-- Pitbull: The rapper's "Don't Stop the Party," featuring TJR, bounds 31-17 on the Hot 100 in its 12th week with the chart's top Digital Gainer award. With digital sales sliding among all genres following the robust holiday season, the track is one of just two on the 75-position Hot Digital Songs chart to post a weekly increase, roaring 33-11 with 150,000 downloads sold, up 7%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (What's the other title to increase in digital sales? Read on.) Surely owing to the gain for "Party" is its placement in Bud Light's current TV ad campaign, which is running during the NFL Playoffs.
"Party" marks Pitbull's 11th top 20 Hot 100 hit. It's far outperformed the prior single from his album "Global Warming": "Get It Started," featuring Shakira, stopped at No. 89 in July. The set has sold 167,000 copies in the U.S. since its November release.
-- Maroon 5: "Overexposed" becomes the group's first album to produce at least three top 40 Hot 100 hits since "Songs About Jane" yielded four in 2003-05, as "Daylight" lifts 42-34. The song follows the No. 2-peaking "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, and the nine-week No. 1 "One More Night." "Jane" generated "Harder to Breathe," which reached No. 18, the No. 5 hits "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning" (No. 31).
"Overexposed" has sold 1 million copies in the U.S. to date.
-- Samantha Barks: A venerable composition from the new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 enters the Hot 100, as, with 33,000 downloads sold, "On My Own" debuts at No. 97. The song appears on "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack," which jumps 2-1 on the Billboard 200 with 92,000 copies sold.
Although "Les Miserables" has been a hit stage musical worldwide since the '80s, Barks, who plays Eponine in the new film adaptation, brings the ballad to the Hot 100 for the first time.
-- Anna Kendrick: After debuting on the Hot 100 last week at No. 93, "Pitch Perfect" cut "Cups" rises to No. 81 as the only title other than Pitbull's "Don't Stop the Party" to post an increase on Hot Digital Songs. It debuts on the latter list at No. 62 (43,000, up 1%).
"Cups" also claims a quirky spot in Hot 100 history. At just 1 minute, 14 seconds long, the song is the second-shortest in the Hot 100's 54-year archives, Joel Whitburn's Record Research confirms. Only the Womenfolk's "Little Boxes," which reached No. 83 in 1964, is briefer, clocking in at just 1:02. Despite the latter title's succinct run time, it's logged a lengthy life: It served as the theme to Showtime's "Weeds" (2005-12).
-- Bon Jovi: Fueled by hourly plays at several Clear Channel Media + Entertainment-owned adult contemporary and adult top 40 stations on the track's first day of availability (Jan. 7), "Because We Can" debuts on Hot Rock Songs at No. 40. (The adult airplay impacts the rock survey, as the airplay/sales/streaming hybrid chart's airplay component encompasses all formats in order to reflect the overall reach of each week's most popular rock songs; the new country, R&B/hip-hop and Latin hybrid charts likewise incorporate all-format airplay).
"Because" previews Bon Jovi's 12th studio album, "What About Now," due March 26. Industry sources project the song to sell 30,000-35,000 downloads by the end of the SoundScan tracking week (Jan. 13). Such a sum should spur a jump for the track on Hot Rock Songs, although airplay may drop following Clear Channel's opening-day spotlight. Because of that play, however, "Because" is on track to bow on Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40 when the charts are compiled on Monday (Jan. 14).