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Katy Perry's 'Firework' regains top spot on Billboard Hot 100 chart

Last week Katy Perry’s “Firework” was blown out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” But this week Perry switches places with the young star. “Firework” again sparkles at No. 1, while “Grenade” sits at No. 2.  Coming in at No. 3 is Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.” Check out the full top below.

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Bruno Mars closes out 2010 at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

Bruno Mars adds another chart-topping track to his wonderful 2010, with “Grenade” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week. Mars knocks Katy Perry’s “Firework” back to No. 2, while Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” sits at No. 3. Check out a full list of the top 10 below.

Dec. 30, 2010′s Billboard Hot 100 singles top 10:

No. 1 – Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

No. 2 – Katy Perry, “Firework”

No. 3 – Ke$ha, “We R Who We R”

No. 4 – Rihanna, “What’s My Name?”

No. 5 – Pink, “Raise Your Glass”

No. 6 – Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow”

No. 7 –  Enrique Iglesias, “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”

No. 8 – Trey Songz, “Bottoms Up”

No. 9 – Black Eyed Peas, “The Time (Dirty Bit)”

No. 10 – Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

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Katy Perry's 'Firework' bursts on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for third consecutive week

katy-perryKaty Perry’s “Firework” sure continues to shine. The single finished atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 for the third week in a row, besting Bruno Mars and his accelerating “Grenade” — which moved up a slot from last week — and Rihanna, who continues to boast two songs on the Hot 100’s top 10. Check out this week’s top 10 below.

Dec. 23, 2010′s Billboard Hot 100 singles top 10:

No. 1: Katy Perry, “Firework”

No. 2: Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

No. 3: Rihanna ft. Drake, “What’s My Name?”

No. 4: Pink, “Raise Your Glass”

No. 5: Ke$ha, “We R Who We R”

No. 6: Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

No. 7: Rihanna, “Only Girl (In the World)”

No. 8: The Black Eyed Peas, “The Time (Dirty Bit)”

No. 9: Lil Wayne, “6 Foot 7 Foot”

No. 10: Nelly, “Just a Dream”

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Ke$ha's 'We R Who We R' music video: Hot and dangerous, indeed

When Ke$ha announced her new album Cannibal that hit stores last week, she told EW about how her lead single “We R Who We R,” saying that it was an anthem to inspire people to be themselves, especially in light of all the gay bullying that was going on at the time. Well, the song’s music video has hit the internets, and it doesn’t so much inspire self esteem as much as it inspires just a plain ol’, trashy, Ke$ha-ed out good time. Code word: party! See: A riot-dance party in a tunnel with drag racing! Gold-studded eyebrows! Then a rooftop party! Product placement: Revolucion tequila and Plenty of Fish’s dating website! Ke$ha falling from said rooftop! More dancing! There’s not much to it. But do we still love it? In a direct quote from Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” “yes, of course we does!”

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Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Ke$ha lead off a huge music Monday: What albums are you buying?

After months of ever-quotable interviews, ballerina adorned performances, defiant rap verses, and some hilarious tweets, the day has finally come. Kanye West‘s highly anticipated My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out today! The grade A album delivers on all fronts, with rhymes that are both brash and heartfelt and maximalist beats rich with strings, horns, and bass. In a year that’s seen stellar hip-hop albums from Eminem, Rick Ross, and Drake, this one reigns supreme.

Also out today is feisty newcomer Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday. Her debut set, boasting her soft rap ballads “Right Thru Me” and “Your Love,” also features appearances from Kanye West, Drake, and Eminem. And after  scoring several No. 1 songs at the top of the year, Ke$ha’s Cannibal EP with eight new songs hit stores as well. Its lead single “We R Who We R” topped Billboard‘s hot 100 chart a few weeks back.

The loaded Monday continues with The Rolling Stones releasing their The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 box set, R&B titan Ne-Yo letting Libra Scale loose  and Justin Bieber going simple, releasing his My Worlds Acoustic.  So this question is simple: What albums are you buying this week? Let us know.

