Katy Perry continues her reign on top of Hot 100

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Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg has held on to the throne at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth straight week. Billboard reports the summer anthem has also earned the Airplay Gainer award for the third straight week.

It will be fun to see if she can pull of another week as Eminem’s collaboration with Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie” from his new album Recovery stormed the chart coming in at No. 2 on the Hot 100. Will it continue to gain steam next week to usurp “California Gurls”?

The rest of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 3, “OMG,” Usher featuring will.i.am
  • At No. 4, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 5, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 6, “Find Your Love,” Drake
  • At No. 7, “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 8, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 9, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 10, “Whatcha Say,” Jason Derulo

Other notable debuts in the Hot 100 this week are songs that many of our HitPredictor members have recently voted on including Selena Gomez & The Scene’s “Round & Round,” which debuted at No. 24, Maroon 5’s “Misery” which came in at No. 44, and Sara Bareilles’ “King of Anything” which came in at No. 59.

Do you have any of these songs in a current playlist? If so, which ones?

Hear new music first – HP

Katy Perry continues to dominate Hot 100

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Katy Perry hasn’t budged from last week’s peak on the Billboard Hot 100 as her collaboration with Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls,” continues to rule the roost for a third straight week, while also earning the chart’s Airplay Gainer award for a second straight frame according to Billboard.com.

The rest of the Hot 100 top 10 include:

  • At No. 2, “OMG,” Usher featuring will.i.am
  • At No. 3, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 4, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 5, “Find Your Love,” Drake
  • At No. 6, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 7, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 8, “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner
  • At No. 9, “Not Afraid,” Eminem
  • At No. 10, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris

Billboard 200 golden boy Drake debuted four new tracks in the Hot 100 this week, adding to his other three that were previously on the chart. Billboard reports that in addition to “Find Your Love” at No. 5, “Over” is at No. 32, “Miss Me” featuring Lil Wayne is at No. 63. Of the new track debuts Drake locked in “Up All Night” at No. 49, “9AM in Dallas” at No. 57, “Fireworks” featuring Alicia Keys at No. 71, and “Fancy” with T.I. and Swizz Beatz at No. 87.

Billboard also noted that of his seven charting tracks, all are from his No. 1-debuting album Thank Me Later except “9 AM Dallas” which was concurrently released as a digital track.

Do you have any of these tracks on your iPod right now?

Hear new music first – HP

Katy Perry dominates Hot 100 for second straight week

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Katy Perry reigns again at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg. Billboard reports that the track also took this week’s Airplay and Digital Gainer awards making Perry the first female artist to grab simultaneous gainer awards while at No. 1 on the Hot 100 since Alicia Keys did so with “No One” on the chart dated Dec. 1, 2007.

Usher held steady at No. 2 with “OMG” featuring will.i.am.

The rest of the Hot 100 includes:

  • At No. 3, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 4, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy
  • At No. 5, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 6, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 7, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
  • At No. 8, “Not Afraid,” Eminem
  • At No. 9, “Rock That Body,” The Black Eyed Peas
  • At No. 10, “Find Your Love,” Drake

Some other fun facts from Billboard:

  • Drake’s position at No. 10 makes “Find Your Love” the third top 10 for the up-and-coming rapper.
  • Justin Bieber’s collaboration with Jaden Smith is this week’s top debut, as “Never Say Never” enters at No. 33.
  • Glee had another five entries make it into the Hot 100 this week.

Are any of the above tracks on heavy rotation in your playlists?

Hear new music first – HP

Smokin’ hot new releases featured at HitPredictor!

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We’ve got some new tracks in the HitPredictor jukebox that we need your feedback on! Here’s your chance to voice your opinion on some of today’s newest releases – do you think these tracks have the potential to top the charts, or do you think they are nothing special? Remember, your votes influence radio station managers, so make sure you check these out and tell us what you think!

The first new song we have is OneRepublic’s “Secrets” – a song that has an interesting history believe it or not! This track is the second single released from OneRepublic’s second studio album Waking Up. It was released as the first single in Germany and Austria instead of “All the Right Moves,” which was released in all other countries except for the two. Secrets was the first single there according to Wikipedia, because it is the soundtrack for Til Schweiger’s film Zweiohruken.

