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Week Ending Aug. 12, 2012. Songs: Flo Rida Breaks Female Lock

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Flo Rida's "Whistle" jumps to #1 on the Hot 100, displacing Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," which was #1 for nine weeks. Female solo artists and male/female collabos have had a near-lock on the #1 spot this year. "Whistle" is only the second #1 hit so far this year on which a woman wasn't at least featured. The only other all-male #1 of 2012 is LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It," which hit #1 in January.

The last time a male solo artist who was strictly solo hit #1 was in February 2011, when Wiz Khalifa's "Black And Yellow" grabbed the top spot for one week.

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"Whistle" is Flo Rida's third #1 hit in less than five years. His previous #1s were "Low" (featuring T-Pain) and "Right Round" (featuring Ke$ha, whose credit was mysteriously removed mid-way through the song's run at #1.) Flo Rida is the hottest act to come out of the Sunshine State since KC & the Sunshine Band, which knocked out five #1 hits between 1975 and 1980.

Billboard's Gary Trust notes that Flo Rida is one of only five rappers in chart history to amass three or more #1 hits on the Hot 100 as a lead (or co-lead) artist. He follows Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Diddy), Nelly, 50 Cent and Eminem, each of whom piled up four #1 hits as lead artists.

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Ellie Goulding's "Lights," which initially seemed to have the edge to move up to #1 this week, holds at #2 for the second week. Her biggest U.K. hit to date, a cover of Elton John's "Your Song," also peaked at #2. "Lights" stalled at #49 in the U.K.

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" drops to #3 following nine weeks on top. It's the #3 song for the year-to-date. Though Jepsen is 26, she sounds 10 years younger on this fizzy smash. It's the opposite of the situation with Jackie Evancho, who is 12 but sounds about 35. Jepsen's follow-up, "Good Time," a collabo with Owl City, jumps from #14 to #13 in its seventh week, matching its highest ranking to date. Digital sales rank: #9 (122K).

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Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," which holds at #4 for the second week, tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the 19th song to top 2 million in sales so far this year. Perry is the only artist to have two of them (as a lead artist). Her #1 smash "Part Of Me" has sold 2,295,000 copies.

"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #5 for the second week. The song spent 15 weeks in the top three. Billboard's Silvio Pietroluongo notes that it's one of only four songs to spent that many weeks in the top three without reaching #1. The others: Le Ann Rimes' "How Do I Live," Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" and "Apologize" by Timbaland featuring One Republic.

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Maroon 5's follow-up, "One More Night," jumps from #30 to #15 in its eighth week. Digital sales rank: #7 (134K). Will the group have two songs in the top 10 simultaneously at some point in the next few weeks? Place your bets.

.fun's "Some Nights" jumps from #11 to #8 in its 25th week. The New York-based group spent six weeks at #1 in March and April with "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae. Trust notes that .fun is the first rock group to send its first two Hot 100 hits into the top 10 since Daughtry scored in 2007 with "It's Not Over" and "Home." (Just prior to Daughtry, The Fray achieved the feat in 2006 with "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How To Save A Life.")

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Phillip Phillips' "Home" holds at #9 for the second week. This is the song's third week in the top 10. That's the most weeks in the top 10 for a song by an American Idol champ in the year of his or her coronation since Jordin Sparks' "Tattoo" spent six weeks in the top 10 in 2007. Phillips' hit tops David Cook's "The Time Of My Life," which spent two weeks in the top 10 in 2008.

In addition, "Home" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song owes its second wind to its use in NBC's coverage of women's gymnastics during the Olympics. Something like this has happened before. "Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless)" by Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin Jr. became a top 10 hit in November 1976 after it accompanied footage of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comanechi's routines on ABC's Wide World Of Sports. (The song was concurrently featured as the theme song to The Young And The Restless, which debuted in March 1973—and is still on the air.)

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

The Top Five: Flo Rida's "Whistle" jumps from #3 to #1 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (217K)… Ellie Goulding's "Lights" holds at #2 for the second week in its 34th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (111K)… Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" drops from #1 to #3 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10.  Digital sales rank: #3 (156K)… Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" holds at #4 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (136K)…"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #5 for the second week its 17th week on the chart. It has been in the top five the entire time. Digital sales rank: #13 (97K).

