The song peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 three weeks ago, and was starting to recede, but this accelerated the process. The exuberant record has nothing to do with young people dying, but seeks to motivate people to live life to the fullest. Key lyric: “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.” It’s just the wrong words and the wrong tone for right now.
Mars is the fourth artist from Hawaii to land a #1 hit in recent decades. He follows Yvonne Elliman, who achieved the feat in 1978 with “If I Can’t Have You,” Bette Midler, who triumphed in 1989 with “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Glenn Medeiros, who scored in 1990 with “She Ain’t Worth It” (featuring Bobby Brown).
The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” jumps from #4 to #3 in its 28th week. It’s #1 on Top Rock Songs for the third week…Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at #6 for the second week. It tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Flo Rida’s ninth million-seller as a lead artist.
Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #15 to #10 in its ninth week. The song debuted at #3 on strong initial digital sales, plunged as low as #77 has since rebounded on the strength of solidly building pop airplay.
How does this compare to the latter years of the physical era? Very favorably. There was just one 3 million-selling single in 1992 (Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”), none from 1993 through 1995, one in 1996 (Los Del Rios’ “Macarena”), two in 1997 (“Candle In The Wind 1997” and “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112) and none after that.
Shameless Plug: I “repurposed” some of this material from a Chart Watch Extra on the year’s top songs that we posted this morning.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #1 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (222K)… Rihanna's “Diamonds” holds at #2 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (121K)… The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” jumps from #4 to #3 in its 28th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (131K)…Ke$ha's “Die Young” dips from #3 to #4 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (94K)… Maroon 5's “One More Night” holds at #5 for the second week in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #20 (63K).
The Second Five: Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at #6 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (76K)… “Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj jumps from #9 to #7 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (108K)…Phillip Phillips’ “Home” dips from #7 to #8 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (93K)…fun.'s “Some Nights” dips from #8 to #9 in its 43rd week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (68K)…Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #15 to #10 in its ninth week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #3. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (167K).
Ne-Yo's “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” dips from #10 to #11, ending an eight-week run in the top 10.
Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” drops from #17 to #20 in its 18th week. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week…Of Monsters And Men’s “Little Talks” jumps from #41 to #31 in its 30th week…“F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #42 to #32 in its seventh week…“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch jumps from #44 to #33 in its sixth week. The song hit #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October.
2 Chainz’ “I’m Different” jumps from #54 to #42 in its fifth week…Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen” jumps from #56 to #47 in its 10th week.
Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” debuts at #82. It’s from his first studio album, Finally Rich, which is expected to enter The Billboard 200 next week with sales of about 50K… “Celebration” by The Game featuring Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne jumps from #95 to #85 in its sixth week. The song has climbed as high as #82…Bridgit Mendler’s “Ready Or Not” jumps from #97 to #87 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #78…Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” debuts at #88. Musgraves co-wrote “Undermine,” which was featured on Nashville on Oct. 17.
Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” debuts at #90. It’s the third single from Blown Away, following “Good Girl” and “Blown Away,” which have each sold just a hair under 1.5 million copies…Jonn Hart’s “Who Booty” debuts at #93…Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” debuts at #96. It’s from his album Don’t Be S.A.F.E.
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