"Live While We're Young" is One Direction's highest-charting hit to date, surpassing its breakthrough smash "What Makes You Beautiful," which peaked at #4 in April. It's vying to become the first song by a boy band to top the Hot 100 since *NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" headed that chart for two weeks in the summer of 2000.
"Live While We're Young" enters Hot Digital Songs at #1. It's the first song by a boy band to top the digital chart (which originated in June 2003, two months after the opening of the iTunes store). "Live Like We're Young" sold 341K copies in its first week. That's the biggest one-week sales tally for a song by a boy band in digital history. The old record was held by "What Makes You Beautiful," which sold 294K copies in the week ending April 8. (Such boy-band blockbusters as *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" and Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" were released before the advent of the digital age.)
"Live While We're Young" is one of three songs to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10 this week. Taylor Swift's "Red" debuts at #6. Adele's "Skyfall" bows at #8. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this is only the second time that three songs have debuted inside the top 10 in the same week. It happened for the first time in March when Katy Perry's "Part Of Me" bowed at #1, Nicki Minaj's Starships" opened at #9 and Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music" debuted and peaked at #10.
And Swift isn't through yet. Yet another song from Red, the pop-leaning "I Knew You Were Trouble," is expected to make a big splash on the Hot 100 next week.
This isn't the first time that a Swift song has logged just a single frame in the top 10. Eight of her first 12 top 10 hits spent just one week in the top 10. Four of them spent just one week in the top 40 (!). (Those four: "Jump Then Fall," "Speak Now," "If This Was A Movie" and now "Begin Again," which might rebound.)
By contrast, "You Belong With Me" logged 16 weeks in the top 10. "Love Story" had 13 weeks. "We Are Never Ever…" is in its eighth week in the top 10. "Mine" had five. These are actual, bona-fide hits. Some of these others are pseudo hits. So what does it all mean? It means you have to take all statistics with a grain of salt.
Billboard revamped the formula for its genre charts to include digital sales and streaming data. This will work to the benefit of crossover artists such as Swift. Sure enough, "We Are Never Ever..." surges from #21 to #1 on Hot Country Songs. "Red" debuts at #2. "Begin Again" surges from #37 to #10. "We Are Never Ever," which had previously peaked at #13 on Hot Country Songs, when it measured only, you know, country airplay, is Swift's seventh #1 country hit. (I have a feeling this will stir a little conversation in Nashville.)
Here are the first six opening-titles Bond songs to reach the top 10, in chronological order: Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" (#8 in March 1965), Wings' "Live And Let Die" (#2 in August 1973), Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" (from The Spy Who Loved Me, #2 in October 1977), Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" (#4 in October 1981), Duran Duran's "A View To A Kill" (#1 in July 1985) and Madonna's "Die Another Day" (#8 in November 2002).
Shameless Plug: I'll have a great deal more to say on this subject in a Chart Watch Extra that will go up later today.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Maroon 5's "One More Night" 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: #5 (167K)…PSY's "Gangnam Style" holds at #2 for the third week in its fifth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (257K)…One Direction's "Live Like We're Young" debuts at #3. It's the boy band's second top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #1 (341K)….fun.'s "Some Nights" dips from #3 to #4 in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (129K)…Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" dips from #4 to #5 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (149K).
The Second Five: Taylor Swift's "Red" debuts at #6. It's Swift's 13th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (312K)…"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean dips from #6 to #7 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (84K)… Adele's "Skyfall" debuts at #8. It's her fourth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (261K)….P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" drops from #5 to #9 its 14th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #24 (62K)… Alex Clare's "Too Close" dips from #9 to #10 in its 28th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (102K).
Three songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Taylor Swift's "Begin Again" plunges from #7 to #52. Flo Rida's "Whistle" drops from #8 to #12. "Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen dips from #10 to #11.
Ke$ha's "Die Young" dips from #13 to a bulleted #14 in its second week…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" drops from #14 to a bulleted #16 in its 15th week…Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" leaps from #25 to #17 in its 10th week.
"Diamonds" surges from #66 to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. This is due to the change in methodology on Billboard's genre charts, which works to the benefit of crossover artists. (See Taylor Swift discussion above.) This is Rihanna's second #1 R&B hit, following 2008's "Take A Bow" (which was one of her most soulful vocal performances).
"Clique" by Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean jumps from #22 to #19 in its fifth week. The song has already climbed as high as #12…Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" jumps from #29 to #24 in its 14th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Underwood and Brad Paisley are set to co-host the CMA Awards on Nov. 1. It's their fifth straight year as co-hosts…Miguel's "Adorn" jumps from #31 to #27 in its 10th week.
Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" debuts at #78. This is from the country star's ninth studio album, Set You Free, which is due early next year….Greg Bates' "Did It For The Girl" jumps from #96 to #89 in its third week…Glee Cast's version of Coldplay's "Scientist" debuts at #91. Coldplay's song appeared on its 2000 album A Rush Of Blood To The Head. It has sold 1,512,000 digital copies.
"Hall Of Fame" by The Script featuring will.i.am re-enters the chart at #96. The song has already climbed as high as #87. This is from the band's third album, #3, which is expected to debut in the top 15 on next week's Billboard 200…"My Moment" by DJ Drama featuring 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Jeremih debuts at #99. It's from DJ Drama's album Quality Street Music, which enters The Billboard 200 at #15 this week…Randy Houser's "How Country Feels" debuts at #100.
Luke Bryan's "Drunk On You" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales. It's his second song to reach this plateau, following "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," which has sold 2,199,000 copies. Bryan is only the second male solo country artist to land two 2 million sellers. He follows Jason Aldean, who has had four.
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