Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back
K-Pop star PSY has the week’s top new entry on the Hot 100 as “Gentleman” debuts at #12. That’s much higher than PSY’s breakthrough smash, “Gangnam Style,” which debuted at #64 in September. (The phenomenal hit shot to #11 in its second week and reached #2 in its third week.) Of course, YouTube streaming data wasn’t a factor in the Hot 100 back then, as it is now. The fact that such a massive hit as “Gangham Style” wasn’t able to make #1 (it logged seven weeks at #2) was no doubt a key reason that Billboard realized they needed to adjust their Hot 100 methodology.
“Gangnam Style” was the first video ever to reach 1 billion YouTube views worldwide. It’s now up to 1.5 billion. “Gentleman” set a You Tube record by notching 18.9 million views in its first 24 hours on the site. It’s now up to 125 million. (Note: the Hot 100 takes only U.S. activity into account.)
Incidentally, this is the first song titled “Gentleman” to hit the Hot 100. By contrast, eight different songs titled “Lady” have charted, including four that have made the top 10—by Kenny Rogers (#1 in 1980), Styx (#6 in 1975), Little River Band (#10 in 1979) and D’Angelo (#10 in 1996).
P!nk lands her fourth #1 hit as “Just Give Me A Reason” (featuring Nate Ruess) moves up from #3 last week. P!nk had just one #1 hit (the all-star “Lady Marmalade”) in her first eight years of recording, but has piled up three more in the past five years: “So What,” “Raise Your Glass” and now “Just Give Me A Reason.” This is the second #1 for Ruess, following fun.’s “We Are Young.”
“Just Give Me A Reason” has been the nation’s top digital seller for three of the last four weeks. That’s the longest run at #1 on the digital chart for a female-led collabo since “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris had five weeks on top in late 2011.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #2 on the Hot 100 for the second week. In addition, the song tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 14th week. That’s the longest run at #1 by a white artist since the chart originated (as Harlem Hit Parade) in October 1942. (Mariah Carey, whose “We Belong Together” logged 14 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart in 2005, is biracial. Her father was of African American and Venezuelan descent. Her mother is of white Irish descent.)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a second song in the top five on the Hot 100: “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) jumps from #7 to #5. Billboard’s Gary Trust notes that this marks the first time that a group or duo has had two songs in the top five simultaneously since the Black Eyed Peas doubled up for five weeks in June and July 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”