Chart Watch (NEW)

Week Ending July 21, 2013. Songs: Dancing With Miley

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Miley Cyrus’ rather risqué “We Can’t Stop” moves up from #3 to #2 on the Hot 100, matching the peak position of her wholesome 2009 smash “Party In The U.S.A.” As was the case in 2009, a monster hit is blocking Cyrus’ ascendancy to #1. Then it was the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” which was in the midst of a 14-week run at #1 when Cyrus’ hit spent its first two weeks at #2. Now, it’s “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which this week logs its seventh week at #1.

This is the fifth week in the top five for “We Can’t Stop.” “Party In The U.S.A.” logged 11 weeks in the top five.

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There had been some debate about whether Cyrus was singing “Dancing with Molly” (a slang term for ecstasy) or “Dancing with Miley.” Cyrus revealed this past week that she is indeed singing “Dancing with Molly.” (I think she should have left it open to interpretation. I guess she thinks a drug reference makes her look cool or “all-grown-up.” I’ll cut her some slack because, thanks to her Hannah Montana past, she had a particular need to prove the latter point.)

“We Can’t Stop” logs its fourth straight week at #2 on Hot Digital Songs. It has sold 1,311,000 copies to date.

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As noted, “Blurred Lines” tops the Hot 100 for the seventh week. That’s the longest run by any song since Maroon 5’s “One More Night” logged nine weeks on top last fall. “Blurred Lines” received 197.7 million all-format “audience impressions” this week, according to Nielsen BDS. That’s the second-highest weekly audience total since this measurement began in December 1990. It trails only Mariah Carey’s comeback hit “We Belong Together,” which rang up 212.2 million “audience impressions” in the week ending July 9, 2005. Will “Blurred Lines” topple Carey’s record next week? Stay tuned.

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“Blurred Lines” sold 340K digital copies this week. This is its seventh week with sales of more than 300K. Only two other songs in digital history have topped 300K in weekly sales seven or more times: “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae (seven weeks) and the aforementioned “Thrift Shop” (nine weeks). Will “Blurred Lines” equal or surpass the record set less than five months ago by “Thrift Shop”? Stay tuned.

“Blurred Lines” notches its seventh week at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Thicke’s personal best on the R&B chart is 11 weeks at #1 in 2007 with “Lost Without U.”

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Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” rebounds from #4 to #3 in its—get this—47th week on the chart. The song first reached #3 the week ending June 23. It’s #1 on Rock Songs for the 18th week.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (which also features Pharrell Williams) drops from #2 to #4. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a 10th week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the 16th song to sell 2 million or more copies in 2013.

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Bruno Mars lands his 10th top five hit as “Treasure” jumps from #8 to #5. Though I’m a big Mars fan, I thought this one was a little slight when I first heard it. Its charms have worn down my resistance. “Treasure” echoes such pop/soul/dance hits of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s as Heatwave’s “The Groove Line” and DeBarge’s “Rhythm Of The Night.”

“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly dips from #6 to #7. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the 21st week, which puts it in a four-way tie for the longest run at #1 in the chart’s history. The other songs to log 21 weeks on top are Eddy Arnold’s “I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms” (1947), Hank Snow’s “I’m Moving On” (1950) and Webb Pierce’s “In The Jailhouse Now” (1955).

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“Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake holds at #8 for the second week. As you probably know, seven Jay Z songs entered the chart last week. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that just four other artists have ever entered the chart with seven or more songs in one week. Eleven songs by David Cook debuted on June 7, 2008, following his American Idol victory. Ten songs by Taylor Swift debuted on Nov. 13, 2010, upon the release of Speak Now. Eight songs by Lil Wayne debuted on Sept. 17, 2011, upon the release of Tha Carter IV. Seven songs by Glee Cast debuted on both Oct. 23, 2010 and April 2, 2011, when that show was at its hit-making peak.

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Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” moves up from #10 to #9. Kendrick has received Oscar and Tony nominations in acting categories. Billboard’s Keith Caulfield notes that only one other performer has landed a top 10 hit on the Hot 100 and received Oscar and Tony nominations in acting categories. That’s entertainment legend Barbra Streisand. Four of Streisand’s 12 top 10 hits are from movies in which she starred. Kendrick’s song, too, is from a movie in which she starred. Streisand was last in the top 10 in January 1997—when Kendrick was 11.

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Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” dips from #9 to #10. This is its 15th week in the top 10, which enables it to surpass Timberlake’s 2006 hit “My Love” (featuring T.I.) as his longest-running top 10 hit to date.

