But, you might be thinking, didn't Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan recently move to crack down on deep discounts in the wake of the controversial 99-cent promotion on Lady Gaga's album Born This Way? They did, but the discount on Perry's song isn't deep enough to be affected. Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan count all digital tracks provided they are priced at 39 cents or higher during their first three months of release.
The policy seems overly generous.
I have no problem with Perry potentially breaking Michael Jackson's record for the most #1 singles from an album. Records are made to be broken. And Perry makes consistently good records. She has brought a sense of fun to the business with her songs and videos. But if she breaks Jackson's record, it should be because fans like her and want to buy her songs, not because her record company slashed the price to juice sales.
Billboard's Keith Caulfield did a spot check last week and found that "The One That Got Away" was the only song in the top 75 on the iTunes' chart that was priced lower than the standard price of $1.29.
Perry will host Saturday Night Live on Saturday. That will give her song a boost on next week's chart. (The sales tracking period extends through Sunday night.) The price drop will also give her a boost, but, it seems to me, an unfair one.
"We Found Love" also had six weeks at #1 in the U.K. It's the first song by any artist to log six or more weeks at #1 in both countries since the aforementioned "Umbrella," which was #1 in the U.S. for seven weeks and #1 in the U.K. for 10 weeks.
"We Found Love" also tops the 2 million mark in U.S. digital sales this week.
Mars co-wrote and co-produced "It Will Rain" with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, his partners in The Smeezingtons. As such, Mars may soon have an Oscar nomination (for Best Song) to go with his multiple Grammy nominations.
"It Will Rain" reached #1 on Hot Digital Songs with sales of just 166K copies. That's the lowest sales tally for a song in its first week at #1 on that chart since Rihanna's "Disturbia" moved into the top spot in August 2008 with sales of just 139K. It's the lowest total for any song at #1 since Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" reclaimed the top spot in December 2008 with sales of 148K.
The Black Eyed Peas and Flo Rida are next in line with two songs at or above the 5 million mark.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The song logs its sixth straight week at #1. This is its 11th week on the chart; its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (164K).
2. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song logs its fifth straight week at #2. This is its 14th week on the chart; its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (157K).
3. Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain." The song holds at #3 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (166K).
4. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger." The former #1 song holds at #4 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (105K). The song ranks #6 for the year-to-date.
5. Flo Rida, "Good Feeling." The song jumps from #8 to #5 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. This is Flo Rida's fourth top five hit, following "Low" (featuring T-Pain), "Right Round" and "Sugar" (featuring Wynter). Digital sales rank: #4 (126K).
6. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song dips from #5 to #6 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (94K).
7. David Guetta featuring Usher, "Without You." The song dips from #6 to #7 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (82K).
8. Jay-Z/Kanye West, "Ni**as In Paris." The song jumps from #15 to #8 in its 17th week. This is Jay-Z's 18th top 10 hit; West's 14th. Digital sales rank: #5 (113K).
9. Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away." The song holds at #9 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (95K).
10. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song drops from #7 to #10 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (68K).
"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock drops from #10 to #12 in its 37th week. This ends a 26-week run in the top 10, the longest since "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas logged 30 weeks in the top 10 in 1999-2000.
Three collabos that made the top 10 early on and then fell backwards are rebounding nicely as airplay kicks in. They are "Make Me Proud" by Drake featuring Nicki Minaj, which jumps from #39 to #28 in its eighth week; "Young, Wild And Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, which jumps from #47 to #29 in its eighth week; and "Strange Clouds" by B.o.B. featuring Lil Wayne, which jumps from #73 to #62 in its 10th week.
"I Like It Like That" by Hot Chelle Rae featuring New Boyz jumps from #58 to #43 in its ninth week…Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" jumps from #60 to #44 in its sixth week…"Lotus Flower Bomb" by Wale featuring Miguel jumps from #57 to #46 in its sixth week… "International Love" by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown jumps from #68 to #56 in its fifth week.
Five more Glee renditions debut this week. They are the cast's versions of Pink's "Fu**kin' Perfect" at #57 (here titled a more family-friendly "Perfect"), Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (by way of the Greg Laswell cover version) at #59, Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" at #66, Melissa Etheridge's "I'm The Only One" at #86 and k.d. lang's "Constant Craving" at #89.
The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" vaults from #92 to #69 in its fourth week…Outasight's "Tonight Is The Night" jumps from #96 to #70 in its second week…Tyga's "Rack City" jumps from #94 to #73 in its second week…Grouplove's "Tongue Tied" debuts at #78. The song is featured on a commercial for the iPod's Touch TV…"Can't Get Enough" by J. Cole featuring Trey Songz bows at #82.
Grammy Watch: "Bon Iver's "Holocene," which was a surprise (read: shock) Grammy nominee for Record and Song of the Year, has sold just 50,000 digital copies. Three of the other four Record of the Year nominees are megahits: Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" (5,644,000), Katy Perry's "Firework" (5,088,000) and Bruno Mars' "Grenade" (4,726,000). The fifth contender, Mumford & Sons' "The Cave," is a healthy hit with sales of 1,180,000. Kanye West's "All Of The Lights," which is the fifth finalist for Song of the Year (filling in for "Firework"), has sold a solid 1,561,000 copies.
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