"Scream & Shout" by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears is the top new entry on this week's Hot 100 at #12. It's vying to become will.i.am's 14th top 10 hit (but his first as a solo artist in the top-billed position); Spears' 12th (but her first as a featured artist). will.i.am has amassed 10 top 10 hits as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. He has also hit the top 10 as a featured artist on three hits: Fergie's "Fergalicious," Flo Rida's "In The Ayer" and Usher's "OMG."
"Scream & Shout" is from will.i.am's upcoming fourth solo studio album, #willpower, which is due Feb. 4. The song's music video premiered on The X Factor on Nov. 28.
"Scream" and "Shout" are both venerable song titles. "Scream" by Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson reached #5 in 1995. Two different songs titled "Shout" have made the top 10. Joey Dee & the Starlighters' cover of the Isley Brothers' "Shout—Part 1" hit #6 in 1962. Tears For Fears' entirely different "Shout" reached #1 in 1985.
"Scream & Shout" vaults from #66 to #1 in its second week on Hot Digital Songs. Billboard's Gary Trust reports that that constitutes the biggest leap to #1 in the history of the digital sales chart. It surpasses the #57 to #1 surge of "Breaking Free" in January 2006 by the High School Musical team of Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens. This is the seventh career #1 on that chart for both will.i.am and Spears. For will.i.am, it follows five chart-toppers with the Peas and the aforementioned smash with Usher.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week and logs its ninth week at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. This is the longest run at #1 on the R&B chart for a hit by a female artist since Alicia Keys' "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" spent 12 weeks on top in the spring and summer of 2010.
Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps from #4 to #2 in its ninth week. It's very close to becoming Mars' fourth #1 hit, following "Nothin' On You" (a collabo with B.o.B), "Just The Way You Are" and "Grenade."
Maroon 5's "One More Night" dips from #3 to #4 in its 24th week. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the group's third song to reach this level. "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) is up to 5,737,000. "Payphone (featuring Wiz Khalifa) is up to 4,573,000. In addition, two of the group's earlier hits are approaching 3 million: "She Will Be Loved" has sold 2,722,000. "Makes Me Wonder" has sold 2,813,000.
"One More Night" is the 14th song to sell 3 million copies in 2012. This ties the number of 3-million-sellers in all of 2011, and there are still four chart weeks left in this year. The tally is sure to grow. The number of 3-million-sellers has grown steadily over the years, from two in all of 2008, to seven in 2009, 12 in 2010 and 14 in 2011. Maroon 5, .fun and Flo Rida each have two of this year's 14 3-million-sellers. (Imagine what a collabo by those three acts would sell.)
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #7 to #5 in its 26th week. Two other songs in the top 10 reach new peaks this week. Phillip Phillips' "Home" jumps from #8 to #7 in its 23rd week. Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #9 to #8 in its 10th week.
All three of these songs deserve note. "Ho Hey" jumps to #1 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. "Home" has sold 2,700,000 copies. It has ranked in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs for 13 weeks. "I Cry" jumps to #1 on the Rap Songs chart. It's Flo Rida's first #1 on that chart since his 2007-2008 debut smash "Low."
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Rihanna's "Diamonds" holds at #1 for the third week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (122K)… Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps from #4 to #2 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (135K)… Ke$ha's "Die Young" dips from #2 to #3 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (122K)…Maroon 5's "One More Night" dips from #3 to #4 in its 24rd week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (79K)…The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #7 to #5 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (127K).
The Second Five: fun.'s "Some Nights" holds at #6 for the second week in its 41st week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (73K)… Phillip Phillips' "Home" jumps from #8 to #7 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (118K)…Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #9 to #8 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (96K)…Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" rebounds from #10 to #9 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #26 (46K)…PSY's "Gangnam Style" drops from #5 to #10 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (143K).
"Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj jumps from #21 to #11 in its 13th week. It's vying to become Keys' 10th top 10 hit; Minaj's eighth. Keys' album of the same name enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week. Keys performed the song on The X Factor on Nov. 29. Digital sales rank: #3 (140K)… Minaj's other top 30 hits fall backward, but keep their bullets: Justin Bieber's "Beauty And A Beat," on which she is featured, dips from #13 to #14 in its eighth week. Her own "Va Va Voom" drops from #22 to #24 in seventh week.
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" drops from #11 to #15 in its 17th week. It's #1 on Hot Country Songs for the ninth week. That's the longest run at #1 on the country chart since David Houston's "Almost Persuaded" had nine weeks on top in 1966. Both of these hits received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year. Alas, this achievement is less impressive than its seems. Songs have longer runs at #1 on the country and R&B charts now that those charts simply repeat information we already know—where songs from those genres rank on the Hot 100.
This will probably be Swift's last week at #1. Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is hot on its heels on the Hot 100. It jumps from #17 to #16 in its 16th week.
Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" jumps from #20 to #17 in its 16th week…"Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #28 to #21 in its 11th week. The song hit #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October.
"My Life" by 50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine debuts at #27. Digital sales rank: #4 (140K). It's from 50's upcoming fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, which is due Feb. 26. It's vying to become the 14th top 10 hit for 50 Cent; the 15th for Eminem and the eighth for Levine (counting his Maroon 5 hits). 50 and Levine performed the song on The Voice on Nov. 26. This will help further build Levine's solo identity. His only previous top 10 hit with his name attached was Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts," which reached #4 in 2011.
(A different song titled "My Life" was a #3 hit for Billy Joel in 1979. Joel obviously had a good ear for catchy song titles. He had a #3 hit in 1978 with a song titled "Just The Way You Are." Bruno Mars took a different song with that title to #1 in 2010.)
"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jumps from #35 to #28 in its ninth week…Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." leaps from #47 to #32 in its seventh week. The song has already climbed as high as #3..."No Worries" by Lil Wayne featuring Detail jumps from #50 to #42 in its 13th week…Adele's "Skyfall" drops from #32 to #43 in its ninth week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Adele's seventh million-seller. She had two million-sellers from 19 ("Chasing Pavements" and "Make You Feel My Life"); four from 21 (I think you might know those).
The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" leaps from #60 to #44 in its fifth week…Zac Brown Band's "Goodbye In Her Eyes" jumps from #59 to #51 in its eighth week…Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" jumps from #63 to #55 in its ninth week…Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" jumps from #64 to #56 in its eighth week.
"Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch vaults from #82 to #58 in its fourth week. It hit #1 on the Official U.K. Chart in October…2 Chainz' "I'm Different" jumps from #79 to #63 in its third week…"The Only Way I Know" by Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church jumps from #74 to #65 in its fourth week.
"Rest Of My Life" by Ludacris featuring Usher and David Guetta re-enters the chart at #83. The song has already climbed as high as #72…Another Ludacris song, "Representin'" (featuring Kelly Rowland) debuts at #97. Both songs are from Ludacris' eighth studio album, Ludaversal, which is due March 4.
Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak" jumps from #100 to #86 in its second week…Dierks Bentley's "Tip It On Back" re-enters the chart at #91.
Two contestants from The Voice debut this week. Melanie Martinez's version of Alex Clare's "Too Close" bows at #94. Cassadee Pope's version of Michelle Branch's "Are You Happy Now" opens at #95.
Tim McGraw's "One Of Those Nights" debuts at #96. It's from Two Lanes Of Freedom, which is due Feb. 5.…"Oath" by Cher Lloyd featuring Becky G debuts at #99. It's from Sticks + Stones.