Bangs” led Martin’s Sound Loaded album to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200. The song’s become a bit of a joke today, especially after an audition by American Idol contestant William Hung during the show’s third season in 2004, but the song is still good fun and a great throwback.

03. SHAGGY featuring RIKROK, “It Wasn’t Me”
Sometimes it’s wise to take the advice of a friend. This reggae song wasn’t intended to be a single, but after it was tested by a Hawaiian DJ, it became a smash, topping the Hot 100 for two weeks in February. This would be RikRok‘s only time ranking in my top 40; Shaggy would last chart in 2002 with the minor “Strength Of A Woman”, but continues to record original material that still charts overseas.

02. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Stronger”
Don’t you just remember her dancing with the chair in the music video? This self-empowerment anthem has been a favorite in her repertoire for some time now. It was the third consecutive top two hit from the Oops!… I Did It Again era on my chart and the last; “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know”, the followup, would stall out just below the top ten. Spears releases her latest album, Britney Jean, next week.

01. DESTINY’S CHILD, “Independent Women, Part One”
Throw your hands up at them! What a jam this song was. Featured on the soundtrack to Charlie’s Angels, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, “Women” was one of the biggest hits of the group’s career, topping the Hot 100 for eleven weeks in 2000-2001, and would be followed by the Survivor era, which also stormed the charts in 2001. The trio last made my chart in 2004 with “Lose My Breath”. They most recently reunited for a one-off performance at Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl halftime show early last year.

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