As previously reported, Katy Perry's "Roar" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, while Ylvis' viral hit "The Fox" debuts at No. 29. Who else makes notable noise on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?
-- Luke Bryan: The singer leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts for a fourth straight week, as his "That's My Kind of Night" (up 22-19 on the Hot 100) rules the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid songs list, while "Crash My Party" tops the album tally (with 68,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
With the concurrent reigns over Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums, Bryan is the first male soloist to lead both charts simultaneously for at least four consecutive weeks since Kenny Chesney topped Hot County Songs for five in April/May 2004 with "When the Sun Goes Down" (with Uncle Kracker) while his album of the same name was amid a 14-week run atop Top Country Albums.
-- AWOLNATION: "Sail" drifts 27-24 on the Hot 100, marking a new high water mark for the track in, incredibly, its 53rd week on the list. Reflecting its unprecedented slow-build, the song is the first to reach a new peak after a year on the Hot 100. On Hot Digital Songs, "Sail" scores its best rank (26-15) and sales week (76,000 downloads sold, up 35%); it first appeared on the list two years ago this week. It peaked (at No. 5) on the Alternative airplay chart even before that: Aug. 27, 2011.
Now being promoted to pop radio, the format's airplay is helping keep "Sail" afloat. It bullets at No. 27 (up 13% in plays, according to Nielsen BDS) in its 11th week on Mainstream Top 40. Synchs in a variety of TV shows and ad campaigns have also contributed to the song's steady momentum.
-- TLC: As J. Cole's "Crooked Smile" jumps 44-37 on the Hot 100 and 12-9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, marking his sixth top 10 on the latter survey, supporting act TLC logs its first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 since 1999 (and 10th overall). The act had last reached the region with "Unpretty," which peaked at No. 4 the week of Sept. 18, 1999.
As for the most top 10s by female groups since Nielsen data began powering Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in December 1992, TLC passes SWV and now trails only Destiny's Child, which scored 11. TLC has three chart-toppers to its name: "Baby-Baby-Baby" (1992), "Creep" (1994) and "No Scrubs" (1999). With an as-yet-untitled album featuring four new songs due Oct. 15 on Epic, TLC could yet tie, or even break, Destiny’s Child record in upcoming months.
-- Coldplay: "Atlas" debuts at No. 75 on the Hot 100 and No. 13 on Hot Rock Songs. The cut is the band's first recording since it released its 2011 album "Mylo Xyloto." Made available for digital purchase and to radio on Sept. 6, the track starts at No. 6 on Rock Digital Songs (45,000) and No. 40 on Rock Airplay (1.6 million in audience, according to Nielsen BDS). While Coldplay is signed to Capitol, the song will appear on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," due Nov. 19 on Republic.
-- MIKA: New on the Hot 100 at No. 87, "Popular Song," featuring Ariana Grande (23,000 sold, up 97%), interpolates "Popular" from "Wicked." It's not the first Hot 100 appearance for a composition from the hit musical: the "Glee" cast's "Defying Gravity" flew to No. 31 in 2009.
-- Armin van Buuren: "This Is What It Feels Like" (featuring Trevor Guthrie) moves into the top 10 on Dance/Electronic Songs in its 22nd week (11-10). Only one song has completed a longer climb to the region on the nearly year-old list: "Right Now" by Rihanna featuring David Guetta (25 weeks).
-- Matthew West: At 17 weeks atop Christian Songs, "Hello, My Name Is" is one of the five longest-ruling No. 1s in the chart's 10-year history. MercyMe's "Word of God Speak" leads with 23 weeks on top (2003-04), followed by Brandon Heath's "Give Me Your Eyes" (19 weeks, 2008-09); Casting Crowns' "East to West" (19 weeks, 2007-08); and Chris Tomlin's "Made to Worship" (18 weeks, 2006-07).
Via five No. 1s beginning in 2004, West boasts the most weeks at No. 1 on Christian Songs among solo acts (46). Only MercyMe (81 weeks) and Casting Crowns (78) have tallied more time on top.
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez