Nicki Minaj, now already causing a stir as a judge on American Idol, has a stellar week at Top 40. Not only is her new single, "Va Va Voom," a HitPredictor this week, but she is also featured on this week's other HitPredictor, the brand-new single from Justin Bieber. Justin is really coming into his own as a credible radio artist this year. The first single from his current album hit the top 10 in airplay at Top 40, then he followed up with his first top 5 airplay hit, "As Long As You Love Me" (currently #2 at Top 40). Now his third single, "Beauty and the Beat," is a HitPredictor this week and likely to follow those two singles up the charts.
These charts show new releases that tested with hit potential prior to airplay, ranked in order of current weekly Mediabase airplay detections.
Every week we track songs before and after they become Hitpredictors, and we call them our Sleepers and Developing & Proven Hits. "Developing Hits" are a select number of songs that show early research potential, or strong upward spin moves at the stations they are played at. "Proven Hits" are songs that show Top 10 research and/or Top 10 spins at multiple key stations in a format.