Thursday, February 24, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, March 5, 2011

1. Born This Way - Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga spends a second week at #1 with "Born This Way." The track is still #1 on iTunes and going strong at radio, although it's growth at radio has slowed quite dramatically, with her last 7 days spin gain at top 40 radio only about 300 spins at present. I think everyone's just catching their breath.

2. F**k You! - Cee Lo Green

It's great to finally see this single charting really high on the Hot 100. "F**K You!" was a #1 hit in Britain last fall and although it had been released in the U.S. late in the summer, it never really took off here. It never went away though and continued promotion has given it little bursts of strength until it's finally become a massive hit. First there was Gwyneth Paltrow's performance of the song on Glee, which resurrected it but didn't quite send it into the stratosphere. Green and Paltrow's Grammy Awards performance was what has really done the trick, pushing the track into the top 10 last week and up 5 spots to #2 this week. It's this week's Airplay Gainer. Read my post about recent profane pop music.

4. I Need a Doctor - Dr. Dre (feat. Eminem and Skylar Grey)

Last week's chart showed a little influence from the Grammys, but with that airing Sunday night and the chart week ending late Monday, there was only little more than a day for the show's awards and performances to have impact, so this week's chart demonstrates the effect much more prominently. This was performed at Grammys as a medley with Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," which has a similar sound. Both songs were produced by Alex da Kid. The single makes a bold 28-notch leap to #4, the second-highest position a single with Dr. Dre as lead performer has ever reached, behind his #2 placing for "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" in 1993. Two years ago he hit #1 on Eminem's "Crack a Bottle."

8. Never Say Never - Justin Bieber (feat. Jaden Smith)

Also getting a nice push from his Grammy performance is Justin Bieber, whose latest single climbs 17 spots to #8. Top 40 radio may have soured on this, but fans are snapping it up, making it the Canadian teen singer's second top 10 hit.

26. Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Adele's recent chart fortunes in the UK have been well-documented here and in other places. Apparently Americans love her too, as Adele gets ready to assault the US with her new album, 21, which was released here Tuesday. Expect this to climb next week, as over at iTunes it's #3 right now, while her album 21 is #1, and in similar surprising fashion to what happened in Britain, 19 is #4! This is Adele's second top 40 hit after "Chasing Pavements," which hit #21 in 2008. I expect this will climb much higher.

27. The Cave - Mumford & Sons

Arcade Fire may have won Album of the Year, but the indie band that most impressed the Grammy audience was Mumford & Sons, the British indie/folk group that gave an astounding performance with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers. This was the song they performed, which was #68 last week and shoots up to #27. Their album, Sign No More, has been #2 the last two weeks. They had a rather incredible week last week, also winning the Brit Award for Best British album. "The Cave" is their first top 40 hit. Additionally, "Little Lion Man" re-enters the chart at #45.

28. E.T. - Katy Perry (feat. Kanye West)

Katy Perry scores her ninth top 40 hit with "E.T.," the fourth single from last year's album Teenage Dream. For its single release, the song has been updated with a guest rap from Kanye West. Surely it will be another hit for Perry, who's seen her last three consecutive singles reach #1.

32. Blow - Ke$ha

Ke$ha's latest single moves into the top 40 this week, up 19 spots. This is her 8th top 40 hit.


Paul said...

nice to see Adele doing so well. Lady GG hasn't done as well as expected in the UK as the US has she? (So far - she's bounced up to #1 before after a video release...)

Also nice to see CeeLo doing so very well after such a long chart climb :)

ww_adh said...

I'm very happy for Adele. It would be nice if "Rolling in the Deep" showed up at top 40 or at least adult top 40. Lady Gaga was instantly huge in the U.S., but now things are settling down a bit. I think the song still has some legs and it could still be #1 at top 40 radio eventually. It's certainly selling well still.