Thursday, January 27, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, February 5, 2011

1. Grenade - Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars' "Grenade" returns to #1 for a third week, it's third time at #1. It's fairly common for singles to fall from #1 and return again once, but twice? That's not so common. In fact, "Grenade" is only the fifth single to ever do it. Quite remarkably, it happened three times in 2008, twice by the same artist, as T.I.'s "Whatever U Like" and "Live Your Life" both had three runs at #1, along with Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love." Prior the that, there hadn't been a three-turns-at-number-one #1 hit since the end of 1978/beginning of 1979, when Chic's "Le Freak" spent 1 week, then 2 weeks, then 3 weeks at #1.

3. Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
4. Tonight - Enrique Iglesias

Two singles both move up two places this week, emerging as potential #1 contenders. This week "Tonight" becomes Iglesias's fifth top 5 hit.

6. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears

It's massive first-week sales surge having abated, Britney falls to #6 this week, but she's still gaining heavily at radio, earning this week's Airplay Gainer award. This could certainly return to #1 in the next few weeks.

10. Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor) - Pitbull (feat. T-Pain)

After scoring two of his own top 10 hits in 2009, Pitbull's biggest 2010 were as a guest on other artists' hits, namely Enrique Iglesias's "I Like It" and Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling in Love." In 2011, he returns to the top 10 with his own hit, "Hey Baby," his fifth appearance in the top 10. It's a been awhile since we've seen T-Pain in the top 10. I think the last time was 2009 as a guest rapper on Jamie Foxx's "Blame It."

11. F**ckin' Perfect - P!nk

Pink's new single is proving to be just as massive as her last, climbing 19 places to #11 this week and earning the Digital Gainer. It's currently #1 at iTunes. On the radio, the song is just "Perfect," with "less than" repeated in the place of "fuckin'" for obvious reasons. Surely this will become Pink's 11th top 10 hit next week.

20. Fuck You! - Cee Lo Green

Speaking of the F-word, Cee Lo Green's profane hit climbs back into the top 20 this week, riding a second wave of popularity. The track is #25 and rising on the Mediabase top 40 radio chart. Although the song was instantly popular abroad when released in the fall, it wasn't as big in the US--charting more as a novelty than a true hit. With the exposure from Glee and its Grammy Award nominations, the song has demonstrated longevity and enduring popularity beyond that of a chart novelty.

37. Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj (feat. Drake)

Nicki Minaj scores her fourth top 40 hit from her debut album, Pink Friday, as "Moment 4 Life" climbs 7 spots to #37. Adding Minaj's six guest appearances makes this her 10th top 40 hit overall.

39. Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean (feat. Kelly Clarkson)

Kelly Clarkson scores her latest top 40 hit under somewhat unusual circumstances, appearing as a guest singer on country star Jason Aldean's latest hit. Aldean first appeared on the country chart in 2005 and he's become a major force in recent years, with his last five singles hitting either #1 or #2 on the country tracks chart. Clarkson of course is known as a major pop star, but she's no stranger to country. The Texas native had a #2 country hit with Reba McEntire in 2007, singing a country version of Clarkson's 2005 pop hit "Because of You." This is Clarkson's 12th top 40 hit and the 5th for Aldean, whose biggest hit was "Big Green Tractor," which reached #18.

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