February 6, 2011 Hot AC Chart: Pink barely hangs onto #1, Maroon 5 rack up another hit

Pink puts up a good fight and keeps Katy Perry out of the top spot again this week, giving “Raise Your Glass” an 8th week at #1. Interestingly this is the longest running #1 song since Katy Perry spent 9 weeks at #1 last year with “California Gurls”. Last year, 2 other songs spent 8 weeks at #1: “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson and “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum. It seems that songs sung by women have staying power on the chart. Katy’s “Firework” holds at #2 with a bullet of over 200 spins, so it looks like she will take over #1 next week.

The rest of the top 10 is slow. “Secrets” by OneRepublic returns to its peak position of #3 in its 29th week on the chart.  Six out of the top 10 songs remain in the same positions as last week, and no songs enter or exit the top 10 this week. The only other upward moving song in the top 10 is Train’s “Marry Me”, up 1 to #6.

Pink’s “F**kin’ Perfect (Perfect)” looks to be another eventual contender for #1 as it has the biggest spin increase of any song in the top 40 again this week. Even with it’s increase of over 400 spins, it holds at #14 this week. Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” also has a sizable increase, but he too holds steady, at #13. The only songs making decent moves up the chart in the 11-20 range are Taylor Swift’s “Back to December” (19-16) and Avril Lavigne’s “What the Hell” (23-19).  The week’s biggest mover once again this week is Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You (Forget You)”, which moves up 5 to #25. [See, those 'naughty' titled songs continue to do well. :) ]

One of the 3 debuts this week is by Maroon 5. Their “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” enters at #39. It’s the 11th Hot AC hit for the band, who first charted in March of 2003 with “Harder to Breathe”. Their previous hit, “Give a Little More” continues to plummet down the chart, down 7 notches this week to #35.

Returning to the chart after nearly 4 years away is Thirty Seconds to Mars. They have the highest debut at #37 with “Closer to the Edge”. Their only other charting song was “The Kill”, which topped out at #27 in 2007. The third debut of the week is by newcomer Andy Grammer, who enters at #38 with “Keep Your Head Up”.

Some of Mediabase’s “Last Week” positions are incorrect. All chart data © Mediabase Research.

January 16, 2011 Hot AC Chart: Pink’s big move, 2 female acts return to the chart

Pink holds at the top of the chart for a 5th week, extending “Raise Your Glass”‘s lead as Pink’s biggest hit on the Hot AC chart. The song still has a large lead over its nearest competitor, Katy Perry’s “Firework” at #4.  However, Katy is growing at a good clip, so she could take over for Pink in a couple of weeks if trends continue.

Speaking of Pink, she vaults up 12 notches this week to #20 with “F**kin’ Perfect (Perfect)”. This is the biggest mover since Maroon 5′s “Give a Little More” jumped 15 spots back in October.   Pink is one of 11 solo women this week on the chart. Two of this week’s debuts are by solo women as well. Avril Lavigne returns to the top 40 after over 3 years away with “What the Hell”. It’s Avril’s 12th Hot AC hit. Britney Spears returns to score her 10th Hot AC hit with “Hold It Against Me” at #40. That song also enters at #22 on the Pop chart this week. Britney has never reached the top 20 on Hot AC, will she do it with this one?

This week’s other debut is by James Blunt, who has been away for 3 years too. He enters at #38 with his 6th hit, “Stay the Night”. Can you name other songs titled “Stay the Night” that charted on the Pop chart? Benjamin Orr reached #14 on the Pop chart with his song titled “Stay the Night”, and Chicago peaked at #11 in 1984 with their “Stay the Night”. All 3 songs are different…there’s no remakes here.

No songs enter the top 10 this week, although Rihanna gets close by moving to #11 with “Only Girl (In the World)”. Rihanna only reached the top 10 once before, with Maroon 5 on “If I Never See Your Face Again”. Besides Pink, no song moves into the top 20. Moving into the top 30 is “Back to December” by Taylor Swift.

19 songs on the Hot AC chart are also currently on the Pop chart, and 15 songs on the Hot AC chart are currently on the AC chart.

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January 9, 2011 Hot AC Chart: A return to normal…

Pink holds onto the top spot of the Hot AC chart for a fourth week with “Raise Your Glass”.  “Glass” is now Pink’s biggest hit ever on Hot AC. She’s still over a thousand spins ahead of her next real competitor, Katy Perry’s “Firework” at #5. However, Katy has the biggest spin increase of any song on the chart this week, with an increase of over 500 spins. If Katy can keep this rate up, she could overtake Pink in just a few weeks.

