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Top 10 Hot Pop Songs November 20, 2012

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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.

1. Justin Bieber - "Beauty and a Beat" featuring Nicki Minaj

Justin Bieber - "Beauty and a Beat" featuring Nicki Minaj
Courtesy Schoolboy Records

Justin Bieber has had a big week. He was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and his album Believe was named Album of the Year. "Beauty and a Beat" has reached #13 on the UK pop singles chart.

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2. Pink - "Try"

Pink - "Try"
Courtesy RCA

Pink received acclaim for a dramatic dance performance of "Try" at this past weekend's American Music Awards. "Try" is already a top 10 pop hit single in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

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3. Lumineers - "Ho Hey"

The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"
Courtesy Dualtone

The Lumineers met their third member Neyla Pekarek after posting a CraigsList ad looking for a cellist. After recording their first album, the folk rock band passed up major label offers in favor of a recording contract with independent label Dualtone. Increasing buzz for the group throughout 2012 has resulted in "Ho Hey" turing into an international pop hit.

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4. Adele - "Skyfall"

Adele - "Skyfall"
Courtesy Columbia

The success of the Skyfall film has helped Adele's recording become one of the most successful of James Bond theme songs. "Skyfall" has peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart in many countries around the world. It reached #2 on the UK pop singles chart.

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5. Imagine Dragons - "It's Time"

Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
Courtesy Interscope

"It's Time" has brought alternative rock band Imagine Dragons into the pop mainstream. The song has been certified gold for sales over 500,000. "It's Time" has been featured extensively in TV commercials. The song has spent more than half of 2012 in the top 10 of the alternative songs chart.

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6. Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years Pt. 2"

Soundtrack - Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2
Courtesy Atlantic

Singer-songwriter Christina Perri has re-recorded the song "A Thousand Years" with vocals from actor and singer Steve Kazee for the soundtrack to the film Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2. The original version was on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1.

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7. Ed Sheeran - "The A Team"

Ed Sheeran - +
Courtesy Elektra

Ed Sheeran's debut single has been one of the sleeper hits of 2012. It has climbed slowly up the Billboard Hot 100 with occasional leaps forward. "The A Team" has reached the top 10 on the rock songs chart in the US while peaking at #3 on the pop singles chart in the UK and #2 in Australia where it has been certified three times platinum for sales.

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8. Nicki Minaj - "Va Va Voom"

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Courtesy Cash Money

Nicki Minaj's first two studio albums have both been certified platinum. They both topped the album chart. "Va Va Voom" is her sixth charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 from the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded project.

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9. Kelly Clarkson - "Catch My Breath"

Kelly Clarkson - "Catch My Breath"
Courtesy RCA

Kelly Clarkson's first greatest hits album hit stores this week. It includes her 10 top 10 pop hit singles. Kelly Clarkson's five studio albums have all reached the top 3 on the album chart. She became the first champion of American Idol in the fall of 2002. "Catch My Breath" is already in the top 20 at adult pop radio.

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10. Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire" featuring Nicki Minaj

Alicia Keys - "Girl On Fire" featuring Nicki Minaj
Courtesy RCA

Alicia Keys recorded three versions of the song "Girl On Fire." In addition to the original recording, there are two remixes. The first, the version now being played on pop radio, features Nicki Minaj on additional vocals. The second is titled "Bluelight" and features a stripped back mix bringing the bass line to the forefront. "Girl On Fire" has reached #3 on the R&B singles chart.

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