#2 Katy Perry- TGIF Last Friday Night (Airplay Gainer)
Katy Perry is *this close* to making chart history. After Califoria Gurls, Teenage Dream, Firework, and E.T. all peaked at #1 for multiple weeks, the remix with Missy Elliot pretty much puts "T.G.I.F. Last Friday Night" in the position to become the 5th #1 single from the album. It should be also noted that Michael Jackson's run of 5 #1 singles only ran for 1 or 2 weeks, while Perry's has reigned for 6,2,3,4 respectively. Particularly, I'm not a huge fan of her, but her record success on the chart should be lauded.
#3 Nicki Minaj- Super Bass
What a fluke hit. She's released about 1000 singles from her too-fluffly debut Pink Friday (I'm sorry but I love the mixtapes much more) and this song was originally just a bonus track. It's turned out to be not only her biggest hit thus far, but it seems as if she's truly transitioning into music's A-list.
#9 Britney Spears- I Wanna Go
Didn't intentionally mean for the wins to be all female solo artists this week, but Britney has set a personal record this week. Before her Til the World Ends peaked at #3 on the back of a remix with Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj. Bulleting into the #9 position, this is the first Britney album to yeild 3 top 10 singles.
And who's to blame her- she has the best producers money can buy- she's simply a vessle for their creativity. It's just fascinating how Britney has transitioned from trainwreck to braindead pop superstar hitmaker. Though the whole "Fk You, Fk You, You're Cool, Fk You, I'm out" deal is pretty hilarious.
#68 T-Pain- Booty Wurk (One Cheek at a Time)
While T-Pain was the king of disposable autotune pop music from 2006-2009, he did produce some pretty solid guilty pleasures. (e.g. "Bartender" with Akon, "Shawty" with Plies) The past year, the music industry seems to have left him behind as he's released about 5 singles that have failed to gain traction. I at least thought this single with the semi-novelty of the title and deep bass line similar to what Bangladesh would produce- that it would do a little better. Unfortunately, looks like another non-starter for T-Pain.
#90 Enrique Inglesias- Dirty Dancer (ft. Usher & Lil Wayne)
I'd like to personally thank the American public for not making this song a bigger hit. I'll admit, "I Like It" was catchy, but "Tonight I'm Fucking You" just seemed like a lame, contrived cash grab. "Dirty Dancer" feels just downright gimmicky, and I think the American pulbic finally caught on, as the song really isn't that good and barely made the top 20 on the back of digital sales.