Thursday, April 21, 2011

Billboard Hot 100, April 30, 2011

1. S&M - Rihanna feat. Britney Spears

So after 13 weeks, Rihanna's "S&M" finally tops the Hot 100 earning the Barbadian singer her 10th #1. Selling nearly 300k this week, it's rise to the top is thanks to its accompanying remix featuring Britney Spears, released last week which accounted for nearly 70% of those sales. Rihanna is now tied with Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder for 8th place for the artists with the most #1's on the Hot 100. This also makes Rihanna, at 23, the youngest artist to score 10 #1's, besting Mariah Carey who scored her 10th #1 when she was 25. Rihanna also bests Carey's 5 years and 4 months that took her to accumulate her first 10 #1's with a pretty impressive 4 years and 11 months.

This is the second time Rihanna has scored 3 #1's from one album--she launched "Umbrella," "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia" to the pinnacle from her third album Good Girl Gone Bad. Obviously Rihanna benefited a great deal from the Spears-assisted remix, however Britney gets a pretty good deal too--because she's credited she scores her 5th #1 this week too, the first time she's gotten multiple #1's in the same year, following "Hold it Against Me" earlier this year. Billboard do not mention this in their aritcle, but I do believe this is the first time a female duet has topped the Hot 100 since Monica and Brandy's "The Boy is Mine" in 1998.

4. Down on Me - Jeremih feat. 50 Cent

R&B singer Jeremih lands his 2nd top 5 with "Down on Me" featuring 50 Cent, which climbs 2 spots up to #4. His last top 5 "Birthday Sex" peaked in the same spot in 2009.

6. Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Adele climbs further into the top 10 with "Rolling in the Deep" rising 4 spots up to #6. It's currently #1 on iTunes, it should score her first top 3 (at least) next week.

10. Judas - Lady Gaga

After Rihanna and Britney, the week's second biggest news is the arrival of Lady Gaga's "Judas" which debuts at #10 this week following its three-day release on iTunes, although it arrives rather underwhelming following blazing reception of previous single "Born This Way" which debuted at #1 with 448k. "Judas" sold 162k this week, however next week it could be going head-to-head with Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Katy Perry's "E.T." and Beyonce's new single "Girls (Who Run the World)" for #1--that's if "Girls" receives the same enthusiastic reception Britney and Lady Gaga's lead singles received.

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