“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z enters the Hot 100 at #84, based on just two days of airplay (and no sales activity). It’s likely to vault into the top five next week. It will probably debut at #1 on Hot Digital Songs, with first-week sales in the 330K range.
It’s will become Timberlake’s 20th top 10 hit on the Hot 100 (counting *NSYNC hits); Jay-Z’s 19th. Jay-Z first hit the Hot 100 in April 1996 with “Ain’t No Nigga,” featuring Foxy Brown. Timberlake first charted with *NSYNC in March 1998 with “I Want You Back.”
This is the first single from Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, which is expected to be released in March. Timberlake’s 2002 solo debut album, Justified, reached #2 on The Billboard 200 and spawned two top 10 hits. His 2006 sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, spent two weeks at #1 and spawned four top 10 hits, three of them #1s.
Timberlake has a long history of rap/sung collaborations. His first solo single, 2002’s “Like I Love You,” featured a rap by Clipse. Subsequent singles have paired him with such hip-hop stars as T.I., Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.
Will “Suit & Tie” become Timberlake’s first #1 hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs? His current highest-charting R&B hits are “My Love” and “Dead And Gone,” a pair of collabos with T.I., both of which reached #2 R&B. Stay tuned.
The new song features a horn figure that’s reminiscent of L.T.D.’s 1977 hit “(Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again.” (That was more than three years before Timberlake was born.)
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” tops the Hot 100 for the sixth straight week. This is the first time that a hit by a male solo artist (excluding collabos) has had six or more weeks at #1 since Flo Rida’s “Right Round” had six weeks on top in 2009. (Ke$ha sang a background vocal on that smash, but Billboard didn’t list it as a formal collabo.) Mars’ follow-up, “When I Was Your Man” re-enters the chart at #89. The song has climbed as high as #62.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz jumps from #5 to #2. The song, which is a lighthearted salute to 99-cent bargains, is one of the most broad-based hits since “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra.
“Thrift Shop” jumps to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, dethroning Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” which logged 14 weeks on top. It also holds at #1 on Hot Rap Songs for the second week and is in the top 20 (at #17) on the Alternative Songs chart.
The song jumps to #1 on Hot Digital Songs in its 20th week. The sleeper hit took longer to reach #1 than any other song since Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” which finally topped the chart in its 47th chart week in January 2012.
The pair’s album, The Heist, has also been a big digital hit. It debuted at #1 on Top Digital Albums in October. It has sold 205K digital copies, which represents 81% of its 254K copies sold to date.
The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” rebounds to #3, which matches its highest ranking to date. This is its ninth week at #1 on Hot Rock Songs. The group’s follow-up, “Stubborn Love,” jumps from #89 to #81 in its fifth week.
“Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears jumps from #8 to #6. The song also jumps to #1 on The Official U.K. Chart. It’s will.i.am’s eighth #1 in the U.K.; Spears’ sixth. For will.i.am, this follows five #1 hits with the Black Eyed Peas, Usher’s “OMG,” on which he was featured, and his own “This Is Love,” featuring Eva Simons.
“Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #11 to #7. It reached #1 on The Official U.K. Chart in October. (Rihanna’s “Diamonds” also hit #1 in the U.K., which means there are three past or present U.K. #1 hits in this week’s top 10.)
As American Idol begins its new season, Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips continues to move up the ranks of all-time Idol contestants. Phillips’ smash “Home” (which drops from #6 to #9 this week) has sold 3,606,000 copies, which puts it in third place among all songs released by Idol contestants. It trails only Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (4,053,000) and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” (3,682,000). “Home” is still selling briskly (122K this week alone), so it will probably soon be the Idol leader.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #1 for the sixth week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (162K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz jumps from #5 to #2 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (279K)… The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” jumps from #4 to #3 in its 32nd week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (153K)… Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” dips from #3 to #4 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (261K)…Rihanna's “Diamonds” drops from #3 to #5 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (102K)
The Second Five: “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears jumps from #8 to #6 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (189K)…“Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #11 to #7 in its 17th week on the chart. It’s the first top 10 hit for both acts. Digital sales rank: #6 (145K)…“Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj dips from #7 to #8 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (119K)…Phillip Phillips’ “Home” drops from #6 to #9 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (122K)… Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at #10 for the second week in its 16th week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #6. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #18 (84K).
