News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Feb. 8

FILE - Eminem performs at the BET Awards June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles
FILE - Eminem performs at the BET Awards June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles
Ray McDonald
We’re counting down the five most popular songs on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending February 8, 2014.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Feb. 8
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Feb. 8i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Feb. 8

1. "Dark Horse" Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
2. "Timber" Pitbull featuring Ke$ha
3. "Counting Stars OneRepublic
4. "Say Something" A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
5. "The Monster" Eminem featuring Rihanna
We get a new singles champ this week, who’s no stranger to the throne. That’s still to come; for now let’s start in fifth place, where Eminem and Rihanna hold steady with “The Monster.” Both artists just made it onto a high-powered list.  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry just issued its list of the 10 most popular acts in the world - and both Eminem and Rihanna made the cut. He’s in second place, she’s in eighth. In case you’re wondering, One Direction took first place.

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera tread water in fourth place with “Say Something.” A Great Big World also debuts on this week’s album chart. On January 21, the group released its debut album Is There Anybody Out There? The answer is definitely “yes” - because it opens at a healthy number three on the latest Billboard album chart.

FILE - OneRepublic poses backstage at Z100's Jingle Ball
FILE - OneRepublic poses backstage at Z100's Jingle Ball
It looks like OneRepublic will fall short of achieving a chart milestone. They stay put in third place with “Counting Stars.” Although this song hit number one in the United Kingdom, it stopped at second place in the United States. To date, OneRepublic has never topped the Hot 100 chart - but of course, that could all change next week.

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.
Speaking of changes, Pitbull and Ke$ha end their reign atop the hit list, as “Timber” falls to number two. Ke$ha was not the first choice for this song. Pitbull initially wanted Rihanna; however, she was busy recording her duet with Shakira, “Can’t Remember To Forget You.”

Katy Perry arrives at the 56th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Katy Perry arrives at the 56th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.
​Jumping a slot to number one is Katy Perry with "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia. This is her ninth U.S. number one pop single in only five years.... pretty impressive.  Katy also places fifth in the aforementioned list of the world’s most popular recording stars.

Can “Dark Horse” win the race again next week? Join us in seven days to find out.

You May Like

Nigeria Incumbent in Tight Spot as Poll Nears

Muhammadu Buhari is running a strong challenge to Goodluck Jonathan, amid a faltering economy and Boko Haram security worries More

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo tells VOA that despite her fame, life is still a struggle as she waits for government's promise of support to arrive More

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the latest edition of "Beyond Category" blues singer and guitarist Corey Harris performs with his band and talks about his travels in West Africa tracing the roots of the blues.