This is also the fourth week in a row that "We Are Young" has sold 300K or more digital copies. Only four other songs in digital history have topped 300K in weekly sales four or more times. "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna leads the pack, having topped 300K five times. Flo Rida's "Right Round," "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg and "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West each topped that lofty plateau four times.
"We Are Young" sold 387K copies this week, which is its highest tally to date. This is the fifth straight week in which its sales have increased over the previous week. That's remarkable, because its sales were at a very healthy 291K when it began this streak.
P.S. American Top 40 bleeps the word "higher" in the line "My friends are in the bathroom/Getting higher than the Empire State." That wouldn't have struck me as an objectionable line, especially in this day and age. I guess the show has a zero-tolerance policy on drug references. (It's easier to understand why show host Ryan Seacrest always refers to "Ni**as In Paris" as simply "Paris.")
"Part Of Me" is one of two songs in this week's top 10 to top the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The other is Nicki Minaj's "Starships," which jumps to #5. It's Minaj's second top five hit as a lead artist. She hit #3 in August with "Super Bass."
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
1. fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young." The song holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (387K).
2. Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." The former #1 song holds at #2 for the fourth week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (151K).
3. The Wanted, "Glad You Came." The song holds at #3 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. The song was #1 in the U.K. for two weeks in July. Digital sales rank: #3 (183K).
4. Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know." The song jumps from #5 to #4 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. The song spent five weeks at #1 in the U.K. in February and March, which is the longest run so far this year. Digital sales rank: #2 (208K).
5. Nicki Minaj, "Starships." The song jumps from #6 to #5 in its sixth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #5 (174K).
6. Adele, "Set Fire To The Rain." The former #1 song drops from #4 to #6 in its 30th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (83K).
7. Flo Rida featuring Sia, "Wild Ones." The song jumps from #9 to #7 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (168K).
8. Katy Perry, "Part Of Me." The former #1 song rebounds from #10 to #8 in its sixth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #11 (115K).
9. Drake featuring Rihanna, "Take Care." The song dips from #8 to #9 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (78K).
10. David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, "Turn Me On." The song drops from #7 to #10 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #22 (68K).
Train's "Drive By" jumps from #15 to #13 in its 11th week. The song is vying to become Train's third top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #10 (125K)…Calvin Harris' "Feel So Close" jumps from #18 to #15 in its seventh week. It's just one rung behind "We Found Love," Rihanna's chart-topping collabo with Harris, which drops from #12 to #14 in its 27th week…"The Motto" by Drake featuring Lil Wayne rebounds from #21 to #17 in its 19th week. The song has climbed as high as #15…Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" jumps from #23 to #18 in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #9 (138K).
The Hunger Games enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week. It's the first multi-artist soundtrack to top the chart since October 2009, when The Twilight Saga: New Moon achieved the feat. You already know that if you read Chart Watch: Albums. If you missed it, here's a link.
Karmin's "Brokenhearted" jumps from #60 to #52 in its third week...Beyonce's "Love On Top" drops from #48 to #54 in its 19th week. The song holds at #1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth straight week. R&B radio is supporting one of its core stars, even though pop radio didn't fully embrace any of the songs from this album...Luke Bryan's "Drunk On You" jumps from #69 to #60 in its fourth week. It's from Bryan's album Tailgates & Tanlines, which is in its fourth week at #1 on Hot Country Albums…Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" jumps from #74 to #65 in its second week.
Alex Clare's "Too Close" bows at #68. Clare is a British singer/songwriter. The electro-pop song is featured in a commercial for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9…"Magic" by Future featuring T.I. jumps from #79 to #71 in its fourth week. It's vying to become the fifth song titled "Magic" to make the top 40, following hits by Pilot (#5 in 1975), Olivia Newton-John (#1 in 1980), The Cars (#12 in 1984) and B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo (#10 in 2010). (Good songs, all.)
Zac Brown Band's "No Hurry" jumps from #89 to #79 in its third week..."Do It Like You" by Diggy featuring Jeremih jumps from #88 to #80. Diggy's album, Unexpected Arrival, opens at #13 this week…Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" jumps from #91 to #82 in its second week.
"Dance (A$$)" by Big Sean featuring Nicki Minaj tops the 2 million mark in digital sales.
Two more songs top the 1 million mark in digital sales this week: "Ass Back Home" by Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch and AWOLNATION's "Sail." The latter song peaked at #82 on the Hot 100, a low position for a million-seller.
- Katy Perry
- Nicki Minaj