Week Ending Nov. 11, 2012. Songs: Maroon 5 Ties Year’s Record
Maroon 5's "One More Night" logs its ninth week at #1 on the Hot 100, which ties Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" for the longest run on top so far this year. Maroon 5 and Jepsen have some history: "Call Me Maybe" kept M5's previous hit, "Payphone," from reaching #1 this past summer. ("Call Me Maybe" blocked "Payphone" for five weeks; "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra had earlier blocked it for one week.)
"One More Night" has had this long run at #1 on the Hot 100 even though it never reached #1 on Hot Digital Songs. It spent three weeks at #2. It's the first song to log nine or more weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 without topping Hot Digital Songs since Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," which topped the Hot 100 for 14 weeks in 2005 but, likewise, stalled at #2 on Hot Digital Songs. In both cases, heavy radio airplay made up for digital sales that were a little softer than you might have expected.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" jumps from #4 to #2. Rihanna has amassed 11 #1 singles, but just two #2 hits. "Pon De Replay," her first Hot 100 hit, logged three weeks at #2 in 1005. "Run This Town," her 2009 collabo with Jay-Z and Kanye West, spent one week at #2. Given Rihanna's chart history, I think we can safely assume she's headed for her 12th #1. "Diamonds" holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the sixth week.
Ke$ha's "Die Young" rebounds from #6 to #3. The song also tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Ke$ha's eighth song to reach that plateau (counting two collabos with 3OH!3).
PSY's "Gangnam Style" drops from #2 to #5. The song logged seven weeks at #2 without reaching #1. It's the first song to do that since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" in late 2009 and early 2010. "Gangnam Style" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fifth week. It's the first song to spend five or more weeks at #1 on the digital sales chart without reaching #1 on the Hot 100 since Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A.," which spent six weeks at #1 on the digital sales chart in 2009, yet peaked at #2 (for three weeks) on the Hot 100.
Two earlier hits spent five weeks at #1 on Hot Digital Songs without topping the Hot 100: Green Day's 2005 hit "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" and Rihanna's "Pon De Replay." Both of these songs reached #2 on the Hot 100. Green Day's Grammy-winning smash spent five weeks at #2. Rihanna's hit, as noted above, spent three. (The Hot Digital Songs chart originated in October 2004, about 18 months after the opening of the iTunes store.)
Bad News: "Gangnam Style" is this week's best-selling digital song, even though it sold just 188K copies. That's the lowest sales total for the week's #1 seller since the week ending Dec. 18, when LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" took the top spot with sales of 152K.