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Thursday, February 12, 2015

US Chart Roundup: Missy Works It (Again), Rihanna, Kanye & Paul Accomplish A Lot

First up, the non-Rihanna related chart news this week: Following her sexy cameo during Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show performance the other Sunday, Missy Elliott sees two of her classic jams re-enter the Billboard Hot 100. The first, at #35, is 2002 single "Work It," a song that originally peaked at #2. Next we have "Get Ur Freak On" at #40. That Timbaland-produced number climbed to #7 in 2001.

Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding's Shit Sex Book, Even Shittier Movie soundtrack song didn't take too long to crack the Top 10. While "Love Me Like You Do" is currently #1 in the UK, it slides up to #9 this week, marking her second Top 10 single in the States (after #2 hit "Lights"), her third Top 20 single as a lead artist ("Burn" made it to #13) and fourth Top 20 single overall (she featured on Calvin Harris' "I Need Your Love," which peaked at #16).

That all brings us to Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds." It flew up to #6 this week, and thus signals a slew of achievements for each of those hoes involved. Normally, I'd list out said feats in some sassy manner, but I'm feeling extremely under the weather, so forgive me for pulling a rare, naughty trick and simply copying and pasting what I wrote on Idolator yesterday:

"FourFiveSeconds" is now...

:: Paul McCartney’s first solo (meaning non-Beatles and non-Wings) Top 10 hit in the States in 29 years. His last one was 1986’s “Spies Like Us,” from the Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd film of the same name.

:: Paul McCartney’s first solo Top 40 hit in the States in 26 years. Macca last dented the upper region of the Hot 100 in 1989, with the Elvis Costello co-write “My Brave Face.”

:: Paul McCartney’s highest-charting solo single in the States in 31 years, since his rather fantastic 1984 Give My Regards To Broad Street soundtrack ballad “No More Lonely Nights” peaked at #6. Dig that David Gilmour guitar work!

:: Paul McCartney’s overall highest-charting single in the States in roughly 20 years. Prior to this, The Beatles’ Anthology singles “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love” peaked at #6 (1995) and #11 (1996), respectively.

:: Paul McCartney’s highest-charting non-Beatles collaboration in the States since 1983, when Michael Jackson pair-up “Say Say Say” went to #1.

:: Kanye West’s highest-charting overall single in four years, when he featured on Katy Perry’s 2011 chart-topper “E.T.”

:: Kanye West’s highest-charting single as a lead artist in four years, when he and Jay Z’s “Niggas In Paris” climbed to #5.

:: Kanye West’s third collaboration with Rihanna to land in the Top 20. Previously, “Run This Town” (also with Jay Z) made it to #2 in 2009 while “All Of The Lights” peaked at #18 in 2011.

:: Kanye West’s second collaboration with Paul McCartney to make the Top 40 in 2015. Prior to “FourFiveSeconds,” the Rihanna-less “Only One” charted at #35.

:: Rihanna’s 21st Top 10 single as a lead artist.

:: Rihanna’s 26h Top 10 single overall, including her features on T.I.’s “Live Your Life” (2008), Jay Z’s “Run This Town” (2009), Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” (2010 ) and “The Monster” (2013), and Drake’s “Take Care” (2012).

:: Rihanna’s highest-charting collaboration since early last year, when the Grammy-winning “The Monster” with Eminem climbed to #1.

:: Rihanna’s third collaboration to hang out in the Top 40 over the past 12 months. In addition to “The Monster,” her duet with Shakira, “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” slinked its way to #15 in 2014.

:: Rihanna’s highest-charting single as a lead artist since “Stay” peaked at #3 in 2013.

:: Rihanna’s eighth of eight lead singles to land in the Top 10. Prior to this, “Pon de Replay” peaked at #2 (2005), “SOS” peaked at #1 (2006), “Umbrella” peaked at #1 (2007), “Russian Roulette” peaked at #9 (2009), “Only Girl In The World” peaked at #1 (2010), “We Found Love” peaked at #1 (2011) and “Diamonds” peaked at #1 (2012).

:: Last but not least, “FourFiveSeconds” marks an impressive 10 years of Rihanna in the Top 10 — a stretch that began way back in 2005 with “Pon de Replay,” the lead single from her debut LP Music Of The Sun.

And there you have it.
The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars *6 weeks*
2. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
3. "Take Me To Church" - Hozier
4. "Sugar" - Maroon 5
5. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
6. "FourFiveSeconds" - Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
7. "Lips Are Movin" - Meghan Trainor
8. "I'm Not The Only One" - Sam Smith
9. "Love Me Like You Do" - Ellie Goulding
10. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift

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