Week Ending Jan. 15, 2012. Songs: The Song That Won’t Drop
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris logs its 10th week at #1 on the Hot 100. That's the longest run at #1 by any single since the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" amassed 14 weeks in the lead in 2009. It's the longest run for a collaboration since "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain had 10 weeks on top in 2008. It's the longest run for a male-female collabo since "Dilemma" by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland had 10 weeks on top in 2002.
"We Found Love" is the 28th song to log 10 or more weeks at #1 since 1955. The record for most weeks at #1 is held by "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, which was on top for 16 weeks in 1995-1996.
If you went on vacation two weeks ago, you may be surprised to come back and find Tyga's "Rack City" and "Turn Me On" by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj in the top 10. After all, the songs were way down at #40 and #51, respectively, two weeks ago. They've shot up! "Rack City" jumps from #23 to #8 this week. "Turn Me On" jumps from #25 to #10.
Both songs are doing much better in digital sales than they are in radio airplay, which is typical of new releases. They're both in the top 10 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, but neither is yet in the top 30 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. Tyga's rap smash vaults from #13 to #3 on the digital sales chart and advances from #59 to #47 on the airplay chart. The Guetta/Minaj hit jumps from #21 to #7 on the digital sales chart and progresses from #39 to #31 on the airplay chart.
Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" jumps from #4 to #2 on the Hot 100 and is likely to reach the top spot next week. But I'm more interested in her 2011 smash "Rolling In The Deep," which tops the 6 million mark in digital sales this week. It reached that plateau faster (just 54 weeks) than any of the six previous songs that have sold 6 million digital copies. (The old record was held by the Black Eyed Peas' aforementioned "I Gotta Feeling," which reached the 6 million mark in its 59th week.)
"Rolling In The Deep" is the overwhelming favorite to win a Grammy as Record of the Year on Feb. 12. If it comes through for me, this will be the third year in a row that the winner in that category has been a smash hit. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," which won last year, has sold 5,591,000 copies. Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," which won two years ago, has sold 3,790,000.