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Week Ending Sept. 15, 2013. Songs: Miley Twerks To The Top

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Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" leaps from #22 to #1 in its fourth week on the Hot 100. That's the biggest positional leap to #1 since Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" vaulted from #72 to #1 one year ago. "Wrecking Ball" is Cyrus' first #1 hit, following a pair of #2's, "Party In The U.S.A." and the recent "We Can't Stop."

Cyrus' risqué performance on the VMAs seemed to be a calculated (you might even say shameless) attempt to dominate coverage of the event, and it worked. "Wrecking Ball" pushes Katy Perry's "Roar" out of the top spot, even though "Roar" has set a digital-era record by selling 2,102,000 copies in its first five weeks. The old record was held by Flo Rida's "Right Round," which sold 2,027,000 copies in its first five weeks. (More on that in a minute.)

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"Wrecking Ball" sold 477K digital copies this week, which is the second best total so far this year. "Roar" opened with 557K four weeks ago. Thus, "Wrecking Ball" sold more copies this week than "Thrift Shop" or "Blurred Lines" sold in their fattest weeks (412K and 424K, respectively.) "Wrecking Ball" jumps from #10 to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. It's Cyrus' second #1 on this chart. "Party In The U.S.A." was the #1 digital seller for six weeks in 2009.

The "Wrecking Ball" video racked up 19.3 million views on VEVO in its first 24 hours following its posting on Sept. 9. (That's a global tally. The Hot 100 takes into account only U.S. views.) "Wrecking Ball" is lagging behind only in radio activity. It enters the Hot 100 Airplay chart #59. But it should move up quickly.

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Two of the last three songs to reach #1 on the Hot 100 were by the offspring of artists who just missed having #1 hits of their own. Robin Thicke's mom, Gloria Loring, reached #2 with her 1986 hit "Friends And Lovers" (a collaboration with Carl Anderson). Cyrus' dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, reached #4 with his 1992 smash "Achy Breaky Heart."

Here's a quick synopsis of Cyrus', er, climb to #1. Cyrus first hit the Hot 100 in August 2006 as Hannah Montana with "Who Said." She was just 13. She first hit the chart under her own name in July 2007 with "G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)." She first hit the top 10 in May 2008 with "See You Again." She first hit the top five in May 2009 with "The Climb."

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Bruce Springsteen reached #1 on The Billboard 200 last year with an album titled Wrecking Ball. This marks the seventh time in the "rock era" that two different artists have reached #1 on the Hot 100 and The Billboard 200 with unrelated works that had the same exact title. Springsteen factored into a second of these pairings as well: He had a #1 album titled Magic in 2007. Olivia Newton-John had a #1 single with that title in 1980.

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Wanna know the other five couplings? Carole King had a #1 album titled Music in 1972; Madonna had a #1 single with that title in 2000. Bobby Brown had a #1 album in 1989 titled Don't Be Cruel; Elvis Presley had a #1 single with that title in 1956. Faith Hill had a #1 album titled Fireflies in 2005; Owl City had a #1 single with that title in 2009. Reba McEntire had a #1 album titled Keep On Loving You in 2009; REO Speedwagon had a #1 single with that title in 1981. Disturbed and Justin Bieber both had #1 albums titled Believe in 2002 and 2012, respectively. Cher had a #1 single with that title in 1999.

The Fine Print: I'm not counting close calls such as Elvis Presley's Loving You and Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You"; Alan Jackson's Good Time and Chic's "Good Times"; Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. and David Bowie's "Fame"; and Journey's Escape and Rupert Holmes' "Escape (Pina Colada Song)." I'm also not counting LeAnn Rimes' #1 albums Unchained Melody and You Light Up My Life (even though Les Baxter and Debby Boone had #1 singles with those titles) because both of Rimes' albums had subtitles.

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Katy Perry's "Roar" dips to #2. "Roar" and Flo Rida's "Right Round" are the only songs in digital history to sell 2 million copies in their first five weeks. Their closest rivals are these four songs that each took seven weeks to sell 2 million: Perry's "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg), "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Swift's aforementioned "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

You'll note that Perry is the only artist with two songs that have sold 2 million digital copies in seven or fewer weeks.

"Roar" holds at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart for the second week. It's Perry's first song to have multiple weeks on top in the U.K. since "California Gurls" in 2010. Her longest-running #1 hit in the U.K. (as in the U.S.) remains her first, 2008's "I Kissed A Girl."

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Lorde's "Royals" holds at #3 for the second week. This means that female solo artists hold down the top three spots for the first time in 18 months. Billboard's Gary Trust reports that this last happened in the issue dated March 3, 2012, when the top three were Katy Perry's "Part Of Me," Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" (which had a revival following her death on Feb. 11, 2012.)

