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.
Rihanna's music video for "Where Have You Been" broke a Vevo record for having the most views in a 24 hour period. It was watched 4.93 million times in the first day it was posted on the music video service. "Where Have You Been" is in the top 10 on the US dance chart and went to #1 on the dance chart in the UK.
Pitbull's "Back In Time" is beginning to climb pop charts around the world. It is top 10 in Canada and Austria. The song samples extensively from "Love Is Strange," a #1 R&B and #11 pop hit single for Mickey and Sylvia in 1957. The guitar riff in both songs was originated by blues musician Jody Williams.
Jennifer Lopez performed "Dance Again" live on American Idol last week. It did boost the song up the iTunes sales chart. "Dance Again" is a #1 dance hit in the US and is nearing the top 10 on the Latin pop chart. It is a #1 pop hit in countries as diverse as Greece and Poland.
Gym Class Heroes struggled to follow up their 2006 top 5 pop hit single "Cupid's Chokehold." with another pop hit. Finally, last summer, "Stereo Hearts," their collaboration with Adam Levine of Maroon 5, matched the #4 pop peak of "Cupid's Chokehold." "The Fighter" is now aiming to be the group's fourth top 20 pop hit.
This past weekend Rita Ora became the first artist in 2012 to have two #1 pop hits in the UK. Neither of them are this song. She first hit the peak as the featured vocalist on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now." Now her debut UK single as lead artist, "R.I.P.," has hit #1. "How We Do (Party)" is climbing both the pop and dance charts in the US.
After four top 40 pop hits at home in the UK, "Lights" has become Ellie Goulding's breakthrough pop single in both the US and Canada. The song "Lights" first appeared as a bonus track on the UK's iTunes edition of the album Lights. It was then included on the Bright Lights deluxe reissue of the album.