News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Feb. 15

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.
Ray McDonald
We’re taking a look at the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending February 15, 2014.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Feb. 15
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Feb. 15i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Feb. 15

1. "Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
2. "Drunk In Love" Beyonce featuring Jay Z
3. "Timber" Pitbull featuring Ke$ha
4. "Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
5. "Counting Stars" OneRepublic
Our lineup experiences a phenomenon known as the “Grammy Bounce,” in which songs performed on the Grammy telecast enjoy a sales surge. You’ll see what I mean soon, but let’s begin at the beginning, where OneRepublic retreats two slots to number five with “Counting Stars” which never rose higher than second place on the Hot 100. It hit first place in several European markets, however - so it’s not surprising that OneRepublic is currently on tour in Europe. Where in the world is Ryan Tedder and his crew this week?  They’re in Italy and Austria, with Slovakia, Switzerland, and Germany coming up next week.

Musician Jason Derulo appears during a taping of MTV's
Musician Jason Derulo appears during a taping of MTV's "10 On Top" at the MTV Studios, July 11, 2013 in New York City.
We get two new songs this time around, and here’s one of them: Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz jump two slots to fourth place with “Talk Dirty.” This song’s a departure for Jason. The normally squeaky-clean singer says he knows this song’s a little lyrically risqué, but it was fun to sing and listeners love it. It’s also his first single to contain a featured artist. Jason says he wanted to establish himself as a solo artist before trying collaborations, but feels the time has come to stretch out.

Pitbull performs his song
Pitbull performs his song "Timber" with Ke$ha (L) at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California Nov. 24, 2013.
Speaking of collaborations: Pitbull and Ke$ha dip a notch to third place with their former champ “Timber.” Pitbull drew a huge assignment for later this year - his song “We Are One (Ole Ola)” has been selected as the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He’ll sing it on June 12 at the opening ceremony in Sao Paolo.

Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 26, 2014.
Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Jan. 26, 2014.
Our other countdown newcomer, and recipient of the “Grammy Bounce”: Beyonce and Jay Z - who rocket from 13th to second place with “Drunk In Love.”  If you watched the Grammy telecast back on January 26, you remember Beyonce and Jay Z kicking off the show with “Drunk In Love.” This week, they roar from 13th to second place. If it goes to number one - and at this rate, it should - it will be Beyonce’s first Hot 100 champ since “Single Ladies” in 2008.

Katy Perry performs on stage at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Katy Perry performs on stage at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Standing in her way, however, is Katy Perry…who won’t go quietly. Not only is “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J number one for a second week, Katy just made history on another Billboard chart - Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart - tying Katy with Rihanna for the most number ones in that chart’s 21-year history. They both have 11.

Can Katy keep her winning streak alive? It’ll be a horse race! Join us next week for another edition of the Top Five Countdown.

You May Like

Could Nemtsov Threaten Putin in Death as in Life?

Dynamic and debonair opposition leader had supported liberal economic reforms, criticized Russian president's aggression in Ukraine More

Oil Smuggling Highlights Challenges in Shutting Down IS Finances

Pentagon spokesman says Islamic State 'certainly continues to get revenue from the oil industry black market' but that airstrikes have made a dent More

India Focuses on Infrastructure, Investment to Propel Economy

Government expects economy to grow at 8 to 8.5 percent in next fiscal year More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

Country-pop singer, Lizzie Sider sits down with "Border Crossings" host Larry London to perform songs from her new album, “Butterfly,” and to talk about her anti-bullying tour.

Blogs

African Music Treasures