The Second Five: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra holds at #6 for the third week in its 32nd week on the chart. This is its 24th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (74K)…"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia rebounds from #8 to #7 in its 18th week on the chart. This matches its highest ranking to date. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (91K)….fun's "Some Nights" jumps from #11 to #8 in its 25th week. This is the group's second top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #5 (149K)…Phillip Phillips' "Home" holds at #9 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (212K)… Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" drops from #7 to #10 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #32 (48K).

P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" dips from #10 to #11, ending (for now at least) a four-week run in the top 10.

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"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean jumps from #15 to #12 in its eighth week. Digital sales rank: #8 (130K). I expect it to become Bieber's third top five hit, following "Baby" (featuring Ludacris) and "Boyfriend"…Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" dips from #13 to #14 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #12. Digital sales rank: #10 (117K)…Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart A Break" jumps from #18 to #16 in its 19th week...Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 20th week.

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Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" is the top new entry on this week's Hot 100 at #23. Digital sales rank: #4 (153K). This makes it the group's highest-charting hit to date, topping "The Cave," which peaked at #27. "I Will Wait" is the first single from the group's second album, Babel, which is due Sept. 24.

Babel is the group's follow-up to Sigh No More, which is one of the best-selling albums of the past few years. It has sold 2,377,000 copies. Two songs from the album, "The Cave" and "Little Lion Man," have sold a combined total of 3,422,000 copies. "The Cave" received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year of 2011. The group was nominated for Best New Artist of 2010.

It doesn't take a genius to see that Babel is likely to enter The Billboard 200 at #1. It will be the group's first #1. Sigh No More spent two weeks at #2 in February 2011.

"No Lie" by 2 Chainz featuring Drake holds at #26 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week. 2 Chainz's debut album, Based On A T.R.U. Story, is set to enter The Billboard 200 next week with sales in the 130K range.

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Nicki Minaj's "Pound The Alarm" vaults from #50 to #29 in its third week. If this follows "Starships" into the top 10, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will have surpassed Pink Friday in terms of spawning top 10 singles. "Super Bass" was the only top 10 hit from Pink Friday.

Love And Theft's "Angel Eyes" dips from #32 to #33 in its 13th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's the group's first #1 country hit...Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" jumps from #47 to #38 in its sixth week. It's her 17th top 40 hit…The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #55 to #49 in its 10th week…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" jumps from #68 to #53 in its seventh week…Train's "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" jumps from #71 to #54 in its fifth week…. "Pop That" by French Montana featuring Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne jumps from #78 to #70 in its fifth week.

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Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (great title) debuts at #72. It's the first single from her fourth studio album Red, which is due Oct. 22. The song is expected to jump to #1  next week (or very close to it), with sales in the 500K to 600K range. Nice range. Stay tuned.

Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" jumps from #92 to #85 in its fifth week…Future's "Turn On The Lights" debuts at #89. It's from the band's debut album Pluto, which debuted and peaked at #8 on The Billboard 200 in April…Jake Owen's "The One That Got Away" debuts at #93. The song (not the Katy Perry song) is from his album Barefoot Blue Jean Night.

Lady Antebellum's "Wanted You More" re-enters the chart at #94. The song, from Own The Night, has climbed as high as #34…The Black Keys' "Gold On The Ceiling" re-enters at #99. The song, from El Camino, has climbed as high as #94…Green Day's "Oh Love" debuts at #100. The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Uno!, which is due Sept. 25.

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OneRepublic's "Good Life" and Jason Derulo's "In My Head" both top the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. These are the second 3-million-sellers for both acts. Timbaland's 2007 smash "Apologize," on which OneRepublic was featured, has sold 5,426,000 copies. Derulo's 2009 hit "Whatcha Say" has sold 3,782,000.

Wiz Khalifa's "Work Hard, Play Hard" and Tim McGraw's "Felt Good On My Lips" both top the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. This is McGraw's third 1 million-seller, following "Live Like You Were Dying" (1,731,000) and "My Little Girl" (1,027,000).

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