Week Ending July 22, 2012. Songs: Call Me, Already!
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" tops the Hot 100 for the seventh straight week. That's the longest run by 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 by a Canadian artist since Snow's reggae-shaded "Informer" had seven weeks on top in 1993.
Since 1955, just two other songs by Canadian artists have logged seven or more weeks at #1. Percy Faith's shimmering instrumental "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'" topped the chart for nine weeks in 1960. Bryan Adams' rock-shaded ballad "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" had seven weeks on top in 1991. Both of these songs originated in movies. A Summer Place was a Troy Donahue/Sandra Dee flick. "Everything I Do" was from the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
"Call Me Maybe" holds on to the top spot even though it is no longer #1 on any of the component charts on which the Hot 100 is based. The song dips from #1 to #2 on On-Demand Songs, from #2 to #3 on Hot 100 Airplay and from #2 to #4 on Hot Digital Songs. (The song falls below 200K in weekly sales for the first time since the week ending April 1.) So why is it still #1? Its total point tally still exceeds any other song's.
The last five songs to spend seven or more weeks at #1 were all by (or at least featured) an act who was born outside the U.S. "Call Me Maybe" was preceded by "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye (born in Belgium) featuring Kimbra (from New Zealand); "We Found Love" by Rihanna (from Barbados) featuring Calvin Harris (from Scotland); "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele (from England) and "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem (an American!) featuring Rihanna (from Barbados).
"Call Me Maybe" is the third #1 song in succession to log six or more weeks on top. It follows "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, which had six weeks on top, and "Somebody That I Used To Know," which had eight. This marks the first time that three consecutive #1 hits have each had six or more weeks on top since 2002.
"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa logs its sixth week at #2. Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" spends its second week at #3. These two songs are expected to wage a fierce contest with "Call Me Maybe" for #1 next week. I think I'll put my money on Perry, which could mean a seventh week at #2 for Maroon 5. Stay tuned.
Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #5 to #4 in its 31st week. It's remarkable for a song to still be climbing this deep into its chart run. It's also unusual for a song by an English artist to do much better in the U.S. than it did in the U.K. ("Lights" peaked at #49 on the Official U.K. Chart.) Goulding has reached the top 10 with two songs in her homeland: "Starry Eyed" and a cover of Elton John's "Your Song."