Pink shouldn’t fret though, as she has the highest debut of the week with “F**kin’ Perfect (Perfect)” at #32. The song is Pink’s 15th song to chart at Hot AC. Pink has 2 of the 13 songs by solo women this week. Rihanna also has 2 songs on the chart as well: “Only Girl” holds at #13 again this week while “What’s My Name” re-enters the chart at #35.

Christina Perri earns her first top 10 with “Jar of Hearts”, which moves up 2 to #10 in its 20th week on the chart. The song leaps over Maroon 5, who have been in a holding pattern at #11 for several weeks. Their song “Give a Little More” loses spins this week, so it looks like it may not reach the top 10. The only other top 40 Maroon 5 song that never reached the top 10 was their first hit, “Harder to Breathe”.

With the chart returning to normal, several songs make nice moves up the chart this week. The biggest move is made by Taylor Swift, whose “Back to December” jumps 9 notches to #31. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars moves up 5 spots to #19, and Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” also moves up 5, to #21.

The return to normal means songs are once again being removed to recurrent. Going away this week are “Misery”, 28 weeks on, “If I Had You”, 22 weeks on, and “Mine”, 20 weeks on. 2 of this week’s 3 debuts have already been mentioned above. The third debut is by Edward Maya, and it’s called “Stereo Love”.  That song is at #14 on this week’s Pop chart.

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January 2, 2011 Hot AC Chart: Holiday Slowdown in Full Effect

Pink remains at the top of the chart for a third week with “Raise Your Glass”.  Pink should remain at the top for a little while at least, but it is kind of hard to tell at the moment. Thirty-eight of the 40 songs on this week’s chart have an increase in spins as the chart begins its recovery from the Holiday slowdown. The week’s biggest gainers in spins are all within the top 7 this week, with the biggest at #3, OneRepublic’s “Secrets”. That song is still a few hundred spins away from Pink, but both songs are gaining spins at nearly the same rate.

The chart is quite slow this week. The top 14 songs remain in the same positions as last week, and the top 6 songs remain the same place for a third week. No songs enter or exit the top 10, and no songs enter or exit the top 20. The only song with an upward movement within the top 20 is “Maybe” by the Sick Puppies, which moves up 2 to #15.

Mediabase continues its reprieve from the recurrent rule this week, which means that Maroon 5′s “Misery” gets a bonus week as the song slides down to #16. It is in its 28th week on the chart, and it would have been removed this week as it fell below #15. Adam Lambert’s “If I Had You” also benefits and racks up a 22nd week on the chart, slipping 1 to #31.

The week’s biggest mover is Bruno Mars’ “Grenade”,  up 4 to #24. The week’s  biggest dropper is “Strip Me” by Natasha Bedingfield, down 4 to #35.  Taylor Swift’s latest, “Back to December”, enters at #40 for the week’s only debut. It’s her 7th Hot AC hit. Can you name the other 3 songs that have hit the Hot AC chart and had “December” in their titles?… “December” by Collective Soul (#16 in 1995), “A Long December” by Counting Crows (#6 in 1997), and “December 1963 (Oh What a Night” by the Four Seasons (#24 in 1994).  Exiting the survey after only 1 week is “Shake Up Christmas” by Train.

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2010 Hot AC Year-End

2010 has come to an end, and Hot AC continued its evolution to more of a pop sound. In other news Train returned in a big way with two big hits. Katy Perry continued her conquering of the Hot AC chart with 2 number ones, while Pink continued to hit the top 10. Country acts crossed-over to Hot AC this year as well, with Lady Antebellum hitting big. Taylor Swift continued to chart, and by the end of the year Country acts Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band also reached the top 40. Rappers charted on HAC whether as the main act such as B.o.B. or as featured artists such as Pitbull.

Below are all of the songs that reached the top spot in 2010 on the HAC Chart:

  1. “Already Gone” – Kelly Clarkson (2 weeks in 2010, 6 additional weeks in 2009)
  2. “Fireflies” – Owl City (1 week)
  3. “Someday” – Rob Thomas (2 weeks)
  4. “Hey, Soul Sister” – Train (6 weeks)
  5. “Need You Now”  – Lady Antebellum (8 weeks)
  6. “Breakeven” – The Script (7 weeks)
  7. “California Gurls” – Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg (9 weeks)
  8. “If It’s Love” – Train (2 weeks)
  9. “Misery” – Maroon 5 (5 weeks)
  10. “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry (2 weeks)
  11. “Animal” – Neon Trees (2 weeks)
  12. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars (4 weeks)
  13. “Raise Your Glass” – Pink (2 weeks in 2010)

This is the most number ones ever in one year on the Hot AC chart, tying 1995. Both Katy Perry and Train had 2 number ones this year.

