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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2008 #TBT

Published: Thursday 16th Mar 2017 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature “Chart Rewind” – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’ll rewind to ‘With You’ – the third single from Chris Brown‘s sophomore album, ‘Exclusive.’  Produced by Stargate and written by Brown, Johnta Austin, and more, the folk-pop number was almost an instant hit for the young singer, flying to #2 just weeks after its unveiling.  Initially blocked from the top spot by Flo Rida‘s hit ‘Low,’ ‘With You’ fell down charts only to have a resurgence after some promotional efforts by Brown.  Still, despite some impressive live showings of the tune, it only made it back to #2 this week (held at bay this time by Usher‘s ‘Love in the Club’).

That elusive Hot 100 perch didn’t hurt in the long run, however, as the song went on to garner 2x platinum status and be one of the year’s biggest releases.  Tuck in below to relive it and see who joined the R&B bad boy in the top 25 this week 9 years ago:


Hot 100 This Week in 2008

Billboard Hot 100 This Week

Click here to read the full “chart check” from this week.

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  1. Likedbymany March 16, 2017

    This was a great time for me. Id just started high school amd my ipod was full to the max with the hits feom this year.

    Junes Diary dropped a single

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  2. Metzo March 16, 2017

    It’s amazing how things have changed. Rnb/Hip Hop was popping back then

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  3. Starxavi March 16, 2017

    Im lookin at that 08 chart and I’m honestly far from impressed. This was during my college years and none of these songs have really had any lasting impact. IMO Crazy how my girl Rihanna was number 5 9 years ago and number 5 today! Longevity and chart slayage are truly commendable!

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    • 2bad2bme March 16, 2017

      I agree, Rihanna still doing the thang. I think Rashad low key knew that and wanted to post for that reason lol

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    • Mariah Carey March 18, 2017

      Touch My body is iconic dahhling!

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  4. gina March 16, 2017

    look at queen riri slaying at #5….and still doing it nine years later! #thatrihannareign

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  5. ~The Arcade~ March 16, 2017

    Must admit, not anything spectacular but would trade today’s chart mess for those years.

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  6. Swit March 16, 2017

    Good music died in 2009. Only few artists are putting out great stuff today

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  7. Stephy March 16, 2017

    Aww 2008! The year I lost my virginity and became a teenager. So cute. Chris Brown was so hot at that time. Then boom, punch, slap, bite = career end-er, Po’thang

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  8. March 16, 2017

    2008-2009 was the death of music. It got really generic and there was no authenticity..till this very day there’s still no real authentic artist expect maybe Bruno. Adele and the weeknd are good also but overall music doesn’t “touch” my soul anymore.

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  9. Truth March 16, 2017

    Music was already dead by this point. Bad year to use as a stroll down memory lane.

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  10. FAF March 16, 2017

    This was the year Gaga debuted and everybody started trying to sound like her that sparked edm and then r&b died bc labels stopped promoting u if u didn’t have a crossover song

    That’s why ppl started doing rereleases with more singles to get their fan bases up

    Also 2008 started seeing a lot of female artists naming their stanbases

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  11. LDC March 16, 2017

    Meh. Musically, 2008 was basically as bad as today. I’d go so far as to say that that year was the beginning of the end. Reminiscing about it, as though it was “the good times” is a joke. Anything after 2004 or 2005 isn’t worth remembering.

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  12. navybound March 16, 2017

    Yeah in 08 all the weirdness became cool.not until 2012 did it really get crazy.blue hair,red hair and crazy colors became popular.rih was in her zone. She was having fun with fashion.cat walk everyday.miss those days.

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  13. EnRanc March 16, 2017

    2001 needs to be the cutoff point for these retro rewind things. Music was diagnosed with something terminal in 2002 and finally died around 2008-2009. Everything since has been purgatory.

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  14. Kwinzy March 16, 2017

    Back when C Breezy was poppin…good ole days!

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  15. RoyalKev March 16, 2017

    This seems to truly be the last strong year for R&B! Alicia’s ‘No One’ was still going strong after peaking at #1 in ’07, Usher was still riding high with his LITC #1 hit (which Beyonce was a featured guest star on the remix single) and Rihanna went to #1 with an R&B song (‘Take a Bow’)! R&B gems/hits also came from: Keyshia Cole (‘Heaven Sent’), Jazmine Sullivan (Need U Bad), Chris Brown (‘Take You Down’), Ne-Yo (‘Miss Independent’) and even Keri Hilson (‘Turnin Me On’). After a lot of chaotic “art” debuting in 2008 (and making it’s impact in mainly 2009), the industry became toxic! The R&B genre lost it’s crossover appeal! … and tbh, all went haywire until Adele ’21’ showed up! That was when some normalcy came back to the industry, but thank God true R&B vets remained loyal to their sound! All hasn’t been completely lost!

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  16. NtsWNow at uyoufr best game way tuesidnz March 17, 2017

    Usher did great and Chris breezy brown boy is terrible in today world music

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  17. Vandrea March 17, 2017

    Eww. Bad chart. Bad year in music.

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  18. Citi March 17, 2017

    Leona was on her way to world domination as well. That didn’t last long unfortunately.

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