As previously reported, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, logs a third week at No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100, while the latest singles by P!nk and Calvin Harris enter the top 10. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts?
-- The Lonely Island: The comedy trio graced NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for the first time this season on Jan. 26, appearing in a digital short set to the song "YOLO," featuring the episode's host Adam Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar. The track was released digitally on Jan. 27 and sold 9,000 downloads after less than a day, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Following its first full sales tracking week, "YOLO" (short for "You only live once") rockets onto Hot Digital Songs at No. 13 with 85,000 sold (up 796%), as well as the Hot 100 at No. 60. The Hot Digital Songs rank is the act's best, topping the No. 20 peak of "I Just Had Sex," featuring Akon, the week of Jan. 8, 2011. Despite its higher Hot Digital Songs placement, "YOLO" trails the 152,000 that "Sex" sold for the group's highest weekly sales frame.
Notably, of the five titles to log the highest sales totals on Comedy Digital Songs (dating to the chart's Jan. 23, 2010, inception), all are by the Lonely Island:
Highest Sales Week, Title, Artist, Date
152,000, "I Just Had Sex," the Lonely Island featuring Akon
85,000, "Yolo," the Lonely Island featuring Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar
42,000, "Jack Sparrow," the Lonely Island featuring Michael Bolton
32,000, "The Creep," the Lonely Island featuring Nicki Minaj
23,000, "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," the Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga
The highest weekly sum for a comedy track not by the Lonely Island in the Comedy Digital Songs chart's archives? Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song," which shifted 21,000 the week of Jan. 7, 2012.
-- Bruno Mars: "When I Was Your Man" vaults 49-22 on the Hot 100 with top Digital Gainer honors, soaring 28-7 on Hot Digital Songs (105,000, up 87%). With the song's video having premiered on Tuesday (Feb. 5), it rising 70-51 on Hot 100 Airplay (26 million audience impressions, up 64%, according to Nielsen BDS) and Mars set to perform at the Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10), the song's momentum should easily continue.
-- Justin Bieber: As Believe Acoustic launches atop the Billboard 200 with 211,000 sold, piano ballad "Nothing Like Us," a bonus track on the set, enters Hot Digital Songs at No. 16 and the Hot 100 at No. 59 (75,000 downloads sold). The set's acoustic "As Long as You Love Me" arrives on Hot Digital Songs at No. 40 and the Hot 100 No. 98 (45,000). The original version, featuring Big Sean, from Bieber's 2012 album Believe, reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 in September.
-- Icona Pop, Oasis: HBO's "Girls" continues to influence Billboard charts. After the series prominently featured Icona Pop's "I Love It," featuring Charli XCX, on its Jan. 27 episode, the song jumped 12-10 on last week's Dance/Electronic Songs chart. This week it vaults to No. 6 and enters the Hot 100 at No. 69. (Check out Billboard's interview with the Swedish duo and its reaction to its chart success here.)
The show's Feb. 2 episode, meanwhile, closed with star Lena Dunham's character Hannah singing Oasis' "Wonderwall," followed by a segue into the original, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on Alternative in 1995-96. After one day of sales following the synch (with the SoundScan tracking week ending the next night, Feb. 3) the band's hit re-enters Rock Digital Songs at No. 50 with a 75% increase to 8,000 downloads sold.
-- "Glee" Cast: Another TV show, meanwhile, has seen its chart imprint wane. With its cover of Ne-Yo's No. 6-peaking "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" (now at No. 38) entering the Hot 100 at No. 91, the Fox troupe logs just its third entry this season, all of which have dented the chart's bottom tenth. Its remake of Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" spent a week at No. 95 (Sept. 29, 2012) and its version of Coldplay's "The Scientist" dented the chart at No. 91 (Oct. 20, 2012). Numerous additions to the show's large cast, its move from Tuesday to Thursday nights and erosion of the series' ratings (and earlier buzz) all could have contributed to the cast's decreased weekly sales and chart fortunes.
Still, "Let" marks the "Glee" ensemble's record-extending 206th Hot 100 hit.