For summer 2011 Pitbull came into his own, Adele continued to impact the charts, a duo know as LMFAO brought a worldwide smash home, and Katy Perry landed in the summer top 10 for the fourth year in a row.
One listen to Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" and it was obvious it would be one of the biggest party hits of summer 2011. In an unusual combination of cross-platform success, the song reached #1 on the Latin songs chart, top 5 on rap songs, and it was a top 20 adult pop hit as well. "Give Me Everything" also earned strong international success topping the pop singles charts in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK.
It was only a matter of time before LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" became the size hit in the US it was around the world. The duo had minor hit singles before "Party Rock Anthem," but nothing really prepared the world for a hit of this size. The song was a #1 pop smash from Australia to Switzerland and nearly every country in between. It ultimately spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over three million digital copies in the US alone. "Party Rock Anthem" has been a top 10 Latin, rap, and dance hit in the US.
Adele's "Rolling In the Deep" is clearly the biggest pop hit of the year so far in the US and much of the world. A tribute to its staying power is that it had its biggest impact in the spring but held on through the summer to earn a placing as the third biggest pop hit of summer 2011. No song in recent history has been a hit across to many radio formats. "Rolling In the Deep" reached charts from R&B to alternative to rock to dance and Latin.
Nicki Minaj had so much critical and commercial acclaim during 2010 that it seemed only a matter of time before her major pop chart breakthrough. "Super Bass" is that song. Acclaim from the likes of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez helped encourage the full release of "Super Bass" to pop radio. The result was a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as top 10 R&B and rap. "Super Bass" is the first song with a female rapper as lead artist that has sold in excess of two million digital copies.
What do you do to follow up four consecutive #1 hits from the same album? If you are Katy Perry you do it a fifth time. With "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" reaching #1 Katy Perry has become the only artist other than Michael Jackson to earn five #1 pop hits from the same album. This is the fourth summer in a row Katy Perry has had at least one of the top 10 pop hits of the summer.
"The Edge Of Glory" is the third single from Lady Gaga's album Born This Way.It received strong critical acclaim and became her 10th top 10 pop single in the US. The song reached #1 on the US dance chart and #2 on adult pop radio as well as #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Katy Perry's fourth #1 single from her Teenage Dream album is one of the biggest pop hits of the year. It had enough chart life left to also place as one of the top songs of summer 2011. "E.T." spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the dance chart as well. Reaching into other radio formats it was also a top 20 Latin pop hit and edged on to the R&B chart.
In a fascinating twist, rapper Lil Wayne's first top 5 pop hit since 2008's #1 smash "Lollipop" came with a sung love ballad. "How To Love" has become his first song to gain airplay on adult contemporary radio. It is a single from his highly anticipated album Tha Carter IV.
"The Lazy Song" is Bruno Mars' third top 5 hit from his debut album Doo Wops and Hooligans. It was a third major worldwide hit for him topping pop charts in Denmark and the UK. All three of Bruno Mars' first solo singles sold in excess of two million copies.