Week Ending July 7, 2013. Songs: The Actress In The Top 10
Many recording artists go their entire careers without landing a top 10 hit on the Hot 100. So imagine how they must feel when they hear that a movie and stage actress who has never recorded an album of her own zooms into the top 10 on this week’s Hot 100. I’m talking about the multi-talented Anna Kendrick, whose “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #13 to #10. Kendrick’s little ditty, from the box-office hit Pitch Perfect, has sold 1,484,000 copies to date.
Kendrick, 27, is best known for her roles in Up In The Air (for which she received an Oscar nomination), 50/50, Pitch Perfect and five Twilight movies. She has also appeared on Broadway. In 1998, when she was just 12, she received a Tony nomination for her supporting role in a stage adaptation of Cole Porter’s High Society.
“Cups” is derived from an old folk song, “When I’m Gone,” which was recorded in 1931 by the Carter Family. (A.P. Carter, a founding member of that legendary country trio, is credited among the writers of “Cups.”) That old song was turned into “Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me)” by the English band Lulu and the Lampshades.
“Cups” runs just 1:17 on the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. The song was expanded to 2:07 for the single version. That’s short, but it’s not the shortest top 10 hit of the “rock era.” That distinction is held by Hayley Mills’ “Let’s Get Together,” which she sang in the Disney movie The Parent Trap. The song, which reached #8 in October 1961, ran just 1:28.
The Pitch Perfect soundtrack has sold 772K copies.
“Cups” cracks the top 10 in its 28th week on the Hot 100. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that only three songs by female solo artists have taken longer to crack the top 10: Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” (38 weeks) and a pair of hits by Faith Hill—“This Kiss” (30 weeks) and “The Way You Love Me” (29 weeks).
Kendrick is the second artist with that surname to crack the top 20. Eddie Kendrick was featured along with former Temptations band-mate David Ruffin on Daryl Hall & John Oates’ remake of a pair of Temptations classics in 1985. Before you bombard me with emails saying the man’s name was Eddie Kendricks, let me tell you that on that record (and on two others he recorded with Ruffin that made the R&B chart), it was just plain Kendrick.