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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending September 14

Justin Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z perform on stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Justin Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z perform on stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Ray McDonald
We’re making our way through the five most popular songs in the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending September 14, 2013.

Ray McDonald's Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending Sept. 14
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Our lineup has something for everybody: if you liked last week’s songs, you won’t be disappointed, since they primarily trade places. If you like new sounds, you’re also covered, with one single re-entering and another debuting.

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Sept. 14

1. "Roar" - Katy Perry
2. "Blurred Lines" Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
3. "Berzerk" - Eminem
4. "We Can't Stop" - Miley Cyrus
5. "Holy Grail" - Jay-Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Let’s start in fifth place, where Jay Z and Justin Timberlake rebound a slot with “Holy Grail.” Jay made business headlines this week - he announced he is selling his share in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team after nearly a decade of ownership - he must, since he now also represents athletes as a certified agent with Roc Nation Sports.
 
Miley Cyrus hosts the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at the Fontainebleau Hotel, June 29, 2013 in Miami.
Miley Cyrus hosts the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at the Fontainebleau Hotel, June 29, 2013 in Miami.
Miley Cyrus dips a notch to fourth place with “We Can’t Stop,” but no matter - the girl just scored a major TV victory. She’ll host the October 5 episode of perennial audience favorite Saturday Night Live. Needless to say, she’s also the musical guest.

Rapper Eminem performs at Yankee Stadium in New York. , September 13, 2010.
Rapper Eminem performs at Yankee Stadium in New York. , September 13, 2010.
We have a debut in third place, and what a debut it is: Eminem returns with “Berzerk.” Produced by bearded hit maker Rick Rubin, it samples tunes from 1980s rock favorite Billy Squier and hip-hop greats the Beastie Boys. Eminem drops The Marshall Mathers LP 2 on November 5.

Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theater, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Pharrell Williams, left, and Robin Thicke perform onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theater, June 30, 2013, in Los Angeles.
We have a new champion single - something that hasn’t happened since June. Twelve-week champs Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrel fall to second place with “Blurred Lines.” You may be interested to know that in addition to topping the Hot 100, “Blurred Lines” went to number one in nine other countries, including Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Katy Perry arrives on the red carpet at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclay Center on Aug. 25, 2013 in New York.
Katy Perry arrives on the red carpet at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclay Center on Aug. 25, 2013 in New York.
Who knocks Robin Thicke out of the box? Katy Perry, that’s who. “Roar” hits the jackpot by climbing that all-important final step. This is Katy’s eighth career U.S. singles win…in only five years. Her fourth studio album Prism arrives on October 22.

Can Katy hold the gold? We’ll find out next week. Come back and say hello.

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