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.
"Set Fire To the Rain" has a much more lush orchestration than many of the songs on Adele's album 21. It is in sharp contrast to the #1 smash hit "Someone Like You" which consists of only piano and vocal. "Set Fire To the Rain" has already sold over 700,000 digital copies in the US. That total is likely to climb significantly as the song rises up pop radio airplay charts.
Justin Bieber's single "Mistletoe" has become a Christmas hit around the world. It is a top 10 pop hit in Canada, Denmark, and Norway. The song has climbed into the top 5 on the US adult contemporary chart. This success has helped turn his holiday album Under the Mistletoe into a hit as well. The album is likely to sell more than a million copies and be certified platinum before the year is out. It would be Justin Bieber's fourth platinum certified album.
"International Love" was originally released back in May as a promotional single for Pitbull's album Planet Pit. It received a new push in October as the album's official fourth single. The previous three singles from the album were all top 40 pop hits including the #1 smash "Give Me Everything."
Nicki Minaj is heard primarily as a singer instead of a rapper on the latest hit single from French DJ and producer David Guetta. The song is included on the album Nothing But the Beat. The album hit #1 in countries around the world and the top 5 in the US. It includes the top 5 hit single "Without You."
"Marry the Night" is a top 20 dance hit for Lady Gaga. It carries strong electronic dance music elements. The song is also a top 20 dance hit in the UK and nearing the top 10 in pop radio airplay. "Marry the Night" was one of the songs performed by Lady Gaga at Z100's 2011 Jingle Ball.
The upcoming music video for Rihanna's new hit single "You Da One" was filmed in Northern Ireland by director Melina Matsoukas, a frequent music video collaborator. The song itself was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. So far it has hit the pop top 10 in Belgium and New Zealand.
Despite the massive success of the hit single "Stereo Hearts," the album Papercut Chronicles II is the first Gym Class Heroes album to miss the top 50 of the album chart since the original Papercut Chronicles album in 2005. Gym Class Heroes have had their greatest chart success in the UK where they own four top 10 pop hit singles.