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AMAs: Ke$ha brings destruction, glitter

Predictably, Ke$ha brought along plenty of glitter and confetti for her American Music Award performance — but she also surprised the audience by bringing along instruments as well. Starting on the keyboards for “Take It Off,” the singer channeled C-3PO with some robotic attire, then invited a pack of dancing, shirtless, mullet-sporting men to join her for a rendition of “We R Who We R.” Naturally, Ke$ha had to end the performance with some sort of a shock moment — she capped it off by destroying her very pretty, very expensive-looking guitar. Eek — and the shredder in me shudders.

What did you think of Ke$ha’s eclectic performance?

Rihanna's 'What's My Name?' jumps to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

Rihanna‘s “What’s My Name?” unseats Ke$ha at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, leaping to the top spot after spending last week at No. 60. Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” drops to No. 5. Rihanna now has two singles in the top 5 on the eve of her LOUD album hitting stores on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Katy Perry’s “Firework” makes a huge jump to No. 10, climbing  19 rungs.  It’s Perry’s third top 10 from her latest album, Teenage Dream. Her others, “California Gurls” and the title cut, both were No. 1 hits.

Nov. 11, 2010′s Billboard hot 100 singles top 10

No. 1 – Rihanna, “What’s My Name?”

No. 2 – Far East Movement, “Like a G6″

No. 3 – Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

No. 4 – Rihanna, “Only Girl (In The World)”

No. 5 – Ke$ha, “We R Who We R”

No. 6 – Nelly, “Just a Dream”

No. 7 – Pink, “Raise Your Glass”

No. 8 – Trey Songz “Bottoms Up”

No. 9 – Usher “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love”

No. 10 – Katy Perry’s “Firework”

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Ke$ha tops Billboard singles chart, while Willow Smith makes a big debut

Far East Movement’s “Like a G6″ has landed on an unfamiliar runway this week. After a few weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, it’s been knocked to No. 2 by Ke$ha‘s “We R Who We R,” which debuts huge at the top spot. In turn, Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” also steps back one spot to No. 3. Aside from Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me” falling from No. 9 to No. 12, the rest of the top 10 is filled with those who comfortably sat there last week. There are some interesting happenings just outside of it, though.

Willow Smith’s debut single “Whip My Hair” debuts at No. 11, which is huge for someone just taking their first crack at this. And Taylor Swift’s remarkable week continues. Her highest charting track may only be “Sparks Fly” at No. 17. But she has 10 other singles in the Hot 100 as well–all from her Speak Now. Check out the entire top 10 list below.

1. Ke$ha, “We R Who We R”

2. Far East Movement, “Like a G6″

3. Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

4. Rihanna, “Only Girl (In The World)”

5. Nelly, “Just A Dream.”

6. Usher, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”

7. Trey Songz “Bottoms Up”

8. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

9. Taio Cruz, “Dynamite”

10. Pink, “Raise Your Glass”

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Ke$ha's 'We R Who We R' debuts at No. 1 on 'Billboard' Hot 100

KeshaIn a triumph for armchair grammarians and high school English teachers everywhere, Ke$ha has proceeded directly to the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 with her latest LOL-speak single, “We R Who We R.”

The speedy ascent of the lead track from her upcoming Cannibal makes her the first female to debut at No. 1 since Britney’s “3” took group-sex arithmetic to the top spot in 2009, and only the 17th artist in the chart’s overall history to achieve that feat.

Can she sustain it? And will Cannibal ultimately outperform Animal? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Ke$ha's raucous new single, 'We R Who We R': Listen here

KeShaYou hardly had a chance to miss her, did you? Though her platinum debut, Animal, has not yet celebrated its first birthday, the First Lady of whiskey toothpaste and  Glad-bag couture announced its companion followup, Cannibal, earlier this week. Less than 48 hours later, the album’s first single has landed online.

She is, you may be shocked to learn, still a connoisseur of glitter and good times. “We R Who We R” follows previous party-to-the-people anthems built on the talk-singer’s extra-enunciated consonants and chanty non-sequiturs (“and no you don’t wanna mess with us / got Jesus on my neck-uh-lace”).

As she told EW yesterday, the song’s inspiration was fueled by the recent spate of gay-related teen suicides, “a celebration of any sort of quirks or eccentricities” meant to “inspire people to be themselves.” (And a companion piece, perhaps, to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” released last week?).

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