"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris returns to #1 on the Hot 100, after spending two weeks at #2. This is its ninth week on top. That's the longest run at #1 by any single since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" had nine weeks on top in early 2010.
"We Found Love" also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. This brings Rihanna's total of 3-million-sellers to eight, which is more than any other artist in digital history. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are in second place with six each. All three women have been in the lead position on six 3-million-sellers. Rihanna's count also includes featured roles on Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" and T.I.'s "Live Your Life."
If you combine solo and group hits, Fergie and will.i.am also have six 3-million-sellers. They have had four with Black Eyed Peas. In addition, Fergie and will.i.am have each had two on their own (including one, "Fergalicious," that they recorded together).
"We Found Love" reached the 3 million mark in just 16 weeks, faster than any song since "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West blitzed to the 3 million mark in just 12 weeks last spring.
Incidentally, this is the longest run at #1 for a collabo since "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain had 10 weeks on top in early 2008. It's the longest run at #1 for a boy-girl collabo (hey, we leave no stone unturned) since "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent featuring Olivia had nine weeks on top in early 2005.
Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" enters the Hot 100 at #8. It's his second top 10 hit, following his 2008 smash "I'm Yours." That song, which peaked at #6 in September 2008, holds two key records. It has spent more weeks on the Hot 100 (76) than any other song in the chart's nearly 54-year history. And it has sold more digital copies (5,936,000) than any song that fell short of the #1 spot. Seven songs in digital history have sold more copies than "I'm Yours," but they all topped the Hot 100.
"I Won't Give Up" is only Mraz's third top 40 hit, which is surprising given his high profile. His first was "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" in 2003, which reached #15. "I Won't Give Up" is from Mraz's upcoming fourth studio album. His last two studio albums opened in the top five. Mr. A-Z debuted and peaked at #5 in July 2005. We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. debuted and peaked at #3 in May 2008.
Adele lands her third top five hit on the Hot 100 in less than a year as "Set Fire To The Rain" jumps from #8 to #4 in its 19th week. Will it follow "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You" to #1? Stay tuned. (Incidentally, we have two "rain" songs in the top five. Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" returns to #3.)
Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" holds at #5 in its 15th week, after peaking at #4 a few weeks ago. The song jumps to #1 in the U.K. this week. It's Mr. Rida's third #1 there as a lead artist, following "Low" and "Club Can't Handle Me" (featuring David Guetta). He was also featured on Alexandra Burke's #1 hit "Bad Boys."
You probably know that Katy Perry is vying to break a record that she now shares with Michael Jackson for the most #1 singles from an album. But it's starting to look like it's not going to happen. "The One That Got Away," Perry's bid for a sixth #1 hit from Teenage Dream, drops from #3 to #6 this week.
Shameless Plug: There has been some backlash to Perry tying Jackson's record. Most of it strikes me as unfair. After all, the Jackson album that held the record wasn't the ground-breaking Off The Wall or the earth-shaking Thriller, but Bad, an album that, for all its success, was widely faulted for playing it too safe; for putting commercial success ahead of artistic growth. But it got me thinking: Are Perry's singles from Teenage Dream in the same league as Jackson's singles from Bad? I pulled out my albums and played the singles, in order, Jackson first, then Perry. I scored each round. That resulted in a Chart Watch Extra that we posted yesterday. If you missed it, here's a link.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The song returns to #1 for a ninth week following two weeks at #2. This is its 16th week on the chart; its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (185K).
2. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song dips to #2 following two weeks at #1. This is its 19th week on the chart; its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (212K).
3. Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain." The song returns to #3 (its highest ranking to date) for a fifth week, following two weeks at #4. This is its 15th week on the chart; its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (154K).
4. Adele, "Set Fire To The Rain." The song jumps from #8 to #4 in its 19th week. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (203K).
5. Flo Rida, "Good Feeling." The song holds at #5 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (168K).
6. Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away." The song drops from #3 to #6 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (154K).
7. Jay-Z/Kanye West, "Ni**as In Paris." The song holds at #7 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (163K).
8. Jason Mraz, "I Won't Give Up." The song debuts at #8. It's Mraz's second top 10 hit, following "I'm Yours." Digital sales rank: #1 (229K).
9. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and Goon Rock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song drops from #6 to #9 in its 42nd week. This is its 29th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (164K).
10. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song dips from #9 to #10 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (112K).
"Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine drops from #10 to #14 in its 30th week.
"Young, Wild & Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars jumps from #14 to #11 in its 13th week. It's on the verge of returning to the top 10, where it debuted in October. Digital sales rank: #8 (160K)... J. Cole's "Work Out" jumps from #17 to #15 in its 19th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…Jessie J's "Domino" jumps from #21 to #17 in its 13th week. This is its highest ranking to date.
Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" drops from #15 to #20 in its 11th week. The song becomes Keith's first million-selling digital hit this week. That surprised me, but many of Keith's biggest hits came just before digital sales really took off about five years ago. Here are Keith's next four biggest digital sellers, and their years of release: 2002's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" (899K), 2005's "As Good As I Once Was" (860K), 2003's "Beer For My Horses" (with Willie Nelson, 804K) and 2003's "I Love This Bar" (780K).
"The Motto" by Drake featuring Lil Wayne jumps from #23 to #19 in its eighth week…Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 22nd week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…Tyga's "Rack City" vaults from #40 to #23 in its seventh week.
"International Love" by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown jumps from #33 to #24 in its 10th week. This is one of those records that I pegged as a sure-fire #1 hit as soon as I heard it. Others have included "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer and "Coming Home" by Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skyler Grey. Faithful chart followers will know that "Coming Home" peaked at #11. Well, I didn't say it always works…Brown has a second song that's moving up the chart. "Strip" (featuring Kevin McCall) leaps from #85 to #64 in its fourth week.
"Turn Me On" by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj vaults from #51 to #25 in its sixth week. Guetta's previous hit, "Without You" (featuring Usher), tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week…Breathe Carolina's "Blackout" jumps from #46 to #41 in its 10th week..."Lotus Flower Bomb" by Wale featuring Miguel rebounds from #54 to #45 in its 11th week. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth week..."Let It Rain" by David Nail featuring Sarah Buxton jumps from #55 to #51 in its 17th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's the first #1 for both acts.
"Ass Back Home" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch vaults from #82 to #57 in its fourth week…Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" re-enters the chart at #58, a new high for the song. The song, the follow-up to the former top 10 hit "Mr. Know It All," had previously climbed as high as #64…Jake Owen's "Alone With You" jumps from #74 to #60 in its fifth week.
"T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" by will.i.am featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez vaults from #90 to #62 in its fourth week. Jagger has worked with a wide range of artists on his Hot 100 hits. John Lennon sang a backing vocal on the Rolling Stones' "We Love You" in 1967. Jagger was featured on Peter Tosh's 1978 chart hit "(You Got To Walk And) Don't Look Back." Jagger and David Bowie formed a collabo of some distinction on 1985's top 10 hit "Dancing In The Street." Incidentally, will.i.am is obviously fond of acronyms. The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 album was titled The E.N.D., which stood for Energy Never Dies.
The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" jumps from #79 to #69 in its ninth week. The duo's album El Camino has been listed in the top 10 on The Billboard 200 for all five weeks of its chart life…"Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine jumps from #89 to #73 in its 11th week. Her Ceremonials album has been listed in the top 10 for three weeks…"Kyoto" by Skrillex featuring Sirah debuts at #74. It's from Skrillex's album Bangarang, which climbs to #15 on The Billboard 200 this week. You can read more about all this album action in Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.
Four country hits move up nicely this week. Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" jumps from #95 to #76 in its fourth week…Dierks Bentley's "Home" jumps from #88 to #78 in its ninth week…Kenny Chesney's "Reality" jumps from #92 to #79 in its ninth week…Lee Brice's "A Woman Like You" jumps from #96 to #81 in its third week.
3OH!3's "Set You Free" bows at #84. This is vying to become the act's fourth top 10 hit, following "Don't Trust Me" and a pair of collabos with Ke$ha, "Blah Blah Blah" and "My First Kiss"…The Glee-boosted "We Are Young" by fun. Featuring Janelle Monae re-enters the chart at #88.