Thursday, June 09, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, June 18, 2011

1. Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Adele spends a fifth week at #1 with "Rolling in the Deep." That's the longest stay atop the Hot 100 for a British artist in 14 years. Back in 1997, Elton John topped the list for 14 weeks with "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight," which is the longest a song by a British artist has been #1 (and is tied with 5 other songs for the second-longest run ever). Among British female artists, Adele is tied with Lulu's "To Sir with Love," which also spent 5 weeks at #1 back in 1967 (for a great rundown of British ladies with American #1s, check out The Billboard Files).

British artists in general may be enjoying a comeback on the Hot 100. Back in the '80s, it was very common for Brits to top the Hot 100. That decade saw 67 #1 hits from British artists, including 13 in the year 1985 (half the year's #1s). Since then, there's been a big drop off however, with 10 #1s during the '90s and only four during the '00s. And in fact there were none at all for an over 8-year stretch between the beginning of 1998 and early 2006. But since 2006, there have been six, most of which were also #1s in the UK ("Rolling in the Deep" is one of the two that weren't, along with Jay Sean's "Down").

2. Give Me Everything - Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
4. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars
6. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock

Pitbull & Co. hold at #2. The song is #2 on Digital Songs and #3 at radio (as well as this week's Airplay Gainer), so while it's still a potential #1 challenger, it's just not quite there yet. Expect another week at #1 for Adele. Bruno Mars and LMFAO are also climbing in the top 10. Take note that, while a British song that didn't hit #1 in Britain tops the US chart, the next three songs currently climbing the chart are all former (or current) UK #1s by Americans. Interesting.

7. The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga

The Lady climbs another notch to #7, regaining her ground on her initial debut at #3. She's actually climbing on Digital Songs this week and making great strides at radio. She'll probably get back into the top 5 for sure, but #1 will be a big stretch.

12. How to Love - Lil Wayne

I think I said something about Lil Wayne's new album, Tha Carter IV, lacking a launch hit single. He rectifies that this week with "How to Love," which marches up 57 notches this week thanks to strong sales (it's this week's Sales Gainer). Not a bad song either actually. Softer, more pop-oriented than we're used to hearing from him.

29. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall - Coldplay

This week's highest debut on the Hot 100 comes from British band Coldplay, with "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," presumably the first single from their soon-expected fifth album. This is the group's sixth top 40 hit, following "Clocks" (#29), "Speed of Sound" (#8), "Violet Hill" (#40), "Viva La Vida" (#1) and "Christmas Lights" (#25).

40. She Ain't You - Chris Brown

Chris Brown scores his third top 40 hit from his recent album F.A.M.E. with "She Ain't You," follow-up to recent top 10 hit "Look at Me Now." "She Ain't You" includes a sample-within-a-sample, as it samples SWV's 1993 #2 hit "Right Here/Human Nature," which itself sampled Michael Jackson's 1983 #7 hit "Human Nature."

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