Both of these songs seriously stretch the definition of country music. Pop titans Max Martin and Shellback co-wrote and co-produced Swift's hit. Pop and R&B giant Lionel Richie wrote and produced Rogers' smash. (Country radio was far more accepting of Rogers' adult contemporary-style ballad, which reached #1 on Hot Country Songs, than they have been of Swift's sleek pop hit, which debuted and peaked at #13 on the country chart.)
Swift is the fifth artist in digital history to have the two best-selling songs in the U.S. simultaneously. Mariah Carey was the first artist to achieve the feat, with "Don't Forget About Us" and her holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in December 2005. Beyonce scored in November 2008 with "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" and "If I Were A Boy." The Black Eyed Peas did it in June 2009 with "I Gotta Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow." Ke$ha followed suit in January 2010 with "TiK ToK" and "Blah Blah Blah" (featuring 3OH3!). (You'll notice that they're all female solo artists or female-centered bands. Beyonce wasn't kidding when she sang "Run The World (Girls).")
"Ronan" enters the Hot 100 at #16. (Hot Digital Songs is based entirely on sales. The Hot 100 also takes into account airplay and streaming activity.)
Since "Lady," four songs by "core country artists" have each spent two weeks at #1: Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love A Rainy Night," "Islands In The Stream" by Rogers & Parton and Lonestar's "Amazed."
Maroon5's "One More Night" jumps from #3 to #2. This is the group's seventh week at #2 so far this year. "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) spent six weeks in the runner-up spot.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" returns to #1 for a third week in its fifth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (284K)… Maroon 5's "One More Night" jumps from #3 to #2 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (196K)…Flo Rida's "Whistle" drops from #1 to #3 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (151K)…fun.'s "Some Nights" jumps from #5 to #4 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (160K)… Ellie Goulding's "Lights" dips from #4 to #5 in its 38th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #23 (64K).
The Second Five: P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" rebounds from #11 to #6 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (113K)…"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean rebounds from #9 to #7 (its highest ranking to date) in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (114K)… Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" drops from #6 to #8 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (93K)…"Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen dips from #8 to #9 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (108K)…Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #15 to #10 in its 24th week on the chart. This is Clare's first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #6 (127K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" drops from #7 to #11, ending a 13-week run in the top 10. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" drops from #10 to #12, ending a 23-week run in the top 10. It's the year's second biggest hit and, like the year's biggest hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, is likely to receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Phillip Phillips' "Home" dips from #21 to #22 in its 11th week. The song has climbed as high as #9. The song logs its seventh week in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Digital sales rank: #9 (111K)…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" jumps from #27 to #24 in its 11th week...Little Big Town's "Pontoon" drops from #23 to #27 in its 14th week. The song climbed as high as #22. The song holds at #1 on Top Country Songs for the second week.
Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" jumps from #78 to #39 in its ninth week in the wake of Ocean's performance of the song on the VMA Awards. This is by far the highest the song has climbed to date. Its previous peak was #72…Miguel's "Adorn" jumps from #53 to #41 in its sixth week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It's Miguel's third #1 R&B hit in the past 16 months, following "Sure Thing" and Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb," on which he was featured...Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" jumps from #63 to #49 in its 14th week. The video for the song was nominated for a VMA last week as Best Rock Video. The band's debut album, Night Visions, enters The Billboard 200 at #2 this week.
Luke Bryan's Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" jumps from #75 to #68 in its third week…"Birthday Song" by 2 Chainz featuring Kanye West jumps from #79 to #70 in its fifth week…Karmin's "Hello" jumps from #89 to #77 in its second week…Passion Pit's "Take A Walk" jumps from #99 to #87 in its second week..
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