Chart Watch

Week Ending Aug. 11, 2013. Songs: Thicke Braces For Battle

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“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell logs its 10th week at #1 on the Hot 100. This ties “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris for the longest run at #1 in this young decade. The last single to spend more weeks on top was the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” which held tight for 14 weeks in 2009. But Thicke will face much stiffer competition for #1 next week: Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which enters the Hot 100 at #85 this week based on almost four days of airplay (but no sales or streaming) and Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” which will debut next week.

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“Roar” (which in almost four days racked up 40 million impressions from 258 stations) is the first single from Perry’s third studio album, Prism, which is due Oct. 22. “Applause” (which in two days had 16 million impressions via 210 stations) is the first single from Gaga’s third full-length studio album, ArtPop, which is due Nov. 11.

Early indications are that “Roar” will sell about 450K digital copies in its first week and that “Applause” will start with sales in the 200K-225K range.

If “Roar” soars from #85 to #1 on next week’s Hot 100, it will be the biggest positional leap to #1 since Kelly Clarkson’s “My World Would Suck Without You” vaulted from #97 to #1 in January 2009.

Of course, Thicke could hold on for an 11th week on top. To be sure, “Blurred Lines” is still going strong, as these facts attest.

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“Blurred Lines” broke its own record, set just last week, for the most all-format “audience impressions” in Nielsen BDS history (which dates to 1990). The song had 227.5 million impressions, up from 219.8 million last week. (Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” had previously held the record, with 212.2 million impressions on the chart dated July 9, 2005.)

“Blurred Lines” also becomes the first song in digital history to top 300K in weekly sales 10 times. It sold 346K digital copies this week. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz topped 300K nine times.

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“Blurred Lines” is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the 10th week, which ties “Thrift Shop” for the longest run on top so far this year. Only three other songs have spent 10 or more weeks at #1 since Hot Digital Songs was introduced in October 2004. “Low” by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain reigned for 13 weeks. The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling” each had 10 weeks on top.

“Blurred Lines” is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 10th week.

The entire top 10 stayed in place this week, which is an extremely rare occurrence.

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Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” logs its third non-consecutive week at #2, which equals the performance of her 2009 smash “Party In The U.S.A.” “We Can’t Stop” is #1 on Streaming Songs for the eighth week. This puts it in a tie with Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” for the most weeks at #1 on this chart since it was introduced in January.

“We Can’t Stop” enters the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart at #1, displacing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” It’s Cyrus’ first hit to reach #1 (or even the top 10) in the U.K. Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus, reached #3 in the U.K. (and #4 in the U.S.) with “Achy Breaky Heart.” Her brother, Trace Cyrus reached #6 in the U.K. (and #10 in the U.S.) with Metro Station’s “Shake It.” (He’s the group’s guitarist.)

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Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” logs its fourth non-consecutive week at #3. It has ranked #3 or #4 for nine straight weeks. The song is #1 on Rock Songs for a record-breaking 21st week. Foo Fighters’ Rope” set the old record of 20 weeks in 2011 (when the chart was solely airplay-based). “Radioactive” has been a much bigger “pop” hit. “Rope” stalled at #68 on the Hot 100.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (which also features Pharrell Williams) holds at #4. The song spent five weeks at #2. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a record-extending 13th week.

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“Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake holds at #5 on the Hot 100, a few months after “Suit & Tie” by Timberlake featuring Jay Z peaked at #3. This marks the first time in 30 years that two collaborating artists have had a pair of top five hits in the same calendar year in which they traded off lead and featured roles. “The Girl Is Mine” by Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney peaked at #2 in January 1983. “Say Say Say” by McCartney and Jackson hit #1 that December.

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These two artist pairings have a lot in common. Both are interracial musical pairings that team megastars from different musical realms. But Jay Z and Timberlake seem much more like peers than McCartney and Jackson did. Jay Z is 11 years older than Timberlake (though the age gap seems smaller than that); McCartney was 16 years older than Jackson (though the age gap seemed larger than that). The dynamic there seemed inter-generational—the most popular member of the most famous act of the 1960s joining forces with the top act of the 1980s.

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Jackson wrote “The Girl Is Mine” (though the winsome tune sounds more like McCartney). The two stars collaborated on “Say Say Say.” Jay Z and Timberlake were among the writers of both songs.

All four of these songs were the lead singles from the artists’ albums. “The Girl Is Mine” was the lead single from Jackson’s opus Thriller. “Say Say Say” was the lead single from McCartney’s Pipes Of Peace. “Suit & Tie” was the lead single from Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience. “Holy Grail” is the lead single from Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Three of these four albums reached #1 on The Billboard 200. The exception was Pipes Of Peace, which peaked at #15—even with that blockbuster lead single.

