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Chart Watch: Lorde Has Two Of The Top 10

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Lorde will go the Grammy Awards on Sunday with two songs in the top 10 on the Hot 100. Her former #1 smash "Royals" holds at #7. Her new hit "Team" jumps from #11 to #8. Lorde is nominated for Record and Song of the Year, but was passed over for a nomination for Best New Artist—a decision that is hard to fathom. Lorde's debut album, "Pure Heroine," which is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, has been listed in the top 10 for 11 weeks.

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A second song, Bastille's "Pompeii," enters this week's top 10 at #10. The song reached #2 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart last year. "Pompeii" topped the Alternative Songs chart for four weeks last fall. The alternative format has played a key role in breaking a lot of new artists in the past few years. Billboard's Gary Trust reports that this is the eighth time since 2011 that a #1 hit on the alternative chart hit by an artist new to that chart has crossed over to reach the top 10 on the Hot 100. It follows Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks," "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, Alex Clare's "Too Close," the Lumineers' "Ho Hey," Capital Cities' "Safe And Sound" and Lorde's "Royals." There are some first-rate records in there, which have made pop radio a better listening experience.

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"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #1 for the third week. This ties Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon," which spent three weeks at #1 in early 1984. The song has a similarly zesty arrangement and harmonica solo.

"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #4 to #2. It's behind "Timber" in overall Hot 100 points by just 2% and is expected to move up next week. It would be Perry's ninth #1, putting her in a tie with Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Bee Gees and Usher. (That's pretty heady company.) The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.

OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" dips from #2 to #3, but it moves up to #1 on the Radio Songs chart, which is based entirely on airplay. It's the group's first #1 on this chart, which is surprising, given the magnitude of such past hits as "Apologize."

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"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera rebounds from #5 to #4, matching its highest ranking to date. We're all focused on this year's Grammys, but looking ahead to next year's awards, this is a good bet to be nominated for both Record and Song of the Year.

"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna drops from #3 to #5. It's #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the 12th week.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #1 for the third week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (202K)… "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #4 to #2 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (261K)… OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" dips from #2 to #3 in its 31st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (156K)… "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera rebounds from #5 to #4 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (208K)… "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna drops from #3 to #5 in its 12th week on the chart. It has been in the top five the entire time. Digital sales rank: #7 (136K).

The Second Five: Passenger's "Let Her Go" holds at #6 for the second week in its 25th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (130K)… Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #7 for the second week in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (88K)… Lorde's "Team"jumps from #11 to #8 in its 17th week on the chart. It's her second top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #8 (133K)…One Direction's "Story Of My Life" inches up from #10 to #9 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (92K)…Bastille's "Pompeii" jumps from #12 to #10 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is the group's first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #10 (129K).

Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" drops from #8, ending a 21-week run in the top 10. Imagine Dragons' "Demons" drops from #9, ending a 12-week run in the top 10.

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"Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z jumps from #16 to #12 in its fifth week. This equals its highest ranking to date. The song may, as early as next week, become Beyonce's first top 10 hit as a lead artist since "Sweet Dreams" in November 2009.

Two songs that aren't yet listed in the top 10 on the Hot 100 are already ranked in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. They are Aloe Blacc's "The Man" (Digital sales rank #4, 165K) and "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz (Digital sales rank #6, 148K).

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"Can't Remember To Forget You" by Shakira featuring Rihanna is the week's top new entry at #28. This is her highest debut on the Hot 100, surpassing "She Wolf," which bowed at #34 in August 2009. It's from an upcoming Shakira album. "Can't Remember To Forget You" isn't the first title that played with these two words. Tavares' "Remember What I Told You To Forget" hit #25 in 1975.

Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which vaulted from #98 to #56 on last week's Hot 100, logs its third week at #1 on The U.K.'s Official Singles chart. In addition, the song has been nominated for an Oscar for Original Song.

To My Readers: I'll have a separate Chart Watch report on this week's key movers and debuts on the Hot 100 later today. I won't recap the top 10 in that second report. It will be fresh material.

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