Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" jumps from #15 to #10 on the Hot 100, becoming the sixth top 10 hit from her 2010 album Teenage Dream. That's the first album in 17 years to spawn six top 10 hits. The last was Janet Jackson's "janet.," which achieved the feat in November 1994 (when Perry was just 10).
Only seven albums in pop history have generated six or more top 10 hits. Remarkably, four of those seven albums are by Michael or Janet Jackson. Michael's 1982 album Thriller was the first album to spawn six top 10 hits (it went on to yield a seventh as well). His 1987 follow-up, Bad, also spawned six top 10 hits.
Janet's 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was the first album by a female artist to spawn six top 10 hits (it went on to spawn a seventh as well). Her 1993 follow-up, janet., also spawned six top 10 hits.
The two other albums to spawn six or more top 10 hits are Bruce Springsteen's 1984 blockbuster Born In The U.S.A. (which spawned seven) and George Michael's 1987 smash Faith.
Now let's look ahead. If "The One That Got Away" makes the top five, Teenage Dream will become just the third album to spawn six top five hits. It would follow Faith and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (which spawned seven, not counting "State Of The World," which made the top five on the Hot 100 Airplay chart).
If "The One That Got Away" goes all the way to #1, Teenage Dream will become the first album in history to spawn six #1 hits.
The continuing record-setting for Teenage Dream is sweet vindication for Perry because the album's softer-than-expected first-week sales in August 2010 triggered some snarky comments in the press. The album sold 192K that first week. It has sold 1,869,000 to date. (In a healthier album climate, it would in the 6-million range by now.)
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris logs its fourth straight week at #1 on the Hot 100. It tops Hot Digital Songs for the fifth straight week. It also moves up to #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. It's Rihanna's ninth #1 on Hot 100 Airplay. Only one artist has had as many or more #1 songs on that chart in its 21-year history. Mariah Carey is the leader with 11.
"We Found Love" also holds at #1 in the U.K. for the sixth week.
Rihanna has a second song in the top 10 on the Hot 100, thanks to her featured role on Drake's "Take Care," which debuts at #9. It's Rihanna's 21st top 10 hit. And she's closing in on her 22nd: "You Da One" vaults from #73 to #14 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #9 (124K).
"Take Care" is one of eight songs from Drake's album of the same name on this week's Hot 100. Two of them feature Lil Wayne: "The Motto" debuts at #18 and "HYFR ( Hell Yeah Fu**kin' Right)" opens at #92. Drake also debuts with "Hate Sleeping Alone" at #67, "We'll Be Fine" (featuring Birdman) at #89 and "Shot For Me" at #100. And he's still riding the chart with two long-running hits. "Headlines" drops from #16 to #30 in its 15th week; "Make Me Proud" (featuring Nicki Minaj) drops from #39 to #72 in its sixth week. And if all that isn't enough, Drake is featured on Lil Wayne's former top 10 hit "She Will," which rebounds slightly from #29 to #28 in its 14th week.
"Motto" enters Hot Digital Sales at #10 (124K).
Drake's album of the same name enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week. It sold 631K copies, which is the best opening for a sophomore album since Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds more than five years ago. You already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.
Bruno Mars lands his seventh top five hit in less than two years as "It Will Rain" jumps from #9 to #5 on the Hot 100. Mars' tally includes four solo hits and collabos with B.o.B, Travie McCoy and Bad Meets Evil.
This week is the 11th time in the past 12 weeks that Adam Levine has had two songs in the top 10. "Moves Like Jagger," his collabo with Christina Aguilera, dips from #5 to #6. "Stereo Hearts," his pairing with Gym Class Heroes, drops from #6 to #8. This has definitely been Levine's star-making season. These are both excellent records which hold up well under constant airplay.
Shameless Plug: Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" this week pulls ahead of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" as the best-selling song by a British artist in digital history. On Thursday, we'll post a Chart Watch Extra in which I look at the 22 best-selling hits by British artists in the digital era. That's the 19 songs by British artists that have sold 2 million copies or more, plus the three nearest runners-up. The oldest song on the list? Queen's 1975 epic, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Check it out over the holiday weekend.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The song holds at #1 for the fourth week in its ninth week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (211K).
2. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song holds at #2 for the third week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (182K).
3. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song holds at #3 for the third week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (137K).
4. David Guetta featuring Usher, "Without You." The song holds at #4 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (140K).
5. Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain." The song jumps from #9 to #5 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. It's Mars' seventh top five hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (171K).
6. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger." The former #1 song dips from #5 to #6 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (98K). The song this week pushes ahead of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" to rank #6 for the year-to-date.
7. Flo Rida, "Good Feeling." The song jumps from #8 to #7 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (139K).
8. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song drops from #6 to #8 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (84K).
9. Drake featuring Rihanna, "Take Care." This new entry is Drake's ninth top 10 hit; Rihanna's 21st. Digital sales rank: #4 (162K)..
10. Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away." The song jump from #15 to #10 in its sixth week on the chart. It's Perry's ninth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #11 (106K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. One is a legitimate smash; the other, a minor entry that was lucky to squeak into the top 10. Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" drops from #7 to #12 in its 30th week. Taylor Swift's "If This Was A Movie" plummets from #10 to #53 in its second week.
The Glee rendition of Adele's "Rumour Has It"/"Someone Like You" debuts at #11. Digital sales rank: #5 (160K). This is one of the five highest-charting Glee entries to date. Covers of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and the original song "Loser Like Me" all made the top 10. A cover of Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow) also reached #11. This is the highest-charting Glee medley ever. It tops a coupling of Gene Kelly's "Singin' In The Rain" and Rihanna's "Umbrella" (which also featured Paltrow), which hit #18 in 2010.
Glee's spotlight on Adele has spurred the original version of "Rumour Has It." It re-enters the Hot 100 at #60, far above its initial peak at #96 in August.
Three other Glee entries enter the Hot 100: A medley of "You And I" by Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle and "You And I" by Lady Gaga opens at #69. (An inspired coupling or a clear sign that Glee is starting to run out of gas? I'll leave that for you to decide.) Two other Glee medleys (both better concepts) enter the Hot 100 this week. A medley of a pair of hits by Daryl Hall & John Oates, "I Can't Go For That"/"You Make Me Dreams," bows at #80. A medley of Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and Blondie's "One Way Or Another" bows at #86.
"Ni**as In Paris" by Jay-Z/Kanye West holds at #17 in its 15th week. This is its fourth week in the top 20, a real surprise given the title. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth straight week…J. Cole's "Work Out" jumps from #22 to #19 in its 12th week…Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night To End" jumps from #35 to #29 in its eighth week...Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You" jumps from #45 to #35 (its highest ranking to date) in its 15th week.
Nickelback's "When We Stand Together" Jumps from #60 to #44 in its eighth week. The band's Here And Now album is in a tight race with Michael Buble's Christmas for #1 on next week's Billboard 200…Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide" jumps from #53 to #52 in its 20th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. Gilbert co-wrote Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," which topped the country chart in July...David Nail's "Let It Rain" jumps from #74 to #58 in its 10th week.
Avicii's "Levels" bows at #66. This is the first Hot 100 hit for the Swedish DJ, remixer and record producer. Avicii teamed with Leona Lewis on "Collide," which topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in September…The Fray's "Heartbeat" rebounds from #93 to #68 in its fifth week. It's from the group's upcoming third studio album Scars & Stories, which is due in February…Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" jumps from #89 to #74 in its 12th week…"International Love" by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown jumps from #92 to #79 in its third week.
The latest songs by two women who are accustomed to being in the top 10 re-enter the chart in the bottom 10 this week. Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night" re-enters at #97. Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" re-enters at #99.
"Look At Me Now" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Brown's third song to reach this plateau, following "Forever" (3,461,000) and "No Air" (a duet with Jordin Sparks, 3,347,000). This means it's Brown's first song to achieve this plateau since his 2009 assault of then girlfriend Rihanna put his reputation with his fans in serious jeopardy.
"Look At Me Now" was a top 10 hit on the Hot100, but it really scored in the R&B field. It topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. "Look At Me Now" is the 11th song to top the 3 million mark so far this year, which puts 2011 just one smash behind 2010 for the most 3 million-sellers in a calendar year. And we've still got six weeks to go in this chart year.
What's the most apropos Thanksgiving song ever? I vote for William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful For What You Got," which hit #4 in June 1974. We should all keep that thought in mind. Happy thanksgiving, everybody.