Phillip Phillips' "Home" jumps from #12 to #8 in its 22nd week on the Hot 100. This is its highest ranking to date. The song debuted at #10 in May following Phillips' victory on American Idol. It dropped off the chart after just three weeks, but started showing signs of life again in July. It vaulted from #84 to #9 in August following NBC's use of the song in its coverage of the Summer Olympics. It then started dropping again, falling as far as #27, but has been resurging in recent weeks as radio support spreads.
The song was also boosted by the release of Phillips' debut album, The World From The Side Of The Moon, which enters The Billboard 200 this week at #4.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" holds at #1 for the second week, while her Unapologetic album enters The Billboard 200 at #1. Rihanna is only the second artist so far this year to top both of these charts simultaneously. Adele scored in February with "Set Fire To The Rain" and her blockbuster album 21. (For what it's worth, the last four artists to top both charts simultaneously are single-name artists. Ke$ha and Eminem preceded Adele and Rihanna.)
"Diamonds" also holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the eighth week.
Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" holds at #4 for the second week. The song tops 1 million in digital sales this week. It's Mars' ninth million-seller. (His eight top 10 hits have all sold 1 million or more, as has "Marry You.")
PSY's "Gangnam Style" resurges from #7 to #5 in its 12th week. The song returns to #1 on Hot Digital Songs for a sixth week in the lead. It's the first song to spend six weeks at #1 on the digital sales chart without reaching #1 on the Hot 100 since Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A." in 2009. "Party In The U.S.A." spent three weeks at #2 on the Hot 100. "Gangnam Style" spent seven weeks at #2.
These are the only two songs to spend six weeks at #1 on Hot Digital Songs without reaching #1 on the Hot 100. (Deep trivia: Hoobastank's 2004 hit "The Reason" spent 10 weeks at #1 on the predecessor Hot Digital Tracks chart without reaching #1 on the Hot 100. It also peaked at #2.)
The resurgence for "Gangnam Style" follows PSY's show-closing performance on the American Music Awards on Nov. 18. Hammer joined in the fun, performing his 1991-1992 hit "2 Legit 2 Quit." (The collabo accounts for about 18% of this week's sales of "Gangnam Style.")
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Rihanna's "Diamonds" holds at #1 for the second week in its ninth week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (176K)… Ke$ha's "Die Young" jumps from #3 to #2 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (151K)…Maroon 5's "One More Night" dips from #2 to #3 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (117K)… Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" holds at #4 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (151K)… PSY's "Gangnam Style" rebounds from #7 to #5 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (229K).
The Second Five: fun.'s "Some Nights" dips from #5 to #6 in its 40th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (100K)…The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #8 to #7 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (126K)…Phillip Phillips' "Home" jumps from #12 to #8 in its 22nd week. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (131K)…Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #10 to #9 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (117K)…Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" drops from #6 to #10 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #29 (57K).
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" drops from #9 to #11 in its 16th week, ending a 13-week run in the top 10. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the eighth week. It's the first song to spend eight weeks at #1 on that chart since "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett in the summer of 2003. Swift's new song, "I Knew You Were Trouble.," leaps from #77 to #47 in its sixth week. The song has already reached #3. Swift co-wrote both songs with red-hot producers Max Martin and Shellback.
Nicki Minaj could have three songs in the top 20 as early as next week. Justin Bieber's irresistable "Beauty And A Beat," on which she is featured, leaps from #20 to #13 in its seventh week. Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire," on which she is also featured, jumps from #29 to #21 in its 12th week. Minaj's own hit, "Va Va Voom," jumps from #26 to #22 in its sixth week.
P!nk lands her 18th top 20 hit this week as "Try" vaults from #50 to #18 in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #10 (101K)…"Clique" by Kanye West featuring Jay-Z and Big Sean, which dips from #15 to #16 in its 12th week, tops the 1 million mark in digital sales…Imagine Dragons' "It's Time," which drops from #22 to #24 in its 25th week, tops the 1 million mark in digital sales.
Contestants on The Voice have both of this week's two highest new entries (not counting re-entries). Cassadee Pope's version of Miranda Lambert's "Over You" is the top new entry at #25. Melanie Martinez's version of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" is the second- highest new entry at #86. A third contestant, Amanda Brown, debuts at #97 with her version of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' "Stars." (The original debuts at #95.)
"Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #33 to #28 in its 10th week. The song hit #1 in the U.K. in October…"Don't Stop The Party" by Pitbull featuring TJR leaps from #61 to #30 in its sixth week…"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jumps from #42 to #35 in its eighth week.
Of Monsters And Men's "Little Talks" re-enters the chart at #49…"A Thousand Years, Pt. 2" by Christina Perri featuring Steve Kazee jumps from #67 to #53 in its second week. The song (counting the initial release of "A Thousand Years") tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week…One Direction's "Live While We're Young" rebounds from #68 to #55 in its eighth week. The song has already reached #3…Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath" jumps from #74 to #57 in its fifth week.
Christina Aguilera's "Just A Fool" jumps from #92 to #71 in its second week…2 Chainz' "I'm Different" jumps from #98 to #79 in its second week…"Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch jumps from #97 to #82 in its third week…The Wanted's exhilarating "I Found You" re-enters the chart at #89…George Strait's "Give It All We Got Tonight" debuts at #94.
"Remember You" by Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd debuts at #98. It's from Khalifa's album, O.N.I.F.C., which is due Dec. 4. The title stands for either Only Nigga In First Class or One Night In First Class. (Why is it that the clean versions of titles are always kind of lame? You can always tell they were made up after-the-fact.)
Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak" debuts at #100. This is the third Hot 100 hit from Hunter's eponymous debut album. "Wanted" went all the way to #16.
Lee Brice's "Hard To Love," which drops off the chart this week, tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. It's the country singer's third million-seller.
AC/DC storms the digital charts this week in the wake of the band's belated decision to join the digital revolution. Thirteen songs by the Aussie hard rock band enter the 200-deep Hot Digital Songs chart. (In addition, nine sold enough copies to make the Hot Digital Rock Songs chart but not the all-genre survey.) Nine of the band's albums enter the 200-deep Top Digital Albums chart. I wrote all about in a Chart Watch Extra titled, naturally, For Those About To Download We Salute You.