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Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” holds at #6 for the second week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.

Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” holds at #9. The irresistable song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the second song with that title (give or take an ampersand) to become a digital million-seller. “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift with the Civil Wars has sold 1,615,000 copies.

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Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” holds at #10. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the fourth million-seller from Overexposed, which equals the number of digital million-sellers the group pulled from their breakthrough album, Songs About Jane.

Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell holds at #1 for the 10th week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (346K)…Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” holds at #2 for the third non-consecutive week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (158K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at #3 for the fourth non-consecutive week in its 50th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (132K)…“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams holds at #4 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (113K)… “Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake holds at #5 for the second week in its fifth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #2 (166K).

The Second Five: Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” holds at #6 for the second week in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (114K)….Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” holds at #7 for the second week in its 13rd week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (89K)…“Clarity” by Zedd featuring Foxes holds at #8 for the second week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (77K)…Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” holds at #9 for the second week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (99K)…Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” holds at #10 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #18 (77K).

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“Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert holds at #11 for the fourth non-consecutive week in its 22nd week…Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” jumps from #17 to #15 in its seventh week. Digital sales rank: #6 (113K). The song spent three weeks at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart. The song is vying to become the third top 10 hit with a title starting with “Wake Me Up.” The first was Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” The second: Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

Lana Del Rey lands her first top 20 hit as “Summertime Sadness,” her collabo with Cedric Gervais, jumps from #23 to #16 in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #9 (101K). (A dance remix of the song, which was produced by Gervais, accounted for 64% of the song’s sales this week.) “Young & Beautiful,” from The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film, peaked at #22 earlier this year. The song re-enters the chart at #95.

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“Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake featuring Majid Jordan is this week’s top new entry at #21. It’s vying to become Drake’s 13th top 10 hit; his seventh as a lead artist. Digital sales rank: #8 (109K). The song is from Drake’s third studio album, Nothing Was The Same, which is due Sept. 17.

Lorde’s “Royals” leaps from #39 to #24 in its sixth week. The song reaches #1 on Hot Alternative Songs this week. It’s the first song by a female solo artist (in the lead position) to reach #1 since Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother” scored in June 1996. (That song reached #32 on the Hot 100.)

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Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” rebounds from #28 to #27 in its 18th week. The song has climbed as high as #18. Bryan’s album of the same name will enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 495K range.

“Gas Pedal” by Sage The Gemini featuring IamSu jumps from #46 to #32 in its third week… “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun!” by The FiNATTiCZ jumps from #51 to #40 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #35…Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” jumps from #55 to #47 in its sixth week… “Bubble Butt” by Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic jumps from #83 to #56 in its ninth week…Paramore’s “Still Into You” jumps from #68 to #57 in its fifth week.

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Mumford & Sons’ “Hopeless Wanderer” is the week’s second highest new entry at #59. The song is from the Grammy-winning Babel. Actors Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Ed Helms and Will Forte play the band members in the well-received video.

“Headband” by B.o.B featuring 2Chainz jumps from #72 to #64 in its ninth week…Justin Moore’s “Point At You” jumps from #73 to #65 in its 11th week…Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” jumps from #70 to #66 in its ninth week. The song has climbed as high as #61. This may well have a big spike next week due to the flood of media reports on similarities of this song to Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

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“Feds Watching” by 2 Chainz featuring Pharrell jumps from #75 to #67 in its sixth week… “True Love” by P!nk featuring Lily Allen jumps from #85 to #69 in its second week… “Type Of Way” by Rich Homie Quan jumps from #80 to #70 in its fourth week…Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” jumps from #100 to #75 in its second week… “Beware” by Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko jumps from #94 to #79 in its third week.

Fifth Harmony’s “Miss Movin’ On” re-enters the chart at #83…“Right There” by Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean debuts at #84. It’s from Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly, which is due Aug. 30…Passenger’s “Let Her Go” jumps from #95 to #86 in its second week…Demi Lovato’s “Made In The USA” re-enters the chart at #89. The song has climbed as high as #80…Taylor Swift’s “Red” re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #6.

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R.I.P. Eydie Gorme had a top 10 hit in 1963 with the zesty “Blame It On The Bossa Nova,” which was written by Brill Building masters Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. Four years later, Gorme pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Grammy history. Her version of “If He Walked Into My Life” (from Broadway’s Mame) took Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. It beat out Barbra Streisand’s TV soundtrack, Color Me Barbra. (Streisand had won that award the three previous years, and seemed a lock to take it again.) Gorme died on Saturday. She was 84.

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