News / Arts & Entertainment

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 8

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.
Ray McDonald
We’re checking out the five most popular songs on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending March 8, 2014.

One of our hits failed to win an Oscar, but nonetheless enjoys a banner week.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending March 8
Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending March 4i
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 8

1. "Happy" Pharrell Williams
2. "Dark Horse" Katy Perry
3. "Talk Dirty" Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
4. "All of Me" John Legend
5. "Drunk In Love" Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Let’s begin at the beginning: in fifth place, where Beyonce and her husband Jay Z hold with “Drunk In Love.” The pair have been hitting the hot spots in London as Beyonce tours the United Kingdom. Jay Z joined her onstage at London’s O2 Arena for a performance of the song. Beyonce’s will be in London through March 6, and then moves on to a three-show stretch in Dublin, Ireland.

Shooting all the way from 11th to fourth place is John Legend, with “All Of Me.” This marks a chart first for John: despite selling millions of albums and winning nine Grammy Awards, he’d never even had a Top 20 single before, much less a Top Five entry.

Singer Jason Derulo arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 7, 2011.Singer Jason Derulo arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 7, 2011.
x
Singer Jason Derulo arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 7, 2011.
Singer Jason Derulo arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 7, 2011.
Staying put in third place is Jason Derulo; featuring 2 Chainz, with “Talk Dirty.” The song went to number one in several countries from Australia to the United Kingdom. Jason may not be done yet, because he just released a Spanish-language version.

Katy Perry just lost her Hot 100 crown…but don’t feel badly for her; she made up for it elsewhere. Katy slips a slot to second place with “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J from Three 6 Mafia. Meanwhile, it still tops the Billboard Pop Songs chart, while also helping Katy claim a 46th total week at number one over the course of her career. She now holds the record, surpassing 45-week previous champ Mariah Carey. The Pop Songs chart has been active for 21 years.

Pharrell Williams arrives at Pharrell Williams arrives at "The Night That Changed America: a Grammy Salute to the Beatles," Jan. 27, 2014, in Los Angeles
x
Pharrell Williams arrives at
Pharrell Williams arrives at "The Night That Changed America: a Grammy Salute to the Beatles," Jan. 27, 2014, in Los Angeles
This week, Pharrell Williams discovers that  victories and setbacks may go hand in hand.  Pharrell jumps to number one on the Hot 100 with “Happy.” While this is his fourth career Hot 100 win, it’s his first as a lead artist. On March 2, “Happy” failed to collect the Academy Award for Best Original Song…but Pharrell sure had a good time performing it on the telecast. Winning the trophy was “Let It Go,” from the Disney animated movie Frozen.

That’s all for today, but no worries, we’ll meet again next week.

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.