Rihanna lands her 12th #1 hit on the Hot 100 with "Diamonds." Only two other female solo artists have amassed 12 or more #1 hits. Mariah Carey leads the pack with 18. Rihanna is now tied with Madonna for second place with 12. Remarkably, even after all these hits, Rihanna has yet to turn 25. By contrast, Madonna turned 25 two months before she landed her first Hot 100 hit, "Holiday."
If you combine solo and group hits, Diana Ross ties Carey with 18 #1 hits. If you throw in group members, Mary Wilson (who sang alongside Ross in the Supremes) ties Rihanna with 12 #1 hits. But that's it. No other female artists (soloists or group members) have amassed 12 #1 hits.
The Beatles have held the record for the most #1 hits in the rock era since they landed their 18th #1, "Come Together," in November 1969. That was the hit that put them ahead of Elvis Presley, who had landed his 17th (and last) #1, "Suspicious Minds," just four weeks earlier. The Beatles quickly added two more #1 hits to their tally for a total of 20. Will Rihanna one day equal the Fab Four? She's just eight #1 hits away. Stay tuned.
Rihanna will turn 25 on Feb. 20. Only two other individuals in chart history have amassed a dozen #1 hits before their 25th birthdays. George Harrison was just 23 in June 1966 when the Beatles landed their 12th #1, "Paperback Writer." His band-mate Paul McCartney had just turned 24. (John Lennon and Ringo Starr were both 25.)
"Diamonds" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Rihanna's fourth song to sell 1 million or more copies in 2012. This puts her in a three-way tie with Adele and Pitbull for the most million-sellers by any artist so far this year. (Having a one-word name seems to help.) "Diamonds" also holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the seventh straight week.
"Diamonds" hit #1 in the U.K. in October. It's Rihanna's sixth song to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., which puts her in a tie with Elvis Presley for the most transatlantic #1s by a solo artist. Rihanna previously topped the charts in both countries with "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z), "Take A Bow," "Only Girl In The World," "What's Your Name" (featuring Drake) and "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris).
Presley topped the charts in both countries with "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock," "It's Now Or Never," "Are You Lonesome To-night?," "Surrender" and "Good Luck Charm."
The Beatles lead all artists (groups or solo artists) with 13 transatlantic #1 hits.
A down note: "Diamonds" sold just 171K copies this week. That's the lowest sales tally for a song at #1 on Hot Digital Songs since LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" held the top spot with sales of 152K in December.
Rihanna's Unapologetic is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week with sales in the 240K range. It would be her first #1 album.
Shameless Plug: We posted a Chart Watch Extra earlier today in which I looked at all individuals who have landed six or more #1 hits on the Hot 100 since 1955. Paul McCartney heads the list with 29 #1 hits (20 with the Beatles, six with Wings and one collabo each with Linda McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson). But how does the rest of the list fall? If you're interested in pop history (and herstory) you should check it out.
Bruno Mars lands his eighth top five hit in less than three years as "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps from #6 to #4 in its seventh week. Five of Mars' top five hits have been solos. Three have been collabos. They've reflected a nice mix of styles and tempos, from the sweet swoon of "Just The Way You Are" to the funky vibe of "Young, Wild & Free."
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #13 to #8 in its 24th week. The song topped Triple A (Billboard's "adult alternative" chart) for eight weeks beginning in June and hit #1 on Hot Rock Songs and Alternative in September. (Billboard has more charts than Rihanna has hits.) "Ho Hey" is from the Lumineers' eponymous debut album, which has appeared on The Billboard 200 for 33 weeks (it has climbed as high as #11).
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" drops from #7 to #9 in its 15th week. This is its 13th week in the top 10, which ties the mark set in 2009 by Swift's "Love Story." Only one Swift song, "You Belong With Me," has had a longer run in the top 10 (16 weeks in 2009).
"We Are Never Ever…" is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the seventh week. It's the first song to spend seven weeks at #1 on that chart since Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" in the summer of 2004. Note: It's becoming clear that songs are going to have longer runs at #1 on the country and R&B charts now that those charts simply reflect how "genre songs" are doing on the Hot 100. One more week and "We Are Never Ever…" will have the longest run at #1 on the country chart since "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett, which had eight weeks on top in the summer of 2003. Will it do it? Probably. Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" (which is in its third week at #2 on the country chart) has outsold "We Are Never Ever…" in each of the last two weeks, but Swift is obviously way ahead in airplay.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Rihanna's "Diamonds" jumps from #2 to #1 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (171K)…Maroon 5's "One More Night" dips from #1 to #2 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (119K)… Ke$ha's "Die Young" holds at #3 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (133K)… Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps from #6 to #4 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (148K)… fun.'s "Some Nights" dips from #4 to #5 in its 39th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (89K).
