Saturday, July 21, 2012

Week In Music: The Summer Of Love... For Girl Power

Blazing temperatures aren’t the only thing heating up the summer of 2012. Consider this the season of Girl Power at CHR radio. As Carly Rae Jepsen’s ubiquitous uptempo anthem “Call Me Maybe” logs a sixth week atop the Singles Chart, four other solo female singers join her in the top 10. You’d have to go back to the beginning of the millennium—a la Britney, Christina and Jessica—to see as many pop princesses rallying in the higher reaches of the Billboard Hot 100.

Let’s call this the Summer of Love… for females. In addition to Jepsen’s debut release feat, singer/songwriter Adele sets yet another record with “21.” Her sophomore album spends a 73rd week inside the Billboard 200’s top 10, the longest run by any woman in history—trumping Alanis Morissette's 1995 “Jagged Little Pill.” And then there’s the fervent return of pop staple Pink.

As Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” continues its command of the Hot 100 in its 21st week on the chart, the track earns its keep as the longest-running No. 1 for a female solo artist since Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” logged seven weeks from May to July 2011. It also leads On-Demand Songs for a fifth week, and is No. 2 on Radio Songs, Pop Songs and Digital Songs (after leading the latter list for eight weeks). In addition, it tops the Summer Songs 2012 tally for a third week, which’s Sean Ross has been keeping tabs on.

Also among the week’s top 10 singles, Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" rises 4-3, newcomer Brit Ellie Goulding’s pop-fueled “Lights” holds at 5, Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" is locked at No. 6—and entering the top 10 at No. 9 is the massive return of Pink.

And that’s where we focus for the rest of this week’s female-centric Week In Music. Pink—pardon me, she has returned to being known as P!nk—rockets into the top 10 on the Hot 100 with new single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," which catapults 58-9 in its second week on the chart. The break-up anthem flies 41-4 on Digital Songs, while CHR radio is actually ahead of the game this time: It rallies 56-23 on Radio Songs, with 39 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.

“Blow Me” is the 32 year old’s 12th Hot 100 top 10, which began in 2000 with “There You Go.” Within the millennium, she has more top 10s than any other female act, other than Rihanna (22) and Beyonce (14). With the new single, she trumps both Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

This is the first release from Pink's sixth studio album, “The Truth About Love,” due September 18. It’s been four years since her last studio album, 2008's "Funhouse,” which produced hits "So What," "Sober" and "Please Don't Leave Me." Her 2010 "Greatest Hits... So Far!!!," included No. 1 "Raise Your Glass" and No. 2 "Fuckin' Perfect.”

Already, “Blow Me” has reached No. 1 in Australia (her sixth)—where it debuted in the top spot—while it’s also top 10 in Canada and New Zealand. A worldwide tour will follow the album’s release this fall.

With women in charge, how fitting that the Spice Girls reunited last week for the first time since 2008 to announce the launch of “Viva Forever,” a jukebox theatrical musical packed with their 1990s’ hits. It opens this December in London. Girl power, indeed. *