Week Ending Jan. 8, 2012. Songs: She Da One
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris returns to #1 on the Hot 100, after spending two weeks at #2. This is its ninth week on top. That's the longest run at #1 by any single since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" had nine weeks on top in early 2010.
"We Found Love" also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. This brings Rihanna's total of 3-million-sellers to eight, which is more than any other artist in digital history. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are in second place with six each. All three women have been in the lead position on six 3-million-sellers. Rihanna's count also includes featured roles on Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" and T.I.'s "Live Your Life."
If you combine solo and group hits, Fergie and will.i.am also have six 3-million-sellers. They have had four with Black Eyed Peas. In addition, Fergie and will.i.am have each had two on their own (including one, "Fergalicious," that they recorded together).
"We Found Love" reached the 3 million mark in just 16 weeks, faster than any song since "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West blitzed to the 3 million mark in just 12 weeks last spring.
Incidentally, this is the longest run at #1 for a collabo since "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain had 10 weeks on top in early 2008. It's the longest run at #1 for a boy-girl collabo (hey, we leave no stone unturned) since "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent featuring Olivia had nine weeks on top in early 2005.
Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" enters the Hot 100 at #8. It's his second top 10 hit, following his 2008 smash "I'm Yours." That song, which peaked at #6 in September 2008, holds two key records. It has spent more weeks on the Hot 100 (76) than any other song in the chart's nearly 54-year history. And it has sold more digital copies (5,936,000) than any song that fell short of the #1 spot. Seven songs in digital history have sold more copies than "I'm Yours," but they all topped the Hot 100.
"I Won't Give Up" is only Mraz's third top 40 hit, which is surprising given his high profile. His first was "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" in 2003, which reached #15. "I Won't Give Up" is from Mraz's upcoming fourth studio album. His last two studio albums opened in the top five. Mr. A-Z debuted and peaked at #5 in July 2005. We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. debuted and peaked at #3 in May 2008.