GO, GREEN: As Lady Gaga reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Born This Way" - marking the first No. 1-debuting title to remain in charge in its second frame since Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night" in 2003, and the first such song to do so since the chart began incorporating digital download sales - Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" roars 7-2 with Airplay and Digital Gainer honors.
The song soars after Green performed it Feb. 13 at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with Gwyneth Paltrow and an assemblage of Muppets.
("We had never worked with (Green) before, and he's just a fabulous guy," said Brian Henson, Jim Henson Company CEO. "I think he's a lifelong fan of the Muppets, and he had a pretty good idea of what he wanted").
Not only does "F**k You" ascend to the Hot 100's runner-up spot, but it also ranks among the highest-charting songs whose titles raise red flags with radio program directors.
As first compiled for "Ask Billboard" (Jan. 28), here is an updated ranking of top-peaking songs that became Hot 100 hits despite their bawdy titles (and, in some cases, thanks to edited radio versions):
No. 1, "My Life Would Suck Without You," Kelly Clarkson, 2009
No. 2, "F**k You (Forget You)," Cee Lo Green, 2011*
No. 2, "F**kin' Perfect," P!nk, 2011*
No. 2, "Bitch," Meredith Brooks, 1997
No. 4, "Gives You Hell," the All-American Rejects, 2009
No. 4, "Damn!," Youngbloodz featuring Lil Jon, 2003
No. 4, "The Bitch Is Back," Elton John, 1974
No. 5, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," Sophie B. Hawkins, 1992
No. 11, "What the Hell," Avril Lavigne, 2011*
No. 11, "One Hell of a Woman," Mac Davis, 1974
No. 13, "Shake Ya Ass," Mystikal, 2000
No. 14, "Short Dick Man," 20 Fingers featuring Gillette, 1995
No. 16, "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)," Eamon, 2004
No. 17, "Hell Yeah," Ginuwune featuring Baby, 2003
(Why do certain artists include words in singles that they know may meet resistance? According to Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' department of psychology, "The uniquely human facility for swearing evolved and persists because taboo words can communicate emotion information (anger, frustration) more readily than non-taboo words").
As Green's original version of "F**k You" reaches its highest Hot 100 rank in its 26th chart week, the "Glee" cast's cover, featuring Paltrow, re-enters at No. 90. The remake reached No. 11 in December following its unveiling, with Paltrow, on the series' Nov. 16 episode.
DON'T STOP BELIEBIN': A week after surpassing Elvis Presley's record for most charted Hot 100 hits, the "Glee" cast ups its total to 117 with four debuts. (Presley ranks second with 108 career entries).
Two of the cast's debuting tracks are Justin Bieber remakes - "Baby" (No. 47) and "Somebody to Love" (No. 62) - while a cover of My Chemical Romance's "Sing" and the "Rent" song "Take Me or Leave Me" start at Nos. 49 and 51, respectively (as the original "Sing" charges 92-58).
The "Glee" troupe will continue to rewrite history with each weekly group of releases, including its upcoming first original song, "Loser Like Me."
The track, written by Max Martin, will premiere on Ryan Seacrest's morning show on KIIS (102.7)/Los Angeles tomorrow (Feb. 25), arrives at pop and adult pop radio Tuesday (March 1) and iTunes the following Tuesday (March 8) and highlights the series' March 15 episode.