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Chart Watch: Katy Perry’s Even Dozen

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Katy Perry lands her 12th top five single on the Hot 100 as "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) jumps from #6 to #4. Perry first cracked the top five in June 2008 with "I Kissed A Girl." At the time, many viewed that tongue-in-cheek pop smash almost as a novelty song, and Perry as a likely flash-in-the-pan. Perry was passed over for a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, for example. But Perry has followed that smash up with 11 more top five hits. (She has also won over Grammy voters: She has piled up 11 nominations over the years, including bids for Album, Record and Song of the Year. Curiously, though, she has yet to win a Grammy. We'll see if her luck changes on Jan. 26.)

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Two things stand out when you look over Perry's hit discography. First, she's been solo or in the lead position on every one of her top 10 hits. Unlike many artists, she didn't fatten her tally with featured credits. Second, when she hits, she really hits. Of her 13 top 10 hits, only one ("Waking Up In Vegas") failed to make the top five. (It peaked at #9.) Eleven have made the top three. "Dark Horse" will almost certainly become her 12th song to make the top three.

"Dark Horse" jumps to #1 on Digital Songs, displacing "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha. It's Perry's 10 #1 on the digital sales chart, a total topped only by Rihanna, who has had 13. These are also the only two artists to have amassed five or more 4-million sellers in the digital era, though by this measure, they're in the opposite order. Perry has had seven 4-million-sellers (and has been in the lead position on every one). Rihanna has had five (counting two featured credits).

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"Timber" heads the Hot 100 for the second week. It's Pitbull's first single to spend two or more weeks at #1. "Give Me Everything" (featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer) had one week on top in 2011.

"Timber" tops the Hot 100 even though it's not #1 on any the three component charts on which the Hot 100 is based. It's #2 on Digital Songs, #3 on Radio Songs and #3 on Streaming Songs. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that it's the first song to head the Hot 100 without ranking #1 on any of the three component charts since "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton spent its fifth and final week at #1 last June. (Will this, likewise, be the final week at #1 for "Timber"? Stay tuned.)

I have more good news for Ke$ha fans: "We R Who We R" tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her second song to reach that level. Her breakthrough smash, "TiK ToK," is up to 6,620,000.

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"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #3 for the second week. It's #1 on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for the 11th week. It's Rihanna's second song to log 11 or more weeks at #1 on this chart. "Diamonds" was on top for 14 weeks. Rihanna is the first female artist with two songs that have logged 11 or more weeks at #1 in the history of the chart. (Though let's keep it real: If today's chart criteria had been in place in the 1960s, Aretha Franklin would have doubtless would have had many runs at #1 that were as long or longer.)

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"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #5 for the third week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Aguilera's first song as a lead or co-lead artist to top the 2 million mark. (Bear in mind that most of her biggest hits pre-date the the digital era.) Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," on which she was featured, is up to 6,347,000.

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Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #7 to #6. It moves up to #1 on Hot Rock Songs, displacing Lorde's "Royals," which had led the chart for 19 weeks.

Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #8 for the second week. It's #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a record-extending 19th week. Aloe Blacc, who is featured (sans label credit) on "Wake Me Up!," has a fast-building hit of his own. "The Man" vaults from #55 to #7 on Digital Songs this week.

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One Direction's "Story Of My Life" rebounds from #12 to #10. This is its sixth week in the top 10. That's the boy band's best showing since its breakthrough hit, "What Makes You Beautiful," logged 13 weeks in the top 10 in 2012. The current hit has much broader appeal than the group's past teen-oriented hits.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #1 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (227K)…OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #2 for the second week in its 30th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (185K)… "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #3 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. It has been in the top three the entire time. Digital sales rank: #5 (162K)… "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #6 to #4 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (243K)… "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #5 for the third week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (218K).

The Second Five: Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #7 to #6 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (146K)… Lorde’s "Royals" drops from #4 to #7 in its 28th week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (106K)… Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #8 for the second week in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (88K)… Imagine Dragons' "Demons" rebounds from #10 to #9 its 38th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (94K)…One Direction's "Story Of My Life" rebounds from #12 to #10 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (112K).

Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" drops from #9, ending a 16-week run in the top 10.

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Bastille's "Pompeii," which ranked #18 last week, tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. "Pompeii" jumps from #14 to #9 on Digital Songs. It's one of four songs that jump into the top 10 on the digital sales chart this week. The others: Aloe Blacc's "The Man" (which, as noted above, vaults from #55 to #7), Lorde's "Team" (which jumps from #13 to #8) and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (which jumps from #12 to #10).

Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which entered the Hot 100 last week at #98, returns to #1 on The U.K.'s Official Singles chart, displacing "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha.

To My Readers: I'll have a separate Chart Watch report on this week's key movers and debuts on the Hot 100 later today. I won't recap the top 10 in that second report. It will be fresh material.

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