And FINALLY, something worth posting about the Billboard Charts.
As the charts kept hitting the lowest of lows with ‘songs’ (?) like ‘Harlem Shake‘ debuting at # 1, thanks to Billboard’s policy of including YouTube views contributing to the Hot 100, I seriously gave up on posting stuff about the very charts I’ve been whoring around with for as long as I’ve breathed in air and danced to Janet Jackson’s music.
I mean, Billboard, really, change your policies – that’s fine. But keep real music alive y’all!
So this week, after being aurally assaulted by Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake‘ and Macklemore And Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop‘ for what seemed like eternity, when I saw ‘When I Was Your Man‘, the lush piano-driven power-ballad by Nu-Soul/R’n’B crooner Bruno Mars atop the Hot 100, I decided to give the charts a second chance.
Mars thus collects his 5th Billboard # 1 hit (and second from his sophomore smash ‘Unorthodox Jukebox‘), and bumps ‘Thrift Shop‘ to # 2 after a 6 week non consecutive reign atop the Hot 100.
Thankfully, most of the top 5 this week boasts of songs worthy of occupying the penthouse, especially Pink’s insanely amazing ‘Just Give Me A Reason‘ featuring Nate Ruess – the 3rd single (and 3rd consecutive top 10) from her global chart topper ‘The Truth About Love‘, which ascends to # 3 from # 5 this week.
Following Pink, Rihanna displays some rather amazing vocals as her piano-driven duet with Mikky Ekko ‘Stay‘ moves up to # 4 this week from # 6. Unsurprisingly, Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic‘ era seems poised to be one of her most successful eras of all time – considering that the woman’s unleashed her best vocals till date, pouring her heart out on the album. ‘Numb‘ featuring Eminem as the next single please, Rihanna?
Just rounding out the top 10, pop royalty Christina Aguilera enjoys yet another week within the top 10 as ‘Feel This Moment‘ – her duet with Pitbull slips down a notch to # 10. Now would be a time to repackage ‘Lotus‘ with some brand new duets and remixes, and possibly a handful of bonus tracks – it’s ironic how Christina failed to deliver a single hit on her own from the album, while her collaborations continue to slay the charts with ample ease.
Over at the Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience‘ starts a 3rd week at # 1, selling another 139,000 units in the to take the album’s total sales to a massive 1.43 million copies in the US alone. The first single ‘Suit And Tie‘ featuring Jay Z dips to # 5 this week on the Hot 100.
Country crooners The Band Perry, one of my fave bands in recent times, arrive at # 2 with their sophomore extravaganza ‘Pioneer‘, with sales of 129,000 units in the US this week. The band had previously peaked at # 4 with their self-titled debut album, which eventually went on to sell a massive 1.5 million units in the US, buoyed by their runaway hit ‘If I Die Young‘ .
The Billboard Top 10 Singles this week are :
1. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
2. Thrift Shop – Macklemore And Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
3. Just Give Me A Reason – Pink feat. Nate Ruess
4. Stay – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
5. Suit And Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
6. Harlem Shake – Baauer
7. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore And Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
8. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
9. Started From The Bottom – Drake
10. Feel This Moment – Pitbull And Christina Aguilera
The Billboard Top 10 Albums this week are :
1. The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake
2. Pioneer – The Band Perry
3. Wolf – Tyler, The Creator
4. Based On A True Story – Blake Shelton
5. I Am Not A Human Being II – Lil Wayne
6. 10 – New Kids On The Block
7. Disarm The Descent – Killswitch Engage
8. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons
9. The Truth About Love – Pink
10. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars