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.
Usher has explained the difference he sees between his previous single "Climax" and "Scream." He says, "They are truly polar-opposite tracks. Where 'Climax' sears and broods, 'Scream' celebrates and dances. "Scream" is accomplishing the goal of appealing to Usher's pop fans. It has already powered its way into the top 20 in mainstream pop radio airplay.
Rihanna's music video for "Where Have You Been" has received praise for showing the star trying out new dance moves. The song is a major dance hit in addition to climbing the pop charts. It has hit the top 10 on pop singles charts in at least 10 different countries.
Karmin's "Brokenhearted" was boosted on the pop charts by being discounted on iTunes to 69 cents per copy for the entire month of March 2012. The song was produced by Canadian dance pop producer Cirkut and one of the songwriters, Emily Wright. "Brokenhearted" has hit #1 on the dance chart.
Ellie Goulding grew up in England playing music. She began playing clarinet at the age of 9 and guitar at 14. At 15 she began writing songs. One of her primary collaborators on the debut album Lights is producer and songwriter Starsmith, aka Finlay Dow-Smith.
"Titanium" was first released as a promotion single by David Guetta back in August 2011 in advance of the album Nothing But the Beat. It was not officially promoted to radio in the US until late April 2012. "Titanium" first featured the vocals of Mary J. Blige, but they were discarded in favor of Sia's version. It has hit the top 10 in many countries around the world and has appeared on both the Latin pop and dance charts in the US in adddition to being a pop hit.