Michael Jackson may soon have to share one of his most cherished chart records. Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" vaults from #31 to #4 in its fourth week on the Hot 100. It suddenly has a real shot at becoming the fifth #1 hit from Perry's Teenage Dream album. Jackson's 1987 blockbuster Bad is the only album in history to spawn five #1 hits. That album locked up its fifth #1, "Dirty Diana," in July 1988, when Perry was three.
"Last Friday Night" surges in the wake of the release of the song's video, which is a sweet-natured homage to '80s pop culture. The song vaults from #28 to #1 on this week's Hot Digital Songs chart (which is a key component of the Hot 100, along with radio airplay). The song sold 235K copies this week, which constitutes a 259% increase over last week. It's the fifth song from Teenage Dream to top the digital sales list.
The five #1 singles from Bad, for benefit of my younger readers, were: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man In The Mirror" and "Dirty Diana." The creative peaks were clearly the third and fourth singles in this sequence, which were the two songs that Jackson performed live on the Grammys on March 2, 1988.
Perry's previous hit, "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her fifth song to reach that plateau. No other artist has taken five songs (or even four songs) to the 4 million mark. Perry's closest competitors are Lady Gaga and Rihanna, both of whom have had three 4 million-sellers.
What's more, Perry has been in the lead position on all five of her hits: "Hot N Cold" (4,915,000), "California Gurls" (with Snoop Dogg, 4,879,000), "Firework" (4,531,000) and "I Kissed A Girl" (4,067,000).
It's a mark of how dominant Jackson was in the 1980s that he's still the one to equal in many respects.
Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" logs its seventh week at #1. It's the first song to spend seven weeks on top since "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna last summer. It's the first song by a female solo artist to stay on top this long since Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" had nine weeks on top in January and February 2010. It's the first song by a British artist to stay on top this long since Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" had 14 weeks on top in 1997-'98.
Lady Gaga's "The Edge Of Glory" holds at #6 in its sixth week on the chart. (The song has climbed as high as #3.) The song features a sax solo by Clarence Clemons, who died last week. Clemons also played on Aretha Franklin's sizzling "Freeway Of Love," a #3 smash in August 1985. He and Jackson Browne had a top 20 hit in January 1986 with "You're A Friend Of Mine." And of course he was featured on numerous hits by Bruce Springsteen. Clemons was the second member of the E Street Band to pass on. Danny Federici died of cancer in April 2008.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep." The song holds at #1 for the seventh straight week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (188K).
2. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, "Give Me Everything." The song holds at #2 for the fourth week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (200K).
3. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The song holds at #3 for the second week in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (209K).
4. Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The song jumps from #31 to #4 in its fourth week on the chart. It's Perry's eighth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #1 (235K).
5. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." The former #1 smash dips from #4 to #5 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (116K).
6. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory." The song holds at #6 for the second week in its sixth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (151K).
7. Jason Aldean, "Dirt Road Anthem." The song jumps from #9 to #7 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (189K).
8. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song jumps from #10 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (150K).
9. Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song." The song drops from #5 to #9 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (133K).
10. Lupe Fiasco, "The Show Goes On." The song rebounds from #11 to #10 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10.
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week after long runs. The Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" drops from #8 to #11. "One The Floor" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull drops from #7 to #12.
Jason Derulo's "Don't Wanna Go Home" jumps from #18 to #14 in its fifth week.
"Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars debuts at #16. Eminem's decision to bring in Bruno Mars on this record echoes his decision last year to reach out to Rihanna for "Love The Way You Lie." Both singers are constant pop radio presences. This would be Mars' third trip to the top 10 as a featured artist, following his star-making collabos with B.o.B and Travie McCoy. Digital sales rank: #8 (132K).
"Tonight Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae jumps from #22 to #20 in its 10th week....Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee" holds at #21 for the second week. In addition, it holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week..."Who Says" by Selena Gomez & the Scene jumps from #27 to #22 in its 14th week. This is the highest ranking to date for the song, which delivers the self-esteem boost of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" but with a peppy beat to match.
"Motivation" by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne dips from #23 to #24 in its 10th week. It holds at #1 on Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth stragiht week..."Remind Me" by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood jumps from #59 to #32 in its second week. This seems certain to become Paisley's highest-charting hit on the Hot 100, topping "He Didn't Have To Be," which peaked at #25. It's already his highest-charting collaboration, topping pairings with Alabama, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Keith Urban.
The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" jumps from #46 to #36 in its 30th week. A pop radio remix is giving the song a second life. It peaked at #19 originally.
Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" drops from #14 to #52 in its third week. (The title suddenly seems apt.) But I have good news for Coldplay, too. See below.
Four more songs by contestants on NBC's The Voice enter this week's Hot 100, joining Dia Frampton's version of Kanye West's "Heartless," which jumps from #78 to #57 in its second week. The new entries are Javier Colon's version of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" at #64, Vicci Martinez's remake of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" at #76, Casey Weston's version of KT Tunstall's "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree" at #90 and Xenia's version of "Price Tag" by Jessie J. featuring B.o.B at #99. Like American Idol and Glee before it, The Voice is making its mark on the charts.
Shania Twain's "Today Is Your Day" debuts at #66. It's her first Hot 100 hit since "Party For Two" seven years ago. "Today Is Your Day" contains the kind of peppy philosophy you would expect from someone who titled her fourth album Up!
"Rain Over Me" by Pitbull featuring Marc Anthony debuts at #75. These are two of the biggest pop stars of Latin heritage, but both were born in the U.S. Pitbull was born in Miami (of Cuban parents). Anthony was born in the Bronx. Anthony made the top 10 with "I Need To Know" and "You Sang To Me" in 1999-2000.
"Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine debuts at #85. The band's biggest hit, "Cupid's Chokehold," also featured the lead singer of a rival band: Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. It's a tribute to Levine's star-power that the credit doesn't mention Maroon 5. The credit for "Cupid's Chokehold" actually read: "featuring Patrick Stump (of Fall Out Boy)."
Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go" re-enters the chart at #89.
Paramore's "Monster" drops from #36 to #100 in its second week. The song is from the upcoming movie Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. (It will probably have a resurgence after the movie opens.)
Example's "Changed The Way You Kiss Me" is #1 in the U.K. for the second straight week. It's nowhere to be found on the Hot 100 for the second week.
Coldplay's rousing 2008 smash "Viva La Vida" tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the second song by a British act to reach this milestone. Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" hit the mark three weeks ago.
Gnarls Barkley's 2006 smash "Crazy" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. The song set the stage for Cee Lo Green's rafter-raising "F**k You (Forget You)," which has sold 4,820,000 copies. Black Eyed Peas principals Fergie and will.i.am have also topped the 3 million mark with both group and solo endeavors.
"I Need A Doctor" by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Gray tops the 2 million mark in digital sales. It's Dr. Dre's first song to reach this threshold. Keep in mind that most of Dre's biggest hits, including "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" and "Dre Day" (both with Snoop Dogg), were released well before the digital era. 2Pac's 1996 smash "California Love," on which Dre was featured (along with Roger Troutman), has sold 1,300,000 copies. The good doctor is very close to landing a second 2 million-seller. "Crack A Bottle," his chart-topping 2009 collabo with Eminem and 50 Cent, has sold 1,992,000 copies.
Lupe Fiasco's "The Show Goes On" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's his first song to reach this level. His equally well-crafted 2008 hit "Superstar" (featuring Matthew Santos) has sold 1,449,000 copies.