Week Ending July 15, 2012. Songs: Blow Me (One More Hit)
P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" vaults from #58 to #9 in its second week on the Hot 100. It's P!nk's third top 10 hit with an edgy title, following "U + Ur Hand" (#9 in 2007) and "F**kin' Perfect" (#2 in 2011). Paula Abdul had a #6 hit in 1991 titled "Blowing Kisses In The Wind." P!nk took that traditional romantic notion and turned it on its head. But while the "can-you-say-that?" title helped attract attention, the record's solid pop-rock craftsmanship is bringing it home.
The song is P!nk's 12th top 10 hit. She first cracked the top 10 in April 2000 with "There You Go." Billboard's Gary Trust notes that P!nk is in third place among female artists for most top 10 hits since January 2000. She trails only Rihanna (with 22) and Beyonce (with 14.) This week's move puts her ahead of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who have each had 11 top 10 hits.
Incidentally, P!nk has had more top 10 hits than any the other women who joined her on the all-star "Lady Marmalade" in 2001. Christina Aguilera is second with nine. Lil' Kim has had five; Mya three. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, who co-produced the record, has had 10 as an artist.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #1 for the sixth straight week. This is the longest run at #1 for a female solo artist since Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" had seven weeks on top from May to July 2011. It's the longest run at #1 for a Canadian artist since Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" (featuring Timbaland) had six weeks on top in 2006. It ties Blondie's similarly titled "Call Me," which had six weeks on top in 1980. That song went on to become Billboard's #1 song of 1980 in its year-end chart recap. Can "Call Me Maybe" possibly equal that feat? Stay tuned.
"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa logs its fifth week at #2. It's the longest-run at #2 for a non-#1 song since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" spent seven weeks in the runner-up slot in late 2009 and early 2010. Will "Payphone" eventually reach #1 and make all of this moot? Until this week, I thought so, but its digital sales are starting to taper off (it drops to #5 on Hot Digital Songs this week). Also, even if "Payphone" outlasts "Call Me Maybe," it now has to contend with Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," which threatens to overtake it on the Hot 100 as early as next week. Even so, "Payphone" has been a smash hit. It advances to #4 on the year-to-date chart this week. "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera) was the #4 best-selling digital hit of 2011.
Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" jumps from #4 to #3. It's her 10th single to reach the top three. The song jumps to #1 on this week's Hot Digital Songs chart. It's her eighth #1 hit on the digital sales chart, a total equaled or topped only by Rihanna, with 11. It's Perry's second song to reach the top spot on the digital chart this year. "Part Of Me" hit the top spot in February. Perry is the first artist to land two #1 digital hits in 2012.
Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" dips from #5 to #6. It's Rihanna's first top five hit that didn't go all the way to #1 since "Run This Town," her 2009 collabo with Jay-Z and Kanye West (which peaked at #2). I hope Rihanna doesn't feel too bad. She's done OK.