This week, Flo Rida‘s “Whistle” song shakes “Call Me Maybe” from its comfy perch atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It took sixteen weeks to rise in the charts, but it was evident to all from first listen that Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit would be a smash. And so what, maybe she’s never actually given a guy her number. After sixteen weeks of rise and nine at number one, it seemed possible that “Call Me Maybe” beamed with a sort of pop magic that could never be dampened. But alas, here it has, and we now are forced to reckon: is the reign of “Call Me” over, maybe?
This decent was actually forecast in our Song of the Summer charts. It was assumed that “Call Me Maybe” would dominate, but Katy Perry‘s “Wake Me” jumped ahead in the second week and has topped the countdown since. Summer is winding down, and perhaps “Call Me Maybe” fatigue has begun to set in. Not to mention, Taylor Swift‘s record-breaking and decidedly more decisive (“never ever ever” versus “maybe?”) return yesterday will only make it more difficult for “Call Me” to reclaim the crown.
The end of “Call Me Maybe” might be upon us, but there’s still hope that Jepsen has more to prove. Her second chart entry, “Good Time” with Owl City, continues to hang-tight just outside the top ten and her stateside album debut, Kiss, is due out September 18th. With Max Martin, LMFAO, Marinas Trench singer Josh Ramsay and a whole slew of other hit makers on board, and with Robyn, Madonna and James Taylor all cited as inspiration, there’s reason to believe she’s got more up her sleeve.
Until then, how about another spin? Number 3 still sounds good on Carly Rae Jepsen:
Flo Rida’s ‘Whistle’ Works Way to Top of Hot 100 [Billboard]