Maroon 5's "One More Night" logs its ninth week at #1 on the Hot 100, which ties Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for the longest run on top so far this year. Maroon 5 and Jepsen have some history: "Call Me Maybe" kept M5's previous hit, "Payphone," from reaching #1 this past summer. ("Call Me Maybe" blocked "Payphone" for five weeks; "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra had earlier blocked it for one week.)
"One More Night" has had this long run at #1 on the Hot 100 even though it never reached #1 on Hot Digital Songs. It spent three weeks at #2. It's the first song to log nine or more weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 without topping Hot Digital Songs since Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," which topped the Hot 100 for 14 weeks in 2005 but, likewise, stalled at #2 on Hot Digital Songs. In both cases, heavy radio airplay made up for digital sales that were a little softer than you might have expected.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" jumps from #4 to #2. Rihanna has amassed 11 #1 singles, but just two #2 hits. "Pon De Replay," her first Hot 100 hit, logged three weeks at #2 in 1005. "Run This Town," her 2009 collabo with Jay-Z and Kanye West, spent one week at #2. Given Rihanna's chart history, I think we can safely assume she's headed for her 12th #1. "Diamonds" holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the sixth week.
Ke$ha's "Die Young" rebounds from #6 to #3. The song also tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Ke$ha's eighth song to reach that plateau (counting two collabos with 3OH!3).
PSY's "Gangnam Style" drops from #2 to #5. The song logged seven weeks at #2 without reaching #1. It's the first song to do that since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" in late 2009 and early 2010. "Gangnam Style" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fifth week. It's the first song to spend five or more weeks at #1 on the digital sales chart without reaching #1 on the Hot 100 since Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A.," which spent six weeks at #1 on the digital sales chart in 2009, yet peaked at #2 (for three weeks) on the Hot 100.
Two earlier hits spent five weeks at #1 on Hot Digital Songs without topping the Hot 100: Green Day's 2005 hit "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" and Rihanna's "Pon De Replay." Both of these songs reached #2 on the Hot 100. Green Day's Grammy-winning smash spent five weeks at #2. Rihanna's hit, as noted above, spent three. (The Hot Digital Songs chart originated in October 2004, about 18 months after the opening of the iTunes store.)
Bad News: "Gangnam Style" is this week's best-selling digital song, even though it sold just 188K copies. That's the lowest sales total for the week's #1 seller since the week ending Dec. 18, when LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" took the top spot with sales of 152K.
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" drops from #5 to #7. It holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the sixth week. This ties "Our Song" from 2007-2008 as Swift's longest-running #1 country hit to date. But I have to point out that the country and R&B charts now merely reflect how songs from those genres are faring on the Hot 100. So those charts are telling you something you already know if you follow the Hot 100. Those charts used to tell you how songs were faring in those specific formats. Is this progress? You decide.
Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #12 to #9, becoming his fourth top 10 hit of 2012. "Good Feeling" peaked at #3 in January and February. "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) reached #5 in May. "Whistle" spent two weeks at #1 in August and September. Rihanna has also had four top 10 hits in 2012, counting two songs that, like "Good Feeling," first cracked the top 10 in 2011.
"I Cry" samples Bingo Players' 2011 release "Cry (Just A Little)," which contained interpolations of Brenda Russell's 1988 hit "Piano In The Dark." (Russell's song reached the top 10 and received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.) This marks the second time that a Russell song has been revived and become a top 10 hit. In March 1991, Oleta Adams reached #5 with a cover of Russell's 1988 song, "Get Here." (Russell's original versions of "Get Here" and "Piano In The Dark" are both on her 1988 album, Get Here.)
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Maroon 5's "One More Night" holds at #1 for the ninth week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (125K)…Rihanna's "Diamonds" jumps from #4 to #2 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (144K)… Ke$ha's "Die Young" jumps from #6 to #3 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (138K)… fun.'s "Some Nights" dips from #3 to #4 in its 38th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (108K)… PSY's "Gangnam Style" drops from #2 to #5 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (188K).
The Second Five: Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps from #7 to #6 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (155K)…Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" drops from #5 to #7 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (73K)… Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" rebounds from #10 to #8 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (76K)…Alex Clare's "Too Close" holds at #9 for the second week in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #20 (53K)…Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #12 to #10 in its seventh week on the chart. It's his ninth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #7 (107K).
As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean drops from #8 to #12, ending a 12-week run in the top 10.
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #17 to #13 in its 23rd week. Digital sales rank: #8 (101K)…Phillip Phillips' "Home" dips from #13 to #14 in its 20th week. The song peaked at #9. Digital sales rank: #9 (98K)…Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" jumps from #20 to #18 in its 13th week. The song holds at #2 on Hot Country Songs behind Taylor Swift's unmovable "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" jumps from #25 to #20 in its 13th week. It's from good kid, m.A.A.d city, which has spent the past three weeks in the top 10 on The Billboard 200…Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" jumps from #31 to #23 in its 23rd week…Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" jumps from #35 to #26 in its 18th week.
Adele's "Skyfall" rebounds from #56 to #33 in its sixth week. The song has already climbed as high as #8. Digital sales rank: #10 (91K). Skyfall was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
"Bandz A Make Her Dance" by Juicy J featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz jumps from #42 to #35 in its ninth week.
"Beauty And A Beat" by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj jumps from #54 to #38 in its fifth week…Minaj's own hit "Va Va Voom" jumps from #69 to #46 in its fourth week.
"Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #57 to #48 in its eighth week…"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jumps from #66 to #55 in its sixth week…Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" jumps from #70 to #58 in its fifth week…Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" jumps from #77 to #65 in its sixth week.
P!nk's "Try" jumps from #93 to #69 in its third week. It's vying to become the second top 10 hit from P!nk's former #1 album, The Truth About Love.
"Rest Of My Life" by Ludacris featuring Usher and David Guetta is the week's top new entry at #72. It's from Ludacris' eighth studio album, Ludaversal, which is due March 4. Ludacris and Usher have teamed on two top 10 hits: Usher's "Yeah!" (which also featured Lil Jon) and Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz' "Lovers & Friends." Usher and Guetta have teamed on one: Guetta's "Without You."
"Don't Stop The Party" by Pitbull featuring TJR jumps from #91 to #81 in its fourth week…"Young And Gettin' It" by Meek Mill featuring Kirko Bangz re-enters the chart at #92.
"The Only Way I Know" by Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church debuts at #93. It's from Aldean's former #1 album, Night Train. These three artists account for a combined 14 #1 hits on Hot Country Songs.
The Wanted's "I Found You" debuts at #95. It's from the group's third studio album Third Strike, which is due March 13…Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath" re-enters the chart at #96. The song has climbed as high as #54…Little Big Town's "Tornado" debuts at #97. It's the title track of the group's current album, which reached #2 on The Billboard 200.
Britney Spears' 2008 smash "Circus" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Spears' second song to reach this threshold. "Womanizer," her hit right before "Circus," has sold 3,330,000 copies. Note: Several of Spears' biggest hits, notably "…Baby One More Time" and "Oops!...I Did It Again," were released prior to the advent of the digital era.