Friday, February 17, 2012

Billboard Hot 100 (Issue Date: Feb. 25, 2012)

Despite some crazy chart action this week, Kelly Clarkson holds firm as Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) stays on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. Clarkson's first two #1 singles (A Moment Like This and My Life Would Suck Without You) both spent 2 weeks at #1 also. Will Stronger be Clarkson's longest running #1 song? It won't be easy as there's intense competition for the top spot next week. So what are Stronger's competition for the top spot next week?

First Adele has two songs in the running for #1 next week. Yes, you heard me right TWO songs. Her last #1 Set Fire to the Rain which stays at #2 this week remains a potent competition to take the #1 position back but what's more surprising is that her first #1 and Billboard's 2011 Song of the Year Rolling in the Deep has an outside chance to return to #1! How is that even possible? Well during the Grammy Awards this year Adele, who won all 6 awards she was nominated for, performed the Record of the Year and Song of the Year winner Rolling in the Deep on stage that led to song to fly back on the upper rungs of the US iTunes (it's currently #2 right now) and the song is still receiving a solid amount of airplay so there's actually a chance that this song can go back to the spot. This week Rolling in the Deep leaps to #17 from #44 last week extending its chart run to 58 weeks! Meanwhile, Adele's second #1 Someone Like You climbs #11 from #22 last week on its 32nd week on the chart.

The next song in contention for next week's top spot is the one that I'm sure no one thought will go back to #1 again! Yesterday Billboard shocked chart geeks around the world when the late Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You re-entered the chart at #7. Aside from that two other classic Whitney Houston songs charted this week: I Wanna Dance With Somebody at #35 and The Greatest Love of All at #40. Why did it happened? Remember Billboard has rules that recurrents and old songs are not allowed to chart anymore (unless officially re-released to radio/commercially). Well, Billboard revised its policy on recurrent/old songs chart where they can now allow recurrents to chart as long as they have large enough points in sales or airplay to chart within the Top 50! Although the rules of songs 20 weeks and older that will chart below #50 will drop out and go recurrent still applies. You can read more about the change of policy here. It's an interesting development which is dividing chart geeks and music fans everywhere. Personally, I think it's fair enough since with the digital age, a media exposure or extraordinary events (like a celebrity passing) does result to people to rekindle or even perhaps discover an artist catalogue and in essence if the people support an old song again in droves then it's essentially a "hot" song of the moment. Let's see how it affects the chart activities in the long run. Anyway, I Will Always Love You is a contender for the top spot mainly because of the strength of its sales and resurgence in radio airplay in the wake of the untimely passing of Whitney. It will be an interesting result if I Will Always Love You goes back to #1 nearly two decades after it lead the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks.

Adele's Grammy sweep and the untimely passing of Whitney Houston were the big music stories of the week which ultimately boosted their songs but Katy Perry will most likely steal the #1 spot as her new song Part of Me is currently the #1 song on US iTunes. This is Perry's new single from the upcoming re-released edition of "Teenage Dream" album. The song was performed during the Grammys and it climbed up on the iTunes chart and eventually surpassed both Adele and Whitney. The industry is expecting huge sales as the Grammys was watched by 40 million viewers in the US, the second most watched telecast ever. Adele and Whitney songs are expected to sell huge so what more Perry who managed to beat them on iTunes. Incidentally, Part of Me is actually #101 on the Billboard Bubbling Under just one shy spot of charting this week. If it was able to chart at #100 this week and climbed all the way to #1 that will be the record no one can beat as the first song to make the highest leap possible to #1. The current record holder for the largest leap to #1 is Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You which skyrocketed #97-#1.

So yeah five songs have a realistic shot to hit the #1 spot next week. This is an exciting chart race so stay tuned!

In other chart news, fun. and Janelle Monae's Super Bowl-boosted We Are Young is the best selling song of the week which catapulted the song from #41 to #3 this week. Meanwhile, another Super Bowl-boosted song enters the top 10 this week, Madonna's Give Me All Your Luvin' climbs 3 notches from #13 to #10 this week earning her 38th top 10 hit, the most for any artist. LMFAO who performed with Madonna during the Super Bowl also received some boost as their #1 hits Sexy and I Know It and Party Rock Anthem climbs #9-#4 and #20-#18.

The song that ended Rolling In The Deep's #1 run last year, Give Me Your Everything by Pitbull feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, drops out this week and goes recurrent after 45 weeks on the chart.

Here is this week's Billboard Hot 100 as posted at Pulse Music Board:

01 01 08 Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
02 02 24 Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain"
03 41 08 fun. f/ Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"
04 09 24 LMFAO, "Sexy & I Know It"
05 03 20 Flo Rida, "Good Feeling"
06 04 21 RIhanna f Calvin Harris, "We Found Love"
07 RE 27 Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"
08 05 11 David Guetta f/ Nicki Minaj, "Turn Me On"
09 07 12 Tyga, "Rack City"
10 13 02 Madonna f/ Nicki Minaj & MIA, "Give Me All Your Luvin'"

