Chart Rewind: Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ Ascended To Its Hot 100 Peak This Week in 2009

Published: Thursday 23rd May 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 we’ll fly back to 2009 to revisit ‘Halo’ – the fourth single from Beyonce‘s multi-platinum tertiary solo release, ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ (2008).  Join us inside:

After scoring a duo of top 5 hits with her third album’s first two singles, ‘If I Were a Boy’ and the chart-topping ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)’ respectively, the set’s third single – ‘Diva’ – missed the top 10 entirely.  Peaking at #19, the Bangladesh-birthed banger’s release was in some part cannibalized by Beyonce‘s then-promotion of her film, ‘Cadillac Records,’ on which she portrayed R&B legend Etta James. Once the promo season for the movie ended, Bey took the top of 2009 to return focus to her album.  Tapping the Ryan Tedder-penned ‘Halo’ as the next single, the tune – billed a ‘Pop power ballad’ – was arguably the best demonstration of the diva’s intent to display her versatility, pander to Urban and Pop audiences simultaneously, and deviate from the uptempo Urban cuts of her first two albums, ‘Dangerously in Love’ and ‘BDay.’  

Albeit greeted with controversy after Pop singer Kelly Clarkson alleged the song’s instrumentation was a ripoff of her hit song, ‘Already Gone,’ ‘Halo’ – officially released January 20, 2009 – powered forward with promotion courtesy of not one, but two music videos shot (with the more popular version seen above and featuring actor Michael Ealy as the Destiny’s Child alum’s romantic love interest).  The cinematic clip not only helped hoist ‘Halo’ to top 5 heights on the Hot 100 (where it peaked this week that year), but it also reawakened interest in its parent project and pushed it past the triple platinum mark.

As it stands, ‘Halo’ hovers right above 2 million in sales in the United States and nabbed a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2010 ceremony.  Look below to see who joined the tune in the top 25 this week 10 years ago:

Hot 100 This Week in 2009


Hot 100 This Week in 2019


Click here to see this week’s full TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100 list.

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  1. Brent Christopher May 23, 2019

    SO… WHAT?! ?

    WHY do you all flesh out such pointless articles ALL of the time?!

    do you remember how EXCITING this blog use to be and how engaged readers were? NO ONE even comments anymore. You all post such mindless, pointless CRAP!

    who gives a damn about Beyonce’s Sub par HALO song from 10 years ago?! the song did nothing to socially or culturally impact her generation or the music charts.


    post the new trailer for POSE that was just released and discuss real LGBT issues — especially since this blog is created by 4 raging homosexual men. why don’t you all ever use your platform to present real, in depth, layered LGBT issues?

    This HALO crap is so… blah Blah BLAH!!

    • Alex May 23, 2019

      Shut yo dumb ass up!!!

      • Brent Christopher May 23, 2019

        LOL! my realism hit a nerve in your dirty hole Miss. Alexis??

    • thanosoftitan May 23, 2019

      No shade, this is a pointless article.

      Let’s practice quality over quantity.

      But ‘Halo’ is one of my fav Beyonce songs.

    • Clarkson May 23, 2019

      That show pose is dumb as hell. It was supposed to get cancelled due to poor ratings.

    • Karter May 24, 2019

      @Brent Who hurt you? Lol, you took the time to comment an entire paragraph on a “Chart REWIND” post just to demonstrate how frustrated you are because they haven’t posted about your favorite show?? ????

  2. Clarkson May 23, 2019

    She claimed to have written this song, so how come it sounds exactly like Kelly Clarkson’s song already gone? This was the moment I started suspecting beyonce that she was a liar who didnt write any of her songs.

    What sealed the deal for me was pretty hurts. Beyonce claimed to have written pretty hurts, but sia said she wrote pretty hurts long time ago and shopped it to Rihanna and Katy Perry who both turned it down.

    • Karter May 24, 2019

      She never claimed to have written either of those songs, stop making ish up just for the sake of hating. Before the album even came out she talked about Ryan Tedder being a writer and gave him credit in countless interviews during Halo’s promotion, EVERYONE knew he wrote Halo as well as Already Gone for Kelly Clarkson ?. Same thing with Pretty Hurts, she never claimed to have written that song… hell, there was a joke going around that Bey had Sia locked in her basement writing songs for her… chile, have a seat. Why lie about something when you can look at the songs credits and see their names in bold print lol.

    • Danny Bey May 24, 2019

      Where did she say she wrote Halo and Pretty Hurts?

  3. K_man May 23, 2019

    Halo – Beyonce
    Already gone – Kelly Clarkson
    Battlefield – Jordan Sparks
    Strip me – Natasha Bedingfield
    Are all the same song!

  4. MadonnaQueenofBeyhives May 24, 2019

    I love that song and the music video.
    It was originally offered for Leona Lewis but she turned it down

  5. JOHNVIDAL May 25, 2019

    One thing is for sure: Beyonce IS NOT a songwriter.
    This is one of her best singles ever, top 3 or 4. But overall it is a poor catalogue when it comes to singles. She can sing, but doesn´t move. She is a visual artist but somehow has not shaken the industry with innovation. Her real huge force? Perseverance and energy to perform. That´s why she has loyal fans. Definitely not thanks to her music or voice. She has not conquered her position due to voice.

    PD: I salute the best female performer of all time: Tina Turner. Real uniqueness.

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