Rihanna Renews 'Love' Affair Atop Hot 100
Katy Perry's Record-Setting Quest Hits Snag, Jason Mraz Charges in at No. 8
After a two-week respite, Rihanna's "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, returns to the Billboard Hot 100 summit (2-1) for a ninth total week in charge.
The song, which already represents Rihanna's longest residence at No. 1 on the Hot 100, matches Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" in early 2010 for the longest time tallied atop the Hot 100 for any song since the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" racked 14 weeks on top in summer 2009.
On Radio Songs, "Love" rules for an eighth week (152 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS), granting Rihanna her longest reign on the list as a lead act, besting the seven-week domination of her "What's My Name?," featuring Drake, early last year. She also ties her longest stranglehold atop the chart overall, having spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Radio Songs as a guest on T.I.'s "Live Your Life" in 2008-09 and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" in 2010.
On Digital Songs, "Love" descends 2-4 with 185,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
With its return to No. 1 on the Hot 100, "Love" dethrones LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" after two weeks in the penthouse. "Sexy" slips 1-3 on Digital Songs (212,000, down 49%) and 3-5 on Radio Songs (98 million, down 1%).
The duo's previous leader, "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, meanwhile, continues its inhabitance of the Hot 100's top 10, falling 6-9 in its 29th week in the top tier. Only two other songs have stayed in the top 10 longer: LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" (32 weeks, 1997-98) and Santana's "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas (30, 1999-2000).
Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" lifts a notch back to its No. 3 Hot 100 peak to-date, holding at No. 2 on Radio Songs (127 million, up 13%) while sliding 5-10 on Digital Songs (154,000, down 45%).
At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Adele scores a third top five from her album "21," as "Set Fire to the Rain" boasts top Airplay Gainer honors, surging from No. 8 on the strength of a 35% bump to 73 million in audience. On Digital Songs, the track advances 6-3 (203,000, down 24%).
"Fire" follows previous Hot 100 top five hits "Rolling in the Deep," which spent seven weeks at No. 1 and became Billboard's top title of 2011, and "Someone Like You," which led for five frames. "21" likewise became Billboard's top album, and Adele the No. 1 artist, of last year.
Adele additionally closes out the Hot 100's top 10 this week, as "Someone" descends 9-10.
Flo Rida rounds out the Hot 100's top five, as "Good Feeling" is stationary at No. 5, rising 5-4 on Radio Songs and 7-5 on Digital Songs.
Katy Perry's push for an unprecedented sixth Hot 100 No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream" now faces a hurdle, as "The One That Got Away" falls to No. 6 after two weeks at a No. 3 highpoint. The song rises 4-3 on Radio Songs (110 million, up 12%) but tumbles 3-9 on Digital Songs (154,000, down 50%). "Dream" and Michael Jackson's "Bad" (1987-88) remain the only albums to yield five Hot 100 No. 1s each in the chart's 53-year history.
Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as in Paris" stays at No. 7 on the Hot 100, holding at the same rank on Radio Songs (7-7) and Digital Songs (8-7).
As previously reported, Jason Mraz blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 8 with "I Won't Give Up," courtesy of a No. 1 debut on Digital Songs. The song starts with 229,000 downloads sold without the aid so far of radio or a concentrated promotional push. According to Atlantic Records, however, a video for the song is set to be filmed this month and the label will begin promoting the track to adult pop and adult alternative radio Feb. 23.
"Won't" introduces Mraz's as-yet-untitled fourth studio album, due May 8.
Check billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 12), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and the Digital Songs and Radio Songs charts, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.