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Week Ending July 24, 2011. Songs: Bad Meets Bruno

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"Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars jumps from #17 to #10 in its sixth week on the Hot 100. This is the sixth top 10 hit Mars; the first for Bad Meets Evil, the duo consisting of Eminem and Royce da 5'9''. Eminem has now cracked the top 10 under three artist identities. He has amassed 14 top 10 hits under his own name. In 2004, he scored with D12's "My Band."  And now he's got this hit.

Mars' top 10 hits are split evenly between featured credits (behind B.o.B, Travie McCoy and now Bad Meets Evil) and his own headlining hits.

This marks the second time that Eminem has reached out to one of the most ubiquitious voices on pop radio for an assist. Last year, he featured Rihanna on "Love The Way You Lie."

"Lighters" ranks even higher on Hot Digital Songs, where it jumps from #12 to #5. Radio airplay has been lagging behind, but it is starting to catch up. The song jumps from #35 to #20 on the Radio Songs chart.

"Lighters" entered the Hot 100 at #16 five weeks ago. It tumbled as low as #58 in its third week (!) before beginning its rebound to the top 10.

"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock tops the Hot 100 for the fourth straight week. LMFAO is the first ongoing group or duo to have a song spend four weeks at #1 since the Black Eyed Peas held the top spot for 26 straight weeks in 2009 with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling."

"Party Rock Anthem" spent four weeks at #1 in the U.K. in April and May. It's the first song to spend four or more weeks at #1 in both countries since Katy Perry's 2008 breakthrough smash "I Kissed A Girl," which logged seven weeks at #1 in the U.S. and five weeks at #1 in the U.K.

Perry's current hit "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" inches up from #3 to #2. It's vying to become the record-matching fifth #1 from her Teenage Dream album, but it's taking its sweet time getting there. It spent four weeks at #4 before inching up to #3 and now #2. Did Michael Jackson, who is the only artist in history to pull five singles from one album, have to sweat it out like this? Not really. "Dirty Diana," the 1988 hit that earned him that record, jumped steadily from #8 to #4 to #2 to #1.

Pitbull's former #1 smash "Give Me Everything" dips to #3. The song has also reached #1 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart. Billboard's Rauly Ramirez notes that it joins a short list of English-language songs to reach #1 on Latin Pop Airplay. It follows Selena's "I Could Fall In Love," Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie," Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It" and, believe it or not, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From 'Titanic')." The other artists named here all have strong appeal to both pop and Latin audiences. Dion achieved the feat just because that song was so ubiquitious.

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

 

1. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem." The song holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (209K).

2. Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The song jumps from #3 to #2 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Will it become the fifth #1 from Teenage Dream, matching the record set by Michael Jackson's Bad? Stay tuned. Digital sales rank: #2 (164K).

3. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, "Give Me Everything." The former #1 song dips from #2 to #3 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (127K).

4. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song jumps to #4 following four weeks at #5. This is its 13th  week on the chart; its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (154K).

5. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep." The former #1 smash dips from #4 to #5 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (121K).

6. Lil Wayne, "How To Love." The song holds at #6 for the second week  in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (139K).

7. Hot Chelle Rae, "Tonight Tonight." The song jumps from #9 to #7 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (148K).

8. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory." The song dips from #7 to #8 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (91K).

9. OneRepublic, "Good Life." The song dips from #8 to #9 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (112K).

10. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars, "Lighters." The song jumps from #17 to #10 in its sixth week on the chart. This is Bad Meets Evil's first top 10 hit; Mars' sixth. Digital sales rank: #5 (143K).

Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" tumbles from #10 to #51 in its second week...Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go" jumps from #13 to #11 in its seventh week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #9 (116K)..."I'm On One," the former top 10 hit by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, rebounds from #14 to #13 in its 10th week. The song tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third week.

The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" jumps from #23 to #15 in its 35th week. This is its highest ranking to date, surpassing its initial #19 peak..."Knee Deep" by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett jumps from #22 to #18 in its 11th week. This is the Brown Band's highest-charting hit to date. The old record was held by its breakthrough hit, "Chicken Fried," which peaked at #20...Beyonce's "Best Thing I Never Had" jumps from #25 to #19 in its eighth week. (The sighs of relief from the direction of Sony Music are audible.)

