Thursday, November 24, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, December 3, 2011

1.(1) We Found Love - Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris)

It's the first week of the 2012 Billboard chart year, and once again, Rihanna leads the Hot 100 with "We Found Love," spending its fourth week at #1. The song is (or has been) #1 all over the world, including in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. The song is the Airplay Gainer for a fourth consecutive week.

5.(9) It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars climbs four spots, earning this week's Digital Gainer. It is his seventh track to reach the top 5.

9.(NEW) Take Care - Drake (feat. Rihanna)

It's not an official single yet, but just like she did for Coldplay's "Princess of China," Rihanna's appearance as guest vocalist enticed buyers to cherry-pick this album cut enough to make it chart. It debuts at #9, matching the peak of the album's official second single, "Make Me Proud." Similarly, the track debuted at #12 in Britain this week.

10.(15) The One that Got Away - Katy Perry

Katy Perry's "The One that Got Away" climbs 5 spots to #10, becoming her ninth top 10 hit. Most notably, this is the sixth top 10 hit from her album Teenage Dream, making it only the seventh album in history to achieve such a feat and the first in 17 years.

Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982)
Title Peak
The Girl Is Mine (w/Paul McCartney) 2(3)
Billie Jean 1(7)
Beat It 1(3)
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 5
Human Nature 7
PYT (Pretty Young Thing) 10
Thriller 4

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA (1984)
Title Peak
Dancing in the Dark 2(4)
Cover Me 7
Born in the USA 9
I'm on Fire 6
Glory Days 5
I'm Goin' Down 9
My Hometown 6

George Michael - Faith (1987)
Title Peak
I Want Your Sex
Faith 1(4)
Father Figure
One More Try
Monkey 1(2)
Kissing a Fool

Michael Jackson - Bad (1987)
Title Peak
I Just Can't Stop Loving You (w/Siedah Garrett)
Bad 1(2)
The Way You Make Me Feel
Man in the Mirror
Dirty Diana
Another Part of Me
Smooth Criminal

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
Title Peak
Miss You Much
Rhythm Nation
Escapade 1(3)
Come Back to Me
Black Cat
Love Will Never Do (Without You)

Janet Jackson - Janet. (1993)
Title Peak
That's the Way Love Goes
Because of Love
Any Time, Any Place
You Want This

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream (2010)
Title Peak
California Gurls (w/Snoop Dogg)
Teenage Dream
E.T. (w/Kanye West)
Last Friday Night (TGIF)
The One that Got Away

11.(NEW) Rumour Has It/Someone Like You - Glee Cast

The hits from Glee have really dried up this season. Similar to what has happened on the UK singles chart, their singles that used to be no stranger to US top 40 have been absent until this year. Season 1 yielded 15 top 40 hits, including their highest-charting, "Don't Stop Believin' (#4). Season 2 produced an amazing 31 top 40 hits, including two top 10s: "Teenage Dream," (#8), the track that holds the record for Glee's biggest 1-week sales, and "Loser Like Me" (#6), one of the few original songs from the show.

This season though, the hits have dried up. The first five episodes produced no top 40 hits--the closest being their version of Coldplay's "Fix You," which peaked at #53. The mashups have been among the show's most interesting musical productions, so it's no surprise that the third season's best mashup becomes its first major hit, debuting at #11 with the show's fifth-best sale (behind the three aforementioned top 10 hits and "Forget You," which also hit #11).

One final somewhat related note: Over on the albums chart, Adele's 21 spends a 39th consecutive week in the top 5, breaking the record for the longest such streak previously held by Michael Jackson's Bad, which spent 38 consecutive weeks in the top 5. Among 21's 39 weeks in the top 5, a third of them (13 weeks) have been spent at #1. No album has spent that many weeks at #1 since the Titanic soundtrack logged 16 weeks at #1 in 1998.

14.(73) You Da One - Rihanna

Rihanna's second Talk That Talk single rockets up 59 notches to #14 after its first full week of sales. Watchers of the daily top 40 radio chart may be scratching their heads over the track's airplay trajectory. After reaching #20 within its first week, the track has dropped to #26 as of today and is shown without a bullet. Apparently, the song was pushed rather hard at radio during its first day of release, causing an incredible spike in its airplay for the first 7 days and then a rather dramatic drop once it reached day #8. My question is...why? What was behind the push? Did money exchange hangs? If so, this is very problematic.

18.(NEW) The Motto - Drake (feat. Lil Wayne)

Another Drake album cut with a big-name guest star cherry-picked into the top 20.

35.(45) Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw

DeGraw scores his fifth top 40 hit. His first, 2004's "I Don't Want to Be," remains his biggest, having peaked at #10.

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