Flo Rida's 'Whistle' Returns To No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart
Flo Rida's 'Whistle' Returns To No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart


Flo Rida's "Whistle" returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week at No. 1, pushing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" down to No. 2 after two weeks in charge.

After first leading the Hot 100 three weeks ago, "Whistle" returns to the top perch, fueled by a 5-3 rise on Hot 100 Airplay (89 million, up 10%, according to Nielsen BDS). It slips 3-4 on Hot Digital Songs (161,000, down 10%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and holds at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs (751,000 on-demand streams, down 3%, according to BDS).

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"Whistle" wins a close race with Swift's "Never," as the former song decreases by just 1% in overall Hot 100 points and the latter slides by 11%. Once again, sales for "Never" drop, while the song's radio airplay continues to surge. "Never" spends a third week at No. 1 on Hot Digital Songs with 253,000 downloads sold (down 18%). Despite its downturn, "Never" passes a million sold since its release (1.2 million). On Hot 100 Airplay, "Never" bounds 13-10 (71 million, up 6%) in its fourth week. The ascent to the Hot 100 Airplay top 10 marks Swift's fastest, besting her five-week climb with "Mine," the lead single from her last studio album, Speak Now, in 2010. "Never," Swift's fifth Hot 100 Airplay top 10, previews her fourth studio set, Red, due Oct. 22.

With the Hot 100 points gap between "Whistle" and "Never" slim, streaming helps decide the winner. While "Whistle" ranks at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs, "Never" has not yet been made available to on-demand streaming services that also contribute to the Hot 100's data sources. Thus, it does not yet rank on the On-Demand Songs streaming chart.

Maroon 5's "One More Night" lifts 4-3 on the Hot 100 with the chart's top Airplay and Streaming Gainer awards, as it pushes 16-13 on Hot 100 Airplay (61 million, up 22%) and 19-11 on On-Demand Songs (516,000, up 25%). Having been the Hot 100's top Digital Gainer the previous three weeks, "Night" has won a combination of the three badges in each of the last five frames. On Hot Digital Songs, it spends a second week at No. 2 (193,000, down 1%) and passes a million in sales to-date.

Ellie Goulding's No. 2-peaking "Lights" dims 3-4 on the Hot 100, while fun.'s "Some Nights" again bullets at No. 5 with gains on Hot 100 Airplay (14-17; 55 million, up 7%) and On-Demand Songs (4-3; 751,000, up 2%). On Hot Digital Songs, it rises 4-3 (163,000, down 4%).

Neon Trees boast the Hot 100's lone new top 10 entry, as "Everybody Talks" soars 11-6 to become their first top 10 on the survey. After reaching No. 7 on Alternative in April, the track has steadily won support at pop and adult radio, this week crowning Adult Top 40 (2-1) and rising 8-7 on Mainstream Top 40. "Everybody" advances 9-5 on Hot 100 Airplay (82 million, up 9%), 10-8 on Hot Digital Songs (102,000, up 3%) and 17-15 on On-Demand Songs (456,000, up 6%).

Neon Trees had previously approached the Hot 100's top 10 with its introductory hit, "Animal," which reached No. 13 in November 2010.

Katy Perry's No. 2 hit "Wide Awake" remains at No. 7 on the Hot 100, while Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" inches from No. 9 to a new peak at No. 8, powered by gains in airplay (up 9% to 56 million) and on-demand streaming (up 5% to 537,000).

Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," featuring Big Sean, rises 10-9 on the Hot 100, climbing 9-6 on On-Demand Songs (630,000, up 6%) and 17-15 on Hot 100 Airplay (58 million, up 18%). Although it declines by 12% in sales to 115,000 (dipping 6-7 on Hot Digital Songs), "Long" pushes past a million in downloads sold to-date.

Jepsen's former nine-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Call Me Maybe" rounds out the Hot 100's top 10, dropping 6-10.

Check Billboard.biz tomorrow (Sept. 6), when all rankings, including the Hot 100, Hot Digital Songs, Hot 100 Airplay and On-Demand Songs, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.