Taylor Swift has the three highest debuting songs on this week's Hot 100. Does she have a new album coming soon? No. These are songs that were previously available only on a deluxe CD edition of her 2010 album Speak Now, available only through Target. Now the songs are available digitally. The songs are "If This Was A Movie," which debuts at #10; "Ours," which bows at #13; and "Superman," which opens at #26. "If This Was A Movie" is Swift's 10th top 10 hit. This puts her just behind Kenny Rogers as the "core country artist" with the most top 10 hits. Rogers had 11 top 10 hits, counting two 1960s hits with the First Edition. Rogers hit his peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s with such hits as "She Believes In Me" and "Lady." Swift wasn't even born until 1989.
Several other artists who were embraced by country radio, but were most at home in other formats, have had 10 or more top 10 hits on the Hot 100. These artists include Elvis Presley (38), Patti Page (24), the Everly Brothers (15), Olivia Newton-John (15), Brenda Lee (12), Ray Charles (11), Eagles (10) and Linda Ronstadt (10).
"If This Was A Movie" is Swift's eighth song to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10. That's more than any other artist in history. I'm not going to make too much of this, because until 1995, it was very rare for a single to debut in the top 10.
Swift has two other songs on this week's Hot 100. "Sparks Fly" drops from #42 to #49 in its 16th week (it peaked at #17). "Haunted" re-enters the chart at #98. In addition, "Sparks Fly" moves up to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Swift's fifth #1 on that chart.
"If This Was A Movie" and "Ours" both debut in the top five on Hot Digital Songs. "If This Was A Movie" opens at #3 (162K). "Ours" opens at #5 (148K).
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris holds at #1 for the third straight week. The song also returns to #1 in the U.K. This is its fourth week on top there. Only one of Rihanna's previous singles was a bigger transatlantic #1 hit. Her 2007 smash "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z) topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks and headed the U.K. chart for 10 weeks. "Take A Bow," "Only Girl (In The World) and "What's My Name? (featuring Drake) also hit #1 in both countries, but they didn't settle in for long stays at #1, like these other two. Rihanna's follow-up single, "You Da One," enters this week's Hot 100 at #73.
Adele's "Someone Like You" holds at #3. The song spent five weeks at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. It was the first song to spend that many weeks at #1 in both countries since Katy Perry's 2008 smash "I Kissed A Girl" spent seven weeks at #1 in the U.S. and five weeks on top in the U.K. "Someone Like You" has sold 2,825,000 copies, which puts it at #14 for the year-to-date. Adele is #1 for the year-to-date with "Rolling In The Deep." She's the only strictly solo artist (no collabos) with two songs in the top 15.
"Without You" by David Guetta featuring Usher jumps from #6 to #4. This is Guetta's highest-charting hit to date, topping "Sexy Chick" (featuring Akon), which peaked at #5 in February 2010. How versatile is Usher? The R&B/pop superstar is featured on current Hot 100 hits by Guetta, one of the hottest dance music stars of recent years, and Romeo Santos, the former lead singer of the Latin music group Aventura. Usher joined Santos to perform "Promise" on last week's Latin Grammy Awards. The song jumps from #91 to #83 in its fourth week.
Bruno Mars lands his seventh top 10 hit as "It Will Rain" jumps from #12 to #9. It's been less than two years since Mars made his first appearance on the Hot 100 (on Feb. 3, 2010, as the featured vocalist on B.o.B's "Nothin' On You"). He has since brought a much-needed dose of sweetness and warmth to a turbo-charged pop radio environment. "Nothin' On You" and Mars' solo hits "Just The Way You Are" and "Grenade" have logged a combined total of 10 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100. His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans has sold a healthy 1,321,000 copies. And the album has done it the hard way: little by little, week by week. The album has never sold more than 84,000 copies in any one week. In fact, there have been only four weeks when it sold even 50K copies.
"It Will Rain" is from the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, which enters The Billboard 200 at #4 this week. The movie is due Nov. 18. This is, by far, the biggest hit to emerge from a Twilight movie. It surpasses Paramore's "Decode" from the first movie, which hit #33 in 2008.
"Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, which dips from #5 to #7, tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the group's best-seller to date. "Cupid's Chokehold," featuring Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, has sold 1,953,000 copies since its release in 2007. (The billing on that record showed Fall Out Boy in parentheses after Stump's name, to help people who couldn't quite place his name. Such a move apparently wasn't deemed necessary with Levine, whose star power has increased greatly this year thanks to his judge's role on The Voice and to his simultaneous top 10 hits.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, "We Found Love." The song holds at #1 for the third week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (227K).
2. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song holds at #2 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (195K).
3. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song holds at #3 for the second week in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (143K).
4. David Guetta featuring Usher, "Without You." The song jumps from #6 to #4 in its 11th week on the chart. This is Guetta's highest-charting hit to date, topping "Sexy Chick" (featuring Akon), which peaked at #5 in February 2010. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (162K).
5. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger." The former #1 song dips from #4 to #5 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (120K). The song has sold 3,264,000 copies, which puts it at #7 for the year-to-date.
6. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song dips from #5 to #6 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (93K).
7. Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks." The song holds at #7 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (117K). The song has sold 3,226,000 copies, which puts it at #8 for the year-to-date.
8. Flo Rida, "Good Feeling." The song holds at #8 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (139K).
9. Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain." The song jumps from #21 to #9 in its sixth week. Its' Mars' seventh top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #8 (130K).
10. Taylor Swift, "If This Was A Movie." This new entry is Swift's 10th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (162K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. "You Make Me Feel…." by Cobra Starship featuring Sabi drops from #9 to #11. "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock drops from #10 to #14, ending a 25-week run in the top 10.
Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" jumps from #18 to #15 in its fifth week, continuing its steady march to the top 10…"Ni**as In Paris" by Jay-Z/Kanye West dips from #16 to #17 in its 14th week. It holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third week...J. Cole's "Work Out" jumps from #25 to #22 in its 11th week.
The Band Perry's "If I Die Young," which won as Best Single and Best Song at last week's Country Music Awards, rebounds from #40 to #30 in its 51st week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #14. It has sold 3,386,000 digital copies, which is the fourth highest total for a country song in digital history. It trails only Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (5,440,000) and a pair of hits by Taylor Swift, "Love Story" (5,134,000) and "You Belong With Me" (3,859,000). The family trio's current "All Your Life" jumps from #63 to #37 in its 10th week. The Band Perry won as Best New Artist at the CMAs and is likely to be in the running for that same award when the Grammy nominations are announced on Nov. 30.
"Run" by Matt Nathanson featuring Sugarland debuts at #53, instantly becoming Nathanson's highest-charting hit to date. The "adult alternative" singer/songwriter first charted in 2008. The two acts performed the smoldering ballad on the CMAs. The song appears on Nathanson's Modern Love album, which re-enters The Billboard 200 at #180. Sugarland has three of the five best-selling songs by ongoing country duos (as opposed to one-off collabos). The tandem of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush is represented in the top five with "Stuck Like Glue" (2,243,000), "Stay (1,719,000) and "All I Want To Do" (1,266,000). The top five is rounded out by Big & Rich's "Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy), which is #2 with sales of 2,243,000, and Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," which is #4 with sales of 1,523,000.
Several other songs move up as a result of CMA exposure. Lady Antebellum's "We Owned The Night" jumps from #46 to #32 in its 13th week. Eric Church's "Drink In My Hand" jumps from #61 to #40 in its eighth week. "Easy" by Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield jumps from #51 to #43 in its 16th week. Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" jumps from #83 to #61 in its sixth week.
Mac Miller's "Smile Back" bows at #55. This is the third song from Miller's debut album, Blue Slide Park, to crack the Hot 100. It follows "Frick Park Market," which reached #60, and "Party On Fifth Ave.," which hit #64 last week and this week drops to #79. Miller's earlier "Donald Trump" reached #79, but it isn't included on the album. Blue Slide Park enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week. You already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link…Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" jumps from #59 to #46 in its fourth week.
Blake Shelton's remake of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" bows at #63. The two stars teamed to open the CMAs with the song. Shelton's version sold 43K copies last week. Loggins' sold 14K. Loggins' version topped the Hot 100 for three weeks in the spring of 1984…The Glee version of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" bows at #68. Joel's original, which was an homage to the sound of the Four Seasons, logged five weeks at #3 in the fall of 1983…Dierks Bentley's "Home" bows at #70. This is the title song from Bentley's seventh studio album, which is due in February. Bentley's highest-charting hit to date on the Hot 100 is 2003's "What Was I Thinkin'," which reached #22.
Faith Hill's "Come Home" bows at #82. The original version of the song, by OneRepublic featuring Sara Bareilles, peaked at #80 in 2009. The song is from an upcoming Hill album. Hill has amassed five top 10 hits, including a 1997 debut with her husband Tim McGraw. Hill is the only artist in Hot 100 history to remain on the Hot 100 for a full year with back-to-back singles. She stayed on for 53 weeks with 1999's "Breathe" and for 56 weeks with its follow-up, 2000's "The Way You Love Me." (One other act stayed on the chart for a full year with two different singles, but they weren't back-to-back hits. Lifehouse charted for 54 weeks with 2001's "Hanging By A Moment" and for 62 weeks with 2005's "You And Me.")
Fan Tribute: Heavy D & the Boyz' 1991 hit "Now That We Found Love" sold 18K digital copies last week, in the wake of Heavy D's death. The song has sold 395K digital copies to date. Aaron Hall, who sang a backing vocal on this hit, went on to land a few hits of his own, notably 1994's "I Miss You."