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Week Ending April 28, 2013. Songs: Rihanna Ties Mariah

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“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko jumps to #1 on the all-format Radio Songs chart, displacing Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” which had ruled for five weeks. It’s Rihanna’s 11th #1 on the chart, which puts her in a tie with Mariah Carey for the most #1s in the chart’s 22-year history. (This isn’t the Hot 100, but rather the key radio chart that is a component of the Hot 100.) On the Hot 100, “Stay” rebounds from #6 to #3, which matches its highest ranking to date.

Wanna know the rest of the artists with the most #1 hits on the Radio Songs chart? Billboard’s Gary Trust notes that Usher is in third place with seven #1 hits, followed by Ludacris and Kanye West, with six each. 50 Cent, Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry have each had five.

Carey and Usher are both reality TV stars this season (on American Idol and The Voice, respectively). It’s precisely these Radio Songs smashes that gave them the credibility to land these lucrative TV gigs. (Imagine what kind of money the networks would throw at current radio titans, such as Rihanna, Mars or Perry. Of course, those artists are a little busy just now.)

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“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. “Just Give Me A Reason” has a slim 2% lead in overall chart points over “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, which holds at #2 for the second week. That was the tightest race for #1 in almost six months.

“Can’t Hold Us” moves up to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. The duo’s previous hit, “Thrift Shop,” was the #1 digital seller for 10 weeks. This gives the duo 11 weeks atop the Digital Songs chart so far this year, which may be an insurmountable lead. Carly Rae Jepsen and Taylor Swift each topped the chart for eight weeks last year, which was more than any other act. LMFAO was #1 for 11 weeks in 2011, which was more than any other act that year. Katy Perry was the 2010 leader, with 10 weeks on top. The Black Eyed Peas were out front for 20 weeks in 2009, which is more than any other act in a calendar year since the inception of the Digital Songs chart in October 2004.

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“Can’t Hold Us” holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for the second week. “Thrift Shop” headed the chart the previous 14 weeks. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the first lead artist to remain #1 on this chart for 16 or more consecutive weeks since Alicia Keys was on top for 17 consecutive weeks in late 2007 and early 2008 with “No One” (10 weeks) followed by “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” (seven weeks). If you broaden the discussion to include featured artists, Lil Wayne was on top for 18 consecutive weeks in 2011 with Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” and then DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” (which also featured Drake and Rick Ross).

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Justin Timberlake lands his 11th top five hit since going solo as “Mirrors” jumps from #7 to #5. With *NSYNC, he had six top five hits from 1999 to 2002. “Mirrors” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

Like most pop and hip-hop stars, Timberlake has released a lot of collabos. “Mirrors” is his fourth top five hit that is strictly a solo endeavor. It follows “Cry Me A River,” “Rock Your Body” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”

Timberlake has a second song in this week’s top 10. “Suit & Tie,” his smash collabo with Jay-Z, rebounds from #8 to #7. “Suit And Tie” is one of seven songs to have sold 2 million copies so far in 2013. It’s the only one of the seven that was first released in 2013.

“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera rebounds from #9 to #8, matching its highest ranking to date. The song returns to #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs, displacing PSY’s “Gentleman,” which took an unexpected tumble. (Details below the top 10.)

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“I Love It” by Swedish duo Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #13 to #9. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” jumps from #12 to #10. This puts the song back in the top 10 after a three-week absence. It’s #1 on Rock Songs for the sixth week. The band has three songs on this week’s Hot 100. “It’s Time,” which peaked at #15, dips from #48 to #49. “Demons,” which has climbed as high as #89, re-enters the chart at #96.

Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess holds at #1 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (253K)…“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton holds at #2 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (259K)…“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko rebounds from #6 to #3 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (162K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz dips from #3 to #4 in its 30th week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (131K)… Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” jumps from #7 to #5 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (175K).

The Second Five: Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” drops from #4 to #6 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (116)…“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z rebounds from #8 to #7 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (81K)…“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera rebounds from #9 to #8 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (83K)… “I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #13 to #9 in its 13th week on the chart. It’s the first top 10 hit for both acts. Digital sales rank: #7 (133K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” rebounds from #12 to #10 in its 35th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10.

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Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. PSY’s “Gentleman” plunges from #5 to #26 in its third week. It spent just one week in the top 10, compared to 12 weeks for its gargantuan predecessor, “Gangnam Style.” Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” dips from #10 to #11, ending a 10-week run in the top 10.

Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” dips from #11 to #12 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #10. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” rebounds from #14 to #13 in its 30th week. The song peaked at #8. Digital sales rank: #5 (137K). The song logs its ninth week at #1 on Hot Country Songs. This is the longest run at #1 by an ongoing duo since “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” by the husband-and-wife duo Carl Butler and Pearl topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1962-1963.

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“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams jumps from #19 to #14 in its second week. The song also jumps to #1 on the Official U.K. Chart. It’s just the sixth hit by a French artist to reach #1 in the U.K. It follows Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus” (a collabo with U.K. artist Jane Birkin, 1969), Charles Aznavour’s “She” (1974), Mr. Oizo’s “Flat Beat” (1999), Modjo’s “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)” (2000) and five hits by David Guetta from 2009 to 2012.

Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” holds at #15 for the second week in its 12th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Digital sales rank: #10 (114K).

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“#ThatPower” by will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber vaults from #43 to #17 in its sixth week… “The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller rebounds from #32 to #19 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #10…Taylor Swift lands her 29th top 20 hit as “22” jumps from #24 to #20 in its ninth week.

“Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida jumps from #31 to #25 in its 15th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…“Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies & Friends jumps from #36 to #27 in its fifth week.

Ciara’s “Body Party” is the week’s top new entry at #35. It’s from Ciara’s fifth studio album, which is due July 5…Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me” leaps from #46 to #36 in its 10th week…Krewella’s “Alive” jumps from #44 to #38 in its 11th week.

“No New Friends” by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne is the week’s second highest new entry at #55. It’s from DJ Khaled’s upcoming seventh studio album, Suffering From Success.

Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” debuts at #61. It’s from her fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest, which is due July 16…“U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Future & Rick Ross jumps from #86 to #69 in its third week.

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Lana Del Rey’s “Young And Beautiful” debuts at #82. It’s the first single from the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby. (That’s the official billing.) Jay-Z served as the soundtrack’s executive producer. The soundtrack to Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge reached #3 in June 2001.

“Memories Back Then” by Hustle Gang featuring Kendrick Lamar and Kris Stephens debuts at #88. It was recorded for T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, but didn’t make the album because of sample clearance issues. Instead, it will appear on a Hustle Gang EP compilation…Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In” debuts at #99. It’s from Uncaged, which topped The Billboard 200 for two weeks last July.

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Two classics by George Jones sold well in the week after his death. His 1980 classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today” sold 34K copies (bringing its total to 450K). His 1985 hit “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” sold 11K (bringing its total to 102K). “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which is widely regarded as one of the finest singles in country music history, topped Hot Country Songs on July 5, 1980. It was named Single of the Year for 1980 by the Country Music Assn. It was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.

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