Thursday, November 03, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, November 12, 2011

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

Rihanna continues her amazing hit streak, racking up her 11th #1 hit this week as "We Found Love" climbs a notch to ascend to the top spot. Rihanna is the 8th artist in pop music history to have achieved 11 #1 hits, after The Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18), Elvis Presley (17 or 18, depending on what you count), Michael Jackson (13), The Supremes (12), Madonna (12) and Whitney Houston (11). Among the ladies, she's tied with Whitney Houston for third, edging ahead of the 10 #1 hits from Janet Jackson. Apart from the British Beatles, she's the only other nonAmerican on this very exclusive list.

The song's success has most been sales-driven at this point, although it is this week's airplay gainer. At top 40 radio it's currently #8 and the second-fastest gaining track behind LMFAO's "Sexy and You Know It," currently #3 on the Hot 100. The song's producer, Calvin Harris, who also bestowed upon himself a featured artist credit, enjoys his first American #1. Although Calvin Harris productions have been hot in Britain for years, this is his first major success in the US.

10.(19) Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson

Well, I didn't think this song would do it, but I'm proven wrong as "Mr. Know It All" jumps a solid nine spots to become Kelly Clarkson's 9th top 10 hit. The single had previously peaked at #18, and with airplay cooling off, it didn't look like it was going to climb any higher. But a sales rally this week sends the single into the top 10 for the first time. I think credit goes to the release of Clarkson's album, Stronger, which debuted at #2 on the albums chart this week.

12.(31) Good Feeling - Flo Rida

Flo makes a 19-point jump to #12 this week. This is the first single from his fourth album, Only One Rida (Part 2).

20.(NEW) Princess of China - Coldplay (feat. Rihanna)

Also benefiting from the release of their new album is Coldplay. Their fifth album, Mylo Xyloto became the group's third #1 album this week, while its track and future single debuts at #20 on the back of strong cherry-picking sales. Certainly its the presence of the song's featured vocalist driving that, giving Rihanna a second (albeit far less significant) chart note this week. "Princess of China" follows previous Mylo singles "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" (#14) and "Paradise" (#15) into the top 20, making this album by far their biggest producer of hit singles, since they've only ever had two other top 20 hits.

34.(55) The One that Got Away - Katy Perry

Katy Perry scores her sixth top 40 hit from Teenage Dream, the album that has so far produced five #1 hits. All eyes will be on this one to see whether it can climb to #1. It's growing fast at top 40 radio, but the song needs a sales boost--perhaps if the rumored single mix comes out or when the video debuts.

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