With all that going for it, “Thrift Shop” really should be #1 on the Hot 100 as well. Instead, it holds at #2 for the fourth week behind Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” The reason, of course, is that Billboard altered its chart formula three weeks ago to incorporate YouTube streaming activity. “Harlem Shake” is #1 on Streaming Songs, with 48 million streams this week. That’s a little more than five times as many as second-ranked “Thrift Shop” (9.2 million streams). Still, the streaming tally for “Harlem Shake” is down from its peak. The song amassed 54 million streams last week and 98 million the week before.
Still, it’s hard not to think that the YouTube factor is being over-weighted. Consider these facts:
“Harlem Shake” lost 11% of its overall Hot 100 chart points this week, which was a bigger drop-off than “Thrift Shop,” which lost 4% of its overall points. Still, don’t expect an immediate reversal of their positions. Trust reports that “Harlem Shake” still has a two-to-one lead over “Thrift Shop” in overall points. (The margin had been about 3-1/2 to one in each of the first two weeks that “Harlem Shake” topped the Hot 100.)
“Thrift Shop” is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the ninth week. “Harlem Shake” is #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the fourth week. “Harlem Shake” also tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. (By comparison, “Thrift Shop” tops the 4.5 million mark this week.)
One area where I’m sure Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will beat Baauer is in coming up with a bigger follow-up single. The duo’s “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) leaps from #65 to #40 in its fifth week.
Five other songs have spent their first four weeks at #1: “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (which spent its first 16 weeks at #1), “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 (which spent its first 11 weeks at #1), Carey’s “Fantasy” (which spent its first eight weeks at #1), Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (which spent its first six weeks at #1) and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (which spent its first four weeks at #1).
“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z rebounds from #8 to #5 in the wake of Timberlake’s high-rated and widely-praised turn as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. This marks the song’s first appearance in the top five since it shot from #84 to #4 seven weeks ago. Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, is a lock to debut at #1 in two weeks. First-week sales may hit 600K.
Timberlake’s “Mirrors” rebounds from #97 to #77 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #24. In addition, the song holds at #1 for the second week on The Official U.K. Singles Chart. It’s Timberlake’s second hit to have multiple weeks at #1 in the U.K. Madonna’s “4 Minutes,” on which he was featured, had four weeks on top in 2008.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” holds at #1 in its fourth week on the chart. Digital sales rank: #4 (186K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz holds at #2 for the fourth week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (306K)… Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” holds at #3 for the third week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (240K)…“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko rebounds from #5 to #4 in its fifth week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #3. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (236K)…“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z rebounds from #8 to #5 in its ninth week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #4. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (151K).
The Second Five: Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” drops from #4 to #6 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (94K)…Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” dips from #6 to #7 in its fifth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (128K)…“Scream & Shout” by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears dips from #7 to #8 its 15th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (104K)…“Love Me” by Lil Wayne featuring Drake and Future rebounds from #11 to #9 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (91K)…Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” dips from #9 to #10 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (83K).
“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera, jumps from #18 to #13 in its seventh week. It seems destined to become Pitbull’s eighth top 10 hit; Aguilera’s 10th. Digital sales rank: #7 (125K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” jumps from #20 to #17 in its 28th week. Digital sales rank: #9 (111K). It’s likely to surpass the #15 peak of the band’s “It’s Time,” which tops the 2 million mark this week.
Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” jumps from #29 to #25 in its ninth week. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the third week. Miranda Lambert, who is of course Shelton’s wife, may just be the artist to bump Shelton’s hit out of the #1 spot on the country chart. Her “Mama’s Broken Heart” jumps from #7 to #2 on Hot Country Songs (and from #51 to #38 on the Hot 100).
“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #68 to #54 in its sixth week…Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” jumps from #69 to #56 in its fifth week.…Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me” jumps from #73 to #65 in its third week… “Power Trip” by J. Cole featuring Miguel jumps from #80 to #70 in its fourth week.
Tamar Braxton’s “Love And War” jumps from #95 to #80 in its seventh week. The song has climbed as high as #57… “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift re-enters the chart at #84. The song has climbed as high as #59…Hadouken!’s “Levitate” jumps from #99 to #90 in its second week.
“Show Out” by Juicy J featuring Young Jeezy & Big Sean debuts at #98. It’s from Juicy J’s upcoming third studio album, Stay Trippy…“Karate Chop” by Future featuring Lil Wayne re-enters the chart at #99…Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” debuts at #100. The song is from his former top five album The World From The Side Of The Moon.
Kanye West’s 2007 smash “Stronger” tops the 5 million mark this week. West can be off-putting, but first-rate tracks like this are a reminder that he’s also a gifted artist.
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