While catalog or recurring songs have not been eligible for Hot 100 inclusion in the past, this isn’t the first time Billboard has recorded such activity. It wasn’t until 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, that the Hot 100 welcomed Lee Greenwood’s 1984 country hit “God Bless the USA” and Saskatoon’s tingling rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the latter of which had hit the top 20 charts for a decade earlier. At the time, the recording of these songs properly captured the musical mood as the nation responded to that tragic day.
“As the digital age advances,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, Director of Charts at Billboard, “the line between the relevance of new and older recordings, most of which are accessible from home computers, is blurred.” “”
“We think allowing older titles to post enough activity to return to the Hot 100 when they’re in the top half of the chart is the right move.” (Billboard’s policy to remove descending songs from the Hot 100 after 20 weeks if the rank below No. 50 remains unchanged).
Saskatoon’s posthumous chart activity is hardly the only headline on this week’s Hot 100.
Kelly Clarkson logs at # 1 on the Hot 100 for a second week with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” which receives the highest Airplay Gainer awards for a second week. The song rises 15-7 on radio songs (76 million, up 31%). In digital songs, “Stronger” slipped by 1-2, but with a gain of 10% to 260,000.
Adele’s former two-week No. 1 “Set Fire to the Rain” ranks No. 2 on the Hot 100. The song becomes her third No. 1 on radio songs after “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You”. “How it gains 7% to 136 million.” Rain “falls 2-4 on Digital Songs, but with an improvement of 14% to 187,000.
“We Are Young” will be named by fun. With Janelle Monae for a second week rated 41: 3 as the best digital gainer of the Hot 100 and awarded 22: 1 for digital songs (296,000 downloads, plus 338%). On last week’s Hot 100, the song had hit a line between 63 and 41, driven by early sales gains from the TV spotlight (given that last week’s sales tracking period was just hours after the Super Bowl on the night of February 5th ended).
After LMFAO performed with Madonna as part of the Super Bowl halftime show, the duo’s former two-week No. 1 “Sexy and I Know It” bounced off the Hot 100 at 9: 4. trust [confi-dance?] Anthem with Ricky Martin debuts at the same time at number 81).
Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” drops 3-5 on the Hot 100; Rihanna’s former 10-week topper “We Found Love” with Calvin Harris drops 4-6; David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” with Nicki Minaj, slides 5-8; and Tyga’s “Rack City” falls 7-9.
Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin ‘” with Nicki Minaj and MIA rounds off the Top 10 and reaches the Hot 100 with 13 to 10 to become Madonna’s record 38th Top 10. (The Beatles take second place at 34).
“Luvin ‘” jumps 7-6 in the Digital Songs survey with 165,000 downloads sold (up 44%) in the list’s tracking week. The period spanned the first full week after Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
However, the title slipped between 28 and 59 in the radio songs table (20 million viewer impressions, minus 54%). “Luvin ‘” had benefited from a special last week on Channel Media and Entertainment’s more than 50 monitored pop stations, which were played every hour from Friday, February 3rd, at 9:00 am EST until the big game began.