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

Turkey's Erdogan: Women Not Equal to Men

Speaking at conference in Istanbul, President Erdogan says Islam has defined a position for women: motherhood More

Ahead of SAARC Summit, Subdued Expectations

Some regional analysts say distrust between Pakistani, Indian officials has slowed SAARC's progress over the year More

Philippines Leery of Development on Reef Reclamation in S. China Sea

Chinese land reclamation projects in area have been ongoing for years, but new satellite imagery reportedly shows China’s massive construction project More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Changei
X
November 24, 2014 10:09 PM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Soul Lounge

Avery Sunshine is known for her irresistible combination of soul, jazz and gospel influences. She’s traveled the world entertaining audiences with her powerful voice, inspiring lyrics and infectious spirit. She joins host Shawna Renee on "The Soul Lounge" to perform and share the stories behind her new album, "The Sun Room."