Katy Perry this week pulls into a tie with Rihanna as the artist with the most #1 hits on the Hot 100 in this decade. Both have had eight chart-toppers since January 2010. Perry moves up from #2 to #1 with "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), which she performed on the Grammys on Sunday.
(In case you're wondering, Bruno Mars is next in line, with five #1 hits in this decade. He's followed by Adele, Eminem and Ke$ha, who are tied with three #1 hits each in this period.)
Here's another indication that Perry and Rihanna are the top contemporary hit-makers. Rihanna's "Stay" (featuring Mikky Ekko) tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Rihanna's sixth song to reach that plateau, a total topped by only one artist in digital history—Perry, who has topped the 4M mark with seven singles.
Of course, there's another method you use to determine that these two women are the top artists in pop music. It's not very scientific, but it works really well. You could turn on the radio.
"Dark Horse" is Perry's ninth #1 hit overall. (She first reached #1 with "I Kissed A Girl" in July 2008.) Only five other female solo artists in chart history have amassed nine or more #1 hits. Mariah Carey leads the pack with 18, followed by Rihanna (13), Madonna (12), Whitney Houston (11) and Janet Jackson (10).
"Dark Horse" is the second #1 from Perry's current album, "PRISM." You'll remember that Perry pulled five #1 hits from her previous album, "Teenage Dream." Perry is the fifth female solo artist to amass two or more #1 hits from back-to-back studio albums. She follows Carey, Houston, Jackson and Paula Abdul.
"Dark Horse" is Perry's third collaboration with a hip-hip star to reach #1. She also topped the chart with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg) and "E.T." (featuring Kanye West).
Juicy J's highest-charting hit before this was came as a featured artist on Mike WiLL Made-It's "23," which reached #11 in October. Juicy J's biggest claim to fame in March 2006 when he won an Oscar for Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp." It was the second rap song to win an Oscar (following Eminem's "Lose Yourself"). Juicy J co-wrote the song with DJ Paul, a fellow member of Three 6 Mafia, and Cedric Coleman.
"Dark Horse" this week becomes the first song to sell 1M copies in 2014. It's also the third consecutive #1 that is a male/female collabo. It follows "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna and "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha.
"Dark Horse" may have been destined to hit #1. The title draws from the titles of two #1 hits from the 1970s: Cher's "Dark Lady" and America's "A Horse With No Name."
One final note: "Dark Horse" gives a name-check to a serial killer ("She eat your heart out/Like Jeffrey Dahmer"). I hope this doesn't start a trend.
"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #5 for the second week. It holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 13th week.
Jason Derulo lands his fourth top 10 hit as "Talk Dirty" (featuring 2 Chainz) leaps from #15 to #6. This enables him to pull ahead of his girlfriend, Jordin Sparks, who has had three top 10 hits. "Talk Dirty" surpasses a song with similar title, Poison's "Talk Dirty To Me," which peaked at #9 in May 1987.
Lorde has two songs in the top 10 for the second straight week. "Team" holds at #8 for the second week. "Royals" drops from #7 to #9. In addition, "Team" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. "Royals" is up to 4,895,000.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #2 to #1 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (294K)… "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha dips from #1 to #2 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (169K)… OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #3 for the second week in its 32nd week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (132K)… "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #4 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (147K)… "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #5 for the second week in its 13th week on the chart. It has been in the top five the entire time. Digital sales rank: #12 (109K).
The Second Five: "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz leaps from #15 to #6 in its sixth week on the chart. This is his Derulo's fourth top 10 hit; 2 Chainz's second. Digital sales rank: #2 (194K)…Passenger's "Let Her Go" dips from #6 to #7 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (117K)…Lorde's "Team" holds at #8 for the second week in its 18th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (136K)… Lorde’s "Royals" drops from #7 to #9 in its 30th week on the chart. This is its 22nd week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (102K)…Bastille's "Pompeii" holds at #10 for the second week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (148K).
One Direction's "Story Of My Life" drops from #9, ending a seven-week run in the top 10.
Three songs that are closing in on the top 10 are already listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Aloe Blacc's "The Man," which was #17 on last week's Hot 100, is #4 on the digital sales chart (175K). Pharrell Williams' irresistable "Happy," which was #25 on the Hot 100, is #3 on the digital chart (188K). Idina Menzel's "Let It Go," which was #26 on the Hot 100, is #10 on digital (124K).
Imagine Dragons' "Demons" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales. It's the band's second 3-million seller. "Radioactive" is up to 6,286,000. (The band is closing in on its third 3-million seller. "It's Time" is up to 2,986,000.)
"We Own It" by 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa tops the 1 million mark in digital sales.
To My Readers: I'll have a separate Chart Watch report on this week's key movers and debuts on the Hot 100 later today. I won't recap the top 10 in that second report. It will be fresh material.