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Chart Watch: An Instrumental Cracks The Top 40

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"Animals," a hit by Martin Garrix, a Dutch DJ and music producer, this week becomes the first instrumental to crack the top 40 since Kenny G's "Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix) 14 years ago. Garrix's single jumps from #45 to #37 in its 22nd week on the Hot 100. Kenny G's hit, which included spoken word elements, reached #7 in January 2000.

"Animals" reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart in November. It was the first instrumental to reach #1 in the U.K. since Mr. Oizo's "Flat Beat" spent two weeks on top in April 1999.

The big news on this week's Hot 100 is that "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J tops the chart for the fourth straight week, holding off (at least for now) Pharrell Williams's "Happy." I covered that, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted earlier today. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog is a look at key movers and debuts below the top 10.

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John Legend's "All Of Me" jumps from #15 to #11 in its 19th week. (Digital sales rank: #4, 164K). The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Legend's second million-seller. "Green Light" (featuring Andre 3000) is up to 1,233,000 … Aloe Blacc's "The Man" inches up from #17 to #16 in its eighth week. (Digital sales rank: #8, 129K). The song also tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week … "Show Me" by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown jumps from #20 to #17 in its 15th week.

Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" holds at #18 for the second week. (Digital sales rank: #9, 127K). Menzel is set to perform the song on the Oscars on March 2, which should give it a boost … Miley Cyrus's "Adore You" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 10th week. (Her dad also returns to the chart this week. We'll get to him in a minute.) … Avicii's "Hey Brother" jumps from #30 to #27 in its 11th week.

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Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It" jumps from #38 to #28 in its 18th week. The song moves up to #1 on Hot Country Songs, displacing Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer," which held the top spot for five weeks. Swindell's eponymous debut album is expected to enter The Billboard 200 right around #4 next week, with first-week sales in the 55K range … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #37 to #32 in its eighth week … Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights" jumps from #46 to #36 in its eighth week. This makes up for the embarrassment of having Idina Menzel's original version of "Let It Go" outshine her pop cover version. (Lovato's version peaked at #38.)

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Eric Church's "Give Me Back My Hometown" jumps from #52 to #44 in its sixth week. Church's album enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week with first-week sales of 288K copies. It's expected to remain on top again next week … Frankie Ballard's "Helluva Life" jumps from #61 to #53 in its 11th week. Ballard's album, "Sunshine & Whiskey," enters The Billboard 200 at #35 this week … "Loyal" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana Or & Too $hort jumps from #63 to #54 in its fifth week … Keith Urban's "Cop Car" jumps from #73 to #60 in its third week … Jerrod Niemann's "Drink To That All Night" jumps from #70 to #61 in its seventh week.

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"Everything Is AWESOME!!!" by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island is the week's top new entry at #62. It's from "The LEGO Movie" soundtrack, which jumps from #48 to #45 in its second week on The Billboard 200. The movie was #1 at the box-office for the second straight weekend. This is the second Hot 100 hit for Tegan and Sara; the seventh for The Lonely Island. That comedy troupe is starting to close in on "Weird Al" Yankovic, the biggest comedy/novelty star of the past few decades. Yankovic has amassed 10 Hot 100 hits. Incidentally, this isn't the first "awesome" song to become a Hot 100 hit. Rapper Spose took the novelty song "I'm Awesome" to #37 in April 2010.

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Miranda Lambert's "Automatic" is the second highest new entry at #63. It's from her upcoming fifth studio album. The Pointer Sisters took a song with this title to #5 in April 1984 … Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" jumps from #79 to #67 in its fifth week. The song has climbed as high as #58.

Trey Songz's "Na Na" jumps from #80 to #69 in its fourth week. This is the fourth different song that begins with "Na Na" to crack the chart. Steam hit #1 in 1969 with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." (The Nylons took the same song to #12 in 1987.) A song called "Na Na Na" reached #785 in 2003 for 112 featuring Super Cat. Another called "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) reached #77 in 2010 for My Chemical RomanceYoung Thug's "Stoner" debuts at #75.

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"Achy Breaky 2" by Buck 22 featuring Billy Ray Cyrus debuts at #80. This is a country rap make-over of Cyrus' 1992 smash "Achy Breaky Heart." Cyrus' original song reached #4 in the summer of 1992 and logged 10 weeks in the top 10. Buck 22 is a stage name for Damon Elliott, who is the son of jazz drummer Bill Elliott and the great Dionne Warwick. So "Achy Breaky 2" is a collabo which pairs the son of one pop star and the father of another.

"This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan re-enters the chart at #86. The song has climbed as high as #75.

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Mariah Carey lands her 46th Hot 100 hit as "You're Mine (Eternal)" debuts at #88. It's from her upcoming, much-delayed studio album "The Art Of Letting Go." (An ironic title given the repeated delays!) The album is due May 4. It will be her first non-holiday studio album in nearly five years.

MKTO's "Classic" debuts at #96. It's the first Hot 100 hit from the duo's debut album, "MKTO" … Ellie Goulding's "Explosions" debuts at #100. It's the second Hot 100 hit from "Halcyon." The first, "Anything Could Happen," reached #47. "Burn," a bonus track from "Halcyon Days," dips from #14 to #15 in its 24th week. It has climbed as high as #13.

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