“Gangnam Style” was the first video ever to reach 1 billion YouTube views worldwide. It’s now up to 1.5 billion. “Gentleman” set a You Tube record by notching 18.9 million views in its first 24 hours on the site. It’s now up to 125 million. (Note: the Hot 100 takes only U.S. activity into account.)
Incidentally, this is the first song titled “Gentleman” to hit the Hot 100. By contrast, eight different songs titled “Lady” have charted, including four that have made the top 10—by Kenny Rogers (#1 in 1980), Styx (#6 in 1975), Little River Band (#10 in 1979) and D’Angelo (#10 in 1996).
“Just Give Me A Reason” has been the nation’s top digital seller for three of the last four weeks. That’s the longest run at #1 on the digital chart for a female-led collabo since “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris had five weeks on top in late 2011.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a second song in the top five on the Hot 100: “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) jumps from #7 to #5. Billboard’s Gary Trust notes that this marks the first time that a group or duo has had two songs in the top five simultaneously since the Black Eyed Peas doubled up for five weeks in June and July 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
Like most pop and hip-hop stars, Timberlake has released a lot of collabos. “Mirrors” is his fifth top 10 hit that is strictly a solo endeavor. It follows “Cry Me A River,” “Rock Your Body,” “What Goes Around…Comes Around” and “Summer Love.”
Timberlake has a second song in this week’s top 10. “Suit & Tie,” his smash collabo with Jay-Z, dips from #5 to #6.
“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera jumps from #10 to #8, which matches its peak to date. The song also jumps to #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs, displacing Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.”
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess jumps from #3 to #1 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (283K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #2 for the second week in its 28th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (167K)…Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” drops from #1 to #3 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (166)…“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko holds at #4 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #3. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (176K)…“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton jumps from #7 to #5 in its 10th week. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (208K).
The Second Five: “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z dips from #5 to #6 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (105K)…Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” jumps from #12 to #7 in its ninth week on the chart. It’s Timberlake’s 14th top 10 hit since leaving *NSYNC. Digital sales rank: #8 (127K)…“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera rebounds from #10 to #8 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (97K)…Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” holds at #9 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #21 (80K)…Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” jumps from #15 to #10 in its seventh week on the chart. This is her third top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #13 (110K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” drops from #6 to #13, ending an eight-week run in the top 10. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” drops from #8 to #11. The latter song holds at #3 on Hot Digital Songs (179K). What’s more, it sets a sales record. Read on.
“Cruise” holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the seventh week. That’s the longest run at #1 by an ongoing duo since “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” by the husband-and-wife duo Carl Butler and Pearl topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1962-1963.
(I’m glad Florida Georgia line chose Nelly for the pop crossover remix of “Cruise”. It would have looked a shade too clever if the billing was Florida Georgia Line featuring Flo Rida.)
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” drops from #11 to #14 in its 33rd week. Digital sales rank: #9 (124K)…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #17 to #16 in its 11th week. Digital sales rank: #10 (116K).
Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton both have songs in the top 40 this week. They also teamed for a third. Lambert lands her first top 20 hit as “Mama’s Broken Heart” jumps from #35 to #20 in its 12th week. “The House That Built Me” peaked at #28 in June 2010. Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” drops from #29 to #36 in its 14th week. The song tops 1 million in digital sales this week. It’s his fourth million-seller. And Shelton’s follow-up, “Boys ’Round Here” jumps from #55 to #40 in its third week. The song features Pistol Annies, a trio which includes Lambert).
Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” jumps from #24 to #21 in its 10th week. It’s Rucker’s highest-charting solo hit to date. If it climbs one more notch, it will be his first top 20 hit since his days with Hootie & the Blowfish…“Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift jumps from #42 to #25 in its seventh week…“Power Trip” by J. Cole featuring Miguel jumps from #43 to #26 in its ninth week—a strong showing for a non-country hit in the wake of the ACM Awards…Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown” jumps from #36 to #29 in its 10th week.
Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” jumps from #75 to #65 in its eighth week. (Such a sweet title.)…“High School” by Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne jumps from #83 to #68 in its second week.
“Ready” by Fabolous featuring Chris Brown debuts at #97. It’s from Fabolous' sixth studio album, Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Power, which is due June 18…“U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Future & Rick Ross debuts at #99.
Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. The single topped the Hot 100 for four weeks in February and March 1987. It’s the fourth song from the 1980s to sell 3 million or more digital copies. It follows Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” (5,658,000), Survivor’s 1982 movie hit “Eye Of The Tiger” (3,492,000) and Michael Jackson’s 1984 smash “Thriller” (3,304,000).
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