11 22 32 Adele, "Someone Like You"
12 08 18 Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa f/ Bruno Mars, "Young, Wild & Free"
13 10 20 Bruno Mars, "It Will Rain"
14 06 18 Jessie J, "Domino"
15 12 09 Gym Class Heroes f/ Neon Hitch, "Ass Back Home"
16 15 15 Pitbull f/ Chris Brown, "International Love"
17 44 58 Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"
18 20 47 LMFAO f/ Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem"
19 16 13 Drake f/ Lil Wayne, "The Motto"
20 11 27 Jay Z & Kanye West, "N***as In Paris"

21 14 18 Katy Perry, "The One That Got Away"
22 23 13 Drake f/ Rihanna, "Take Care"
23 18 34 Maroon 5 f/ Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger"
24 19 27 Gavin DeGraw, "Not Over You"
25 30 05The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
26 27 06 Gotye f/ Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know"
27 17 19 Big Sean f/ Nicki Minaj, "Dance (A$$)"
28 21 24 J Cole, "Work Out"
29 36 22 Coldplay, "Paradise"
30 25 34 Selena Gomez & The Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song"

31 38 17 Christina Perri, "A Thousand Years"
32 24 24 David Guetta f/ Usher, "Without You"
33 29 35 Gym Class Heroes f/ Adam Levine, "Stereo Hearts"
34 28 20 Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"
35 RE 19 Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
36 31 16 Toby Keith, "Red Solo Cup"
37 33 18 Drake f/ Nicki Minaj, "Make Me Proud"
38 32 19 Hot Chelle Rae f/ New Boyz, "I Like It Like That"
39 39 09 Chris Brown f/ Kevin McCall, "Strip"
40 37 23 The Band Perry, "All Your Life"

41 RE 19 Whitney Houston, "Greatest Love Of All"
42 51 17 The Fray, "Heartbeat"
43 55 05 Train, "Drive By"
44 58 14 Dierks Bentley, "Home"
45 40 15 Breathe Carolina, "Black Out"
46 35 17 Chris Young, "You"
47 42 14 Taylor Swift, "Ours"
48 43 12 Outasight, "Tonight Is The Night"
49 45 23 Kelly Clarkson, "Mr Know It All"
50 46 41 Lady Antebellum, "Just a Kiss"

51 NE 01 Meek Mill f/ Rick Ross, "Ima Boss"
52 59 08 Lee Brice, "A Woman Like You"
53 50 10 Jake Owen, "Alone With You"
54 34 14 Rihanna, "You Da One"
55 54 09 Keith Urban, "You Gonna Fly"
56 48 16 Wale f/ Miguel, "Lotus Flower Bomb
57 77 06 Flo Rida f/ Sia, "Wild Ones"
58 53 11 J Cole f/ Trey Songz, "Can't Get Enough"
59 65 07 Rihanna f/ Jay Z, "Talk That Talk"
60 60 13 Avicii, "Levels"

61 66 04 Miranda Lambert, "Over You"
62 79 03 LMFAO, "Sorry For Party Rocking"
63 57 08 Lil Wayne f/ Bruno Mars, "Mirror"
64 73 03 Blake Shelton, "Drink On It"
65 63 13 Beyonce, "Love On Top"
66 62 14 Kenny Chesney, "Reality"
67 67 17 Martina McBride, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"
68 71 05 Lady Antebellum, "Dancin' Away With My Heart"
69 72 06 Jay Z & Kanye West, "Gotta Have It"
70 68 08 Young Jeezy f/ Jay Z & Andre 3000, "I Do"

71 81 06 Jason Mraz, "I Won't Give Up"
72 96 04 Jay Z & Kanye West f/ Frank Ocean, "No Church In The Wild"
73 69 04 Nicki Minaj, "Stupid Hoe"
74 75 04 Tim McGraw, "Better Than I Used To Be"
75 RE 04 Coldplay f/ Rihanna, "Princess of China"
76 84 14 Scotty McCreery, "The Trouble With Girls"
77 61 20 Zac Brown Band, "Keep Me In Mind"
78 82 14 The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
79 83 08 Ellie Goulding, "Lights"
80 NE 01 Lindsey Pavao, "Say Aah"

81 NE 01 Glee Cast f/ Ricky Martin, "Sexy & I Know It"
82 70 04 Tyga f/ Lil Wayne, "Faded"
83 76 20 T Pain f/ Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa, "5 O Clock"
84 89 06 Montgomery Gentry, "Where I Come From"
85 93 04 George Strait, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright"
86 98 05 Foster The People, "Don't Stop (Color On The Walls)"
87 91 04 Mary J Blige f/ Drake, "Mr Wrong"
88 74 20 B.o.B. f/ Lil Wayne, "Strange Clouds"
89 NE 01 Kip Moore, "Somethin' Bout A Truck"
90 NE 01 Calvin Harris, "Feel So Close"

91 97 02 Melanie Fiona, "4 AM"
92 85 17 Rick Ross f/ Nicki Minaj, "You The Boss"
93 26 02 Glee Cast f/ 2Cellos, "Smooth Criminal"
94 92 16 Florence + The Machine, "Shake It Out"
95 100 03 Brantley Gilbert, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do"
96 NE 01 Kirko Bangz, "Drank In My Cup"
97 99 03 Diggy f/ Jeremih, "Do It Like You"
98 95 08 Waka Flocka Flame f/ Drake, "Round of Applause"
99 NE 01 Glee Cast, "La Isla Bonita"
100 NE 01 YG f/ Tyga, Snoop Dogg, & Nipsey Hussle, "Snitches Ain't..."

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