I'm sure Rihanna can relate to the excitement that Lorde is experiencing. Rihanna was just 17 (the same age Lorde is now) when she landed her first smash, the #2-peaking "Pon De Replay."
In addition, there have been three cases where teen-aged group members remained at #1 for nine or more weeks. Wanya Morris, the youngest member of Boyz II Men, was 19 when "End Of The Road" spent 13 weeks on top in 1992. Jamie Jones, the youngest member of All-4-One, was 19 when "I Swear" spent 11 weeks on top in 1994. Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, the youngest members of Destiny's Child, were each 19 when "Independent Women (Part 1)" spent 11 weeks on top in late 2000 and early 2001.
Lorde's follow-up, "Team," jumps from #85 to #74 in its ninth week. The song has already climbed as high as #69.
OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" jumps from #6 to #4. This puts the group back in the top five for the first time since Timbaland's "Apologize" (on which it was featured) ended a 19-week run in the top five in early 2008. (That's what you call a smash.)
"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha jumps from #10 to #8. The zesty arrangement echoes Culture Club's 1984 smash "Karma Chameleon."
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #1 for the ninth week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (177K)…"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #2 for the third week in its fourth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (241K)…Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" holds at #3 for the third week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (89K)… OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" jumps from #6 to #4 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (167K)…Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" dips from #4 to #5 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (101K).
The Second Five: Imagine Dragons' "Demons" jumps from #7 to #6 in its 31st week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (124K)… Katy Perry’s "Roar" drops from #5 to #7 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (99K)… "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha jumps from #10 to #8 in its seventh week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #4 (166K)…"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan dips from #8 to #9 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (61K)…Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #11 to #10 in its 17th week in the top 10. This is his first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #7 (117K).
Lady Gaga’s "Applause" drops from #9 to #14, ending a 14-week run in the top 10.
"White Walls" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring ScHoolboy Q & Hollis jumps from #31 to #23 in its 10th week…Rihanna's "What Now" leaps from #39 to #25 in its fifth week…Sara Bareilles' "Brave" dips from #27 to #28 in its 24th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her third million-seller, following "Love Song" (3,647,000) and "King Of Anything" (1,468,000).
"We Were Us" by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert jumps from #33 to #30 in its 11th week. The song has already reached #26. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the third straight week. That's the longest run for a male/female collabo since "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson had three weeks on top in March 2011. (Both Clarkson and Urban, of course, have spent some time in the American Idol studio.)
Ellie Goulding's "Burn" leaps from #48 to #36 in its 12th week. The song spent three weeks at #1 on The U.K.'s Official Singles Chart over the summer.
Jay Z's "Tom Ford" jumps from #65 to #57 in its 20th week. (This song has probably been on the chart longer than some of the designer's clothes have stayed in fashion.) The song has climbed as high as #39.
Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" leaps from #84 to #61 in its third week. ..Swindell Cole's "Chillin' It" jumps from #78 to #62 in its sixth week…Zac Brown Band's "Sweet Annie" jumps from #74 to #65 in its sixth week…Eric Paslay's "Friday Night" jumps from #82 to #71 in its sixth week…Martin Garrix's "Animals" jumps from #83 to #72 in its 10th week. The song reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart last week.
Kanye West's "Bound 2" debuts at #73. It's the third song from Yeezus to crack the chart. "Black Skinhead" reached #69. "Blood On The Leaves" hit #89. The sexy video, featuring West and his fiancée, Kim Kardashian, has created a stir (as has a funny parody of the video by James Franco and Seth Rogen).
Daughtry's "Waiting For Superman" jumps from #100 to #83 in its third week. The song has climbed as high as #70…John Newman's "Love Me Again" debuts at #85. The song reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart in September. It's from Newman's album Tribute, which also reached #1 in the U.K.
"Up Down (Do This All Day)" by T-Pain featuring B.o.B debuts at #95. As the title suggests, the song is a bluesy lament about the monotonous life of an elevator operator. It will appear on T-Pain's upcoming fifth studio album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, which is due early next year.
Lana Del Rey's "Young And Beautiful" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her second million-seller. "Summertime Sadness" (featuring Cedric Gervais) has sold 1,861,000 copies.
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