Justin Bieber got no love last week from Grammy voters, but he continues to have the support of his fans. "Beauty And A Beat," his propulsive collabo with Nicki Minaj, jumps from #14 to #9 on the Hot 100. It's the third top 10 hit from Believe. That's Bieber's first album to spawn even two top 10 hits, much less three.
The first two top 10 hits from Believe were "Boyfriend," which reached #2 in April, and "As Long As You Love Me," a Grammy nom-worthy collabo with Big Sean, which reached #6 in September. That song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
I have more good news for Beliebers. Believe is the #5 album for the year-to-date with sales of 1,141,000 copies. It's the highest-ranking album by a male solo artist. This will be the third year in a row that Bieber has had an album in the year-end top 10. My World 2.0 was #4 for 2010. Under The Mistletoe was #8 for 2011. Bieber will be the first male artist to place an album in the year-end top 10 three years in a row since Garth Brooks scored from 1991 through 1993. (The Fine Print: The Nielsen SoundScan site doesn't carry archival charts from 1991, its first year of operation. But Billboard's year-end chart for 1991 has Brooks' No Fences at #2.)
Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps to #1 this week. This marks the third year in a row that Mars has had a #1 hit. Mars is one of only three artists who have landed a #1 hit in each year in this young decade. What's more, he's the only man to do it, a reflection of the female domination of pop radio in recent years. Mars reached #1 in 2010 with B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," on which he was featured, and his own "Just The Way You Are;" in 2011 with "Grenade" and now this week with "Locked Out Of Heaven." Rihanna topped the chart with four hits in 2010, two hits in 2011 and "Diamonds" this year. Katy Perry scored with three hits in 2010, two hits in 2011 and "Part Of Me" this year.
Mars first cracked the Hot 100 in the issue dated Feb. 13, 2010. From that starting point, he took two years, 10 months and one week to amass his first four #1 hits. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that that's the fastest that a male solo artist has amassed his first four #1 hits since Bobby Vinton did it in just two years and six months, from June 1962 to December 1964.
All three of Mars' three previous #1 hits had a date with Grammy. "Just The Way You Are" won for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. "Nothin' On You" and "Grenade" were both nominees for Record of the Year.
With its reggae accents, "Locked Out Of Heaven" echoes 1980s hits by the Police. "…Heaven" is the second #1 of 2012 that shows Sting's enduring influence. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra recalled Sting's solo hits.
The ascent of Mars' single bodes well for his album, Unorthodox Jukebox, which will enter The Billboard 200 next week between #2 and #4 (Taylor Swift has a long-term lease on the #1 spot.) Mars' 2010 album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, reached #3. A second song from the album, "When I Was Your Man," enters the Hot 100 at #69.
Rihanna's "Diamonds" slips to #2 following three weeks at #1. It's #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 10th week. This is the longest run at #1 on the R&B chart for a hit by a female artist since Alicia Keys' "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" spent 12 weeks on top in the spring and summer of 2010.
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #5 to #4. The song is #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the second week. A second song by the group, "Stubborn Love," enters the Hot 100 at #85.
Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #8 to #6, which is a new peak for the song. This matches the peak position of Brenda Russell's "Piano In The Dark," on which the chorus is based. "Piano In The Dark" hit #6 in June 1988 and went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" jumps from #2 to #1 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (197K)… Rihanna's "Diamonds" dips from #1 to #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (143K)… Ke$ha's "Die Young" holds at #3 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (96K)… The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #5 to #4 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (132K)…Maroon 5's "One More Night" dips from #4 to #5 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (75K).
The Second Five: Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #8 to #6 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (85K)…Phillip Phillips' "Home" holds at #7 for the second week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (105K)…fun.'s "Some Nights" drops from #6 to #8 in its 42nd week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #20 (68K)… "Beauty And A Beat" by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj jumps from #14 to #9 in its ninth week on the chart. This is Bieber's fifth top 10 hit; Minaj's eighth. Digital sales rank: #8 (107K)… Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" dips from #9 to #10 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #29 (49K).
PSY's "Gangnam Style" dips from #10 to #11, ending an 11-week run in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (123K).
"Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj dips from #11 to #12 in its 14th week…Digital sales rank: #7 (110K). The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…"Scream & Shout" by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears dips from #12 to #13 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #3 (142K). I expect both of these songs to reverse course in coming weeks…"Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Child jumps from #21 to #14 in its 12th week. The song hit #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October.
Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." jumps from #32 to #15 in its eighth week. Digital sales rank: #5 (129K). The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…P!nk's striking ballad "Try" jumps from #20 to #16 in its seventh week.
Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" dips from #16 to #17 in its 17th week. It jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs after spending five straight weeks at #2 behind Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." ("I Knew You Were Trouble." isn't listed on Hot Country Songs, which reflects a consensus that the song is more pop than country. If the song were eligible for the country chart, it would have replaced "We Are Never Ever…" at #1 this week. This way, Florida Georgia Line gets a taste of #1 glory.) The group's album, Here's To The Good Times, enters The Billboard 200 at #10 this week.
Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" jumps from #23 to #18 in its 22nd week. The song received a surprise Grammy nomination for Song of the Year last week..."Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jumps from #28 to #21 in its 10th week.
Mariah Carey's holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" re-enters the Hot 100 at #29. That's the highest that this song has appeared on the Hot 100, though it climbed as high as #12 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1994. This marks the second time the song has made the Hot 100 proper. It reached #83 in the 1999 holiday season. In addition, two cover versions have charted. A duet version by Justin Bieber and Carey (from his holiday album) reached #86 last year. A version by Michael Buble hit #99 last year.
"F**kin Problems" by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #59 to #42 in its sixth week…"Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch jumps from #58 to #44 in its fifth week. The song hit #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October…One Direction's "Little Things" jumps from #67 to #53 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #41. It reached #1 on the Official U.K. chart last month…2 Chainz's "I'm Different" jumps from #63 to #54 in its fourth week.
Tamar Braxton's "Love And War" is the week's top new entry at #57. (I'm not counting Mariah Carey's re-entry.) This is from her second studio album which is due Feb. 13…Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" jumps from #72 to #65 in its 15th week…"Remember You" by Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd jumps from #82 to #75 in its third week.
Songs by two contestants from The Voice debut this week. Terry McDermott's version of Foreigner's 1984-1985 hit "I Want To Know What Love Is" opens at #84. Nicholas David's version of the immortal "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" bows at #96. Judy Garland's original version was released in 1939. That's what you call a standard.
"Let It Go" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Akon debuts at #87. Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. enters The Billboard 200 this week at #2…"Neva End" by Future featuring Kelly Rowland bows at #99. The song is from Pluto 3D, a re-released version of Future's Pluto album, which was released in April.
Katy Perry's "Firework" tops the 6 million mark in digital sales this week. The song logged four weeks at #1 and received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. The music video received a VMA as Video of the Year. The song is featured very effectively in the current movie Rust & Bone.
Nicki Minaj's "Pound The Alarm" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.