Week Ending Feb. 10, 2013. Songs: Year Of The Man?
Women have all but owned Billboard's pop music charts for the past few years, but men have a comfortable lead in the top 10 on this week’s Hot 100. Male solo artists, groups and collabos account for six of the top 10. Male/female collabos, with a male in the lead, account for two others. The two remaining spots are held by a mixed-gender group (The Lumineers) and (surprisingly) just one female artist (in the lead spot) (Taylor Swift).
Is this a new trend? I wouldn’t bet on it. It won’t be long at all before Rihanna, Katy, Kelly, Gaga, Beyonce and Adele are back in their usual spots in the top 10. Enjoy it while it lasts, guys.
Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars return to the top 10 this week with their latest hits. Maroon 5 lands its seventh top 10 hit as “Daylight” jumps from #14 to #7. It’s the third top 10 hit from the group’s album Overexposed, following “Payphone” (featuring Wiz Khalifa) and “One More Night.” Overexposed is the group’s first album to spawn three top 10 hits. Songs About Jane spun off two: “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved.”
Overexposed was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. It lost to Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger, but here’s a little consolation prize: It’s the first of the five nominated albums to spawn three top 10 hits. Stronger, fun.’s Some Nights and P!nk’s The Truth About Love have each spun off two. (The fifth nominee, Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials, hasn’t yielded any.)
Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #22 to #9, even as his former chart-topper, “Locked Out Of Heaven,” holds at #2 for the fourth straight week. This marks the first time that a male solo artist has placed two songs in the top 10 simultaneously since Mars scored with “Grenade” and the Grammy-winning “Just The Way You Are” for eight weeks in December 2010 and January 2011.
“When I Was Your Man” has now climbed higher than a song it strongly resembles—Michael Jackson’s anguished ballad “She’s Out Of My Life,” which peaked at #10 in June 1980.