Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of Mar.03, 2012

1. Katy Perry, “Part Of Me”
2. Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain”
3. Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”
4. Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
5. Adele, “Rolling In The Deep”
6. fun. f/ Janelle Monae “We Are Young”
7. Adele, “Someone Like You”
8. Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, “We Found Love”
9. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
10.Chris Brown, “Turn Up The Music”

Katy Perry’s ‘Part of Me’ Debuts Atop Hot 100
Adele, Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown Add to Top 10

Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” rockets in at the Billboard Hot 100 summit, while Adele, the late Whitney Houston, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown all make notable news in the chart’s top 10.

Following her appearance at the 54th Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, Perry, who performed “Part” in a medley with her former No. 1 “E.T.,” engineers just the 20th No. 1 entrance in the Hot 100’s 53-year history. Lady Gaga had last stormed in at the chart’s top spot almost a year ago (Feb. 26, 2011) with “Born This Way,” which also benefitted from Grammys exposure last year; “Born” reached retail and radio the Friday before last year’s event, at which Gaga sang it.

“Part” marks the first start at the pinnacle for a single on the storied Capitol Records label. The song is Perry’s seventh career Hot 100 No. 1.

After Capitol released it to radio and retail on Feb. 13, “Part,” the lead single from Perry’s “Teenage Dream” deluxe edition, “The Complete Confection” (due March 27), blasts in atop the Hot 100 and Digital Songs with 411,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking Perry’s best career sales week. On Radio Songs, “Part” launches at No. 36 with 35 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.

“Confection” picks up where the original version of “Dream” left off: producing a Hot 100 No. 1. Dream matched Michael Jackson’s Bad (1987-88) by tallying five Hot 100 leaders, the most toppers from a single album over one release in the chart’s archives.

A Grammy Awards afterglow likewise shines on Adele, whose three former Hot 100 No. 1s bullet in the top 10: “Set Fire to the Rain” holds at No. 2 (and No. 1 on Radio Songs for a second week; 143 million, up 4%); “Rolling in the Deep,” the record and song of the year which Adele performed at the Grammys, charges back 17-5 (in its 59th chart week; 271,000, up 115%); and, “Someone Like You” jumps 11-7.

With the gains, Adele makes history as the first female ever to place three titles in the Hot 100’s top 10 concurrently as a lead artist. Only one other woman had ever claimed a 30% share of the top 10: Ashanti, who charted a trio of tracks in the top tier the weeks of March 30 and April 6 in 2002. She sported featured artist billing, however, on two of those entries.

Until this week, Chris Brown last placed three songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 as a lead artist the week of May 10, 2008. (More on Brown, who bows in this week’s top 10, ahead).

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