Week Ending Dec. 2, 2012. Songs: will & Brit
"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."