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PSY Unable To Get #1 On Billboard Hot 100
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.03.2012



PSY's "Gangnam Style" was unable to get #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, an honor that belongs to Maroon 5's "One More Night" for the second week in a row. This could be considered a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view, as PSY said he would perform his song "topless in a place where everyone can watch" if the song hit the top spot.

"Night" beat "Style" by less than 500 chart points after "Night" won last week by 3,000 points. This is the smallest difference between the top two spots since Feburary 18. "Style" had an 8% gain while "Night" only had a gain of less than 1%. Radio airplay helps Maroon 5, as it gets top Airplay honors for the fifth week in a row, and is #2 on the Radio Songs chart (in its tenth week) with a 15% increase to 116 million all-format audience impressions. "Style" is still early on its radio run, but it did increase by 37% to 46 million, climbing 34-23 on Radio Songs.

"Night" also won on streaming through the On-Demand Songs chart (with a 4% gain to 807,000 on-demand streams), while "Style" jumped 9-2 with a 30% increase to 799,000. This makes "Style" the top Streaming Gainer of the week. (In overall streaming points, which also include non-demand radio streaming data, the songs are also in the top two). "Style" did win in digital sales, however.

PSY is still in contention for #1, so he could be taking off his shirt next week if he keeps gaining.

Taylor Swift has the highest debut this week with "Begin Again" coming in at #7. It's the highest debut since Maroon 5's "Payphone" (with Wiz Khalifa), debuted at #3 on May 5. It's the best debut by a woman since Katy Perry's "Part Of Me" debuted at #1 on March 3.

"Begin" is also #1 on the Digital Songs with 299,000 downloads. On the Country Songs chart, it's #37 with 3 million in listenership. This is the second song from Swift's new album Red, which will be released on October 22. A third song, the title track, will hit the Hot 100 next week as it is #1 in the iTunes Store.

1. Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
2. PSY - "Gangnam Style"
3. fun. - "Some Nights"
4. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
5. Pink - "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" (also #1 on the Radio Songs for the third week, 6% increase, 121 million audience)
6. Justin Bieber (ft. Big Sean) - "As Long As You Love Me"
7. Taylor Swift - "Begin Again"
8. Flo Rida - "Whistle"
9. Alex Clare - "Too Close"
10. Owl City And Carly Rae Jepsen - "Good Time"

Meanwhile, Ke$ha debuts just outside the top ten with "Die Young" at #13. The song is also at #46 on Radio Songs (31 million). It's from her second album Warrior, which will be out on December 4. Rihanna debuts at #16 with "Diamonds", the lead single from her seventh and untitled album. This is a tie for her best as a lead act as she debuted at #16 with "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" (with Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge) on February 6, 2010 and with "We Found Love" (ft. Calvin Harris) on October 8, 2011. As a featured act, she debuted higher: Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" (No. 2, July 10, 2010) and Drake's "Take Care" (No. 9, Dec. 3, 2011). "Diamonds" is also #28 on Radio Songs (42 million). It's first day airplay was helped by top-of-the-hour play on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment-owned stations.





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