Despite stiff competition, Rihanna remains at #1, logging a sixth week in the top spot to become the year's longest-running #1 hit. That's the longest a single has been #1 in four years, since Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart. Rihanna also tops this week's albums chart with her new release, Talk That Talk, giving her a chart double. She also scored a chart double back in January with "What's My Name" and Loud and, according to what I've read on the web, this makes her the first female artist to score two chart doubles with different albums within a calendar year.
2.(NEW) Dance with Me Tonight - Olly Murs
Olly Murs was running neck-and-neck with Rihanna all week long, but in the end must settle for #2 with "Dance with Me Tonight," his fifth top 40 hit and fourth to reach the top 5. This is the second single from his second album, In Case You Didn't Know, which is out tomorrow.
3.(2) Good Feeling - Flo Rida
4.(NEW) Levels - Avicii
A rather unique sight in the top 5 this week, as Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" sits one notch above the single it samples, Swedish dance musician Avicii's "Levels," a new entry at #4. Both tracks feature a vocal sample of American soul musician Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me."
6.(NEW) Down for Whatever - Kelly Rowland
Two months ago I first heard this on British radio and finally the single is out. It's Kelly Rowland's ninth top 10 hit and second official release from her third album, Here I Am.
9.(12) Take Care - Drake (feat. Rihanna)
Drake scores his first top 10 hit as a lead artist as "Take Care" climbs three notches to #9. He's previously appeared in the top 10 as a guest on the aforementioned Rihanna track, "What's My Name." It's just another feather in the cap for Rihanna, who is so red hot right now. This is her 7th appearance in the top 10 this year. And not the last time I'll be talking about her in this post.
10.(NEW) Nothing's Real But Love - Rebecca Ferguson
Last year, Rebecca Ferguson lost The X Factor to Matt Cardle, but that doesn't mean she can't be a pop star too. Thus she joins G4, Chico, JLS, Diana Vickers, Jedward, Cher Lloyd, One Direction and the aforementioned Olly Murs as X Factor "losers" who have gone on to score top 10 hits, a group that collectively has had 11 #1 hits--the same number of #1 hits scored by the show's winners.
11.(13) Paradise - Coldplay
Another climb for Coldplay this week up 2 to #11. Can it reach the top 10? Would be great to see that.
23.(Re-entry) Don't Let Go (Love) - En Vogue
Before Destiny's Child, before TLC, En Vogue was the ruling R&B girlgroup of the '90s, back in the chart this week due to their song being performed on The X Factor. Most of their songs that were big hits in the US, were also their biggest UK hits, including this, their fourth and final top 10 hit in 1997.
25. (NEW) Talk That Talk - Rihanna (feat. Jay-Z)
39. (NEW) You da One - Rihanna
The release of Rihanna's new album Talk That Talk gave fans the chance to cherry-pick tracks if they didn't want to buy the whole thing, send two of those tracks into the top 40 this week. Jay-Z helped Rihanna score her biggest hit in 2007, "Umbrella," which spent an amazing 10 weeks at #1. The duo is back together on the title track from Talk That Talk, well above the #39 debut of "You da One," already the album's official second single in America.
I mentioned earlier that Rihanna's had 7 top 10 hits (so far) this year. As for top 40 hits, she's had a rather remarkable 14 of them this year.
Rihanna's top 40 hits of 2011 (*peaked in 2010)
|1. What's My Name (w/Drake) ||1|
|2. Only Girl ||1*|
|3. Who's That Chick (w/David Guetta) ||6* |
|4. Love the Way You Lie (w/Eminem) ||2* |
|5. All of the Lights (w/Kanye West) ||15 |
|6. S&M ||3 |
|7. California King Bed ||8 |
|8. Cheers (Drink to That) ||15 |
|9. Fly (w/Nicki Minaj) ||16 |
|10. We Found Love (w/Calvin Harris) ||1 |
|11. Princess of China (w/Coldplay) ||33 |
|12. Take Care (w/Drake)||9 |
|13. Talk That Talk (w/Jay-Z)||25 |
|14. You da One ||39 |