Adele No. 1 on Hot 100 as Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber Surge
Adele No. 1 on Hot 100 as Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber Surge

CHOICE LADIES: To paraphrase Beyonce, girls run the Billboard Hot 100.

The 2011 Billboard Millennium Award winner's "Run the World (Girls)" stopped at No. 29 earlier this month, but its subject material summarizes the state of the Hot 100. With a seventh week at No. 1 for Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," lead female acts have ruled the survey for 19 consecutive weeks.

After male rapper Wiz Khalifa spent a week at the apex with "Black and Yellow" (a testosterone-infused tribute to the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers), Lady Gaga hatched her first of six weeks on top with "Born This Way" the week of Feb. 26.

On the April 9 chart, Katy Perry's "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) landed its first of five non-consecutive frames at No. 1.

Rihanna's "S&M," featuring Britney Spears, interrupted Perry's reign with a week in charge April 30.

"Deep" began its command the week of May 21.

The stranglehold on the Hot 100's summit by lead solo women ties for the chart's second-longest. Here is a look at the greatest such stretches:

33 weeks (Sept. 30, 1995-May 11, 1996)
8, "Fantasy," Mariah Carey
1, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," Whitney Houston
16, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey (& Boyz II Men)
6, "Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion
2, "Always Be My Baby," Mariah Carey

19 weeks (Feb. 26-July 2, 2011)
6, "Born This Way," Lady Gaga
5, "E.T.," Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West)
1, "S&M," Rihanna, featuring Britney Spears
7, "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

19 weeks (May 7-Sept. 10, 2005)
4, "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani
14, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
1, "Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood

Julie Pilat, assistant program director at KIIS (102.7)/Los Angeles, which has played "E.T." the most (1,311 times through June 19, according to Nielsen BDS) of all songs in its current rotation, says that the numerous female artists now dominating pop radio have earned their success not just through strong music, but their overall images.

"Not only is the music good, but these women are incredible brands. Whether Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele or Lady Gaga, listeners know each of their musical styles.

"Their brands are connecting with and relating to fans, while building passion on a deeper level than just each single.

"I love that they're all smart, cool girls who celebrate being individuals."

Women also win the battle of the sexes. The female record of 33 consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 bests the best streak by solo males. Usher, Snoop Dogg, Mario and 50 Cent combined for a 27-week streak at No. 1 in 2004-05.

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