Retro Rewind: Lauryn Hill’s ‘Ex’ Marked Its Highest Hot 100 Spot This Week in 1999 #FBF

Published: Friday 5th Apr 2019 by Rashad

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

So, 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 Lauryn Hill‘s ‘Ex’ marks the spot.  Join us inside:

1998’s ‘Ex Factor‘ – which samples Gladys Knight & the Pips‘ cover of Barbra Streisand‘s ‘The Way We Were’ – was selected as the second single from Hill’s critically and commercially acclaimed album, ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.’  Written and produced by the then-23-year-old, the song may have not garnered the commercial response its predecessor – the chart-topping ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ – received, but it was certainly on par critically.

Praised for its relatable lyrics on love-gone-wrong and conveyance of pain in it soul-soaked vocals, the tune even courted controversy as fans believed its content was directed to former lover/Fugees band mate Wyclef Jean.   Released in December 1998, ‘Factor’ flew to its Hot 100 peak (#21) this week the next year.

Going on to become favorite in the Hip Hop diva’s prized discography, look below to see who joined her in the top 25 on the Hot 100 this week in 1999…


Hot 100 This Week in 1999



Hot 100 This Week in 2019

Click here to see the full list of this week’s TGJ Chart Check.

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  1. Fancy BISH April 5, 2019

    The beautiful Lauryn Hill ?? Timeless classics is all she’s ever given us musically! The Fugees will be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame one day! The Score and Miseducation combined is over 40 million albums sold! Just astonishing! Ok, I’m done ✅ ? ?

  2. Skyrocket April 5, 2019

    This goes to show that the Charts mean absolutely nothing! Timesless songs are just that.. TIMELESS. Stop coming for people just because they didn’t have a top 10 hit

  3. Kara April 5, 2019

    Streaming ruined music. Its not about talant or record sales anymore, it about how much your label can manipuilate streams and of course good ole payola

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