Thursday, July 21, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, July 23, 2011

1.(1) Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)

LMFAO spends a third week at #1. It's still #1 on Digital Sales, despite declining this week. At radio, it's #3. At top 40 radio it's #2 but looks like it's going to be overtaken by Katy Perry and thus will miss #1.

3.(4) Last Friday Night - Katy Perry

Katy Perry earns the Airplay Gainer again and climbs a notch to #3. Can't you just feel #1 for this song? It's palpable. Next week...gotta be. It will definitely be #1 at top 40 radio next week, which will be her 7th #1 on that chart.

10.(NEW) Skyscraper - Demi Lovato

Fueled by very strong sales--she's #2 at Digital Songs--Disney star Demi Lovato makes a strong debut at #10 with her emotional ballad, "Skyscraper." This is her second top 10 hit, following her #9 single "This Is Me" with Joe Jonas from a couple years ago. Although the song barely had any airplay for this week, it's catching on at radio--at top 40, it's #73, up from #175, today. So there's definitely interest. Could probably become her first real mainstream hit.

17.(33) Lighters - Bad Meets Evil (feat. Bruno Mars)

Bad Meets Evil, which to most people is really Eminem and some other guy, is this week's Digital Gainer, climbing 16 notches to #17. It's also doing well at radio. This is Bruno Mars' sixth appearance in the top 20.

38.(46) Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

This year's breakout indie pop group scores its first top 40 hit. I can't say I'm really into Foster the People, although for perhaps the most shallow of reasons, I am slightly more interested after looking them up this after noon (the bassist is hot).

39.(52) Right There - Nicole Scherzinger (feat. 50 Cent)

Nicole Scherzinger scores her first proper top 40 hit this week. She previously had a guest turn on Diddy's "Come to Me," which reached #9. "Right There" has cooled at top 40 lately, so I don't have high expectations for this going very far, although it's 13-notch move this week is pretty impressive. Maybe it's really picking up at rhythmic radio. Even if "Right There" isn't a major hit, it's still given people a taste of her away from PCD, and could well position "Don't Hold Your Breath," if it's released as the follow-up (which surely it will be, right?).

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