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Week Ending July 31, 2011. Songs: Perry Chases A Record

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You've probably seen Katy Perry's commercials for Proactiv, a popular skin care product, in which she says that regular use of this miracle potion solved her breakout problems. I don't know if nerves can cause skin breakouts, but if they can, Perry might want to keep a container of the stuff on hand. She's vying to become only the second artist to land five #1 hits from one album, but it's not coming easily. Her current hit, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," holds at #2 for the second straight week. It's once again stuck behind "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock, which logs its fifth week at #1.

Michael Jackson is the only artist to land five #1 hits from one album. He achieved the feat in 1987-1988 with Bad, which was his follow-up to Thriller.

"Last Friday Night" jumps to #1 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which is different from (and far less historic and prestigious than) the Hot 100. It's the fifth #1 on that chart from Teenage Dream, which constitutes a record. Two albums have spawned four #1 hits on the Pop Songs chart: Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds and Lady Gaga's The Fame.

By holding at #1 for the fifth week, LMFAO equals the 1970 showing of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," which was Berry Gordy Jr.'s biggest hit as a billed producer or co-producer. As you probably know, LMFAO consists of Redfoo (Stefan Gordy) and SkyBlu (Skyler Gordy), who are Gordy's son and grandson, respectively.

"Party Rock Anthem" has held on to the top spot even longer in the U.S. than it did in the U.K., where it was #1 for four weeks in April and May.

Shameless Plug: You probably know that LMFAO borrows its name from the popular computer expression "Laughing My F**king A** Off." This is hardly the first time that an act with initials in its name has topped the Hot 100. On Monday, we posted a Chart Watch Extra in which I looked back at other key examples, from B.J. Thomas to T-Pain. It's in the form of a Pop Quiz. The idea is to see how many you remember. If you missed it, here's a link.

Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" jumps from #4 to #3. Billboard's Gary Trust points out that this is the highest-charting hit by a female rapper (without the aid of a featured artist) since Missy Elliott's 2002 smash "Work It" logged 10 weeks at #2.

Lil Wayne's "How To Love" jumps from #6 to #5, becoming his first strictly solo recording to make the top five. His 2008 hit "A Milli" peaked at #6.

Britney Spears lands her 11th top 10 hit as "I Wanna Go" jumps from #11 to #9. Remarkably, seven of these top 10 hits have come since Spears' public meltdown in 2007, when she seemed to be cracking under the pressure of a life in the tabloids. Happily, Spears got it together, personally and professionally, and has since delivered hit after hit.

Her current album, Femme Fatale, is her first to spawn three top 10 hits.  "Hold It Against Me" debuted at #1 in January. "Till The World Ends" peaked at #3 in May.

Spears has now had as many career top 10 hits as such artists as Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Gloria EstefanP!nk, Snoop Dogg and Barry Manilow.

Manilow has said in interviews that Spears' difficulties in 2007 inspired him to write his current album, 15 Minutes, which is subtitled Fame...Can You Take It? Manilow has long acknowledged that fame threw him for a loop in the '70s. And he was 31 when he first topped the chart with "Mandy." Spears was just 17 when she first hit #1 with "Baby One More Time..."

Inside Baseball: Billboard is giving Spears credit for a top 10 hit for her guest role on a remix of Rihanna's "S&M." Joel Whitburn, who publishes a series of reference books based on the Billboard charts, isn't counting that as a top 10 hit for Spears. Let's take a look at this: Spears received featured billing on Rihanna's hit on the Hot 100 (as published in Billboard) just once. The very next week, the billing reverted back to simply Rihanna. I agree with Whitburn that Spears' period of prominence on this recording was too fleeting to have this count forever as a top 10 hit for her. Thus, I count "I Wanna Go" as Spears' 11th top 10 hit, not her12th.

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 fifth week in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (202K).

2. Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." The song holds at #2 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its seventh 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: #3 (151K).

3. Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." The song jumps from #4 to #3 in its 14th  week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (145K).

4. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, "Give Me Everything." The former #1 song dips from #3 to #4 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (114K).

5. Lil Wayne, "How To Love." The song jumps from #6 to #5 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (131K).

6. Adele, "Rolling In The Deep." The former #1 smash dips from #5 to #6 in its 30th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (106K).

7. Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars, "Lighters." The song jumps from #10 to #7 in its seventh week on the chart. This is vying to become Mars' sixth top five hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (165K).

8. Hot Chelle Rae, "Tonight Tonight." The song dips from #7 to #8 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (134K).

9. Britney Spears, "I Wanna Go." The song jumps from #11 to #9 in its eighth week. It's Spears' 11th top 10 hit (not counting her role on Rihanna's "S&M"). Digital sales rank: #7 (116K).

10. Lady Gaga, "The Edge Of Glory." The song drops from #8 to #10 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (86K).

 

OneRepublic's "Good Life" drops from #9 to #11 in its 18th week.

