Week Ending Jan. 27, 2013. Songs: Another F**kin’ Top 10 Hit
There was a day when you wouldn’t see “the F word” in the title of a top 10 hit. Times change. “F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #15 to #10 in its 13th week on the Hot 100. It’s the third top 10 hit in two years with the once-taboo word in its title. P!nk’s “F**kin’ Perfect” peaked at #2 in February 2011. Cee-Lo Green’s “F**k You!” spent four weeks at #2 the following month.
Two other song titles on this week’s Hot 100 will offend those with tender sensibilities. “Bad Ass” by Kid Ink featuring Meek Mill & Wale debuts at #90. Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” re-enters the chart at #98.
Both of those earlier “F word” hits were embraced by Grammy voters, as well as pop fans. Cee-Lo’s smash was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It won for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. P!nk’s hit was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.
This is A$AP Rocky’s first Hot 100 entry. P!nk had amassed 10 previous top 10 hits. Green had scored one previous top 10 hit with Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”
A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, entered The Billboard 200 at #1 last week. It drops to #7 this week.
“F**kin Problems” is the first top 10 hit for A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz and Lamar; the 10th for Drake.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #1 for the second week. The song sold 357K copies this week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It also becomes the first song to sell 1 million copies in 2013.
The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third week. This is the longest run at #1 on the R&B chart for a song by a white artist since Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U” spent 11 weeks on top in 2007.