The Second Five: Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" jumps from #8 to #6 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (67K)…PSY's "Gangnam Style" drops from #5 to #7 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (161K)…The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #13 to #8 in its 24th week on the chart. This is the group's first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #5 (121K)…Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" drops from #7 to #9 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (66K)… Flo Rida's "I Cry" holds at #10 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (105K).
Alex Clare's "Too Close" drops from #9 to #11, ending a 10-week run in the top 10.
Phillip Phillips' "Home" jumps from #14 to #12 in its 21st week. The song has already climbed as high as #9. The song is in its 11th week in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. As you probably know, the song got a second wind after being featured on NBC's coverage of women's gymnastics in the Summer Olympics. The song had tumbled as low as #85 on Hot Digital Songs before beginning its TV-fueled comeback. Digital sales rank: #9 (103K). Phillips' The World From The Side Of The Moon is expected to enter The Billboard 200 around #4 next week with sales in the 140K range.
Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" jumps from #18 to #16 in its 14th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
"Beauty And A Beat" by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj leaps from #38 to #20 in its sixth week. It's vying to become the third top 10 hit from Bieber's album Believe, which tops the 1 million mark in sales this week. Minaj's own hit "Va Va Voom" is also moving like a top 10 hit. The song leaps from #46 to #26 in its fifth week.
Adele's "Skyfall" leaps from #33 to #21 in its seventh week (or should I say, 007th week). The song has climbed as high as #8. Digital sales rank: #6 (120K)…Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" rebounds from #36 to #30 in its 15th week. The song has climbed as high as #23…"Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #48 to #33 in its ninth week. The song hit #1 in the U.K. in October…Frank Ocean's "Thinking Bout You" jumps from #43 to #35 in its 19th week. Ocean is expected to receive nominations in all four of the marquee categories when the Grammy nominations are announced on Dec. 5.
One Direction's "Little Things" is the week's top new entry at #41. Digital sales rank: #10 (91K). The song debuts at #1 on The Official U.K. chart this week. "Kiss You," a second song by the boy band, enters the Hot 100 at #95. The quintet's sophomore album Take Me Home sold 540K copies this week. That's more than three times as many copies as its debut album, Up All Night, sold when it bowed at #1 in March with first-week sales of 176K.
."Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jumps from #55 to #42 in its seventh week…P!nk's "Try" leaps from #69 to #50 in its fourth week following P!nk's simple, understated performance of the song on the AMAs. (It was anything but, but it was an impressive athletic feat.)…"Don't Stop The Party" by Pitbull featuring TJR leaps from #81 to #61 in its fifth week. Pitbull's album, Global Warming, is expected to sell about 35K copies in the coming week.
"A Thousand Years (Part 2)" by Christina Perri featuring Steve Kazee is the week's second-highest new entry at #67. The song is from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. Perri's initial recording of "A Thousand Years," which was featured in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, reached #31 earlier this year. It has sold nearly 2 million copies. As you may have read in Chart Watch: Albums, Twilight this week ties Star Wars as the movie franchise that has spawned the most top 10 soundtrack albums (five).
Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" jumps from #83 to #71 in its 12th week…Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath" leaps from #96 to #74 in its fourth week. Clarkson's Greatest Hits: Chapter One will probably either just make or just miss the top 10 next week, with sales in the 45K range…"The Only Way I Know" by Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church leaps from #93 to #78 in its second week…The Weeknd's "Wicked Games" leaps from #91 to #81 in its third week.
"Just A Fool" by Christina Aguilera featuring Blake Shelton debuts at #92. It's from Aguilera's Lotus, which enters The Billboard 200 at #7 this week. This is the second chart hit pairing Aguilera and a fellow judge on The Voice. "Moves Like Jagger," her 2011 collabo with Adam Levine's group, Maroon 5, logged four weeks at #1. (Cee Lo, you're next.)
"Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch re-enters the chart at #97. It's from his album 18 Months. The song reached #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October…2 Chainz' "I'm Different" debuts at #98. It's from his former #1 album Based On A T.R.U. Story…"Celebration" by Game featuring Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne re-enters at #100. It's from Game's sixth studio album, Jesus Piece, which is due Dec. 11.
"Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the second song by both artists to reach this plateau. Owl City's "Fireflies" is up to 4,648,000. Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is up to 6,138,000. "Good Time" reached #8 on the Hot 100.