Chart Watch

Week Ending May 5, 2013. Songs: Macklemore Pulls A Gaga

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis this week becomes the first duo in the nearly 55-year history of the Hot 100 to reach #1 with its first two chart entries. They achieve the feat as “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) moves up to #1. “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) held the top spot for six weeks earlier this year. Among all acts, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the first act to reach #1 with its first two chart hits since Lady Gaga scored in 2009 with “Just Dance” (featuring Colby O’Donis) and “Poker Face.”

“Thrift Shop” tops the 6 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the 20th song to reach that plateau. It’s the third by an ongoing duo, following a pair of LMFAO hits: “Party Rock Anthem” (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, 7,653,000) and “Sexy And I Know It” (6,102,000). “Thrift Shop” raced to 6 million in just 36 weeks, a pace topped by only one song in digital history. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra got there in just 30 weeks. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” also took 36 weeks. (That smash tops 7 million this week. Details below.)

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“Can’t Hold Us” holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs for the third week. “Thrift Shop” headed the chart the previous 14 weeks. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is the first lead artist to remain #1 on this chart for 17 or more consecutive weeks since Alicia Keys was on top for 17 consecutive weeks in late 2007 and early 2008 with “No One” (10 weeks) followed by “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” (seven weeks). If you broaden the discussion to include featured artists, Lil Wayne was on top for 18 consecutive weeks in 2011 with Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” and then DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” (which also featured Drake and Rick Ross).

A third hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert), jumps from #94 to #83 in its eighth week. It also jumps from #30 to #26 on Alternative Songs. It is being promoted only to alternative radio.

“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko dips from #3 to #4. It holds at #1 on the all-format Radio Songs chart for the second week.

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Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” rebounds from #6 to #5. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Mars’ ninth song to reach that threshold; his sixth as a lead artist.

“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #9 to #7. The song also jumps to #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs, displacing “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera.

Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” rebounds from #10 to #8. The song is #1 on Hot Rock Songs for a seventh week.

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“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly rebounds from #13 to #9. The song has already reached #8. The song spends its 10th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs. That ties Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” for the longest run at #1 since Buck Owens’ “Love’s Gonna Live Here” spent 16 weeks on top from October 1963 through February 1964. This is the longest run at #1 by an ongoing duo since “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” by the husband-and-wife duo Carl Butler and Pearl topped the chart for 11 weeks in 1962-1963. (Long runs at #1 were fairly common in the early 1960s. It looks like they’re going to become fairly common again.)

“Cruise” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. This brings the total of country songs that have reached that plateau to 11. “Cruise” is the first song by a country duo to reach this threshold. (The runner-up is Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue,” which has sold 2,629,000).

Florida Georgia Line’s follow-up, “Get Your Shine On,” jumps from #33 to #27 in its 15th week.

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“#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey featuring Miguel doesn’t appear on this week’s Hot 100, but is expected to make a very potent debut next week. Carey has debuted at #1 three times (more than any other artist) with “Fantasy,” “One Sweet Day” (a collabo with Boyz II Men) and “Honey.” Can she do it again? Stay tuned.

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 jumps from #2 to #1 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (262K)…“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess dips from #1 to #2 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (255K)…Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” jumps from #5 to #3 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (176K)…“Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko dips from #3 to #4 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (140K)…Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” rebounds from #6 to #5 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (109K).

The Second Five: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz drops from #4 to #6 in its 31st week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (117K)…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX jumps from #9 to #7 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (136K)… Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” rebounds from #10 to #8 in its 36th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (134K)….“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly rebounds from #13 to #9 in its 36th week. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (145K)….“Feel This Moment” by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera drops from #8 to #10 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (76K).

“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z drops from #7 to #13, ending a 13-week run in the top 10.

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Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” jumps from #23 to #14 in its fourth week. Digital sales rank: #9 (115K)…“The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller rebounds from #19 to #15 in its sixth week. The song has climbed as high as #10…Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” jumps from #18 to #16 in its 13th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Rucker’s second solo hit to reach this level. “Alright” has sold 1,197,000 copies…“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams drops from #14 to #17 in its third week. The song holds at #1 on the Official U.K. Chart for the second week.

Taylor Swift’s “22” dips from #20 to #21 in its 10th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. (Swift’s earlier age-specific hit, “Fifteen,” has sold 1,323,000 copies.) “22” is competing with another Swift hit, “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw with Swift, which jumps from #39 to #29 in its 10th week. The song has climbed as high as #25.

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“Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies & Friends jumps from #27 to #23 in its sixth week…The Lumineers’ inexhaustible “Ho Hey” rebounds from #29 to #24 in its 48th week. The song climbed as high as #3…Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” jumps from #31 to #26 in its 15th week. The song has climbed as high as #20. Lambert’s second album as a member of Pistol Annies rank in the top 10 on The Billboard 200 next week. …Krewella’s “Alive” jumps from #38 to #32 in its 12th week.

Two fast-climbing hits feature Future & Rick Ross. The hip-hoppers are featured on Ace Hood’s “Bugatti,” which jumps from #44 to #38 in its 12th week, and Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” which jumps from #69 to #55 in its fourth week. (“Bugatti” has climbed as high as #35.) Future made the top 10 as a featured artist on Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” (which also featured Drake).

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Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #60 to #52 in its 19th week. This is the highest the song has climbed to date. The Pitch Perfect soundtrack has sold 682K copies.

Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” jumps from #63 to #54 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #43…Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” jumps from #75 to #65 in its third week… “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell leaps from #89 to #70 in its third week…“I Hit It First” by Ray J featuring Bobby Brackins re-enters the chart at #74. It has climbed as high as #51.

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Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” is the week’s top new entry at #75. (This is an original song, not a remake of the Goffin & King chestnut.) Currington’s highest-charting hit is “People Are Crazy,” which reached #27 in July 2009…“Beat It” by Sean Kingston featuring Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa re-enters the chart at #86.

Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” is the week’s second highest new entry at #90. It’s the fourth chart hit from her former #1 album, Blown Away…“Ready” by Fabolous featuring Chris Brown re-enters the chart at #93…“Sexy People (The Fiat Song)” by Arianna featuring Pitbull debuts at #97…Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” debuts at #99. It’s from the duo’s upcoming debut studio album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery.

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” becomes the fifth song in digital history to top the 7 million mark. It’s just the second song by a female solo artist to hit the mark. It follows Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” (7,855,000). “Call Me Maybe” took 62 weeks to reach 7 million in sales, a pace exceeded by only one song in digital history. “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra achieved the feat in 56 weeks.

Soulja Boy Tell ’Em’s “Crank That Soulja Boy” tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. The hip-hop smash topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks in 2007. It was the first song to reach 3 million in digital sales. As of this week, 189 songs have reached that milestone.

Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales.

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Fans remembered Kris Kross’ 1992 smash “Jump” in the wake of Chris Kelly’s death last week at age 34. The song sold 19K digital copies, which boosted its tally to 487K. The song sold 2,079,000 physical copies in 1992, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It wound up as that year’s #3 best-seller, behind Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (3,086,000) and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” (2,392,000). The duo’s Totally Krossed Out album was also a smash. It topped The Billboard 200 for two weeks and spent 20 consecutive weeks in the top three (!). Kris Kross received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, but lost to Arrested Development.

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