"Work B*ch!," which will appear on Spears' upcoming eighth studio album, is vying to become Spears' 13th top 10 hit. The song is already in the top 10 (at #6) on Hot Digital Songs (174K).
Spears has also recorded a "clean" version of the song, "Work Work." (Guess which will sell better.)
Other charted hits with the word "bitch" in their titles include Jet's "Cold Hard Bitch (#55 in 2004), Godsmack's "Cryin' Like A Bitch!" (#74 in 2010) and Ben Folds' "Bitches Ain't S**t" (#71 in 2005). (All of these titles are shown exactly the way they were on the records.)
I have additional notes on all three of these songs. Let's take them in order. "Wrecking Ball" tops 1 million in digital sales this week. Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, had just one #1 hit on Hot Country Songs. That was his first hit, "Achy Breaky Heart," which led the list for five weeks in May and June 1992 (before Miley was born).
You all know that Perry's last album, Teenage Dream, tied Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad by generating five #1 singles. (They're the only two albums in history to have achieved that feat.) When "Roar" hit #1, Perry's upcoming follow-up album, Prism, tied Jackson's follow-up album, Dangerous, which spawned one #1 hit, "Black Or White." Will Prism (due Oct. 22) surpass Dangerous by yielding a second #1 hit? Stay tuned.
A "preview song" from Prism, "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), is the week's second highest new entry at #17. (It's the second song with that title to crack the top 20: George Harrison took a song with the same title to #15 in early 1975.) Perry's song enters Hot Digital Songs at #4 (194K).
"Royals" is #1 on Alternative Songs for a seventh week, extending its record for the longest run by a female solo artist in the chart's 25-year history.
"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips from #4 to #5. It's #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 16th week. That's the longest run at #1 by any song since "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five stayed on top for 17 weeks in 1947. Moreover, it's one of the five longest runs on top since the chart was introduced in 1942.
Lady Gaga's "Applause" dips from #7 to #8. The song tops 1 million in digital sales this week.
Another Drake track, "Wu-Tang Forever," jumps from #88 to #52 in its second week on the Hot 100.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" holds at #1 for the second week in its fifth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (301K)…Katy Perry’s "Roar" holds at #2 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (301K)… Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #3 for the third week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (307K)… Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" jumps from #5 to #4 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (189K)…"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips from #4 to #5 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (111K).
The Second Five: "Holy Grail" by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake holds at #6 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #10 (134K)…"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan jumps from #9 to #7 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (150K)…Lady Gaga’s "Applause" dips from #7 to #8 in its sixth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #7 (160K)… "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais rebounds from #10 to #9 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (110K)…Capital Cities' "Safe And Sound" rebounds from #12 to #10 in its 21st week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #8. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #20 (65K).
Eminem’s "Berzerk" drops from #8 to #11. Digital sales rank: #9 (147K)
"Lolly" by Maejor Ali featuring Juicy J & Justin Bieber debuts at #19. It's from Maejor Ali's upcoming debut album, Something About B.M. (his real name is Brandon Green.) Incidentally, put this song title together with *NSYNC's "Pop" (#19 in 2001) and you have Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" (#1 in 2008).
"Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert, which drops from #19 to #25 in its 28th week, tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's more than halfway to matching Lady Gaga's equally gay-friendly "Born This Way," which has sold 3,932,000. "White Walls," the fourth chart hit from the duo's hit album The Heist, debuts at #100.
Justin Timberlake's "TKO" debuts at #54. It's from The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, which is due Sept. 30. The great Teddy Pendergrass reached #44 in 1981 (the year Timberlake was born) with a song titled "Love T.K.O."
Imagine Dragons' "Monster" debuts at #78. This is from the Infinity Blade III soundtrack. (That's an action role-playing game, not a movie.)…"Show Me" by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown debuts at #82. It's from Kid Ink's second full-length album, My Own Lane. (There was a song called "Show Me" in the greatest Broadway musical of all time, My Fair Lady, but I'm guessing this is a different song.)
Gavin DeGraw’s "Best I Ever Had" debuts at #88. It's from his fifth studio album, Make A Move, which is due Oct. 15…Parmalee's "Carolina" debuts at #93. This is a remix of a song that first appeared on the country group's 2008 EP, Complicated. The group includes brothers Matt Thomas and Scott Thomas…Ellie Goulding's "Burn" re-enters the chart at #99. The song has climbed as high as #53.
Two songs other top the 1 million mark this week: Randy Houser's "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" and "Bad" by Wale featuring Tiara Thomas.
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