"We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae jumps to #1 in its 11th week on the Hot 100. The song received two tremendous boosts from high-profile TV shows. It was featured on Glee on Dec. 6 and was used in a TV commercial on the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
A version of the song by the Glee Cast debuted and peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in December, the same week that the fun. version debuted at #53. The fun. version dropped off the Hot 100 after two appearances, but it re-entered the chart in January. The subsequent Super Bowl usage (in an ad for Chevrolet's Sonic) really kicked the song into high gear. The song has sold 1,133,000 million copies in the four full sales weeks since the Super Bowl, which is 77% of its total to date of 1,480,000.
Glee has revived more than 50 Hot 100 #1 hits since the series' debut in 2009. "We Are Young" is the first #1 hit that it played a key role in breaking. (The Glee version has sold 360,000 digital copies.)
"We Are Young" has been #1 on Hot Digital Songs for three of the past four weeks. The retro-sounding single is the first song to top the digital sales chart for three weeks in 2012.
Pop Quiz: "We Are Young" is the second song that begins with the first-person plural pronoun to top the Hot 100 so far this year, following "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris. Six other songs that begin with "We" have topped the Hot 100. How many of them can you name? Answer below.
"Young, Wild & Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars jumps from #9 to #7 (its highest ranking to date). This is its fifth week in the top 10, but it's the first time it has had back-to-back weeks in the top 10, a sign of what a "wild" ride this song has had on the Hot 100. I like this record's loose, funky vibe. If you do too, you should check out War's 1975 hit "Why Can't We Be Friends?," to which this song has a passing resemblance.
"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra jumps from #16 to #9. The song is #1 in the U.K. for the third week, which is the longest run at #1 in that country so far this year.
Quiz Answer: "We Found Love" and "We Are Young" follow the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" (1966), USA for Africa's "We Are The World" (1985), Starship's "We Built This City" (1985), Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" (1989), Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (2005) and Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" (2010). I'll also accept Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" (1973).
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young." The song jumps from #3 to #1 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (302K).
2. Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The former #1 song dips to #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (197K).
3. Adele, "Set Fire To The Rain." The former #1 song dips from #2 to #3 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (145K).
4. The Wanted, "Glad You Came." The song jumps from #5 to #4 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. The song was #1 in the U.K. for two weeks in July. Digital sales rank: #2 (206K).
5. Katy Perry, "Part Of Me." The former #1 song dips from #4 to #5 in its third week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #7 (142K).
6. Nicki Minaj, "Starships." The song jumps from #10 to #6 in its third week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #4 (161K).
7. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, "Young, Wild & Free." The song jumps from #9 to #7 (its highest ranking to date) in its 21st week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (109K).
8. David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, "Turn Me On." The song holds at #8 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (89K).
9. Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know." The song jumps from #16 to #9 in its ninth week on the chart. The song is #1 in the U.K. for the third week, the longest run so far this year. Digital sales rank: #5 (148K).
10. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The former #1 song drops from #6 to #10 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 23rd week in the top 10. The song was #1 in the U.K. for six weeks from October to December. Digital sales rank: #31 (62K).
Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" drops from #7 to #12. But the prolific Mr. Rida has another song hot on its heels. "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) jumps from #35 to #19 in its 10th week.
Drake has two songs in the top 15 this week. "Take Care" (featuring Rihanna) jumps from #15 to #11. It appears to be on the verge of re-entering the top 10. "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne) jumps from #17 to #15 (its highest ranking to date). Both songs have been charted for 16 weeks… Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl" jumps from #24 to #18 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #9 (119K).
"Live My Life" by Far*East Movement featuring Justin Bieber debuts at #21. The song is vying to become the third top 10 hit for both acts. It's from Far*East Movement's upcoming fourth album, Dirty Bass. Digital sales rank: #8 (127K)…Train's "Drive By" jumps from #32 to #23 in its eighth week…Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" jumps from #38 to #31 in its second week.
Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" jumps from #46 to #34 in its fourth week…Adele's "Rumour Has It" jumps from #51 to #39 in its 12th week…Miranda Lambert's "Over You" jumps from #52 to #40 in its seventh week…Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" jumps from #64 to #52 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #8...Beyonce's "Love On Top" jumps from #57 to #54 in its 16th week. The song is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week.
Usher's "Climax" vaults from #81 to #57 in its second week…Kenny Chesney's "Reality" jumps from #71 to #63 in its 17th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Chesney's 21st #1 country hit...Jason Aldean's "Fly Over States" jumps from #92 to #64 in its second week…Tim McGraw's "Better Than I Used To Be" jumps from #80 to #65 (its highest ranking to date) in its seventh week.
Kirko Bangz's "Drank In My Cup" leaps from #96 to #68 in its fourth week…"Roman Reloaded" by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne debuts at #70. It's the second single from Minaj's upcoming sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is due April 3…Brantley Gilbert's "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" jumps from #94 to #76 in its sixth week…George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" jumps from #93 to #77 in its seventh week.
Eric Church's "Springsteen" debuts at #79. The song is from Church's album Chief, which entered The Billboard 200 at #1 in July. This isn't the first time that Bruce Springsteen has been the subject of a Hot 100 hit. TV heartthrob turned pop star Rick Springfield hit #27 in January 1985 with "Bruce."
"Faded" by Tyga featuring Lil Wayne leaps from #100 to #82 in its seventh week…Montgomery Gentry's "Where I Come From" jumps from #98 to #83 in its ninth week…"Ayy Ladies" by Travis Porter featuring Tyga debuts at #88. It's the third Hot 100 single for the hip-hop trio…Melanie Fiona's "4 AM" re-enters the chart at #90 (its highest ranking to date). The song is from Fiona's upcoming sophomore album, The MF Life, which is due March 20. (Great title.)
Three Monkees hits (all of which reached #1 on the Hot 100) enter the Hot Digital Songs chart in the week following the death of the group's front man Davy Jones. "Daydream Believer" sold 39K copies this week (bringing its total to 406K). "I'm A Believer" sold 24K copies (bringing its total to 364K). "Last Train To Clarksville" sold 15K (bringing its total to 209K). Two more Monkees songs are bubbling under the chart. "(Theme From) The Monkees," one of the best TV theme songs of its time, sold 10K. "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (the B side of "I'm A Believer") sold 7K. Fun songs, all.
R.I.P.: Robert Sherman had a "super" year in 1964. He and his brother Richard Sherman wrote the score for the Disney classic Mary Poppins and also knocked off a little ditty for the New York World's Fair. Surely you remember "It's A Small World." Mary Poppins topped The Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1965, longer than any other album that year. The score brought the Shermans two Oscars and a Grammy. The Shermans also created pair of top 10 hits in 1959-1960. "Tall Paul," which they co-wrote for Annette Funicello, is long-forgotten, but "You're Sixteen," which they wrote for Johnny Burnette, has endured. (Ringo Starr took the song to #1 in 1974.) Robert Sherman died on Monday. He was 86.
"Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. The song topped the Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks in June and July 2007. This Rihanna's fourth 4 million-seller, following "Disturbia" and a pair of "rap/sung" collabos on which she was featured: Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" and T.I.'s "Live Your Life." It's Jay-Z's second 4-million-seller, following "Empire State Of Mind," his 2009 collabo with Alicia Keys.
Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her third song to reach this plateau…Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week, one week after "Jar Of Hearts" topped the 3 million mark.