Miley Cyrus performs at the iHeart Radio Music Festival Village on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Miley Cyrus performs at the iHeart Radio Music Festival Village on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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The song narrowly holds off Katy Perry's former leader 'Roar,' which rises to No. 1 on Radio Songs. Lorde, meanwhile, tops Digital Songs with 'Royals' and Britney Spears' 'Work B**ch!' begins on the Hot 100 at No. 12

Miley Cyrus holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Wrecking Ball." The song wins a close race with Katy Perry's former two-week topper "Roar," which takes over atop the Radio Songs chart. Lorde, meanwhile, climbs to No. 1 on Digital Songs with "Royals," which remains at No. 3 on the Hot 100.

Let's look closer at the numbers for this week's top 10.

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Last week, "Ball" bounded 22-1 on the Hot 100 as it soared 21-1 on Streaming Songs with a 1,565% gain to 36.5 million streams in the chart's tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, following the song's Sept. 9 video premiere. This week, the ballad stays atop Streaming Songs but with a 61% loss to 14.3 million. "Ball" concurrently leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a second week with a 4% decrease to 2.7 million.

"Ball" drops 1-3 on Digital Songs with a 36% fall to 301,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan; last week, it rocketed 10-1 with 477,000, a 312% rise. Airplay, meanwhile, is building strongly for the track, as it flies 59-31 on Radio Songs with 38 million all-format audience impressions (up 90%), according to BDS.

While it reigns for a second frame, "Ball" deflates by 50% in overall Hot 100 chart points. As Perry's "Roar" (2-2) is down by 8%, the songs are separated by just 2% in points. Last week, "Ball" boasted an almost two-to-one points lead.

Still, "Roar" becomes Perry's sixth No. 1 on Radio Songs (2-1), charging ahead by 8% to 159 million. At seven weeks, it's her fastest-leaping leader, besting the nine-week flights of "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" "Roar" completes the quickest climb to No. 1 since fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) also soared to the summit in seven frames (April 21, 2012).

"Roar" holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (7.3 million, down 19%) and Digital Songs (301,000, down 9%).

Perry additionally debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 17 with "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), a preview song from her album "Prism," due Oct. 22. It begins on Digital Songs at No. 4 (194,000).

Lorde's "Royals" ranks at No. 3 on the Hot 100 for a third week while jumping 3-1 on Digital Songs (307,000, up 17%). The 16-year-old New Zealander is the first solo female to send a debut entry to No. 1 on the sales tally since Carly Rae Jepsen ruled for eight weeks beginning last June with "Call Me Maybe." Ke$ha ("TiK ToK," 2010), Lady Gaga ("Just Dance," 2009) and Perry ("I Kissed a Girl," 2008) were the three prior women to dominate Digital Songs on their first tries.

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"Royals" advances 6-4 on Streaming Songs (5.5 million, up 11%) and gains by 17% to pass the 100-million audience barrier (104 million), despite slipping 5-6 on Radio Songs. The track crowns 

Alternative Songs for a seventh week, extending its mark as the longest-leading No. 1 by a lead female in the chart's 25-year history. "Royals" tops Hot Rock Songs for a fourth week and blasts into the Pop Songs top 10 (13-5).

Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" pushes 5-4 on the Hot 100. It's up by 12% in streaming (to 4.9 million) and 15% in airplay (to 101 million). The track heads up Dance/Electronic Songs for a third week.

Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) descends 4-5 on the Hot 100, ceding the top spot on Radio Songs (1-2) to "Roar" after an 11-week command (152 million, down 13%). Still, it leads R&B Songs for a 19th week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a 16th frame.

Jay Z's "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) holds at No. 6 on the Hot 100, despite lifting by 6% in airplay to 124 million. It rules Rap Songs for an eighth week.

Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 (8-7), claiming top Airplay Gainer honors as it pounces 8-5 on Radio Songs (106 million, up 22%). It also gains on Digital Songs (8-8; 150,000, up 4%) and Streaming Songs (15-12; 3.1 million, up 10%).

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Lady Gaga's "Applause" dips 7-8 on the Hot 100 but roars to the Radio Songs top 10 (18-9; 73 million, up 23%). The lead single from "ARTPOP," due Nov. 11, is her 10th top 10 on the airplay tally. 

Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais' No. 6-peaking "Summertime Sadness" rebounds 10-9 on the Hot 100, aided by a 7% gain in airplay (to 94 million), while Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound," which rose to No. 8 four weeks ago, returns to the top 10 (12-10).

As projected last week, Britney Spears soars onto the Hot 100 at No. 12 with "Work B**ch!" The lead single from her eighth studio set, due Dec. 3, launches at No. 6 on Digital Songs (174,000) and No. 28 on Streaming Songs (1.8 million), while climbing 69-58 in its second week on Radio Songs (21 million, up 31% in its first full week of airplay).

Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 26), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday. The latest charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine (on sale on Friday, Sept. 27).

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