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

The Top Five: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell holds at #1 for the seventh week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (340K)… Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” jumps from #3 to #2 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (208K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” moves up from #4 to #3 in its 47th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (173K)… “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams drops from #2 to #4 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (132K)… Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” jumps from #7 to #5 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (116K)

The Second Five: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton dips from #5 to #6 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (97K)…“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly dips from #6 to #7 in its 42nd week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (138K)…“Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake holds at #8 in its second week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #4 (166K)…Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #10 to #9 in its 30th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (122K)….Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” dips from #9 to #10 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (71K).

Nothing moved in or out of the top 10 for the first time since June 16.

“Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert holds at #11 for the second week in its 19th week. Digital sales rank: #9 (111K)…Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” jumps from #14 to #12 in its ninth week. It’s vying to become the group’s eighth top 10 hit; its fourth from its current album, Overexposed.

In & Out Of Focus: “Clarity” by Zedd featuring Foxes holds at #13 for the third week in its 18th week. What are the odds that songs titled “Blurred Lines” and “Clarity” would be in the top 15 at the same time?...Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” jumps from #19 to #16 in its 12th week. This bright and brassy single could have been a hit in any decade.

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“U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Future & Rick Ross jumps from #29 to #20 in its 15th week...Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” jumps from #25 to #22 in its 15th week. The song tops the 1 million mark this week. It’s Hayes’ second million-seller. “Wanted” is up to 3,175,000, which makes it the 10th best-selling country song of the digital era…Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” jumps from #32 to #26 in tis 20th week…Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” jumps from #34 to #28 in its 11th week.

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The Finatticz’s “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun!” vaults from #88 to #35 in its second week…Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night” jumps from #47 to #39 in its second week…Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” leaps from #72 to #46 in its second week.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” jumps from #59 to #52 in its fourth week. The song debuts at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, sending “Blurred Lines” packing…Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” jumps from #62 to #55 in its ninth week.

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Danielle Bradbery’s “The Heart Of Dixie” is the week’s top new entry at #58. Bradbery was the winner of Season 4 of The Voice….Sage The Gemini’s “Red Nose” is the week’s second highest new entry at #62…Lorde’s “Royals” jumps from #74 to #63 in its third week…Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” jumps from #75 to #65 in its sixth week….Austin Mahone’s “What About Love” jumps from #73 to #66 in its sixth week.

“Miss Jackson” by Panic! At The Disco featuring Lolo debuts at #68. This is from the group’s fourth studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, which is due Oct. 8…French Montana’s “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” jumps from #76 to #69 in its fifth week…Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” jumps from #82 to #71 in its sixth week. Bareilles’ Blessed Unrest enters The Billboard 200 at #2 this week.

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Karmin’s “Acapella” jumps from #98 to #72 in its second week…Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” jumps from #90 to #77 in its third week…Demi Lovato’s “Made In The USA” debuts at #80. It’s from her fourth studio album, Demi, which came out in May.… Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” debuts at #83. This is the title song from the band’s sixth studio album, which is due Aug. 27…. Fifth Harmony’s “Miss Movin’ On” debuts at #85. The all-female quintet finished third on Season 2 of The X Factor. The group’s name echoes the 5th Dimension, one of the premier vocal groups of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

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“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande jumps from #96 to #86 in its sixth week…The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” jumps from #97 to #89 in its sixth week. A group called The Neighborhood (without the “u”) reached the top 30 in 1970 with a cover version of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” It beat out a version by Mitchell herself (!), which charted a month after the cover version.

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John Mayer’s “Wildfire” debuts at #91. This is expected to be on Mayer’s sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, which is due Aug. 13…. “Headband” by B.o.B featuring 2 Chainz jumps from #99 to #92 in its sixth week…Chris Young’s “Aw Naw” debuts at #97. It’s from the country star’s fourth studio album, A.M., which is due Sept. 17…Rich Homie Quan’s “Type Of Way” debuts at #98. That’s a nickname for Dequantes Lamar, a 23-year old Atlanta rapper…Paramore’s “Still Into You” re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #83.

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Eminem this week becomes the first male solo artist to amass three 5-million-selling digital hits. He accomplishes the feat as his 2010 smash “Not Afraid” tops the 5 million mark. It follows “Love The Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna, 5,939,000) and “Lose Yourself” (5,555,000). Only two other artists have had three or more 5-million-selling digital hits. Katy Perry leads the pack with four. Lady Gaga has also had three.

Both “Not Afraid” and “Love The Way You Lie” are from Eminem’s 2010 album Recovery. That’s one of seven albums to spawn two or more 5 million-sellers. The others are Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream (which is the only album to spawn three 5-million-sellers), the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D., Adele’s 21, LMFAO’s Sorry For Party Rocking, Lady Gaga’s The Fame and Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops And Hooligans.

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Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” tops the 3 million mark this week. It’s her second 3-million-seller. “Jar Of Hearts” is up to 3,576,000. Perri recorded “A Thousand Years” for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 soundtrack.

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