Week Ending Dec. 25, 2011. Songs: Bringing “Sexy” Back
"Sexy and I Know It"
"Sexy and I Know It"
"I'm Too Sexy" and "Sexy And I Know It" are obviously playful spoofs of male vanity and sexual bravado. With "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," the joke wasn't played as broadly. Some people missed the joke entirely and thought Stewart had taken the sex symbol hype to his head. It took him a few years to live it down.
This is LMFAO's second #1 hit in a row, following "Party Rock Anthem." LMFAO is the first duo to have back-to-back #1 hits since OutKast scored with "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move" (featuring Sleepy Brown) in 2003-2004. Two other duos have had back-to-back #1 hits. Daryl Hall & John Oates scored in 1981-1982 with "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)." Roxette scored in 1990-1991 with "It Must Have Been Love" and "Joyride."
Both of LMFAO's songs rank in the top 15 for the year-to-date. (There is one tracking week left in this year.) "Party Rock Anthem" is #2. "Sexy And I Know It" is #14. Adele and Pitbull also have two songs in the top 15 for the year-to-date.
"Sexy And I Know It" sold 395K copies this week, a total topped by only three songs in all of 2011. Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold 448K and 509K copies, respectively, in its first two weeks in February. Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" sold 412K copies in the week following his performance of the song on the Grammy telecast in February. Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" sold 411K copies when it debuted in January.
"Party Rock Anthem," which features Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, this week becomes the second song to top the 5 million mark in digital sales in 2011. It follows Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Prior to this year, no song had sold 5 million digital copies in a calendar year. The old record was held by the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow," which sold 4,762,000 digital copies in 2009.
"Party Rock Anthem" is the first song by (or fronted by) a duo to reach the 5 million mark in digital sales. The previous biggest digital hit by a duo was Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," which has sold 3,103,000 digital copies.
"Party Rock Anthem" logs its 27th week in the top 10, a total matched by only two songs in the history of the Hot 100. LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" logged 32 weeks in the top 10. "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas had 30. (Billboard also counts Jewel's double-sided hit "You Were Meant For Me"/"Foolish Games," which had 28 total weeks in the top10. But the fact that it was a double-sided hit gives it a big advantage over these other songs.)
LMFAO consists of Stefan "Redfoo" Gordy, 36, and Skyler "Sky Blu" Gordy, 25, the son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. By way of comparison, Gordy was 34 when the first Motown act had back-to-back #1 hits. That was the Supremes, which hit the top spot in August 1964 with "Where Did Our Love Go" and again in October with "Baby Love."