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Week Ending March 31, 2013. Songs: “Thrift Shop” Sets First Quarter Record

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“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz sold 4,178,000 copies in the first quarter of 2013. That’s more, by far, than any song has sold in the first quarter of a calendar year in digital history. The old record was set last year, when “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae sold 2,753,000 copies in the first quarter.

“Thrift Shop” logs its sixth week at #1 on the Hot 100. That’s the longest run since Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” spent six weeks on top in December and January. It’s the longest run by an ongoing duo (not just a one-time collabo) since LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” (featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock) had six weeks on top in the summer of 2011.

“Thrift Shop” tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 12th week. That enables it to surpass Robin Thicke’s 2007 hit “Lost Without U” for the longest run at #1 by a white artist since the chart originated (as Harlem Hit Parade) in October 1942. (Mariah Carey, whose “We Belong Together” logged 14 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart in 2005, is biracial. Her father was of African American and Venezuelan descent. Her mother is of white Irish descent.)

Two other songs by the duo are moving up the Hot 100. “Can’t Hold Us” jumps from #27 to #15 in its eighth week. “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert) re-enters the chart at #93. The latter song has already climbed as high as #89.

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Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #4 to #2. It’s vying to become Mars’ fifth #1 hit; his fourth in a lead role. The song was selling for 69 cents in the iTunes store on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to boost its chances of hitting #1 next week. Will it make it? The song is a very big hit: It logs its second week at #1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. In addition, it tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.

On the other hand, it has a lot of ground to catch up. Billboard reports that “Thrift Shop” has a 25% lead over “When I Was Your Man” in overall Hot 100 points. (And “Thrift Shop” actually increased its lead over Mars’ hit slightly this week.)

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“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess jumps from #6 to #5 in its seventh week. It’s P!nk’s eighth song to reach the top five; Ruess’ third (following two hits with his group fun.) It’s the second top five hit from P!nk’s The Truth About Love album, following “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” Truth is P!nk’s first studio album to spin off two top five hits, though her hits compilation Greatest Hits….So Far!!! also did the trick (with “Raise Your Glass” and “F**kin’ Perfect.”)

In addition, “Just Give Me A Reason” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

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Imagine Dragons lands its first top 10 hit as “Radioactive” jumps from #15 to #7 in its 31st week. Billboard’s Gary Trust notes that only two songs have taken longer to finally break into the top 10. Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” took 38 weeks in 2006-2007. Creed’s Higher” took 36 weeks in 1999-2000.

Imagine Dragons’ breakthrough hit, “It’s Time,” reached #15 on the Hot 100 in January. “Radioactive,” which has a Coldplay vibe, logs its seventh week at #1 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart.

Incidentally, this is the fourth different song titled “Radioactive” to make the Hot 100. Other acts which have charted with songs titled “Radioactive” are The Firm (#28 in 1985), Kings Of Leon (#37 in 2010) and Gene Simmons (#47 in 1979).

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“The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller is this week’s top new entry at #10. This is from Grande’s upcoming debut album Daydreamin.’ Grande, 19, was featured on Mika’s “Popular Song,” which reached #79 on the Hot 100. Grande plays Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom, Victorious (which debuted in March 2010). She has climbed higher on the Hot 100 than star Victoria Justice, whose “Freak The Freak Out” reached #50 in 2010.

This is the first top 10 hit for Miller, whose 2011 debut album, Blue Slide Park, reached #1 on The Billboard 200. His previous six Hot 100 entries all peaked below #50. (His biggest was “Loud,” which hit #53 in 2012.)

This is the second song titled “The Way” to become a big hit. Fastball took a song with this title to #5 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1998.

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

The Top Five: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz logs its sixth week at #1 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (282K)…Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” jumps from #4 to #2 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (235K)… “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z holds at #3 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (183K)… Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” drops from #2 to #4 in its seventh week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #15 (101K)…“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess jumps from #6 to #5 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (286K).

The Second Five: “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko dips from #5 to #6 in its eighth week on the chart. The song has climbed as high as #3. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (229K)… Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” jumps from #15 to #7 in its 31st week on the chart. It’s the group’s first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (235K)…Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” dips from #7 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (112K)…“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera dips from #8 to #9 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (152K)…“The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller debuts at #10. It’s the first top 10 hit for both artists. Digital sales rank: #6 (219K).

Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. “Love Me” by Lil Wayne featuring Drake and Future drops from #9 to #14. Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” drops from #10 to #12, ending a 16-week run in the top 10. Swift’s song tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Swift’s third song to reach that level, following “Love Story” (5,538,000) and “You Belong With Me” (4,285,000). No other act with a large country base has had more than one 4-million-seller. (Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry have each had one.)

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Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” jumps from #13 to #11 in its seventh week…Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” jumps from #21 to #17 in its fifth week. The song has already climbed as high as #12…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #33 to #24 in its ninth week… Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” drops from #22 to #26 in its 34th week. The song peaked at #12. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the group’s second hit to reach this level. “Little Lion Man” has sold 2,336,000. (“The Cave” is in third place, with sales of 1,778,000)

Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” jumps from #28 to #27 in its eighth week. The song has already climbed as high as #26. The group’s follow-up, “The Phoenix,” debuts at #80. Both songs are from the group’s upcoming album Save Rock And Roll, which is due April 15.

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Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” jumps from #38 to #30 in its eighth week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs. It’s Rucker’s sixth #1 country hit. Rucker is the first African American to become a big country star since Charley Pride, who had 29 #1 country hits between 1969 and 1983.

Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” drops from #25 to #34 in its 12th week, which forces it out of the #1 spot on Hot Country Songs. But it may turn around on both charts next week. Songs often drop the week of the release of a big album, as fans take advantage of the “Complete My Album” feature in the iTunes store. Shelton’s follow-up, “Boys ’Round Here” (featuring Pistol Annies), is the week’s second highest new entry on the Hot 100 at #67. Pistol Annies is a female country trio which features Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert. The trio’s “Hell On Heels” reached #55 on the Hot 100 in 2011. Both of Shelton’s hits songs are from his album Based On A True Story…, which enters The Billboard 200 at #3 with first-week sales of 199K.

Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On” jumps from #49 to #42 in its 10th week… Muse’s “Madness” dips from #45 to #46 in its 28th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the band’s second million-seller. “Uprising” is up to 2,170,000.

J. Dash’s “Wop” vaults from #82 to #52 in its second week… “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift jumps from #65 to #56 in its fifth week…Jason Aldean’s “1994” jumps from #80 to #63 in its third week. The song is a tribute to country star Joe Diffie, whose career peaked that year. (It will probably surpass the #38 peak of Diffie’s highest-charting Hot 100 hit, “A Night To Remember”).

Hadouken!’s “Levitate” jumps from #100 to #69 in its fifth week…“Karate Chop (Remix)” by Future featuring Lil Wayne jumps from #93 to #82 in its fourth week…Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” jumps from #97 to #88 in its second week.

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OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” re-enters the chart at #89. The song has climbed as high as #74. The song is from the group’s album Native, which enters The Billboard 200 at #4 this week…“Wild For The Night” by A$AP Rocky featuring Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam re-enters the chart at #96. The song has climbed as high as #82…Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House” debuts at #98. It’s Sheeran’s follow-up to the Grammy-nominated “The A Team,” which reached #16. “Lego House” hit #5 on The Official U.K. Singles Chart.

First Quarter Recap: Three songs sold 2 million or more copies in the first quarter, the same number as last year. But just 15 songs sold 1 million or more copies in the first quarter. That’s down from 21 million-sellers in the first quarter in each of the last two years.

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The second and third best-selling songs of the first quarter are Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (2,023,000) and Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” (2,001,000).

Here are the rest of the top 10 songs of the first quarter, in descending order: “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am & Britney Spears (1,844,000), “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z (1,844,000), “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko (1,745,000), The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” (1,516,000), Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” (1,456,000), Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” (1,353,000) and “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin (1,312,000). Note that Mars is the only artist with two songs in the top 10 for the first quarter.

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First Quarter Bonus: Here are the best-selling songs of the first quarter of every year from 2008 through 2012: 2008: “Low” by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain (1,927,000); 2009: Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (2,436,000); 2010: Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” (1,857,000); 2011: Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You (Forget You)” (2,153,000); 2012: “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae (2,753,000).

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