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    Top 5 Pop Hits for Week Ending June 1

    Rihanna performs during the Diamonds World Tour 2013 at the BB&T Center April 20, 2013 in Sunrise Florida.
    Rihanna performs during the Diamonds World Tour 2013 at the BB&T Center April 20, 2013 in Sunrise Florida.
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    We’re checking out the most popular songs on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 pop singles chart for the week ending June 1, 2013.

    Ray McDonalds Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending June 1
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    We start in fifth place, where Rihanna and Mikky Ekko hold for a second straight week with “Stay.” Even when she’s away from home, Rihanna can’t avoid online feuds.  While touring Europe through July, online domestic strife still seems to find her. On May 26, actress Amanda Bynes posted disparaging messages about Rihanna on Twitter - then immediately claimed someone else sent the messages.

    Top 5 Pop Songs for Week Ending June 1

    1. "Can't Hold Us" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
    2. "Just Give Me a Reason" - Pink featuring Nate Ruess
    3. "Mirrors" - Justin Timberlake
    4. "When I Was Your Man" - Bruno Mars
    5. "Stay" - Rihanna and Mikky Ekko

    Source: Billboard magazine
    Bruno Mars holds in fourth place with “When I Was Your Man.” Is Bruno heading for a judge’s chair on American Idol? The people behind American Idol reportedly want to revamp the show next year - and online gossip columnist Perez Hilton says Bruno is among their early choices as a judge. He quotes a source saying Harry Connick, Jr. and former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson are also in the running.

    Holding tight in third place is Justin Timberlake with “Mirrors.” In July, Justin hits the road with Jay-Z for a series of 14 North American stadium dates. September brings an appearance at the Rock In Rio Festival in Brazil - along with what Justin claims is a second album of new material.

    This image released by Starpix shows singer Pink performing during an appearance on the "Today" show, Sept. 18, 2012 in New York. Pink was promoting her new album, "The Truth About Love."This image released by Starpix shows singer Pink performing during an appearance on the "Today" show, Sept. 18, 2012 in New York. Pink was promoting her new album, "The Truth About Love."
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    This image released by Starpix shows singer Pink performing during an appearance on the "Today" show, Sept. 18, 2012 in New York. Pink was promoting her new album, "The Truth About Love."
    This image released by Starpix shows singer Pink performing during an appearance on the "Today" show, Sept. 18, 2012 in New York. Pink was promoting her new album, "The Truth About Love."
    Give Pink and Nate Ruess another week in the runner-up slot with their former champ “Just Give Me A Reason.” Pink recently set an Australian attendance record. She is enormously popular in Australia. She’ll be playing 46 arena dates in her upcoming Australian tour - including a record-breaking 18 gigs at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. It all kicks off on June 25 in Perth.

    It’s three weeks and counting at number one for Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Ray Dalton for “Can’t Hold Us.” Macklemore, his producer Ryan Lewis, and guest vocalist Ray Dalton rule the Hot 100 chart for a third straight week.The song went to number three in the United Kingdom, where Macklemore and Ryan performed May 27 at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

    Check back next week for the new Top 5 Countdown and other music news.

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