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While Beyonce’s album “4” has yet to notch a top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100, the set continues to rack hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
“Love on Top” ascends 13-9 on the latter list, securing Beyonce her third top 10 from “4” on the tally. Previously, “Best Thing I Never Had” rose to No. 4 and “Party” rocked to No. 2.
Dating to her first week in the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 the week of Nov. 16, 2002, with “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde,” Beyonce’s 18 top 10s are the most among women. (Ciara places second with 12 top 10s in that span, followed by Keyshia Cole, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj, each with 11).
On the Hot 100, however, the No. 16 peak achieved by “Best Thing” marks the highest ranking that Beyonce has achieved with any title from “4.”
While “Top” also reached the top 20 (No. 20), the set’s lack of a Hot 100 top 10 contrasts with the output of Beyonce’s prior set, “I Am Sasha…Fierce,” which yielded four Hot 100 top 10s in 2008-09: “If I Were a Boy” (No. 3), “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (four weeks at No. 1), “Halo” (No. 5) and “Sweet Dreams” (No. 10).
With a pair of top 20 Hot 100 entries, however, as well as a pop culture profile that continues to be top-of-mind, aided, in part, by her marriage to Jay-Z, as well as the recent birth of daughter Blue Ivy (the youngest artist ever to appear on a Billboard chart), Beyonce continues to exude superstar power.
(She’s also the subject of a college course: Rutgers University’s “Politicizing Beyonce.” “While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career and her persona,” says lecturer Kevin Allred).
If anything, Beyonce, without regret, seemed to foretell the possibility of taking a step back commercially upon releasing “4” - which nonetheless topped the Billboard 200 upon its debut in July - as the set spotlights her love of core R&B stylings.
“I have a lot of inspiration from ’90s R&B,” Beyonce told Billboard last year. “I wanted music, R&B or pop, or whatever you want to call it (on the album), because I feel like good music is good music.
“Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad (the album) is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs and bring soul singing back.”
Now, that was one of my greatest achievements of my life.
And I felt like it was destiny, because his birthday is August 4th.
My mama’s birthday’s January 4th.
Oh. Obama’s are 44th president.
He was elected November 4th.
My birthday September 4th.
My husband’s birthday is December 4th.
And on April 4, 2008!! 8 divided by 2 is 4…somebody put a ring on it!
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