The song spends a second week on top, knocking Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never...' down to No. 2 after two weeks
After first leading the Hot 100 three weeks ago, "Whistle" returns to the top perch, fueled by a 5-3 rise on Radio Songs (89 million, up 10%, according to Nielsen BDS). It slips 3-4 on Digital Songs (161,000, down 10%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and holds at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs (751,000 on-demand streams, down 3%, according to BDS).
"Whistle" wins a close race with Swift's "Never," as the former song decreases by just 1% in overall Hot 100 points and the latter slides by 11%. Once again, sales for "Never" drop, while the song's radio airplay continues to surge. "Never" spends a third week at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 253,000 downloads sold (down 18%). Despite its downturn, "Never" passes a million sold since its release (1.2 million). On Radio Songs, "Never" bounds 13-10 (71 million, up 6%) in its fourth week. The ascent to the Radio Songs top 10 marks Swift's fastest, besting her five-week climb with "Mine," the lead single from her last studio album, "Speak Now," in 2010. "Never," Swift's fifth Radio Songs top 10, previews her fourth studio set, "Red," due Oct. 22.
With the Hot 100 points gap between "Whistle" and "Never" slim, streaming helps decide the winner. While "Whistle" ranks at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs, "Never" has not yet been made available to on-demand streaming services that also contribute to the Hot 100's data sources. Thus, it does not yet rank on the On-Demand Songs streaming chart.
Maroon 5's "One More Night" lifts 4-3 on the Hot 100 with the chart's top Airplay and Streaming Gainer awards, as it pushes 16-13 on Radio Songs (61 million, up 22%) and 19-11 on On-Demand Songs (516,000, up 25%). Having been the Hot 100's top Digital Gainer the previous three weeks, "Night" has won a combination of the three badges in each of the last five frames. On Digital Songs, it spends a second week at No. 2 (193,000, down 1%) and passes a million in sales to-date.
Ellie Goulding's No. 2-peaking "Lights" dims 3-4 on the Hot 100, while fun.'s "Some Nights" again bullets at No. 5 with gains on Radio Songs (14-17; 55 million, up 7%) and On-Demand Songs (4-3; 751,000, up 2%). On Digital Songs, it rises 4-3 (163,000, down 4%).
Neon Trees boast the Hot 100's lone new top 10 entry, as "Everybody Talks" soars 11-6 to become their first top 10 on the survey. After reaching No. 7 on Alternative Songs in April, the track has steadily won support at pop and adult radio, this week crowning Adult Pop Songs (2-1) and rising 8-7 on Pop Songs. "Everybody" advances 9-5 on Radio Songs (82 million, up 9%), 10-8 on Digital Songs (102,000, up 3%) and 17-15 on On-Demand Songs (456,000, up 6%).
Neon Trees had previously approached the Hot 100's top 10 with its introductory hit, "Animal," which reached No. 13 in November 2010.
Katy Perry's No. 2 hit "Wide Awake" remains at No. 7 on the Hot 100, while Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" inches from No. 9 to a new peak at No. 8, powered by gains in airplay (up 9% to 56 million) and on-demand streaming (up 5% to 537,000).
Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," featuring Big Sean, rises 10-9 on the Hot 100, climbing 9-6 on On-Demand Songs (630,000, up 6%) and 17-15 on Radio Songs (58 million, up 18%). Although it declines by 12% in sales to 115,000 (dipping 6-7 on Digital Songs), "Long" pushes past a million in downloads sold to-date.
Jepsen's former nine-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Call Me Maybe" rounds out the Hot 100's top 10, dropping 6-10. Having spent the past 11 weeks atop Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, presented by Pepsi, can the song claim the coveted title of the top summer song of 2012? Check Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 6) when the season's final ranking will be revealed.
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