Rihanna has achieved many milestones on the pop charts in recent years. She has amassed 11 #1 hits, a tally matched by only seven other artists since 1955. But she holds one record that I guarantee you she would like to shed. She has had more #1 hits, by far, than any other artist who has never topped The Billboard 200. It's not like she hasn't come close: Rihanna's last five albums have made the top five. Her highest-charting album, Good Girl Gone Bad, peaked at #2 in 2007. Her new Talk That Talk debuts at #3 this week, matching the peak of her 2010 album, Loud. It's just that she can't quite seem to make it to #1.
Pat Boone and Daryl Hall & John Oates know how she feels. They each had six #1 hits on the Hot 100 (or its pre-1958 equivalent) without ever landing a #1 album. Boone's highest-charting album, Star Dust, peaked at #2 in 1958. Hall & Oates' highest-charting album, H2O, peaked at #3 in 1983. The 4 Seasons had five #1 singles on the Hot 100 without ever topping The Billboard 200. The group, which inspired the blockbuster musical Jersey Boys, didn't even crack the top five. The 4 Seasons' highest-charting albums are Sherry & 11 Others and Dawn (Go Away) And 11 Other Great Songs, both of which reached #6.
While Rihanna waits for her first #1 album, she continues to set records on the Hot 100. "We Found Love," Rihanna's collabo with Calvin Harris, tops the Hot 100 for the fifth straight week. In the U.K., it holds at #1 for the sixth week. It's the second song of 2011 to log five or more weeks at #1 in both countries. It follows Adele's "Someone Like You," which spent exactly five weeks on top in both countries.
Two more Rihanna songs enter the chart this week. "Talk That Talk" (featuring Jay-Z) is the week's top new entry at #31. "Where Have You Been" opens at #65. These new entries give Rihanna a total of seven songs on this week's Hot 100 (counting featured credits).
LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" holds at #2 for the fourth straight week. The song tops the 2 million mark this week. The duo's previous hit, "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) jumps back into the top 10. This is its 26th week in the top 10, the longest run by any song since "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas hung tight for 30 weeks in 1999-2000. "Party Rock Anthem" has sold 4,734,000 copies. LMFAO's gains are linked to its performance on the American Music Awards, which boosted several hits in this week's top 10.
Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" jumps from #5 to #3 in its ninth week. It's Mars' highest-charting hit since "Grenade," which logged four weeks at #1 early this year. The song is from the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1. Will it receive an Oscar nomination for Best Song? Stay tuned.
Adele's "Someone Like You" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the 12th song to reach that plateau so far this year, which ties the number of 3 million-sellers we had in all of 2010. (And that represented a big gain over 2009, when there were just seven 3 million-sellers.) Since there are still five chart weeks to go in 2011, this year will undoubtedly set a new record. Eight songs have year-to-date sales totals between 2.5 million and 2.99 million. Several of them will cross the 3 million mark before the year is over. The ones that are closest at this point? Rihanna's "S&M" (2,993,000) and the Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" (2,886,000).
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The song logs its fifth straight week at #1. This is its 10th week on the chart; its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (209K).
2. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song logs its fourth straight week at #2. This is its 13th week on the chart; its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (226K).
3. Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain." The song jumps from #5 to #3 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (196K).
4. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger." The former #1 song rebounds from #6 to #4 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (125K). The song ranks #6 for the year-to-date. It's one of only two songs in the current top 10 (along with "Party Rock Anthem") that's also in the top 10 for the year-to-date.
5. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song drops from #3 to #5 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (124K).
6. David Guetta featuring Usher, "Without You." The song drops from #4 to #6 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (107K).
7. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song rebounds from #8 to #7 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (114K).
8. Flo Rida, "Good Feeling." The song dips from #7 to #8 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (141K).
9. Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away." The song jumps from #10 to #9 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (137K).
10. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song rebounds from #16 to #10 in its 36th week. This is its 26th week in the top 10.
