Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ Stays Atop Billboard 100

Katy Perry is not only wearing her hubby Russell Brand out in the bedroom as she brags about often, but she can also keep things up…as in her songs…on the top of the Billboard Top 100.

Katy Perry’s “Firework” continues to light up the Hot 100 at No. 1. Downloads, however, decline for a third consecutive frame, as “Firework” falls out of the top spot of Digital Songs, dropping to No. 2 with 192,000 (down 5%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.

One explosive title makes way for another atop Digital Songs, as Bruno Mars‘ “Grenade” takes out “Firework,” selling 212,000 downloads (up 14%). The title is Mars’ third to lead Digital Songs, following B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You,” on which he was featured, and “Just the Way You Are.” On the Hot 100, “Grenade” gravitates to No. 2 from No. 3 and is in prime position to take over the No. 1 slot next week. “Just the Way You Are,” meanwhile, remains in the Hot 100 top 10 for a 15th week, moving 7-6.

Rihanna likewise occupies two slots in the Hot 100 top 10, with her former No. 1s “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake (2-3) and “Only Girl (In the World)” (6-7). The former track replaces the latter at No. 1 on Radio Songs, marking the first time that an artist has swapped titles atop that list since T.I. posted back-to-back chart-toppers with “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” (which coincidentally featured Rihanna). T.I.’s two toppers inked consecutive eight-week reigns on Radio Songs between Oct. 4, 2008, and Jan. 17, 2009.

Two other former chart-toppers round out the top five, as P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” holds steady at No. 4 and Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” remains at No. 5. The Black Eyed Peas stay stationary at No. 8 with “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and Nelly drops one slot to No. 10 with “Just a Dream.”

Lil Wayne debuts in the top 10 for the second time as a lead artist, as “6 Foot 7 Foot” stomps in at No. 9, selling 166,000 downloads in its first week of release. The title also opens at No. 3 on Digital Songs. Lil Wayne recently started at No. 6 in September with “Right Above It,” which opened at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 225,000. Weezy performed “6 Foot 7 Foot,” the purported first single from the upcoming “Tha Carter IV,” on the Dec. 18 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”


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