"Otis" by Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Otis Redding jumps from #47 to #12 in its second week. This song represents Redding's first appearance on the Hot 100 since June 1969. That gap of 42 years and one month between chart hits is the second longest by any artist since the Hot 100 was introduced in 1958. Billboard's Gary Trust reports that the only act with a longer gap between chart hits was the Chipmunks. The cartoon group ended a gap of 46 years and one month in January 2008 when "The Christmas Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (2007)" hit the chart. The song, which was first a hit in 1958, was brought back by the success of the movie Alvin And The Chipmunks.

"Otis" is Redding's highest-charting hit apart from his posthumous smash "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay." "Otis" ranks even higher on Hot Digital Songs than it does on the Hot 100. The song vaults from #40 to #9 this week, based on sales of 113K.

Incidentally, this is the second time that West has used a Redding sample. The rap icon sampled Redding's "It's Too Late" for "Gone," a track on Late Registration.

"I'm On One" by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne drops from #13 to #15 in its 11th week. It holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth week..."Knee Deep" by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett dips from #18 to #19 in its 12th week. It jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It's Brown's seventh #1 country hit. It's Buffett's second, following "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," a 2003 collabo with Alan Jackson.

Drake's "Marvin's Room" vaults from #68 to #21 in its second week. The song is vying to become Drake's seventh top 10 hit..."Remind Me," Brad Paisley's duet with Carrie Underwood, jumps from #30 to #26 in its ninth week. This is Paisley's highest-charting hit on the Hot 100. It tops "Then," which peaked #28 in 2009.

Pitbull is listed in the top 40 with collabos with both halves of a famous and fractured couple. He is featured on Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor," which drops from #25 to #33. He's in the lead position on "Rain Over Me," which features Marc Anthony. It leaps from #59 to #40 this week.

Adele's "Someone Like You" jumps from #85 to #73 in its fourth week on the chart. It's one of four songs from 21 on this week's Hot 100. "Rolling With The Deep" dips from #5 to #6, "Set Fire To The Rain" re-enters the chart at #84 and "Rumour Has It" debuts at #96. 21 this week becomes the first album to spend its first 23 weeks inside the top three on The Billboard 200 since Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack. You already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.

Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci" debuts at #82. Gucci has been a much-referenced brand in pop songs dating back to Sister Sledge's 1979 smash "He's The Greatest Dancer." But while that disco-era smash fueled lust for designer brands ("Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci"), Kreayshawn registers disdain for fancy labels. I can quote the lyric, though I'll have to use some asterisks: "Basic bit**es wear that s**t, so I don't even bother."

"Easy" by Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield debuts at #87. (No, it's not a remake of Commodores' 1977 smash.) Both of these artists charted with one prior collabo. Rascal Flatts were featured on Carrie Underwood's 2005 remake of their "Bless The Broken Road" (which made the country chart only). Bedingfield teamed with Sean Kingston for "Love Like This," a top 15 hit in 2007.

Two of the biggest pop acts of our time start surprisingly low with their new songs. Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink To That)" debuts at #91. The Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Stop The Party" opens at #93.

Amy Winehouse's 2007 smash "Rehab" vaults from #46 to #23 on Hot Digital Songs. The song sold 57K copies this week, bringing its total to 1,820,000. The song's killer beat and retro sound are irresistible, though Winehouse's refrain about refusing to go to rehab have taken on a darker meaning since her death.

Three other Winehouse songs move up Hot Digital Songs this week. "You Know I'm No Good" jumps from #103 to #64 (27K), "Back To Black" jumps from #114 to #69 (25K) and "Valerie" (from the import edition of Back To Black) jumps from #200 to #121 (15K).

The last two weeks marked the first time in more than 20 years that no female artists appeared in the top 30 on Hot Country Songs who were either solo or in the lead position in terms of billing. The surprising dry spell ends this week as Taylor Swift's "Sparks Fly" flies from #31 to #25. Billboard's Wade Jessen points out that the only women in the top 30 last week were members of groups or duos (Hillary Scott in Lady Antebellum and Shawna Thompson in Thompson Square); featured on hits by men (Grace Potter on Kenny Chesney's "You And Tequila") or in co-equal duets with men (Carrie Underwood teaming with Brad Paisley on "Remind Me").

Zac Brown Band this week becomes the third country group or duo to land four million-sellers. The band achieves the feat as "Colder Weather" tops the 1 million mark. The song follows "Chicken Fried" (2,865,000), "Toes" (1,848,000) and "Whatever It Is" (1,330,000). Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum are the only other country groups or duos to land four million-selling digital hits.

Zac Brown Band is one of only four "bands" to appear on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling country songs in digital history. The others are Charlie Daniels Band ("The Devil Went Down To Georgia), Eli Young Band ("Crazy Girl") and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ("Fishin' In The Dark").

R.I.P. Gene McDaniels reached #3 on the Hot 100 in May 1961 with "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay," a cute pop song that would now be considered hopelessly sexist. McDaniels went on to write two significant songs: Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love," a #1 hit in 1974, and "Compared To What," a collabo by jazzmen Les McCann & Eddie Harris that charted in 1970. McDaniels died this week. He was 76.

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