"Gangnam Style," the loopy novelty hit by Korean pop star Psy, vaults from #64 to #11 in its second week on the Hot 100. The song, which The Village Voice called "an inspired piece of silliness," is shaping up to be this year's "Macarena" or "Rock Me Amadeus." That's no small feat: Los Del Rio's "Macarena" logged 14 weeks at #1 in the summer and fall of 1996. Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" spent three weeks on top in the spring of 1986. As you can see, the desire for escapist fare with a sense of the absurd is nothing new. All three of these songs were recorded in foreign languages (Korean, Spanish and German, respectively), which also shows that a playful spirit transcends language differences.
"Gangnam Style" ranks even higher on the Hot Digital Songs chart, which measures only sales. It leaps from #25 to #4 on that chart, based on sales of 188K copies. "Gangnam Style" is a global pop phenomenon. It has already reached the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and South Korea.
Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) is a 34-year old performer who was born in South Korea. In the tracking period, the busy Psy appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today and Saturday Night Live.
Just eight weeks after Maroon 5's "Payphone" logged its sixth and final week at #2, the group's new single "One More Night" reaches #1. Adam Levine should compare notes with fellow reality show star Mariah Carey, who experienced a similar fate in 2005. She spent six frustrating weeks at #2 with "Shake It Off," but then (heeding the advice of that song title), she bounced right back with "Don't Forget About Us," which hit #1.
"One More Night" is Maroon 5's third #1 hit, following "Makes Me Wonder" (three weeks on top in 2007) and "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera, four weeks on top in 2011). Phil Collins hit #1 in 1985 with an entirely different song titled "One More Night." It was his second of seven #1 solo hits. Like Adam Levine, Collins juggled solo and group projects. Collins was the drummer and lead singer for Genesis.
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" dips to #2 after spending a total of three weeks on top. It's #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fifth straight week. It's the first song to spend its first five weeks as the nation's top-seller since "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna led the digital sales chart for its first six weeks in 2010. "Love The Way You Lie" would have been #1 for its first eight weeks, but its run was interrupted for one week by (wait for it) Taylor Swift's "Mine."
"We Are Never Ever…" has not yet been made available to on-demand streaming services, which hurt its chances of holding on to the top spot on the Hot 100 (which combines radio airplay, digital sales and streaming points.) By contrast, "One More Night" posted a 16% gain in on-demand streams, according to Nielsen BDS.
Pop titans Max Martin and Shellback produced and co-wrote "One More Night" and co-produced and co-wrote "We Are Never Ever...," giving them back-to-back #1 hits.
.fun's "Some Nights" jumps from #4 to #3. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week, making the New York-based outfit the first group or duo to land two 2 million sellers in 2012. "Some Nights" follows "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae), which has sold 5,574,000 copies so far this year. Three solo artists, Katy Perry, Flo Rida and Wiz Khalifa, have also landed two 2 million sellers in 2012.
P!nk lands her seventh top five hit as "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" jumps from #6 to #5. This is P!nk's fourth top five hit since 2008, which means she has had had more top five hits in her second run of radio success than she did in her first.
P!nk had three top five hits ("Most Girls," the all-star "Lady Marmalade" and "Get The Party Started") in her first burst of success in 2000-2001. Since 2008, she has had four more ("So What," "Raise Your Glass," "F**kin Perfect" and now "Blow Me…").
P!nk's The Truth About Love is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with sales in the 200K range. It would be P!nk's first #1 album.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Maroon 5's "One More Night" jumps from #2 to #1 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (192K)…Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" dips from #1 to #2 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (226K)… fun.'s "Some Nights" jumps from #4 to #3 in its 30th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (153K)…Flo Rida's "Whistle" dips from #3 to #4 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (110K)… P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" jumps from #6 to #5 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (117K).
The Second Five: "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean jumps from #7 to #6 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (112K)… Ellie Goulding's "Lights" drops from #5 to #7 in its 39th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #28 (52K)…Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #10 to #8 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (131K)…"Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen holds at #9 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (103K)… Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" drops from #8 to #10 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (83K).
"Clique" by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean vaults from #55 to #12 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #2 (209K). The song is from the Good Music compilation Cruel Summer, which is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #2 next week, with sales in the 170K range.
"Clique" is vying to become the 15th top 10 hit for West, the 19th for Jay-Z and the third for Big Sean. This would be the fourth top 10 on which West and Jay-Z have collaborated, following "Swagga Like Us" (on which they were joined by T.I. and Lil Wayne), "Run This Town" (on which they were joined by Rihanna) and "Ni**as In Paris."
