Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature – Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.
This week we wanna show some love to ‘Crazy In Love’ – Beyoncé’s 2003 breakthrough hit.
See us inside:
At the top of 2003, Destiny’s Child fans had every reason to believe Beyoncé’s solo starship wouldn’t launch her into the stratosphere as the hype had most believe it would.
Given the nonperformance of her inaugural solo single, ‘Work It Out,’ its follow-up – ‘Crazy in Love’ – wasn’t exactly the out-of-the-box critical success many felt she needed as it too was a 70’s-inspired, horn-driven affair. That all changed when the tune’s Jake Nova-directed video landed on TV screens around the world. Chockfull of high fashion, Bey’s undeniable confidence, and – of course – killer choreography (including that eye-popping ‘uh oh’ dance), the glossy, JAY-Z-assisted affair suddenly made the song that once seemed so risky sound like the perfect intro to “Beyonce: the solitary star.”
By the time she gave the Rich Harrison-produced cut its inaugural televised performance at the year’s BET Awards, it was made abundantly clear that she had arrived. Enamoring an entire new legion of listeners, the high octane showing helped boost the ‘Dangerously in Love’-housed song up charts in the weeks that followed until it finally reached the pinnacle (where it was found this week in 2003).
After a whirlwind year of promotion and follow-up live performances, the tune not only solidified Bey’s place as a frontrunner for the genre but was also certified GOLD in the process and collected several awards including Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration GRAMMYs at the 2004 ceremony.
Look below to see who joined Bey in the top 25 on this week’s Chart Rewind:
Hot 100 This Week in 2003
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to see this week’s full Chart Check: Hot 100 edition.