Week Ending April 28, 2013. Songs: Rihanna Ties Mariah
“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko jumps to #1 on the all-format Radio Songs chart, displacing Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” which had ruled for five weeks. It’s Rihanna’s 11th #1 on the chart, which puts her in a tie with Mariah Carey for the most #1s in the chart’s 22-year history. (This isn’t the Hot 100, but rather the key radio chart that is a component of the Hot 100.) On the Hot 100, “Stay” rebounds from #6 to #3, which matches its highest ranking to date.
Wanna know the rest of the artists with the most #1 hits on the Radio Songs chart? Billboard’s Gary Trust notes that Usher is in third place with seven #1 hits, followed by Ludacris and Kanye West, with six each. 50 Cent, Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry have each had five.
Carey and Usher are both reality TV stars this season (on American Idol and The Voice, respectively). It’s precisely these Radio Songs smashes that gave them the credibility to land these lucrative TV gigs. (Imagine what kind of money the networks would throw at current radio titans, such as Rihanna, Mars or Perry. Of course, those artists are a little busy just now.)
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. “Just Give Me A Reason” has a slim 2% lead in overall chart points over “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, which holds at #2 for the second week. That was the tightest race for #1 in almost six months.
“Can’t Hold Us” moves up to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. The duo’s previous hit, “Thrift Shop,” was the #1 digital seller for 10 weeks. This gives the duo 11 weeks atop the Digital Songs chart so far this year, which may be an insurmountable lead. Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift each topped the chart for eight weeks last year, which was more than any other act. LMFAO was #1 for 11 weeks in 2011, which was more than any other act that year. Katy Perry was the 2010 leader, with 10 weeks on top. The Black Eyed Peas were out front for 20 weeks in 2009, which is more than any other act in a calendar year since the inception of the Digital Songs chart in October 2004.
“Can’t Hold Us” holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for the second week. “Thrift Shop” headed the chart the previous 14 weeks. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the first lead artist to remain #1 on this chart for 16 or more consecutive weeks since Alicia Keys was on top for 17 consecutive weeks in late 2007 and early 2008 with “No One” (10 weeks) followed by “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” (seven weeks). If you broaden the discussion to include featured artists, Lil Wayne was on top for 18 consecutive weeks in 2011 with Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” and then DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” (which also featured Drake and Rick Ross).
Justin Timberlake lands his 11th top five hit since going solo as “Mirrors” jumps from #7 to #5. With *NSYNC, he had six top five hits from 1999 to 2002. “Mirrors” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
Like most pop and hip-hop stars, Timberlake has released a lot of collabos. “Mirrors” is his fourth top five hit that is strictly a solo endeavor. It follows “Cry Me A River,” “Rock Your Body” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”