Britney Spears lands her 10th top 10 hit as "Till The World Ends" jumps from #20 to #9 in its second week on the Hot 100. Remarkably, Spears has amassed more top 10 hits in the past four years than she did in the first eight years of her career (when she was at her peak) as a record-seller and pop-culture icon.
By contrast, from 1998 to 2006, Spears notched just four top 10 hits: "...Baby One More Time," "(You Drive Me) Crazy," "Oops!...I Did It Again," and "Toxic."Karen Carpenter never went public with her battle with anorexia, which made her death in 1983 such a shock to fans. Freddie Mercury finally acknowledged that he had AIDS just one day before his death from AIDS-related complications in 1991.
Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) jumps from #8 to #3. It's vying to become the fourth #1 hit from Perry's Teenage Dream album. The song is already #1 on Hot Digital Songs. It sold 216,000 copies this week. Perry previously topped that chart with "I Kissed A Girl," "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg)," "Teenage Dream" and "Firework."
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." The song logs its fifth straight week at #1. Digital sales rank: #3 (176K). Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)." The song holds at #2 for the fourth straight week in its 29th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (157K). Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." The song jumps from #8 to #3 in its fifth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (216K). Rihanna, "S&M." The song dips from #3 to #4 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (168K). Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, "On The Floor." The song holds at #5 for the second week in its third week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #2 (215K). P!nk, "F**kin' Perfect." The song drops from #4 to #6 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (124K). Bruno Mars, "Grenade." The former #1 song dips from #6 to #7 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (88K). Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E, "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)." The song rebounds from #9 to #8 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #22 (70K). Britney Spears, "Till The World Ends." The song jumps from #20 to #9 in its second week on the chart. This marks the second time that Spears has had back-to-back top 10 hits. She previously scored in 2008-2009 with "Womanizer" (#1) and "Circus" (#3). Digital sales rank: #5 (158K). Ke$ha, "Blow." The song drops from #7 to #10 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (140K).
Katy Perry's "Firework" drops from #10 to #14, ending an 18-week run in the top 10.
"Coming Home" by Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey leaps from #22 to #11, reaching a new chart peak in its 16th week on the chart. (It originally peaked at #12.) What took it so long? Its quality and commerciality were immediately obvious..."Moment For Life" by Nicki Minaj featuring Drake drops from #13 to #17. It tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth straight week.the Black Eyed Peas. Their album isn't selling as well as past efforts. Their Super Bowl gig was too slick. Their last hit leaned too heavily on a Dirty Dancing classic. It seems the only people who like the Peas are the fans. "Just Can't Get Enough" jumps from #38 to #22 in its fourth week. It's the group's 14th consecutive top 40 hit on the Hot 100. Billboard's Gary Trust points out that the Peas are the first group or duo to land 14 consecutive top 40 hits since Eagles had 14 in a row from 1975 ("Best Of My Love") to 1995 ("Love Will Keep Us Alive" on the Hot 100 Airplay chart). Gwyneth Paltrow sings lead on three of them: versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" (#23), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (#57) and Prince & the Revolution's "Kiss" (#83). The other Glee arrival is a version of Neon Trees' "Animal" (#62). Dixie Chicks' 2002 cover version reached #7 on the Hot 100. It has sold 620K digital copies (and also returns to Hot Digital Songs this week at #114).
"Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson holds at #34. It tops Hot Country Songs for the third straight week...Wiz Khalifa has two songs that are streaking up the Hot 100. "Roll Up" jumps from #74 to #54 in its fifth week. "The Race" bows at #66.
The Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl" debuts at #59. Eric Church's "Homeboy" bows at #86. Both songs are closing on the top 40 on the country chart..."Price Tag" by Jessie J featuring B.o.B jumps from #78 to #58 in its sixth week. The song spent two weeks at #1 in the U.K. in February.Lupe Fiasco featuring MDMA opens at #70. It's the follow-up to "The Show Goes On," which dips from its #39 peak to #40 this week. The hip-hopper's album, Lasers, debuts at #1 this week. But you already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.
Bruno Mars' "Lazy Song" leaps from #98 to #72 in its third week. Could Mr. Mars be headed for his fifth top 10 hit? Time will tell...Seether's "Country Song" bows at #74. The hard rock band cracked the top 20 in 2004 with "Broken" (featuring Amy Lee from Evanescence)..."Boom" by Snoop Dogg featuring T-Pain bows at #76. The two artists have amassed a combined total of 25 top 10 hits. (Snoop has had 11. T-Pain has had 14.)David Guetta featuring Akon tops the 3 million mark in paid downloads this week. The song reached #5 on the Hot 100 a year ago. It's Guetta's best-seller as an artist. Akon previously topped 3 million with "Smack That" (featuring Eminem), which is up to 3,079,000.
Nielsen/SoundScan classifies "Sexy Chick" as the #1 "dance/electronic" hit in digital history. Here's the rest of their top five in that category: Cascada's "Everytime We Touch" (2,283,000), La Roux's "Bulletproof" (2,049,000), Cascada's "Evacuate The Dance Floor" (1,741,000) and Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina's "Stereo Love" (1,500,000).
Rihanna's "S&M" tops the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week. So do two current collaborations: "I Need A Doctor" by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey and "Down On Me" by Jeremih featuring 50 Cent.Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, who have written some of the best pop songs of the past half century, will receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony on June 16. Mann & Weil are the second married couple to win the award, which is the organization's top honor. They follow Alan & Marilyn Bergman, who won in 1997.
Mann & Weil's biggest hits include "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," which was a classic #1 hit in 1965 for the Righteous Brothers; "On Broadway," which has reached the top 10 for both the Drifters and George Benson; and "Here You Come Again," which was Dolly Parton's pop breakthrough.Nate Dogg, who teamed with Warren G. for the 1994 smash "Regulate," died yesterday. He was 41. "Regulate" spent three weeks at #2 and brought Nate Dogg a Grammy nomination (the first of three). The rapper returned to the top 10 as a featured artist on 50 Cent's "21 Questions" and Eminem's "Shake That."
the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra's "I'll Never Smile Again" (which featured a star-making vocal by a 24-year old Frank Sinatra) to Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me." (I'll leave it to you to decide if that's progress.)
At the back of the book, Joel lists the 50 acts with the most top 10 hits. Bing Crosby is the champ, with 77 top 10 hits. Elvis Presley is the top rock artist with 38. Madonna is the top female artist with 37. The Beatles are the top group with 34. The Andrews Sisters are the top female group with 30. Janet Jackson is the top R&B artist with 29. Jay-Z and Ludacris are the top rap artists with 17 each. Daryl Hall & John Oates are the top duo with 16.
The book lists 16 top 10 hits for Ludacris, but he has since added to his total (as has Rihanna, who also made the list). The charts never stop! Here's a link to Joel's site.