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Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100

As Rihanna registers a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Diamonds," the song also rises to the top of the Radio Songs chart. Will.i.am and Britney Spears, meanwhile, debut just outside the Hot 100's top 10 with "Scream & Shout." "Diamonds" remains atop the Hot 100 powered by its ...2-1 ascent on Radio Songs, where it gains by 7% to 134 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Her 12th Hot 100 No. 1 becomes her 10th leader on the BDS-based Radio Songs ranking (which launched 22 years ago this week). Rihanna is just the second artist to reach a double-digit No. 1 total on the list: Mariah Carey remains one ahead of her with 11. ( Usher places third with seven Radio Songs No. 1s, followed by Ludacris and Kanye West, each with six.)
"Diamonds" notches a fourth week atop the On-Demand Songs chart with 1.06 million on-demand streams (down 2%) (and 1.19 million overall streams), according to BDS, and slides 2-8 on Digital Songs with 122,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Parent album "Unapologetic" similarly declines on the Billboard 200 in its second week (1-6); as previously reported, song and album sales were down in the tracking week after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, as they are annually in that period.)
"Diamonds," which rules R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a ninth week, wins a tight race to No. 1 on the Hot 100, fending off Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" (4-2) by approximately 2,500 chart points. "Diamonds" dips by 9% in overall points, while "Heaven" gains by 2%. The latter title concurrently rises 4-2 on Radio Songs (124 million, up 11%), while remaining at No. 5 on Digital Songs (135,000, down 4%) and surging 9-5 on On-Demand Songs (748,000, up 9%). The song introduces Mars' sophomore album "Unorthodox Jukebox," due Tuesday (Dec. 11).
After climbing 3-2 last week, Ke$ha's "Die Young" reverses course on the Hot 100 (2-3). The lead single  from her album "Warrior," due high atop next week's Billboard 200, gains by 5% on Radio Songs, despite a 3-4 retreat (121 million) but falls 4-7 on Digital Songs (122,000, down 19%) and 3-4 on On-Demand Songs (800,000, down 8%). RCA Records announced today that "C'mon" will be the second single from "Warrior." It's set to impact pop radio on Jan. 7.
Maroon 5's former nine-week Hot 100 No. 1 "One More Night" drops 3-4, simultaneously ending its eight-week command on Radio Songs  (124 million, down 6%), the longest of the group's three leaders on the list (all logged consecutively since  last year). "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, topped Radio Songs for seven weeks beginning the week of Oct. 1, 2011, while "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, led for six frames beginning in July.
The Lumineers' first Hot 100 hit, "Ho Hey," becomes their first top five effort, rising 7-5. The track, which also elevates 2-1 on the Rock Songs chart, reaches the Radio Songs top 10, where it jumps 11-8 (78 million, up 15%), and rises 7-6 on Digital Songs (127,000, up 1%) and 5-3 on On-Demand Songs (860,000, up 10%).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, fun.'s No. 3-peaking "Some Nights" holds at No. 6, followed by Phillip Phillips' "Home" (8-7); Flo Rida's "I Cry" (9-8), which becomes his first No. 1 on Rap Songs since his 2008 debut hit "Low"; Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" (10-9); and PSY's former seven-week No. 2 Hot 100 hit "Gangnam Style" (5-10), which drops 1-2 on Digital Songs (143,000, down 37%) after six nonconsecutive weeks on top. (The song had benefitted last week from the Korean rapper's show-closing performance with Hammer on the American Music Awards, broadcast Nov. 18 on ABC.)
Two titles make notable moves to just outside the Hot 100's top 10. As she debuts atop the Billboard 200 with "Girl on Fire," the title cut from Alicia Keys' new album (and fifth Billboard 200 No. 1) soars 21-11 with the Hot 100's top Digital Gainer award. The song also benefits from a performance on Fox's "The X Factor" (Nov. 29). On Digital Songs, it flies 17-3 (140,000, up 72%), marking a new peak; "Girl" had previously risen as high as No. 8 on Digital Songs four weeks ago.
At No. 12 on the Hot 100, will.i.am's "Scream & Shout," featuring Britney Spears, debuts, fueled by a 66-1 vault on Digital Songs (196,000, up 483%). The jump to the summit is the greatest in the chart's archives, besting the 57-1 flight of Zac Efron, Andrew Seeley and Vanessa Hudgens' "Breaking Free" (from Disney's "High School Musical") the week of Feb. 11, 2006. "Scream" is Spears' 29th Hot 100 entry and her fourth-highest debut.
"Scream" debuted on Digital Songs last week with five days of sales, as it was released on Nov. 21. The newest chart data reflects its first full sales week (ending Dec. 2), along with impact felt from the premiere of its music video on "The X Factor" (Nov. 28). The track marks will.i.am's second Digital Songs No. 1 as a soloist (but first as a lead), following his featured turn on Usher's "OMG" in 2010. He's also notched five leaders as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. "Scream" is Spears' seventh Digital Songs No. 1.

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