Thursday, August 18, 2011

Billboard Hot 100 - August 27, 2011

1.(2) Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry

Earlier this week I was convinced this wasn't going to happen. For weeks, I've been noting how this single was on the brink of hitting #1, which would make Teenage Dream only the second album ever to score five #1 hits, but then it stalled at #2 behind LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" for 3 weeks. As this week began, its top 40 airplay had started to decline, and iTunes showed it outside the top 5 earlier this week. So early Wednesday, I was resigned to this not happening. And then, miraculously, I was proven wrong, and we have chart history. What a delight! Katy Perry is now tied with Rihanna for most #1 hits this decade, with five each.

3.(8) Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (feat. Christina Aguilera)

Maroon 5 vaults up five spots to #3 with "Moves Like Jagger," a song that at first seemed like just a novelty but has actually become a major hit. And deservedly's a great song! This is Maroon 5's fourth top 5 hit and their second-highest-charting after their only #1, "Makes Me Wonder." For Christina Aguilera, this represents a pretty major comeback. Although it's her 7th top 5 hit, she hasn't had one since "Beautiful" hit #2 in early 2003. If it goes #1, it will be her first chart-topper in 10 years. This week the song is both the Digital and Airplay Gainer.

4.(3) Super Bass - Nicki Minaj

Probably not going to be #1 now, but still a major showing for Minaj. Great song too. I'm really glad she managed to pull a proper hit from Pink Friday. It's still bulleted but slips a notch this week.

8.(13) Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Foster the People, this year's big indie breakout band, jump five notches to #8, scoring their first top 10 hit. That's a pretty significant accomplishment for such a band. In fact, we probably can't call them an "indie" band anymore. After all, a top 10 hit is not something that can be claimed by Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Grizzly Bears, MGMT, or Vampire Weekend--other notable "indies" of recent years.

10.(11) Good Life - OneRepublic

Further proving that when this band scores a hit, it just sticks around...forever...and won't go...away.

13.(NEW) Headlines - Drake

Big Hot 100 for Drake this week, scoring his 15th top 40 hit. This is the first single from the Canadian's upcoming second album.

18.(17) Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce
22.(19) Motivation - Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne

So it looks like neither of these songs is going to be a really big hit, which is shame. And Kelly Rowland has to be ticked off that once again her more famous cousin outdid her--"Best I Never Had" peaked at #16 while "Motivation" only managed to reach #18. Still, this is pretty bad news for Beyonce, who has now released two singles from 4 without scoring a top 10 hit. Not good. For Kelly, it's not as bad a deal, since this is her third-highest charting hit. It's all about perspective.

25.(50) Cheers (Drink to That) - Rihanna

Rihanna takes a big leap into the top 40 with "Cheers," a song I'm really loving this summer--perfect release timing. This is Rihanna's 24th top 40 hit.

39.(NEW) It Girl - Jason Derulo

Jason tries a ballad this time with "It Girl," and frankly, it's not up to par, so I expect it will under-perform like "Don't Wanna Go Home" did. Sorry Jason.

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