Women have all but owned Billboard's pop music charts for the past few years, but men have a comfortable lead in the top 10 on this week’s Hot 100. Male solo artists, groups and collabos account for six of the top 10. Male/female collabos, with a male in the lead, account for two others. The two remaining spots are held by a mixed-gender group (The Lumineers) and (surprisingly) just one female artist (in the lead spot) (Taylor Swift).
Is this a new trend? I wouldn’t bet on it. It won’t be long at all before Rihanna, Katy, Kelly, Gaga, Beyonce and Adele are back in their usual spots in the top 10. Enjoy it while it lasts, guys.
Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars return to the top 10 this week with their latest hits. Maroon 5 lands its seventh top 10 hit as “Daylight” jumps from #14 to #7. It’s the third top 10 hit from the group’s album Overexposed, following “Payphone” (featuring Wiz Khalifa) and “One More Night.” Overexposed is the group’s first album to spawn three top 10 hits. Songs About Jane spun off two: “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved.”
Overexposed was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. It lost to Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger, but here’s a little consolation prize: It’s the first of the five nominated albums to spawn three top 10 hits. Stronger, fun.’s Some Nights and P!nk’s The Truth About Love have each spun off two. (The fifth nominee, Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials, hasn’t yielded any.)
Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #22 to #9, even as his former chart-topper, “Locked Out Of Heaven,” holds at #2 for the fourth straight week. This marks the first time that a male solo artist has placed two songs in the top 10 simultaneously since Mars scored with “Grenade” and the Grammy-winning “Just The Way You Are” for eight weeks in December 2010 and January 2011.
“When I Was Your Man” has now climbed higher than a song it strongly resembles—Michael Jackson’s anguished ballad “She’s Out Of My Life,” which peaked at #10 in June 1980.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #1 for the fourth week. It’s also #1 for the fifth week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and for the sixth week on Hot Rap Songs. It holds at #15 on Hot Alternative Songs.
“Thrift Shop” registered a gain in sales again this week (albeit a modest one, just 2%). It’s the first song in digital history to post a sales gain in each of its first five weeks at #1 on Hot Digital Songs.
“Thrift Shop” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It tops 300K in weekly sales for the fifth time. Only three other songs in digital history topped 300K in weekly sales five times. “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae topped 300K seven times. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra did it six times. “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna did it five times. Will “Thrift Shop” equal or top “We Are Young”? Place your bets.
“Thrift Shop” also jumps to #1 on the Official U.K. chart. This marks the fourth time in the past year that an act’s first chart hit has reached #1 in both countries. The same thing happened with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” “We Are Young” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
Another song by the duo, “Same Love,” jumps from #99 to #89 in its second week.
The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” holds at #4 for the second week. (This is its 10th straight week at either #3 or #4.) It’s #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the 13th week.
Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” holds at #5 for the second week. It jumps to #1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. It’s Swift’s second #1 on Radio Songs, following “You Belong With Me,” which had two weeks on top in 2009.
“Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj drops from #7 to #10. It’s Bieber’s third hit in a row to log 10 or more weeks in the top 10. It follows “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me” (featuring Big Sean), both of which spent 12 weeks in the top 10. The bottom line: Bieber has spent 34 weeks in the top 10 in the past year.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 19th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (389K)…Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #2 for the fourth week in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (109K)… “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears holds at #3 for the second week its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (163K)…The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” holds at #4 for the second week in its 36th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (147K)…Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” holds at #5 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #2. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (158K).
The Second Five: “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin holds at #6 for the third week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (118K)… Maroon 5’s “Daylight” jumps from #14 to #7 in its 10th week. This is the group’s seventh top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #7 (121K)…“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z jumps from #13 to #8 in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #8 (120K)… Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #22 to #9 in its eighth week. This is his 10th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #4 (159K)… “Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj drops from #7 to#10 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (73K).
Three songs drop out of the top 10 this week. “F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar drops from #8…P!nk’s “Try” drops from #9…“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch drops from #10.
“Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj holds at #12 for the third week in its 23rd week. This is the song’s 11th straight week in the top 20, yet it never quite reached the top 10: The song has climbed as high as #11. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” jumps from #26 to #15 in its 27th week in the wake of the band’s Album of the Year victory at the Grammys. This represents a new peak for the song, which previously peaked at #23… Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” rebounds from #23 to #20 in its 31st week. The song has climbed as high as #16. Sheeran and Elton John performed the ballad, a Song of the Year nominee, on the Grammy telecast…“Hall Of Fame’’ by The Script featuring will.i.am jumps from #30 to #25 in its 20th week. This is a new peak for the song. Its previous peak was #26. The song spent two weeks at #1 on the Official U.K. chart in September.
Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” is the week’s top new entry at #26. Digital sales rank: #3 (162K). The song is from the group’s sixth studio album, Save Rock And Roll, which is due May 6. Fall Out Boy had four top 10 hits from 2005 to 2007. The biggest was “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” which reached #2 for two weeks in the spring of 2007.
Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted” rebounds from #34 to #30 in its 42nd week. The song has climbed as high as #16. The song also returns to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It first topped that chart in September.
Tim McGraw’s “One Of Those Nights” jumps from #45 to #32 in its 11th week. Another McGraw song, “Highway Don’t Care” (featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban) debuts at #59. Both songs are from McGraw’s Two Lanes Of Freedom, which enters The Billboard 200 at #2 this week. (It bows at #1 on Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums) Swift’s first Hot 100 single (in September 2006) was “Tim McGraw.”
fun.’s “Carry On” leaps from #65 to #43 in its sixth week in the wake of the trio’s Grammy wins for Best New Artist and Song of the Year… Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” (not a remake of the Petula Clark classic) debuts at #45. It’s from the trio’s upcoming fourth studio album.
“Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida jumps from #57 to #49 in its fourth week. The song spent two weeks at #1 on the Official U.K. chart in December…“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera leaps from #76 to #55 in its third week.
“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko debuts at #57. It’s from Rihanna’s first #1 album, Unapologetic. Two other Rihanna songs also move up. “Pour It Up” jumps from #37 to #34 in its sixth week. “Loveeeeee” (featuring Future) jumps from #100 to #88 in its second week.
Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” debuts at #63. It’s from his upcoming third full-length studio album. This is perfect timing. Drake won his first Grammy on Sunday—Best Rap Album for Take Care.
Kenny Chesney’s “Pirate Flag” debuts at #68. It’s from his 14th studio album, Life On A Rock, which is due April 30…“R.I.P.” by Young Jeezy featuring 2 Chainz debuts at #69. It’s from Young Jeezy’s fifth studio album, due this year…One Direction’s “Kiss You” jumps from #80 to #72 in its seventh week. The song has climbed as high as #65…Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” jumps from #82 to #74 in its third week…Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” jumps from #85 to #77 in its third week. The duo’s previous hit, “Cruise,” ties a record. See below.
Chris Young’s “I Can Take It From There” debuts at #97…Tamar Braxton’s “Love And War” re-enters the chart at #98. It has climbed as high as #57…“Bad” by Wale featuring Tiara Thomas debuts at #99. It’s from Wale’s upcoming The Album About Nothing. Wale is a big Seinfeld fan, which explains the title. Wale released an EP in 2008 titled The Mixtape About Nothing.
Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales. Florida Georgia Line is just the third duo in country music history to top the 2 million mark in digital sales with a song. It follows Sugarland (which achieved the feat with “Stuck Like Glue,” 2,593,000) and Big & Rich (which scored with “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy),” 2,033,000). Florida Georgia Line consists of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.
Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales.
Beyonce got a little bit of a sales bounce from her half-time performance at the Super Bowl, but not a lot. Her top-selling song in the first full week following the performance was “Crazy In Love” (featuring Jay-Z), which sold 33K copies during the week. It was followed by “Halo” (32K), “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” (22K) and “Love On Top” (18K). But compared to the 104 million people who watched her performance, those sales tallies are puny.