As previously reported, Pitbull and Ke$ha rule the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber" and Lorde and Bastille soar into the chart's top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week?
-- Beyonce: In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. (On the Hot 100, it rises 16-12.) The song becomes the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart's fastest-rising topper in nearly five years, since Jamie Foxx's "Blame It," featuring T-Pain, also needed just six frames to reach the summit (Feb. 21, 2009); it went on to spend 14 weeks at No. 1.
-- Jason Derulo: "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, rockets 29-15 on the Hot 100 with dual top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors. It blasts 18-6 on Digital Songs with 148,000 downloads sold (up 83%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and 28-17 on Streaming Songs (2.6 million U.S. streams, up 33%, according to Nielsen BDS). It also enters Radio Songs at No. 48 (26 million, up 67%, according to BDS).
The track has been boosted by the buzz of its "Celebrities Talkin' Dirty" trailer video, in which artists including Robin Thicke, Flo Rida and Ariana Grande endorse it.
-- Aloe Blacc: "The Man" flies 24-17 on the Hot 100, surging 7-4 on Digital Songs (165,000, up 19%). Eighty-five percent of its Hot 100 points are via sales, fueled heavily by its synch in Beats by Dre TV spots (which are scheduled to run through April).
Also of note: thanks to the sample of Elton John's "Your Song" (a No. 8 Hot 100 hit in 1971), John and writing partner Bernie Taupin notch their first top 20 Hot 100 placements as writers since the former's "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" spent 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1997-98.
-- Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION: Here's this week's update, as the acts continue their long stays on the Hot 100. Logging its 73rd week, the former's "Radioactive" (No. 41) is now three frames from tying for the Hot 100's longest-charting hit, a mark held by Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" (76 weeks, 2008-09). AWOLNATION's "Sail" (No. 47) also remains in the running for the record, as it tallies its 71st week on the ranking, the chart's third-longest stay. (With descending songs removed from the Hot 100 below No. 50, however, hopes for "Sail" to make history could be sunk possibly as soon as next week.)
-- Demi Lovato: She rides remixes from Jump Smokers, Betty Who and Tracy Young, among others, to elevate to No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with "Neon Lights" (2-1). It's her second No. 1 in two tries: last summer, Lovato hit the top with "Heart Attack." On the Hot 100, the song climbs 78-70.
-- Cash Cash: The New Jersey group makes its first Hot 100 appearance after remixing for acts including Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars, as "Take Me Home," featuring Bebe Rexha, enters at No. 94. The cut rises to a new peak on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (10-9) with Airplay Gainer honors.
-- Hillsong United: With "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" enjoying popularity in mega-churches, the worship song debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 99. As it tops Hot Christian Songs for a ninth week, it also makes chart history: it's the first song in the former tally's 10-year archives to reach the Hot 100. Notably, Hot Christian Songs switched from an airplay-based methodology to an airplay/sales/streaming hybrid formula as of the Dec. 7, 2013, chart week; related to the change, "Oceans" sports 81% of its Hot 100 points from sales (54%) and streaming (27%).
-- Florida Georgia Line: At No. 40 on Hot Country Songs, the duo debuts with a cover of "Friends in Low Places," which concurrently starts on Country Digital Songs at No. 25 (17,000 downloads sold). The song appears on the twosome's "iTunes Sessions," which enters Top Country Albums at No. 11 (5,000). Both Mark Chesnutt and Garth Brooks recorded the song 24 years ago: Chesnutt on his 1990 debut "Too Cold at Home" and Brooks on his sophomore set "No Fences"; the latter version famously spent four weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in 1990.
-- Avenged Sevenfold: The band scores its third No. 1 on Mainstream Rock with "Shepherd of Fire" (2-1). The group previously led with "So Far Away" (three weeks at No. 1, 2011) and "Hail to the King" (11 weeks, 2013).
-- Elvis Crespo: He earns his 10th No. 1 on Tropical Airplay as "Sopa de Caracol-Yupi," featuring Pitbull, vaults 14-1. The song appears on Crespo's new album "One Flag," which reached a No. 7 peak on the Tropical Albums chart last week.
-- Daddy Yankee: The reggaeton icon steps 2-1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with "La Nueva y La Ex," becoming his 11th title to rule the chart. It also hops 12-10 on Hot Latin Songs, granting Yankee his 14th top 10 on the ranking.
Additional reporting by William Gruger, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez
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