Chart Watch

Week Ending Sept. 1, 2013. Songs: Hear Katy “Roar”

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Katy Perry’s “Roar” jumps from #2 to #1 in its fourth week on the Hot 100. It’s Perry’s eighth #1 hit, a total matched by only five female solo artists since Billboard introduced the nation’s first weekly chart in 1940. Mariah Carey leads with 18, followed by Madonna and Rihanna (12 each), Whitney Houston (11) and Janet Jackson (10).

(If you combine group and solo work, Diana Ross is tied with Carey with 18 #1 hits. Ross had 12 #1 hits with the Supremes and has had six in her solo career. Also, if you combine group and solo work, Beyonce has nine #1s. She had four with Destiny’s Child and has had five as a solo artist.)

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“Roar” is the first single from Perry’s third album, Prism, which is due Oct. 22. The first singles from her first two albums likewise reached #1. “I Kissed A Girl,” the first single from One Of The Boys, hit the top spot in its seventh week. “California Gurls” (featuring Snoop Dogg), the lead single from Teenage Dream, hit the top in its fourth week.

“Roar” is Perry’s seventh #1 of this decade. Since January 2010, only two artists have had seven #1 hits. Rihanna is the other.

“Roar” is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third straight week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. “Roar” sold 448K copies this week. It’s only the third song by a female lead artist to top 400K in weekly sales twice. The first two were Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.

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“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips to #2 following a 12-week run at #1. “Blurred Lines” is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 13th week. It’s one week away from tying a record set earlier this year by “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz for the longest run at #1 on the R&B chart by a hit where the lead artist was white.

“Thrift Shop” and “Blurred Lines” are both blockbuster hits, no doubt about it. And both have R&B influence and shading. But are they really two of the biggest R&B hits of all time—or just two blockbuster hits that happen to have R&B content? Discuss amongst yourselves.

Thicke’s follow-up, “Give It 2 U” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) vaults from #83 to #25 in its second week.

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Eminem’s “Berserk” is the top new entry on the Hot 100 at #3. It’s Eminem’s 10th top five hit; his fourth to debut in the top five. (His other songs to debut in the top five were “Not Afraid,” which debuted at #1; “Love The Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna), which debuted at #2 and rose to #1; and Dr. Dre’s “I Need A Doctor” featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey, which debuted at #5 and peaked at #4.

“Berserk” is Eminem’s sixth song to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10. Billboard’s Gary Trust reports that only two other artists have had as many songs enter the Hot 100 in the top 10. Taylor Swift has had 11. Lil Wayne has also had six.

“Berserk” sold 362K copies this week, a tally Eminem has reached twice before. “Crack A Bottle,” his 2009 collabo with Dr. Dre & 50 Cent, sold 418K in its first week. “Not Afraid,” his 2010 solo smash, sold 379K in its first week.

“Berserk,” which enters Rap Songs at #1, is the first single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is due Nov. 5.

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Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” dips from #3 to #4. (It’s #1 on Streaming Songs for a record-extending 11th week.) And Cyrus’ follow-up, “Wrecking Ball,” vaults from #50 to #14 in its second week. Both songs are ranked in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. “Wrecking Ball” jumps from #13 to #5 on that chart (201K). “We Can’t Stop” drops from #7 to #9 (157K). No other artist has more than one song on this week’s digital sales chart. (At the VMAs, you might say she aimed low and hit her target.)

Lady Gaga’s “Applause” drops from #4 to #6. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the third week.

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Lorde, a 16-year old singer-songwriter from New Zealand, lands her first top 10 hit as “Royals” jumps from #12 to #8. It’s hard to believe that Lorde is just 16 when you hear this classy record. The spare, evocative song (some call it “chillwave”) has more in common with Adele’s striking hits than the bouncy hits we’ve gotten used to from America’s teen pop queens.

Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) has already made chart history as the first female “lead artist” to reach #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart since Tracy Bonham scored in June 1996 with “Mother Mother.”

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Lorde is the youngest female “lead artist” ever to reach #1 on Alternative. That distinction had been held by Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she topped Alternative for the first time in July 1995 with “You Oughta Know.”

