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"Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008" is Michael Jackson’s first title to appear on the Hot 100 chart since "One More Chance" peaked at No. 83 in 2003.
January 31, 2008,
Fred Bronson

‘STARTIN” ALL OVER AGAIN: After an absence from the Hot 100 of four years, one month and one week, Michael Jackson returns with "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008," an update of a song that was originally a No. 5 hit a quarter of a century ago. It is Jackson’s first title to appear on the chart since "One More Chance" peaked at No. 83 in 2003. Since "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008" bows at No. 81, it is Jackson’s highest entry since "Butterflies" flew to No. 14 in 2002.

Back in 1983, the Epic single "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’" was a solo effort by Jackson. The remake teams Michael with Akon and is the 47th Hot 100 hit (away from the Jackson 5) for the former and the 19th entry for the latter. Of course, Akon has only been charting since June 2004 and Jackson had his first solo chart entry on the chart dated Oct. 30, 1971, a year-and-a-half to the day before Akon was born.

While "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008" is the first chart entry for Akon in 2008, he had an abundant nine chart entries in 2007. Jackson’s most prolific year was 1983, when the original "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’" was one of six chart entries.

SWEET LITTLE 16: Alicia Keys has made chart news over the last few weeks by having the top two titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and by stringing together back-to-back No. 1 hits. Now she writes another chapter to her chart history by breaking the record for the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on this survey.

The previous record was 15 weeks, set by Nelly in 2002 with "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" and tied by Mary J. Blige in 2005 with "Be Without You."

Keys is currently No. 1 for the 16th consecutive frame. Her run started with "No One," which held pole position for 10 weeks, and continues with "Like You’ll Never See Me Again" (MBK/J), which is on top for the sixth week.

This latest No. 1 hit for Keys brings her total weeks on top to 38.

Before her latest two chart-toppers, Keys had four earlier No. 1 hits:

"Fallin," four weeks (2001)
"You Don’t Know My Name," nine weeks (2003) "If I Ain’t Got You," six weeks (2004) "My Boo," three weeks (2004) [Usher and Alicia Keys]

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