LMFAO has two songs in the top 10 on this week's Hot 100, a sign of how fast this second-generation duo has taken off. Their former #1 smash "Party Rock Anthem" holds at #4 in its 19th week in the top 10. Their fast-rising follow-up, "Sexy And I Know It," vaults from #25 to #10 in its fourth week.
The duo consists of Stefan "Redfoo" Gordy and Skyler "Sky Blu" Gordy, the son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.
"Party Rock Anthem," which features Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock, is the third best-selling song for the year-to-date, behind Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West.
"Moves Like Jagger by Maroon5 featuring Christina Aguilera holds at #1 for the fourth week. This is the longest that any Maroon5 song has held the top spot. "Makes Me Wonder" spent three weeks on top in 2007. Aguilera has had two longer-running #1 hits.
"Moves Like Jagger" sold 233K copies this week, which is its largest weekly tally to date. The song has sold 2,207,000 copies to date, a total surpassed by only one Maroon5 hit. "Makes Me Wonder" has sold 2,628,000 copies. ("Jagger" will top that in three weeks, tops.)
"Jagger" is also #1 in Canada and on Nielsen SoundScan's Euro chart, which is a composite chart for Europe. It's #2 in the U.K., Germany and Australia.
Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" holds at #3 for the fifth straight week. It's unusual for a song to spend that many weeks at #3, but it happens. Real McCoy's 1994 hit "Another Night" logged 11 weeks at #3 (its peak position). "Pumped Up Kicks" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
"You Make Me Feel..." by Cobra Starship featuring Sabi drops from #7 to #9. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. Last week, it tied "Good Girls Go Bad" as Cobra Starship's highest-charting hit to date. "Good Girls Go Bad," featuring Leighton Meester, hit #7 in August 2009.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger." The song holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (233K).
2. Adele, "Someone Like You." The former #1 song holds at #2 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (201K).
3. Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks." The song holds at #3 for the fifth week in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (177K).
4. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The former #1 song holds at #4 for the fourth week in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (149K).
5. Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts." The song holds at #5 for the second week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (140K).
7. Rihanna, "Cheers (Drink To That)." The song jumps from #8 to #7 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (114K).
8. Lady Gaga, "You And I." The song rebounds from #10 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (114K).
9. Cobra Starship featuring Sabi, "You Make Me Feel..." The song drops from #7 to #9 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (102K).
10. LMFAO, "Sexy And I Know It." The song jumps from #25 to #10 in its fourth week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #6 (139K).
Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" drops from #9 to #12, ending a 15-run week in the top 10.
"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Scottish DJ Calvin Harris is the week's top new entry at #16. It's the first single from Rihanna's upcoming sixth studio album, which is due Nov. 21. "We Found Love" is vying to become Rihanna's 20th top 10 hit. She first cracked the top 10 (with "Pon De Replay") a little more than six years ago.
Rihanna pulled four top 10 hits from her current album, Loud. It was her fourth consecutive album to yield three or more top 10 hits.
"We Found Love" got off to a fast start even though it had just four days of radio activity and digital sales in the tracking week. (It was released on Thursday, Sept. 22.) The song enters Hot Digital Songs at #7 (117K).
"Marvin & Chardonnay" by Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash jumps from #38 to #32 in its 10th week. The song also jumps from #8 to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, displacing DJ Khaled's 11-week champ "I'm On One." This is the first #1 for Big Sean and Roscoe Dash; the fourth for West. Marvin Gaye, who is saluted in the song, amassed 13 #1 R&B hits between 1965 and 1983.
Rodney Atkins' "Take A Back Road" drops from #28 to #30 in its 17th week. The song tops Hot Country Songs for the second week..."Better With The Lights Off" by New Boyz featuring Chris Brown jumps from #47 to #42 in its 13th week...Gavin DeGraw's "Not Over You" jumps from #63 to #50 in its seventh week.
Darren Criss' rendition of Tom Jones' 1965 smash "It's Not Unusual" debuts at #65. It's the highest of three Glee songs to crack this week's chart. Criss is 24, the same age that Jones was when his version of the song first charted in April 1965. "It's Not Unusual" was the first of 29 Hot 100 hits for the Welsh entertainer.
It's too soon to know if Criss will prosper as a recording star beyond Glee, but he clearly has talent and charisma. Which brings me to a gripe I have with Glee. I wish the producers would give star billing to its cast regulars rather than simply bill all the songs as by "Glee Cast."
Two other Glee songs debut this week. "You Can't Stop The Beat," from the 2002 musical Hairspray, bows at #67. "We Got The Beat," a cover of a 1982 Go-Go's smash, opens at #83.
"Y.U. Mad" by BirdMan featuring Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne debuts at #68. This is an example of how our texting culture is affecting song titles. Other examples from the past year or so include "OMG" by Usher featuring will.i.am, Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" and Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."
BirdMan's highest-charting hit as a lead artist is "Stuntin' Like My Daddy," a collabo with Lil Wayne which peaked at #21 in 2006.
Two songs by Demi Lovato debut this week (joining the already charted "Skyscraper," which rebounds from #61 to #55 in its 11th week). "Fix A Heart" bows at #69. "Unbroken" opens at #98. Lovato has had two top 10 hits on the Hot 100: "This Is Me" with Joe Jonas in 2008 (billed as Camp Rock Cast) and "Skyscraper" in July. Lovato's Unbroken album this week becomes her third straight top five album on The Billboard 200. But you already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.
J. Cole's "Work Out" jumps from #79 to #74 in its fourth week. The rapper's debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, is expected to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with sales in the 225K range. J. Cole first cracked the Hot 100 in June 2010 with "Who Dat," which reached #93. He was subsequently featured on Miguel's "All I Want Is You," which peaked at #58. The 26-year old rapper is rising very quickly.
"Mrs. Right" by Mindless Behavior featuring Diggy jumps from #92 to #77 in its fourth week. The R&B teen quartet's debut album, #1 Girl, enters The Billboard 200 at #7 this week...The Band Perry's "All Your Life" jumps from #88 to #78 in its third week. It's the trio's follow-up to "If I Die Young," which is the fifth best-selling country song in digital history..."Wet The Bed" by Chris Brown featuring Ludacris jumps from #90 to #80 in its third week. That's one of the more unlikely song titles ever to grace, if that's the word, the Hot 100.
Jason Aldean's "Tattoos On This Town" bows at #81. It's the opening track from Aldean's My Kinda Party album, which, as of this week, is the #2 best-selling CD (from any genre) so far this year. Only Adele's 21 has sold more CDs in 2011. If you combine CDs and digital albums, My Kinda Party is #5 for the year. But that's different.
Last week I told you that Tony Bennett has a 60-year span of hits on Billboard's pop chart, from "Because Of You" (a future #1) in June 1951 to "Body And Soul," his pairing with Amy Winehouse, last week. (It falls off this week.) Bennett has nearly as long a span of chart hits in the U.K. The span there is more than 56 years, from "Stranger In Paradise" (likewise, a future #1) in April 1955 to "Body And Soul," which sticks around for a second week this week.
OneRepublic's "Good Life" and Lady Gaga's "The Edge Of Glory" both top the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
Jason Derulo's "Don't Wanna Go Home" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. It's his fourth consecutive million-seller.