Week Ending Nov. 27, 2011. Songs: The Record Rihanna Would Like To Shed
Rihanna has achieved many milestones on the pop charts in recent years. She has amassed 11 #1 hits, a tally matched by only seven other artists since 1955. But she holds one record that I guarantee you she would like to shed. She has had more #1 hits, by far, than any other artist who has never topped The Billboard 200. It's not like she hasn't come close: Rihanna's last five albums have made the top five. Her highest-charting album, Good Girl Gone Bad, peaked at #2 in 2007. Her new Talk That Talk debuts at #3 this week, matching the peak of her 2010 album, Loud. It's just that she can't quite seem to make it to #1.
Pat Boone and Daryl Hall & John Oates know how she feels. They each had six #1 hits on the Hot 100 (or its pre-1958 equivalent) without ever landing a #1 album. Boone's highest-charting album, Star Dust, peaked at #2 in 1958. Hall & Oates' highest-charting album, H2O, peaked at #3 in 1983. The 4 Seasons had five #1 singles on the Hot 100 without ever topping The Billboard 200. The group, which inspired the blockbuster musical Jersey Boys, didn't even crack the top five. The 4 Seasons' highest-charting albums are Sherry & 11 Others and Dawn (Go Away) And 11 Other Great Songs, both of which reached #6.
While Rihanna waits for her first #1 album, she continues to set records on the Hot 100. "We Found Love," Rihanna's collabo with Calvin Harris, tops the Hot 100 for the fifth straight week. In the U.K., it holds at #1 for the sixth week. It's the second song of 2011 to log five or more weeks at #1 in both countries. It follows Adele's "Someone Like You," which spent exactly five weeks on top in both countries.
Two more Rihanna songs enter the chart this week. "Talk That Talk" (featuring Jay-Z) is the week's top new entry at #31. "Where Have You Been" opens at #65. These new entries give Rihanna a total of seven songs on this week's Hot 100 (counting featured credits).
LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" holds at #2 for the fourth straight week. The song tops the 2 million mark this week. The duo's previous hit, "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) jumps back into the top 10. This is its 26th week in the top 10, the longest run by any song since "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas hung tight for 30 weeks in 1999-2000. "Party Rock Anthem" has sold 4,734,000 copies. LMFAO's gains are linked to its performance on the American Music Awards, which boosted several hits in this week's top 10.
Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" jumps from #5 to #3 in its ninth week. It's Mars' highest-charting hit since "Grenade," which logged four weeks at #1 early this year. The song is from the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1. Will it receive an Oscar nomination for Best Song? Stay tuned.
Adele's "Someone Like You" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the 12th song to reach that plateau so far this year, which ties the number of 3 million-sellers we had in all of 2010. (And that represented a big gain over 2009, when there were just seven 3 million-sellers.) Since there are still five chart weeks to go in 2011, this year will undoubtedly set a new record. Eight songs have year-to-date sales totals between 2.5 million and 2.99 million. Several of them will cross the 3 million mark before the year is over. The ones that are closest at this point? Rihanna's "S&M" (2,993,000) and the Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" (2,886,000).
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.