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 yesterday’s gems and jams from one artist, our youngest feature, Chart Rewind, serves as a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay in that it accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
He may have burst onto the scene in 2005 with his R&B chart-topping, self-titled debut album (which wielded four top 10 hits including the #1 single ‘Run It’), but just two years later fans had every reason to believe Chris Brown was beelining toward a sophomore slump thanks to his second album’s lead single, ‘Wall to Wall.’
Despite its high octane, ‘Thriller’-inspired music video, response to the tune was less than thrilling (to say the least) as it peaked at #79 – a career low at the time. As proof mounted the teen sensation was set to be “one and done” on the album front, Brown and team enlisted the help of serial hitmaker T-Pain for assistance. Serving double duty as guest star and producer on the track christened ‘Kiss Kiss,’ T’s contribution would only further his untainted track record at the time as the song was immediately embraced by American radio.
Debuting in the Hot 100’s lower half in mid-September of that year, not even two months later – thanks to a little help from an Erik White-directed music video – the tune vaulted to #1 on the tally (where it was found this week 12 years ago). Going on to be certified quadruple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, ‘Kiss’ was also shown love from the Recording Academy when it received a nod in the ‘Best Rap/Sung Collaboration’ category at the next year’s ceremony (losing to Rihanna & JAY-Z‘s ‘Umbrella’).
Although ‘Kiss’ serves as the singer’s last run atop the Hot 100 (to date), we salute the party-starter for remaining an important member of his prized discography. Curious to see who joined him in the top 25 this week in 2007?
Hot 100 This Week in 2007
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to see this week’s full ‘TGJ Chart Check.’