These are the hottest 10 pop songs of the week as determined by About Top 40. This chart is compiled consulting data from various music industry charts and sources. It is intended to indicate the hottest rising hits. Recordings that have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart are disqualified from this chart.
"Pumped Up Kicks" was first released nearly a year ago. It has since gone to #1 on the alternative songs chart and #3 on the mainstream rock songs chart in the US. It is nearing the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the single helped propel Foster the People's debut album Torches to #8 on the album chart when it was released in May 2011.
Benny Blanco and Adam Levine, the duo that collaborated in helping write Maroon 5's current smash "Moves Like Jagger," worked with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy in helping craft "Stereo Hearts." The result is already the second biggest hit of the band's career. It is the lead single from the album The Papercut Chronicles II due for release later this year.
Rihanna's latest single from the album Loud is already taking off as a hit in Australia and New Zealand where it is #5. The producers of "Cheers (Drink To That)" are the hip hop duo the Runners. They also produced Cher Lloyd's #1 debut hit in the UK "Swagger Jagger."
Gabe Saporta, leader of Cobra Starship, is a former member of the band Midtown. Their first recording was the song "Snakes On a Plane (Bring It)" from the soundtrack to the movie Snakes On a Plane in 2006. Their most recent album Hot Mess was released in 2009 and went to #4 buoyed by the band's breakthrough top 10 pop single "Good Girls Go Bad."
It looks like rapper Lil Wayne's long awaited album Tha Carter IV will finally hit stores August 29, 2011. Meanwhile the singles from the project keep coming. The song "6 Foot 7 Foot" hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified double platinum. The current hit single "How To Love" is in the top 10 and has been certified platinum.
Just as this list was being put together, Lady Gaga's music video for "You and I" was unexpectedly released two days early. It is filled with classic Lady Gaga style and images of mad science experiments, dancing in a cornfield, Lady Gaga kissing herself in drag, and much more. The basic story line involves Lady Gaga walking to Nebraska to reunite with a past boyfriend.
"If I Die Young" was nominated for the award for Top Country Song at both the Grammy Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. The Band Perry were named Top New Artist by the Academy of Country Music. "If I Die Young" is a top 10 adult pop and adult contemporary hit single in addition to reaching #1 on the country chart.
How do you follow a landmark like "Rolling In the Deep?" This song is Adele's effort to do just that. "Someone Like You" has already gone to #1 on the pop singles chart in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. It has been certified double platinum in both Australia and the UK.