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post Aug 12 2016, 07:57 PM
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Flashback to 2006: Paris Hilton scores a Top 10 with Stars Are Blind
Plus, look back at the chart from this week 10 years ago.
By Justin Myers

Strange things happen all the time in pop. Cartoon characters get to Number 1, 11-year-olds get in the charts, and theme tunes from your favourite TV shows go Top 10, sang by people who star in them. But perhaps one of the strangest things to happen came in the shape of celeb mag staple and paparazzi favourite, reality TV star ad heiress Paris Hilton.

You couldn't open a magazine in 2006 without finding Paris's half-bemused, kind of detached smile looking back at you – she had a TV show, plenty of endorsements, branded products, a chihuahua in a handbag and a very hectic social life. About the only thing she didn't have so far was a pop career, but what Paris wants, Paris gets so, in summer 2006, a dream became a reality. And despite what the haters said, it was better than you might think.

Paris Hilton in 2006, having a quick check to make sure she was indeed much richer and more famous than anyone else 😍 (Startraks/REX)

Paris's self-titled debut was on its way, and first cab off the promotional rank was the summery, surprising, reggae-tinged beach jam Stars Are Blind. While the title might suggest a razor-sharp parody of the vacuous celebrity world poor Paris found herself in, Stars Are Blind was actually a slushy love story set to music, a total opus that our previous faves could only have dreamed of singing. And this week in 2006, it did what few expected, and shot into the Top 10. Charting at 35 on downloads only, the physical sale saw Stars Are Blind soar 30 slots into the top 10 at Number 5. You can't hold back an iconic moment from its destiny.

Sadly, Stars Are Blind didn't make it any farther than Number 5, but it did survive another week in the Top 10.

Meanwhile, at Number 1, Shakira and Wyclef Jean scored a third week out of the top, going on to score two more – it would take Beyoncé's Deja Vu to shift them. Beyoncé and Shakira would eventually hit Number 1 together with Beautiful Liar in 2007.

Rihanna's Unfaithful had another stab at ruling the charts, with its second week at 2. Just four short years later, RiRi would duet with X Factor finalist Matt Cardle, helping secure his win on the show. We bet Rihanna remembers the evening fondly.

Further down the chart there are new entries from Similou, Raconteurs and short-lived, but amazing, girlgroup Frank. See the full Top 100.

But today belongs to Paris. There were no more Top 40 hits, and the album reached Number 29, but we will always have this Top 5 moment.


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01 [01] Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
02 [03] Rihanna - Unfaithful
03 [02] Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
04 [41] Cascada - Everytime We Touch
05 [35] Paris Hilton - Stars Are Blind
06 [05] James Morrison - You Give Me Something
07 [04] Lily Allen - Smile
08 [08] Rogue Traders - Voodoo Child
09 [12] Paolo Nutini - Last Request
10 [09] Kasabian - Empire

20 [49] Similou - All This Love
29 [NEW] Raconteurs - Hands
30 [71] Captain - Glorious
33 [NEW] Holloways - Two Left Feet
40 [NEW] Frank - I'm Not Shy
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That top 5 though wub.gif Girl power! cheer.giftongue.gif I have the top 3 on singles. No way this was 10 years ago cry.gif Way to make a 16 year old feel old ohmy.gif

Stars Are Blind is such a classic wub.gif
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post Aug 12 2016, 09:40 PM
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Paris Hilton was at number 1 on the physical chart that week: http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/physi...art/20060806/1/

Number 1 on my personal chart at the time was the wonderful “In The Morning” by Junior Boys
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'Stars Are Blind' is easily the best thing I've heard by Paris. A fairly good pop song!

(The toilet opening scene of her 'Nothing In This World' music video makes me jump every time laugh.gif)
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Stars Are Blind is fab wub.gif but Nothing In This World is even better! What a travesty that it flopped.
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Aug 12 2016, 10:40 PM) *
Number 1 on my personal chart at the time was the wonderful “In The Morning” by Junior Boys

Fantastic track wub.gif
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The Music Week chart commentary for that week...

Shakira and Wyclef continue to lead singles chart

by Alan Jones

Shakira and Wyclef Jean retain their singles title with Hips Don’t Lie turning in the second best sales performance of its nine-week chart residency, improving 15% week-on-week to 33,466, a total it only surpassed when selling 35,982 copies and dipping 1-2 four weeks ago, writes Alan Jones.

Hips Don’t Lie’s success continues to impact favourably on Shakira’s Oral Fixation Volume 2 album, which rebounds 19-14 this week, with sales up 12% to 14,284, taking its total to 146,442.