"Royals" is #1 on Alternative Songs for the sixth week, which constitutes the longest run by a female lead artist in the chart's 25-year history. In addition, the song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

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"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell drops from #2 to #4 in its 22nd week. The song holds at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart for the 15th week. That ties Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" (which had 15 weeks at #1 in 2006) for the longest run at #1 on this chart since the 1940s. It also sets a new record for the longest run at #1 by a white lead artist in the chart's 71-year history. The old record was set earlier this year by "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, which had 14 weeks at #1.

Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" holds at #5 for the second week. It's #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the second week.

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

The Top Five: Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" leaps from #22 to #1 in its fourth week on the chart. It's her eighth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #1 (477K)…Katy Perry’s "Roar" dips from #1 to #2 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (331K)… Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #3 for the second week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (263K)…"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell drops from #2 to #4 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (123K)… Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #5 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (202K).

The Second Five: "Holy Grail" by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake drops from #4 to #6 in its 10th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #7 (146K)…Lady Gaga’s "Applause" holds at #7 for the second week in its fifth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #5 (184K)… Eminem’s "Berzerk" rebounds from #10 to #8 in its third week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #6 (165K)…"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan dips from #8 to #9 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (143K)…"Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais drops from #6 to #10 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (118K).

Capital Cities' "Safe And Sound" drops from #9 to #12.

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Luke Bryan lands his highest-charting hit to date as "That's My Kind Of Night" jumps from #19 to #15 in its fifth week. His previous best mark to date was #16, for "Drunk On You" and this song (prior to this week's jump). "That's My Kind Of Night" is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the fifth week. That's the longest run by a male country solo artist since Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did" spent five weeks on top in March and April.

Never Say Die: AWOLNATION's "Sail" jumps from #24 to #22 in its 54th week…Ylvis' "The Fox" jumps from #29 to #25 in its second week.

"Can’t Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, which dips from #25 to #26 in its 32nd week, tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the duo’s second song to reach the 4 million mark. "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) is up to 7,045,000. Will "Can’t Hold Us" make it to 6 million? That would enable Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to tie LMFAO's feat as the only duo with two songs at or above 6 million. Place your bets.

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Ariana Grande is streaking up the chart with two songs from her former #1 album Yours Truly. "The Way" (featuring Mac Miller) rebounds from #42 to #35 in its 25th week. The song has climbed as high as #9. "Baby I" leaps from #94 to #60 in its third week. The song has climbed as high as #21…Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #52 to #43 in its seventh week.

Imagine Dragons' "Demons" re-enters the chart at #46. The song, now in its 21st week on the chart, has climbed as high as #59.

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"Stay The Night" by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore is the week's top new entry at #51. This is from the deluxe edition of Zedd's debut album, Clarity, which is due Oct. 2. (I don't think Williams still needs to be identified by her group.)

Selena Gomez's "Slow Down" jumps from #68 to #57 in its sixth week…Bruno Mars' "Gorilla" leaps from #88 to #61 in its third week. The song has climbed as high as #60…"23" by Mike WiLL Made It featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J is the week's second highest new entry at #70. This is from Mike WiLL's first studio album, Est. In 1989 Pt. 3Future's "Honest" debuts at #75. It's the title track of Future's second album, which is due Nov. 26.

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Two Spanish-language songs enter or re-enter the chart this week. Romeo Santos' "Propuesta Indecente" debuts at #79. Marc Anthony's "Vivir Mi Vida" re-enters at #100. The song has climbed as high as #92. These songs join Prince Royce's "Darte Un Beso," which drops from #80 to #85 in its fourth week. The latter song has climbed as high as #78.

"We Were Us" by Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert debuts at #80. It's from Urban's Fuse, which, after some backstage drama, entered The Billboard 200 at #1 this week…Eli Young Band's "Drunk Last Night" re-enters the chart at #84. The song has climbed as high as #79.

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Drake's "Wu-Tang Forever" debuts at #88. This is from Drake's third studio album, Nothing Was The Same, which is due Sept. 24. (Drake was seven years old when Wu-Tang Clan's first album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) charted in November 1993.)

Cassadee Pope's "Wasting All These Tears" re-enters the chart at #90. The song has climbed as high as #37. It’s from her debut album, Frame By Frame, which is due Oct. 8.

"I Do It" by 2 Chainz featuring Drake & Lil Wayne debuts at #94. It's from 2 Chainz's sophomore album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, which enters The Billboard 200 at #3 this week… Craig Campbell's "Outta My Head" debuts at #96. It's from his second album, Never Regret, which was released in May…Charlie Worsham's "Could It Be" debuts at #97. It's from his debut album, Rubberband, which was released in August.

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Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" debuts at #99. It's the title track of Arcade Fire's fourth studio album, which is due Oct. 29. David Bowie continues a background vocal to the track. The two acts recorded an live EP, Live At Fashion Rocks, in 2005.

Taylor Swift's "Red" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

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"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris tops the 4 million mark in sales this week. The song logged 12 weeks at #1 in 2004. It received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

Taylor Swift's "Red" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

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