After three weeks of voting and hundreds of thousands of responses, we have a champion of the second annual Hot 100 March Madness -- and she looks a lot like last year's winner! Will.i.am & Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout" was voted the best song to reach the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart over the past year, emerging from a field of 32 and giving Spears a repeat victory after the pop princess claimed the 2012 crown with "Hold It Against Me." Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" streaked into the Finals, but was no match for the pop star duo that met it in the final round. Scream, shout, let it all out -- Will.i.am and Britney Spears are your Hot 100 March Madness 2013 champs!
From April 1, 2012 through the charts dated March 9, 2013, there have been exactly 32 songs that appeared in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart. The head-to-head match-ups within this year's bracket were decided arbitrarily, and after four rounds of voting throughout the month of March, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Scream & Shout" emerged from their respective sides of the bracket. Click here to see the original bracket.
Looking back at the Finals of this year's Hot 100 March Madness, Will.i.am & Britney Spears began the final round of voting with a steady but not overwhelming lead over Kelly Clarkson, hovering around the 60 percent mark of the overall vote. In the final hours of voting, however, the diehards came out in droves: "Scream & Shout" finished with 84 percent of the final vote, giving the song its most lopsided victory in the entire competition! Comparatively, "Hold It Against Me" garnered 73 percent of fan votes last year, when the No. 1 single took down Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."
Over the course of its five match-ups, "Scream & Shout" defeated One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful," Maroon 5's "One More Night," Katy Perry's "Wide Awake," P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" to win Hot 100 March Madness 2013 championship. Congratulations to Will.i.am and Britney Spears, and thanks to all who voted!
Check out the "Scream & Shout" music video, and be sure to discuss the overall competition in the comments section.