Week Ending Dec. 17, 2012. Songs: Wrong Title At Wrong Time
Ke$ha’s “Die Young” dips from #3 to #4 on the Hot 100, in part because some radio stations dropped the song or pulled it out of heavy rotation following Friday’s horrific elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that airplay on the song dropped by 19% this week, the greatest percentage decline of any song in the top 40 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
The song peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 three weeks ago, and was starting to recede, but this accelerated the process. The exuberant record has nothing to do with young people dying, but seeks to motivate people to live life to the fullest. Key lyric: “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.” It’s just the wrong words and the wrong tone for right now.
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #1 on the Hot 100 for the second week. Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, enters The Billboard 200 at #2. It enters The Official U.K. chart at #1. If it had sold just 16K more copies in the U.S., it would have unseated Taylor Swift’s Red and become a transatlantic #1.
Mars is the fourth artist from Hawaii to land a #1 hit in recent decades. He follows Yvonne Elliman, who achieved the feat in 1978 with “If I Can’t Have You,” Bette Midler, who triumphed in 1989 with “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Glenn Medeiros, who scored in 1990 with “She Ain’t Worth It” (featuring Bobby Brown).
Rihanna’s “Diamonds” holds at #2 for the second week, following a three-week run at #1. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 11th week. That ties Usher’s “Climax” for the longest run at #1 in 2012. The last song to have a longer run at #1 was Trey Songz’ “Can’t Be Friends,” which spent 13 weeks on top in 2010-2011.
The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” jumps from #4 to #3 in its 28th week. It’s #1 on Top Rock Songs for the third week…Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at #6 for the second week. It tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Flo Rida’s ninth million-seller as a lead artist.