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 go down memory lane to ‘Knock You Down’ – the fourth single from Keri HIlson‘s debut album, ‘In a Perfect World.’
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After a few swings at bat as a featured artist and later with her own material (i.e. unofficial remixes), Keri Hilson finally hit a home run with 2008’s ‘Turnin’ Me On’ – the Lil Wayne-assisted third single from her debut album, ‘In a Perfect World.‘
Its top 20 success on the Hot 100 would act as a double-edged sword of sorts, however, as it put the pressure on the young singer to keep up the momentum with its successor. To answer the challenge, Hilson followed with yet another musical tag team – this time calling on fellow singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and hit rapper-producer Kanye West. Together, under the helm of Danja, the trio concocted ‘Knock You Down.’
By the time its Chris Robinson-directed music video began really making an impact, Hilson was hot on the global promo trail performing the song to the masses. As a result, ‘Down’ – a summer 2009 favorite – shot up to the summit of the R&B charts and would’ve mirrored that success on the Hot 100 had it not been for the enduring domination of Black Eyed Peas‘ ‘Boom Boom Pow.’ Ultimately, ‘Down’ peaked at #3 on the tally – which is exactly where it was found this week that year.
When the dust settled, the 2x Platinum song didn’t only rank as her best commercial performer to date but it was also one of the top 15 songs of the year and even nabbed a GRAMMY nod for ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance.’
Look below to see who joined her in the top 25 this week 11 years ago:
Hot 100 This Week in 2009
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to see this week’s full ‘TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100’ edition.