Hot 100 Chart Moves: Pitbull, Ne-Yo Blast Toward Top 10 With 'Time of Our Lives'
The collab also tops Hot Rap Songs. Plus, moves for Nicki Minaj, Natalie La Rose, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo.
As previously reported, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, while Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney vault 54-15 with "FourFiveSeconds."
Who else climbs the Hot 100 this week?
Pitbull & Ne-Yo, "Time of Our Lives"
After ruling the Hot 100 in summer 2011 with "Give Me Everything" (which topped the chart dated July 9 that year), Pitbull and Ne-Yo have reteamed, this time heating up winter with "Time of Our Lives," which roars 21-11. With sales accounting for the majority (44 percent) of the chart activity for "Time," the track bounds 12-9 on Digital Songs with a 27 percent increase to 83,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 1, according to Nielsen Music.
"Time" also jumps into the top 10 (17-10) on Radio Songs (61 million audience impressions, up 26 percent) and 48-37 on Streaming Songs (3.3 million U.S. streams, up 17 percent). It concurrently becomes each act's second No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs; Pitbull led for 15 weeks last year with "Timber" (featuring Kesha), while Ne-Yo ruled back in 2007 for six weeks as a guest on Fabolous' "Make Me Better." ("Give Me Everything" reached No. 4 on Hot Rap Songs.)
Nicki Minaj, "Truffle Butter," featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
The track rockets into the Hot 100's top 40 (71-27), flying 50-11 on Digital Songs (72,000, up 162 percent). It also enters the top 10 on Hot Rap Songs (12-6) and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (20-9). The all-star collab is a fast-rising radio hit, jumping 22-15 on Rhythmic Songs and 19-16 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
Natalie La Rose, "Somebody," featuring Jeremih
The single surges 94-76 in its second week on the Hot 100. As it reworks Whitney Houston's 1987 No. 1 "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," the two writers of that smash, George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, are back on the chart for the second time since 1989. In 2012, the cast of Fox's Glee spent a week at No. 65 with its cover of Houston's "How Will I Know," which topped the Hot 100 in 1986. Merrill and Rubicam (formerly married) charted three hits in 1985-89 as Boy Meets Girl, led by the No. 5 pop classic "Waiting for a Star to Fall."
(Check out this fun, in-depth interview with Merrill and Rubicam from 2011, in which the pair reveals that "Star" was rejected by Houston and Belinda Carlisle, paving the way for Boy Meets Girl to score its signature hit; you can hear Carlisle's very raw demo of the song here.)
Nick Jonas, "Chains"
Jonas' follow-up to the No. 7 smash "Jealous" debuts at No. 92. The new single jumps by 65 percent in sales to 19,000 and rises 36-32 in its second week on the Pop Songs airplay chart (up 49 percent in plays).
Tove Lo, "Talking Body"
New at No. 95, Tove Lo follows her No. 3 breakthrough "Habits (Stay High)" (down 30-34). She also co-wrote Ellie Goulding's Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack single "Love Me Like You Do," which soars 20-14.