Oscar buzz from Billboard
January 23, 2006 - The nominations for the 2005 Academy Awards haven't been announced yet, but there are already two candidates for best original song for the 2006 awards, to be presented in 2007. These contenders are the top two debuts on The Billboard Hot 100 this week. Gavin DeGraw's "We Belong Together" (J), from "Tristan & Isolde," is the highest new entry at No. 38. It is also the highest new entry of 2006, though it's true that this is only the fourth chart week of the calendar year. "We Belong Together" is the highest debut since Madonna bowed at No. 20 with "Hung Up" the week of Nov. 5, 2005. This is DeGraw's third chart entry. His biggest hit to date is his first single, "I Don't Want to Be," which peaked at No. 10 exactly one year and four weeks ago. The follow-up, "Chariot," peaked at No. 30 in July 2005. This week's second-highest debut is "Upside Down" (Brushfire) by Jack Johnson. The song from the "Curious George" soundtrack opens at No. 69. This is also Johnson's third time on the Hot 100. He peaked at No. 73 in August 2002 with "Flake," and No. 66 in March 2005 with "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing."
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