This week's mailbag looks at when we might expect Spears' next full-length, how big a radio hit Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' could be, Miley Cyrus' career sales and more
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ROBIN THICKE INFO.: YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT
With Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, crossing over to so many radio formats at the moment, it must be bound to challenge for one of the highest weekly audience peaks ever on the Radio Songs chart.
Could you provide a list of the top weekly audience peaks, according to Nielsen BDS?
Even having spent five weeks atop the Hot 100, "Lines" continues to make new strides at radio. Last week, it reached No. 1 on Radio Songs and Pop Songs and debuted on Adult Contemporary (No. 30). Unsurprisingly, it's led the Rhythmic chart for three weeks, while bounding 6-4 as the Greatest Gainer on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay this week. More interestingly, it hits the Adult Pop Songs top 10 (13-9), also as the Greatest Gainer, at a format traditionally known for a pop/rock identity (although that's lessened in recent years, thanks to so many adult-friendly hits from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Rihanna).
With 156 million all-format audience impressions last week (which BDS tallies by cross-referencing plays with Arbitron audience data; i.e, a play on a top-rated New York City station at 8 a.m. on a Monday weighs more than an overnight weekend spin on a small-market signal), "Lines" leapt to No. 1 on Radio Songs. While the total is impressive, it's actually not even the highest total this year: Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" peaked with 159 million last month.
Still, as noted above, "Lines" appears to have plenty of radio life left, so we'll see how high its audience will grow.
Will it challenge for the top audience sum in the Radio Songs chart's 22-year archives? Here's a look at the five titles to post the highest weekly totals to date. All the songs on the list, like "Lines," reached their lofty levels as rhythmic/R&B tracks mainstream enough for widespread pop and/or adult acceptance:
212.2 million, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey (July 9, 2005)
196.3 million, "Irreplaceable," Beyonce (Jan. 20, 2007)
192.4 million, "No One," Alicia Keys (Dec. 22, 2007)
189.6 million, "Let Me Love You," Mario (Feb. 5, 2005)
175.6 million, "Gold Digger," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx (Oct. 22, 2005)
NEXT: Miley Cyrus Sales