“Party Rock Anthem” is a dance-pop and electro house music recorded by American electro recording duo LMFAO (Stefan and Skyler Gordy), featuring English singer Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. It was released as the first single from their second album Sorry for Party Rocking in 2011. The song was written by Stefan Gordy, Skyler Gordy, Jamahl Listenbee and Peter Schroeder and was produced by Redfoo and GoonRock. The song spent eleven weeks at number one in New Zealand and ten weeks in Australia. It is the longest-running number one single in New Zealand since Smashproof’s hit single “Brother” in 2009, selling over 45,000 copies there, whereas in Australia, it is the longest-running number-one single since “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)” by Sandi Thom in 2006 and the best-selling single of 2011 and decade so far there.
The song “Super Bass” is a song performed by Trinidadian born American recording artist Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj. The song was released on May 13, 2011 from her album, Pink Friday. “Super Bass” draws from the hip hop, R&B, and electronicgenres while also infusing elements of pop combined with an upbeat hook. It uses a busy beat that is interspersed with digital rain drop sound effects and strong bass. Minaj’s vocals in the song have been described as “breathy”. “Super Bass” is written in the key of G♯ minor with a moderate tempo of 120 beats per minute. “Super Bass” has peaked at number three on the United States Billboard Hot 100. On the week titled May 21, 2011, “Super Bass” debuted on the Rap Songs and Hot Digital Songs charts at number twenty-five and thirty-one respectively. As of October 2011, the song has sold over 3,000,000 digital downloads in the US alone, making it the first time that a female rapper in a solo or lead position has reached such sales. “Super Bass” entered the UK Singles Chart at number 46 on May 21, 2011, and, after nine non-consecutive weeks of moving up the chart, reached a peak of number eight on the chart week ending August 13, 2011. The song has so far spent eleven weeks inside the top 20
“Take a Back Road” is a country music recorded by American country music singer Rodney Atkins. The song is the first the first from his fourth studio album for Curb Records also entitled Take a Back Road. Rhett Akins and Luke Laird wrote the song. Akins came up with the song’s title after hearing a friend say that listening to a Hank Williams, Jr. album made him “want to ride a dirt road right now.” Laird had come up with a drum loop to which he could not think of any lyrics, and Akins recommended the hook. The two of them changed the line to “take a back road” and decided to give it a rhythmic phrasing. The song was released on April 25, 2011 and it peaked at number 1 in US Country Songs (Billboard), number 23 in US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 48 in Canada (Canadian Hot 100).
Jason Joel Desrouleaux (born September 21, 1989), better known by his stage name Jason Derülo recorded the song “Fight for You” taken from his second studio album, Future History (2011). RedOne, BeatGeek and Geo Slam handled the production of the song. It was recorded at Serenity West Recording Studio and Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, California, and mixed by Trevor Muzzy at Nomad Studios in Tetquan, Morocco. “Fight for You” is an R&B ballad that incorporates an interpolation of “Africa” by Toto, and features lyrics that contain declarations of love. Robert Copsey from Digital Spy referred to it as an “Earth-trouncing power anthem”. In the United States, after the release of Future History, “Fight for You” debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated October 15, 2011.
The song “Strange Clouds” is a song performed by American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. (born November 15, 1988), better known by his stage name B.o.B. The song also features fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and is produced by Dr. Luke. The song was announced by Atlantic Records to be released on iTunes on September 27, 2011 and serves as the lead single off his upcoming second studio album of the same name Strange Clouds. The song was written by Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., Dwayne Carter, Lukasz Gottwald and Henry Walter and was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It contains influences of dubstep and electro-hop. The official cover art for the single was released on September 26, 2011 on B.o.B’s official website. “Strange Clouds” marks his best debut sales week for a single, previously held by the 137,000 launch of “Airplanes” on May 1st, 2010.
“Sparks Fly” is the title of a country pop song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The song was written solely by Swift, with production handled by her and her long-time producer Nathan Chapman. The song was released on a CD single on August 10, 2011 by Big Machine Records and is the fifth single from Speak. The music video for the song features clips taken from various performances of the Speak Now World Tour. It premiered on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. A week after the video aired it received over 400,000 tracking views and helped launch Swift up the Billboard’s Social 50. The song is the opening song for the Speak Now World Tour and is set to be released on Swift’s first live album, Speak Now World Tour – Live.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name Lil Wayne is an American rapper recorded the song “How to Love” from his ninth studio album, Tha Carter IV. The song “How to Love” features a slow, “stripped down” production from Noel “Detail” Fisher with LaMar and LaNelle Seymour a/k/a Drum Up, based largely around the sounds of an acoustic guitar and drums. The song was written by Dwayne Carter, Jr., Noel Fisher, LaMar Seymour, LaNelle Seymour, Matthias Bell, Jermaine Preyan and Marcus Boyd, and was Produced Noel “Detail” Fisher and Drum Up. The song also makes it his first entry on hot adult contemporary stations, as CJFM-FM Montreal began playing it a month later after the single’s release. It recently peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his third highest peak on the chart as the primary artist.
The song “Tattoos on This town” is a song recorded by American country artist Jason Aldean. It was released to country radio September 5, 2011, serving as the fourth single from his 2010 studio album, My Kinda Party. The song was written by Michael Dulaney, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher, “Tattoos on This Town” is an up-tempo country rock song, in which a man expresses his desires of leaving something behind on his small town to let others know he and his girlfriend were here. The music video for “Tattoos on This Town” was directed by Wes Edwards, portrays a young couple’s love story, starting from their teenage years, fast-forwarding through marriage and settling down, all the way to the young man’s leaving for war.
The song “Peacock” is dance-pop song recorded by American singer-songwriter and actress Katy Perry. The song was written by Perr, assisted by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Ester Dean for her second mainstream studio album, Teenage Dream, released in 2010. Filled with suggestive lyrics pertaining to male genitalia, Perry’s record label initially went against the idea of including it on her record. Similar to what happened with another song of hers – “I Kissed a Girl” – she refused. “Peacock” was met with generally negative reviews and, musically, was compared to the 1980′s hit “Mickey” and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” single. On Billboard’s US Hot Dance Club Songs, the song had its highest peak position. After eight weeks of appearing on the chart, “Peacock” reached the top spot, replacing La Roux’s “In for the Kill”, on December 4, 2010. However, by next week, it was superseded by the Richard Vission song “I Like That”.
“The song “Who Owns My Heart” is a song recorded by American actress and pop singer-songwriter Destiny Hope Cyrus (born November 23, 1992), better known as Miley Cyrus. “Who Owns My Heart” was released by Hollywood Records as the second single from Cyrus’ third studio album Can’t Be Tamed, in selected European countries. The song was written by Cyrus in collaboration with Antonina Armato, Tim James, and Devrim Karaoglu. Cyrus described it as a “total dance track” with a cool concept. “Who Owns My Heart” was written about the feelings a club’s environment can lead one to believe. Cyrus depicted the club scene to be very sexy, which she thought was primarily composed by the music playing and intense lighting, and thought that it might trigger fake emotions with the person one is dancing with. She stated, “If you’re out, dancing at a club, the way the whole vibe is [...] Do you actually like the person you’re dancing with or is just the whole ambiance of what’s going on?” The song was released on October 22, 2010 in Australia, as a digital single. “Who Owns My Heart” was released in Europe on October 26, 2010 as a CD single.