Week Ending Aug. 12, 2012. Songs: Flo Rida Breaks Female Lock
Flo Rida's "Whistle" jumps to #1 on the Hot 100, displacing Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," which was #1 for nine weeks. Female solo artists and male/female collabos have had a near-lock on the #1 spot this year. "Whistle" is only the second #1 hit so far this year on which a woman wasn't at least featured. The only other all-male #1 of 2012 is LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It," which hit #1 in January.
The last time a male solo artist who was strictly solo hit #1 was in February 2011, when Wiz Khalifa's "Black And Yellow" grabbed the top spot for one week.
"Whistle" is Flo Rida's third #1 hit in less than five years. His previous #1s were "Low" (featuring T-Pain) and "Right Round" (featuring Ke$ha, whose credit was mysteriously removed mid-way through the song's run at #1.) Flo Rida is the hottest act to come out of the Sunshine State since KC & the Sunshine Band, which knocked out five #1 hits between 1975 and 1980.
Billboard's Gary Trust notes that Flo Rida is one of only five rappers in chart history to amass three or more #1 hits on the Hot 100 as a lead (or co-lead) artist. He follows Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Diddy), Nelly, 50 Cent and Eminem, each of whom piled up four #1 hits as lead artists.
Ellie Goulding's "Lights," which initially seemed to have the edge to move up to #1 this week, holds at #2 for the second week. Her biggest U.K. hit to date, a cover of Elton John's "Your Song," also peaked at #2. "Lights" stalled at #49 in the U.K.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" drops to #3 following nine weeks on top. It's the #3 song for the year-to-date. Though Jepsen is 26, she sounds 10 years younger on this fizzy smash. It's the opposite of the situation with Jackie Evancho, who is 12 but sounds about 35. Jepsen's follow-up, "Good Time," a collabo with Owl City, jumps from #14 to #13 in its seventh week, matching its highest ranking to date. Digital sales rank: #9 (122K).