Week Ending Dec. 18, 2010: Beyonce’s Streak Interrupted
Beyonce's best showing of 2011 came in August, when the stinging, kiss-off ballad "Best Thing I Never Had" peaked at #16. Her second best showing of the year came in September, when "Love On Top" debuted and peaked at #20. Third best came in June when "Run The World (Girls)" peaked at #29. In retrospect, the disappointing showing of that feminist anthem foretold what would be an unexpectedly difficult year for Beyonce on the Hot 100.
Beyonce has three songs on this week's chart, but none of them rank in the top 50. "Party" (featuring Andre 3000) dips from #55 to #57, "Countdown" re-enters at #91 and "Love On Top" rebounds from #98 to #94. "Party" has climbed as high as #50. "Countdown" has reached #71.
Please note that the headline says "Beyonce's Streak Interrupted," rather than "Beyonce's Streak Ends," because I have no doubt that she'll resume her winning ways.
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris tops the Hot 100 for the eighth week, which is the longest run at #1 by any single since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" had nine weeks on top in early 2010. It's the longest run at #1 for a collabo since "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain had 10 weeks on top in early 2008. It's the longest run at #1 for a boy-girl collabo (hey, we leave no stone unturned) since "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent featuring Olivia had nine weeks on top in early 2005.
"We Found Love" sold just 149K copies this week, which is a tepid showing for a #1 hit. This is the third week in a row in which no songs have sold 200K. That's the longest stretch in which no songs have sold 200K since the fall of 2009, when it happened for five weeks straight. (Owl City's "Fireflies" was the best-seller for four of those five weeks.)
Despite the current lull, this has been a good year for digital song sales. With two weeks to go in the tracking year, the industry has already broken records for the number of 3-million-sellers (13, up from 12 in all of last year) and 1-million-sellers (98, up from 86 in all of last year).
LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" logs its seventh week at #2. It's the first hit to have such a long peak at #2 (assuming this is its peak) since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" spent seven weeks at #2 two years ago. The last song to have a longer peak at #2 was "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy and Enya, which had eight weeks in the runner-up spot in 2004. This is the 28th consecutive week that LMFAO has appeared in the top five, thanks to the combined strength of "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy And I Know It."
Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" jumps from #5 to #4, which is its highest ranking to date. It's the only song in the top five that made an upward move. Only two other Flo Rida hits have climbed this high on the Hot 100: "Low" (featuring T-Pain) and "Right Round." They both had long runs at #1.