Week Ending Dec. 9, 2012. Songs: Consolation For Bieber
Justin Bieber got no love last week from Grammy voters, but he continues to have the support of his fans. "Beauty And A Beat," his propulsive collabo with Nicki Minaj, jumps from #14 to #9 on the Hot 100. It's the third top 10 hit from Believe. That's Bieber's first album to spawn even two top 10 hits, much less three.
The first two top 10 hits from Believe were "Boyfriend," which reached #2 in April, and "As Long As You Love Me," a Grammy nom-worthy collabo with Big Sean, which reached #6 in September. That song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
I have more good news for Beliebers. Believe is the #5 album for the year-to-date with sales of 1,141,000 copies. It's the highest-ranking album by a male solo artist. This will be the third year in a row that Bieber has had an album in the year-end top 10. My World 2.0 was #4 for 2010. Under The Mistletoe was #8 for 2011. Bieber will be the first male artist to place an album in the year-end top 10 three years in a row since Garth Brooks scored from 1991 through 1993. (The Fine Print: The Nielsen SoundScan site doesn't carry archival charts from 1991, its first year of operation. But Billboard's year-end chart for 1991 has Brooks' No Fences at #2.)
Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps to #1 this week. This marks the third year in a row that Mars has had a #1 hit. Mars is one of only three artists who have landed a #1 hit in each year in this young decade. What's more, he's the only man to do it, a reflection of the female domination of pop radio in recent years. Mars reached #1 in 2010 with B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," on which he was featured, and his own "Just The Way You Are;" in 2011 with "Grenade" and now this week with "Locked Out Of Heaven." Rihanna topped the chart with four hits in 2010, two hits in 2011 and "Diamonds" this year. Katy Perry scored with three hits in 2010, two hits in 2011 and "Part Of Me" this year.
Mars first cracked the Hot 100 in the issue dated Feb. 13, 2010. From that starting point, he took two years, 10 months and one week to amass his first four #1 hits. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that that's the fastest that a male solo artist has amassed his first four #1 hits since Bobby Vinton did it in just two years and six months, from June 1962 to December 1964.
All three of Mars' three previous #1 hits had a date with Grammy. "Just The Way You Are" won for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. "Nothin' On You" and "Grenade" were both nominees for Record of the Year.