But it wasn’t to be. The song is easily the week’s highest new entry, but it’s only the eighth highest entry so far this year. Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” debuted at #1 in February. “The Way” by Carey sound-alike Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller debuted at #10 in March. Other songs to have debuted at #24 or higher so far this year are Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” (#12 in March), PSY’s “Gentleman” (#12 in April), Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (#18 in April), “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams (#19 in April) and Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” (#24 in February).
This doesn’t mean the song is a bomb. It merely means it may take more time to build into genuine hit status. I still think it will come through. It helps that it’s a great record—one of the most appealing summer jams since Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes” 20 years ago.
The casting on this record is ideal. Carey is a household name with a long string of hits. Miguel is far less well-known, but there’s probably more heat and buzz on him within the industry “# Beautiful” will appear on Carey’s 11th (non-holiday) studio album, which is due this summer.
A second current hit, “#That Power” by will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber, has a title that begins with the trendy hashtag symbol.
Gomez, who turns 21 on July 22, first hit the top 20 in August 2009 as part of a collabo dubbed Disney’s Friends For Change. She teamed on the record with Demi Lovato (who also made the top 10 with her current hit, “Heart Attack”) as well as with two artists whose hit-making power has dimmed since then, Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers.
Gomez’s first solo album, Stars Dance, is due this summer. All three studio albums by Selena Gomez & The Scene made the top 10 on The Billboard 200.
Incidentally, this marks the second time that a song titled “Come & Get It” has made the top 10. A Paul McCartney song with the same title (except with an “and” instead of an ampersand) became a #7 hit for Badfinger in April 1970.
“Can’t Hold Us” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week in a row. “Thrift Shop” held that spot for 10 weeks. Thus, the duo has headed the digital sales chart for 13 of the 19 chart weeks so far in 2013.
“Thrift Shop” also reaches a milestone this week. It tops the 5 million mark in 2013 sales. This is the earliest in the year that a song has sold 5 million copies in that calendar year. “Thrift Shop” knocked more than a month off the pace set by the old record-holder, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which achieved the feat in the week ending June 17, 2012. “Thrift Shop” is far ahead of the 2013 pack. No other song has sold even 3 million copies so far this year.
Speaking of P!nk, her 2011 hit “F**kin’ Perfect” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s her third song to reach this level. It follows “So What” (4,585,000) and “Raise Your Glass” (4,093,000). “F**kin’ Perfect” reached #2 on the Hot 100 in February 2011.
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at #8 for the second week. The song is #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the eighth week. The band’s new hit, “Demons,” surges from #91 to #64 in its eighth week.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton holds at #1 for the second week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (241K)…“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess holds at #2 for the second week in its 13th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (230K)…Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at #3 for the second week in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (168K)… Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” rebounds from #5 to #4 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (115K)…“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko dips from #4 to #5 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (145K).
The Second Five: Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” jumps from #14 to #6 in its fifth week on the chart. It’s her first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #6 (143K)…“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz dips from #6 to #7 in its 32nd week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (96K)… Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds at #8 for the second week in its 37th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (141K)…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX drops from #7 to #9 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (128K)….“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly dips from #9 to #10 in its 32nd week. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (151K).
“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera drops from #10 to #13, ending a seven-week run in the top 10.
Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack” jumps from #12 to #11 in its 11th week. “The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller jumps from #15 to #12 in its seventh week. Both songs have already reached #10.
Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” rebounds from #18 to #16 in its 14th week. The song has already reached #15…Blake Shelton lands his third top 20 hit as “Boys ’Round Here” (featuring Pistol Annies & Friends) jumps from #23 to #19 in its seventh week. This hit follows “Austin” (#18” in 2001) and “Honey Bee” (#13 in 2011)… “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift jumps from #29 to #23 in its 11th week…Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me” jumps from #34 to #26 in its 12th week.
“Clarity” by Zedd featuring Foxes jumps from #58 to #41 in its eighth week…Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #52 to #44 in its 20th week…Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” jumps from #65 to #50 in its fourth week…“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell jumps from #70 to #54 in its fourth week.
“Live It Up” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull is the week’s second highest new entry at #73. This is their third teaming. “On The Floor” hit #3. “Dance Again” reached #17…Little Mix’s “Wings” leaps from #94 to #79 in its sixth week. The song reached #1 on The Official U.K. Chart in September…Gloriana’s “Can’t Shake You” debuts at #83. It’s from A Thousand Miles Left Behind, which came out last July.
Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” debuts at #91. It’s from his third studio album, How Country Feels…Danielle Bradbery’s version of Pam Tillis’ 1992 hit “Maybe It Was Memphis” debuts at #92. Bradbery, 16, is a contestant on The Voice. Tillis’ recording didn’t make the Hot 100 (country songs rarely did back then), but reached #3 on Hot Country Songs…Easton Corbin’s “All Over The Road” debuts at #98. It’s the title song from his second studio album, which was released in September…“Tapout” by Rich Gang featuring Birdman, Lil Wayne, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj & Future debuts at #100. This is from the Young Money compilation Rich Gang: Flashy Lifestyle, which is due May 21.
“Scream & Shout” by will.i.am & Britney Spears also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales. It’s the third 3-million-seller for both artists. will.i.am previously hit the 3 million mark as the featured artist on Usher’s “OMG” (4,719,000) and Fergie’s “Fergalicious” (3,121,000). Spears previously scored with “Womanizer” (3,380,000) and “Circus” (3,043,000). “Scream & Shout” reached #3 on the Hot 100.
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