Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Billboard Hot 100, December 4, 2010

1. Only Girl (in the World) - Rihanna

Really, it was only a matter of time. This week Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the World)," after 11 weeks on the chart, finally climbs to #9, giving the singer her 9th #1 hit and fourth chart-topper this year. In doing so, she achieves both a chart milestone and a chart first.

First the milestone: it is Rihanna's fourth #1 hit within the 2010 calendar year, following "Rude Boy," "Love the Way You Lie" and "What's My Name." Scoring three #1 hits in one year is a remarkable achievement and it happens fairly frequently (although not every year), but scoring four #1 hits within one year is exceedingly rare. The last artist to do so was Usher in 2004 with "Yeah!," "Burn," "Confessions Pt. II" and "My Boo." Nobody did it in the '80s or '90s. The last artist before Usher was The Jackson 5, who had four #1 hits in 1970: "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There." As proof of just how big they were there in their day, The Beatles had six #1 hits in 1964 ("I Want Your Hand," "She Loves You" and "Can't Buy Me Love," which were consecutive #1 hits, plus "Love Me Do," "A Hard Day's Night" and "I Feel Fine") and then four #1 hits in 1965 ("Eight Days a Week," "Ticket to Ride," "Help!" and "Yesterday").

And then the chart first. According to Billboard, this is the first time that an album's first single has hit #1 after its second single also hit #1. The circumstances that allowed this were the unusually short time between the release of "Only Girl" and its follow-up, "What's My Name"--just 7 weeks, as well as better first-week sales for "What's My Name" than "Only Girl." "Only Girl" made a big bang in its first week, but it was only good enough to put the single at #3. Although it fell a bit after that, it's been steadily climbing in airplay with its sales staying pretty consistent (it's in the iTunes top 10). Then 2 weeks ago, "What's My Name," which had been charting in the lower half of the Hot 100 on airplay, vaulted to #1 when the track was made available as a single ahead of the release of the album, Loud. That was really more of a fluke than anything, as "Only Girl" was still getting more attention at radio, and this week finally climbs to #1.

2. Raise Your Glass - P!nk

P!nk climbs two notches to #2, scoring what is only her third top 2 hit. Could #1 be in the cards? Possibly.

8. What's My Name - Rihanna (feat. Drake)

"What's My Name" drops a notch to #8 but is still gaining and, in fact, is this week's Airplay Gainer.

9. Fuck You! - Cee Lo Green
11. Forget You - Glee Cast (feat. Gwyneth Paltrow)

Like "Teenage Dream" last week, "Forget You" was #1 at iTunes most of the week, but unfortunately, its sales weren't enough to send the track into the top 10. Still, it's the third-highest-charting Glee single ever. However, the song's appearance on Glee is enough to push the original single into the top 10 for the first time, as "Fuck You!" climbs 13 notches to #9 as this week's Digital Gainer.

17. Grenade - Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars' new single "Grenade" made a 13-spot climb to #17. "Just the Way You Are" is still in the top 10, but not likely to remain there long.

18. Umbrella/Singin' in the Rain - Glee Cast (feat. Gywneth Paltrow)

As if we didn't have enough Rihanna and Glee news earlier, here they are together as the Glee version of her "Umbrella" (mashed up with the musical classic "Singin' in the Rain") is the show's 7th top 20 hit.

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