Next week, another power woman is likely to debut in the top 10. That's Taylor Swift, whose "Sweeter Than Fiction" from the movie One Chance is vying to become her 12th song to enter the Hot 100 in the top 10. No male artist has had anywhere near that many "top 10 debuts." (More on that in a minute.)
"Royals" moves up to #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, which measures radio airplay across all genres. It displaces "Roar," which had been on top the past four weeks. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this marks the first time that a female artist's first entry has reached #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart since Ellie Goulding's "Lights" headed the chart for five weeks in August and September 2012.
Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #4 for the third week. It's #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the seventh week.
"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan holds at #5 for the third week. It's #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth week.
(Eminem's last album, Recovery, yielded its second top 10 hit, "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna," the same week the album debuted at #1.)
"Rap God" is the first song that begins with the word "rap" to crack the top 10. Unless you want to count The Jaggerz' "The Rapper" (#2 in 1970) and Blondie's "Rapture" (#1 in 1981).
"Rap God" enters Rap Songs at #1, displacing "Holy Grail" by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake, which had held the top spot for 11 weeks.
Speaking of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the duo this week becomes just the second act in digital history to sell 4 million copies of two different songs in a calendar year. The hip-hop pair's "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) has sold 5,999,000 copies in 2013. Its follow-up, "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton) has sold 4,016,000. The only other act to sell 4M copies of two songs in a calendar year is the Black Eyed Peas, which scored in 2009 with "Boom Boom Pow" (4,762,000 sold in that calendar year) and "I Gotta Feeling" (4,426,000).
One more note on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The duo's current hit, "White Walls" (featuring ScHoolboy Q & Hollis) jumps from #71 to #62 in its fifth week.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 16th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (256K)… Katy Perry’s "Roar" rebounds from #3 to #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (189K)…Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" dips from #2 to #3 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (165K)…Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #4 for the third week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (184K)…"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan holds at #5 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (107K)
The Second Five: Ylvis' "The Fox" holds at #6 for the third week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (104K)….Eminem's "Rap God" debuts at #7 (270K). It's his 16th top 10 hit…"Holy Grail" by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake dips from #7 to #8 in its 15th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #12 (85K)…Lady Gaga’s "Applause" dips from #8 to #9 in its 10th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #10 (89K)…"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips from #9 to #10 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #23 (56K).
"Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais dips from #10 to #11 in its 15th week, ending an eight-week run in the top 10.
Justin Bieber's "All That Matters" is the week's second highest new entry at #24. Digital sales rank: #6 (127K)…Alison Gold's novelty song "Chinese Food" debuts at #29. Lamest novelty hit ever? Oh, they'll be an even lamer one next week. Here's an apt comment I came across at YouTube: "She is trying way too hard to be the next Rebecca Black."
"Stay The Night" by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams jumps from #79 to #69 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #51…David Nail's "Whatever She's Got" jumps from #85 to #76 in its third week…Gavin DeGraw's "Best I Ever Had" re-enters the chart at #77. This is its fourth week on the chart.
Jake Owen's "Days Of Gold" jumps from #91 to #83 in its second week…Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" debuts at #85. It's from Here's To The Good Times, which spent eight weeks at #1 on Top Country Albums.
The next three entries are all from hit country crossover albums. Zac Brown Band's "Sweet Annie" debuts at #94. It's from Uncaged…Darius Rucker's "Radio" debuts at #96. It's from True Believers…The Band Perry's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" debuts at #97. It's from Pioneer…Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It" debuts at #98. He's country, too.
"Collard Greens" by ScHoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar debuts at #99. It's from ScHoolboy Q's third studio album, Oxymoron, which is due in January. (Between "Chinese Food" and "Collard Greens," I'm getting hungry.)
Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales. It's one of 10 songs to sell that many copies so far in 2013. As a lead artist, Timberlake has had just one bigger seller, "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland), which has sold 4,340,000 copies.
The Animals' 1964 classic "The House Of The Rising Sun" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. The song was performed by a contestant on The Voice, which helped put the original on Hot Digital Songs for the first time.
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