Week Ending Oct. 28, 2012. Songs: Chris Brown’s Comeback
Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" jumps to #10 on the Hot 100. It's Brown's second top 10 hit of the year, following "Turn Up The Music," which peaked at #10 in March. This marks the first time that Brown has had multiple top 10 hits in a calendar year since 2008, when he amassed four (counting a featured credit on Lil Mama's "Shawty Get Loose").
That, of course, was before Brown's career was put in serious peril by his assault on Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys in 2009. Brown didn't return to the top 10 until the spring of 2011, when he peaked at #6 with "Look At Me Now "(featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes).
Why is Brown's career on the upswing? Some time has passed. Also, "Don't Wake Me Up" and "Turn Up The Music" are both first-rate pop records. They were so good they couldn't be denied. You could even make an argument that they'd both have charted higher than #10 if the incident had never happened. Brown's 2008 hits, after all, included two #2 hits ("With You" and "Forever") and a #3 ("No Air," a collabo with Jordin Sparks).
Remember when women totally dominated the top 10, to the extent that male artists were almost shut out? For whatever reason, male artists have mounted a comeback. Eight of this week's top 10 hits are by male solo artists or all-male groups. The roster includes Maroon 5's "One More Night," which logs its seventh week at #1, and PSY's "Gangnam Style," which holds at #2 for the sixth straight week.
This marks the first time that the same two records were #1 and #2 for six straight weeks since late last year, when "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris and LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It" were locked into those spots for seven straight weeks. (The two songs then switched positions, allowing LMFAO to log two weeks at #1, before Rihanna and Harris reclaimed the top spot for two more weeks.)
Rihanna lands her 16th top five hit as "Diamonds" jumps from #8 to #5 in its fifth week. Only four female solo artists have landed 16 or more top five hits since 1958, when the Hot 100 was introduced. Madonna leads with 28, followed by Mariah Carey with 26, Janet Jackson with 24 and the late Whitney Houston with 19.
Combining group and solo hits (as I like to do), Diana Ross and Beyonce have each had 22 top five hits. Ross had 15 top five hits with the Supremes and seven on her own. Beyonce had nine top five hits with Destiny's Child and has had 13 on her own.