The last time a male solo artist who was strictly solo hit #1 was in February 2011, when Wiz Khalifa's "Black And Yellow" grabbed the top spot for one week.
Billboard's Gary Trust notes that Flo Rida is one of only five rappers in chart history to amass three or more #1 hits on the Hot 100 as a lead (or co-lead) artist. He follows Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Diddy), Nelly, 50 Cent and Eminem, each of whom piled up four #1 hits as lead artists.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" drops to #3 following nine weeks on top. It's the #3 song for the year-to-date. Though Jepsen is 26, she sounds 10 years younger on this fizzy smash. It's the opposite of the situation with Jackie Evancho, who is 12 but sounds about 35. Jepsen's follow-up, "Good Time," a collabo with Owl City, jumps from #14 to #13 in its seventh week, matching its highest ranking to date. Digital sales rank: #9 (122K).
"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #5 for the second week. The song spent 15 weeks in the top three. Billboard's Silvio Pietroluongo notes that it's one of only four songs to spent that many weeks in the top three without reaching #1. The others: Le Ann Rimes' "How Do I Live," Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" and "Apologize" by Timbaland featuring One Republic.
.fun's "Some Nights" jumps from #11 to #8 in its 25th week. The New York-based group spent six weeks at #1 in March and April with "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae. Trust notes that .fun is the first rock group to send its first two Hot 100 hits into the top 10 since Daughtry scored in 2007 with "It's Not Over" and "Home." (Just prior to Daughtry, The Fray achieved the feat in 2006 with "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How To Save A Life.")
In addition, "Home" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song owes its second wind to its use in NBC's coverage of women's gymnastics during the Olympics. Something like this has happened before. "Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless)" by Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin Jr. became a top 10 hit in November 1976 after it accompanied footage of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comanechi's routines on ABC's Wide World Of Sports. (The song was concurrently featured as the theme song to The Young And The Restless, which debuted in March 1973—and is still on the air.)
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Flo Rida's "Whistle" jumps from #3 to #1 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (217K)… Ellie Goulding's "Lights" holds at #2 for the second week in its 34th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (111K)… Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" drops from #1 to #3 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (156K)… Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" holds at #4 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (136K)…"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #5 for the second week its 17th week on the chart. It has been in the top five the entire time. Digital sales rank: #13 (97K).
The Second Five: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra holds at #6 for the third week in its 32nd week on the chart. This is its 24th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (74K)…"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia rebounds from #8 to #7 in its 18th week on the chart. This matches its highest ranking to date. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (91K)….fun's "Some Nights" jumps from #11 to #8 in its 25th week. This is the group's second top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #5 (149K)…Phillip Phillips' "Home" holds at #9 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (212K)… Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" drops from #7 to #10 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #32 (48K).
P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" dips from #10 to #11, ending (for now at least) a four-week run in the top 10.
Babel is the group's follow-up to Sigh No More, which is one of the best-selling albums of the past few years. It has sold 2,377,000 copies. Two songs from the album, "The Cave" and "Little Lion Man," have sold a combined total of 3,422,000 copies. "The Cave" received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year of 2011. The group was nominated for Best New Artist of 2010.
It doesn't take a genius to see that Babel is likely to enter The Billboard 200 at #1. It will be the group's first #1. Sigh No More spent two weeks at #2 in February 2011.
"No Lie" by 2 Chainz featuring Drake holds at #26 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week. 2 Chainz's debut album, Based On A T.R.U. Story, is set to enter The Billboard 200 next week with sales in the 130K range.
Love And Theft's "Angel Eyes" dips from #32 to #33 in its 13th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's the group's first #1 country hit...Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" jumps from #47 to #38 in its sixth week. It's her 17th top 40 hit…The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #55 to #49 in its 10th week…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" jumps from #68 to #53 in its seventh week…Train's "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" jumps from #71 to #54 in its fifth week…. "Pop That" by French Montana featuring Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne jumps from #78 to #70 in its fifth week.
Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" jumps from #92 to #85 in its fifth week…Future's "Turn On The Lights" debuts at #89. It's from the band's debut album Pluto, which debuted and peaked at #8 on The Billboard 200 in April…Jake Owen's "The One That Got Away" debuts at #93. The song (not the Katy Perry song) is from his album Barefoot Blue Jean Night.
Lady Antebellum's "Wanted You More" re-enters the chart at #94. The song, from Own The Night, has climbed as high as #34…The Black Keys' "Gold On The Ceiling" re-enters at #99. The song, from El Camino, has climbed as high as #94…Green Day's "Oh Love" debuts at #100. The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Uno!, which is due Sept. 25.
Wiz Khalifa's "Work Hard, Play Hard" and Tim McGraw's "Felt Good On My Lips" both top the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. This is McGraw's third 1 million-seller, following "Live Like You Were Dying" (1,731,000) and "My Little Girl" (1,027,000).
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