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Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Nov. 16

FILE - Avicii performs at Park City Live.
FILE - Avicii performs at Park City Live.
Ray McDonald
We’re rolling out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending November 16, 2013.

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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Nov. 16

1. "Royals"  Lorde
2. "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
3. "Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna
4. "Roar" Katy Perry
5. "Wake Me Up" Avicii
History is made in this week’s Top Five, with one newcomer matching a 49-year-old chart record.

Let’s get started in fifth place, where Avicii steps back a slot to number five with “Wake Me Up!” The 24-year-old Swedish DJ - real name Tim Bergling - says his manager got him interested in contemporary folk music. He says he incorporated it into his True album because nobody else was doing it - and it’s worked: “Wake Me Up!” has gone gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in 11 countries worldwide.

Katy Perry performs at her iHeartRadio
Katy Perry performs at her iHeartRadio "Prism" album release party at the new iHeartRadio Theatre on Oct. 22, 2013, in Burbank, California.


​Dipping two notches to fourth place, it's Katy Perry with “Roar.” Katy made out well at the November 10 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam where she took Best Female honors.

Rapper Eminem performs at Yankee Stadium in New York, September 13, 2010.
Rapper Eminem performs at Yankee Stadium in New York, September 13, 2010.


​Winning both the Best Hip-Hop and Global Icon trophies was Eminem, and what a week he had on the Hot 100 chart.

Eminem re-teams with Rihanna as “The Monster” debuts at number three - you probably remember their 2010 super-hit “Love The Way You Lie.” This is one of four Eminem singles in this week’s Top 20 list. No lead artist has placed this many songs in the Top 20 since April, 1964, when The Beatles had six…that’s 49 years!

Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends an album release signing event, on Oct. 8, 2013 at Planet Hollywood in New York.
Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends an album release signing event, on Oct. 8, 2013 at Planet Hollywood in New York.


The rest of the countdown may seem like an anti-climax, but we’ll soldier on. As expected, Miley Cyrus caused a stir at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and here in the Top 20, “Wrecking Ball” regains a notch in second place. On Sunday, Miley turned up in Amsterdam at the MTV Europe Music Awards - “Wrecking Ball” took the Best Video trophy, while Miley lit up a suspicious-looking cigarette onstage. And yes, she also twerked.

Up at number one, it’s all the same: Lorde spends a sixth week atop the Hot 100 pop singles chart with “Royals.”

Lorde appears in the upcoming soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, singing Tears For Fears’ hit “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” It ruled the Hot 100 chart in June, 1985…11 years before she was born.

Can Lorde make it a lucky seventh week at number one? Join us in seven days and we’ll find out.

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