Week Ending Oct. 21, 2012. Songs: Rihanna Ties Whitney
Whitney Houston had already notched seven top 10 hits by the time Rihanna was born in February 1988. But Rihanna has picked up hits at such a torrid pace in the past seven years that this week she ties Houston's career mark of 23 top 10 hits. Rihanna's "Diamonds" jumps from #11 to #8 in its fourth week on the Hot 100.
Rihanna is only the seventh woman to amass 23 or more top 10 hits since 1955. She trails Madonna (38 top 10 hits), Diana Ross (30, combining her solo hits and her earlier hits with the Supremes), Janet Jackson (29), Mariah Carey (28) and Beyonce (24, combining her solo hits and her hits with Destiny's Child). She pulls even with Houston.
Rihanna has achieved 23 top 10 hits at a younger age (she's still just 24) than any other woman. She swipes the title from Beyonce, who was 28 when she achieved her 23rd career top 10, "Sweet Dreams." Jackson was 29 when he scored her 23rd top 10, "Runaway." Carey was 33 when she scored her 23rd top 10 hit with "I Know What You Want," a collabo with Busta Rhymes. Madonna was also 33 when she scored with "This Used To Be My Playground." Ross was 36 when she scored with "Upside Down." Houston was 38 when she scored with "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"Diamonds" logs its third week at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Now Maroon 5 knows how Richard Nixon felt. When Nixon edged out Hubert Humphrey to win the presidency in 1968, he said, "Having lost a close one eight years ago and having won a close one this year, I can say this—winning's a lot more fun." Maroon 5 lost a close one this summer when "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) spent six weeks at #2, including five frustrating weeks in a row when it was stuck behind Carly Rae Jepsen's monster hit "Call Me Maybe." (That makes Jepsen the John F. Kennedy of this analogy.) Maroon 5 is having much better luck with its follow-up single, "One More Night," which logs its sixth week at #1 this week. In a reversal of the group's prior fate, it consigns PSY's "Gangnam Style" to the runner-up slot for the fifth straight week.
"One More Night" is the fourth song to spent six or more weeks at #1 in 2012. It follows "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae (six weeks), "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra (eight weeks) and "Call Me Maybe" (nine weeks).