Chart Moves: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Songs; Luke Bryan Scores Fifth No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

Robin Thicke

Anthony Mandler

As previously reported, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) spends an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Roar" blasts 85-2, and Lady Gaga's "Applause" debuts at No. 6.

What other moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts also deserve applause this week?
-- Robin Thicke: As "Blurred Lines" picks up an 11th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Thicke ties his personal longest No. 1 run on the chart, first set with "Lost Without U" in 2007. "Lines" is poised to tack on additional chart-topping weeks as it continues to increase its R&B/hip-hop audience reach, rising by 1% to 22.9 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
The track's reign on the Adult R&B airplay chart also rolls into its third week, while Thicke simultaneously breaks into the top 10 with format follow-up single "For the Rest of My Life" (11-10). Only one other artist has posted two concurrent top 10s at the format this year: Tamar Braxton, with "Love & War" and "The One" in three frames last month. No artists achieved the feat in 2012.
-- Luke Bryan: The new leading man on the Billboard 200 scores his fifth No. 1 and 12th top 10 on Hot Country Songs in one giant leap, as "That's My Kind of Night" vaults 35-1 in its third chart week, bowing atop Country Digital Songs with 164,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Georgia native had most recently topped Hot Country Songs with "Drunk on You" for two weeks in July 2012.
The 34-spot jump for "Night" is the biggest to the summit since the chart converted to an airplay/sales/streaming hybrid methodology last fall; it was previously ranked solely by radio audience impressions from a core country radio panel. The prior largest leap to No. 1 in the new chart era belonged to Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" (8-1 in April), which abdicates the No. 1 crown (1-2) after a record-breaking streak of 24 cumulative weeks, the last 19 occurring over consecutive frames.
-- Lorde: As "Royals" -- up 24-17 on the Hot 100 -- reaches the Hot Digital Songs top 10 (15-10, up 39%), the song scores the Hot 100's Digital Gainer award for a second consecutive week. Note that the last two titles to nab the honor in back-to-back frames led the Hot 100 for 11 weeks (and counting) and six weeks, respectively: Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop."
-- Carrie Underwood: "See You Again" climbs 41-34 on the Hot 100, continuing the country star's streak of reaching the chart's top 40 each year since her arrival in 2005 with the No. 1 "Inside Your Heaven." As "Again" reaches a new peak on Country Airplay (5-3), RCA has begun promoting the song to adult top 40, where she's charted seven crossover hits, including two others from her current album: "Good Girl" rose to No. 20 and title track "Blown Away" hit No. 31.
-- Sara Bareilles: Following buzz about the similarities between Bareilles' "Brave" and Katy Perry's "Roar," the former charges 66-46 on the Hot 100 and blasts 58-27 on Hot Digital Songs with 51,000 downloads sold -- an 80% increase. That's its best weekly sum since it debuted with 76,000 the week of May 11. It also becomes her third top 10 on Adult Top 40 (12-10) and first since "King of Anything" (No. 4) in 2010.
-- Passenger: Up 86-74 on the Hot 100, the British singer/songwriter (real name: Mike Rosenberg) reaches the Hot Rock Songs top 10 with his breakout U.S. hit "Let Her Go" (12-10). The track registers across-the-board gains, rising by 9% to 38,000 downloads sold; by 18% to 729,000 in rock radio audience; and by 22% to 480,000 U.S. streams, according to BDS. The song has already reached No. 1 on a whopping 14 rankings in Billboard's international charts menu.
-- The Wanted: "We Own the Night" starts at No. 94 on the Hot 100 with 84% of its chart points from sales (37,000 first-week downloads sold) after the band performed it on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Aug. 15. The track previews the group's second album, “Word of Mouth,” due Sept. 23.
(Additional reporting by Wade Jessen and Rauly Ramirez)