Lorde’s first full length album, Pure Heroine, is due Sept. 30, which (not coincidentally) is the last day of eligibility for next year’s Grammy Awards. Lorde has a very good chance of making the finals for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. (She co-wrote “Royals” with the hit’s producer, Joel Little.)

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“Royals,” which is currently in its fourth week at #1 on Alternative, is the 10th song by a female lead artist to reach #1 on that chart. Morissette had three of them: “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket” and “Ironic.” Sinead O’Connor had two: “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The other five are Kate Bush’s “Love And Anger,” Suzanne Vega’s “Blood Makes Noise,” Tori Amos’ “God,” Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother” and now “Royals.”

Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” drops from #5 to #9. This is its 20th week in the top 10; its 24th week at #1 on Rock Songs.

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

The Top Five: Katy Perry’s “Roar” jumps from #2 to #1 in its fourth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (448K)…“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell dips from #1 to #2 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (244K)… Eminem’s “Berzerk” debuts at #3. It’s his 15th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (362K)…Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” dips from #3 to #4 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (157K)…“Holy Grail” by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake rebounds from #6 to #5 in its eighth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #7 (170K).

The Second Five: Lady Gaga’s “Applause” drops from #4 to #6 in its third week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (213K)… Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” holds at #7 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (176K)…Lorde’s “Royals” jumps from #12 to #8 in its ninth week on the chart. It’s her first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #8 (167K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” drops from #5 to #9 in its 53rd week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #15 (92K)…“Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais dips from #9 to #10 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (129K).

Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” drops from its #8 peak to #11. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams drops from #10 to #15. It peaked at #2.

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“Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake featuring Majid Jordan jumps from #17 to #12 in its fourth week. Digital sales rank: #10 (141K)…Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” drops from #19 to #22 in its third week. The song holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week...“I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding drops from #22 to #24 in its 20th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s his fifth million-seller; her third.

Justin Timberlake lands his 22nd top 30 hit as a solo artist as “Take Back The Night” jumps from #44 to #29 in its eighth week…“Beware” by Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko jumps from #48 to #38 in its sixth week.
“Oh Sweet Lorraine” by Green Shoe Studio featuring Jacob Colgan and Fred Stobaugh is the week’s second highest new entry at #42. This is the song that was created out of a poem written by Stobaugh, a 96-year old widower in Peoria, Ill. Lorraine was his wife of 73 years, who died in April. Colgan set the poem to music. The human interest story has brought heavy TV and Web exposure to the song.

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Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla” debuts at #60. It’s vying to become the fourth songs from Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox to crack the top five or top 10. That would constitute a new personal best for Mars, who pulled three top five/top 10 hits from his debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

Lana Del Rey’s “Young And Beautiful” rebounds from #80 to #66 in its 17th week. The song has climbed as high as #22…Selena Gomez’s “Slow Down” jumps from #94 to #81 in its fourth week. The song has climbed as high as #66…“Loco” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Romeo Santos debuts at #87…Kanye West’s “Blood On The Leaves” re-enters the chart at #89. The song borrows the haunting lynching imagery of Billie Holiday’s 1939 classic “Strange Fruit.” It samples Nina Simone’s 1965 cover version of that song.

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Avril Lavigne’s “Rock N Roll” debuts at #91. It’s the second single from Lavigne’s fifth studio album, Avril Lavigne, which is due Nov. 5. A Led Zeppelin classic titled “Rock And Roll” reached #47 in April 1972. Three months later, Gary Glitter hit the top 10 with an instrumental titled “Rock And Roll Part 2.”

“Bounce It” by Juicy J featuring Wake & Trey Songz debuts at #96. It’s from Stay Trippy, which enters The Billboard 200 at #4…Joe Nichols’ “Sunny And 75” debuts at #98. It’s from Nichols’ seventh major-label studio album Crickets, which is due Oct. 8…Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #53. The song has ranked #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart for three weeks.

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“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz tops the 7 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the sixth song to top 7 million. (A seventh, Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” will cross the threshold next week. It’s just 2K units away.) What was the first song to top 7 million? That would be the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” which achieved the feat the week ending March 20, 2011.

J. Dash’s “Wop” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales his week.

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