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Weekly Chart Notes: Cee Lo Green, 'Glee,' Justin Bieber
GO, GREEN: As Lady Gaga reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Born This Way" - marking the first No. 1-debuting title to remain in charge in its second frame since Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night" in 2003, and the first such song to do so since the chart began incorporating digital download sales - Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" roars 7-2 with Airplay and Digital Gainer honors.
The song soars after Green performed it Feb. 13 at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with Gwyneth Paltrow and an assemblage of Muppets.
("We had never worked with (Green) before, and he's just a fabulous guy," said Brian Henson, Jim Henson Company CEO. "I think he's a lifelong fan of the Muppets, and he had a pretty good idea of what he wanted").
Not only does "F**k You" ascend to the Hot 100's runner-up spot, but it also ranks among the highest-charting songs whose titles raise red flags with radio program directors.
As first compiled for "Ask Billboard" (Jan. 28), here is an updated ranking of top-peaking songs that became Hot 100 hits despite their bawdy titles (and, in some cases, thanks to edited radio versions):
No. 1, "My Life Would Suck Without You," Kelly Clarkson, 2009
No. 2, "F**k You (Forget You)," Cee Lo Green, 2011*
No. 2, "F**kin' Perfect," P!nk, 2011*
No. 2, "Bitch," Meredith Brooks, 1997
No. 4, "Gives You Hell," the All-American Rejects, 2009
No. 4, "Damn!," Youngbloodz featuring Lil Jon, 2003
No. 4, "The Bitch Is Back," Elton John, 1974
No. 5, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," Sophie B. Hawkins, 1992
No. 11, "What the Hell," Avril Lavigne, 2011*
No. 11, "One Hell of a Woman," Mac Davis, 1974
No. 13, "Shake Ya Ass," Mystikal, 2000
No. 14, "Short Dick Man," 20 Fingers featuring Gillette, 1995
No. 16, "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)," Eamon, 2004
No. 17, "Hell Yeah," Ginuwune featuring Baby, 2003
(Why do certain artists include words in singles that they know may meet resistance? According to Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' department of psychology, "The uniquely human facility for swearing evolved and persists because taboo words can communicate emotion information (anger, frustration) more readily than non-taboo words").
As Green's original version of "F**k You" reaches its highest Hot 100 rank in its 26th chart week, the "Glee" cast's cover, featuring Paltrow, re-enters at No. 90. The remake reached No. 11 in December following its unveiling, with Paltrow, on the series' Nov. 16 episode.
DON'T STOP BELIEBIN': A week after surpassing Elvis Presley's record for most charted Hot 100 hits, the "Glee" cast ups its total to 117 with four debuts. (Presley ranks second with 108 career entries).
Two of the cast's debuting tracks are Justin Bieber remakes - "Baby" (No. 47) and "Somebody to Love" (No. 62) - while a cover of My Chemical Romance's "Sing" and the "Rent" song "Take Me or Leave Me" start at Nos. 49 and 51, respectively (as the original "Sing" charges 92-58).
The "Glee" troupe will continue to rewrite history with each weekly group of releases, including its upcoming first original song, "Loser Like Me."
The track, written by Max Martin, will premiere on Ryan Seacrest's morning show on KIIS (102.7)/Los Angeles tomorrow (Feb. 25), arrives at pop and adult pop radio Tuesday (March 1) and iTunes the following Tuesday (March 8) and highlights the series' March 15 episode.
'NEVER' LAND: The extent of Biebermania is even more apparent atop the Billboard 200, where the 16-year-old collects his second No. 1, as "Never Say Never: The Remixes" begins at the summit.
Bieber first reigned with "My World 2.0" the week of April 10, 2010. He has also reached the top 10 with his debut set "My World" (No. 5) and "My Worlds Acoustic" (No. 7).
Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield notes that, with rankings this week at Nos. 1, 8, 18 and 31, Bieber is the first artist to place four albums in the top 40 concurrently since Garth Brooks in 1993.
On the Hot 100, Bieber notches his second top 10, as "Never Say Never," featuring Jaden Smith, blasts 25-8. "Baby" reached No. 5 last February.
Just as proud papa Will Smith and mom Jada Pinkett Smith cheered on their son as he and Bieber performed the song at the Grammy Awards, the advance of "Never" brings further accolades to the household, as it returns a Smith family member to the Hot 100's top 10 for the first time since Will's "Switch" climbed to No. 5 in June 2005.
The Smith family top 10 count now stands at three for Will - plus "Summertime" (No. 4, 1991), as credited to D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - and one for Jaden (who hopefully isn't teasing little sister Willow too badly; her debut single "Whip My Hair" peaked at No. 11 in November. It re-enters this week at No. 100).
THE 'DOCTOR' IS OUT, THEN BACK IN: Fellow Grammy Awards performer Dr. Dre rebounds 32-4 on the Hot 100 with "I Need a Doctor," featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey.
Two weeks ago, the song debuted at No. 5 on the Hot 100 before a second-week digital sales decline sent it plunging to No. 32 last week.
With its dizzying reversal, "Doctor" is the first song in the Hot 100's 52-year history to drop from the top five to outside the top 30 and return to the top five in consecutive weeks.
The reigniting of "Doctor" also grants Grey a tie for her highest Hot 100 placement. Previously billed as Holly Brook, the singer reached No. 4 as a featured artist on Fort Minor's "Where'd You Go" in 2006.
Grey, born Holly Brook Hafermann, also ranks at No. 22 as a guest on Diddy - Dirty Money's No. 12-peaking "Coming Home." She co-wrote all three of her Hot 100 entries, as well as Eminem's seven-week 2010 Hot 100 No. 1 "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna.
EVERLASTING 'LOVE': Late jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald lands her highest-charting Billboard 200 album in close to half a century, as a reissue of "Let's Fall in Love" arrives at No. 80.
The set was first released in 2002 but hadn't reached the chart until this week, following Starbucks' nationwide promotion of the collection. Fitzgerald last rose higher on the Billboard 200 with "Ella and Basie!" (with Count Basie and arranged by Quincy Jones), which rose to No. 69 in 1963.
Fitzgerald made her debut on the Billboard 200's predecessor survey when "Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues," with Peggy Lee, reached No. 7 on the "Best Selling Popular Albums" chart in 1955.
ROXETTE RETURNS: Venerable Swedish duo Roxette registers its first No. 1 on Billboard's menu of international charts in 10 years, as "Charm School," the pop pair's first new studio album in a decade, opens atop the German albums chart.
First single "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" concurrently begins at No. 10 on the Austrian Digital Songs survey.
The twosome last led an international Billboard chart when its last studio set, "Room Service," and its lead single, "The Centre of the Heart," topped the Swedish albums and singles charts, respectively, the weeks of April 21 and 28, 2001.
2011 marks Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle's 25th anniversary as Roxette, dating to the release of the act's debut 1986 European single "Neverending Love."
With four Hot 100 No. 1s - "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart" (1989), "It Must Have Been Love" (1990) and "Joyride" (1991) - Roxette trails only Darryl Hall and John Oates (six) for most leaders among duos.