As previously reported, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a whopping ninth week. The song also earns the largest airplay audience ever on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, racking up 219.8 million in audience, according to Nielsen BDS, for the week ending Aug. 6.
-- Robin Thicke: As Robin Thicke tops both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, he's the first artist to concurrently reign at No. 1 on both tallies since the Dec. 8, 2012, charts.
That week, Rihanna ruled with "Unapologetic" on the Billboard 200 and "Diamonds" on the Hot 100. She was only the second act in 2012 to double up, following Adele for two weeks (Feb. 4-11, with "21" and "Set Fire to the Rain"). Adele was also the only act to manage the feat in 2011 -- twice with "21," and singles "Someone Like You" and "Rolling In the Deep."
Before the monster success of Adele, Eminem was the last act to score double No. 1s for four non-consecutive weeks between July and September 2010 with the album "Recovery" and his single "Love the Way You Lie."
-- Maroon 5: The band claims its eighth career top 10 single, as "Love Somebody" rises 14-10. Half of the group's top 10 output has come from its most recent album, "Overexposed." All four of the set's singles have gone top 10: "Payphone" (No. 2), "One More Night" (No. 1), "Daylight" (No. 7) and now "Love Somebody" (No. 10, so far). Prior to that set's 2012 release, the band had scored two top 10 singles in 2004 and one each in 2007 and 2011.
-- One Direction: After the group debuted at No. 2 last week with "Best Song Ever" -- fueled by strong out-of-the-gate sales and streams -- the song takes a big tumble this week, falling to No. 15. Its 13-position fall is the largest from the top two, for a duo/group, since 1991. The last duo/group to fall harder from the top two was Roxette with "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" on Sept. 7, 1991. The song lived up to its "fading" name that week when it slipped from No. 2 to No. 15.
Before One Direction, the last larger fall from the top two rungs -- among all acts -- belonged to Taylor Swift's "Today Was a Fairytale." The song, which also owns the biggest all-time tumble from the top two, fell 20 positions from No. 2 to No. 22 on the Feb. 13, 2010, chart.
Like One Direction's "Best Song Ever," Swift's song was a newly released standalone retail track that wasn't available on a previous album. Both debuted at No. 2 mostly because of passionate fans buying the single in droves. Once each song's second week arrived -- without wide support from non-die-hard fans -- they both took natural slides.
-- Justin Timberlake: The superstar's new single, "Take Back the Night," returns to the top 40 this week, rebounding 52-33. It arrived at No. 47 four weeks ago, then climbed to No. 39 before dipping to No. 52 a week ago. Over on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it jumps 12-8, becoming his sixth top 10 effort. He's yet to capture a No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally though, though he's come close. Timberlake has had four songs peak at No. 2.
-- Keith Urban: As his "Little Bit of Everything" single steps 51-45 on the Hot 100, it also climbs 12-10 on Hot Country Songs, marking its 29th top 10. Even better, all 29 have been consecutive (counting only non-seasonal, promoted singles since his first ever top 10 in August 2000). Urban’s streak of 29 straight top 10s is the chart’s third-longest in the Nielsen BDS era (since January 1990), behind Tim McGraw’s 34 (1994-04) and George Strait’s 31 (1982-1991). Following with 27 apiece are Alan Jackson (1990-97) and Brad Paisley (2000-11). Since Urban’s first hit the top 10 thirteen years ago this month, only Kenny Chesney has placed more titles in that region with 35.
-- P!nk featuring Lily Allen: "True Love," P!nk's fourth single from her album "The Truth About Love," debuts at No. 85 this week. It follows three earlier top 10 singles from the album: "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" (No. 5), "Try" (No. 9) and "Just Give Me a Reason" (No. 1 for three weeks). As for Allen, she's scored her only top 10 with a featured turn on T-Pain's "5 O'Clock" in 2011 (No. 10).
-- Passenger: Male vocalist Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) breaks onto the Hot 100 with "Let Her Go" (No. 95) -- a song that has spent the last 14 weeks in the top 10 of the Official U.K. Singles Chart. Exposure as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist helps spur identical 55% sales gains in downloads for the song (to 30,000) and for album "All The Little Lights” (a debut at No. 169 on the Billboard 200 with 3,000 sold). The set also jumps to No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums in its 35th charting week. That's the slowest ascent to the top since Volbeat's "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" reached No. 1 in its 69th week on July 7, 2012.