Maroon 5's “One More Night” drops from #9 to #11, ending a 21-week run in the top 10. The group’s follow-up, “Daylight,” leaps from #34 to #25 in its sixth week.
P!nk’s “Try” jumps from #16 to #12 in its 12th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s P!nk’s 10th million-seller as a lead artist.
Three songs by Imagine Dragons are bulleted on this week’s chart. “It’s Time” jumps from #19 to #15 in its 32nd week. “Radioactive” jumps from #49 to #41 in its 20th week. “Demons” debuts at #99.
“F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #22 to #18 in its 11th week. A$AP Rocky’s Long Live A$AP is set to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with sales in the 130K range.
Incidentally, “F**kin Problems” isn’t the only song with a risqué title on this week’s chart. In what is probably a first, two songs with what we used to quaintly call “the b word” in their titles enter the Hot 100. “We Still In This B****” by B.o.b featuring T.I. and Juicy J. debuts at #95. Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” opens at #100. (That’s how Lamar’s title is rendered on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it is already a top 30 hit.)
“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch jumps from #24 to #20 in its 10th week. The song hit #1 on The Official U.K. Chart in October…Kelly Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath” jumps from #30 to #23 in its 12th week… “Hall Of Fame” by The Script featuring will.i.am jumps from #32 to #26 in its 16th week. The song hit #1 on The Official U.K. Chart in September.
Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” drops from #23 to #30 in its 22nd week. It’s #1 on Hot Country Songs for the fifth week. That’s the longest run at #1 for a song by a group or duo since Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” had five weeks on top in late 2009. (It was harder to have a long run at #1 back then. Now, as we’re seeing, long runs at #1 on the country and R&B charts are becoming commonplace.) Two country hits are closing in on “Cruise.” The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” jumps from #40 to #33 in its 11th week. Gary Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” jumps from #44 to #35 in its 15th week.
Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is the week’s top new entry at #44…Ke$ha’s “C’mon” jumps from #65 to #48 in its fourth week…Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” jumps from #61 to #52 in its fifth week…Tim McGraw’s “One Of Those Nights” jumps from #69 to #57 in its seventh week…Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” jumps from #70 to #61 in its fifth week.
Taylor Swift’s “The Moment I Knew” is the week’s second highest new entry at #64. It’s yet another hit from Red… One Direction’s “Kiss You” re-enters the chart at #65.
Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” jumps from #81 to #68 in its third week. The song from Pitch Perfect has a very brief playing time: 1:14. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that it’s the second-shortest song ever to crack the Hot 100. Only the Womenfolk's “Little Boxes,” which reached #83 in 1964, is shorter (1:02). So yes, “Cups” is the shortest song to climb this far on the Hot 100.
OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” debuts at #74. It’s from the group’s third studio album, Native, which is due March 26…Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” jumps from #90 to #76 in its second week… Thompson Square’s “If I Didn’t Have You” re-enters the chart at #94.
.fun’s “Some Nights” tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the New York group’s second song to reach that mark. “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) is up to 6,172,000. Only three other groups or duos have had two songs sell 4 million or more copies: the Black Eyed Peas, LMFAO and Maroon 5.
Three songs top the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. All were top 10 hits on the Hot 100: Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” (#6 in 2010), Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” (#5 in 2011) and “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida featuring David Guetta (#9 in 2010).
AWOL Nation’s “Sail” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales.
David Bowie lands his first top 10 hit in the U.K. in nearly 20 years as “Where Are We Now” enters The Official U.K. Chart at #6. This gives Bowie a nearly 44-year span of top 10 hits in his home country. He first scored with “Space Oddity” in June 1969. In his U.S., his top 10 hits span 10 years, from 1975’s “Fame” to 1985’s “Dancing In The Street,” a collabo with Mick Jagger. Bowie has had 25 top 10 hits in the U.K., compared to six in the U.S.