Since then, the song has been featured on U.S. television shows to include Lost, In Plain Sight, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars. OneRepublic’s lead singer recently announced in a MySpace blog that the song would be released world wide in the summer of 2010 – and here it is! So make sure you check it out in the HitPredictor jukebox and let us know what you think! Does this track have hit potential?

B.o.B’s “Magic” which is one of the new tracks off his debut album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The song is a bit of a pop-rap hybrid and features Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, and is produced by Dr. Luke, who has worked with artists such as Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Kelly Clarkson. Although this song hasn’t been officially released as a single, it has done very well on iTunes and we want to know just how well you think it can climb the charts!

Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” is a new track the rapper just released that has perhaps more of a pop/dance or club-like sound than we are used to hearing from Flo Rida. The song was made for a new film Step Up 3-D, which is expected to hit theaters on August 6, 2010.The track was produced by DJ David Guetta and we want to know what you think of this slightly different sound? Do you think it has the makings of something great? Let us know by voting on this track at HitPredictor!

Are there any other new releases you’ve heard recently that you think have major hit potential? Let us know!

Hear new music first – HP

Martina McBride, T.I., and Kid Rock: What do these artists have in common?

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Don’t you love how artists are getting more and more creative with the fellow musicians they are choosing collaborate and record with?

I was a little wary but pleasantly surprised with B.o.B bringing Paramore’s Hayley Williams on board for “Airplanes” and there’s a new track that’s just been recorded that features an even more unique collaborative team.

Martina McBride has already hooked up with Kid Rock on a track together – most notably their duet at the CMA Music Festival last year. So while this pairing isn’t unique adding rapper T.I. to the mix is!

This week during Billboard’s Country Music Summit McBride announced the unique collaboration: “I just recorded a song with Kid Rock for his new album. It seems like an odd pairing, but I love that he sees the real redneck in me. There’s a rapper called T.I. who raps the third verse. Kid Rock sings the first verse, I sing the second verse and T.I. raps the third verse. Crazy, but it’s really uplifting and it’s a cool melody and it feels good. It makes sense. If I was rapping the third verse, that would not make sense.”

McBride revealed nothing more about the collaboration or track, but described how the pairing came about:  “With Kid Rock, I sang a duet with him at the CMA Music Festival last year. He had said he would write a song for us to do for his new album, and he’s true to his word. He sent it to me and I just loved it. It’s an uplifting song, has great lyrics and he’s such a huge country music fan. It’s exciting.”

Do you think this collaboration of Kid Rock, Martina McBride, and T.I. has the potential to be a hit song?

Do you think artists are turning to more creative pairings to gain some buzz and momentum behind the track?

Hear new music first – HP

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” tops out on Billboard 100

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Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg is sitting pretty atop the Billboard Hot 100, making it the second time Perry has topped out at No. 1 on the chart in her career, the first being with the infamous “I Kissed a Girl” in the summer of 2008. It’s also Snoop Dogg’s third time at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 out of the 31 chart entries he’s had on the list since 1993.

With Perry making her way to the No. 1, Usher is displaced and his single “OMG” featuring will.i.am dropps to the No. 2 position.

The rest of the Billboard Hot 100 includes:

  • At No. 3, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 4, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 5, “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy
  • At No. 6, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 7, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 8, “Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 9, “Rock That Body,” The Black Eyed Peas
  • At No. 10, “Bulletproof,” LaRoux

Of note is the fact that “Rock That Body” from the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. is the fifth top 10 single from this multi-platinum set. Perhaps even more impressive is that in the 62 weeks since “Boom” hit the upper tier, the Black Eyed Peas have been absent from the top 10 for just 15 frames according to Billboard.com.

Do you have any of these tracks on heavy rotation?

Hear new music first – HP

Usher’s “OMG” tops out at No. 1 on Hot 100 for fourth week

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Usher has held on to the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 with his single “OMG” featuring will.i.am for the fourth (non-consecutive) week. Billboard.com reports that the track also moved to the No. 1 position on the Radio Songs chart, which gives Usher a total of seven chart-toppers on this chart. The only artist to earn more than that is Mariah Carey, who earned 11.

