News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Dec. 21

Miley Cyrus performing as part of the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2013  at Philips Arena on Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta.
Miley Cyrus performing as part of the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2013 at Philips Arena on Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta.
Ray McDonald
We’re checking out the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending December 21, 2013.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Dec. 21
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Dec. 21i
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Dec. 21

1. "The Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna

2. "Timber" - Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

3. "Counting Stars"  - OneRepublic

4. "Royals" - Lorde

5. "Wrecking Ball" - Miley Cyrus
Nothing new enters our charmed circle this week, but the list gets a good shaking up. Let’s open in fifth place, where last week’s champ, Miley Cyrus falls to fifth place with “Wrecking Ball.”  Miley has finally opened up about her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, with whom she broke up after nearly four years. Speaking with Barbra Walters, Miley said that for a long time, she was scared of being alone - and that conquering that fear was among her biggest accomplishments this year.

Stepping back a slot in fourth place comes Lorde with another former title-holder, “Royals.” Last week, Lorde surprised her fans by releasing a new single, “No Better.” She also says she’s writing songs for her second full-length album, but hasn’t had a chance to hit the studio yet.

FILE - OneRepublic arrives at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
FILE - OneRepublic arrives at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Up two slots to third place goes OneRepublic with “Counting Stars.” This song has already hit number one in the United Kingdom, but how high has OneRepublic risen in its U.S. homeland?  Well, they haven’t had a U.S. number one single…yet.  Back in 2007, their debut single “Apologize” reached second place, while hitting number one in more than a dozen countries.

Ke$ha, left, and Pitbull perform at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Ke$ha, left, and Pitbull perform at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Up two slots to second place go Pitbull and Ke$ha with “Timber.” Pitbull tells radio host Ryan Secrest that Avicii’s international hit “Wake Me Up” inspired him to use a harmonica in this song. As for him working with Ke$ha - they’d sung and toured together before, and Pitbull says they became good friends.

Eminem performs at the BET Awards June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles
Eminem performs at the BET Awards June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles
Up at number one is a familiar duo: Eminem and Rihanna with “The Monster.” How many times have they collaborated? If you said twice, you’re wrong - This is their fourth collaboration. You probably remember their huge 2010 hit “Love The Way You Lie,” and they also sang together on its sequel, “Love The Way You Lie (Part II).” Finally, the pair worked together on “Numb,” which appears on Rihanna’s latest album, Unapologetic.

That’s it for now, but let’s reunite next week for a new lineup.

You May Like

IS Militants Release 49 Turkish Hostages

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reports that no ransom was paid and no conditions accepted for the hostages' release; few details of the release are known More

Photogallery IS Attacks Send Thousands of Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Turkey

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 300 Kurdish fighters crossed into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area from attack by the Islamic militants More

Video Sierra Leone's Ebola Lockdown Continues

Thousands of health workers are going door to door in the West African country of 6 million, informing people of how to avoid Ebola, handing out soap More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’i
X
Jeff Seldin
September 20, 2014 10:28 PM
Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Fears Ebola Outbreak ‘Beyond Our Capability to Contain’

Each day brings with it new warnings about the deadly Ebola outbreak already blamed for killing more than 2,600 people across West Africa. And while countries and international organizations like the United Nations are starting to come through on promises of help for those most affected, the unprecedented speed with which the virus has spread is raising questions about the international response. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Video

Video Iran, World Powers Seek Progress in Nuclear Talks

Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, known as the P5 + 1, have started a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports that as the negotiations take place in New York, a U.S. envoy is questioning Iran's commitment to peaceful nuclear activity.
Video

Video Obama Goes to UN With Islamic State, Ebola on Agenda

President Obama goes to the United Nations General Assembly to rally nations to support a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He also will look for nations to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. As VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports, Obama’s efforts reflect new moves by the U.S. administration to take a leading role in addressing world crises.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

The Hamilton Live

Trumpeter, percussionist and bandleader Etienne Charles was born in Trinidad and blends island rhythms with modern jazz. He and his stellar band perform a rich gumbo of jazz, calypso, reggae, and rock-steady that Charles calls “Creole Soul” on "The Hamilton Live."