The group's 'One More Night' has galloped past the rapper's 'Gangnam Style' for seven weeks, marking one of the longest periods of non-movement ever in the Hot 100's top two spots.
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SHINING BRIGHT: Rihanna extends her record for the most top 10s on the Pop Songs airplay chart, as "Diamonds" darts 12-9. The song marks her 22nd top 10, pushing her further ahead of runner-up Mariah Carey, who's banked 17. Usher ranks third with 16, followed by P!nk  and Britney Spears  (15 each).
Rihanna has rung up her record tally since her 2005 arrival - a feat made even more Impressive given the list's 1992 launch. She also holds the marks for the most Pop Songs No. 1s (nine, a record she shares with Katy Perry ) and most chart entries (34). Rihanna boasts the honor of Billboard's top artist  of the chart's first 20 years.
"Diamonds" previews Rihanna's seventh studio set, "Unapologetic," due Nov. 19.
SWEET: Appearing on Billboard Christian charts since 1997, Plumb  notches her first No. 1 in the genre at last, as "Need You Now (How Many Times)" tops Christian CHR.
Plumb (aka, Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) has previously led Dance/Club Play Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay. On the former chart, she jumps 25-19 this week as a featured vocalist on Paul Van Dyk's "I Don't Deserve You."
AS GOOD AS HE EVER WAS: Toby Keith  continues his impressive streak of reaching the top 10 on Billboard's Country Albums chart, as "Hope on the Rocks" launches at No. 3. The set marks his milestone 20th top 10 on the tally. (He's missed the top tier only with his self-titled debut album, which peaked at No. 17 in a 97-week run in 1993-95. It also yielded his first of 20 Country Songs No. 1s, "Should've Been a Cowboy").
Keith boasts the longest active top 10 streak on Country Albums. With three more, he'll tie George Strait  for the longest run of consecutive top 10s in the chart's 49-year history; Strait linked 23 in a row from 1987 to 2003. Buck Owens (1964-68) and Elvis Presley  (1973-77) follow with strings of 17 consecutive top 10s each.
Since Country Albums adopted Nielsen SoundScan data the week of May 25, 1991, Keith is one of three acts with at least 20 top 10s. Strait leads with 26 in that span, followed by Alan Jackson (23).
HIT HUNTER: A newer country star is making his own chart headlines.
Following his coronation as new artist of the year at the Country Music Assn. Awards (broadcast live on ABC on Nov. 1), Hunter Hayes  reaps chart benefits. His "Wanted" bounds 41-23 on the Hot 100 with top Digital Gainer honors (74,000 downloads sold, up 80%, according to SoundScan) and debuts on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 40.
As the ballad topped Country Songs (Sept. 29), it marks the list's first leader by a solo male unaccompanied by another artist to cross to Adult Pop Songs since Keith Urban's "Making Memories of Us" in 2006. ( Jason Aldean 's "Don't You Wanna Stay" managed the feat last year, although with the assistance of Kelly Clarkson .)
"I'm (21) and that's intimidating. I feel like there's a lot to prove, just in general, as a young person going into any job. You've got a lot to figure out, so there's a lot of pressure," Hayes says.
"But, what I find really cool is that I'm part of a class of younger country artists," he says, citing Taylor Swift , for whom he's opened on tour, as well as such fellow youthful acts as the Band Perry and Gloriana. "I love that, because I'm finding new favorites that I love listening to. There are a lot of new ideas, a lot of experimentation.
"I love the vibe of it, the energy."