The collaboration dethrones Eminem and Rihanna's 'The Monster' after a four-week reign. Plus, Katy Perry gallops into the top 10 with 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J.
After a four-week wait at No. 2, Pitbull and Ke$ha climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber." The new leader had held at the runner-up spot while Eminem and featured artist Rihanna reigned for four frames with "The Monster," which this week slips to No. 3.
Meanwhile, Katy Perry charges into the top 10 with "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J.
As we do each Wednesday, let's dig deeper into the numbers behind the Hot 100's top 10.
With the coronation of "Timber," Pitbull collects his second Hot 100 No. 1. "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, topped the July 9, 2011, ranking. Ke$ha claims her third Hot 100 No. 1; her debut single "TiK ToK" ruled for nine weeks in 2010, while "We R Who We R" crowned the Nov. 13, 2010, tally.
"Timber" spends a fourth week atop the Digital Songs chart, with 301,000 downloads sold (down 32%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, only three songs on the 50-position Digital Songs chart sport an increase in sales over the prior week, following last week's hefty sales week following Christmas. The week after Christmas normally brings a surge in digital song sales, thanks to the redemption of newly-acquired digital gift cards. (Total song sales for the week ending Jan. 5 were down by 29%; in the previous week, they soared by 98%.)
"Timber" adds the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award, vaulting 6-2 on Streaming Songs with a 21% gain to 5.3 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS. It likewise lifts 6-2 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (1.8 million, up 40%).
On Radio Songs, "Timber" returns to its No. 5 peak, from No. 6, with an 8% gain to 109 million all-format audience impressions, according to BDS. (Chart historians, take note: as of this week, Radio Songs becomes the chart's name across all Billboard platforms; it previously went by Hot 100 Airplay in Billboard magazine and on billboardbiz. The tweak, thus, better streamlines the names of the Hot 100's three main component charts: Radio Songs, Digital Songs and Streaming Songs. Additionally, Digital Songs drops the "Hot" at the beginning of its name in print and on billboardbiz. The prefix "Hot" will now be reserved solely for the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid charts, which mirror the Hot 100's methodology. Adding "Hot" as of this week are Dance/Electronic Songs, R&B Songs, Rap Songs, Christian Songs and Gospel Songs.)
"Timber" concurrently takes over atop Hot Rap Songs, which "Monster" had led for nine weeks.
Below "Timber" on the Hot 100, OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" rises to No. 2 after four weeks at No. 3. With the advance, OneRepublic ties its best chart rank: its debut hit, "Apologize" (credited to Timbaland featuring OneRepublic), peaked at No. 2 for four weeks in late 2007.
"Stars" holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs for a fourth week (139 million, up 7%) and at No. 3 on Digital Songs (237,000, down 42%) and rebounds 10-7 on Streaming Songs (4.1 million, up 7%).
In terms of overall Hot 100 chart points, "Timber" wins the top spot by a 9% margin over "Stars."