A handful of songs are ready to break Kelly Clarkson and Adele’s stronghold on the upper tier of the pop charts.
This week, British boy band The Wanted‘s “Glad You Came” shot up from number 23 all the way to number 5 on the Hot 100 (not to brag, but we diiid say, “‘Glad You Came’ feels like a potential radio/club titan poised to become a hit” back in early February), and it’s likely that the boy-band jam will continue its ascent in the weeks to come.
But “Glad You Came” isnt the only new track making waves — a number of other buzzworthy songs are climbing up the chart as well.
Nicki Minaj‘s “Starships” blasted off with a No. 9 debut last week, while the ever-controversial Chris Brown rode the wave of buzz following his Rihanna collaborations to a No. 10 start for “Turn Up The Music.” This week, B.O.B.‘s latest, the Ryan Tedder-produced “So Good,” did so great with a No. 11 debut — the song already seems to be playing much bigger on pop radio than his last two singles, “Strange Clouds” and “Play the Guitar.”
Wild Cards: Belgian sensation Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know” is already a worldwide smash, and it’s quietly been taking over America in recent weeks. Will it be the “Pumped Up Kicks” of 2011? Train is hoping to duplicate the success of “Hey Soul Sister,” and lately, the band’s new track “Drive By” does seem to be picking up some major speed. “We Are Young” rockers fun. aren’t looking to suddenly replace their current smash with a new single anytime soon, but strong first-week downloads of buzzy tune “Some Nights” place the song at No. 62 point to a potential future hit. Finally, there’s K’Naan and Nelly Furtado‘s “Is Anybody Out There,” which hasn’t hit radio yet, but sounds like a solid pop record.
For the record, we’re intentionally leaving out Katy Perry since “Part Of Me,” which debuted at No. 1, is already a certified hit. Same thing with Adele. “Rumour Has It” being a smash is a foregone conclusion:
The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
Nicki Minaj, "Starships"
Chris Brown, "Turn Up The Music"
B.O.B., "So Good"
Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Train, "Drive By"
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
fun., "Some Nights"
K'naan, "Is Anybody Out There"