News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending May 3

FILE - Idina Menzel
FILE - Idina Menzel
Ray McDonald
We’re counting down the five most popular songs on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending May 3, 2014.
 
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending May 3
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending May 3i
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

Movement! We get movement in this week’s lineup!  Granted, it’s just two songs shifting places, but at this point we'll take what we can get.
 
Top 5 Songs for Week Ending May 3

1. "Happy" Pharrell Williams
2. "All of Me" John Legend
3. "Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
4. "Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
5. "Let It Go" Idina Menzel
We start with Idina Menzel, still mired in fifth place with “Let It Go.” This track carries special meaning for the songwriters. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez dedicated “Let It Go” to their daughters, Katie and Annie - who both had roles in Frozen. The song took an Academy Award for Best Song - giving Robert Lopez a coveted EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.
 
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.
Dropping a notch is Katy Perry, who may have a new boyfriend. Katy backs off a slot to fourth place with her former champ “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J of the group Three 6 Mafia. On April 24, Katy hit the town in New York City with dance producer Diplo. The following night, she attended a birthday party where Diplo was DJ-ing. They reportedly first got together a couple weeks ago at the Coachella Festival in California.
 
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.
Rising a slot to third place is Jason Derulo, with “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz. Jason says his new album was therapy after he nearly died.  In 2012, he sustained a neck injury which almost left him paralyzed and could have been fatal. Jason says after cancelling his world tour, he hit the recording studio as therapy. He says having no deadlines enabled him to work himself out of any post-injury depression. The new album - also titled Talk Dirty - arrived on April 15.
 
FILE - John Legend arrives at Pan African Film and Arts Festival premiere.
FILE - John Legend arrives at Pan African Film and Arts Festival premiere.
John Legend remains in the runner-up slot with “All Of Me.” And he's moving into movies. John's reportedly tapped Cary Fukunaga to direct a big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography The Black Count. John, his manager, Troy Carter, and Sony’s Josh Bratman will executive produce the project.
 
Honoree and singer Pharrell Williams arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York April 29, 2014.
Honoree and singer Pharrell Williams arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York April 29, 2014.
Another week, another championship for Pharrell Williams, as “Happy” holds first place for a ninth go-round. Pharrell says it wasn’t an easy song to write. He wrote it specifically for the animated movie Despicable Me 2. Pharrell told National Public Radio that he created seven to nine different songs to fit its scene, and credits the movie studio with spurring him to do better each time.

Will next week’s lineup hold some surprises? Join us in seven days and we’ll find out together.

You May Like

Photogallery South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

South Africans returning from affected West African countries will be thoroughly screened, required to fill out medical questionnaire, health minister says More

Multimedia UN Launches ‘Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years’ in Iraq

Move aims to help thousands of Iraqi religious minorities who fled their homes as Kurdish, Iraqi government forces battle Sunni insurgents More

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

IT specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about disease More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbasi
X
Scott Stearns
August 21, 2014 9:20 PM
The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls for Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

The Hamilton Live

Paquito D'Rivera, who has won 12 Grammys, is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. D'Rivera's latest project, “Jazz Meets the Classics,” was released this month. He joins us on the latest edition of "The Hamilton Live."