The first chart for 2011 for the Billboard Hot 100 has a very nice issue date: January 1, 2011 or 1/1/11! And how apt we welcome the chart year for Billboard Hot 100 with the song "Firework" by Katy Petty atop the Hot 100 chart for the third straight week. Digital leader "Grenade" by Bruno Mars climbs a notch at #2 posing a serious threat to unseat "Firework" on top the Hot 100 and let's not discount former #1 and current airplay top notcher "What's My Name" by Rihanna and Drake at #3 this week.
This week's top debut comes from Lil Wayne, fueled by strong sales, his single "6'7" enters the chart at #9, this is Lil Wayne's second consecutive top 10 debut after "Right Above It" debuted at #6 earlier this year.
Michael Jackson scores his 38th Top 40 hit as his posthumous single "Hold My Hand" featuring Akon leaps from #65 to #39 this week.
Far East Movement scored a big hit with "Like A G6" which topped the chart for 3 non-consecutive weeks this year but many thought they would be just another one hit wonder but looks like they won't be as their second single "Rocketeer" featuring OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is starting its chart life pretty well, on its 3rd week on the Hot 100, "Rocketeer" zooms 19 notches from #60 to #41.
Mariah Carey lands her 43rd Hot 100 entry as her new Christmas song "Oh Santa" kicks off the Hot 100 chart this week at #100. Time will tell if "Oh Santa" will also reach iconic status like Mariah's 1994 Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas Is You" which until today enjoys a good amount of airplay during the Christmas season and has become a modern Christmas classic. Despite the enormous popularity of "All I Want For Christmas is You" it only peaked at #83, it could have peaked higher if Billboard allows Christmas songs to chart after their initial release year.
"Oh Santa" is the 5th Christmas song to enter the Hot 100 this year after Coldplay's "Christmas Lights" (#25), The Killers' "Boots" (#79) and the Glee Cast's covers of "Baby It's Cold Outside" (#57) and "Welcome Christmas" (#59) .