Week Ending Feb. 5, 2012. Songs: Madonna & MJ
Close your eyes and you'd swear it was 1987. Madonna has the top new entry on this week's Hot 100 with "Give Me All Your Luvin," which she performed at the Super Bowl with Nicki Minaj and the irrepressible M.I.A. And five Michael Jackson songs enter the Hot 100, albeit in their Glee cover versions from last week's MJ salute. The highest-ranking is "Smooth Criminal," which pops on at #26.
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" sold 115K copies, which allows it to enter Hot Digital Songs at #7. That's not bad considering it had just three days to amass sales. But it's not great either, given that about 1,000 times that many people watched Madonna perform the song at the Super Bowl. In truth, we may need a few weeks to see if this is going to make it in a big way or not.
The young-sounding (you might even say bubblegummy) song is Madonna's 44th top 20 hit. She first cracked the top 20 with "Holiday" in January 1984. Of these 44 big hits, only two have been collabos, this song and "4 Minutes," her 2008 smash with Justin Timberlake.
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" marks Madonna's 56th appearance on the Hot 100. Only one female solo artist, Aretha Franklin, has amassed more Hot 100 hits (73). Two female solo artists match Madonna's total of 56: Connie Francis and Dionne Warwick. (Francis' total includes three songs that made Billboard's Top 100 Sides chart in the period prior to the introduction of the Hot 100 in August 1958.)
This is the first single from Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, which is due March 26. Madonna's last four studio albums, Music, American Life, Confessions On A Dance Floor and Hard Candy, have all debuted at #1. Will this one follow suit? Stay tuned.
Madonna and MJ never collaborated (that wasn't done much in those days), though they did go on one very high-profile "date." They went to the Oscars together on March 25, 1991, the year Madonna sang the nominated "Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man)," which won for Best Song. Now, back to the countdown.
The Glee version of "Smooth Criminal" (featuring 2Cellos) sold 108K copies this week, which enables it to enter Hot Digital Songs at #10. It's the third rendition of this song to crack the top 30 on the Hot 100. Jackson's original version reached #7 in 1989. Alien Ant Farm's alternative-minded cover version hit #21 in 2001.
Four other Glee versions of MJ songs enter the Hot 100: "Human Nature" bows at #56, followed by "Black Or White" at #64, "Wanna Be Startin' Something" at #78 and "Bad" at #80. This is the third time that "Human Nature" has been a hit. Jackson's original reached #7 in 1983. SWV's "Right Here/Human Nature" reached #2 in 1993. This is also the third time (sort of) that "Bad" has been a hit. Jackson's original hit #1 in 1987. "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody version, "Fat," reached #99 in 1988.