There was a day when you wouldn’t see “the F word” in the title of a top 10 hit. Times change. “F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #15 to #10 in its 13th week on the Hot 100. It’s the third top 10 hit in two years with the once-taboo word in its title. P!nk’s “F**kin’ Perfect” peaked at #2 in February 2011. Cee-Lo Green’s “F**k You!” spent four weeks at #2 the following month.
Two other song titles on this week’s Hot 100 will offend those with tender sensibilities. “Bad Ass” by Kid Ink featuring Meek Mill & Wale debuts at #90. Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” re-enters the chart at #98.
Both of those earlier “F word” hits were embraced by Grammy voters, as well as pop fans. Cee-Lo’s smash was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It won for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. P!nk’s hit was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.
This is A$AP Rocky’s first Hot 100 entry. P!nk had amassed 10 previous top 10 hits. Green had scored one previous top 10 hit with Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”
A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, entered The Billboard 200 at #1 last week. It drops to #7 this week.
“F**kin Problems” is the first top 10 hit for A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar; the 10th for Drake.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #1 for the second week. The song sold 357K copies this week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It also becomes the first song to sell 1 million copies in 2013.
The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third week. This is the longest run at #1 on the R&B chart for a song by a white artist since Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U” spent 11 weeks on top in 2007.
“Thrift Shop” is #1 on Hot Rap Songs for the fourth week. It jumps from #16 to #14 on Hot Alternative Songs.
The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” holds at #3 for the fifth (non-consecutive) week. The song is #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the 11th week. It tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week.
“I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #5 to #4. The song has climbed as high as #2. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Swift’s fifth song to reach that plateau, following “Love Story” (5,550,000), “You Belong With Me” (4,247,000), “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (3,284,000) and “Our Song” (3,072,000). The current song isn’t listed on Nielsen SoundScan’s running list of the top-selling country songs in its history because it was deemed not to have sufficient country content. (“We Are Never Ever…,” which is also pop-oriented, must have just made the cut.)
“Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears jumps from #6 to #5. It’s the 10th top five hit for will.i.am (counting the Black Eyed Peas); the eighth for Spears. The song is #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the third week.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #1 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (357K)…Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #2 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (126K)… The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” holds at #3 for the fifth non-consecutive week in its 34td week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (141K)…Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #5 to #4 in its 15th week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #2. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (190K)…“Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears jumps from #6 to #5 its ninth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (170K)
The Second Five: “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #7 to #6 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (132K)…“Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj rebounds from #9 to #7 in its 16th week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #5. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (88K)… Rihanna's “Diamonds” holds at #8 for the second week in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #22 (65K)…Phillip Phillips’ “Home” rebounds from #10 to #9 in its 31st week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #6. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (97K)…“F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #15 to #10 in its 13th week. Digital sales rank: #14 (83K). This is the first top 10 hit for A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar; the 10th for Drake.
“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z drops from #4 to #13 in its third week. Digital sales rank: #8 (109K).
“Try” jumps from #13 to #11 in its 14th week. It’s vying to become her 13th top 10 hit…“Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj rebounds from #14 to #12 in its 21st week. The song has climbed as high as #11…“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch jumps from #17 to #14 in its 12th week. The song hit #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October.
“Love Me” by Lil Wayne featuring Drake & Future vaults from #53 to #16 in its second week. It’s vying to become Lil Wayne’s 18th top 10 hit; Drake’s 11th and Future’s first. Digital sales rank: #3 (171K)…Maroon 5’s “Daylight” jumps from #21 to #17 in its eighth week. It’s vying to become the group’s seventh top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #9 (104K).
“Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” jumps from #29 to #26 in its 17th week. It jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs, displacing The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two.” It’s Allan’s fourth #1 country hit. It follows “Man To Man,” “Tough Little Boys” and “Nothing On But The Radio,” all of which topped the chart in 2003-2004. Allan’s Set You Free enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week.
