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Week Ending Dec. 17, 2012. Songs: Wrong Title At Wrong Time

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Ke$ha’s “Die Young” dips from #3 to #4 on the Hot 100, in part because some radio stations dropped the song or pulled it out of heavy rotation following Friday’s horrific elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that airplay on the song dropped by 19% this week, the greatest percentage decline of any song in the top 40 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.

The song peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 three weeks ago, and was starting to recede, but this accelerated the process. The exuberant record has nothing to do with young people dying, but seeks to motivate people to live life to the fullest. Key lyric: “Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young.” It’s just the wrong words and the wrong tone for right now.

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Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #1 on the Hot 100 for the second week. Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, enters The Billboard 200 at #2. It enters The Official U.K. chart at #1. If it had sold just 16K more copies in the U.S., it would have unseated Taylor Swift’s Red and become a transatlantic #1.

Mars is the fourth artist from Hawaii to land a #1 hit in recent decades. He follows Yvonne Elliman, who achieved the feat in 1978 with “If I Can’t Have You,” Bette Midler, who triumphed in 1989 with “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Glenn Medeiros, who scored in 1990 with “She Ain’t Worth It” (featuring Bobby Brown).

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Rihanna’s “Diamonds” holds at #2 for the second week, following a three-week run at #1. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 11th week. That ties Usher’s “Climax” for the longest run at #1 in 2012. The last song to have a longer run at #1 was Trey Songz’ “Can’t Be Friends,” which spent 13 weeks on top in 2010-2011.

The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” jumps from #4 to #3 in its 28th week. It’s #1 on Top Rock Songs for the third week…Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at #6 for the second week. It tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Flo Rida’s ninth million-seller as a lead artist.

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Phillip Phillips’ “Home” dips from #7 to #8 in its 25th week. The song has sold 2,898,000 digital copies. It’s already the fourth best-selling song by an American Idol alum, following Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (3,770,000), Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” (3,626,000) and “No Air” by Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown (3,486,000). This makes it the top-seller by a male Idol alum. The old record was held by a different song titled “Home” by Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry, which has sold 2,323,000 copies. (The old record by a male Idol alum who remained a solo artist was held by David Archuleta’s “Crush,” which is up to 2,087,000.)

Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #15 to #10 in its ninth week. The song debuted at #3 on strong initial digital sales, plunged as low as #77 has since rebounded on the strength of solidly building pop airplay.

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PSY’s ”Gangnam Style” and Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” both top the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. With two weeks to go, 16 songs have sold 3 million copies so far this year. The old record for a full calendar year was 14, set last year. Digital song sales have been steadily increasing. There were just two 3-million-sellers in all of 2008; seven in 2009; 12 in 2010 and 14 last year.

How does this compare to the latter years of the physical era? Very favorably. There was just one 3 million-selling single in 1992 (Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”), none from 1993 through 1995, one in 1996 (Los Del Rios’ “Macarena”), two in 1997 (“Candle In The Wind 1997” and “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112) and none after that.

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“I Won’t Give Up” is an apt title for Mraz’s song, which has chugged along all year long. It entered Hot Digital Songs at #1 the week ending Jan. 8 (with sales of 229K) and just refused to stop. It’s Mraz’s second biggest hit, following 2008’s “I’m Yours,” which has sold 6,414,000 copies.

Shameless Plug: I “repurposed” some of this material from a Chart Watch Extra on the year’s top songs that we posted this morning.

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

The Top Five: Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #1 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (222K)… Rihanna's “Diamonds” holds at #2 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (121K)… The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” jumps from #4 to #3 in its 28th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (131K)…Ke$ha's “Die Young” dips from #3 to #4 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (94K)… Maroon 5's “One More Night” holds at #5 for the second week in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #20 (63K).

The Second Five: Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at #6 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (76K)… “Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj jumps from #9 to #7 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (108K)…Phillip Phillips’ “Home” dips from #7 to #8 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (93K)…fun.'s “Some Nights” dips from #8 to #9 in its 43rd week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (68K)…Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #15 to #10 in its ninth week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #3. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (167K).

Ne-Yo's “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” dips from #10 to #11, ending an eight-week run in the top 10.

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“Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin jumps from #14 to #12 in its 13th week. The song hit #1 on The Official U.K. Chart in October…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis jumps from #21 to #13 in its 11th week. Digital sales rank: #8 (102K)…P!nk’s “Try” jumps from #16 to #14 in its eighth week…“Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears drops from #13 to #15 in its third week. Digital sales rank: #5 (120K)…PSY’s “Gangnam Style” drops from #11 to #18 in its 15th week. Digital sales rank: #9 (101K).

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Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” jumps from #24 to #19 in its 28th week. The band has a second song that is also moving up smartly: “Radioactive” jumps from #65 to #55 in its 16th week. Both songs are from Night Visions, which rebounds from #59 to #51 in its 15th week on The Billboard 200. The album has climbed as high as #2 and has sold 316K copies.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” drops from #17 to #20 in its 18th week. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week…Of Monsters And Men’s “Little Talks” jumps from #41 to #31 in its 30th week…“F**kin Problems” by A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar jumps from #42 to #32 in its seventh week…“Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch jumps from #44 to #33 in its sixth week. The song hit #1 on the Official U.K. chart in October.

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Songs by the winner and runner-up from The Voice are this week’s top two new entries. Cassadee Pope’s version of Keith Urban’s 2007 country hit “Stupid Boy” debuts at #40, three notches higher than Urban’s original version peaked. Digital sales rank: #6 (117K). Terry McDermott’s version of the Beatles’ 1970 classic “Let It Be” debuts at #70.

2 Chainz’ “I’m Different” jumps from #54 to #42 in its fifth week…Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen” jumps from #56 to #47 in its 10th week.

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Maroon 5’s “Daylight” jumps from #77 to #58 in its second week…“Remember You” by Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd jumps from #75 to #63 in its fourth week…Little Big Town’s “Tornado” jumps from #76 to #66 in its sixth week…Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me” jumps from #79 to #68 in its seventh week…Hunter Hayes’ “Somebody’s Heartbreak” jumps from #81 to #73 in its fourth week…Tim McGraw’s “One Of Those Nights” jumps from #90 to #79 in its third week.

Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” debuts at #82. It’s from his first studio album, Finally Rich, which is expected to enter The Billboard 200 next week with sales of about 50K… “Celebration” by The Game featuring Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne jumps from #95 to #85 in its sixth week. The song has climbed as high as #82…Bridgit Mendler’s “Ready Or Not” jumps from #97 to #87 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #78…Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” debuts at #88. Musgraves co-wrote “Undermine,” which was featured on Nashville on Oct. 17.

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Big Sean’s “Guap” debuts at #89. It’s from his second studio album, Hall Of Fame, which is due in 2013. Big Sean has had four million-sellers in 2012 (combining lead and featured credits).  He topped the million mark with “Dance (A$$)” (featuring Nicki Minaj) and, as a featured artist, Kanye West’s “Mercy” and “Clique” and Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.”

Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” debuts at #90. It’s the third single from Blown Away, following “Good Girl” and “Blown Away,” which have each sold just a hair under 1.5 million copies…Jonn Hart’s “Who Booty” debuts at #93…Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” debuts at #96. It’s from his album Don’t Be S.A.F.E.

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