"Take Care" by Drake featuring Rihanna drops from #9 to #25 in its second week.
"5 O'Clock" by T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen jumps from #15 to #11 in is ninth week. This matches its highest ranking to date. This excellent single deserves to make the top 10. It once again looks like it will…Drake's "Headlines" vaults from #30 to #14 in its 16th week. It has already climbed as high as #13… "Ni**as In Paris" by Jay-Z/Kanye West jumps from #17 to #15 (a new high) in its 16th week. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth straight week.
"Dance (A$$)" by Big Sean featuring Nicki Minaj jumps from #21 to #18 in its eighth week…Minaj's own hit, "Fly" (featuring Rihanna), jumps from #25 to #19 in its 14th week…Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You" jumps from #35 to #26 in its 16th week. The record has some of the punch of Andrew Gold's 1977 hit "Lonely Boy"...Lady Antebellum's "We Owned The Night" holds at #34 for the second week (it has climbed as high as #32). In addition, the song steps up to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's the trio's sixth #1 country hit.
"T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" by will.i.am featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger bows at #36. It's from will.i.am's fourth studio album, #willpower, which is due next year. This is already one of the three highest-charting songs by or featuring Jagger as a solo performer. It trails only "Dancing In The Street," his 1985 collabo with David Bowie, which hit #7, and "Just Another Night," his 1985 solo debut, which hit #12. "Moves Like Jagger" has boosted Jagger's name ID and cool factor with today's pop fans. (will.i.am clearly loves acronyms. The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 album was titled The E.N.D., which stood for The Energy Never Dies.)
"Make Me Proud," a former top 10 hit by Drake featuring Nicki Minaj, rebounds from #72 to #39 in its ninth week. It's right back where it was two weeks ago. (I hope it had a nice trip.)…Nickelback's "When We Stand Together" drops from #44 to #48 in its ninth week. Another Nickelback song, "Lullaby," bows at #89. Both songs are from the band's new album Here And Now, which enters The Billboard 200 at #2. If it had sold just 500 more copies, it would have been #1. You already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.
"Young, Wild & Fire," a former top 10 hit by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, rebounds from #57 to #47 in its seventh week…Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" jumps from #74 to #56 in its 13th week. This is its highest ranking to date…"I Like It Like That" by Hot Chelle Rae featuring New Boyz rebounds from #70 to #58 in its eighth week.
Lady Gaga's "Marry The Night" vaults from #97 to #59 in its third week. It's vying to become the fifth top 10 hit from Born This Way…Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" rebounds from #96 to #60 in its fifth week… "International Love" by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown jumps from #79 to #68 in its fourth week…Breathe Carolina's "Blackout" leaps from #87 to #69 in its fourth week.
"I Like How It Feels" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull and the WAV.s re-enters the chart at #74, a new high for the song. It's from Iglesias' current album, Euphoria…Daughtry's "Crawling Back To You" re-enters the chart at #78. The song has already climbed as high as #41…"Strip" by Chris Brown featuring Kevin McCall bows at #85. It's from Brown's fifth studio album, Fortune, which is due March 12.
Katy Perry's 2010 hit "Teenage Dream" tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her sixth song to reach this plateau, which is more than any other artist. Lady Gaga, Eminem, Rihanna and Lil Wayne have each amassed three 4-million-sellers (counting featured credits for Rihanna and Lil Wayne). Here are Perry's songs that have reached this plateau, and their current sales tallies, courtesy of our friends at Nielsen SoundScan: "Firework" (5,075,000), "Hot N Cold" (5,066,000), "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg, 5,056,000), "E.T." (featuring Kanye West, 4,838,000), "I Kissed A Girl" (4,155,000) and "Teenage Dream" (4,003,000).
T.I.'s 2008 hit "Whatever You Like" also tops the 4 million mark this week. It's his second 4-million-seller. "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna) has sold 4,212,000 copies.
"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez and the Scene tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.