Monday, June 23, 2008

Leona Bleeds Into Rare Air: 10 Weeks at # 1!!!

The legend of Leona Lewis and her first hit "Bleeding Love" continues to grow here in America and all around the world. The smash hit has reached #1 in some 30 countries to date. Yesterday, it accomplished a VERY rare feat here on the U.S. Pop airplay charts, spending it's 10th consecutive week at #1! It's the first song to have double-digit weeks at the summit since Mariah Carey's comeback hit "We Belong Together" spent 11 weeks there in 2005. A quick look at the top 4 of the official chart which will be in Tuesday's edition of USA Today:

lw TW Artist Title TW lw Move Aud
1 1 LEONA LEWIS Bleeding Love 9837 10276 -439 62.359
2 2 RIHANNA Take A Bow 9628 9251 377 59.888
6 3 JESSE MCCARTNEY Leavin' 7538 6808 730 44.306
3 4 RAY J/YUNG BERG Sexy Can I 7202 7526 -324 46.575

Sadly, it doesn't look like "Bleeding Love" will have a chance to match Mariah or tie the all-time record of 12 weeks at #1 held by the 1995 Donna Lewis hit "I Love You Always Forever." It should fall below Rihanna's "Take A Bow" tomorrow on the charts. Still, for a debut song which got off to a fairly slow start to do this well, not to mention set the all-time weekly records for pop spins (10,993 on 5/4/08) and largest estimated listening audience (74,527,000 on 5/7/08) is some pretty big news and something to be VERY proud of!

"Bleeding Love" also spends it's fifth straight week on top of the Hot AC chart, with an even 4,000 spins. It also remains at #2 behind Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" on the Adult Contemporary chart.

So what's next for Leona here in the U.S.??? Well, her second single, "Better In Time" is due to go to pop radio for adds on July 15th. The buzz is already starting to grow on this song, as three weeks prior to the adds date it's already cracked the top 75 of the pop chart! Congratulations to Leona on her continued success here in America and all around the world!


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