Bruno Mars' "Grenade" returns to #1 on the Hot 100. It dethrones Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," which debuted at #1 last week. This is the third appearance at #1 for "Grenade" in the past five weeks. The mid-tempo ballad, which brings a dark undercurrent to Mars' usual sweet sensibility, is the first song to have three separate runs at #1 since T.I.'s 2008 smash "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna).
"Grenade" has been the top-selling digital hit for five of the past six weeks. That constitutes the longest run at #1 on Hot Digital Songs since "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna topped the chart for seven weeks last summer. It's the longest run for a hit by a male solo artist since Flo Rida's "Right Round" had six weeks on top in February and March 2009. "Grenade" is no more than two weeks away from topping the 3 million mark. Its sales currently stand at 2,758,000.Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud," Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" and Fantasia's "I Believe." Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" and Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)." Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love." Plies' "Shawty," Baby Bash's "Cyclone," Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss," Kanye West's "Good Life," Flo Rida's "Low," Lil Mama's "Shawty Get Loose (which also featured Chris Brown), Lil Wayne's "Got Money" and Jamie Foxx's "Blame It."
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
Bruno Mars, "Grenade." The song returns to #1 for a third frame in its 17th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (204K). Katy Perry, "Firework." The former #1 song rebounds from #3 to #2 in its 14th week. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (163K). Wiz Khalifa, "Black And Yellow." The song jumps from #5 to #3 in its 16th week. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (201K). Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E, "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)." The song jumps from #6 to #4 in its ninth week. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (167K). Rihanna featuring Drake, "What's My Name?." The former #1 song dips from #4 to #5 in its 14th week. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (93K). Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me." The song drops from #1 to #6 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #3 (183K). Ke$ha, "We R Who We R." The former #1 song holds at #7 in its 13th week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #10 (123K). P!nk, "Raise Your Glass." The former #1 song holds at #8 in its 16th week. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (95K). The Black Eyed Peas, "The Time (Dirty Bit)." The song holds at #9 in its 11th week. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (137K). Pitbull featuring T-Pain, "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor). The song vaults from #20 to #10 in its 17th week. This is Pitbull's fifth top 10 hit (combining lead and featured credits). It's T-Pain's 14th. Digital sales rank: #7 (141K).
Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" drops from #10 to #12, ending a 22-week run in the top 10. The warm ballad brought Mars a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Digital sales rank: #20 (82K).
Cee Lo Green's "F*** You ( Forget You)" peaked at #9 in December. (That Grammy-nominated smash moves back up from #22 to #20 in its 22nd week on the Hot 100.) "F**kin' Perfect" sold 144K copies this week, which put it at #6 on Hot Digital Songs.
Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey's heartfelt "Coming Home" jumps from #19 to #13. The song sold 140K copies this week, which put it at #8 on Hot Digital Songs.
Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather" is the top new entry on the Hot 100 at #79. The Grammy-winning group first cracked the chart in 2008 with "Chicken Fried," which went top 20.
James Blunt's "Stay The Night" enters the Hot 100 at #94. In addition, it's the top new entry on Hot Digital Songs at #78. Blunt's 2006 smash "You're Beautiful" has sold 2,712,000 copies. The ballad topped the Hot 100 in March 2006. It went on to receive Grammy nominations for both Record and Song of the Year.Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, tops the 3 million mark in paid downloads this week. It's West's third song to reach this milestone, following "Stronger" and "Heartless." It's Foxx's first. "Gold Digger" topped the Hot 100 for 10 weeks from September to November 2005 and received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Rihanna's "What's My Name?" (featuring Drake) tops the 2 million mark in paid downloads this week. It's her 11th song to reach this plateau, which is more than any other artist.
The Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (Dirty Bit)" also tops the 2 million mark in paid downloads this week. It's the group's seventh song to reach this plateau, which is more than any other group or duo. Nickelback is second with four 2-million sellers. The All-American Rejects, Rascal Flatts and the Pussycat Dolls are next in line with three each.
Gnarls Barkley's 2006 smash "Crazy" (which has sold 2,882,000 copies). Both of these hits received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year.
Three songs top the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week: Pitbull featuring T-Pain's "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)," Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz's "6 Foot 7 Foot" and Christina Perri's "Jar Of Hearts." "6 Foot 7 Foot" dips from #11 to #14 on this week's Hot 100. "Jar Of Hearts" jumps from #28 to #26.Mac Davis' 1970 single "I Believe In Music," and come very close to this slogan. The song includes the lyric "Music is love and love is music..." Davis' single bubbled under the Hot 100 in October 1970, but a pop group called Gallery took the song into the top 30 in the summer of 1972.
- Britney Spears