"Applause" was released just a week after Perry's "Roar," which has sold more than twice as many copies (3,632,000 compared to 1,690,000). "Applause" has probably suffered by comparison. Both songs are hits. It's just that one is a big hit and the other is a monster hit.
Here's something that may surprise you: "Dope" sold just 31K copies this week (and ranks #60 on Hot Digital Songs), while "Applause" sold just 4K copies this week (and isn't listed at all on the 200-deep Hot Digital Songs chart) How can this be? The songs' sales sank this week because many fans opted to take advantage of iTunes' Complete My Album program. When they do that, their earlier song purchases are deducted from the songs' current week totals. ("Applause" had been selling about 80K a week the past two weeks.)
Another Gaga song, "Do What U Want" (featuring R. Kelly) rebounds from #58 to #48 in its third week. The song has climbed as high as #13.
"The Monster" leaps from #31 to #12 on the Radio Songs chart, which measures airplay across all formats. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that this is Eminem's highest ranking on that chart since his previous collabo with Rihanna, "Love The Way You Lie." A coincidence? I don't think so. I think I could have a hit if I got Rihanna to sing on it.
Eminem has four other songs on this week's Hot 100. "Rap God" rebounds from #17 to #13, "Berzerk" drops from #15 to #19, Survival" drops from #16 to #31 and "Beautiful Pain" (featuring Sia) debuts at #99.
OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" jumps from #9 to #7. It's the group's highest-charting single since Timbaland's "Apologize" (on which it was featured) spent four weeks at #2 in late 2007. It has climbed higher than "Good Life," which reached #9 in July 2011.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #1 for the seventh week in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (186K)…"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna jumps from #3 to #2 in its second week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (150K)…Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" dips from #2 to #3 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (121K)…Katy Perry’s "Roar" holds at #4 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (136K)… Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #5 for the second week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (126K).
The Second Five: "Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan rebounds from #7 to #6 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (78K)… OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" jumps from #9 to #7 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (152K)…Lady Gaga's "Dope" is the week's highest new entry at #8. It's her 13th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #60 (31K)…Imagine Dragons' "Demons" dips from #8 to #9 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (110K)… Lady Gaga’s "Applause" holds at #10 for the second week in its 13th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: not charted (4K).
Passenger's "Let Her Go" holds at #12 for the second week in its 15th week. Passenger is the stage name of British singer-songwriter Michael David Rosenberg. Digital sales rank: #9 (118K)…"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha vaults from #20 to #15 in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #8 (119K).
Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" jumps from #25 to #21 in its third week.
The Neighborhood's "Sweater Weather" jumps from #33 to #29 in its 22nd week…Taylor Swift's "Red" vaults from #76 to #32 in its 19th week. The song has already climbed as high as #6…"Stay The Night" by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams jumps from #51 to #34 in its eighth week.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis land their fourth top 40 hit as "White Walls" (featuring ScHoolboy Q & Hollis) jumps from #49 to #39 in its eighth week…Tim McGraw's "Southern Girl" jumps from #52 to #42 in its 16th week.
Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" jumps from #62 to #47 in its fourth week…Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rebounds from #95 to #51 in its third week. This puts it right back where it debuted two weeks ago.
Justin Bieber's "Bad Day" debuts at #53. It's the fifth in his Music Mondays series. Next up: "All Bad." (Seriously.)…Cassadee Pope's "Wasting All These Tears" jumps from #69 to #60 in its 10th week…The Band Perry's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" jumps from #81 to #67 in its fourth week.
Britney Spears' "Perfume" debuts at #76. It's from her eighth studio album Britney Jean, which is due Nov. 29. The first single from the album, "Work B**ch!," peaked at #12.
Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" debuts at #79. It's from Crash My Party…Lady Antebellum's "Compass" debuts at #87. The song will be on a deluxe reissue of their fourth studio album Golden…"Everybody's Got Somebody But Me" by Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz debuts at #91. It's from Hunter Hayes: Encore Edition…"Let Me Go" by Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #78.
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