Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

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Hi Gary,

I was kind of shocked when I saw that "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris is again No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart for a second week.

When was the last time that a song spent more than a week at No. 1 on that chart?


Mark Thoma
Delaware, Ohio

Hi Mark,

Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" was the last track to tally two weeks atop Dance/Club Play Songs, although its second week in charge was during a "frozen" holiday reporting week when all titles repeated their ranks from the previous frame. Notably, however, "Found" reached No. 1 in just five weeks, the fastest flight since "Romance."

The last song to remain at No. 1 for two weeks without the aid a reporting freeze? David Guetta's "When Love Takes Over," featuring Kelly Rowland, the weeks of June 20 and 27, 2009.

No song has linked three weeks atop the chart since Eurythmics' "I've Got a Life (It's the Only Thing That's Mine)" on the Dec. 17-31, 2005, charts, again helped by a holdover holiday reporting week. Earlier that year, the Pussycat Dolls also reigned for three weeks with "Don't Cha," featuring Busta Rhymes.

Michael Jackson holds the mark for longest command of Dance/Club Play Songs: "Thriller (all cuts)" ruled for 11 weeks beginning Jan. 22, 1983 (when chart rules allowed for multiple songs to chart under one billing).

How has "Found" locked down the chart's top spot for two weeks? Billboard dance charts manager Gordon Murray cites the song's wide appeal, as it spends a third week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and jumps 4-1 on the Rhythmic airplay chart. It's already sold 1.5 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"With 132 Dance/Club Play Songs reporters playing 'Found,' only 6% of the panel isn't playing it," says Murray.

"That's definitely more than a typical No. 1 on the chart."

"Found" marks Rihanna's 16th Dance/Club Play Songs topper, tying her with Beyonce and Kristine W for third-most leaders in the chart's 35-year history. Madonna leads with 40 No. 1s, followed by Janet Jackson (19).