CHART WATCH: Consolation Prize: Wiz Khalifa’s "Black and Yellow" Tops Chart

Written by Hunter Schwarz on . Posted in Music

Chart Watch is 17 Tracks’ weekly look at the happenings on the Billboard Hot 100 with chart expert Hunter Schwarz.

This Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers accepted the Vince Lombardi trophy for winning Super Bowl XLV, I thought it was a forgone conclusion that Wiz Khalifa’s Pittsburgh Steelers anthem, “Black and Yellow,” would not be going No. 1. I estimated that the only way the song could top the Hot 100 was if the Steelers won the Super Bowl which would inevitably lead to fans flocking to iTunes to download the track as a post-game memento. But on Sunday, the Packers won, Pink’s “F**kin’ Perfect” was on the rise, and I thought I’d spend this week’s edition of Chart Watch writing about the very first explicatively titled No. 1. I’m not a Pink fan though, so I am not complaining.

I severely underestimated “Black and Yellow”. It reaches the penthouse thanks to a 6 percent rise in sales – 198,000 digital downloads – and an 11 percent increase in radio airplay where it is now the seventh most played song in the country.

Now I’m sure a Steelers win would have given Wiz an even bigger boost, but these numbers show that all he needed was for his team to make it to the big game. With the Steelers in the Super Bowl, his song was in the spotlight. It also got loads of free publicity from the countless other versions of the song, most notably Lil Wayne’s “Green and Yellow.” Maybe if Weezy’s Packers take on the song was available for sale on, it would have cut into Wiz Khalifa’s sales, but the fact that his was the only legal version of the song available for download didn’t hurt.

What I completely overlooked was the possibility that people might have liked the song and it had nothing to do with the Super Bowl. Part of my feelings about the song probably come from the fact that the song sounds dated – like something from the mid-00′s. The track is actually strong enough to chart well with or without the Steelers. Although it will likely remain at the top for a single frame, expect it to spend several weeks in the top ten.

Here’s what’s happening on the rest of the Hot 100:

  • Katy Perry’s “Firework” might have dropped from the No. 1 spot five weeks ago, but it became the most played radio song this week. This is Perry’s third consecutive top radio song.
  • Everyone thought Pink would score her fourth chart topper with “F**kin’ Perfect” this week, but the song had a strong slip in sales this week – down 22 percent. It slid 2-4 on the Hot 100.
  • The highest debut is Dr. Dre’s “I Need A Doctor” featuring Eminem & Skylar Grey. The track sold 226,000 digital downloads.
  • Britney just keeps dropping it like a hood – with her song that is. “Hold It Against Me” drops 8-10 this week, thanks to cooling digital sales. Radio airplay is keeping the track in the top 10. It is currently the sixth most spun song in the country and could still rise higher.
  • This week’s airplay gainer is Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You,” which sits at No. 11. Green’s controversially titled hit is the song that won’t die. If it wins big at this weekend’s Grammys, expect it to get its second (or are we on third … maybe fourth … ) wind.

Here’s this week’s top ten:

  1. “Black and Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa (first week at No. 1)
  2. “Grenade” – Bruno Mars
  3. “Firework” – Katy Perry
  4. “F**kin’ Perfect” – Pink
  5. “I Need A Doctor” – Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey (debut)
  6. “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” – Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E
  7. “Rocketeer” – Far East Movement feat. Ryan Tedder
  8. “What’s My Name” – Rihanna feat. Drake
  9. “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)” – Pitbull feat. T-Pain
  10. “Hold It Against Me” – Britney Spears

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