LMFAO Brings the 'Party' to Top of Hot 100
LMFAO leaps to its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 7) on Billboard.com, as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, lifts 3-1 with Digital Gainer honors.
Original songs and covers by contestants from NBC's "The Voice" also make notable Hot 100 news.
"Party" powers by 22% in digital sales to 258,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, likewise rising 3-1 on Digital Songs. On Radio Songs, the track bumps 4-3 with a 13% gain to 115 million in all-format audience, according to Nielsen BDS.
Twosome LMFAO is the first duo or group to top the Hot 100 since Far*East Movement spent the last of three weeks at No. 1 with "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs & Dev, on the Nov. 27, 2010, chart. The last prior duo to lead the Hot 100? OutKast, which reigned back-to-back with "Hey Ya!" (nine weeks) and "The Way You Move," featuring Sleepy Brown (one), in 2003-04.
LMFAO's Hot 100 coronation also brings a musically-rich bloodline to the chart's apex, as the dance/pop/hip-hop duo consists of DJs Redfoo and SkyBlu, aka Stefan Gordy and Skyler Gordy, the son and grandson, respectively, of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.
(By reaching No. 1, Stefan claims bragging rights over his older brother (by 11 years), Kennedy. The latter singer - billed as Rockwell - peaked at No. 2 with "Somebody's Watching Me," in 1984).
English singer Bennett and Los Angeles producer GoonRock also each enjoy their first trip to the top of the Hot 100.
"Party" bumps Pitbull's "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer, to No. 2 after it had ascended 2-1 on last week's Hot 100. The song retains its bullet despite its drop in position, as it gains by 2% in airplay to 150 million (holding 2-2 on Radio Songs) and 2% in download sales to 192,000 (4-3 on Digital Songs).
Adele's former seven-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Rolling in the Deep" dips 2-3, while Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" spends a third week at No. 4, claiming the Hot 100's Airplay Gainer award for a second consecutive week. On Radio Songs, the track blasts 11-8 (84 million, up 34%) in its fourth frame, marking the second-fastest climb to the top 10 this year, after Britney Spears' three-week sprint with "Hold It Against Me."
"Friday" cedes the top spot on Digital Songs (1-2) to "Party" after two weeks at No. 1, logging a 9% decrease to 206,000 downloads sold.
The next three songs on the Hot 100 maintain their rankings from last week: Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" (5-5), Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" (6-6) and Perry's former five-week topper "E.T," featuring Kanye West (7-7).
Lil Wayne lifts 10-8 on the Hot 100 with "How to Love." The song surges 17-13 on Radio Songs (58 million, up 14%) and, while it rises 10-8 on Digital Songs, it registers a 1% decrease to 128,000 downloads sold.
As LMFAO returns a duo to the Hot 100's apex, two groups enter the top 10.
OneRepublic's "Good Life" charges 18-9 after frontman Ryan Tedder sang the song with finalist Beverly McClellan on last Wednesday's (June 29) first-season finale of "The Voice." The song, OneRepublic's second Hot 100 top 10, following its No. 2 turn as a featured act on Timbaland's "Apologize" in 2007, bounds 17-12 on Digital Songs (111,000, up 22%) and 18-12 on Radio Songs (59 million, up 20%).
Hot Chelle Rae likewise reaches the Hot 100's top bracket, as its first chart entry, "Tonight Tonight," jumps 13-10, driven by a No. 9 ranking on Digital Songs (128,000, down 7%) and a 34-26 advance on Radio Songs (40 million, up 15%). The Nashville quartet, which includes Nash Overstreet, the brother of now-former "Glee" regular Chord Overstreet and son of Paul Overstreet, who charted nine top 10s on Billboard's Country Songs chart in 1988-91, is the first group to send its maiden Hot 100 entry to the top 10 since Far*East Movement.
(Unlike the Gordy brothers, Nash doesn't best the highest Hot 100 rank of a sibling who previously inhabited the top 10; the "Glee" cast's "Loser Like Me," on which Chord sang, debuted and peaked at No. 6 in April).
Outside the Hot 100's top 10, original songs from "The Voice" inaugural champion and runner-up roar into the top 20.
Victor Javier Colon's "Stitch by Stitch" sews up a No. 17 start as the chart's Hot Shot Debut and Dia Frampton's "Inventing Shadows" begins at No. 20. The cuts storm Digital Songs at Nos. 6 and 7 with 145,000 and 137,000, respectively.
Four more of the chart's 12 debuts this week are "Voice" souvenirs: Adam Levine and Colon's version of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" (No. 45); Blake Shelton and Frampton's take on Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" (No. 57); Christina Aguilera and McClellan's rendition of the former's "Beautiful" (No. 74); and, Vicci Martinez's original "Afraid to Sleep" (No. 78).
Among other new Hot 100 entries, Coldplay debuts two tracks: "Moving to Mars" (No. 90) and "Major Minus" (No. 92). The songs appear on the three-track EP "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," the title cut of which rebounds 61-54.
All charts, including the Hot 100, Digital Songs and Radio Songs, will be refreshed tomorrow on Billboard.com.