For a fifth week, Maroon 5's 'One More Night' and PSY's 'Gangnam Style' place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Rihanna and Ne-Yo, meanwhile, enter the top 10.
No matter how many laps they make, PSY just can't gallop past Maroon 5 in their weekly race to the Billboard Hot 100's winner's circle.
For a fifth week, the Korean rapper's "Gangnam Style," fueled by its viral video in which he horses around (literally) with his now-famous dance moves, ranks at No. 2, below Maroon 5's "One More Night," which spends a sixth overall week at No. 1. The songs are the first to place at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, for five consecutive weeks since Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" kept Maroon 5's previous single, "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, at No. 2 (where it peaked) for five frames in July/August.
The race for No. 1 was again fairly close, as approximately 2,000 points separate the songs, with each title declining by less than 1% in overall chart points. A similar gap separated the songs last week, while just 700 and 500 points made the difference two and three weeks ago, respectively.
"Night" widens its lead over "Style" in radio audience this week, as the former title logs a third week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart with a 3% increase to 135 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. "Style" gains by 1% to 64 million, holding at No. 12 on the ranking.
Despite its runner-up rank on the Hot 100, "Style" returns to No. 1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart and rules On-Demand Songs for a third week. The track rebounds 2-1 for a second week atop Hot Digital Songs (after three weeks between Nos. 2 and 4), registering a 1% decline to 229,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ("Style" has sold 1.6 million to date.) It maintains its command on On-Demand Songs with 949,000 on-demand streams (down 3%), according to BDS.
"Night," meanwhile, drops 4-5 on Hot Digital Songs (151,000, down 6%) and gains by less than 1% on On-Demand Songs (803,000), where it rises 3-2.
Below the race to the Hot 100's finish line, fun.'s "Some Nights" rebounds 4-3, returning to its peak to date in its 35th chart week. The title track from the group's second album (which crowns Adult Top 40 this week) pushes 4-3 on Hot 100 Airplay (105 million, up less than 1%) and holds at No. 4 on On-Demand Songs and No. 6 on Hot Digital Songs.
Ahead of her expected monster debut week, possibly with 1 million sold for "Red," next week on the Billboard 200, Taylor Swift lifts 5-4 on the Hot 100 with her former three-week No. 1 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." "State of Grace," the fifth and final track that the country/pop star has released in advance of "Red," meanwhile, scores the Hot 100's top debut at No. 13 (her favorite number, of course). The first four such songs, including "Never," reached the top 10. "Grace" starts on Hot Digital Songs at No. 2 (209,000).
Ke$ha's "Die Young" bounds into the Hot 100's top five (8-5) in its fourth week, charging 5-3 on Hot Digital Songs (156,000, up 13%), 27-17 on On-Demand Songs (525,000, up 20%) and 16-14 on Hot 100 Airplay (63 million, up 13%). The first single from "Warrior," due Dec. 4, also becomes her seventh top 10 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, where it climbs 12-10.
Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," featuring Big Sean, holds at its No. 6 peak on the Hot 100, while Alex Clare's "Too Close" likewise stays at its highest rank so far (No. 7).
Two new titles infuse the Hot 100's top 10. Rihanna notches her 23rd top 10, as "Diamonds" shines 11-8 in its fourth week with top Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors, and Ne-Yo bounds 12-9 with "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)."
"Diamonds" darts 15-10 on Hot 100 Airplay (66 million, up 18%) to become her 19th top 10 on the survey, breaking a tie with Lil Wayne for the second-best sum in the list's 22-year history; only Mariah Carey (23) has more. "Diamonds" concurrently climbs 9-7 on Hot Digital Songs (118,000, up 10%) and 35-19 on On-Demand Songs (516,000, up 39%).
Ne-Yo's "Let," his 11th Hot 100 top 10 and first as a lead artist since "Miss Independent" in 2008, lifts 8-7 on Hot 100 Airplay (84 million, up 7%) and 44-39 on On-Demand Songs (351,000, up 4%) and gains by 4% to 70,000 downloads sold, despite a 17-18 retreat on Hot Digital Songs.
P!nk's former No. 5 hit "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" (9-10) rounds out the Hot 100's top 10.
Check billboard.biz tomorrow (Oct. 25), when all rankings, including the Hot 100, Hot Digital Songs, Hot 100 Airplay and On-Demand Songs, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.