Jay Sean: What Goes “Down” Might Come Up

jaysean1This week’s installment in the sorta-halfhearted scuffle between songs that are biding time at the top of the Hot 100 until the Black Eyed Peas return to the No. 1 slot for the kajillionth week this year: Jay Sean’s “Down” reclaimed the top spot after last week’s No. 1, Britney Spears’ Real Dollish “3,” sagged in sales by 33% and fell to No. 5. (It’s gaining in airplay, though, so don’t count her out just yet.) Rounding out the top 5 is a trio of familiar tunes to any chart-watcher: Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha Say” (No. 2), Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The U.S.A.” (No. 3), and the Jay-Z/Rihanna/Kanye collab “Run This Town” (No. 4). [Billboard]

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  • Chris Molanphy

    Apologies to my loyal readers — “100 & Single” was due back today, but some unexpected business on my end has me swamped this week. I’ll be back next Friday, when, frankly, the charts will probably be a little more interesting than they are this week.

  • chachwitablog

    BEP has a big airplay lead, but Postal Service has a lead in sales. Either way, though, unless the two sales totals are over 200k, I don’t see how either can top Jay Sean next week, who still is still top 10 on iTunes and number 1 at radio.

    Watcha Say looks like it has a shot at #1 for the same reasons Down has won it twice – very strong (but not the best) sales, and very strong radio airplay. But if Jay Sean doesn’t falter enough to let Watcha Say catch up, I see Down staying at 1 another week at least. Miley has had better sales for the past month but hasn’t been able to take the top spot, and Jay-Z is nowhere close to Down in sales.

  • othertim

    “Down” might be the first song to back into #1 twice. Which I suppose could be taken as ironic, given the song’s title.

    “Meet Me Halfway” has no redeeming value at all (I get why people would enjoy “I Gotta Feeling” even if it didn’t deserve to be on top for so long) so it really pisses me off that a fricking television commercial is what caused its sales to explode and airplay is now catching up. (#16)

    I am so pulling for Owl City. It’s been the #1 request on the top 40 station here (Z-100 clone K104) and still getting some alternative play so while it’s #42 on radio (thanks Billboard for listing “also charted on”) it’s still a contender for #1 as long as sales hold.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @othertim: “Down” might be the first song to back into #1 twice. Which I suppose could be taken as ironic, given the song’s title.

    That’s an interesting/clever theory, if by “back into” you mean reach No. 1 even while losing chart points. You might be right — hard to say.

    For example, early last year, when Leona Lewis kept returning to No. 1 (in and out three times), there was a sales boost responsible each time. But you’re right, what makes Jay Sean’s success so weird is that he keeps hanging around, with just enough points, and whenever a flashier No. 1 hit (BEPs’ “Gotta,” Britney) slips in sales, he just floats back into the penthouse. It’s somewhat rare for that to happen once, very rare for it to happen twice.

  • chachwitablog

    MMHW (which I actually like, othertim!) has fallen in sales, it is #5 now on iTunes. Fireflies is #1, but assuming its sales are more like 150k and not 250k, “Down” should be number 1 again this week. Miley is #2 on sales but she couldn’t take the top spot even when her sales were #1, and I’m sure her sales aren’t increasing at this point.

    Down will be number 1 again this week. (or if not, it has to be “Watcha Say” with a big gain in airplay)