LMFAO Stay 'Sexy' at No. 2, with Bruno Mars Close Behind
Rihanna registers a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while Jay-Z and Kanye West say "bonjour" to the top 10 with a 15-8 surge for "Ni**as in Paris."
Bruno Mars, meanwhile, notches his fourth No. 1 on Digital Songs with "It Will Rain."
"Found" continues its Hot 100 dominance by spending a third week at No. 1 on Radio Songs with 143 million all-format audience impressions (up 3%), according to Nielsen BDS. On the Digital Songs chart, the track holds at No. 2 for a second frame, after five frames at No. 1, with 164,000 downloads sold (down 22%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Below Rihanna's Hot 100 leader, LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" logs a fifth week at No. 2. The cut rises 4-2 on Radio Songs (112 million) but falls to No. 3 after a week atop Digital Songs (157,000, down 30%).
While it could still command the Hot 100 going forward, "Sexy" has spent the most time at the runner-up position for a No. 2-peaking song since Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" tallied seven weeks in the silver medal spot in 2009-10. (With 10 each, Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (1981-82) and Missy Elliott's "Work It" (2002-03) have racked the most weeks peaking at No. 2 in the chart's history).
Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100, which becomes his fourth No. 1 on Digital Songs (3-1) despite a 15% slide to 166,000 downloads sold. The song claims the Hot 100's Airplay Gainer award, jumping 13-8 on Radio Songs (79 million, up 20%), where it's Mars' seventh top 10 in as many visits.
Maroon 5's former four-week No. 1 "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, is a non-mover on the Hot 100 at No. 4, while Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" ascends 8-5. The latter title remains at No. 9 on Radio Songs (79 million, up 11%) and No. 4 on Digital Songs (126,000, down 11%).
Almost four months after their "Watch the Throne" album bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the superstar set by Jay-Z and Kanye West yields its first Hot 100 top 10, as "Ni**as in Paris" roars 15-8 with Digital Gainer honors. The track bounds 17-5 on Digital Songs (113,000, up 68%) after the duo performed it on the 16th annual "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," broadcast Nov. 29 on CBS.
"Paris" remains at No. 11 for a second week on Radio Songs (75 million, up 8%) after reaching a highpoint of No. 9 two weeks ago. The audience sum is a new weekly best, as the song spends a sixth week at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and continues its growth at mainstream top 40 radio, bulleting at No. 31 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
With the jump, "Throne" generates its first Hot 100 top 10 after "H*A*M" (included on the album after its January release) reached No. 29; "Otis," featuring the late Otis Redding, rose to No. 12; and, "Who Gon Stop Me" peaked at No. 44. The set has sold 1.1 million copies.
As "Paris" climbs, Jay-Z nets his 18th Hot 100 top 10, passing Lil Wayne and Ludacris (17 each) for the most top 10s among rappers in the chart's archives. West tallies his 14th top 10 with the advance.
Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" maintains its No. 9 rank on the Hot 100, gaining by 17% in airplay (82 million), though decreasing by 31% in digital sales (95,000). As previously reported, the song could regain sales momentum due its 69-cent sale pricing in the iTunes Store. "One" will need such a retail boost for Perry to score an unprecedented sixth Hot 100 No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream." The set and Michael Jackson's "Bad" (1987-88) are the only efforts ever to produce five Hot 100 toppers apiece.
Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts," featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine, rounds out the Hot 100's top 10, slipping 7-10.
Check billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 8), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and the Digital Songs and Radio Songs charts, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.