Monday Music: Last Week’s Entries Still Dominate Top 10, “Airplanes” Flies onto the Chart
Most of the songs in this week’s top 10 were on the list last week. But there’s one new entry, which happens to involve AAE:
#9 “Airplanes” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
As opposed to choosing a specific lyric out of this song, I noticed that throughout the rap verses, B.o.B has every –ing gerund verb realized as a –in’, as in “partyin,’” “smashin,’” “crashin,’” “rappin’” etc. Although this is common in standard and non-standard English dialects, AAE speakers seem to employ this feature to a greater extent than other speakers.
Tracking last week’s music:
While still controling the chart, some of last week’s AAE-flavored songs took a tumble this week. “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train dropped two spots to #5, “In My Head” by Jason Derulo dropped one spot to #7, and “Telephone” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce dropped three more spots to #10. However, it’s not all bad news: “Rude Boy” by Rihanna is spending a second week at #2, “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris moved up a spot to #3, and “OMG” by Usher featuring will.i.am jumped two spots to #6.
*Top ten songs as recorded by Billboard Hot 100 for the week of May 8, 2010.