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’d like to spotlight ‘Like This’ – the inaugural single from Kelly Rowland‘s sophomore solo album, ‘Ms. Kelly.’
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A #1 hit and GRAMMY win (as assistant on Nelly‘s ‘Dilemma’) as well as Gold-certified sales for her first solo project, 2002’s ‘Simply Deep,’ proved Destiny’s Child alum Kelly Rowland’s viability as a solo star. Yet, as with most artists, avoidance of the “sophomore slump” is the ultimate test of durability.
Four years after first impacting the Billboard 200 with her debut studio album, Rowland was readying her second turn at bat when an unexpected leak of her second LP – originally titled ‘My Story’ – hit the net. Undeterred, the singer and team revamped, repackaged, and re-polished the project under the changed name, ‘Ms. Kelly,’ and kicked off its accompanying era with the Eve-accompanied ‘Like This.’
Produced by Polow Da Don and penned by Sean Garrett, the bop nabbed headlines for its personal lyrical content (which featured a jab at former fiancee/football star Roy Williams). Thanks to a grueling promo blitz, a house party-themed Mike Ruiz-directed video, and warm reception from R&B radio, ‘Like’ peaked at #30 on the US Hot 100 this week in 2007 – marking her third visit to the chart region as a solo artist. It fared even better on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart as it managed to reach #7 there and later proved to be an international hit placing inside the Top 20 in Australia and Top 5 of the British and Irish charts.
As we celebrate ‘Like This’ for introducing music lovers to the brazen, unapologetically sexy version of the DC3 belle we know today, look below to see who joined her in the top 30 this week 13 years ago.
Hot 100 This Week in 2007
Hot 100 This Week