US recording artist Rihanna overtakes pop star Katy Perry in the number one spot in the Last.fm singles chart with her hit single "Only Girl (In the World)." Perry's "Teenage Dream" slips to number two, after nine weeks at the top, while her track "Firework" climbs two spots into third.
Rihanna began unrolling her fifth studio album, Loud, on November 10 first in Ireland, and then throughout the rest of Europe and North America. The single "Only Girl (In the World)" was released on September 10 as a digital download and has since reached number one in 16 countries. The LP features collaborations with Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Rico Love, and David Guetta, and it follows the enormous success of her 2009 Rated R, which sold almost three million copies worldwide.
Pop star Lady Gaga is still holding strong in the top ten with "Alejandro," with 23,003 listeners and "Bad Romance," with 22,212 listeners. Kings of Leon's single "Radioactive" from their recently released fifth studio album, Come Around Sundown, takes seventh place this week, with 21,539 listeners.
Last.fm's top tracks for November 7 through 11:
- Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)" (35,412) (+1)
- Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream" (29,983 listeners) (-1)
- Katy Perry - "Firework" (25,989) (+2)
- Lady Gaga - "Alejandro" (23,003 listeners) (-1)
- The xx - "Crystalised" (22,648 listeners) (+2)
- Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance" (22,212 listeners) (no change)
- Kings of Leon - "Radioactive" (21,539) (-3)
- The xx - "Islands" (21,389) (+2)
- Kings of Leon - "Sex on Fire" (21,333) (-1)
- Bruno Mars - "Just the Way You Are" (21,193) (-1)
Last.fm claims more than 40 million active users based in more than 200 countries. Available in 12 languages, the site's radio service is free for users in the UK, the US, and Germany; elsewhere, a subscription costs €3.00 per month. Using a system called "scrobbling," Last.fm's charts measure everything its users listen to through the Last.fm website as well as hundreds of other music sites and services, including iTunes, Spotify, and The Hype Machine.