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” moves up a notch on the Hot 100, which Billboard reports is the No. 1 song on the Digital chart, and is climbing rapidly on the Radio Songs chart to its current position at No. 10, which is the fastest climb into the top 10 since T.I.’s “Live Your Life” in October 2008.

The rest of the Billboard Hot 100 includes:

  • At No. 3, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 4, “Your Love is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 5, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 6, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 7, “Nothin’ on You,” B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 8, “Bulletproof,” La Roux
  • At No. 9, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train
  • At No. 10, “Not Afraid,” Eminem

Billboard also reported on Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox’s entries into the Hot 100 noting that DeWyze’s “Beautiful Day” arrived at No. 24 which makes it the third American Idol winner to fall short of the top 10 (assuming it falls next week as expected). DeWyze’s other debuts on the chart include “Hallelujah” at No. 44, and “The Boxer,” at No. 88. Bowersox’s only contribution was “Up To the Mountain,” which came in at No. 57, while the pair’s duet “Falling Slowly” came in at No. 66.

Did you purchase any of the top 10 songs this week, or any from the American Idol contestants for that matter? If so, what did you buy?

Hear new music first – HP

Usher back on top of Billboard 100 with “OMG”

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Usher finds himself back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week as “OMG” featuring will.i.am rallies for a third non-consecutive week at the top of the chart. Billboard also reports the track has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Digital Songs talley, recording 236,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The top digital download of last week, Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg recorded 231,000 downloads this past week, and manages to come in at No. 3 on the Hot 100 in only its second week of availability.

The No. 2 track on the Hot 100 this week is B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams, which also moved up past Katy Perry on the Digital Songs talley, recording 232,000 downloads which may put it in a tight battle for the No. 1 slot for next week’s chart as all three of the top contenders are all recording similar numbers.

The rest of the Billboard Hot 100 includes:

  • At No. 4, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
  • At No. 5, “Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 6, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 7, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 8, “Can’t Be Tamed,” Miley Cyrus
  • At No. 9, “Not Afraid,” Eminem
  • At No. 10, “Rude Boy,” Rihanna

Do you have any of these songs in a regular rotation on your iPod or MP3 player?

There are several songs our HitPredictor members voted on last week that also made their debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week! Check out the complete article at Billboard.com for info. on artists such as:

  • La Roux
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Muse
  • Gyptian
  • Christina Aguilera

New music first – HP

OMG! Usher back on top of Billboard 100

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Usher has made his way back up to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “OMG” featuring will.i.am. This is the second time the single has been at the top of the chart. However, it wasn’t without some stiff competition from Katy Perry’s debut of “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg, which opened strong coming in at No. 2 after shifting 294,000 downloads in its first week according to Billboard.com.

The rest of the Hot 100 top 10 include:

  • At No. 3, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
  • At No. 4, “Nothin On You,” B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 5, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris
  • At No. 6, “Not Afraid,” Eminem
  • At No. 7, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 8, “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
  • At No. 9, “Rude Boy,” Rihanna
  • At No. 10, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train

Which of these songs do you have on heavy rotation on your playlist?

New music first – HP

Member post: New music discoveries in the HitPredictor jukebox!

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Note: This is a guest post from HitPredictor member Nina C. She will be reporting on her new music finds for us on a regular basis here on the HitPredictor blog! We are thrilled to have her on board, and make sure you check out her other blog, TwilightNera’s Entertainment Hotspot!

The HitPredictor jukebox last week was filled with many familiar names. And some of those names came out swinging harder than others.

One established artist in the jukebox last week – Christina Aguilera – seems to me to be trying to get away from her past music as much as possible. Songs off of her upcoming album Bionic feel very poppy and too commercial for a woman with such strong vocals. Songs like “Bionic” andWoo Hoo” featuring Nicki  Minaj feel like they’re trying to compete with other commercial tunes like Rhianna’s “Rude Boy.” For the past few years I’ve really been hoping she will get back to using that unique and beautiful voice, until then I don’t think her albums will be of much interest to me.

I’m not a huge Katy Perry fan but you really can’t help but like her new song “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg. Yes it’s just another radio hit but it is so in time for summer. It’s a perfect “highway driving to the beach-song.” You really can’t help but crank it up and dance. Even If you’re not a California Gurl it sure makes you feel like one.

