"Boyfriend" has appeared in the top 10 on the Hot 100 for all nine of its weeks. It regains its bullet this week for the first time in four weeks.
Even more impressive than the sales has been the well-executed stylistic shift from the bouncy bubblegum of "Baby" to the slinky and sexy "Boyfriend." Female singers can get away with sounding younger than their years (it's hard to believe that Carly Rae Jepsen is 26, given the giddy, breathless nature of "Call Me Maybe"), but guys in pop need to act their age.
All of this bodes well for the release of Bieber's upcoming album, Believe, which is due June 19. It's only his second full-length, regular pop album, following 2010's My World 2.0. That album logged four weeks at #1 and wound up as the year's #4 best-selling album.
The last song to remain at #1 for more than seven weeks was "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, which logged 10 weeks on top in late 2011 and early 2012.
The top nine songs on the Hot 100 hold their positions from last week. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this is the first time that that has happened since the entire top 10 stayed static on the chart in the Jan. 10, 2004 issue of Billboard.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #2 for the second week. It has a good chance of hitting #1 next week. It is in its second week at #1 on Hot Digital Songs.
The aforementioned "We Are Young" holds at #4 for the second week. The song also jumps to #1 in the U.K. this week. It's the third song to appear at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. so far this year. It follows "Somebody That I Used To Know" and Katy Perry's "Part Of Me."
Nicki Minaj's "Starships" holds at #5 (its peak to date) for the third non-consecutive week. This is its 15th week in the top 10, which equals the mark set by Minaj's 2011 smash "Super Bass."
Looking beyond coronation songs, of the hundreds of songs that have been released by artists who rose to fame on American Idol, only one has sold more digital copies in one week than "Home" did this week. That's Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," which opened with sales of 280K in January 2009.
"Home," which is reminiscent of Mumford & Sons, has already climbed higher on the Hot 100 than any of that band's hits. "The Cave" reached #27. The band's previous release, "Little Lion Man," hit #45.
Phillips' hit is the sixth different song titled "Home" to crack the Hot 100. The biggest is Daughtry's "Home," which reached #5 in 2007.
The first five Idol winners' coronation songs all reached #1 or #2 on the Hot 100: Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This," Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings," Fantasia's
"I Believe," Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" and Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud." The latter song set an inglorious record: It spent the fewest weeks on the Hot 100 (just eight) of any #1 hit in the chart's 54-year history.
Since then, Idol coronation songs (with the exceptions of the Cook and Phillips hits) have stopped short of the top 10. Jordin Sparks' "This Is My Now" peaked at #15, Kris Allen's "No Boundaries" reached #11, Lee DeWyze's cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" hit #24 and Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" hit #11.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra holds at #1 for the seventh week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (264K)… Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" holds at #2 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (301K)… "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at #3 for the second week in its sixth week on the chart. It has been in the top three the entire time. Digital sales rank: #3 (265K)… "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae holds at #4 for the second week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is the 16th week in the top 10 for the former #1 song. Digital sales rank: #6 (149K)… Nicki Minaj's "Starships" holds at #5 for the second week in its 15th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #5 (153K).
The Second Five: "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia holds at #6 for the second week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (135K)…One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" holds at #7 for the third week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (130K)…The Wanted's "Glad You Came" holds at #8 for the third week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (90K) … Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" holds at #9 for the third week in its ninth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #9 (144K)… Phillip Phillips' "Home" debuts at #10. This is Phillips' first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (278K).
Train's "Drive By" drops from #10 to #12, ending a two-week run in the top 10.
Pitbull's "Back In Time" jumps from #16 to #14 in its eighth week. It's vying to become Pitbull's eighth top 10 hit. The song is from the movie Men In Black 3, which was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The movie is set in 1969, but the song is built around the hook of a song from 1957, Mickey & Sylvia's classic "Love Is Strange." Digital sales rank: #7 (147K).
Karmin's "Brokenhearted" jumps from #23 to #16 in its 12th week…Ellie Goulding's "Lights" jumps from #22 to #17 in its 23rd week…"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia jumps from #30 to # 25 in its seventh week. The song reached #1 in the U.K. in February...Kip Moore's "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" jumps from #31 to #29 in its 16th week. It's #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week.
"We Run The Night" by Havana Brown featuring Pitbull jumps from #65 to #56 in its ninth week…"The Fighter" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Ryan Tedder jumps from #95 to #61 in its second week…Dierks' Bentley's "5-1-5-0" jumps from #73 to #66 in its third week. The song jumps to #12 on Hot Country Songs…"Let's Go" by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo jumps from #89 to #75 in its third week.
"Both Of Us" by B.o.B featuring Taylor Swift jumps from #91 to #81 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #18…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" debuts at #89. It's from Brown's fifth studio album, Fortune, which is due June 29… Jason Derulo's "Undefeated" debuts at #90...Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)" debuts at #96.
Pitbull's 2009 smash "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Pitbull's second best-selling hit as a lead artist. His 2011 smash "Give Me Everything" (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) has sold 4,308,000 copies.
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