“Love on Top” is an up-tempo R&B song viewed as a modern take on old school music recorded by American singer, songwriter and record producer Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé. Inspired from her state of mind while playing Etta James, Knowles wrote the song alongside Terius Nash and Shea Taylor for her fourth studio album 4 (2011). Its production was handled by Taylor and Knowles. “Love on Top” impacted Urban radio in the United States on January 10, 2012 as the fourth single from the album in that country. It appeared at number 75 in the United Kingdom and at number 14 in New Zealand. It also debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the second highest debut of Knowles’ career as a solo artist. “Love on Top” has so far peaked at number 20 in Australia, where it was certified platinum.
The song “We Are Young” is an Indie pop, alternative rock and pop rock music recorded by American indie pop band Fun featuring American recording artist Janelle Monae . The song was the first to be written for the band’s sophomore effort and was the first to be recorded, setting a template for the rest of the sessions that created the record. The song was released on September 20, 2011 as the first single from the trio’s second studio album, Some Nights. “We Are Young” was covered on Glee on the episode “Hold On to Sixteen”. The Glee cover of this song debuted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Glee cover went to #1 on iTunes chart in early December 2011, while the original version later went on to top the chart in February 2012 after being featured in the Chevy Sonic commercial aired during Super Bowl XLVI.
The song “Starships” is a eurodance, europp, and euro house music recorded by Trinidadian-born American musician Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), known by her stage name Nicki Minaj. The song was was released for digital download on February 14, 2012. The song released from Minaj’s second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It premiered during On Air with Ryan Seacrest and was released as the lead single from the album on the same day. It was produced by RedOne, Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub. “Starships” debuted at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking her second solo arrival in the Top 10 of the chart, after “Super Bass”, which peaked at number 3 in 2011.
The song “Part of Me” is a dance-pop and pop rock music recorded by American singer, songwriter and actress Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name of Katy Perry. The song was written by Perry, Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin and Nicholas Strunk while the production was done by Lukasz Gottwald Cirkut and Max Martin. The song debuted at number one on the U.S. Hot Digital Songs chart with 411,000 copies sold its first week. In second week, the single dropped to #4, after one week at #1. The song debuted at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart, becoming Perry’s first number-one debut there and her seventh single to reach the top of the chart. She tied Mariah Carey for the record of seven number-one singles in the country. On February 12, 2012, Perry performed the single live for the first time along with “E.T.” at the 54th Grammy Awards
LMFAO is an American electro pop duo consisting of rappers, producers, dancers, and DJs Redfoo who recorded the song “Sexy and I Know It” from their second studio album, Sorry for Party Rocking and was released as the third single from the album on September 16, 2011. The song became the group’s second number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, making them the first duo to have two successive number-one singles since OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” (2003) and “The Way You Move” (2004).
“Rack City” is a single by American rapper Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson (born November 19, 1989), better known by his stage name Tyga. The song was produced and co-written by DJ Mustard. “Rack City” was first released on December 2, 2011. The song was released as the third single from the rapper’s second studio album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King (2012). The song’s music video was directed by Chris Robinson has been on YouTube since September 8, 2011. It has received over 25 million views since. “Rack City” became Tyga’s biggest hit in the United States, reaching a peak of number seven on the Billboard Hot 100; also peaking at number seven on the R&B/hip-hop chart, number six on the rap chart and number fifty-six on the Canadian Hot 100.
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” sometimes referred to as just “Stronger” and originally known as “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” is a song by American singer, songwriter and occasional actress Kelly
Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982). “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” officially impacted United States Top 40/Mainstream radio on January 17, 2012. The acoustic version of the song appears in Clarkson’s second EP, iTunes Session. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” is a pop-rock song with a length of three minutes and forty-one seconds. Lyrically, the song is about moving on from a nasty ex who won’t leave you alone. It is also considered as “an anthem for recovery after the end of a bad relationship.” The music video for the song was directed by Shane Drake and was premiered on VEVO on December 14, 2011. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) is currently being used in the 2012 Toyota Camry commercial which features Clarkson singing the song with her co-stars Chris Berman, Andrew Zimmern and James Lipton.
“Rumour Has It” is a single recorded by English recording artist and songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known mononymously as Adele. It has been confirmed as the fourth and final single from 21
in the United States by Billboard. Musically, “Rumour Has It” contains jazz, blues, and pop elements accompanied by a stomp beat and piano. The song was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder while the production was handled by Tedder. Adele revealed that the song was not inspired by the media but it was aimed at her friends who believed things they heard for her. The track has received Gold certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 units in the US. It has been covered by Jeremih and by Glee cast during the episode “Mash Off”, with Adele’s other song “Someone Like You”. Adele added the song to the set list on her second worldwide tour Adele Live.
“Turn Me On” is an uptempo club song recorded by French disc jockey David Guetta from his fifth studio album Nothing but the Beat. It features American rapper-singer Nicki Minaj on vocals. The song impacted U.S. Top 40/Mainstream and Rhythmic radio on December 13, 2011, and digitally released on February 14, 2011. Guetta and Minaj performed together at the American Music Awards of 2011 as the opening act, with the duo performing “Turn Me On” and Minaj performing her hit, “Super Bass,” from her debut album, Pink Friday, with an intro of “Sweat” by Snoop Dogg. The song was also performed for 2012 New Years on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
The song “One Thing” was recorded by One Direction, are a British-Irish boy band, consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. “One Thing” was taken from their debut studio album, Up All Night (2011). The song was written by Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha, and produced by Yacoub and Kotecha. The single premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 21 November 2011. “One Thing” is an uptempo pop rock song. The music video for the song was filmed in London on 28 November 2011and premiered on YouTube, 13 January 2012, at a total length of three minutes and fourteen seconds. The single peaked at number six on the Irish Singles Chart on 16 February 2012, becoming the week’s highest climber, up eighteen positions from number twenty-four , and became One Direction’s third consecutive top ten single on the chart.