Thursday, August 22, 2013

Billboard Hot 100, August 31 2013

1. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke (featuring Pharrell Williams & T.I.)
2. Roar - Katy Perry

Gone are the days where hefty initial digital sales were enough to debut at the pinnacle of the Hot 100 (or get there in two weeks or less). This is something that greatly aided Katy Perry's single, "Part of Me," which debuted at #1 last year with 411,000. To put it in perspective--with the inclusion of streaming points (YouTube and Vevo views, Spotify etc) into the formula--Perry's latest single moving a staggering 557,000 in its first week--the sixth largest first week sales--wasn't enough for it unseat Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and end its ten week reign. In fact, this week he extends it to eleven weeks--becoming the 27th single to spend at least eleven weeks at #1. Comparatively, Robin moved a distinctively lower 291,000 of "Lines" this week but was bolstered by streaming points that tallied up to 6.6 million. This is Perry's 11th top three hit, an impressive feat that accommodates an even more impressive 7 #1's, six of which scored from her last album Teenage Dream and its re-release.

6. Applause - Lady Gaga

Rush released and unfortunately thrown in direct competition with Perry's "Roar," with only a few days of sales--Gaga's comeback, "Applause," single debuts at #6 (and #3 on the digital songs tally selling 218,000 copies). This is her 12th top ten single and her first appearance in the top ten since "You and I" peaked at #6. Undoubtedly, it will rise as airplay and streaming kick into high gear this week.

11. Wake Me Up - Avicii (featuring Aloe Blacc)
15. Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais

Swedish producer, Avicii's "Wake Me Up" continues to extend its lead as his most successful single in the US as it climbs four spots up to #11. "Up," should land Avicii his first top ten next week as he stays perched at #3 on iTunes behind Thicke and Perry. Also extending its lead as her highest charting single to date, is the Cedric Gervais remix of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness." Originally plucked from her second album (but international debut) Born to Die as the sixth single last year, it climbs a spot up to #15 this week.

16. That's My Kind of Night - Luke Byran

The second single, "That's My Kind of Night," taken from Country singer Luke Bryan's fourth album, Crash My Party, debuts at #16 this week, landing his third top twenty single, following lead single "Crash My Party" which peaked at #18 and "Drunk on You"-#16. Also, over on the Billboard 200, Crash My Party gives Bryan his second number-one album with an impressive 528k haul--the third largest of the year behind Jay-Z's Magna Carter... Holy Grail and Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience. 

17.  Royals - Lorde

New Zealand singer Lorde's "Royals" climbs seven spots up to #17, scoring her first top twenty single. Next week should see it push closer to the top ten as it sits at #6 on iTunes.

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