“Harlem Shake” debuted at #1 last week, concurrent with Billboard’s decision to add YouTube video streaming data to the Hot 100 mix. The song amassed 98 million streams this week (down 5% from last week’s staggering total of 103 million). Still, that’s more than 10 times as many streams as the song at #2: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz), which amassed 9.5 million streams. Streaming data is just one element in the Hot 100 mix, but it’s obviously going to be an ever-more-important one.
“Harlem Shake” was released commercially in June, but didn’t start to catch on until two weeks ago, when it sold 18K digital copies. Then, it became a full-fledged viral phenomenon. Last week, it sold 262K. This week, it jumped again to 297K.
“Harlem Shake” is #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the second week.
Following up on my lead, of the last 10 songs to enter the Hot 100 at #1, these eight songs spent just that one week at #1: Fantasia’s “I Believe,” Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven,” Taylor Hicks’ “Do I Make You Proud,” Britney Spears’ “3” and “Hold It Against Me,” Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” and Katy Perry’s “Part Of Me.”
“Thrift Shop” tops Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for the seventh week. That’s the longest run in the top spot for a song by a white artist since Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without U” spent 11 weeks on top in 2007.
Mars’ album Unorthodox Jukebox jumps to #2 on The Billboard 200 this week and is expected to move up to #1 next week. A $1.99 sale at Amazon’s MP3 store on Tuesday (for this and 19 other titles) probably clinched it. It would be Mars’ first #1 album. His 2010 debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, peaked at #3.
“Love Me” is Lil Wayne’s 18th top 10 hit, which puts him in a tie with Ludacris for second-most top 10 hits among rappers. Jay-Z leads the rap pack with 19.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” holds at #1 in its second week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #2 (297K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #2 for the second week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (364K)… Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #8 to #3 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (229K)… Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” rebounds from #5 to #4 in its 19th week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #2. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (133K)… “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears dips from #4 to #5 its 13th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (140K).
The Second Five: Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” jumps from #10 to #6 in its third week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (152K)…“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko drops from #3 to #7 in its third week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (213K)…“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z jumps from #9 to #8 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (135K)… Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” drops from #7 to #9 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (106K)…“Love Me” by Lil Wayne featuring Drake and Future jumps from #19 to #10 in its sixth week on the chart. It’s Lil Wayne’s 18th top 10 hit; Drake’s 12th; Future’s first. Digital sales rank: #14 (100K).
The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” drops from #6 to #11 in its 38th week, ending a 14-week in the top 10.
Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” drops from #14 to #16 in its 25th week. This is its 13th straight week in the top 20. The song never quite cracked the top 10: It peaked at #11. Digital sales rank: #10 (109K).
Of Monsters And Men’s “Little Talks” rebounds from #31 to #26 in its 40th week. The song has climbed as high as #20.…“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera vaults from #47 to #28 in its fifth week.
“Poetic Justice” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Drake jumps from #49 to #34 in its 18th week…“Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida jumps from #44 to #37 in its sixth week. The song spent two weeks at #1 on The Official U.K. chart in December.
Adele’s “Skyfall” jumps from #83 to #61 in its 19th week in the immediate wake of winning the Oscar for Best Song. The song has already reached #8. It’s the first Oscar-winning Best Song that also made the top 10 on the Hot 100 since Eminem’s 2002 monster “Lose Yourself”…“Bugatti” by Ace Hood featuring Future & Rick Ross jumps from #77 to #62 in its second week…Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” jumps from #72 to #64 in its fifth week.
Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me” debuts at #89. The song, which reached #2 in the U.K., is Sande’s first Hot 100 hit. It’s from her album Our Version Of Events, which rebounds from #142 to #64 in its 15th week on The Billboard 200. This is the album’s highest ranking since it debuted and peaked at #28 in June. The album returns to #1 on The Official U.K. Chart in the wake of being named Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards (their equivalent of the Grammys). This is its ninth week on top of the U.K. chart.
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis re-enters the chart at #92. This is its third week on the chart…“We Still In This B****” by B.o.B featuring T.I. & Juicy J re-enters the chart at #97…Eric Church’s “Like Jesus Does” debuts at #99. It’s from his former #1 album Chief…“Karate Chop” by Future featuring Lil Wayne debuts at #100. It’s from Future’s upcoming (and confidently-titled) sophomore album, Future Hendrix.
Here are four more songs that topped the 1 million mark this week: Maroon 5’s “Daylight,” “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” and Beyonce’s “Love On Top.”
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