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Bruno Mars Leads ‘The Way’ To Pop Songs Summit

Bruno Mars offers the latest example that mainstream top 40 has become a bit of a boys club, ascending to No. 1 with "Just the Way You Are."

MARS STARS: After eight lead males had ruled Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart in their first chart visits between the list’s launch in 1992 and 2008, six have now reigned in the last year.

Bruno Mars
continues the format’s rookie male domination, as “Just the Way You Are,” his debut chart entry as a lead artist, ascends 2-1. (All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Oct. 21) on Billboard.com). Mars accompanied B.o.B, the year’s first new male artist to lead the list, on “Nothin’ on You,” which topped the May 22 chart. The following week, Taio Cruz began a three-week command with “Break Your Heart.”


A year ago this week, Jay Sean wrapped a three-week stay at the Pop Songs summit with “Down,” featuring Lil Wayne. Before the end of 2009, fellow newcomers Jason Derulo (“Whatcha Say”) and Iyaz (“Replay”) perched at No. 1 with their debut chart entries.

Here is a recap of the 14 male soloists to top Pop Songs with their introductory chart titles as lead acts:

Year, Artist, Title
2010, Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”
2010, Taio Cruz (featuring Ludacris), “Break Your Heart”
2010, B.o.B (featuring Bruno Mars), “Nothin’ on You”
2009, Iyaz, “Replay”
2009, Jason Derulo, “Whatcha Say”
2009, Jay Sean (featuring Lil Wayne), “Down”
2008, Flo Rida, “Low”
2006, Ne-Yo, “So Sick”
2005, Chris Brown, “Run It!”
2005, Gavin DeGraw, “I Don’t Want to Be”
2000, Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of …)”
1999, Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
1998, Eagle Eye Cherry, “Save Tonight”
1998, Shawn Mullins, “Lullaby”

“Just the Way You Are” concurrently bounds 15-10 on Adult Pop Songs. Mars is the fourth male soloist to reach the chart’s top 10 with a first charted title as a lead act this year, following Kris Allen (“Live Like We’re Dying,” No. 3), Adam Lambert (“Whataya Want From Me,” No. 2) and Mike Posner (“Cooler Than Me,” No. 6). Prior to the quartet, no male artist had reached the Adult Pop Songs top 10 with a maiden chart entry since Gavin Rossdale rose to No. 2 in October 2008 with “Love Remains the Same.”

‘TEENAGE’ LOVE AFFAIR: Bruno Mars’ coronation on Pop Songs dislodges Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” from No. 1 after four weeks. Perry enjoys greater fortunes on Adult Pop Songs, where “Teenage Dream” rises 3-1.

The advance grants Perry her third Adult Pop Songs topper, following “California Gurls” (nine weeks beginning in July) and “Hot N Cold” (four weeks, 2008-09). With three No. 1s, Perry ties P!nk for most leaders among women in the chart’s 14-year history.

Speaking of P!nk …

BUBBLING OVER: … the artist born Alecia Moore could soon reclaim solo ownership of most Adult Pop Songs No. 1s among female artists, as “Raise Your Glass” roars 34-19 as the list’s Greatest Gainer.

On Pop Songs, the track charges 34-17, also with Greatest Gainer honors. Up 2,281 plays, “Raise Your Glass” logs the format’s greatest weekly increase since Eminem‘s “Just Lose It” improved by 2,740 plays on the Oct. 9, 2004, chart.

Since 2000, only two other titles have registered loftier one-week gains: ‘N Sync‘s “Pop” (up 2,784, June 2, 2001) and Janet Jackson‘s “All for You” (up 2,353, March 17, 2001).

“Raise Your Glass” introduces P!nk’s “Greatest Hits…So Far!!!,” due Nov. 16.