Thursday, December 08, 2011

Billboard Hot 100: December 17, 2011

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

Rihanna maintains her hold on the Hot 100's top spot with "We Found Love." That makes the single the second-longest running #1 hit of the year, tied with Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" and just 1 week behind the year's longest, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," which stayed at the top for 7 weeks. Rihanna has now spent a total of 40 weeks at #1, making her #6 on the list of artists with the most weeks atop the Hot 100. More than half of those weeks (21) were earned within the last 2 years for "Rude Boy" (5 weeks), "Love the Way You Lie" (7 weeks), "What's My Name" (1 week), "Only Girl" (1 week), "S&M" (1 week) and "We Found Love" (6 weeks).

3.(3) It Will Rain - Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars holds at #3. Although Billboard reported his sales were down a bit this week, he nonetheless climbs to #1 on the Digital Songs chart. "It Will Rain" is also the Airplay Gainer this week, and the highest charting track with a bullet. Definitely a strong contender for #1 at this point.

8.(15) Ni**as in Paris - Jay-Z & Kanye West

The rap duo whose collaboration album Watch the Throne has proved to be a favorite on critics' year end lists sees the album's biggest single climb into the top 10. The album's first single, "Otis," hit #12. Except for West's appearance on Katy Perry's #1 hit "E.T.," this is the highest-charting single this year for either artist.

9.(9) The One that Got Away - Katy Perry

Perry holds at #9 this week and loses her bullet due to sales decline. She's still going strong at radio though, so if the price cut helps sales, expect an upward move next week. #1 is possible but still a long way away for this.

32.(59) Marry the Night - Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga scores her 13th top 40 hit with "Marry the Night," the sixth Born This Way track to reach the top 40.

37.(56) Set Fire to the Rain - Adele

Adele sees her third 21 single crack the top 40 this week. The previous two--both former #1s--are both still in the top 10, with "Someone Like You" at #6 and "Rolling in the Deep" up two spots to #36 in its 48th week on the Hot 100.

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