As previously reported, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" swings back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. What other songs make smashing chart moves this week?
-- Kanye West: "Bound 2" catapults 73-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 24-3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, thanks primarily to a double-barreled streaming surge. After a two-week run on the latter list in July coinciding with host album Yeezus' No. 1 debut, the set's now-second single re-entered the chart last week, fueled by the release of its much-discussed music video on Nov. 19 featuring West with fiancée Kim Kardashian. Six days later, actors James Franco and Seth Rogen added fuel to the fire by releasing a comical shot-for-shot remake of the clip.
Combined views of both videos led to a 641% increase in U.S. streams to 11.5 million, according to Nielsen BDS. Views of the Franco/Rogen clip outweighed that of West/Kardashian, as the former aided Non-Vevo views to account for 56% of its overall streaming total, while the latter pulled in 40% of that sum via Vevo on YouTube. The joint activity of the "Bound" videos result in a 46% increase in download sales to 27,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the song's best week. Radio has capitalized on the moment, as well, as "Bound" improved by 40% to 4.8 million listener impressions in the Nov. 27-Dec. 3 BDS tracking period.
-- Passenger: "Let Her Go" (No. 13 on the Hot 100) reaches the summit on the Triple A radio airplay chart (2-1). The song is the survey's sixth leader this year by an act making a first visit to the ranking, following Avicii's "Wake Me Up!," Lorde's "Royals," Frank Turner's "Recovery," Walk Off the Earth's "Red Hands" and Family of the Year's "Hero."
The coronations continue a clear trend of a greater acceptance of new talent at the format, as five rookie acts reigned last year after only two, one and none led in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. According to triple A PDs surveyed by Billboard, such factors as the digital era, the reach of social media and ever-increasing streaming options continue to give rising acts more avenues for exposure.
-- Florida Georgia Line: Almost exactly a year after the duo logged its first leader, Florida Georgia Line claims its second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as "Stay" steps 2-1 (and 34-30 on the Hot 100). The twosome scored its first leader when "Cruise" reached the summit on the Dec. 22, 2012, chart, kicking off its record run of 24 cumulative weeks at No. 1.
In between its two No. 1s, FGL peaked at No. 5 with "Get Your Shine On" in April and No. 3 with "Round Here" in September.
-- Joe Nichols: The traditional-country singer ends a lengthy absence from No. 1 on Country Airplay, as "Sunny and 75" rises 2-1. His fourth No. 1 becomes his first leader since "Gimmie That Girl" crowned the May 8, 2010, chart. The three-and-a half-year gap between "Girl" and "Sunny" isn't Nichols' longest dry spell atop the chart. He waited nearly four-and-a-half years between his second and third No. 1s ("Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," which topped the Dec. 17, 2005, tally, and "Girl"). Nichols first dominated the list with "Brokenheartsville" in 2003. On the Hot 100, "Sunny" shines 44-39.
-- Toni Braxton and Babyface: Like Nichols, the genre stars also each return to No. 1 after a notable break on the Adult R&B radio airplay chart, as their duet "Hurt You" steps 2-1. The song is Braxton's first chart-topper since "Just Be a Man About It" led for two weeks in 2000, while Babyface hadn't reached the summit since "Every Time I Close My Eyes" resided at the apex for two weeks in 1997. "Hurt" is Braxton's seventh No. 1 on the ranking and Babyface's fifth.
"Hurt You" is the lead single from Braxton and Babyface's upcoming duets album, "Love, Marriage, & Divorce," due Feb. 4.
-- Ricky Martin: He scores his 12th No. 1 on Latin Airplay as his Spanglish dance track "Come With Me" soars 7-1. With the coronation, he passes Gloria Estefan (11) for the chart's second-most leaders. Enrique Iglesias holds the record with 24.
-- Five Finger Death Punch: The hard rock band's "Battle Born" rises 2-1 on Mainstream Rock. While the act notched eight top 10s since its arrival on the chart in 2008 through early last year, it's scored its first three No. 1s since. Before "Born," the group reigned with "Coming Down" last year and its last single, "Lift Me Up" (featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest), in August.
-- Bob Sinclar: He debuts on Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 10 and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs at No. 4 with "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" six years after it topped Dance Club Songs. Revived because of a popular viral clip of an usher and a teenage fan dancing to it on the fan cam during a Detroit Pistons NBA game, the track, which samples the 1991 Hot 100 No. 1 "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory, racked 2.1 million U.S. YouTube streams last week.
-- Jamie Lynn Spears: Britney Spears' Britney Jean is due on next week's Billboard 200, but this week, her younger sister swoops in and steals chart headlines. Jamie Lynn Spears makes her Billboard chart debut, as "How Could I Want More" enters Hot Country Songs at No. 29 and Country Digital Songs at No. 8 (28,000 downloads sold). "[With] me and Brit, I'm sure no one believes me, there is no rivalry!," Jamie Lynn says. "We're 10 years apart, so I always saw her as a second mom. We have fun like only sisters can, but we don't have that young sibling rivalry."