With Christina Aguilera’s Ain’t No Other Man weakening despite the release of a second CD variant, Shakira and Wyclef’s nearest challenger is Rihanna, whose Unfaithful rebounds 3-2 even though its sales slip by 6.6% to 24,792. Her album A Girl Like Me also climbs a notch while losing sales, moving 9-8 with sales of 22,216 - 137 down on the previous week. A Girl Like Me has sold 250,078 copies since its release 14 weeks ago.

Nelly Furtado’s Promiscuous is number one in America for the sixth week in a row, and to clear the way for its release here, her Maneater single was deleted a fortnight ago. As a result, the song - number 10 last week - loses chart status even though it was actually the 12th biggest seller last week, with 9,797 purchasers.

Two other songs are amongst the Top 40 sellers but don’t have a chart placing: Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, which would rank 25th with 5,912 sales; and, more surprisingly, Jay-Z & Linkin Park’s superb Numb/Encore mash-up, which is no longer available physically but sped to 4,314 download sales (a 58.9% increase) last week, and would be a re-entry at number 35 if eligible. A number 14 hit in 2004, it’s been popular ever since but its latest leap is due to its prominent use in the new Miami Vice film but absence from the soundtrack album. Numb/Encore has sold 32,567 copies on download this year, and is the year’s 118th biggest seller, despite not being chart eligible.

The staggered release strategy didn’t work for Christina Aguilera, whose Ain’t No Other Man falls further behind Shakira’s single at the top of the chart, even though a second CD of mixes was issued last week to bolster the track. Selling 24,581 copies - 13.4% down on the previous frame - Ain’t No Other Man dips 2-3 behind Rihanna‘s Unfaithful (24,792 sales). Aguilera reached number one with Genie In A Bottle, Lady Marmalade (with Pink, Mya and Lil’ Kim), Dirrty and Beautiful. Her new Back To Basics album is out next Monday (14th)

German dance trio Cascada vault 41-4 this week, after selling 22,593 copies of their debut hit Everytime We Touch. Based around a chorus from a 1992 track of the same name by British singer Maggie Reilly, it has already been a huge hit in America, where it reached number 10 on the Hot 100 last year, selling a comparatively modest 9,674 copies in physical form but a stellar 919,661 copies on download, the majority of which have been for the ballad version of the song, which has received massively more airplay than any of the dance versions.

A number seven hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and number three in Canada and Sweden, socialite Paris Hilton’s debut single Stars Are Blind also penetrates the UK Top 10 this week, exploding 35-5 on sales of 21,660 following full commercial release. 25 year old Hilton penned lyrics for three of the songs on her upcoming album Paris, which also includes a cover of Rod Stewart’s sole foray into disco music, D’Ya Think I’m Sexy? In America, Stars Are Blind debuted at number 18 last month

Dance music knows no boundaries, and this week’s Top 40 includes club hits from Germany (Cascada), France (Bob Sinclar), Australia (Rogue Traders), Denmark (Infernal), the USA (Armand Van Helden), and Sweden, whence come The Similou, whose introductory single All This Love scoots 49-20 this week on sales of 7,084. A house duo from Gothenburg comprising Dizzy Crane (Joel Eriksson) and Jesse Nectar (Erik Niklasson), The Similou have a deliberately dated sound, and All This Love has been helped by an A-listing at Radio One, where it was aired 19 times last week.

Singles sales improved overall by 2% last week to 1,209,313, while albums were also looking more healthy, putting on 5.1% at 2,707,007. Although the compilation market suffered a 13.6% dip primarily because of a steep decline in second week sales of Now! 64, artist albums improved by 12.2%.

Overall album sales were also significantly buoyed by Woolworth’s sales, where a large number of titles on the Rolled Gold label were available for as little as £1 - a policy which saw the imprint capture eight of the Top 10 places in the budget chart, with top title Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash selling 12,837 copies, while helping the budget sector to expand 73.5% to 400,297 units.

On the regular artist album chart, the only new release to pack enough power to secure a Top 10 debut was James Morrison’s debut album, Undiscovered, although The Puppini Sisters’ nostalgic Betcha Bottom Dollar strengthened throughout the week to secure a Top 20 berth.

Four weeks after the release of his first single You Give Me Something, the 25 year old singer/songwriter, originally from Rugby in Warwickshire, enters the album chart at number one. Racking up an impressive 84,611 sales last week, Undiscovered is the eighth debut album released in 2006 to reach number one, following those of The Arctic Monkeys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Journey South, Shayne Ward, Gnarls Barkley, Orson and Sandi Thom. That’s the highest success rate for new acts in more than a decade, and indicative of a very healthy scene.

