Rihanna's "S&M" holds at No. 2 for a third week on the Hot 100 while logging a second week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (123 million in audience, up 5%). Its digital sales decline by 11% to 141,000, although its sum is expected to soar next week, following Monday's (April 11) much -heralded release of its "Rih-mix" featuring Britney Spears. Industry prognosticators suggest that the combined versions of "S&M" may sell more than 200,000 downloads by week's end Sunday, April 17, which would mark a new weekly high for the song. (It sold as many as 178,000 the week of March 19).
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As previously reported, "S&M" marks Rihanna's record-breaking eighth No. 1 on Pop Songs, lifting her past Lady Gaga and P!nk for most leaders in the chart's 18-year history.
The entire top five positions maintain their rankings from last week's Hot 100. The Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" holds at No. 3, followed by Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" (No. 4) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (No. 5).
Jeremih's "Down on Me," featuring 50 Cent, rises 7-6 on the Hot 100, swapping spots with Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now," featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes (6-7). "Look" tops Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fourth week and becomes Brown's first No. 1 as a lead artist on Rap Songs. (He assisted, with Johnta Austin, on Bow Wow's seven-week Rap Songs leader "Shortie Like Mine" in 2006-07).
Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends" returns to the Hot 100's top 10 after three weeks, reaching a new peak to-date (13-8). The song had previously ranked as high as No. 9 in its second chart week four weeks ago. The second single from "Femme Fatale" bounds 15-5 on Digital Songs (133,000, up 48%) and bullets at No. 19 on Radio Songs (53 million, up 16%).
Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor," featuring Pitbull, dips 8-9 on the Hot 100 and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" holds at No. 10 with gains on Digital Songs (9-8, 124,000, up 2%) and Radio Songs (36-21,44 million, up 31%).
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Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee" buzzes in as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 13 after the singer co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards April 3 with Reba McEntire and premiered the song at the gala event. Opening with 139,000 downloads sold, "Bee" banks the best sales week and highest position on Digital Songs (No. 4) for a lead solo country male artist, passing Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This" (100,000; No. 8, April 4, 2008). Shelton scores the Hot 100's highest bow for a male country soloist since Garth Brooks (as alter-ego Chris Gaines) began at No. 5 with "Lost in You" the week of Sept. 11, 1999.
Pitbull also makes headlines in the Hot 100's top 20, as "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer, vaults 60-17 with Digital Gainer accolades. The song rockets 58-9 on Digital Songs (112,000, up 259%) after receiving prominent placement last week in the iTunes Store.
In addition to "Bee," five other songs enter the Hot 100, including Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello" (No. 91). The former Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1 has received mainstream exposure in commercials for Trident's "Vitality" gum. At No. 95, Brad Paisley debuts with "Old Alabama"; guest act Alabama, a five-time ACM Entertainer of the Year winner, had last appeared on the Hot 100 with a remake of 'N Sync's "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You," featuring the boy band, in 1999.
All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (April 14) on Billboard.com.
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