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Week Ending March 27, 2011: Songs: Katy Moves Up

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Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) jumps to #1 on the Hot 100. It's the fourth consecutive #1 hit from Perry's sophomore album, Teenage Dream. It follows "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), "Teenage Dream" and "Firework." Perry's album is the first since Usher's Confessions in 2004 to spawn four #1 singles. It's the first by a female artist to yield four #1 hits since Mariah Carey's eponymous debut album in 1990-1991.

Only six other albums have spawned four or more #1 hits on the Hot 100. Michael Jackson's Bad, which generated five #1 hits in 1987-1988, leads the pack. Albums that have spun off four #1 hits are the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977-1978), Whitney Houston's sophomore album Whitney (1987-1988), George Michael's solo debut Faith (1987-1988), Paula Abdul's debut album Forever Your Girl (1989-1990) and Janet Jackson's second album as a major star, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989-1991).

These nine albums all but define the term "mass appeal." Seven of them were Grammy finalists for Album of the Year. Saturday Night Fever (which spawned three #1 hits for the Bee Gees and one for Yvonne Elliman) and Faith both won the award. Whitney, Bad, Mariah Carey, Confessions and Teenage Dream were all nominated for the award. (Forever Your Girl and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 were both passed over for Album of the Year nominations.)

You may recall that Teenage Dream was briefly viewed as a let-down when it debuted in August with first-week sales of 192,000 copies. But the album has refused to fade. As of this week, it has sold 1,305,000 copies, nearly as many as Perry's 2008 debut album, One Of The Boys. That album, which has been available more than two years longer, has sold 1,371,000.

"E.T." is Perry's fifth #1 hit in less than three years. "I Kissed A Girl" preceded her run of hits from Teenage Dream. By chance, "I Kissed A Girl" tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this very week. It's Perry's third hit to reach this sales threshold, following "Hot N Cold" and "California Gurls."

Only three other artists have had three 4 million-sellers in the digital realm: Lady Gaga, Rihanna (counting featured roles on hits by Eminem and T.I.) and will.i.am (his total includes two hits by the Black Eyed Peas and his featured role on Usher's "OMG").

The novelty nature of "I Kissed A Girl" kept Perry from being taken seriously at the outset of her career. For all her success in 2008 with that song and "Hot N Cold," she was passed over for a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. But Perry has amassed a total of six Grammy nominations, which is more than three of the artists who were nominated for Best New Artist that year: Jonas Brothers (who have had just that one nomination), Duffy (who has had three) and Adele (who has had five, though her total will surely soar next year). Of the other Best New Artist finalists that year, Lady Antebellum has had seven nominations. Jazmine Sullivan, somewhat surprisingly, is the current pack leader, with eight.

"E.T." is West's fourth #1 on the Hot 100. These hits have been evenly divided between songs on which he was the lead artist ("Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx and "Stronger") and songs on which he was the featured artist (Twista's "Slow Jamz" and now Perry's hit). 

Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)," which finally started heading down the chart last week, rebounds from #4 to #3 this week. Also this week, it becomes the first song to sell 2 million digital copies in 2011. It has sold 2,020,000 copies in this calendar year, bringing its grand total to a hefty 3,707,000.

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" drops to #4 after six straight weeks at #1. It's the first song to spend that many weeks at #1 since "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which had seven weeks on top last summer. That smash was nominated for Grammys for both Record and Song of the Year. It will be interesting to see if "Born This Way" gets some Grammy love next year. The song has a positive message about self-esteem, similar to the Christina Aguilera hit "Beautiful," which was a Song of the Year finalist for 2003. But Gaga's chances may have been hurt by all the talk that "Born This Way" borrows so heavily from Madonna's sound.

Wiz Khalifa has three songs in this week's top 40. "No Sleep" debuts at #6, "Roll Up" leaps from #45 to #29 and "Black And Yellow" drops from #34 to #38. The rapper's Rolling Papers album is expected to sell in the 190-215K range this week, which would allow it to enter The Billboard 200 at #2 next week, behind Britney Spears' Femme Fatale.

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

 

1. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." The song jumps from #2 to #1 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (254K).

2. Rihanna, "S&M." The song jumps from #3 to #2 (its highest position to date) in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (166K).

3. Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)." The song rebounds from #4 to #3 in its 31st week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (155K).

4. Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." The song drops to #4 after six straight weeks at #1. Digital sales rank: #6 (146K).

5. The Black Eyed Peas, "Just Can't Get Enough." The song holds at #5 for the second week in its sixth week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #3 (219K).

6. Wiz Khalifa, "No Sleep" This new entry is the rapper's second top 10 hit. It follows "Black And Yellow," which hit #1 in February. Digital sales rank: #2 (244K).

7. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, "Look At Me Now." The song jumps from #8 to #7 in its eighth week. This is its second week in the top 10. In addition, the song tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second straight week. Digital sales rank: #8 (143K).

8. P!nk, "F**kin' Perfect." The song dips from #7 to #8 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (86K).

9. Jeremih featuring 50 Cent, "Down On Me." The song jumps from #10 to #9 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (96K).

10. Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull, "On The Floor." The song rebounds from #13 to #10 in its fifth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (143K).

 

Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Glee Cast's "Loser Like Me" plummets from #6 to #53. Digital sales rank: #33 (57K). Bruno Mars' "Grenade" drops from #9 to #12. Digital sales rank: #24 (71K).  Glee achieved a milestone last week when "Loser Like Me" became the first original song from the show to make the top 10 on the Hot 100, but it's not performing like an original song. It's performing like just another Glee remake: a high debut, followed by a quick fade. Will it build airplay points and experience a chart resurgence? Stay tuned.

Ke$ha's "Blow" holds at #11 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #9 (126K).

Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" jumps from #26 to #17 in its 12th week. Also, this week the song becomes her first million-selling digital hit. Her Grammy-winning 2008 hit "Chasing Pavements" has sold 986K copies... Keri Hilson also tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Hilson scores with "Pretty Girl Rock," which jumps from #27 to #24 in its 18th week. Hilson's biggest hit of her own, "Knock You Down" (featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo), has sold 2,139,000.

"Next To You" by Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber debuts at #26. Digital sales rank: #10 (113K). It's from Brown's fourth album, F.A.M.E., which sold 270,000 copies in its first week, which constituted the second biggest one-week total of 2011. But you already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.

Pop Quiz: Who was younger when he first cracked the Hot 100-Brown or Bieber? Answer below.

"Best Love Song" by T-Pain featuring Chris Brown bows at #33. T-Pain has amassed 14 top 10 hits since 2005. His most recent was as the featured artist on Pitbull's "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor" in February...Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" dips from #32 (its peak) to #35. The good news is on Hot Country Songs, where it moves up to #1..."John" by Lil Wayne featuring Rick Ross bows at #57. Lil Wayne has amassed 13 top 10 hits since 2005.

Rebecca Black's "Friday" jumps from #72 to #58 in its second week. It has sold 87K digital copies to date. It has provided a few moments of amusement for millions.

Jennifer Hudson's "Where You At" jumps from #89 to #64 in its third week. "Spotlight," the biggest hit from Hudson's debut album, reached #24. Hudson first made the Hot 100 in 2007 with her version of the Dreamgirls anthem, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."

I'm old enough to remember when the Hot 100 was G-rated. It's a new world. Ke$ha's "F#ck Him He's A DJ" bows at #97, joining Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" and P!nk's "F**kin' Perfect." (I'll be glad when this f**kin' trend has run its course.)

Quiz Answer: Bieber was younger. He was 15 and five months in August 2009 when he first cracked the Hot 100 with "One Time." Brown was 16 and three months in August 2005 when he first scored with "Run It!"

Speaking of whom..."Baby" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the first teen pop smash to reach this milestone since Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A.," which is up to 4,506,000. Jonas Brothers' top-seller, "Burnin' Up," has sold 1,750,000.

"Baby" is the third 3 million-seller on which Ludacris has played a supporting role. He was previously featured on Usher's "Yeah!" and Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart." By contrast, Ludacris' best-selling digital hit as a lead artist is "How Low," which has sold 2,067,000 copies. (Ludacris, 'tis more blessed to give than to receive.)

Adele's "Someone Like You" returns to #1 in the U.K. after being displaced last week by Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath." This is its fifth week on top. That's the longest run at #1 in the U.K. for any single since Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" had five weeks on top in the summer of 2008.

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