Thursday, February 10, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, February 19, 2011

1. Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa

It's a new #1 this week, first time at the top for American rapper Wiz Khalifa. The song, "Black and Yellow" is not in reference to an apparent love of bees but rather a love of Pittsburgh. While their football team may not have won the Super Bowl, their latest hometown star claims the 999th Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit. So the next new #1 single will be the 1000th. Who will it be? More on that in the next post.

4. Perfect - Pink

After rocketing to #2 last week, this slips a bit to #4. Don't count it out yet though, as it's still growing strong at radio.

5. I Need a Doctor - Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)

Dr. Dre returns to the top 10 this week with "I Need a Doctor," which debuts at #5 on the back of strong sales. Although he appeared on Eminem's 2009 #1 hit "Crack a Bottle," It's been 18 years since Dr. Dre had a top 10 hit as a lead performer, when his "Dre Day" hit #8 back in 1993. This is Skylar Grey's second recent appearance on the chart, after hitting #12 last year on Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home." Back in 2006, using the name Holly Brookman, she hit #2 as a guest on Fort Minor's "Where'd You Go." This is Eminem's 14th top 10 hit.

11. Look at Me Now - Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
(17. Yeah 3X - Chris Brown)

The aptly titled new single from Chris Brown debuts at #11. This man appears to have cemented his comeback, scoring two top 20 titles this week. He's also set to debut at #1 in Britain as a guest on Chipmunk's "Champion," while "Yeah 3x" looks like it might appear in the top 5 over there as well.

16. Fuck You!/Forget You - Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo's hit single continues to endure. This is its 24th week on the Hot 100 and it earns the Airplay Gainer! That's pretty amazing. It is the only nominee for the Record of the Year Grammy still in the top 40, which could possibly give it an edge this weekend.

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

It looks like Nicki Minaj may have finally found a song from Pink Friday that could become a major hit. It's up to #2 on the R&B chart, which is the highest any of the album's four singles has reached. Her more remarkable feat this week is over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where Pink Friday is this week's #1 album despite being 11 weeks old and not having appeared at #1 yet. Lately, as in for the past 10 years, it's been a rare thing for an album to climb to #1 rather than debut there. Last year, there was only one album that did it, and it's been 6 years since an album took as long as this, when Ray Charles & Friends' Genius Loves Company hit #1 in its 25th week after winning the Album of the Year Grammy Award.

31. S&M - Rihanna

Rihanna vaults 35 spots to #31 as this week's Digital Gainer. "S&M" is the third single from Loud and the singer's 21st top 40 hit.

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