Can You Believe "Don't Stop Believin'" Loses Spot as Best-Selling Rock Song?

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Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" this week pulls ahead of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" to become the best-selling rock song in digital history. "Radioactive" has sold 6,043,000 copies. Journey's 1981 warhorse has sold 5,943,000 (and more than 1 million additional copies on vinyl).

The Fine Print: Five songs rank ahead of these two on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling rock songs in digital history. But I think they're closer to pop than rock. So did the Grammy screening committee which slotted them all in the pop field rather than the rock field. You decide for yourself. Here are the top five songs on Nielsen SoundScan's list of the top rock songs in digital history, with their sales tallies as of this week: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra (7,545,000), "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae (6,830,000), Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" (6,743,000), Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (6,417,000) and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (6,131,000). We could probably debate Coldplay, but Train? "Hey, Soul Sister" is pure pop. (That's no insult, by the way. It's a great record. But it ain't rock.)

Across all genres, "Radioactive" is the 26th song to sell 6 million digital copies.

"Radioactive" rebounds from #31 to #25 in its 70th week on the Hot 100. The song peaked at #3. Imagine Dragons' current hit, "Demons," holds at #6 for the third straight week.

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"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna tops the Hot 100 for the fourth week. This brings Rihanna's total of weeks at #1 to 51. Since 1955, only three other artists have had as many or more weeks on top: Elvis Presley (80), Mariah Carey (79) and The Beatles (59). Rihanna this week pulls ahead of Boyz II Men, which spent a total of 50 weeks at #1.

"The Monster" leads runner-up "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha by 6% in overall chart points. It had a 17% lead last week. "The Monster" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. The smash is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the ninth week.

"Timber" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week. It sold 442K copies this week, which constitutes the fourth largest one-week total of 2013. The top three are Katy Perry's "Roar" (557K in its first week in August), Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" (477K in its first week in September) and "Roar" again (448K in its third week in September).

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OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #3 for the fourth week. The song sold 408K copies this week, which is its 31st week on Hot Digital Songs. This marks the first time that a song that was that old has sold 400K or more digital copies in one week. The old record was held jointly by two songs that topped 400K when they were in their 26th weeks on Hot Digital Songs: "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis (in December 2008) and Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" (in February 2011).

Passenger's "Let Her Go" holds at #7 for the second week. The song tops 2 million in digital sales this week. One Direction's "Story Of My Life" rebounds from #10 to #9. The song tops the 1 million mark this week. Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" drops from #8 to #10. It's #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a record-extending 17th week.

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Two songs in this week's top 10 rank in the top 10 for the entire year. Lorde's "Royals," which rebounds from #5 to #4 this week, is #5 for the year. Katy Perry's "Roar," which rebounds from #11 to #8 this week, is #6 for the year. Lorde squeezed past "Roar" and P!nk's "Just Give Me A Reason" (featuring Nate Ruess) just this week to become the year's top-selling song by a female artist.

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

The Top Five: "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #1 for the fourth week in its ninth week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (433K)… "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #2 for the fourth week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (442K)…OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #3 for the fourth week in its 28th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (408K)… Lorde’s "Royals" rebounds from #5 to #4 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (302K)…"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera dips from #4 to #5 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (355K).

The Second Five: Imagine Dragons' "Demons" holds at #6 for the third week in its 36th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (291K)… Passenger's "Let Her Go" holds at #7 for the second week in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (279K)…Katy Perry's "Roar" rebounds from #11 to #8 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (258K)… One Direction's "Story Of My Life" rebounds from #10 to #9 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (262K)…Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" drops from #8 to #10 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (195K).

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Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" drops from #9 to #12, ending a 15-week run in the top 10. Cyrus' follow-up, "Adore You," re-enters the chart at #22. The song's sexy video leaked online on Christmas Day and officially bowed on YouTube the following day. Will this become the third top five hit from Cyrus' "Bangerz" album? Place your bets.

"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #14 to #11 in its 15th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Digital sales rank: #7 (285K)…Ellie Goulding's "Burn" jumps from #15 to #13 in its 17th week. The song topped the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart for three weeks last summer…"23" by Mike WiLL Made-It featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J rebounds from #20 to #14 in its 15th week. The song, which tops the 1M mark in digital sales this week, has climbed as high as #11.

Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" dips from #30 to #31 in its 11th week. The song has climbed as high as #28. The song is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the fifth straight week.

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Four hits from the "Frozen" soundtrack are streaking up this week's chart. Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" leaps from #54 to #32 in its fifth week. Demi Lovato's version of the same song jumps from #61 to #43 in its fifth week. "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez debuts at #65. And "For The First Time In Forever" by Bell & Menzel debuts at #74. The "Frozen" soundtrack jumps from #8 to #4 on The Billboard 200 this week.

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"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon is the week's top new entry at #38. DJ Snake is a French DJ and producer. "Turn Down For What" is one of only four songs to enter the Hot 100 for the first time this week. The others are the two previously cited songs from "Frozen" and Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights" at #96. This is the third single from Lovato's third studio album, "Demi," which reached #3 on The Billboard 200.

Three other songs made big moves this week (excluding numerous rebounding hits). Zendaya's "Replay" jumps from #49 to #40 in its 19th week. Fall Out Boy's "Alone Together" jumps from #81 to #71 in its fifth week. "Mine" by Beyonce featuring Drake jumps from #99 to #82 in its second week.

Here are other songs that re-enter the chart this week: Enrique Iglesias' "Heart Attack" at #88, Bruno Mars' "Gorilla" at #89 (the song has climbed as high as #22), Danielle Bradbery's "The Heart Of Dixie" at #93 (the song has climbed as high as #58) and "Lolly" by Maejor Ali featuring Juicy J & Justin Bieber at #97 (the song has climbed as high as #19).

"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams tops 3 million in digital sales this week.

Reaching 2 million this week (in addition to the songs already mentioned): Lady Gaga's "Applause," Capital Cities' "Safe And Sound," Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais' "Summertime Sadness" and Drake's "Started From The Bottom."

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