As "Lights" brightens the top 10, the song grants Goulding a Hot 100 record.
The song rises 12-6 in its 27th week on the Hot 100, completing the longest ascent to the region in the chart's 54-year history for a song by a female that was not aided by crossover airplay from country to pop radio. It's the 13th-longest journey to the top 10 overall and the longest by any song since Shinedown's "Second Chance" also took 27 weeks to the tier in 2008-09.
Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" holds the longevity mark among all titles with a 38-week climb to the top 10 in 2006-07. (Crossover country songs can log lengthy rises to the Hot 100's top 10 by registering original chart runs as they climb the Country Songs airplay tally; once they eventually gain support at pop and adult radio, they can re-enter, continue scaling or rebound up the Hot 100 and reach a higher peak.)
Goulding's arrival in the top 10 marks a milestone in the Herefordshire, U.K., native's steady rise to U.S. prominence. Early last year, her debut album, "Lights," reached the U.K. albums chart's top 10. In April 2011, at Prince William and Kate Middleton's request, Goulding sang her version of Elton John's "Your Song" at the couple's wedding (with John in attendance). Following buzz generated by the performance, Goulding began making multiple U.S. TV appearances, including on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
"Lights" claims the Hot 100's top Digital Gainer honor, jumping 9-5 on the Digital Songs chart with 149,000 downloads sold (up 23%) in the chart's tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The track has sold 1.9 million to date. On Radio Songs, "Lights" lifts 14-12 with 56 million in all-format audience (up 16%), according to Nielsen BDS. It pushes 8-7 on On-Demand Songs with 669,000 on-demand streams (up 31%), according to BDS.
Usher, meanwhile, collects his 18th Hot 100 top 10, as "Scream" bumps 11-10. The song, from last week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, "Looking 4 Myself," dips 10-11 on Radio Songs, although with a 5% increase to 62 million in audience. Despite also falling on On-Demand Songs (17-21), it gains by 8% to 395,000. "Scream" slips 7-8 on Digital Songs (119,000, down 3%).
Dating to his first week in the Hot 100's top 10 (Sept. 6, 1997), Usher extends his mark for the most top 10s among male singers.
Atop the Hot 100, Jepsen's "Maybe" maintains its reign. The cut tops Digital Songs for a sixth week (263,000, down 10%), leads On-Demand Songs for a third frame (1.1 million, up 18%) and progresses 3-2 on Radio Songs (129 million, up 3%). Jepsen's next single, "Good Time," with Owl City, was released to digital retailers yesterday and should debut on next week's Hot 100.
After ranking at No. 3 for eight of its first nine weeks, rising to No. 2 the week of May 26, Maroon 5's "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa, returns to its runner-up peak. The song, from the group's album "Overexposed," released yesterday, bullets at No. 3 on Radio Songs (129 million, up 9%) and On-Demand Songs (927,000, up 19%), while backtracking 2-3 on Digital Songs (218,000, down 5%).
Gotye's former eight-week No. 1 "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, slides 2-3 on the Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" holds at No. 4 in just its fifth frame. "Awake" rises 3-2 on Digital Songs (221,000, up 12%), 11-10 on Radio Songs (65 million, up 14%) and 24-12 on On-Demand Songs (535,000, up 73%), as anticipation builds for her 3-D documentary/concert film, "Katy Perry: Part of Me," due July 5.
A busy Hot 100 top five also welcomes Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," which surges 8-5 with the chart's top Airplay Gainer award. It lunges 7-4 on Radio Songs (96 million, up 17%), 22-16 on On-Demand Songs (438,000, up 36%) and 8-7 on Digital Songs (122,000, down less than 1%).
The advance bodes well for Rihanna: when she reaches the Hot 100's top five, she usually continues on to No. 1; eleven of her prior 14 top five hits have gone on to No. 1, including her last five.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10 between "Lights" at No. 6 and "Scream" at No. 10, fun.'s former six-week No. 1 "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, drops 5-7, followed by Nicki Minaj's "Starships" (7-8) and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" (6-9).
Check billboard.com tomorrow (June 28), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 and On-Demand Songs in their entirety and Digital Songs and Radio Songs, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.