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.
Ke$ha returns with the lead single from her upcoming second studio album Warrior. It updates her trademark sound to the current pop atmosphere. Ke$ha's first six singles hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Die Young" looks set to follow in the footsteps of those hits.
The commercial release this week of "Live While We're Young" instantly climbed to the top of the iTunes digital sales chart. The song is looking to be the biggest smash hit yet for boy band One Direction. Using the same songwriting and production team, the group chose not to mess with formula in the single that introduces their second studio album Take Me Home.
Rihanna has shifted musical directions once again on this introductory single from her upcoming seventh studio album. However, the song does not seem as instantly arresting as lead singles from past albums. There have been some complaints that it seems stylistically derivative of the work of Lana Del Rey.
Christina Aguilera seems to be back on track commercially with this first single from her upcoming Lotus album. Pop radio airplay and digital sales are both strong. An acclaimed if slightly controversial musical video has been released to accompany the song.
"50 Ways To Say Goodbye" continues the upbeat chart renaissance for Train. The mariachi style horns are a new addition to the group's sound. "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" is a top 10 hit at adult pop radio, and it has climbed into the top 25 at adult contemporary as well.
Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" took a long route to the pop charts. The song originated as an instrumental track written by dance music producers Mike Di Scala and Mark Hadfield. It was one of a group of songs the pair sent to production duo Stargate. They brought in Australian singer-songwriter Sia to flesh out the hook in the chorus. Ne-Yo found the chorus inspirational and decided to record the song.
Bruno Mars has returned with the first single from his upcoming second solo album Unorthodox Jukebox. He collaborated with British producer Mark Ronson. His first album Doo-Wops and Hooligans sold more than 1.5 million copies and went to #3 on the album chart. It generated three top 10 pop hit singles.
Enrique Iglesias is the son of famed Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. Initially he pursued his musical career under an assumed name so that his father did not know and he did not receive attention simply because of his family connection. However, he released his first album under his own name, and it was an instant success ultimately winning the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop album.