Other gay-friendly hits have charted, notably Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which topped the Hot 100 for six weeks in February and March 2011, and Miley Cyrus’ current “We Can’t Stop,” which is more broadly a “do your own thing” kind of song, but includes these seemingly applicable lyrics: “It’s our party, we can love who we want/We can kiss who we want” and “Remember only God can judge us/Forget the haters ‘cause somebody loves ya.”
Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” hit #1 in December 1972, just as the women’s movement was cresting. Ms. Magazine began publication that January. The Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment in March. Maude debuted on TV in September.
Only three other songs in digital history have topped 400K in weekly sales two weeks in a row. They are Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (two weeks in February 2009), Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” (two weeks in December 2010-January 2011) and Lady Gaga’s aforementioned “Born This Way” (two weeks in February 2011).
(One other song has topped 400K in weekly sales twice, but not in back-to-back weeks. That’s Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” which did it in October and December 2012.)
“Blurred Lines” appears to be in the midst of a very long run at #1 on the Hot 100. It has an advantage in that it shot from #6 to #1, so it didn’t waste time in runner-up slots on the way up. In addition, the song is #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the fourth week.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams is #2 for the third week. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a seventh week.
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” dips from #3 to #4. It’s #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the 15th week. It’s up to #17 on Nielsen SoundScan’s running list of the best-selling rock songs in its history.
As I noted earlier today in a Chart Watch Extra on the biggest songs and albums of the first six months, the duo has two songs in the mid-year top 10. “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) is #1. “Can’t Hold Us” is #6. This marks the first time than an artist has had two songs in the mid-year top 10 since Katy Perry scored two years ago with “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West) and “Firework.” It marks the first time that a new artist has achieved the feat since B.o.B scored in 2010 with “Airplanes” (featuring Hayley Williams) and “Nothin’ On You” (featuring Bruno Mars).
“Cruise” is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the 18th week. It’s the first song to spend 18 or more weeks at #1 on Hot Country Songs since Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” spent 19 weeks on top in 1961-1962. (That’s not the subsequent Burt Bacharach/Hal David song.). “Cruise” is the longest-running #1 by a group or duo ever.
“The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller, which evokes the sound of vintage Mariah Carey hits, rebounds from #11 to #10. This is its fourth week in the top 10. At the same time, Carey’s current single, “#Beautiful” (featuring Miguel) dips another notch to #17. The song has climbed as high as #15. Nobody ever said the life of a diva was without frustrations.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (423K)…“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams holds at #2 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (189K)… Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” jumps from #5 to #3 in its fourth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (209K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” dips from #3 to #4 in its 44th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (194K). “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton rebounds from #6 to #5 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (142K).
The Second Five: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly drops from #4 to #6 in its 39th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (204K)…Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at #7 for the second week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (90K)…Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” holds at #8 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (158K)…Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” holds at #9 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (109K)… “The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller rebounds from #11 to #10 in its 14th week on the chart. This its fourth week in the top 10. The song has climbed as high as #9. Digital sales rank: #20 (84K).
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess dips from #10 to #11, ending a 15-week run in the top 10. Look for the smash to receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” jumps from #22 to #18 in its sixth week. It’s the fourth top 20 hit from the group’s current album, Overexposed, which is a personal best for the group. Its 2004 debut album, Songs About Jane, yielded three top 20 hits…Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” jumps from #36 to #31 in its 17th week.
Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” is the week’s top new entry at a relatively low #79…Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” is the week’s second-highest new entry at #81. It’s from the Swedish DJ’s first studio album (following two compilations), #TRUE, which is due Sept. 17…Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” jumps from #94 to #82 in its third week…French Montana’s “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” jumps from #97 to #83 in its second week.
“Don’t Think They Know” by Chris Brown featuring Aaliyah debuts at #87. It’s the second single from Brown’s sixth studio album, X, which is due July 16. Aaliyah died in a small-plane crash in August 2001. She was just 22…Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” jumps from #100 to #91 in its third week.
Lady Antebellum’s “Goodbye Town” debuts at #98. It’s from the trio’s recent #1 album, Golden… “Play Hard” by David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo & Akon re-enters the chart at #99. The song has climbed as high as #64…“Beware” by Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko debuts at #100. It’s from his second studio album, Hall Of Fame, which is due Aug. 27.
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