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.
Bruno Mars appeared on Saturday Night Live last weekend receiving strong praise for both acting and singing. "Locked Out Of Heaven" is on target to become his fifth top 10 hit as lead artist and ninth overall. The song is beginning to climb pop singles charts around the world.
Rihanna has reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 a phenomenal 22 times since 2005. "Diamonds" shows no signs of ending that streak. It is the first single from the upcoming album Unapologetic which is due in stores November 16, 2012. "Diamonds" has reached #1 on the R&B / Hip Hop songs chart.
Rapper Flo Rida first stormed the pop singles chart in 2007 with the #1 smash hit "Low." It has been certified six times platinum for sales and remains one of the biggest digital single hits of all time. Flo Rida has continued his pop success and has reached the top 10 seven more times to date.
Ne-Yo reached the pop top 10 as lead artist five times in the three years from 2006 through 2008. However, he has not returned to those lofty reaches since. Meanwhile Ne-Yo's vocals were featured on the #1 smash "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull. Ne-Yo's new album R.E.D. hits stores November 6, 2012.
Trey Songz has a string of eight consecutive top 10 R&B hit songs dating back to 2010. His latest album Chapter V is his first to reach #1 on the overall album chart. "2 Reasons" has peaked at #7 on the R&B chart and was certified gold for sales. It is also a hit on the rap chart.
Bridgit Mendler is the latest artist to graduate from Disney TV to the pop charts. She is currently a star of the TV series Good Luck Charlie. Her debut album Hello My Name Is... is released this week. Bridgit Mendler featured on the top 5 charting soundtrack to the TV movie Lemonade Mouth.
Ed Sheeran quickly became a star at home in the UK, but his star is rising more slowly on this side of the Atlantic. "The A Team" is now a top 10 hit on the rock songs chart and nearing the top 10 at adult pop. Ed Sheeran will likely see his star rise even further when his duet with Taylor Swift is heard this week by her fans on the Red album.