(If you combine group and solo work, Diana Ross is tied with Carey with 18 #1 hits. Ross had 12 #1 hits with the Supremes and has had six in her solo career. Also, if you combine group and solo work, Beyonce has nine #1s. She had four with Destiny’s Child and has had five as a solo artist.)
“Roar” is Perry’s seventh #1 of this decade. Since January 2010, only two artists have had seven #1 hits. Rihanna is the other.
“Roar” is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third straight week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. “Roar” sold 448K copies this week. It’s only the third song by a female lead artist to top 400K in weekly sales twice. The first two were Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.
“Thrift Shop” and “Blurred Lines” are both blockbuster hits, no doubt about it. And both have R&B influence and shading. But are they really two of the biggest R&B hits of all time—or just two blockbuster hits that happen to have R&B content? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Thicke’s follow-up, “Give It 2 U” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) vaults from #83 to #25 in its second week.
“Berserk” is Eminem’s sixth song to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that only two other artists have had as many songs enter the Hot 100 in the top 10. Taylor Swift has had 11. Lil Wayne has also had six.
“Berserk” sold 362K copies this week, a tally Eminem has reached twice before. “Crack A Bottle,” his 2009 collabo with Dr. Dre & 50 Cent, sold 418K in its first week. “Not Afraid,” his 2010 solo smash, sold 379K in its first week.
“Berserk,” which enters Rap Songs at #1, is the first single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is due Nov. 5.
Lady Gaga’s “Applause” drops from #4 to #6. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the third week.
Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) has already made chart history as the first female “lead artist” to reach #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart since Tracy Bonham scored in June 1996 with “Mother Mother.”
Lorde’s first full length album, Pure Heroine, is due Sept. 30, which (not coincidentally) is the last day of eligibility for next year’s Grammy Awards. Lorde has a very good chance of making the finals for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. (She co-wrote “Royals” with the hit’s producer, Joel Little.)
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” drops from #5 to #9. This is its 20th week in the top 10; its 24th week at #1 on Rock Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Katy Perry’s “Roar” jumps from #2 to #1 in its fourth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (448K)…“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips from #1 to #2 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (244K)… Eminem’s “Berzerk” debuts at #3. It’s his 15th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (362K)…Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” dips from #3 to #4 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (157K)…“Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake rebounds from #6 to #5 in its eighth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #7 (170K).
The Second Five: Lady Gaga’s “Applause” drops from #4 to #6 in its third week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (213K)… Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” holds at #7 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (176K)…Lorde’s “Royals” jumps from #12 to #8 in its ninth week on the chart. It’s her first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #8 (167K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” drops from #5 to #9 in its 53rd week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (92K)…“Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais dips from #9 to #10 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (129K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” drops from its #8 peak to #11. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams drops from #10 to #15. It peaked at #2.
Justin Timberlake lands his 22nd top 30 hit as a solo artist as “Take Back The Night” jumps from #44 to #29 in its eighth week…“Beware” by Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko jumps from #48 to #38 in its sixth week.
“Oh Sweet Lorraine” by Green Shoe Studio featuring Jacob Colgan and Fred Stobaugh is the week’s second highest new entry at #42. This is the song that was created out of a poem written by Stobaugh, a 96-year old widower in Peoria, Ill. Lorraine was his wife of 73 years, who died in April. Colgan set the poem to music. The human interest story has brought heavy TV and Web exposure to the song.
Lana Del Rey’s “Young And Beautiful” rebounds from #80 to #66 in its 17th week. The song has climbed as high as #22…Selena Gomez’s “Slow Down” jumps from #94 to #81 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #66…“Loco” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Romeo Santos debuts at #87…Kanye West’s “Blood On The Leaves” re-enters the chart at #89. The song borrows the haunting lynching imagery of Billie Holiday’s 1939 classic “Strange Fruit.” It samples Nina Simone’s 1965 cover version of that song.
“Bounce It” by Juicy J featuring Wake & Trey Songz debuts at #96. It’s from Stay Trippy, which enters The Billboard 200 at #4…Joe Nichols’ “Sunny And 75” debuts at #98. It’s from Nichols’ seventh major-label studio album Crickets, which is due Oct. 8…Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #53. The song has ranked #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart for three weeks.
J. Dash’s “Wop” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales his week.
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