Below is a table of the top 10 songs of the year. The first column is the official top 10 from Mediabase, the second column is my calculation of the top 10 songs of the chart year (Dec through Nov) based on a simple inverse point system, and the third column is the inverse point system top 10 based on the calendar year (Jan-Dec):

Mediabase Inverse Point Chart Year Inverse Point Calendar Year
1. “Hey Soul Sister” – Train 1. “Breakeven” – The Script 1. “Breakeven” – The Script
2. “Breakeven” – The Script 2. “Hey Soul Sister” – Train 2. “Hey Soul Sister” – Train
3. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum 3. “Life After You” – Daughtry 3. “If It’s Love” – Train
4. “Halfway Gone” – Lifehouse 4. “If It’s Love” – Train 4. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum
5. “Life After You” – Daughtry 5. “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum 5. “Misery” – Maroon 5
6. “Live Like We’re Dying” – Kris Allen 6. “Halfway Gone” – Lifehouse 6. “Life After You” – Daughtry
7. “Already Gone” – Kelly Clarkson 7. “Live Like We’re Dying” – Kris Allen 7. “September” – Daughtry
8. “Whataya Want from Me” – Adam Lambert 8. “Haven’t Met You Yet” – Michael Bublé 8.”Whataya Want from Me” – Adam Lambert
9. “Someday” – Rob Thomas 9. “Whataya Want from Me” – Adam Lambert 9. “California Gurls” – Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg
10. “Haven’t Met You Yet” – Michael Bublé 10. “California Gurls” – Katy Perry f/ Snoop Dogg 10. “All in” – Lifehouse

Using the inverse point system, the top group of the year was Train, top solo male was John Mayer, and the top solo female was Katy Perry.

All chart data ©  Mediabase Research. Happy New Year!!

September 19, 2010 Hot AC Chart: Maroon 5 score a #1, Bon Jovi return and tie a record

Maroon 5′s “Misery” moves into the top spot this week, giving Train only a 2 week run at the top. Maroon 5 could be at the top for several weeks as the closest competitors are not gaining spins that fast, and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” still has well over 1,000 spins to move to #1.  Keep an eye on Katy though, as “Teenage” has over a 500 spin bullet this week, and the song moves 12-8 in its 7th week on the top. Katy’s former #1, “California Gurls” is still in the top 5 this week.

Lifehouse finally move up the chart after 6 weeks at #15, as “All in” moves up to #13. Also moving up after stalling is Lady Antebellum’s “Run to You”, which moves 16-14 this week. Taylor Swift’s “Mine” moves up 3 to #16 this week, but the song has a bullet of over 400 spins. Entering the top 20 this week are Taio Cruz and Plain White T’s.

The biggest mover of the week is Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”, which jumps 8 to #24. The highest debut of the week is Bon Jovi’s “What Do You Got”. It comes in up at #28, making it the highest debuting song of the year so far. The song that was the highest debut of the year before Bon Jovi was “Half of My Heart’” by John Mayer, which came in at #29. “What Do You Got” is Bon Jovi’s 15th Hot AC hit, which is not bad for an act that first charted in 1984 on the Pop chart. Bon Jovi are in a tie for the group with most Hot AC hits.  They are tied with the Goo Goo Dolls.

Eminem enters the top 30 with “Love the Way You Lie”, at #30. The other debuts this week are Usher with “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (f/ Pitbull) and “Perfect” by Hedley. Carrie Underwood re-enters the chart at #39 with “Undo It”.

All chart data ©  Mediabase Research.

September 12, 2010 Hot AC Chart: A slow chart

Train hold at the top of the chart for a second week with “If It’s Love”.  The song is less than 100 spins from Maroon 5 at #2 with “Misery”, and Train actually lost a few spins this week. Thus it looks to be a close race for #1 next week. Stay tuned.

Daughtry move into the top 5 at #4 with “September”. The song is the group’s 8th consecutive top 5 hit, or in other words, all of their songs have reached the top 5. No songs enter or exit the top 10 this week.

In fact, no songs enter or exit the top 40 this week. That’s right, there are no debuts. This last happened in July 2009. This week’s biggest mover is also the only new top 20 entry this week, “Mine” by Taylor Swift. The song rises 4 notches to #19. The next biggest mover is “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, which moves from #26 to #23. An example of a slow moving song is at #15 again this week. “All in” by Lifehouse spends a 6th consecutive week at #15.

The only song to move into the top 30 is one that’s already been there, “Airplanes” by B.o.B. featuring Haley Williams.

With “Your Love Is My Drug” going to recurrent next week, and a decent chance that “Breakeven” will too, there will be some debuts next week. By the way, “Breakeven” reaches the 52 week mark this week.

All chart data ©  Mediabase Research.

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