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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending November 9

Rapper Drake performs at the Barclays Center, on Oct. 28, 2013, in New York.
Rapper Drake performs at the Barclays Center, on Oct. 28, 2013, in New York.
Ray McDonald
We’re exploring the five most popular songs in the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending November 9, 2013.

I’d say this week’s lineup sounds like a broken record, but that might confuse our younger audience, so let’s just say it’s like an iPod stuck on replay - in other words, we have no changes.

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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Nov. 9

1. "Royals" Lorde
2. "Roar" Katy Perry
3. "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
4. "Wake Me Up" Avicii
5. "Hold On, We're Going Home"  Drake featuring Majid Jordan
Drake and Majid Jordan remain in fifth place with “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Did you know Drake comes from a musical family? Drake is Aubrey Drake Graham - his father Dennis was a drummer, and his uncle Larry Graham played bass with Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station. Another uncle, Teenie Hodges, played guitar with Al Green and other soul greats.

FILE - Avicii performs at Park City Live.
FILE - Avicii performs at Park City Live.
Last weekend, Avicii performed at the first annual YouTube Music Awards. He spends another week at number four with “Wake Me Up!” On November 3, Avicii performed on Lady Gaga’s new single “Dope,” but neither artist scored a prize: Korean pop group Girls Generation took Video Of The Year honors with “I Got A Boy.”

Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Miley Cyrus has earned a few YouTube views with her clip for “Wrecking Ball” - about 289-million at last count. Here on the hit list, she’s swinging in place at number three.

Katy Perry performs at her iHeartRadio "Prism" album release party at the new iHeartRadio Theatre on Oct. 22, 2013, in Burbank, Calif.
Katy Perry performs at her iHeartRadio "Prism" album release party at the new iHeartRadio Theatre on Oct. 22, 2013, in Burbank, Calif.
Katy Perry spends another week in second place with “Roar,” but that’s the least of her problems. Officials in Australia say the deluxe edition of Katy’s Prism album presents possible environmental hazards. The album comes with a small packet of seeds. Australia is cautious about letting in foreign plant material, and security officers are inspecting album copies imported from overseas.

Alt 98.7 Presents Lorde in an Exclusive Live Performance.
Alt 98.7 Presents Lorde in an Exclusive Live Performance.
Lorde is your Hot 100 champion for a fifth straight week with “Royals.” The New Zealand teen turned down an offer to appear on David Guetta’s new album - she even called him “gross.” By the way, happy birthday, Lorde - you turned 17 on November 7.

What’s in store for next week? There’s only one way to find out: join us in seven days.

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