The man behind the song that dared to repeat the f-word and still be mainstream will not go away. No, not Fred Durst — soul machine, lady killer, and now chart topper Cee-Lo Green. Billboard reports that “Fuck You”, one of the songs we said were the 50 best last year, is the number one entry on the April 7th edition of the Pop Songs chart.
The song, which regular readers of this site are probably weary of by now, took longer to reach that spot than any other song in the Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay ranking’s 18-year history, according to Billboard. “Fuck You”‘s first appearance on the chart was 30 weeks ago, and it charted for 25 of those 30 weeks. The song beat out the 23-week run to number one by P!nk’s “U + Ur Hand” in 2006-2007.
As you may remember, the song’s gradual rise in popularity has been assisted by Shatner performing a spoken-word version on Lopez Tonight, being nominated for some Grammys, a Glee cover by actress/music lover Gwyneth Paltrow, and incessant radio play. And, of course, the duet with Paltrow at the Grammys.
“I am proud of our staff for never giving up,” says Roadrunner Records senior VP/promotion Mike Easterlin of the chart success. “We’re thankful to radio for being open to giving this song a second chance, as well as to the programmers that stuck with it even after it fell off the chart at the end of last year.”
In other news, Radiohead hit #6 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.