Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, just 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 feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we’ll fall in love all over again with ‘Fallin’ – the debut single from Alicia Keys.
Amid the early 2000’s chart champions, Teen Pop and Hip Hop, R&B still remained a viable competitor for the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200’s respective thrones. Then-newcomer Alicia Keys would underscore that point in spring 2001 when – under the helm of music industry giant Clive Davis – her debut single received a royal welcome befitting one who would soon be a ruler of the tallies.
Titled ‘Fallin,’ the piano-driven tune was not only a sonic departure from the sounds dominating radio at the time, but its maestra (and her booming alto) stood refreshingly opposite to the scantily clad Pop and R&B stars who were commanding the airwaves. Apparently, the sentiment was one shared by music lovers.
Three months after its April 2, 2001 premiere, ‘Fallin’ – written and produced by Keys – was penciled in the top spot of the Hot 100 (where it was found this week in 2001). Booting ‘Bootylicious’ (the Destiny’s Child song) from the top spot, ‘Fallin’ was cemented in the tally’s premier rung for six weeks and helped its parent album, ‘Songs in A Minor,’ to mirror its success on the Billboard 200.
Eventually landing at #2 on the Hot 100’s year-end list, the song’s success carried over into 2002 when Keys swept the Grammy Awards with wins in the Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song categories.When the dust settled, the certified sales of ‘Fallin’ peaked at just over the 2x Platinum mark in the United States.
As we revisit one of modern R&B’s most celebrated debut singles, look below to see who joined her in the top 25 this week 19 years ago.
Hot 100 This Week in 2001
Hot 100 This Week
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