Bruno Mars landed his 3rd #1 (second as lead artist) as "Grenade" ascends 2-1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100. As reported yesterday, "Grenade" sold an impressive 558k downloads this week making it possible to dethrone three-week #1 "Firework" by Katy Perry from the top spot. Billboard also reports that Bruno Mars is the first male act since Puff Daddy (now known as P.Diddy) to have his first two singles (not counting his featured tracks "Nothin on You" and "Billionaire") climb the top spot of the Hot 100. This has been a great year for Bruno Mars (well save for getting busted with cocaine) and if he only was eligible for the Best New Artist for the Grammy Awards he is a lock for the win. Anyway, for Filipino fans Bruno Mars will visit the Philippines on April!
Enrique Iglesias scores another top 10 hit as "Tonight (I'm Lovin You") jumps from #13 to #7, his first hit this year "I Like It" is still on the chart thought (it drops #33-38 on its 33rd week on the chart, the longest chart sitter).
Taio Cruz had a very good 2010 scoring two smash hits "Break Your Heart" which was #1 for a week and "Dynamite" which peaked at #2 (it could have reach the top but "Love The Way You Lie" was just too strong to defeat at that time). Both songs made it on Billboard's Yearend countdown, with "Dynamite" at #9 and "Break Your Heart" at #10. While "Dynamite" is still doing well on the chart (up #17-#16 on its 30th week on chart). He is on course to have another hit as new single "Higher" featuring Travie McCoy zooms from #80 to #41 this week.
"Shake Up Christmas" by Train debuted at #99, this is the sixth and likely final Christmas song to enter the Hot 100 for the year (calendar year not the Billboard issue dates) after Coldplay's "Christmas Lights" (#25), The Killers' "Boots" (#79), the Glee Cast's covers of "Baby It's Cold Outside" (#57) and "Welcome Christmas" (#59) and last week's new entry "Oh Santa" by Mariah Carey