Foster The People's irresistible "Pumped Up Kicks" jumps from #38 to #29 in its 13th week...Chris Young's "Tomorrow" holds at #36 in its 20th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Young's fourth #1...Rihanna's "California King Bed" jumps from #47 to #37 in its 10th week. You can see why the Country Music Awards jumped on this song last year, when they had Rihanna sing it with Jennifer Nettles. It's a traditional romantic ballad with a strong lyric in an era where we don't have a lot of them.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" debuts at #38. It's the first single from the band's upcoming album I'm With You, which is due Aug. 30. The song is vying to become the Peppers' fourth top 10 hit, following "Under The Bridge," "Scar Tissue" and "Dani California"..."Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera jumps from #61 to #41 in its fifth week as it fights to get back in to the chart's upper reaches. It debuted and peaked at #8 last month.

"Otis" by Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Otis Redding debuts at #47. The song is from the pair's upcoming album Watch The Throne, which is due Aug. 8. "Otis" is built on a sample of Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," which reached #25 in 1967. The song was already an oldie at that point: Bandleader and showman Ted Lewis introduced it in 1933. A 1969 version by Three Dog Night did nearly as well as Redding's (#29), though Redding's has better stood the test of time.

Pop Quiz: In 1931, Ted Lewis introduced another song that was memorably revived in the 1980s. Name that song.

While you mull that over, I'll note that "Otis" is the fourth chart hit on which Jay-Z and West have collaborated. They previously teamed for "Swagga Like Us" (which also featured T.I. and Lil Wayne), "Run This Town (which also featured Rihanna) and "Monster" (which also featured Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj).

Still mulling? "Rain Over Me" by Pitbull featuring Marc Anthony jumps from #81 to #59 in its fourth week...Blink-182's "Up All Night" jumps from #85 to #65 in its second week...Drake's "Marvin's Room" debuts at #68. It's vying to become Drake's seventh top 10 hit..."Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine jumps from #91 to #73 in its sixth week.

Quiz Answer: In 1931, Ted Lewis introduced "Just A Gigolo," which David Lee Roth revived in 1985.

Adele's "Someone Like You" jumps from #97 to #85 in its third week. Adele's album 21 returned to #1 on The Billboard 200 for an 11th week. You already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.

50 Cent's "Outlaw" debuts at #87. The song, from 50's yet-to-be-titled fifth regular studio album, is vying to become his 14th top 10 hit...."Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" by Big Sean featuring Roscoe Dash and Kanye West debuts at #88. The title refers to two age-old tools of seduction. Gaye's 1973 smash "Let's Get It On" topped the Hot 100 for two weeks and Hot Soul Singles (as the chart was then called) for six weeks.

Four Amy Winehouse songs re-enter Hot Digital Songs in the week following her death (though none made the Hot 100). "Rehab" re-enters at #46 (total sales: 1,763,000), followed by "You Know I'm No Good" at #103 (748K), "Back To Black" at #114 (234K) and "Valerie" at #200 (106). "Rehab" reached #9 in June 2007. "You Know I'm No Good" reached #78 in June 2007 and, following a re-issue, #77 in March 2008.

Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week (5,017,000). It's the 14th song to reach this sales milestone, but only the third by an African American artist. It follows "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain (5,989,000) and "Apologize" by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic (5,083,000). (I'm not counting the multi-racial Black Eyed Peas.)

Lady Antebellum's "Just A Kiss" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the trio's fourth million-seller.

Mumford & Sons land their second million-selling digital hit this week with "The Cave" (1,009,000). The group's previous release, "Little Lion Man," has sold 1,455,000 copies. The English group was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist, but lost to Esperanza Spalding. No disrespect to Ms. Spalding, but Mumford & Sons deserved to win. Both are talented and distinctive artists. But Mumford & Sons also connected in a meaningful way with the record-buying public, which ought to count for something. I'm not saying whoever sells the most records deserves to win. But when you have a quality artist who also made a huge impact, it doesn't make sense to look so far afield for somebody else to honor.

R.I.P.: Amy Winehouse isn't the only Grammy winner for Best New Artist who died this week. Dan Peek, who was a member of the pop-rock trio America, died on July 24 at age 60. The group, which also featured Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, hit #1 in 1972 with "A Horse With No Name" and its eponymous debut album. Peek wrote America's 1973 hit "Don't Cross The River," which Garth Brooks covered on his 2001 album Scarecrow. Peek also co-wrote, with his wife Catherine Peek, the group's 1975 hit "Lonely People." Peek left the group in 1977 to record Contemporary Christian music. He made the Hot 100 in 1979 with one such song, "All Things Are Possible."

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