Nicki Minaj's "Pound The Alarm" jumps from #19 to #17 in its eighth week…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 12th week...Hunter Hayes' "Wanted" jumps from #23 to #22 in its 21st week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Hayes' first #1 country hit.
Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" vaults from #49 to #33 in its 15th week, one week after being featured on Glee. (The Glee version debuts at #95 this week.) A second song by the band, "Radioactive," re-enters the chart at #91. Both songs are from the band's debut album, Night Visions, which has ranked in the top 10 on The Billboard 200 the last two weeks.
Miguel's "Adorn" jumps from #41 to #35 in its seventh week. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week…Taylor Swift's "Ronan" drops from #16 to #36 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #8 (116K)….Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" leaps from #50 to #37 in its seventh week.
Future's "Turn On The Lights" jumps from #66 to #56 in its sixth week…Luke Bryan's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" jumps from #68 to #57 in its fourth week…"No Worries" by Lil Wayne featuring Detail jumps from #96 to #58 in its second week…Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" jumps from #72 to #59 in its fifth week…Easton Corbin's "Lovin' You Is Fun" jumps from #73 to #60 in its 11th week. Corbin's second album, All Over The Road, is due to enter The Billboard 200 next week right around #10.
Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" jumps from #69 to #61 in its 10th week…Karmin's "Hello" jumps from #77 to #64 in its third week.
"Bandz A Make Her Dance" by Juicy J featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz is the week's top new entry at #71. Juicy J was a cofounder of Three 6 Mafia, which had three top 30 hits: "Stay Fly," "Poppin' My Collar" and "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)"…"Between The Raindrops" by Lifehouse featuring Natasha Bedingfield debuts at #79. This is vying to become the third top 10 hit for both artists. Lifehouse previously scored with "Hanging By A Moment" (#2 in 2001) and "You And Me" (#5 in 2005). Bedingfield scored with "Unwritten" (#5 in 2006) and "Pocketful Of Sunshine" (#5 in 2008)…Eric Church's "Creepin'" jumps from #88 to #80 in its fourth week.
"Put It Down" by Brandy featuring Chris Brown jumps from #90 to #81 in its fifth week. Brandy was 15 in November 1994 when she landed her first top 10 hit, "I Wanna Be Down." Brown was 16 in October 2005 when he landed his first, "Run It!" Both artists were nominated for a Grammy as Best New Artist. (Both lost.)
Muse's "Madness" jumps from #91 to #82 in its fourth week…Carly Rae Jepsen's "This Kiss" debuts at #86. This is vying to become Jepsen's third top 10 hit. Jepsen's Kiss is expected to enter The Billboard 200 in the top 10 next week, with sales in the 35K range…Beyonce's "Dance For You" jumps from #100 to #90 in its second week. It's from an album that has been out for nearly 15 months.
"Finally Found You" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Sammy Adams debuts at #94. It's from Euphoria Reloaded, an expanded edition of Iglesias' 2010 album…"Heart Skips A Beat" by Olly Murs featuring Chiddy Bang debuts at #96. The catchy pop song hit #1 in the U.K. a little more than a year ago…Justin Moore's "Til My Last Day" debuts at #98. It's from Outlaws Like Me…Green Day's "Oh Love" re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #97. It's from Uno!, which is due Sept. 25.
"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. This is Guetta's fourth 2 million-seller as a lead artist. It follows "Sexy Chick" (featuring Akon, 3,354,000), "Without You (featuring Usher, 2,684,000) and "Turn Me On (featuring Nicki Minaj, 2,337,000).
Nielsen SoundScan maintains a list of the best-selling "Dance/Electronic" songs in the site's history. Eight songs on the list have sold 2 million or more copies. Guetta has fully half of them. The other four are Cascada's "Everytime We Touch" (2,500,000), La Roux's "Bulletproof" (2,324,000), Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina's "Stereo Love" (2,226,000) and Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" (2,089,000).
Two oldies top the 4 million mark this week: Kanye West's 2009 smash "Heartless" and "Like A G6," the 2010 smash by Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev. This is West's third 4-million-seller. It follows "Stronger" (4,848,000) and Katy Perry's "E.T.," on which he was featured (5,361,000).
One Direction's "One Thing" tops the 1 million mark this week. This is the group's second million-seller in a row. "What Makes You Beautiful" has sold 3,451,000 copies. OD is the first boy band to have back-to-back million-sellers since Jonas Brothers scored in 2008 with "When You Look Me In The Eyes" (1,128,000) and "Burnin' Up" (1,791,000).