Now on to some newer artists: Does the name Nicki Minaj sound familiar? If it doesn’t right now I’m sure it will become a common household name in no time. This new female rapper’s name is popping up on everyone’s album. Just in the jukebox alone she popped up twice. Her most current feature is on the Ludacris song “My Chick Bad.” Her high-spirited and jaw-dropping rhymes make her an easy target on the successful rappers fame gauge. I personally like her a lot better on other people’s songs then on her own, although she’s definitely someone I’m interested in watching.

Another fast-growing name in music is B.o.B.  I discovered three of his songs in the jukebox this week. I think he is a bright and refreshing addition to the rap world. Songs such as “Lovelier than You” and “Kids” are rap songs that make you want to stop and listen to it. I felt involved in the music – to me that’s a sign of good music.

On the pop front I enjoyed the song “Heartless” by Justin Nozuka.  It’s a common pop song with a smooth and positive sound.  Ryan Star is another who has many different levels of rock (I’m not a big rock fan) but I really did enjoy “We Might Fall,” which has a moody rock sound.

Those are just some of the fun songs I got to rate on HitPredictor last week. What were some of your faves or let-downs?

Happy Rating!

Jay-Z tops list of nominees for 10th annual BET awards

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The nominees for the 10th annual BET Awards have been named with music stars such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, and Melanie Fiona topping the list.

The awards show will be hosted by Queen Latifah, and will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EDT on June 27 on BET, with a live stream on BET.com.

Even teen sensation Justin Bieber was amongst today’s announced nominees, picking up a nod for the year’s best new artist, but the current front-runner is Jay-Z who earned five nominations including best male hip-hop artist, best collaboration (with Keys on “Empire State of Mind”, two video nominations “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town,” along with a nod for the Viewer’s Choice award.

Newcomer Drake also picked up three nominations joined by fellow newcomers Nicki Minaj, Young Money, and Wale. Other artists including B.o.B, Rihanna, Monica, and Maxwell picked up multiple nods. Find the complete list of nominees here at BET.

The show will also feature performances from Diddy-Dirty Money, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, and Drake amongst others yet to be named.

Will you be watching the awards next month?

New music first – HP

Eminem’s new single “Not Afraid” scores No. 1 debut on Hot 100

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Eminem scored a Hot 100 No. 1 debut with his new single “Not Afraid.” Billboard reports the new track sold 379,000 downloads in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which is the fourth-highest first-week total since download tracking began in 2003. The single is the first release from the Detroit-based rapper’s new album Recovery, which is due out June 22.

Overall, there were a lot of new debuts on the Hot 100 chart this week. According to Billboard.com there were two debuts in the top 10 and another five in the top 40 entries for the week.

The other top 10 debut was 3OH3!’s “My First Kiss” featuring Ke$ha. The track dropped at No. 9 on the Hot 100 and is the second collaboration for the artists with 3OH!3 serving as featured vocalists on Ke$ha’s “Blah Blah Blah” which debuted at No. 7 earlier this year.

The rest of the Hot 100 top 10 include:

  • At No. 2, “OMG,” Usher featuring will.i.am
  • At No. 3, “Nothin On You,” B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
  • At No. 4, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 5, “Airplanes,” B.o.B featuring Eminem and Haley Williams
  • At No. 6, “Rude Boy,” Rihanna
  • At No. 7, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train
  • At No. 8, “Your Love is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 9, “My First Kiss,” 3OH!3
  • At No. 10, “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

Another interesting fact from this week’s chart is that B.o.B, with two top-five hits, is the first artist to place his initial two top five singles as a lead vocalist in the top five since Beyoncé accomplished the same feat in 2003.

Are you playing any of these songs in heavy rotation? If so, which ones?

New music first – HP

Godsmack debut’s third No. 1 album with “The Oracle”

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Godsmack tops out on the Billboard 200 in the debut week of  its new release The Oracle, which sold 117,000 copies last week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard reports this is the third straight full-length studio album from the group to debut at No. 1, previously hitting the top with IV in 2006 and Faceless in 2003.