Although comprising three unrelated singers - two Brits and an Italian - The Puppini Sisters are so called in tribute to The Andrews Sisters, the close harmony trio whose vocal and fashion style their own recalls. Applying their 1940s style vocals to more contemporary songs like Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush), Panic (The Smiths) and Heart Of Glass (Blondie) as well as wartime favourites and The Andrews Sisters’ biggest hit Sisters has paid big dividends for The Puppinis, whose first album Betcha Bottom Dollar sold 12,833 copies last week to debut at number 17.

First released four years ago, the newly repackaged Sunshine Superman - The Best Of Donovan finally enters the chart this week at number 47 on sales of 4,956, bringing the Scottish folk legend back onto the list for the first time in 33 years. Donovan has remained active throughout the period, despite disappearing from the charts, and released his most recent album, Beat Cafe, in 2004. He also, bizarrely, enjoyed a top five single in Germany in 2002, remaking his song Atlantis with girl group No Angels.

Snow Patrol’s Eyes Open is the sixth album to sell more than 500,000 copies this year, joining albums by The Arctic Monkeys, Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Kooks and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Reaching the target on its 14th week on release, Eyes Open slips 2-3 on the weekly list despite increasing its sales for the fifth week in a row. Sales last week of 38,959 were up 8.6% and lift its cume to 530,461. Meanwhile, the album’s second single, Chasing Cars, continues to climb, moving 15-13, although its sales are down 7.6% week-on-week to 9,556.

Finally, although James Morrison earns a deserved number one debut on the artist album chart, his Undiscovered sold fewer copies last week than the multi-artist Now! 64, which continues its reign atop the compilation chart. Declining 48.5% in its second frame, Now! 64 sold 143,699 copies last week to take its 13 day cume to 422,626. It is on course to become the biggest-selling compilation of 2006 later this week, eclipsing its predecessor Now! 63’s fairly meagre 465,544 tally.

Sales

SINGLES

33466 Shakira
24792 Rihanna
24581 Christina Aguilera
22593 Cascada
21660 Paris

9797 Nelly Furtado [Excluded] (12)
9556 Snow Patrol (13)
7084 The Similou (20)
5912 Gnarls Barkley [Excluded] (25)
4314 Jay Z/Linkin Park [Excluded] (35)

ALBUMS

84611 James Morrison

38959 Snow Patrol (3)
22216 Rihanna (8)
14284 Shakira (14)
12833 Puppini Sisters (17)
4956 Donovan (47)

COMPILATIONS

143699 Now 64

and finally Shakira's sales so far:

2331 Downloads (54)
29987 (3)
30047 (2)
32584 (1)
35982 (2)
32546 (2)
32322 (3)
29109 (1)
33466 (1)
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Fond memories of 2006 when even Paris Hilton could get a hit single, never happen nowadays though, but I do remember 'Stars Are Blind' which was a really good pop song and even remembered when the music video first debuted, I was thinking at the time that this was gonna be awful, but when I heard it, I just loved it and plus she had some decent songs on her album 'Nothing In This World' and my personal fave 'Turn It Up' the latter which should have been a single.

But my favourite song of that year would have to be the #1 'Hips Don't Lie' which was just the most awesome thing of that year, and was definitely Shakira's real comeback single and best comeback ever.
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"Nelly Furtado’s Promiscuous is number one in America for the sixth week in a row, and to clear the way for its release here, her Maneater single was deleted a fortnight ago. As a result, the song - number 10 last week - loses chart status even though it was actually the 12th biggest seller last week, with 9,797 purchasers.

Two other songs are amongst the Top 40 sellers but don’t have a chart placing: Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, which would rank 25th with 5,912 sales; and, more surprisingly, Jay-Z & Linkin Park’s superb Numb/Encore mash-up, which is no longer available physically but sped to 4,314 download sales (a 58.9% increase) last week, and would be a re-entry at number 35 if eligible. Numb/Encore has sold 32,567 copies on download this year, and is the year’s 118th biggest seller, despite not being chart eligible."


In many ways, that is what's happened with the changes in the chart that I think people are prone to forget. Older songs used to be 'deleted' or removed from chart eligibility. As that analysis there suggests, Gnarls Barkley - Crazy and Nelly Furtado - Maneater are two that would have stuck around a lot longer even in 2006's chart climate if the rules had been what they are nowadays.

It's not just streaming and people having 'worse' music taste in 2016 that's making the charts more stale or repetitive; its the change in eligibility rules making it appear that this is a new phenomenon for tracks to stick around forever. It seems like they used to as well - but just weren't counted as such.


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i forgot about that similou song - it was everywhere at the time. pretty bloody terrible tho
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2006 was amazing even with the deletion rule. Only 3 songs would have been added if they weren't deleted so the charts wouldn't have been as slow as they are today. That's probably more due to the fac that downloads were still taking off and people weren't used to the availability.
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