“Don’t Stop The Party” by Pitbull featuring TJR drops from #22 to #27 in its 15th week. The song peaked at #17. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. It’s Pitbull’s ninth million-seller as a lead artist. His top-seller is “Give Me Everything” (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer), which has sold 4,615,000 copies since its release in 2011. Pitbull’s new song, “Fell This Moment” (featuring Christina Aguilera) enters the Hot 100 at #99 this week. Both of these songs are from Pitbull’s current album, Global Warming.
Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels” jumps from #47 to #42 in its 17th week. Houser’s album of the same name enters The Billboard 200 at #11 this week.
“Pour It Up” jumps from #58 to #46 in its fourth week. It’s vying to become her 24th top 10 hit…Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” leaps from #74 to #49 in its sixth week. It’s vying to become his 10th top 10 hit…Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” jumps from #63 to #53 in its seventh week.
Awolnation’s “Sail” re-enters the chart at #63. This is the highest ranking to date for the song, which had climbed as high as #82…“Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida jumps from #87 to #65 in its second week. The song topped The Official U.K. chart for two weeks in December.
“Dope” by Tyga featuring Rick Ross is the top new entry on the Hot 100 at #68. The song is vying to become the second top 10 hit for both artists. (Tyga hit the top 10 with “Rack City.” Ross was featured on DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One,” which also featured Drake and Lil Wayne.) “Dope” is from Tyga’s third studio album, Hotel California, which is due March 26. (Tyga should follow it with The Long Run, just to test Don Henley’s sense of humor.)
The Lumineers’ “Stubborn Love” jumps from #78 to #70 in its seventh week…Passion Pit’s “Take A Walk” jumps from #93 to #84 in its 21st week. This is its highest ranking to date.
“Mama’s Broken Heart” is the week’s second-highest new entry at #89. It’s from her hit album Four The Record…Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” debuts at #96. It’s the follow-up to “Cruise,” which spent five weeks at #1 on Hot Country Songs. Both songs are featured on the group’s album Here’s To The Good Times, which came out in December.
Chris Cagle’s “Let There Be Cowgirls” debuts at #97. It’s from Cagle’s fifth studio album, Back In The Saddle, which came out in June. This is the fourth song beginning with the words “Let There Be” to crack the Hot 100. It follows Sandy Nelson’s “Let There Be Drums” (#7 in 1961), Orleans’ “Let There Be Music” (#55 in 1975) and Five Keys’ “Let There Be You” (#69 in 1957).
“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra this week becomes just the fourth song in digital history to top the 7 million mark in sales. It follows the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (8,218,000), Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” (7,702,000) and “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock (7,527,000). “Somebody…” took 56 weeks to top the 7 million mark, which is faster than any of these previous hits. The old record was held by “Rolling In The Deep,” which took 57 weeks. “Somebody…” was #1 for eight weeks last year.
One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. Only one other song by a British group or duo has sold 4 million or more digital copies. That’s Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” which is up to 5,827,000. “What Makes You Beautiful” reached #4 in April.
“Gangnam Style” also tops the 4 million mark in digital sales. It’s the third comic/novelty song to reach this mark, following LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” (5,975,000) and Cee-Lo’s aforementioned “F**k You!” (5,958,000). “Gangnam Style” logged seven weeks at #2 last fall. It was stuck behind Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” which, while a huge seller, has yet to reach 4 million. (It’s up to 3,749,000.)
P!nk’s 2010 smash “Raise Your Glass” tops the 4 million mark. It’s her second song to reach this milestone, following 2008’s “So What” (4,513,000). Both songs reached #1.
Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” tops the 4 million mark. This is the band’s best-seller. It reached #4 in September 2009.
R.I.P.: It’s exceedingly rare for an artist to live to see the 75th anniversary of her first hit, but Patty Andrews did just that. The Andrews Sisters, consisting of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne, burst onto the pop scene in January 1938 with the release of “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.” They had 30 top 10 hits—and would have had even more if Billboard had had a weekly, national chart in place prior to July 1940. Their #1 hits included “Rum And Coca-Cola” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?” Another of their most famous hits was “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” which Bette Midler revived in 1973. The sisters had an enduring collaboration with Bing Crosby, which resulted in a dozen top 10 hits, including the chart-topping “Don’t Fence Me In.” Andrews died on Wednesday. She was 94.