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Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending May 10

DJ Snake selfie posted on Twitter, May 5, 2014.
DJ Snake selfie posted on Twitter, May 5, 2014.
Ray McDonald
We’re spotlighting the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending May 10, 2014.

There's cause for celebration today, because…after five interminable weeks…we finally have a new song in the chart!
 
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It happens in fifth place, where DJ Snake and Lil Jon rise two slots with “Turn Down For What.” This marks Lil Jon’s return to the hit list after a long absence.  Between 2003 and 2006, the Atlanta hip-hop star posted three Top 10 pop hits and three chart-topping rap songs. “Turn Down For What” is his biggest pop hit in 10 years. As for DJ Snake, he’s a French producer who earned a 2012 Grammy nomination for his work with Lady Gaga.
 
Jason Derulo performs at an exclusive album release party for 'Talk Dirty' as part of the iHeartRadio Live series presented by Clear Channel at the iHeartRadio Theater on April 15, 2014, in Burbank, Calif.
Jason Derulo performs at an exclusive album release party for 'Talk Dirty' as part of the iHeartRadio Live series presented by Clear Channel at the iHeartRadio Theater on April 15, 2014, in Burbank, Calif.
Falling a slot to fourth place is Jason Derulo with “Talk Dirty”.  A singer named Anthony Vincent decided to have some fun with this song: he posted an online video of himself singing it in 20 different styles, from AC/DC to Ray Charles. You can see his video on YouTube.
 
Katy Perry performs "Dark Horse" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014.
Katy Perry performs "Dark Horse" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014.

Anthony also worked his magic on our next song: Katy Perry and Juicy J are back in third place with “Dark Horse.” Katy launched her world tour this week in Northern Ireland, and Roberto Cavalli designed her costumes. The Italian fashion maven previously did the honors for Beyonce and Miley Cyrus.
 
FILE - John Legend arrives at Pan African Film and Arts Festival premiere.
FILE - John Legend arrives at Pan African Film and Arts Festival premiere.


Still holding in second place is John Legend, with “All Of Me.” John says his relationship with model Chrissy Teigen influences his songwriting in interesting ways. Last year, John married the swimsuit model, and says he avoids sad songs, so people won’t think there’s trouble brewing in their marriage.
 
Pharrell Williams performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Indio, Calif.
Pharrell Williams performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Indio, Calif.
Pharrell Williams enters the double-digit club this week, as “Happy” marks its 10th week at number one. That puts Pharrell in select company. It’s one of only 28 songs to have lasted so long in the 55-year history of the Hot 100 chart. It’s also the longest-lasting champ since “Blurred Lines” spent 12 weeks at the top. By the way, that song also featured Pharrell Williams. You could say he’s on a hot streak, couldn’t you?

Well, let’s see if Williams can make it last - come join us next week for a new lineup.

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