Last week’s No. 1 album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, by B.o.B took a huge hit falling to No. 12 which Billboard reports is the first album to fall from No. 1 to out of the top 10 the following week this year. The last time it happened was in November 2009 when John Mayer’s “Battle Studies” fell from the No. 1 slot to No. 13 in its second week.

The rest of the Billboard 200 top 10 includes:

  • At No. 2, Need You Now, Lady Antebellum, 97,000
  • At No. 3, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, MercyMe, 88,000
  • At No. 4, Live at the Troubadour, James Taylor and Carole King, 78,000
  • At No. 5, My World 2.0, Justin Bieber, 64,000
  • At No. 6, Diamond Eyes, Deftones, 62,000
  • At No. 7, Court Yard Hounds, Court Yard Hounds, 61,000
  • At No. 8, Iron Man 2, AC/DC, 55,000
  • At No. 9, Pulse, Toni Braxton, 54,000
  • At No. 10, Raymond v. Raymond, Usher, 51,000

Another interesting tidbit from Billboard this week is that James Taylor’s Live at the Troubadour debut at No. 4 gives Taylor at least one top 10 album in each decade since the 1970s.

Did you buy any of these albums last week? If so, which one(s)?

New music first – HP

B.o.B locks in second week at No. 1 on Billboard 100 with debut single

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The hot, young Atlanta-based rapper B.o.B has locked in a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 100 with his debut single, “Nothin’ on You” featuring Bruno Mars.

But that’s not the only song B.o.B is charting in the top 10 as his track “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore, lands in the No. 9 slot after its debut last week at No. 12.

The rapper’s debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, was just released Tuesday, and is a front-runner for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 next week.

The rest of the Billboard 100 top 10 include:

  • At No. 2, “Rude Boy,” Rihanna
  • At No. 3, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
  • At No. 4, “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
  • At No. 5, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train
  • At No. 6, “OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am
  • At No. 7, “In My Head,” Jason Derulo
  • At No. 8, “Your Love is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 9, “Airplanes,” B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
  • At No. 10, “Telephone,” Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé

Which of these tracks do you have in heavy rotation on your iPod?

New music first – HP

B.o.B overtakes Rihanna for No. 1 spot on Billboard 100

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Atlanta rapper B.o.B has broken Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” stranglehold of the No. 1 slot of the Billboard 100, moving up to the top of the chart with his debut single “Nothin’ On You,” featuring Bruno Mars.

According to Billboard.com, this makes B.o.B the fourth male vocalist since October to reach the top of the chart with a debut track as Jay Sean, Jason Derulo, and Taio Cruz have done so within the past six months.

But don’t think that’s the end of B.o.B for this week, as he also scored the chart’s Hot Shot Debut as “Airplanes” featuring Paramore’s Haley Williams lands at No. 12 in its first week! B.o.B also released another track this week, “Bet I” which industry prognosticators anticipate breaking into the Hot 100 next week. The Atlanta rapper’s debut album, “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” is scheduled to drop next Tuesday, April 27.

The rest of the Billboard 100 Top 10 includes:

  • At No. 2, “Rude Boy,” Rihanna
  • At No. 3, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train
  • At No. 4, “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz
  • At No. 5, “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
  • At No. 6, “In My Head,” Jason Derulo
  • At No. 7, “Telephone,” Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
  • At No. 8, “OMG,” Usher featuring will.i.am
  • At No. 9, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
  • At No. 10, “Whataya Want from Me,” Adam Lambert

Billboard also reported on a number of notable debuts to the Hot 100 this week – here’s a quick rundown. Christina Aguilera’s first single, “Not Myself Tonight” from her upcoming Bionic album entered the hot 100 at No. 23, which is the singer’s third-highest Hot 100 debut.

FOUR singles from the Glee Cast, performed during the April 13 episode of the wildly popular Fox series, made it into the Hot 100 this week. The covers of “Gives You Hell” (The All-American Rejects), “Hello” (Lionel Richie), “Hello Goodbye” (The Beatles), and “Hello, I Love You” (The Doors) entered the chart at No. 32, 35, 49, and 66 respectively. Billboard reports that since the start of 2009, the cast of Glee has posted more chart entries – 29 in total – than any other act!

Which songs do you currently have on a heavy rotation on your iPod?

New music first – HP