1. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears
Britney Spears returns to the Hot 100 in fine form this week, debuting at #1 with "Hold It Against Me," the first single from her forthcoming and as yet untitled 7th album, due in March.
The single's impact has been immediate and record-breaking, selling 411,000 copies in its first week--the most first-week copies sold of a single by a female artist--and getting record first-week airplay. On the Pop Songs chart, which tracks top 40 airplay, she debuts at #16 with 4,071 spins, the most first-week spins on that chart and the second-highest debut position after Mariah Carey's 1993 hit "Dreamlover," which bowed at #12 (it is tied with Madonna's "Frozen," which also debuted at #16 in 1998).
This is Spears' fourth #1 single and second to debut at #1, a feat she also achieved with her last single, "3." The only other artist who has debuted at #1 more than once is Mariah Carey, who also did it consecutively with her 1995 singles "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day," as well as 2 years later with "Honey."
5. Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
Rapper Wiz Khalifa takes his "Black and Yellow" into the top 5 for the first time this week, making this the first week since January 1 that the top 5 is not composed solely of current and former #1 hits.
13. What the Hell - Avril Lavigne
Canadian pop singer Avril Lavigne returns to the top 40 after a 4-year absence, debuting at #13 with "What the Hell," the first single from her upcoming fourth album. Her last top 40 hit was "When You're Gone," which reached #24 in the summer of 2007. That year she also hit #1 with "Girlfriend," her highest-charting single. "What the Hell" is her 9th top 40 hit.
17. Rocketeer - Far East Movement (feat. Ryan Tedder)
Far East Movement is in position to score their second big hit as Rocketeer enters the top 20, up 6 to #17. The song features Ryan Tedder, lead singer of OneRepublic, on guest vocal.
23. H.A.M. - Kanye West & Jay-Z
The much-touted collaboration album by Kanye West and Jay-Z gets a preview with its first single, "H.A.M," which debuts at #23. It will be interesting to see if this really takes off though, as it's not caught on at radio yet. Although West's most recent album is brilliant, it hasn't generated any major hits.
30. F**kin' Perfect - P!nk
P!nk's "F**kin' Perfect" enters the top 40 this week, climbing 27 notches. It's the second single from her greatest hits compilation following "Raise Your Glass," a former #1 hit that slides to #8 this week. It is this week's Digital Gainer and Airplay Gainer. On the radio the song is known simply as "Perfect," due to the expected editing. This is P!nk's 17th top 40 hit.