Chart Watch: RiRi Ties MJ

Paul Grein
Yahoo Music
December 27, 2013

"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna tops the Hot 100 for the third week. This brings Rihanna's total of weeks at #1 to 37, which puts her in a tie with Michael Jackson. Only five artists have spent more total weeks at #1 since 1955 than these two stars: Elvis Presley (80), Mariah Carey (79), The Beatles (59), Boyz II Men (50) and Usher (47).

Eminem's total of weeks at #1 is a less spectacular, but still impressive, 24. One song, the Oscar-winning "Lose Yourself," accounts for exactly half of that total.

"The Monster" has now spent more weeks at #1 than "Monster Mash." That Halloween perennial by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers topped the chart for two weeks in October 1962.

"The Monster" is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the eighth week.

The video for "The Monster" premiered on Dec. 16, which gave it a boost. Its lead over Hot 100 runner-up "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha increased this week, from a 15% difference in total Hot 100 chart points to 17%. If "Timber" winds up peaking at #2, which is starting to seem likely, it won't the first time for either Pitbull or Ke$ha. His first top 10 hit, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," stalled at #2 in June 2009. Her "Die Young" peaked at #2 in December 2012.

"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #4 for the second week. The song holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week.

Lorde's "Royals" holds at #5 for the second week. It's #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the 17th week. In addition, Lorde lands her second top 20 hit as "Team" jumps from #23 to #18 in its 13th week.

Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #9 to #7. It's the only song in this week's top 10 that managed to move up. The song reached #2 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart.

One Direction's "Story Of My Life" holds at #10 for the second week. The boy band's earlier hit "Best Song Ever" rebounds from #94 to #82 in its 20th week. The song climbed as high as #2.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #1 for the third week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (193K)… "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #2 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (213K)…OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #3 for the third week in its 27th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (168K)… "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #4 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (238K)…Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #5 for the second week in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (111K).

The Second Five: Imagine Dragons' "Demons" holds at #6 for the second week in its 35th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (103K)… Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #9 to #7 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (135K)…Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" dips from #7 to #8 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (68K)…Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" dips from #8 to #9 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (56K)…One Direction's "Story Of My Life" holds at #10 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (110K).

"Drunk In Love" by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, the first single from her chart-topping fifth album, is the week's highest new entry at #12. In its first week, the song already ranks higher than any of the five chart singles from Beyoncé's last album peaked. "Best Thing I Never Had," the highest-charting single from "4," peaked at #16.

"Drunk In Love" is vying to become the fourth Beyoncé/Jay-Z collabo to make the top 10. It would follow "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (#4 in December 2002), "Crazy In Love" (#1 in July 2003) and "Deja Vu" (#4 in August 2006). The two megastars were married in April 2008.

Two other songs from "Beyoncé" enter the chart this week. "XO" opens at #66. "Mine" (featuring Drake) bows at #99.

"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #22 to #14, matching the peak position of her previous single, "Unconditionally." "Dark Horse" (Digital sales rank: #7, 111K) is the third top 15 hit from Perry's "Prism" album. "Dark Horse" has now climbed higher than George Harrison's song of the same name, which reached #15 in January 1975. In addition, John Mayer's "Who You Love," which features Perry, re-enters the chart at #48 following the video's Dec. 17 premiere.

Ellie Goulding's "Burn" drops from #13 to #15 in its 16th week. But don't be surprised if the song turns around. It keeps its "bullet" and it remains in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs (#10, 84K). The song spent three weeks at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart…Bastille's "Pompeii" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 19th week…"Show Me" by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown jumps from #39 to #29 in its seventh week…"Gas Pedal" by Sage the Gemini featuring IamSu! rebounds from #44 to #33 in its 22nd week. The song has climbed as high as #29.

Two Christmas classics re-enter the chart this week. Nat "King" Cole's "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)" re-enters at #45. Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" re-enters at #50. Cole first released "The Christmas Song" with his jazz trio in 1946. It climbed as high as #3. Lee first released "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" in 1958. It first became a hit in 1960, climbing as high as #14.

(These two Christmas songs join three others that were already on the chart. Mariah Carey's 1994 classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" inches up from #27 to #26 in its seventh week; Pentatonix's remake of the Harry Simone Chorale's "The Little Drummer Boy" drops from #51 to #64 in its third week; and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath The Tree" jumps from #80 to #78 in its third week.)

Zendaya's "Replay" vaults from #69 to #49 in its 18th week.

Tessanne Chin, the Season 5 winner of "The Voice," has the week's second-highest new entry at #51 with a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." In addition, Chin & Adam Levine open at #76 with a cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be." Chin is the second contestant from "The Voice" to chart with a cover of "Let It Be." Season 3 contestant Terry McDermott took the song to #70 in 2012.

Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" debuts at #58. It's from his third studio album "Just As I Am," which is due in 2014…"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz debuts at #89. It's from Derulo's third studio album, "Tattoos"…Drake's "Worst Behavior" re-enters the chart at #94. It has climbed as high as #89…"Paranoid" by Ty Dolla $ign featuring B.o.B debuts at #97. The song, from his "Beach House" EP, is his first chart hit…Dierks Bentley's "I Hold On" debuts at #100. It's from his seventh major-label studio album, "Riser," which is due next year.

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