These are the hottest 10 pop songs of the week as determined by About Top 40. This chart is compiled consulting data from various music industry charts and sources. It is intended to indicate the hottest rising hits. Recordings that have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Pop 100 chart are disqualified from this chart.
The numbers are stunning for Kelly Clarkson's album Breakaway. It has spent over a year in the top 20 of the albums chart, generated 4 major hit singles, and includes "Since U Been Gone," one of the most celebrated singles of 2005, and my pick for the best pop song of 2005. For this 5th single from the album, Clarkson has returned to edgier material, and it is rushing up the charts.
As his latest hit is climbing the pop singles chart, Nelly will be heading to the gridiron as a celebrity coach in the Battle of the Stars Youth Football Classic this Saturday, January 14th, 2005 in Miami, Florida. His St. Louis All Stars will square off against teams coached by Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy, Diddy, and Luther Campbell.
It is a slow takeoff just like "These Words," her first U.S. hit, but "Unwritten" is picking up steam particularly at pop radio. Natasha Bedingfield is an artist to watch in 2006.
The Peas will headline the Honda Civic concert tour that kicks off in late March, 2006. One lucky fan will win a specially souped-up Honda Civic Hybrid.
Ne-Yo has tumbled from the top spot last week. His sweet song "So Sick" seemed to almost get buried in the crush of replaying last year's hits. However, 2006 should be good to Ne-Yo.
7. Cascada - Everytime We Touch
For those with "Listen To Your Heart" withdrawal, "Everytime We Touch" is a new round of sweet, swift, European dance music.
With leader Rivers Cuomo heading back to Harvard this spring, Weezer are on indefinite hiatus, but they have squelched rumors they are breaking up. Meanwhile, the album Make Believe continues to spin off hit songs.
The latest high profile rapper from the Cash Money camp has been making TV rounds lately including a powerful performance of "Shooter" with Alan Thicke's son, soul singer Robin Thicke, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Head over to the Prefix Blog for a video clip.